Article by Marie O’Halloran, The Irish Times
Legislation has been introduced in the Dáil to allow the use of cannabis and cannabis-related products for medicinal purposes, through the provision of a cannabis regulation authority.
People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith highlighted incidents where people affected by serious illnesses receive pain relief through the use of cannabis.
The Dublin South-Central TD said that in cases of Dravet syndrome, a very serious form of epilepsy which generally manifests itself in children “cannabis oil can help a great deal to prevent fitting and seizures”.
Ms Smith said the second group that uses it quite frequently are those with multiple sclerosis. “I know from living in Ballyfermot that many MS sufferers already obtain cannabis oil to give them relief but mainly the use of cannabis alleviates the nausea, muscle spasms and pain that go with multiple sclerosis.”