Echo readers call for access to cannabis-based medicines through NHS
Over 90% of Echo readers who voted in a recent poll have voted for people to have access to cannabis-based medicines through the NHS.
On Monday, November 11, it was announced that Epidyolex has been approved for two rare types of epilepsy while the spray Sativex has been recommended for muscle spasms in multiple sclerosis (MS).
In a Facebook poll, we asked you: “Should people be able to access cannabis-based medicines through the NHS?”
Over 1,200 readers voted in this poll and and 91% of those who did voted ‘yes’ while only 9% voted ‘no.’
This is what you had to say on the matter.
Paula Hudson said: “I have M.S and buy CBD oil myself from Amazon. It’s expensive. It’s going to save the NHS a fortune when I can eventually be off all the painkillers I’m taking.
“Of course it should be legalised and made more freely available on the NHS.
“It’s ridiculous that you have to pump yourself full of drugs that don’t work and are causing god knows what damage to you or pay a fortune for something that’s safe and effective.”
Ian Hedley argued: “Cannabis should be legal for everyone! We are going to fall behind the rest of the world. Safe, taxable product with hundreds of uses. Wake up government!”
Topher Kii said: “What a stupid question. If it works, then yes – obviously.”
Astrid Newby added: “Anyone who says no is an idiot.”
No readers argued against the proposition in the poll comments.