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These People Face Excruciating Pain Daily, But Medicinal Cannabis Makes Life Bearable

Tuesday 19 February 2019


From Australia's ABC News:


Christian Read
PHOTO: Christian said repeated high doses of painkillers
made his body feel like a "haunted house".
(ABC News: Mary Lloyd)

These people face excruciating pain daily, but medicinal cannabis makes life bearable

By national medical reporter Sophie Scott and the Specialist Reporting Team's Mary Lloyd
19 February 2019
© 2019 ABC.

Christian Read has taken everything from period pain pills to heavy opioid-based medication to manage the severe pain he suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS).


After years of unrelenting pain, Mr Read approached a local GP about possible treatment with medicinal cannabis and was offered a low dose.

He said "within a week" he realised it was making a difference.

"It's been remarkable how quickly it transformed my day-to-day living," Mr Read said.

For patients like Mr Read, accessing alternatives such as medicinal cannabis had been difficult until the Federal Government relaxed restrictions in March 2018.

New data obtained by the ABC revealed just how popular the controversial treatment had become, with more than 3,100 medicinal cannabis scripts approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) from March to January 2019.


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