How many people in the UK could cannabis potentially help medicinally?

An estimated one million people in the UK use cannabis for medical purposes, the vast majority forced to do so illegally, despite the law change that legalised some ‘cannabis-based’ medicines a year ago.

But how many people could potentially benefit from cannabis, or at least being denied the option of seeing if cannabis helps them? The Guardian recently compiled a list:

Cancer: 360,000 new cases each year (Cancer Research)

Crohn’s disease: 146,000 (Crohn’s & Colitis UK)

Dementia (including Alzheimer’s): 850,000 (Alzheimer’s Society)

Epilepsy: More than 500,000

Fibromyalgia: 1.5-2 million (Fibromyalgia Action UK)

HIV/Aids: 100,000 (National Aids Trust)

Parkinson’s: 145,000 (Parkinson’s UK)

Rheumatoid arthritis: 400,000 (National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society)

That’s a total of up to 4.5 million people who have been and continue to be denied the option of using cannabis for its medicinal qualities – and that’s not including people who suffer from anxiety and depression, ie one in four people, around 16.5 million (Mental Health Foundation).

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