We grow cannabis to ease our son’s suffering

CANNABIS therapy has been a godsend for Jeremy Bester, who has had a devastating brain injury since he was six, says his mum, Lyn Cleaver.

Ms Cleaver has appealed to federal Parliament to approve a proposal to legitimise the growing of cannabis by “hundreds, if not thousands” of Tasmanians for medical use.

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on legalising medical cannabis last week recommended support for the Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2014.

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Ms Cleaver said a viral illness had left her son, 24, permanently brain damaged and suffering severe and uncontrolled epileptic seizures.

She said last year, when other medications were not working and doctors had ruled out brain surgery and dietary measures, Mr Bester’s family decided to act.

Ms Cleaver said as well as easing his symptoms, cannabis therapy had enabled the dosage of two pharmaceutical drugs to be dramatically reduced and a third withdrawn.

She said he no longer suffered the drugs’ side effects, which included vomiting, blurred vision and behaviour resembling drunkenness.

“We home grow cannabis medicines to rule out the risk of poorly made medicine … medicines that contain no cannabinoids,” she said.

Ms Cleaver said Premier Will Hodgman and Police Minister Rene Hidding had told her police did not seek to prosecute “people like us”.

Mr Hidding told a Budget Estimates hearing in June that medicinal cannabis users had nothing to fear.

Police Commissioner Darren Hine had earlier said police did not charge medicinal cannabis users, but were obliged to seize any cannabis found.

Originally published as We grow to ease son’s suffering

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/national/we-grow-cannabis-to-ease-our-sons-suffering/story-fnjj6012-1227505243838

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linical Studies of Cannabinoid Capsules for MS Expected Later This Year

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease characterized by the destruction of insulating covers on nerve cells by the immune system. The most common form for the disease, relapsing-remitting MS, is characterized by clearly defined attacks of decreasing neurologic function (relapses) followed by partial or complete recovery periods (remissions). Research into novel therapy approaches continues to investigate safer, more effective alternatives to the currently approved MS therapies. The use of cannabinoid-based therapies in particular appear to show promise for controlling relapses in those with the disease.

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MMJ PhytoTech, a drug development company working on cannabinoid-based therapies, plans to initiate clinical studies of new capsule formulations derived from cannabis for the treatment of MS later this year. Their phase 1, safety-oriented clinical studies have been approved by various ethics committees and public health organizations. The company has been actively investigating a new capsule that offers many advantages over smokeable cannabinoid formulations, as oral administration is much more controllable and user-friendly. Furthermore, the company is confident that their capsules can withstand room temperature storage for extended periods of time. In this way, the need for refrigeration is eliminated resulting in lower shipping and storage costs.

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In the end, the company believes that these advantages will give rise to a low cost cannabinoid alternative with potentially high patient compliance. The safety of these Tetrahydrocannabinol and Cannabidiol capsules will be tested in a small group of volunteers to test for adverse effects. They are expected to have a low frequency of side effects and, if proven as such, the company plans to conduct Phase 2 clinical studies to investigate the efficacy and optimal dosing schedule for MS patients. After the studies are complete, the company will need to develop Phase 3 clinical trials to assess efficacy, effectiveness and safety of the drug in around 1,000 MS patients.

The availability of clinical trials is important for medicine as it helps in the development of the treatments of tomorrow. Patients participating in clinical trials help researchers get closer to discovering new and effective therapies and/or cures for the disease. Moreover, clinical trials also give patients access to experimental therapies that are otherwise unavailable and that might offer enhanced treatment benefits than currently approved therapies for MS.

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The main goal of this research is to enhance the availability of highly effective cannabinoid extracts to the general public while lowering costs and developing and easier and more stable formulation, which could tremendously impact patient outcomes for those with Multiple Sclerosis.

http://multiplesclerosisnewstoday.com/2015/08/26/clinical-studies-cannabinoid-capsules-ms-expected-later-year/

Study Shows Correlation Between Multiple Sclerosis Risk and Low Vitamin D Levels

n international team led by researchers at McGill University in Canada recently published in the journal PLOS Medicine data supporting a link between low vitamin D levels and the risk of multiple sclerosis (MS). The study is entitled “Vitamin D and Risk of Multiple Sclerosis: A Mendelian Randomization Study.”

