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UK NewsWoman is first UK patient to get cannabis prescription

21:05  02 december  2018
21:05  02 december  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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Medical cannabis will be made available to UK patients via prescription from next month, after a long battle with spotlight on children and other The new regime, which moves the drug to schedule two, will apply to cannabis oil that contains THC, the active ingredient that causes people to get “high”

The UK is only proposing that controlled cannabis be legal strictly with a prescription . But Professor Alex Stevens from the University of Kent's School of UK doctors will be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis from NEXT MONTH. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the main ingredients in medical marijuana.

Woman is first UK patient to get cannabis prescription © NetStorage Carly Barton is using up her savings to fund the drug for three months A 32-year-old woman is believed to be the first person prescribed cannabis in the UK after it was made legal for medicinal use last month.

Carly Barton, from Brighton, who suffers constant pain from fibromyalgia following a stroke in her 20s, was given a prescription by a private doctor who specialises in pain management.

The NHS is not funding the treatment, so she is having to pay £2,500 for three months' treatment herself.

She hopes that if she can show it is helping her chronic pain, it could "open the floodgates" for the government to decide to pay for the treatment for herself and others.

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The first NHS prescription for medical marijuana has been given to an 11-year-old boy with severe epilepsy. Billy Caldwell began taking cannabis oil for his seizures after seeing a childhood epilepsy expert in California, where medical marijuana is legal, late last year.

DOCTORS in the UK are set to be allowed to prescribe medicinal cannabis as the Government relaxes a Specialist physicians will be able to prescribe cannabis -derived medicinal products this autumn. "This will help patients with an exceptional clinical need, but is in no way a first step to the

"In terms of money this is going to cost me everything I have, so two and a half grand for three months' supply," she said in a Facebook video.

"The reason I'm putting this on the line is I feel this is a route to getting an NHS prescription."

The drug is having to be imported from the Netherlands and Ms Barton is unsure when she will be able to collect her medication - which consists of two flower-based cannabis products.

Woman is first UK patient to get cannabis prescription © Getty Ms Barton will take two flower-based cannabis products each day. File pic She will take a gramme of each product every day.

Ms Barton said doctors need clearer guidelines on when and how they can prescribe the drug, and she is also worried a "two-tier system" will emerge where people who cannot afford to pay for the treatment have to continue buying it illegally.

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The UK government has refused to allow medical cannabis in the UK on the basis that it has “no It is available on prescription for patients such as those suffering the effects of multiple sclerosis, but He added that UK patients are either denied access and suffering unnecessarily or are forced to buy

"I shouldn't realistically have to pay this amount of money," she said.

"It's going to last me three months and then I'm back in the same situation... I will be back to being a criminal unless i can convince the NHS specialist to rewrite the prescription."

Talking to Sky News last month, she described how she has previously had to go out "in agony in the dark" to buy the drug from strangers.

Ms Barton said the high cost of the drug is down to the cost of importing it and that the cannabis flower itself - produced by Dutch company Bedrocan - only costs around six euro a gramme.

Doctors got permission to prescribe cannabis products on 1 November after a summer of campaigning by parents including Charlotte Caldwell, whose son Billy has severe epilepsy.

Woman is first UK patient to get cannabis prescription © Reuters Charlotte Caldwell says Billy's condition has improved since he got the drug She went to Canada to procure the cannabis oil she says controls his seizures, but was not allowed to bring it back into the UK.

Her fight to keep the drug led to a policy review by Home Secretary Sajid Javid who brought in the law change after advice from experts on the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and the UK's chief medical adviser.

The new guidelines say doctors should only prescribe cannabis-based medicine if other options have been exhausted, for conditions including rare childhood epilepsy and multiple sclerosis as well as to help deal with nausea from chemotherapy drugs.

Health Minister Simon Harris says he'd like to see Irish farmers growing cannabis.
Minister Harris revealed he hopes to pass legislation clearing the drug for medicinal use in 2019 . And he told Ear to the Ground that he would like to see a homegrown crop of medical marijuana in the future. RTE’s flagship farming series examined how the crop could be grown in Ireland if it is given the green light by the government. Minister Harris said: “This is not about the recreational use and people smoking joints.

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