#8 - Medical Cannabis, Mum and Me

Lucy Stafford is a medical cannabis patient and advocate. Having spent most of her teenage years in severe pain, dependent on opiates and a feeding tube, discovering medical cannabis has transformed her health and quality of life. She is passionate about working towards a healthcare system that integrates the use of medical cannabis in the UK. Lucy is a Director at Patient Led Engagement for Access (PLEA) and patient access consultant for Project Twenty21.

Lucy and Kate Stafford (mother) join the professor to recount their difficulties obtaining a medical cannabis prescription in the UK. From reluctant doctors to Amsterdam coffeeshops, Lucy and Kate have first-hand experience of navigating this difficult system.

Ehlers Danlos Syndrome – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/ehlers-danlos-syndromes/

Volcano Vaporizer – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16637053

Cannabis – https://drugscience.org.uk/drug-information/cannabis/

PLEA – https://www.pleacommunity.org.uk

PLEA Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pleacommunity/

PLEA Community Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/3199307166781022/

Twenty21 – https://drugscience.org.uk/project-twenty21/

Medical Cannabis education – https://drugscience.org.uk/medical-cannabis-educational-slides/

Wheelchair accessible coffee shop in Amsterdam – https://kooi.business.site/

Lucy’s vaporizer – https://www.storz-bickel.com/en/catalog/product/view/id/139

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