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MS is a chronic, progressive neurodegenerative disorder that results from an attack on the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and optical nerves) by the body’s own immune system, resulting in motor function impairment (coordination, balance, speech and vision), irreversible neurological disability and paralysis. Most MS patients experience their first symptoms between 20 and 40 years of age and it is estimated that more than 2.3 million people in the world suffer from the disease. There is currently no cure for MS.

Reduced levels of vitamin D [measured through 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD), the clinical determinant of vitamin D status] have been suggested to contribute to the risk of developing multiple sclerosis; however, it is not clear if this connection is causal. It is important for researchers to better understand this possible connection, as vitamin D insufficiency is becoming increasingly common.

In the study, researchers investigated whether genetically reduced vitamin D levels could indeed contribute to the risk of MS. The team analyzed individuals for particular mutations associated with the 25OHD gene and found four mutations that resulted in lower vitamin D levels. To investigate the possible link between the effects of genetically lowered 25OHD on the odds of MS, participants in the International Multiple Sclerosis Genetics Consortium study, which includes 14,498 multiple sclerosis patients and 24,091 healthy individuals, were assessed for their vitamin D levels and susceptibility for MS.

Researchers found that a decrease in vitamin D levels was strongly linked to a two-fold increased risk of MS. According to a news release, the findings led the authors to conclude that “genetically lowered vitamin D levels are strongly associated with increased susceptibility to multiple sclerosis. Whether vitamin D sufficiency can delay, or prevent, multiple sclerosis onset merits further investigation in long-term randomized controlled trials.”

In order to further investigate the issue, clinical trials are already being developed with this purpose: “Ongoing randomized controlled trials are currently assessing vitamin D supplementation for the treatment and prevention of multiple sclerosis … and may therefore provide needed insights into the role of vitamin D supplementation,” concluded the research team.

Vitamin D is among the most popular supplements taken by MS patents, based on preliminary research revealing that the vitamin is indeed beneficial in helping to manage the disease. These further studies could put the use of Vitamin D in treating MS into better focus for researchers and physicians.

http://multiplesclerosisnewstoday.com/2015/08/27/study-shows-correlation-multiple-sclerosis-risk-low-vitamin-d-levels/

Spenser Reilly: Beating Colitis with Cannabis

MMJ Patient: Spenser Reilly, Castaic, CA

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My name is Spenser Reilly and I live in Castaic, CA and come from a very large family. I am currently planning on going back to school to complete my Associate’s Degree and have a certification for completing the Interpreter’s Training Program. I hope to be able to start a family with my wife, Rachel, in the near future.

What medical condition(s) have you been struggling with?

I suffer from Ulcerative Colitis (UC), a form of inflammatory bowel disease that is located in the colon (large intestine). Crohn’s disease is similar to ulcerative colitis, but it differs in that it can effect the entire digestive tract. Although this is not one of the “sexy” diseases, there are many people suffer from IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) and have their lives gravely impacted by the news of their diagnoses. It causes inflammation, which can lead to terrible stomach cramps and a bleeding colon. Fun fact about the pain that it causes: One of the writers for the movie “Alien” contributes the alien coming out of the chest idea to the pain that he was suffering due to Crohn’s disease.

There is a relatively low amount of research that has been done on the subject, so the medical community is continually adopting new ideas and treatments, often times leaving patients with a laundry list of prescribed drugs in order to regulate symptoms and side effects. My colitis wreaked more havoc than I could have ever given it credit; with rampant inflammation in my descending colon and my immune system trying to fight an enemy that wasn’t there, the effects of the disease spread first to my liver, and then to my pancreas. I suffered from autoimmune hepatitis as a result of a reaction to medication. In 2013, I was diagnosed with sclerosing cholangitis, which refers to the bile ducts narrowing as a result, in my case, of inflammation.

There is a relatively low amount of research that has been done on the subject, so the medical community is continually adopting new ideas and treatments, often times leaving patients with a laundry list of prescribed drugs in order to regulate symptoms and side effects.
How long have you been experiencing your medical condition?

I was diagnosed in September of 2004 and suffered throughout my high school years and most of college. The onset of other conditions came and went as my condition improved or worsened. The worst shape I’ve ever been in was about two years ago when I was hospitalized with pancreatitis three times within a year and weighed 131 pounds.

