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Pensioner arrested for growing cannabis, says won’t stop as it keeps him alive

Pensioner arrested for growing cannabis


Recently a pensioner was arrested for growing cannabis at his home. Despite the unfortunate incident, the man refuses to stop growing cannabis as the drug helps him stay alive. Tony Bevington, 79, uses CBD and THC extracts from his cannabis plants to ease his kidney failure symptoms, but he was cautioned soon after his neighbors complained. 

Bevington, a former teacher said he would probably be dead if it were not for cannabis. He said the reason why he grows his own cannabis is to ensure its quality and stay away from dubious drug dealers that might slip him some illicit drug.

He said that the benefits of medical marijuana are growing popularity along with the evidence that supports it. Tony is a resident of Camborne, Cornwall, and he was arrested with two other family members but insists that the cannabis was solely for his use only. 

Bevington was diagnosed with stage three kidney failure about two years ago. 

Although it is illegal to cultivate cannabis, medical CBD was legalized last year after many severe cases of epileptic children came up. Despite some relaxation from the government regarding medical cannabis, campaigners continue to argue that medical cannabis is rarely offered by the NHS and that private treatment can cost up to £1,000 a month.

Phil Monk, from “We The Undersigned” said that poor folks risk their health on unlicensed medical cannabis markets or grow their own cannabis for their need. What’s wrong with that? On the other hand, Devon & Cornwall Police said that the legislation is a matter of the government and three people remain under investigation for conducting drug-related offenses. 

Currently, the NHS has only approved two cannabis-based medicines that are used to alleviate the symptoms of epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Both medicines are grown and developed in the UK so doctors will now be able to prescribe Epidyolex, a CBD based medicine to children who suffer from two rare and severe forms of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome and Lennox Gastaut syndrome.

According to clinical trials, Epidyolex has a significant amount of CBD or cannabidiol and can help in reducing the number of seizures by up to 40% in some cases. The estimated number of patients in England suffering from Dravet syndrome is about 3,000 and nearly 5,000 from Lennox Gastaut syndrome.

Epidyolex is free from THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound found in marijuana plants that cause hallucinations or gives a “high” to the user when they smoke weed or pot. While the second cannabis-based drug approved by the NHS, Sativex, a mouth spray used to combat multiple sclerosis consists of a mixture of THC and CBD. Sativex has been found to have significant effects on reducing muscle spasms and stiffness. However, doctors are not allowed to prescribe Sativex for treating pain. 

A lot of confusion persists around whether or not people can legally access Sativex and Epidyolex, and if doctors are restricted to prescribe these medicines, how are patients going to benefit from the legalization? 

Despite such stringent regulations regarding CBD based medication, the UK consumer market is flooded with CBD products such as gummy bears, oils, tincture, capsule, isolate, soft gels,m vape pens, dietary supplements, beverages, pet products, and whatnot. Right from online websites to brick and mortar stores, consumers can access CBD products easily. 

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People are relying on CBD to relieve stress, anxiety, depression, inflammation, muscle pain, chronic ache, etc. While there is a lack of evidence that supports the alleged medical claims made by CBD, but there is still proof that suggests how CBD can be a potent substance and help in the overall improvement of a person’s wellbeing. 

More researchers are looking into how CBD reacts with other pharmaceutical drugs and discovering the side effects of CBD if any. According to a study, CBD has been found potent in alleviating the symptoms of life-threatening diseases such as cancer. The substance has garnered massive popularity over the past few years, especially after the U.S. federal government legalized hemp.

Ivan writes about Cannabis at The Cannabis Radar. He has a degree in Nutrition Sciences from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Centre. He likes to spend his spare time reading to his daughter or spending time with his wife.

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