A woman suffering from fibromyalgia is thought to be the first patient in Britain to be prescribed medical cannabis after…
A woman suffering from fibromyalgia is thought to be the first patient in Britain to be prescribed medical cannabis after a change of law.
Carly Barton has a chronic pain condition after having had a stroke in her early twenties.
The former university teacher started using cannabis illegally about two years ago.
The 32-year-old chose cannabis after the strong opioid drugs, including morphine and fentanyl, she prescribed her sense of “zombied”
Last month, she was prescribed medical cannabis by the great Manchester-based private pain specialist Dr David McDowell in what They think is a British first.
The three-month recipe costs her around 2,500 kronor.
Doctors have been able to prescribe cannabis products to patients in the UK since November 1 after the drug was relocated.
But Barton, who lives in Brighton, says interim guidelines that make it difficult for NHS doctors to prescribe the drug, is “a ban under another name”.
“The guidelines they have produced do not work. To the extent they have been produced, no doctor has been advised to write a prescription,” she said.
“These guidelines need to put on fire as far as I’m concerned, and NHS specialists need to be made to feel comfortable to make a clinical decision.”
] Barton, Deputy Director of Patient Alliance United Patients Alliance, said the change of legislation is “meaningless” without changing the guidelines.
She added: “At the moment patients are wasting out, there are posters in the waiting rooms that say they do not even ask about it, people do not get time if they say that’s the reason they’re coming over the phone.”
” There is a complete and completely silent approach – people turn around and do not want to discuss it – and it’s because specialists have no information. 19659002] “They are not worth the paper they are printed on and it has to change tomorrow.”
Consultant Dr McDowell also highlighted the perceived lack of research on medical cannabis, as well as an ongoing stigma surrounding its use as factors for to tell other doctors to prescribe the drug.
“I do not think anyone is going to say that this is a magic wonder drug, but it’s cert. It’s quite true to say I think there’s evidence that this is beneficial,” he says. 19659002] “It is used quite often in other parts of the world and there is increasing evidence that people can reduce their opioid consumption and maybe other drugs
” I suppose that’s why I think that’s the right way forward. “
Ms. Barton says she can only afford the first recipe and still faces the wait while a specialist importer receives a license to import the medicine.
She said she hopes an NHS specialist will renew her prescription or she faces “being a criminal” by buying her drugs in the black market.
“I’ve been in situations where it was not safe to do that,” she said.
“I have walked in dark parks, meet strangers on their own in the winter of anxiety, in terrible situations and that’s the reality of what happens to people across the country who canceling cannabis for different conditions.”  She added: “We will be put in a position where the rich are patients and the poor are criminals.”
The decision to relocate cannabis products followed several high-profile cases, including young epilepsy sufferers Alfie Dingley and Billy Caldwell, whose condition appeared to help with cannabis oil.
However, the drugs can only be prescribed by a specialist doctor, not a practitioner, on a case-by-case basis.
NHS guidance states that a decision to prescribe cannabis products should only be done where other treatment options have been exhausted.