‘I couldn’t walk, stand or sit’: Cork chronic-pain victim off all medications after cannabis vape


A Cork woman who has suffered long-term severe pain as a result of complications from a series of surgeries has spoken about how medicinal cannabis has helped her come off all her medications.

Alicia Maher (35), from Mayfield, had no quality of life and was on more than 30 painkillers a day until she sourced the cannabis vape on the black market.

Alicia’s problems started aged 17 when she went in for a routine surgery to have her tonsils removed.

“I had complications afterwards. The left side of my throat opened up first, it haemorrhaged, and I had to go back for further surgery,” she told The Neil Prendeville Show on Cork’s RedFM.

“A week later, the other side of my throat opened up as well, so I had to go back for a second surgery to have that side closed up.

“I was an inpatient of the South Infirmary for a couple of months because I had to be treated with antibiotics. But when I was in the South Infirmary, I started bleeding from the bowel.

“They transferred me to CUH to see a specialist but when I was an inpatient there, I got toxic megacolon, so my

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