05 Nov NHS Guidelines Offer People Who Need Cannabis As Medicine Two Choices. Go Private Or Carry On Being A Criminal.

Go Private…

…Or Be A Criminal












Following the new Misuse of Drugs Regulations, which came into force on 1st November, the NHS has issued guidelines on cannabis for medical use, both for clinicians and for the public.

The best that can be said about these is that they are NOT the law. In fact they are inaccurate, misleading and provide a seriously distorted picture both of the new regulations and of the evidence that is available on the use of cannabis as medicine. The crucial points are these. There are NO RESTRICTIONS on what conditions cannabis may be prescribed for. As well as oils, raw herbal cannabis may also be prescribed – for vaping only, smoking is prohibited. All the decisions are entirely in the hands of the prescribing consultant.

Of course, the problem is your consultant likely knows nothing about cannabis.

Action is being taken on medical education but it is going to take time. On the authority of the prescribing NHS consultant depends the funding to acquire whatever form of cannabis is required, in itself a difficult process as export licences will have to be obtained in the country of origin, either the Netherlands or Canada. So for those that can afford it, going to a private clinic could be the quickest and most efficient way of getting the medicine that they need. In fact, it’s becoming increasingly clear, it may be the only way.

For most people, already using cannabis as medicine, this means they will carry on as before, either growing themselves, sourcing supply from friends, acquaintances or dealing with the criminal market, dealers who cannot be trusted, product of unknown quality.

My advice? In the present circumstances, I really believe the state no longer has any moral authority to prosecute anyone who can show they are using cannabis for medicine. As the state has now recognised ‘conclusive evidence’ of medicinal benefit, the position has changed since the infamous R v Quayle case of 2005. I believe the Court would now support medical necessity as an argument.

So I advise you to grow. If you are able and have the space, it is the best option. For an investment of a few hundred pounds, purchase a fully configured set up of tent, light, irrigation and ventilation. Grow autoflowering seeds, just one or two plants at a time will meet most individual needs. With modern equipment, it really is much easier and more reliable than you might think.

This is a radical change in my advice and in CLEAR policy but as explained it is now fully justified.

But for those that can afford it, there is now a huge unmet need that surely private operators will step in to fulfil? It is a huge opportunity. It’s now perfectly legal to establish a private cannabinoid medicine clinic. This will represent the cutting edge of the new medical cannabis market. It will require highly specialised doctors who are on the GMC’s specialist register. With a few months intensive training in Canada or the USA, possibly the Netherlands, an admin team that gets efficient with the procedures necessary to import. This is the makings of a very exciting, profitable new, private medicine enterprise, charging very expensive fees.

I understand this will offend some but I believe it must be encouraged. This is what will push the NHS to catch up. Historically, advances in medicine have always happened in the private sector first. This is how cannabis medicine has prospered in other countries and it will be the same in the UK.

So, the problem is still far from solved. For some years, many people will continue to suffer unnecessarily but we have made huge strides and the war is won. Now we must make the peace.

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  • Nigel Irrelevant
    Posted at 11:29h, 07 November Reply

    15 years ago I was diagnosed with Crohns, spent months in hospital & subsequent years on various treatment programmes. I lost my business & myself to some degree.

    A few years later I was recommended to try the plant by a fellow sufferer. This was at the same time that i was under consultation for bowel surgery and the eventual colostomy bag.

    But after vaping the oil I obtained from a grower sympathetic to medical patients – within weeks my symptoms subsided.

    No longer did I have the excruciating gut twisting pain and constant trips to the loo where I would bite down on a rolled towel to try and limit my screams when people were in the house. No longer did I have to walk round feeling shame that I’d soiled myself yet again in public.

    My strength and appetite returned. I then got off the steroids and all the other muck that was causing me all sorts of problems like Humira & my mental health improved.

    The IBD team i was under couldn’t fathom why my symptoms had subsided and indeed after a bowel examination – declared they no longer needed to see me on a regular basis. I only wish I had the nerve to have told them what I was doing in the background.

    Now 15 years later I have a good life, run a small business, married with 2 kids and haven’t seen a dr in many years. Look in to that what you will but I’m positive this plant has helped to turned my life around, I’m now self sufficient with my medicine and no longer reliant on the NHS & taxpayers money (at one point I estimate i was costing over 35k a year).

    If that’s a criminal act then so be it. I’m still standing.

    • Peter Reynolds
      Posted at 12:29h, 07 November Reply

      Brilliant. In the last 10 years I have received more emails telling me about the dramatic effects of cannabis on Crohn’s and other forms of IBD than on any other condition.

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