What do you believe caused this medical condition?

Research has yet to discover what exactly triggers inflammatory bowel disease, but in many instances they relate it to stress or a condition that results from an infection in the body.

What type of medications have you been taking that were prescribed to you by your doctor?

When I was first diagnosed, I had no idea what my body was getting into and I don’t think I had time to mentally prepare for the battery of medications that was going to commence upon my exiting the recovery room. My doctor first prescribed 5-asa drugs. There are a variety of them out there, and I think by the time I was done taking them, I had tried four different versions of it and none of them had worked. I was taking 4×4 daily and to no avail; my gut did not improve. As my condition worsened and showed no sign of letting up, my doctor thought it best to try the next line of defense to try to knock down the flare by introducing steroids.

Long term steroid use can lead to a variety of bone and joint problems and although they worked well, cessation only prompted a larger flare and my condition worsened still. The emotional/mood aspect of the steroids wasn’t noticeable until I started my second round at a later time and it completely changed my personality and I fell into a deep depression. When steroids were no longer an option, we ventured into the immunosuppressant world. Although my time with them was short, the experience of my health declining so rapidly really helped shift my focus and realize that I was not well and that my life was hanging in the balance of prescribed drugs and a very limited lifestyle. The drugs caused my liver enzymes to spike into the thousands. My body burned with itching sensations and my eyes became jaundice. I was extremely sick and their “medication” was only making me sicker.

What side effects did you experience from the medication prescribed by your doctor?

The side effects from the medications I had to take were both mental and physical. Half the medications I was taking would cause diarrhea, which is the main symptom I was trying to fight. The steroids caused weight gain in my face, depression, and although they improved health at the time of application, as soon as I stopped taking them, my condition worsened drastically. I was diagnosed with auto immune hepatitis via a liver biopsy, which my doctor continues to say wasn’t a result of the immunosuppressants, but when I stopped taking the medication, my levels dropped, so I don’t think he’s telling me the truth. I guess that’s why they call it ‘practicing’ medicine. When I returned to the 5-asa, simply because of the limited side effects, my body had been beaten and torn up from the inside out and my bile ducts began to express inflammation. An ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) diagnosed me with sclerosing cholangitis, which I believe is a direct consequence of the medications that I took.

SEE ALSO: When Nothing Else Worked… He Tried Cannabis

What type of alternative medicine have you tried aside from your doctor’s recommendation?

In a world of dietary experts and digestive aficionados, there have been several recommendations and combinations of diets, herbs, exercise, acupuncture, massage, and oils, you name it; I’m sure I’ve tried them all. I think the most frustrating part of having a disease that limits your ability to eat is that when people see that you not eating, they don’t see all the tumult and destruction happening in your bowels. I know everyone’s thoughts came from the right place, but I am a firm believer that the patient knows what works best and can determine their own success. My doctor was shocked to learn that I had not been taking my prescribed drugs after my scope. He came in with his chest puffed up, saying how good my colon looked and how my treatments were obviously successful and I watched his jaw drop to the floor and his satisfaction turn to disdain as I informed him that I had been treating myself with cannabis instead of taking the medication he’d prescribed me and noting that I was in the best health I’d ever been in my lifetime.

My doctor was shocked to learn that I had not been taking my prescribed drugs after my scope. He came in with his chest puffed up, saying how good my colon looked and how my treatments were obviously successful and I watched his jaw drop to the floor and his satisfaction turn to disdain as I informed him that I had been treating myself with cannabis instead of taking the medication he’d prescribed me and noting that I was in the best health I’d ever been in my lifetime.
How long have you been using the alternative medicine?

I have been using cannabis now for over two years. I eat an edible before I go to sleep and I smoke to help stimulate appetite. I had occasionally used it before, but was not yet convinced it was medicinal. Now, having seen the effects I believe this to be astoundingly true.

How have you felt since you started using the alternative medicine compared to that of your prescribed medications?

