Why Should Cannabis be Legalized for Medicinal Use?
As per MS Society, 10,000 individuals who are suffering from Multiple Sclerosis in the UK should be allowed to use cannabis legally in order to relieve their “relentless and exhausting” symptoms, experts in the disease have told ministers.
There’s no effective treatment for their pain and muscle spasms for few people who are suffering from MS. People with MS shouldn’t have to break the law to get the relief they need. It has active ingredients called cannabinoids. Two of these – tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) – Both are part of the active ingredients of Sativex, a prescription drug. This medicine is used for pain relief of muscle spasms in a disease called Multiple Sclerosis.
There are few other cannabis-based medicines such as cannabinoid called as Nabilone, is occasionally to relieve sickness in people having chemotherapy.
As per MS Society, around 72% people with Multiple Sclerosis we asked said cannabis should be legalised for medicinal purposes. Evidence shows cannabis for medicinal use works for some people to relieve pain and muscle spasms in MS when other treatments don’t work.
Countries including Germany and Canada have already made Cannabis available for medicinal use, and Ireland is considering it.
So what is Cannabis?
It is also commonly called Marijuana, Weed, Pot, Dope or Grass is the most widely used illegal drug in the United Kingdom. We can broadly divide it into 2 broad categories.
Cannabis that’s grown and sold illegally comes in these main types:
• Marijuana or ‘weed’ (the plant’s dried leaves and flowers). These days the most common type is the Skunk, a very strong strain of cannabis with high levels of THC.
• Hash (the drug in its smokeable resin form).
• Cannabis oils.
There are certain products which are made using the CBD chemical found in cannabis. These products include oils you take by mouth (for example, under your tongue or with a mouth spray) or by vaporising. They will not get you too high as they the amount is very little or they do not have THC in them.
As per law, these types of oils cannot be sold publically for medicinal use without a licence. But you could find some are selling them as ‘food supplements’.
There are 2 types of cannabis-based medicine which are legally allowed to be sold in the UK as they have gone through the trails and testing process.
Nabilone, which comes under the name Cesamet – It is for cancer patients which helps them feeling sick during chemotherapy.
Sativex, which comes under the name Nabiximols- It is a mouth spray to treat muscle spasms and stiffness in MS. It is only available through NHS in Wales. Anywhere in the UK, a doctor can give you a private prescription for Sativex if you can afford the cost.
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