A Scottish charitable organisation launches today which will help buy medicinal cannabis oil for people with health conditions.
Individuals who want to use cannabis oil but who cannot afford to do so without financial assistance can apply for assistance; donations are also sought.
Believed to be the UK’s first charity helping people in this way, Scottish Cannabis Oil Assistance Programme (S.C.O.A.P.) is now a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).
One of the directors, Suzanne Kelly said:
“We see this recognition not only as a huge step forward for our fundraising, but as an acknowledgement that medicinal cannabis oil has a part to play in alleviating the symptoms of illnesses such as Fibromyalgia. It was an acquaintance with this particular debilitating condition that sparked the idea for this charity. They greatly benefit from using oil – but the monthly cost is over their budget.
Medicinal cannabis oil was only recently legalised in the UK, and it is an expensive proposition. The other directors and I hope to start raising funds to help people who might benefit from cannabis oil. Full details of how to donate or how to apply for assistance can be found on S.C.O.A.P’s website.”
Evidence is mounting in the US and the UK that cannabis oil can help a variety of health problems; more research is still needed. The oil currently available here does not contain THC, the ingredient associated with a cannabis ‘high’.
“We expect people to come to S.C.O.A.P. after doing their own research and speaking to their medical practitioners. We are not doctors and are not promising any results or cures. However, the anecdotal feedback and growing body of clinical evidence has convinced the directors that helping to get oil to people who want but cannot afford it is a worthwhile endeavour.”
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