While being treated under prescribed medications, it was normal for me to use the bathroom 25 times a day and have blood in every single one of those movements. It wasn’t uncommon for me to wake up 4-5 times a night to sit on the toilet for 30 minutes cramped out of my mind trying not to wake up family members sleeping in the rooms next to me. I’m going to be completely honest, I had given up, there was no hope for me, nothing was going to work, and I was going to die young and sick. I ate a chocolate bar edible with the hopes of feeling better the next morning, maybe sleeping through the night, but what I woke up to was a complete awe-inspiring moment. Not only had a slept through the entire night, but I had only woken up once to pass a single formed bowel movement. As graphic as that might be, it was completely shocking to me! For 10 years, I had never experienced a pain free trip to the bathroom… and after a single edible, this changed overnight. I immediately went out and purchased more and have been succeeding with treatment ever since. I feel like myself again, before I was sick.

For 10 years, I had never experienced a pain free trip to the bathroom… and after a single edible, this changed overnight.
Do you think you will continue with using alternative medicine?

Until the day I die. It isn’t a debate for me anymore, I’m an example. You can’t ever convince me otherwise because I am living, breathing proof. I had written off my life, given up, and closed the door on my future; Cannabis provided a key to a new door and as I opened it, I knew it was the right one for me.

http://cannaeffect.org/spenser-reilly-beating-colitis-with-cannabis/

Kim Ambriz: She Helped Her Body Fight the Cancer

MMJ Patient: Kim Ambriz, Poway, CA

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She’s a breast cancer survivor who didn’t take the doctors up on any of the traditional treatments that they insisted that she do. Instead, she took matters into her own hands and dove into the research that she found on the web. It was there that she discovered CBD and began immediately taking daily supplements and revamping her diet so that she could give her body the resources it needed to fight the infection. Cancer is scary, but don’t let it back you into a corner and make your decisions for you. Kim’s research saved her from the hazardous side effects of chemo and radiation and now she feels better than ever!

What medical condition have you been struggling with?

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2014 and honestly, I wasn’t really struggling too much at the time. I didn’t feel like I had any internal problems, I simply went in for a standard check up and they found it. It wasn’t really a struggle; I didn’t have any troubles or issues or pain or any problems at all. Everyone would ask me, “How are you feeling?” I felt fine; I’ve always felt fine; I still feel fine, even after it’s all said and done. I’m not really struggling anymore, but I am continuing to build my immune system and better my health. My focus now is to remain healthy!

How long have you been experiencing your medical condition?

I have a family history of cancer, so I’ve always been diligent about my standard check ups and never really expected anything to ever come of it and so I was really surprised when something did. I firmly believe in health and natural methods, so one of the first things that I read about was cannabis oil and I ended up getting the CBD oil. That became part of my treatment very early on, even before I had a lumpectomy or anything. I wanted to do everything in my power to clear up anything I could before the surgery… and it seemed to have worked!

What do you believe caused this medical condition?

Well, I was told it was because I have high amounts of estrogen. That’s what I was told. Personally, I believe that illness comes down to the harmful things we are exposed to in our day-to-day lives. Just look at all the research that’s out there nowadays; there’s a lot of things we do that drastically impair our immune systems. Think about the way we eat and about the things we eat – For example, we eat a lot of sugar, that’s NOT good for us! Things like sugar and chemicals all decreases our immune system which allows our cells to be compromised and go crazy. I believe that most diseases, especially cancer, are due to emotional factors. I think that’s the basis of it all.

We have to work to protect our immune system and that’s really the best way to fight the infection and the illness. Our bodies will work for us if we give it the chance to try and help it by taking away the things that make us sick and giving it the things that will help our immune system. When I started researching cannabis, I learned that all of our healthy cells have cannabinoids that the cancer cells are missing, so by ingesting cannabis, you are ingesting the cannabinoids you are missing. When you do that, your cancer cells are then able to turn back into healthy cells.

We have to work to protect our immune system and that’s really the best way to fight the infection and the illness. Our bodies will work for us if we give it the chance to try and help it by taking away the things that make us sick and giving it the things that will help our immune system.
What medications have you been taking that was prescribed to you by your doctor?

Well, I don’t even know how to answer that because I didn’t take any of the drugs that they prescribed me or undergo any of the treatments that they told me I had to do. I can tell you what they wanted me to do, but I didn’t do any of it. My surgeon wanted me to do radiation, but I didn’t do that. My doctor wanted me to take Tamoxifen, but I didn’t do that. Then, when I talked to the medical oncologist, she said she wanted me to do chemotherapy, I didn’t want to do that either. What I did do was turn to my Naturopathic doctor and continue taking my supplements and started doing my own research.

