Despite the help cannabis provided Sharon, the ancient herbal medication is still demonized in British society due to the decades of Prohibition and propaganda rhetoric, such as the current “Skunk” madness circling British media stories.
The current climate of fear about cannabis is putting patients, who could significantly benefit, off from trying cannabinoid medications:
“I deal with this issue all the time with terminal patients who are afraid to take it, even after I explain all the potential benefits.
Sharon and her husband
“The stigma is so bad they probably think I’m mad!
“I can only lead them to the water, I can’t make them drink. It’s so sad to me, as a warrior for legalise medical cannabinoids.”
“I’m made to feel like a criminal, but I would go to jail in a second rather than die!
“I try very hard to get my terminal friends to take it, but the stigma cannabis gets makes me sick.
“By the time they make it legal, I will have lost many friends who are truly beautiful people. People, who are in the worst pain imaginable!
“Shame on the establishment! They have blood on their hands!
“Medical cannabis is an amazing, natural, medicine. No one will stop me from what I am doing. Ever!”
Not fazed by the law surrounding cannabis, or the stigma, Sharon informed her medical team exactly what she was using, finding surprising support:
“I told every doctor I have had what I use; ‘they say good!’ They were so positive about it.
“When I was given the all-clear on Monday, they were nonchalant about it. I know their hands are tied though.”
Cannabis clearly has the potential to help so many people who are in life-threatening medical conditions or constant pain. Without it, brave women like Sharon may not be alive.
Due to prohibition, patients are at the mercy of the black market, often being over charged or scammed by criminal gangs.
The cannabis picked up from street dealers may not be the right strain, with the right cannabinoid ratio, for a patient, and is often over-priced, leaving patients in financial ruin, just for trying to access a medication.
“I took street cannabis,” Sharon explained, “but I didn’t like the high it gave me.”
Thankfully organizations and clubs are being set up all over the UK to defy the government and bring medical cannabis to those who need it most.
“I just wanted something for the pain. I am not, nor was ever, a smoker.
Unlike many medical cannabis users in the UK, however, Sharon was able to find a Compassion Club, The Tottenham Compassion Club (TTCC), after speaking to Callie Blackwell, who brought medical cannabis into headlines last year after going on national TV to announce it had helped save her son’s life.
“As soon as I had cancer I started looking into Medical Cannabis.
“I contacted Callie after seeing her on loose women and she gave me the details for someone from Tottenham Compassion Club (TTCC).
“I had messages from many different sources, including a lab in Barcelona, offering me help.
“I decided to go with TTCC after a long conversation with one of their members. He advised me to begin a 1:1 tincture in August, last year.
1:1 THC:CBD medical cannabis provided by TTCC
“He also gave me cannabis flowers, high in CBD, and that was it!
“He is a life saver! My pain just went away, it was truly amazing!
Sharon with Tony, a member of TTCC, outside Parliament protesting the prohibition of medical cannabis
“There was no high like the street stuff, and I knew exactly what I’m getting when I use the tincture and flowers from TTCC.”
“Having him has provided peace of mind. I no longer need to worry about going to the streets anymore.”