A 32-year-old woman is believed to be the first person prescribed cannabis in the UK after it was made legal for medicinal use last month.
Carly Barton, from Brighton, who suffers constant pain from fibromyalgia following a stroke in her 20s, was given a prescription by a private doctor who specialises in pain management.
The NHS is not funding the treatment, so she is having to pay £2,500 for three months’ treatment herself.
She hopes that if she can show it is helping her chronic pain, it could “open the floodgates” for the government to decide to pay for the treatment for herself and others.
“In terms of money this is going to cost me everything I have, so two and a half grand for three months’ supply,” she said in a Facebook video.
“The reason I’m putting this on the line is I feel this is a route to getting an NHS prescription.”
The drug is having to be imported from the Netherlands and Ms Barton is unsure when she will be able to collect her medication – which consists of two flower-based cannabis products.
She will take a gramme of each product every day.