THE PATIENTS’ STORIES
In 2011 Callum was serving in the British Army when he lost both his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan aged 22. Callum, like thousands of other people across the UK, uses cannabis medically to ease his intense pain. But despite the evidence that has led 29 US states and many countries across Europe and the rest of the world to legalise access to medical cannabis, it remains illegal in the UK. So he is left in the terrible dilemma of having to suffer in silence or to break the law to access his medical cannabis. If you think that Callum should have the right to access medical cannabis through his doctor and pharmacy please sign the petition calling for UK doctors to have the freedom to prescribe medical cannabis in circumstances where they judge it will help their patients and for that prescription to be honoured at the pharmacy’.
“I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 27 and rely on cannabis for pain relief, and to combat the side effects of prescribed treatments for my condition, that would otherwise prevent me from staying in full time employment.”
Faye is a successful corporate PA and committed cannabis consumer. When she became ill she very quickly came to appreciate the medicinal value of cannabis where pain, nausea and inflammation are concerned. Without cannabis her condition would make her unemployable, taking away the thing that she most values, her independence.
“Cannabis helps me eat, sleep and live with less pain and nausea day to day, I don’t know where I’d be without it.”
Alex is 27 years old. In 2009 whilst studying music in Brighton he was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Alex went from being a casual user to someone who uses cannabis every day to deal with the symptoms of his condition.
Still living in Brighton today, he works in public libraries and composes music in his spare time.
“The time for change is now.”
Keiron Reeves is 33 years young, an epilepsy patient and has had tonic clonic seizures since he was 4. He is successfully treating the effects of his seizures with various forms of cannabis. He lives in Bognor Regis, and has told his story to the papers who have been very supportive in his journey. In his spare time he likes to keep marine fish and enjoys walking.
“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 29 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 medication was effective in combating his symptoms so he is currently trying to get legal access to a Bedrocan option.