A Queensland woman has claimed she cured her stage two cervical cancer with cannabis.
Shona Leigh told the Daily Mercury she did not go through the traditional paths of chemotherapy or radiation, and instead looked online for another answer.
Soon after, she was approached by a ‘compassionate carer’, who supplied her with cannabis oil.
‘I cured cancer. Knowing what I know now, I can’t be quiet,’ she said.
Ms Leigh said her test results came back completely clean just eight months after she began to use cannabis oil to self medicate.
But just four months after she stopped taking the oil due to supply issues, Ms Leigh says she developed ‘fist sized’ lumps in her breast.
She makes her own cannabis oil and has provided oil, sprays and balms to about 50 people.
However by providing cannabis to people, she is breaking the law.
‘I’m a criminal because of what I do. I don’t want to live like this,’ she said.
‘I’ve seen this save lives and in the face of what I know, I can no longer be quiet.’
If the stigma of cannabis use was removed, Ms Leigh believes it would be a more popular treatment with people of all ages.
For a patient to be eligible for medical marijuana, they must apply through their doctor, who can either become an ‘authorised prescriber’, or apply for a ‘special access scheme’.
The doctor must be able to prove their patient would benefit from the cannabis treatment, and their particular condition would improve.
Because it is a difficult and time consuming process, many patients claim they are declined the opportunity or turned away by doctors.
Many doctors have reported there is not enough research on the effects of the drug nor is there enough education available as to how to prescribe it.
Since 1992, 350 Australian patients have been provided legal access to cannabis-based medicines.
Of this, 323 patients have only gained access in the past two years, since restrictions were relaxed in 2016.