Supplying any form of cannabis in the UK could land you in prison for up to 14 years. Yet some people are giving away thousands of pounds’ worth of cannabis oil to help people in pain for no personal gain.
The Viceland documentary series “Weediquette” exposed the UK’s underground medical marijuana scene supplying cannabis oil for pain
The Independent comments on the documentary “Weediquette”, which examined the underground medical marijuana movement or “compassionate caregiving” in the UK. A dealer, going by the pseudonym “Hydro”, supplies people with cannabis oil for their pain. He produces the oil from the leaves of the plant, which get discarded by growers.
The value of the oil given away by Hydro for free is estimated at £20,000. One could possibly argue that Hydro is just giving his 10th back to his community, but he is taking a huge risk, with seemingly no gain in order to relieve the suffering of others.
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Cannabis oil for pain: a father’s story
One of the patients interviewed in the documentary is Paul Webster Hughes, he has been suffering debilitating headaches and migraines after he had a stroke ten years ago. Paul is the single father of two children. He describes his daily headaches as “a tightening of a skullcap” on his head.
Krishna Andavolu of Viceland told the Independent that he found Paul’s testimony the most touching on the show. Paul has suffered pain and migraines ever since he had a stroke. He is a thinking man, and is well aware of the consequences of procuring the drug illegally, but he found it to be the most effective treatment. He is putting his family in jeopardy to be a better father, and he understands the risk he is taking.
Look beyond the dangers of “skunk”
Andavolu says that when people begin to understand the medicinal value and the therapeutic benefits of cannabis, and don’t just look at the potential danger of “skunk,” they will recognize that it can bring real change in the lives of ordinary people who suffer.
As a US citizen, Andavolu encourages campaigners in the UK to take inspiration from cannabis activists abroad who have fought to loosen cannabis laws for decades. It is starting to pay off in the US, as four more states have legalized recreational use. Most cannabis campaigners consider this a game-changer as cannabis tolerance has shifted gear.
Effort brought change
Andavolu says a concerted effort on the part of grassroots activists and organizations can bring about real change. In the troubled times we live in where separatism rules, he still has hope that political systems can work towards bettering the lives of citizens.
As one comment on the article by the Independent states: “The reality is, there is a great deal of very responsible, effective work being carried out, and real progress being made in Parliament and government in the UK.”
So, the conclusion could be that as activists begin to work in an organized way with studies to support their claims, laws on medical marijuana are being changed, and perhaps patients will soon obtain it on prescription from a doctor who knows exactly what dose is needed.