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

Science & Medical

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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