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Our view on a recent medicinal cannabis article

In relation to the recent BBC article, we would have to echo the sentiments of Health Secretary Matt Hancock that this is a "tremendous step forward" generally but that there was still "a long way to go" to improving access. However, due to the lack of research in respect of chronic pain and cannabis and specifically fibromyalgia we will continue to have people being pushed to break the law in order to access a treatment that can potentially help them. 
 
We were speaking to a helpline caller Christopher yesterday, that was mentioning that he had found success with CBD oil personally where others have not. He is in the unenviable position of not being able to afford a treatment which does not have enough clinical evidence support its use, but he is about to source illegal cannabis from the street instead. We do not support his choice but understand his desperation. 
 
However, it is not acceptable for people to have generally working prescribed treatments withdrawn from them on terms of costs. People with chronic pain are having medications stopped abruptly, without alternatives and without explanation at the moment. We need effective treatments for people with chronic pain and not have a situation where the chronically ill are having to break the law. The current guidance legitimises cannabis as an option but puts it out of reach of people.
 
This move by the government is a step in the right direction but situations like Christopher's are all to common within our community and the current state of affairs will increase this body of anecdotal evidence. 
 

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