Pubdate: Thu, 18 Sep 2003
Source: Worthing Herald (UK)
Copyright: 2003 Johnston Press New Media
Author: Rob Scott-Wright
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal)


Mr Stubbs need not be concerned that cannabis is causing an increase in
psychiatric admissions (Real cost of cannabis, September 4). It seems more
likely that sufferers from mental illness are increasingly using cannabis to
treat their condition. Evidence of the drug's medicinal and stress relieving
properties are becoming more widely known among patients and doctors alike.

According to a survey published by the journal Disability Now a quarter of
disabled people in Britain are now taking cannabis with their doctors'
approval. No one would consider that cannabis causes their physical
disability. The company licensed to produce cannabis-based medicines is
currently looking for people suffering from mental illness to become
involved in clinical trials to find out if cannabis is indeed a safer
alternative treatment to psychiatric drugs.

Rob Scott-Wright, Parents Against Lethal Drugs (PALAD)
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