I read a lot of research, did a lot of investigating, and really came to understand that anyone who goes through those traditional cancer treatments, and this is my personal opinion, is crazy! There’s so many negative side effects and it quite literally sabotages your immune system, which is exactly the opposite of what you should actually be doing. Sorry, but in order for your body to fight anything, anything at all, it needs to be supported, not attacked. The doctors are wrong! I don’t believe in them, I don’t think that the treatments they recommend actually work. My dad died of cancer when I was 15, but I don’t think it was the cancer that did it, I believe it was the chemo and the bad nutrition.

Luckily, we have so much more information available to us now about alternative treatments and even though the doctors are still saying that cannabis isn’t effective, it is and I am proof of it.

What type of alternative medicine have you tried aside from your doctor’s recommendation?

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Mainly, I focused on nutrition. Nutrition is the root of it all! I cut out all the things that were feeding my cancer and increased the things that would boost my immune system. I took a lot of supplements, vitamins, and became conscious of bringing oxygen into my body because cancer can’t live in alkaline environments.

I strive to stay active, to eat right, and I also take CBD, which is something that I think I’ll do for the rest of my life. It’s something that I think everyone should be doing because you know what? I’m doing great because of it! I’m making sure that my body has everything it needs to stay healthy and fight off any infections that may come its way. That’s the main idea of it all.

I strive to stay active, to eat right, and I also take CBD, which is something that I think I’ll do for the rest of my life. It’s something that I think everyone should be doing because you know what? I’m doing great because of it!
How long have you been using the alternative medicine?

I’ve been using alternative medicine since October 2014 when I was diagnosed. After doing my research, the first thing I did was stop eating sugar. I eat sugar now that I’m okay, now that I’m out of the woods and it’s gone, but at the time I knew it only harmed my immune system. My research led me to a lot of great documentaries and research studies that inspired me to make different choices pertaining to my diet and the supplements I take.

How have you felt since you started using the alternative medicine?

I laugh about this a lot because I’ve never felt better in my whole life. People are always asking me, “How are you doing?” And what do I say? “Never better!” Despite having been diagnosed, I’ve never felt better in my entire life! My energy levels are good, I feel great! When you work with your body and you eat the things you’re supposed to eat, take the things you’re supposed to take, and eliminate the bad things, your body will be able to heal itself. Being that it’s flu season, everyone around me is sick… but not me!

There’s no reason for everybody not to be healthy. It all comes down to making the right choices. I know a lot of people who have done the traditional route and I can tell you, they don’t feel well; they don’t have good energy levels, they can’t work, their lives have been put on pause. They just feel horrible all the time. So, just because I didn’t listen to my doctors and go through chemo and radiation doesn’t mean that I don’t know what would have happened if I did. Believe me, I’ve seen it first-hand with people I’ve met and it’s not good.

There’s no reason for everybody not to be healthy. It all comes down to making the right choices. I know a lot of people who have done the traditional route and I can tell you, they don’t feel well…
Do you think you will continue with using alternative medicine?

Absolutely, I’m confident in my choices and how I’ve chosen to treat myself, but it’s still a scary thing. It’s scary from the minute you find out about it and I don’t know when it stops being scary. I’m just looking forward to more and more good check ups, but I honestly don’t think that the anxiety will let up until I’ve hit that 5 year mark of remission. But again, I’m very confident in my choices and wouldn’t have done anything differently if I had the choice.

What is your message to the CannaEffect community?

Don’t let fear make your choices for you. My main message for everyone is to really rely on your strengths, your friends, and the information out there. Don’t let the fear that the doctors instill in you make your decisions for you. You don’t have to be afraid! It is scary, but you don’t have to let your fear rule you and make your choices for you. You can do this!

http://cannaeffect.org/kimberly-ambriz-she-helped-her-body-fight-the-cancer/

Park Major: How Cannabis Gave him a New Lease on Life

Park Major, Medical Cannabis Patient

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He was diagnosed as terminally ill by his doctors and was suffering a great deal. He felt that his health was out of his control and that he was at the mercy of the myriad of health conditions he had and yet, he decided to take the reigns and make the move to Colorado to pursue alternative treatment – what he believed could be his second chance. Little by little he is recovering and the biggest point to be made? Park Major is still alive today… long after the doctors thought he would be. This is his story.

