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.

Taking the above pharmaceutical medication has given me many unwanted and serious side effects and some of them have made me feel extremely ill. Not to mention the cost to the NHS.

I remain in constant debilitating pain, bedridden at times and unable to enjoy even simple things like making a cup of tea or sitting in an armchair to watch tv.

Last year I have tried CBD with some degree of success.

For the past 6 months, I have been able to try some pastes with combinations of THC/CBD. These have helped a great deal, they calm my pain down so that my first thought isn’t “I want a cup of tea but I can’t bear the thought of the pain it would cause, to get up and make one”.

Using the THC I can get out of bed, wash my hair, get downstairs and sit in a chair! It doesn’t make me high, but it does uplift my mood. It makes me feel like continuing my hobbies like watercolour painting.

It also helps me to get a good restful nights sleep, essential for Fibromyalgia sufferers, and in addition to that, I have been able to cope with the nausea caused by weaning myself off of the Duloxetine.

At the moment I am recovering from an operation to my foot and I have found that the THC has helped me cope with the post surgery pain.

Relieving my pain with THC has meant that I am breaking the law for the first time in my life! I have a constant worry that I I will run out and have to resort to the opiate painkillers that I have prescribed for me, and suffer the side effects of constipation, drowsiness, painful stomach aches etc.

I am unable to work, I cannot afford the cost of sourcing my THC pastes from abroad, but I don’t want to put myself at risk of trying to find “Street Weed” of which I would have no idea of what I am getting or how it will affect me.

I need safe, legal access to my choice of pain relief, I want to be able to relieve my pain without causing harmful side effects. I don’t want to dread running out of my pain killing THC