The effect of a benzodiazepine is calming without too much sedation, although they usually cause tiredness. The drug works by increasing the power of the brain’s natural calmer, the neurotransmitter GABA. Photograph: Stockbyte

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Cancer patient Aodh Rua: “I’m the one guy in the chemo ward not getting sick and moaning about the horrible treatment. I wish the rest of those beside me could feel the same but we are limited by the law.” Photograph: Provision

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The Government is at “quite an advanced stage in preparing regulations to allow for a very limited availability of cannabis for medical purposes”, Minister of State at the Department of Health Alex White has said. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

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