Across this country there are people being forced to break the law to gain relief from chronic pain. I am talking of course of the excellent pain relief given from cannabis.
For the past 10 years there has been an alternative to the risk of buying or even growing your own cannabis. Sativex has shown in many many tests that it is extremely beneficial to people who suffer from chronic pain. Many States in the US have cleared the drug for use in chronic pain patients, many European countries allow the use of the drug. As always though the UK is lightyears behind and forcing people to take much stronger, much more dangerous drugs, with much worse side effects than Sativex, before the local health authorities will even consider looking at applications for the canabinoid to be prescribed.
My local authority expect me to have tried every alternative, that includes such drugs as Pethadine, Methadone and Burpenorphine, even Ketamine.
When will peoples lives, mental and physical welbeing be put first.
I find it amazing that all over the world we have doctors pumping people full of a drug which is effectively Heroin (Diamorphone), a Class A drug, and nobody bats an eyelid.
Yet, simply because of the stigma associated with the recreational useage of cannabis, people are being denied relief which could change lives.
I put it to you that if cannabis didn't have this political stigma attached to it, Sativex would be available across the counter in every pharmacy in the UK.