The system to allow the import of cannabis-based medicines to Ireland for serious illnesses is not working because it has a “chill factor for neurologists”, the Dáil has heard.
Solidarity TD Mick Barry made the claim as he highlighted the case of Noreen O’Neill from Wilton in Cork who will travel to Barcelona on Monday to secure CBD, a cannabis-based oil, for her two-year-old son Michael to treat his drug-resistant epilepsy.
Mr Barry said the Irish health system is forcing people to travel abroad to seek healthcare, particularly for their children, because doctors are refusing to apply for licences to import these drugs.
The Cork North-Central TD said Michael suffers up to 20 convulsions a day and 10 different anti-convulsion medicines offered by the HSE did not work.
She began treated her son with the cannabis-based oil and he remained seizure-free four months after which the dosage was