‘CBD oil is why I‘m still alive‘: Skin cancer sufferer who crowdfunded his own FUNERAL after being given six weeks to live claims the cannabis supplement has helped him prove doctors wrong
A skin- sufferer claims cannabidiol (CBD) oil is keeping him alive months after doctors gave him an imminent death sentence.
Duncan McGunnigle, 52, from Paisley, Renfrewshire, was given just six weeks to live back in March.
After receiving the devastating prognosis, Mr McGunnigle immediately started fundraising towards a lavish wedding with his partner of 25 years Fiona Conacher.
He even put money aside to pay for his funeral and made arrangements with undertakers for the day.
Shortly after their wedding on April 6, the former industrial door engineer began taking CBD oil when his friends brought some home from the Netherlands.
CBD comes from the cannabis plant. It is legal and can be bought on the high street, unlike forms cannabis oil which contain the psychoactive compound THC.
Mr McGunnigle credits the oil for his remarkable turn around and believes other may benefit from taking the supplement.
‘I think it‘s a good idea,‘ he said.
‘I‘ve seen from a news report abroad that one of the cannabis oils can cure cancer so that‘s positive.‘
Mr McGunnigle is shortly due to have a scan to monitor his progress and is quietly confident he will get good news.
‘I‘m still here and I‘m still battering on,‘ he said.
‘Sometimes I‘m good to get out of the house and walk out, get the bus. Just depends on how I feel in the morning.
‘The only major problems is I‘m out of breath and I get a sore leg because it‘s been operated on so many times, but apart from that I‘ve been fine.‘
Believing he did not have long left, many of Mr McGunnigle‘s friends pitched in on his big day.
‘It was great. We managed to get the venue for free and the DJ offered to pay for the disco,‘ he said.
‘My mates also paid for the buffet.‘
WHAT IS CBD OIL AND IS IT LEGAL IN THE UK?
Government advisers made it legal to buy CBD supplements in 2016
Government advisers at the MHRA made it legal to buy cannabidiol (CBD) oil in 2016 after they admitted that it has a ‘restoring, correcting or modifying’ effect on humans.
Suppliers in England and Wales have to obtain a licence to sell it as a medicine, following the decision in October two years ago.
Manufacturers are able to avoid the strict regulation by selling it as a food supplement – ignoring the lengthy process of gaining a medicinal licence.
CBD products comes in many forms, the most popular being an oil – which users spray under their tongue – or gel tablets which melt slowly in the mouth.
Cannabis oil, which is different to CBD oil because it contains THC – the compound that gives users a ‘high‘ – is illegal under UK laws.
Billy Caldwell, from Castlederg, Northern Ireland, made headlines last April when he became the first Briton to be prescribed it on the NHS.
Cannabis oil, which reportedly has no side effects, influences the release and uptake of ‘feel good’ chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin.
His crowdfunding page, set-up in March this year, raised £700.
‘Our dear friend Duncan McGunnigle was diagnosed with cancer around 5 years ago,‘ it said.
‘Duncan had a appointment with his specialist last Friday and has unfortunately been told there is nothing else that can be done and given only up to 6 weeks to live.
‘He was due to get married in the coming few months and was looking to save up for the wedding and funeral but with the latest developments he now requires our help.
‘We would like your help to start fundraising to give Duncan the best wedding possible after all a dying man should be granted his last wish.‘
CBD can be bought legally in pharmacies across the UK.
It does not contain the psychoactive ingredient THC, which is what makes cannabis users ‘high‘.
The number of CBD users has doubled from 125,000 a year ago, to 250,000 today, according to the Cannabis Trades Association UK.