A Wimbledon aunt whose epileptic niece experiences more than 100 seizures a day says they have been left in "complete limbo" following the publication of two "conflicting" reports into medical cannabis.

Dee Morris has cared full-time for her 21-year-old niece Kayleigh since she was just seven.

Dee said she has watched Kayleigh "suffer all her life" and has been part of the End Our Pain Campaign for the medication to be prescribed on the NHS.

"The NHS have not given us the medication nor the prescription for the right treatment for Kayleigh, yet if I pay privately I can access this," she told the Wimbledon Times.

"There is a clear two-tier system going on here.

"But I have no alternative but to pay. If anyone could give someone they love dearly a better quality of life, no matter what it takes, wouldn’t they?"

She met with Health Secretary Matt Hancock in March asking for something to be done, and a month later he ordered a review into the use of medical cannabis to treat illnesses like severe epilepsy.

The report, published last week, found "major hurdles" in prescribing cannabis-based treatments including concerns about the potential harm to mental health and a lack of evidence on overall effectiveness.

It recommended more clinical trials and the creation of a "UK-wide paediatric specialist clinical network" to provide expert advice to "very cautious" doctors worried about long-term harm.

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Concerns around mental health impairment stem from exposure to the psychoactive ingredient THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in children's developing brains.

Currently just two patients hold NHS prescriptions for THC-bearing medical cannabis in the UK.

Dee said the findings from the report were a major step forward.

"Their report after their finding was a positive, forward thinking, modern way of understanding cannabis based medicine and re affirming that what we need is observational trials," she said.

"Something us families have been begging them for.

"If Kayleigh is given an NHS prescription for full extract medical cannabis I cannot describe what it would mean to us both.

"Finally Kayleigh will be some what relieved of 21 years of suffering and begin to have a better quality of life."

Rule changes last year allowed doctors to prescribe cannabis-based products but Dee says they cannot easily access the medicines without paying thousands of pounds for an import licence.

Despite the broadly embraced NHS review, campaigners criticised as "outdated" and "extremely restrictive" draft guidance also published on Thursday by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice).

It looked at the use of cannabis products to treat patients undergoing chemotherapy, suffering chronic pain and spasticity, as well as epilepsy.

Nice did not recommend the products for severe epilepsy "because there was a lack of clear evidence that these treatments provide any benefits".

"The Nice clinical guidelines that were issued are ridiculous," Dee added.

"These are written by those who have shown to have a complete lack of knowledge and understanding about cannabis based medicine and how the cannabis plant works.

"It is worrying as clinicians rely upon these guidelines, clinicians who too will have a complete lack of knowledge and understanding as they have not been trained in this field.

"The clinical guidelines by Nice have shown no regard or empathy at all to the immense suffering of our children, living daily with a constant death sentence hanging over them."