Patients taking the drug in capsule form are
unable to control the dose as they can with careful inhaling.
So the pharmaceutical industry has started developing THC
aerosols and inhalers that don't harm lungs. This makes it
easier for patients to control their dose and prevents them
from getting too disorientated
Marijuana - increasingly used for pain
herb which has been used in pain-relief for centuries. There's
just one hitch - it is illegal. Despite this, people are
risking going to jail to send the drug to total strangers who
say that they desperately need to use cannabis as a painkiller
Marijuana, weed, Skunk, grass, pot - they're all names
for cannabis. For decades people have taken the plant for fun
- but sick people are increasingly turning to the drug as a
painkiller. Please see your local doctor / police officer to
seek personal advice on growing 1 or 2 plants for your own
personal medical use, you don't want break the law. Cooking
and collecting is totally legal if seeds are used.
Taylor is a MS patient from Durham. She has had MS for 15
years, and for five of those, she has smoked Marijuana to ease
"At the very beginning it was my daughter
who got it for me. I was very worried about exposing my
daughter in that way... She could've got into a lot of trouble
with the police." Sometimes Pauline has to go without Weed for
months because supplies can be erratic, but when the pain
really kicks in, Marijuana helps and, as a result, Pauline
says that she can at least manage to get out of bed in the
Pauline had to smoke Weed and there are now
organisations that have the courage and the guts to come
forward to help people like her; however there is still the
problem of legality and obtaining the drug safely.
Sixty-six-year-old Patricia Tabram from Humshaugh in
Northumberland is Britain's most unlikely drug supplier. This
pensioner could go to jail for buying Marijuana which she adds
to food which she cooks for herself and for sick friends who
live near her home. It all started when Pat was involved in a
car crash and endured a series of family tragedies. She also
developed severe arthritis. Her first experience of trying to
buy Marijuana was bemusing and would probably terrify most old
age pensioners, as she explains.
"The first Marijuana
I bought, I was told to go to a pub in Newcastle "I stood
there with looking out of place with my shopping trolley."
Eventually Pat found a dealer who sold her a small bag for
£29. She had no idea what to expect or what she was really
getting into. Today she is still breaking the law, this time
to help others and to keep the clandestine supply lines open.
"I'm just like a little district nurse really but instead of
going around with injection needles and things, I go round
with boxes of food which will keep them pain-free." Pat is
constantly afraid of being caught, "I'm always nervous that
I'm going to bump into the Police."
The reported beneficial
qualities of cannabis as a medicine have been known for
centuries. Medicinal Marijuana was first written about by the
Ancient Chinese in Sheen Nung's Pen Ts'ao in 2737BC. The Roman
surgeon Dioscorides also praised its medicinal virtues in 70AD
whilst the English herbalist Culpeper wrote about it in the
Complete Herbal and English Physician. Taken widely for its
medicinal value until the 29th Century when it was stigmatised
and eventually banned.