Medical Cannabis Awareness week is starting from the 1st of November. This week brings all the patients, doctors, sectors, organizations, supporters, and advocates of Medical Cannabis on a single platform. It highlights the importance of this issue. This time in 2020 one of the main goals of this week is getting fair access to Medical Cannabis via NHS. We recently discussed how medical cannabis could be the solution to the UK’s biggest medical issues. It looks like the decision is more important now than ever.
The UK changed the law about two years ago on November 1st, 2018 to allow medical Cannabis use for the NHS. However, the number of prescriptions issued since then is surprisingly low. There is another alarming factor. This behavior is pushing more and more people to turn to private prescriptions as well as the illegal consumption of cannabis products. The illegal consumption of cannabis to treat medical conditions has risen to about 1.4 million patients in the UK.
Meanwhile, the patients who cannot afford private treatment are forced to wait. They are prescribed conventional medicine that has some serious side effects. The fear, stigma, and financial barriers of society are preventing them to get the fastest growing medical treatment in the world. It is for this reason that the Patient-Led Engagement for Access CIC (PLEA) is asking NHS for better access to cannabis treatment for patients. It is one of their main agenda during Medical Cannabis Awareness Week in the UK.
Dr. Mala Mawkin, the Advisory Board Member at PLEA talked about some of the problems NHS is facing right now. According to her, although the doctors have the green flag to prescribe Medical Cannabis. The healthcare system in the UK is still falling behind on the process. She said that the Medical Cannabis industry has made immense progress worldwide. The pharmaceutical-grade THC/CBD medicines are not only cheaper but also safer than conventional alternatives.
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One of the main areas where Medical Cannabis can help is chronic pain, neurological, or psychiatric conditions. These include fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, anxiety, and PTSD. The conventional medication is not only dangerous but addictive as well. In addition, the patients continue to face problems from healthcare professionals when trying to access the treatment.
Therefore in Medical Cannabis Awareness Week, patients from all over the UK will share personal experiences about the life-changing impact of Medical Cannabis. They will also share the problems they faced during the process of getting prescriptions in the UK. People from different fields are holding talks and events. There is a tour of one legal cannabis growing facility and conversations with medical cannabis patients and doctors all to educate the public more about the topic.
Medical Cannabis Awareness week is an initiative from PLEA which highlights the quality of life with medical cannabis. It will enable patients to access their medicine free from the harms of stigmatization, geographical inconsistencies, and financial barriers worldwide. PLEA is also looking into the research behind this new form of medicine. In this way, they support their arguments with evidence from various medical studies.
Talking about their goal this time Abby Hughes, the Outreach Director at PLEA, said. “It’s time to end the inequality and ensure everyone who needs it has the opportunity to benefit from medical cannabis treatment. During Medical Cannabis Awareness Week, we’re calling for fair access, we’re promoting medical cannabis education for all, and we’re directly addressing the stigma faced by patients.”
PLEA has plans to host Medical Cannabis Awareness Week during the first week of November each year. This event will not only help the patients in the UK it will also stand as an example for the rest of the world. NHS is one of the most evolved healthcare organizations in the world. When it gives green light to Medical CAnnabis treatment a lot of other organizations worldwide will also join it.