Cannabis oil used to treat woman with terminal cancer

Joy Smith (right) was given weeks to live by doctors Credit: ITV News Central

A cancer patient from Coventry, who was told she had weeks to live, claims her life has been saved by cannabis oil.

Joy Smith is now calling on the Government to legalise it in the belief that many other cancer patients could also benefit.

The Government insists there are no medicinal benefits to cannabis and the oil is technically illegal under UK law.

Joy began using cannabis oil after weeks of intensive chemotherapy treatment.

Initially, Joy claimed she did not enjoy taking the oil, but was encouraged to do so by her daughter.

Eventually, she was told that the cancer had cleared.

Charlotte Caldwell and her son Billy at Heathrow Airport Credit: PA

The use of cannabis oil has been highlighted by cases such as that of 12-year-old Billy Caldwell.

His mother has vowed to return to Canada to get more cannabis oil used to treat his severe epilepsy after having a supply confiscated at Heathrow Airport.

Charlotte Caldwell made the trip to Toronto and back with Billy to get a six-month supply to treat up to 100 seizures a day, but said border officials seized the oil on Monday (11 June).