Emmerdale’s Leah Bracknell reveals how she is breaking the law to stay alive
TV’s Leah Bracknell is flouting the law to make her medicinal cannabis oil at home – and says it is keeping her alive.
The ex-Emmerdale star, 54, credits the class B drug with slowing down the progress of her terminal lung cancer.
And she says it has also boosted her quality of life by reducing the side-effects of chemotherapy.
The star – who says making the oil is “as easy as baking a cake” – is begging the Government to legalise cannabis in all forms for medical use.
In a blog post entitled Cannabis and Me: Breaking the Law, Leah wrote of the Prime Minister: “I envy Theresa May… I envy the fact that the naughtiest thing she has ever done is run through a field of wheat.
"How might she have fared had she had to break the law to buy cannabis to give herself or a loved one the chance of life?”
Leah was diagnosed with incurable stage 4 lung cancer in September 2016.
She has told how four GPs and X-rays failed to spot fluid was building around her heart before her diagnosis. She nearly died after her abdomen swelled so much she could hardly breathe – and had surgery to remove the fluid.
Since then, Leah says she has been treated by orthodox medicines for less than half the time. She has now finished the first phase of a drug trial and scans show the cancer is “stable”.
Writing on her blog, Something Beginning with C, she revealed she has used cannabis oil “high in THC” from the day she left hospital two years ago.
Leah said: “When you think you have nothing to lose and everything to gain, one’s relationship with risk becomes considerably less cautious.
"Making the oil at home from the plant is as easy as baking a cake. I have been using it as a vital component of healing. Stopping in recent months for the trial. I do not believe I would be here without it.”
She said when the fluid returned two weeks after she left hospital in 2016 she was given a drug used for gout. She had to stop using it after three days due to side-effects and instead used cannabis oil. Within two months, the fluid had gone.
After the cases of epileptic kids Billy Caldwell and Alfie Dingley, the Home Office set up a panel in July to assess patients who may have an “exceptional need” for medical cannabis.
But Leah wrote: “I beg the Government to be brave in decisions around legislating medicinal cannabis. To legalise it in ALL its forms for medical use.”
Anyone found with the drug could get up to five years, while supplying it can mean 14 years.
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