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Medical cannabis campaigner from Clare launches new CBD venture inspired by young daughter to support lobbying effort for fairer prescription access

A medical cannabis campaigner from Suffolk hopes her new venture – inspired by her young daughter’s experience – will help to de-stigmatise CBD and support the lobbying effort for fairer access.

Sweet Pink, a new premium CBD business, was launched on Monday by Clare resident Tannine Montgomery, who has worked to develop her product range during the Covid-19 lockdown, having seen the positive difference CBD has made to her daughter, Indie-Rose.

The six-year-old suffers from Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy, but her parents noticed a major improvement since starting her on CBD oil in 2017, after finding traditional seizure medicines to be ineffective.

Ant Clarry and Tannine Montgomery with their daughter Indie-Rose after Sunday's walk. Contributed picture (37132838)
Ant Clarry and Tannine Montgomery with their daughter Indie-Rose after Sunday's walk. Contributed picture (37132838)

Along with dozens of other families, Tannine and her partner Anthony, of Maxim Lane, are continuing to lobby the Government to make medicinal cannabis treatments more widely accessible and funded through the NHS.

Tannine, 31, said the launch of her business is a result of years of learning about CBD and seeing its benefits first-hand, stating she wants to spread that knowledge to help bring about change on a national level.

“I really want people to use CBD and de-stigmatise it,” she told the Free Press. “I want people to start looking at medical cannabis in a different way, and separate it from marijuana.

“Indie has been on CBD for three years. Before that, she was always in hospital and the seizure medication was highly sedative, so she wasn’t really with it.

“Now, she’s playing outside, eating well and is becoming more verbal. Her quality of life is so much better, which means our quality of life is better, because it’s much more stable.

“Early on, I found it difficult to understand what was in the products and, given the CBD industry is still new, I wanted to make a transparent organisation.

“The business is built on providing good-quality products from someone who genuinely cares and has seen the benefits. I’ve had really great feedback so far.”

Under current law, CBD products can be legally sold as food supplements, but are prohibited from promoting health benefits, while the NHS does not give medical cannabis prescriptions, except in very limited cases.

This means that many families, including Indie-Rose’s parents, are continuing to fork out hundreds of pounds out of their own pockets each month to pay for CBD treatments.

“I don’t understand a system where it’s legal to buy, but there’s still no access to prescriptions,” said Tannine.

“When we go from having a child who has hospital visits and is not enjoying life, to having a child who is happy and has 96 per cent school attendance, I find it hard to understand why we have these roadblocks.

“Part of what I’m doing with this business is I want to keep talking about how CBD helps and how Indie and other children have done so well.

“We all need to push for the NHS to fund this type of prescription, because you can’t price someone out of being well.”

In addition to CBD oils, balms and bath products, Sweet Pink also offers one-to-one consultations to cater to specific health needs. Click here to learn more.

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