Cannabis and Epilepsy
21 November, 2018

Cannabis and Epilepsy

/ 5 years ago

Following years of campaigning for the medicinal benefits of cannabis, there were recently two high-profile cases which proved that the substance is effective in the treatment of epilepsy.

The cases of Alfie Dingley (6) and Billy Caldwell (12) led to a huge public outcry that they could not receive cannabis oil on prescription, despite evidence that it helped to control their seizures.

This prompted the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid to relax the rules on the use of cannabis products for medicinal purposes, and a reclassification of the drug saw it become a schedule two item in the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001.

What this means, is that doctors can now prescribe cannabis products to patients to help with the treatment of conditions such as epilepsy, providing that the products are deemed fit for this purpose.

The Scottish Mail on Sunday are looking to publish an article this weekend on both the experiences of patients using these products, as well as any difficulties faced in obtaining prescriptions for cannabis products.

Their reporter, Holly Bancroft, has contacted Purple Caffe to see if any of our families would be interested in discussing their experiences of prescribed cannabis products, since the landmark change on 1st November 2018.

If you would like to contact Holly, you can call her on 02036 154820 or email her

Holly is hoping to get a feel for peoples general experiences, so if you would like to speak to her, please get in touch before 2pm this Friday.


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