A groundbreaking webinar exploring the experiences of mothers and their children who require cannabis medicines to manage their conditions.
Cannabis Health Magazine, Integro Medical Clinics and Cannabis Patients Advocacy and Support Services (CPASS) are delighted to present a four-part webinar series exploring the experience of women who have struggled to feel supported by the healthcare system in their own or their children’s journeys to diagnosis.
The second episode in this ground-breaking series, will focus on the logistical and societal complexities facing mothers who are both prescribed medical cannabis and those whose children require cannabis medicines to manage their conditions.
It is widely understood that the current model of medicine has largely ignored the complexity of the female body. Women’s pain is not acted on as quickly and many conditions present differently in women than in men and take longer to diagnose. Women can end up living with symptoms for many years before they are correctly diagnosed and treated.
Increasingly women are finding that cannabis based medicines (CBM’s) can be the key to managing either their own or their children’s chronic health conditions.
Aimed at both the general public and professional caregivers, this webinar series aims to explore the application of cannabis medicines in the management of complex health conditions, and to highlight some of the wider issues surrounding gender inequalities which exist in our modern medical model.
Hannah Deacon is an award-winning campaigner on access to medical cannabis.
She ran a campaign in 2017/18 with the lobby group End Our Pain to fight for access to medical cannabis on the NHS for her son Alfie. The campaign was successful and resulted in her son’s doctors receiving the first permanent schedule one license to prescribe medical cannabis on the NHS for him in June 2018. This campaign led to the law change in November 2018. Alfie received the first legal NHS prescription for medical cannabis and still benefits from this nearly three years later.
Hannah now continues to campaign for fair access to medical cannabis treatments on the NHS, and is also the Executive Director of The Medical Cannabis Clinicians society and Director of Maple Tree Consultancy. Through this work, she hopes to help create a patient-focused sector which will benefit patients like her son Alfie.
She is also the co-founder and vice chair of the organisation of Medcan Support, helping to support parents and carers of children who require cannabis medicines to manage their conditions.
Gillian was diagnosed with depression and anxiety in her teen years, and then later in life with PTSD and fibromyalgia. Gillian used various different medications to combat her symptoms.
Over the years, she has tried numerous antidepressants and gabapentinoids in order to try and subdue high pain levels and various other symptoms that she has been suffering from. Since being prescribed medical cannabis in April 2020, Gillian’s life has changed and she is able to spend her time with her six children, five of whom have ASD, therefore needing a lot of support. Subsequently, the pressure has been taken off of Gillian’s husband, who previously was in charge of the family’s daily life.
Gillian is an avid patient advocate and a member of PLEA (Patient-Led Engagement for Access) Patient Working Group. She wants cannabis medicines to be available through the NHS for anyone who requires it and wants to see an end to the stigma surrounding parents who take cannabis medication.
Dr Sally Ghazaleh
Dr Ghazaleh is a Pain Management Consultant at the Whittington Hospital, and the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery, London. She also prescribes cannabis-based medicines and is the Women’s Pain Expert at Integro Medical Clinics.
Sally specialises in managing patients with lower back pain, neck pain, neuropathic pain, abdominal pain, cancer pain, complex regional pain syndrome, post stroke pain and fibromyalgia. She has a particular interest in bladder and abdominal pain in women, and women’s health in general. She is fluent in Arabic, English and Hungarian.
Sarah Higgins CNS
Sarah is a Clinical Nurse Specialist, with over 10 years’ experience working in the NHS. She developed an interest in medical cannabis and its application in women’s health following the implementation of routine screening for recreational drug use in sexual and reproductive health services. On exploring this further she identified a trend in which women were often self-medicating with cannabis for hormone related difficulties.
Sarah is also the Women’s Health Lead at non-profit organisation CPASS Nurses Arm. The organisation’s nurse, midwife, and educator-led principal focus is on improving health, clinical outcomes and patient experience, through building nursing and midwifery leadership capacity to make significant improvements to the cannabinoid patient care environment.