Home Affairs Committee - Drugs: Breaking the CycleWritten evidence submitted by Anonymous (DP012)

I wish to submit a testimony regarding the use of Cannabis Indica and Sativa as medicine.

I was put on SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) anti-depressants at the end of a relationship though I was not depressed. Whilst on these anti-depressants, I actually developed suicidal ideation, self harm urges and a worsening of depression. In my desperation to stop these dreadful effects and side effects, I turned to ingested cannabis in controlled doses. Never has any other remedy provided levels of relief as my cannabis compound did. It made me see what the SSRI anti-depressants were actually doing to me. I discovered I’d been falsely diagnosed with bipolar to cover up the seriously dangerous SSRI anti-depressants.

Cannabis actually saved my life as had I not tried it, I would still be stuck on terrible psychiatric drugs believing the lies that I had bipolar, when it was in fact an adverse drug reaction to Seroxat withdrawal which caused a brief period of mania. I spent seven years being told I was mentally ill when it was the pharmaceuticals I was being given causing me problems along with a mishandled ruptured silicone implant which I might add has devastated my health.

Cannabis is the best anti-depressant I have ever used, it helps me sleep, calms my post traumatic stress, helps with inflammation caused by ruptured silicone implant, helps me take pleasure in life again after years of unnecessary drug treatment due to misdiagnosis and when I’ve used it in the past, I’ve needed less morphine, co-codamol and tramadol and been able to manage without diazepam.

It helps me concentrate so I can read and function during the day and have a restorative sleep at night. I have written to my MP, the Home Office, my GP and been asking for Sativex or the dutch prescription medicinal cannabis, Bedrocan for some time but simply had my pleas denied. I am having to survive on tablets which offer only minimal relief and which cause dependency and additional harmful side effects. I wish to have my driving licence back which was taken from me due to the side effects of Olanzapine which was given me for severe anxiety, and not to be labelled a criminal so I have had to stop purchasing street Cannabis, not only because I am uncomfortable breaking the law but because I don’t know how clean and safe the product I am buying is.

Cannabis outclassed Seroxat, Prozac, Sertraline, Diazepam, Lorazepam, Tegretol, Olanzapine, Lamictal, Quetiapine and Haloperidol, all of which were horrendous to take and caused suicidal ideation, self harm, depersonalisation and a whole host of horrendous side effects. I wasn’t even depressed when first prescribed Prozac and ignored when I voiced my concerns about paroxetine causing self harm. These drugs are lethal and destroy humanity and nearly destroyed me. Cannabis is safe and highly effective when used with knowledge and I consider it a violation of my human rights to be denied safe access to this remedy and to have to beg for it is one more burden that saps the life out of me. I am happy to pay a grow and import licence fee for personal use only and choose safe methods of administration such as ingesting and vaporising.

Please I entreat you, grant me and many other patients safe access to the medicine which works to give me the best quality of life so I’m not forced to lead a life of misery on highly addictive and brain damaging drugs which only offer limited relief.

It is my firm belief that Cannabis oil is the long hidden cure for cancer. It has been demonized by the press and Sativex is actually a skunk extract and can get the patient as high as a space cake from a Dutch coffee shop. The lies and misinformation about cannabis has deceived a generation of people and banished millions of suffering ones to lives of misery. People’s ego and reputation gets in the way of truth when something is unpopular or “looks bad”. This is wicked and a betrayal of one’s own species.

Cannabis is already being prescribed all over the world from legitimate clinics run by respected Medics. Tinctures and other forms of treatment are providing relief to thousands of people. It is not right that citizens of the UK should be denied access to this safe effective remedy and be ignored when reporting adverse drug reactions to dangerous drugs passed as safe by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). May I remind anyone who is interested what Professor David Nutt said that Cannabis is less harmful than alcohol. Let policy be based of genuine facts rather than political agenda and hidden motives.

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December 2011

Prepared 8th December 2012