What we do- Update
Scottish Cannabis Oil Assistance Programme was estsablished to purchase legal medical CBD / cannabis oil and legal cannabis products to people in the UK who need financial help. These are individuals who suffer from serious illnesses such as ME and Fibromyalgia. We are delighted medical cannabis is now legal in the UK; we are equally dismayed that some MDs are unaware or unwilling to prescribe it to patients, even those who have used cannabis-related medicine with good success and who do not want to use opiods. We will continue to lobby to improve awareness and help those who ask for help.
We will continue to lobby for more legislative gains concerning CBD and cannabis.
It is the responsibility of those seeking help to determine whether or not cannabis oil products are suitable for their conditions in consultation with their medical practitioners. SCOAP takes no responsibility for and makes no promises with regard to the effect of cannabis oil on anyone's health. However, we have first hand anecdotal evidence that cannabis oil is beneficial to some individuals and we are increasingly convinced by the growing body of studies and research that some individuals may benefit.
We no longer seek donations and are no longer buying CBD products for people; we are working to make sure those who benefit from CBD and cannabis can get it on prescription; the Scottish Charity Register approved our existence three years ago; this in itself is an acknowledgement that cannabis-related medication is valid.
The trustees are registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) number SC046502
While anecdotal evidence has limited value - to the medical profession - it may be useful in helping to further build the case for medical cannabis and cbd products. We have heard from scofes of people who say cannabis has: helped with seizures, helped stop nausea/nausea from cancer therapies, helped with pain, helped with issues such as cyclic vomiting syndrome.
We want to hear from anyone who wishes to share their experiences of how any cannabis product has impacted their health. Data will be anonymised; your name will never be shared in anything we publish. If you want to share your stories with us for a database we are creating, please contact us - email@example.com .
Legal cannabis is here. However, many physicians are reluctant to prescribe it, however much their patients would prefer to use it than opiods. In fact, some reactionary doctors have signed a letter refusing to prescribe cannabis or cbd point blank. SCOAP will be lobbying hard this year to open minds, and get patients' rights respected.
2020: SCOAP will fight the hypocrisy of the UK medical cannabis situation. We heard from scores of people in 2019 desperate for an NHS prescription for CBD or cannabis. Their doctors refused most requests initially, some saying they didn't even believe it was legal to prescribe cannabis. Despite evidence cannabis helps a wide range of problems - seizures, nausea from chemo/radio, Fibromyalgia, etc, the ignorance and reluctance to prescribe continues. We supplied support, offering to speak to doctors, etc.
All the while, former PM Theresa May's family is profiting from the sale of cannabis, and the government insisting there is no medical value. The position is untenable - you can't allow people (the privileged such as the Mays) to profit and not acknowledge the benefits. The NHS has to respect the wishes of patients who know cannabis and CBD helps them, but who cannot afford to pay the often extortionate prices charged for CBD. Outside of a prescription there is no legal way to own and use medical cannbis in the UK at present. Our focus in 2020 will be to step up our lobbying while continuing to offer support to the many patients who write to us for information and support.
2019 Financial accounts - as required by law, we have prepared and attach them. We are proud that we have not needed any money at all to help patients and loved ones find information on CBD and cannabis, to lobby the NHS and politicians, to issue press releases.
How did SCOAP start?
SCOAP started with one of the trustees buying oil for some of their friends when cannabis oil products first became legal in the UK. Other friends wanted to try oil, and others heard of the increasing body of evidence that cannabis oil can benefit a variety of conditions. Buying oil for all of these people was no longer possible for one person on their own, and it was decided to start a charity in order to help more people obtain cannabis oil.
Is medical CBD oil as available in the UKan intoxicant?
No; the property that is responsible for being 'high' is removed.
Why is it expensive? Why not buy cheaper oil?
We don't think anyone with a serious health problem should take a gamble on products that are not manufactured, imported and sold by a responsible company.
Why CBD Oil?
We strongly suggest that anyone who thinks cannabis oil might be for them checks with their medical practitioner. SCOAP does not offer medical advice, and makes no promises or guarantees as to the effect of cannabis oil on any individual. Anyone who is interested should research the subject and/or any relevant medical condition.
Cannabis oil products are legal in the UK and in several states in the US.
Anyone who is going to try CBD or oil is urged to try to get a prescription from their GP, otherwise buy from a reputable recognised supplier to ensure quality and safety. We are not connected financially or personally to any manufacturer or dealer, although our preferred supplier is CBD Oil UK which has successfully and reliably given information and supplied oils to one of our trustees before we launched this programme.
Below are some files that may be of help.
Medicinal Cannabis The Evidence V1.pdf
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2017 study on tumour and cbd oil.pdf
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one example of anecdotal cbd oil cancer benefits there are many.pdf
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September 2017 - an article of interest; this may help persuade physicians in the UK that they can consider prescribing CBD oil: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/billy-caldwell-cannabis-oil-boy-seizures-stopped-cured-prescription-medical-marijuana-a7933066.html