Medical Cannabis Awareness Week is going down from 1 – 8 November 2020. It brings collectively sufferers, medical doctors, sector organisations, supporters, and advocates to name for honest entry to medical hashish on the NHS.
Two years in the past, on 1 November 2018, the legislation modified to permit Medical Cannabis to be accessible on the NHS. Since then, solely a handful of prescriptions have been issued by the NHS. Out of desperation, sufferers are funding non-public prescriptions – costing a number of a whole bunch of kilos a month – and as much as 1.four million sufferers are pressured to show to the unlawful hashish market to deal with power well being situations.
Patients unable to afford and entry remedy are struggling as a result of concern, stigma, and monetary obstacles stopping them accessing this secure, life-changing, remedy.
During Medical Cannabis Awareness Week, Patient-Led Engagement for Access CIC (PLEA) – a neighborhood of medical hashish sufferers and advocates – is asking for honest entry to medical hashish remedy on the NHS.
Dr Mala Mawkin, Head of Market Development at Cellen Health and Advisory Board Member at PLEA stated: “Even although medical doctors have been in a position to prescribe Cannabis-based medicinal merchandise since 2018, healthcare professionals are nonetheless not geared up with the data and instruments to prescribe within the UK. We have made enormous progress to have the ability to have pharmaceutical-grade THC/CBD medicines for sufferers which are cheaper and safer than the illicit market. The subsequent steps are to put money into analysis, medical schooling and handle the stigma confronted by sufferers.
“Events during MCAW are here to show patients and healthcare professionals it is essential to talk openly about medical cannabis to address the unmet clinical needs of people living with chronic conditions.”
Most sufferers prescribed medical hashish stay with power ache, neurological, or psychiatric situations, equivalent to fibromyalgia, a number of sclerosis, epilepsy, anxiousness, and PTSD, but many proceed to face stigma of their day-to-day lives and from healthcare professionals when making an attempt to entry this remedy.
During Medical Cannabis Awareness Week, sufferers from throughout the UK will share their tales in regards to the life-changing influence of medical hashish and their difficulties in accessing a prescription. Individuals and organisations from throughout the sector are holding on-line occasions together with a tour of a authorized hashish rising facility, and conversations with medical hashish sufferers and medical doctors.
PLEA is asking on folks to speak about medical hashish to family and friends, document and share their very own story, write to their MPs, and even play medical hashish bingo. Supporters and individuals can keep in contact and be part of the dialog utilizing #MCAW2020 and comply with on Twitter and Instagram @PLEA_community.
Medical Cannabis Awareness Week is an initiative of PLEA, which advocates for high quality of life with medical hashish, enabling sufferers to entry their drugs free from the harms of stigmatisation, geographical inconsistencies, and monetary obstacles. PLEA helps analysis into the security and efficacy of cannabis-based medicinal merchandise, to allow evidence-based prescription for all.
Abby Hughes, Outreach Director from PLEA, stated: “It’s time to finish the inequality and guarantee everybody who wants it has the chance to profit from medical hashish remedy. During Medical Cannabis Awareness Week, we’re calling for honest entry, we’re selling medical hashish schooling for all and we’re immediately addressing the stigma confronted by sufferers. We need folks to have conversations about hashish, ask questions and be open-minded.
“Cannabis medicines are changing people’s lives around the world. In the UK, people are forced to pay privately, and it’s not right. Medical Cannabis is keeping children with severe forms of epilepsy alive, and it’s allowing people with chronic illnesses and conditions to live normal lives.”
Lucy Stafford, Advocacy Director from PLEA, stated: “I took addictive opiate-based painkillers practically day-after-day of my teenage years to deal with the debilitating signs from a connective tissue dysfunction known as Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. I needed to drop out of faculty and stay with the horrendous unintended effects. I used to be a shadow of myself.
“When I used to be prescribed medical hashish, it modified every part. I’ve learnt to stroll after years utilizing a wheelchair and now attend college – I’ve acquired my life again. Cannabis relaxes my muscle spasms, reduces my ache, and helps virtually each facet of my situation in contrast to the rest.
“All patients in need should have the same chance to live a better quality of life – we need NHS access. During Medical Cannabis Awareness Week, we’re asking people to share their story, destigmatise and learn about medical cannabis, and support our plea for fair access.”
PLEA will host Medical Cannabis Awareness Week in the course of the first week of November annually.
Source: Medical Cannabis Network