When I read these headlines in today’s Daily Mail, I just wished I had been one of the thousands the NHS had picked to trial cannabis.

It will be taken daily through inhalers in the trial with 5,000 participants who are suffering from chronic pain.

The plant given through an inhaler will vaporise the drug. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) will then assess to see if cannabis should become approved as part of a treatment for millions of people in chronic pain.

Cannabis on the NHS could prevent people self-medicating and resorting to drug dealers or even ordering the drugs over the internet. Cannabis may also be safer than opioids which are the usual treatment for chronic pain sufferers.

Medicinal cannabis has been legalised in the UK since 2018 but it’s not something I have ever been offered. However, ‘whole plant’ treatments have not been approved…

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