Many people use cannabis, and I want to introduce you to a pioneer in the UK cannabis sector who is fiercely committed to ensuring that patients have access to the best medications.
Along my advocacy journey, I had the opportunity of speaking with John Swift, the founder of South
Yorkshire Cannabis Club. He is not simply an activist, but also a loving, supportive canna father and
patient. Canna Dads are an important component of the cannabis community, but their stories
aren’t usually heard. At Can Do, we feel it is critical to provide a platform for everyone to share their
John was introduced to cannabis at an early age since his parents were patients, and he was taught
to appreciate the plant as a medication. ‘Growing up it was all around me. I was aware of it but I
didn’t know where it came from or anything like that.’
John had used cannabis as a wellness product throughout his adult life to supporting his body’s
homeostasis, but later in life, he says, “it helped me keep myself level. I live with anxiety and
depression, but thanks to cannabis, I no longer need pharmaceutical medication to manage.’
‘What caught my attention is that it can be used to treat so many illnesses.’
Due to his passion for cannabis, cannabis therapy has benefited his confidence and social activities.
He feels he can be more open to expressing himself and communicating more easily now. His daily
routines are more manageable, and ‘matching cannabis profiles with my condition assists’ him in
John explains how it helped him with hyperhidrosis, enhanced GI motility, and other physical issues.
He discovered a cultivar called Blue Skunk from Doc Ray’s genetics, which is a type 3 chemovar that
helps him with his physical ailments. He came across farmers who tailored their strains to specific
patient groups, and he learned the value of terpenes and ‘activating the endocannabinoid system’.
He feels it is ‘natural so it’s the best remedy for humankind. I wouldn’t get in trouble for growing
tomatoes in my back garden so why should I for cannabis? The methods of producing cannabis
need more education and also what routes of administration are suitable for a specific condition. I think cannabis education needs to be mainstream so we can legalise the plant. Let’s
start getting medical patients having access to grow or nominate caregivers to process the best
quality medicine out there. We should regulate it like alcohol. Cannabis medicine should be free of
charge and the lifestyle market would be able to support the cost.’
John has a great deal of experience with people who have mental health issues, and he believes that
it helps them live a healthier lifestyle. When cannabis is accessible, he is happy to introduce a new
healing alternative by juicing it. This emphasises that cannabis can be used in a variety of ways,
including sublingually, topically, orally in a variety of forms such as oil, creams, and so on.
The body does not benefit that much from lab-made chemicals as it does from naturally occurring
phytocannabinoids. ‘Don’t be afraid to show your cannabis use. Don’t be embarrassed; it’s there to
save lives, so take advantage of it.’
As a father, he believes he encounters less stigma, but canna mothers have a harder time
medicating. He responds to some of the reasons provided to him by others, such as “it’s unclassy,
women shouldn’t be smoking.” He, on the other hand, disagrees and believes that we are all equal.
‘My children learn through my life experience what I believe to be true, and they do not condemn
me for who I am. It is advantageous to the youngsters if science is taught to them. They have an
endocannabinoid system, as well.’
Article written by Forzana Nasir.