"Patients in the UK need access to medical cannabis immediately. To expect anyone to cope or even survive on heavy opiate based medications for their entire lives shows how both cruel and inhumane political ideology can be. We need to remove the stigma from medical cannabis use"
Jacob is 27 years old and has been battling chronic and neuropathic pain for eight years. Born with a diaphragmatic-hernia and needing immediate life threatening/saving surgery, he then needed further corrective surgery after six months due to ruptures. In 2007 he was rushed to hospital after being found unconscious due to extreme pain and excessive internal bleeding. Urged to undergo invasive experimental surgery to access the problem he had adhesions and scarring removed from his abdomen and bowels. Since then he has struggled with intense pain,spasms, digestion and dietary problems and has relied on herbal cannabis as his sole source of relief. After trialling various antispasmodics and opiates which all incurred horrific side effects he was awarded trials on Nabilone and Sativex. He found that neither medications were effective in combating his symptoms so he is currently trying to get legal access to a Bedrocan option.
Given this breakthrough, it became intolerable to me that I was a criminal in the eyes of the law for nothing more than legitimately treating a medical condition when no other effective treatment was available. I had no other option to help reduce my tinnitus. This is why I feel compelled to become an advocate for cannabis decriminalisation, as I hate having to sneak around like a criminal.
My name is Lucy and I am a medicinal cannabis patient with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.
I had to stop taking cannabis 13 months ago, not that it had any side effects, but because my employment restricts the use of cannabis-based products in the work place, and in our spare time. I work full time for a global pharmaceutical company and we have regular drug tests.
Pain can be gone or manageable in seconds to minutes, I can wipe out any bouts of fatigue in seconds, I eat, without it I have zero appetite and I sleep, on cannabis insomnia is not an issue. Which means everything else is easier to deal with. But I have to be a criminal to use it and it is very costly. My illnesses have taken my life away, I can't work, I can barely walk, but cannabis gives me hope of some sort of a normal life without persistent torture.
3 years ago I was so unwell I had to sell my travel agency business. At that time I was taking prescribed Gabapentin, diazepam, codeine, naproxen, fluoxetine and lansoprazole. I was in severe pain, couldn’t walk far, used crutches when I did and had no energy plus severe brain fog. I began using cannabis to treat pain symptoms and found relief enough to begin physio and Pilates plus swimming. My health slowly improved.
I am a 27 yr old man who has lived in 2 countries and many cities in the UK. I have used cannabis medicinally for the past 8 years, for chronic pain relief, sleeping difficulty, stress relief and I have also found it to aid in digestion. I have also used it recreationally for 2 years prior.
I have had a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Migraine, Morton’s Neuroma, Plantar Fasciitis, Degenerative Spine Disease, Depression and Diverticulitis, amongst others. In this time my doctors have tried to treat my pain with Amitriptyline, Nortriptyline, Gabapentin, Duloxetine, 30/500 Co-codamol, Immigran, morphine patches, voltarol patches and many, many more.
I am a 31 years old medical cannabis patient, living in London since 2015, who suffers from Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, depression and anxiety.
The last 11 years were an unending nightmare for me, caused mostly by Crohn’s disease and more recently by fibromyalgia, until I “discovered” and tried for the first time cannabis. It was literally a life changer!
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