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Middle-class start suburban ‘cannabis farms’ to treat multiple sclerosis

Evidence from 5 recent investigations into the illegal drug trade shows a surprising boom in middle-class drug dealing.  

A recent investigation uncovered a wealthy company executive growing cannabis in her large suburban house.

She explained that she began buying cannabis from local dealers in order to help treat her husband’s MS; however, she soon began to feel uncomfortable with the dangerous back-alley transactions, so decided to learn how to grow her own.

The woman said: “I live in a very nice house, with a huge garden, surrounded by people similar to myself – married couples with kids, professional people. I think my neighbours would be really shocked if they knew what I was doing.”

The hydroponic equipment (needed to grow cannabis indoors without soil) costs around £2000 and is, according to the BBC, easy to acquire from shops and the Internet without arousing suspicions.

With profits from the sale of cannabis reaching £5000 per 10 weeks, it’s easy to see the appeal of such a lucrative business- especially during an economic recession.

Research suggests that cannabis can help treat multiple sclerosis, a debilitating condition that affects the central nervous system.

Cannabis works on parts of the brain known as cannabinoid receptors and is thought to help treat the spasticity, bladder problems and pain associated with MS.

There is currently an ongoing trial investigating whether cannabis could play an important role in protecting the brain from damage caused by MS.

A number of cannabis-based treatments are available from the NHS on prescription, including a mouth spray called Sativex.

In the eyes of the law, dealing cannabis is a very serious offence and anybody caught growing or selling the class B drug faces a maximum of 14 years in prison. Simply possessing a small amount of cannabis could result in a 5-year prison sentence.

If you, a friend or family member is suffering from multiple sclerosis, arthritis or joint pain, it is advisable to visit the GP for prescribed medication.

There are a number of alternative treatments available, including acupuncture, homeopathy, Chinese medicine, reflexology and yoga. Please visit the Therapy Directory for more information. 

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Zoe Thomas

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