My name is Park Major and I am a 42 year old Gulf War veteran. I was born in Knoxville, TN in 1972 and was raised by my parents alongside 2 sisters. 3 days after my 10th birthday, my mother committed suicide after a long battle with depression, but that was only the beginning… I had an extremely abusive father as well. By the age of 13 I was already medicating with cannabis to treat my own depression and for this, I was condemned by my family and friends. At the age of 17, after a violent fight with my father, I left home and went on with life on my own. I finished high school, went to college for a while, and then joined the Navy in 1991, all on my own. I abstained from cannabis my entire Navy career.

During my service during the Gulf War, we were exposed to many vaccines, toxins, and other stressors which I believe greatly aggravated my illnesses. I received an honorable discharge in 1994 and took up a career in cross country truck driving. About 6 months after my discharge I started experiencing my first signs of medical problems. It started with intestinal problems, migraines, night sweats, and symptoms of PTSD. In 1999, I was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor. Shortly after that I had a lymphoma tumor removed from my neck the size of a golf ball. I progressively got sicker over the years while constantly monitoring my pituitary tumor, all the while refusing radiation. At that point I decided to start medicating with cannabis again. In 2008 I decided to seek my VA medical benefits and was quickly informed that I had to stop my cannabis use or fear losing all my benefits. So, I stopped using cannabis and started went the traditional pharmaceutical route instead… I soon became too sick to work and was at risk of losing my license due to my risk of seizures. I stopped work and filed for my VA pension and was approved.

By 2010, I was on 35 pills a day. One night, in my sleep. it happened… I had my first seizure. After many tests it was concluded that the VA had overdosed me on pills trying to treat all my conditions and the side affects that resulted from the pills meant to treat those conditions. It was then, in June 2013, when my world crumbled. I had been having chest pains and went to the hospital. My doctor diagnosed me with Marfan Syndrome, a genetic defect where your body doesn’t make the protein it needs for the connective tissue, heart, lungs, etc. What did this mean? My #1 risk was aortic dissection otherwise known as “sudden death”. I was told it was incurable. If caught at an early age it can possibly be treated, but that there wasn’t a lot they could do for me at my age. Best age for surgery is before 15 yrs old, I was 42. I was told that I may have a year to live; There was nothing they could do.

My doctor told my he would keep me out of pain and to get my affairs in order. In November of that year I was diagnosed with a Thyroid tumor. I went home, contacted the Undergreen Railroad and Moving for Marijuana, got my house “in order” and moved to Colorado. I knew cannabis was my only hope. I had been reading a lot about cannabis oil and had done my research and truly believed that this would be my answer! On February 3rd 2014 my wife and I arrived in Colorado Springs, Colorado and I immediately began medicating with cannabis oil. In March, I found out that my thyroid tumor was still growing and I started having trouble speaking, so I increased my oil dosage. Recent MRI’s show that my body still has a lot of healing to do, but I am not giving up hope! The VA refuses to treat the Marfan Syndrome because they say there is no cure, but no studies have been done with cannabis – There is a possibility of a cure in my eyes. I am still in the process of ridding my body of the tumors, but there are certainly a few things I can testify to when it comes to cannabis:

I’M STILL ALIVE (Long after the doctors said I would be!)
I now have a better quality of life. I’m off all the prescription meds and have had more better days than not since starting this journey.
Cannabis returned to me my love of art! I think that’s been the biggest difference cannabis has made in my life. From a very young age, I had a strong interest in art, but after the military I was no longer able to draw. I felt as if I had lost my talent which added to my depression. Once I got off all the prescription pills and started cannabis treatment, it happened that one day in May, I got the urge to draw – The first time in 20 years. What started out as a sketch turned out to be my first work of art in 20 yrs. I cried. It felt SO good to be able to draw again. My creativity was back. Cannabis, for me, has brought back a happiness to me no pill ever could.
Although I still have my bad days, I try to educate myself and give back through volunteering with groups such as Grow4Vets and do all I can to share with others how cannabis has truly changed my life. I am now still living happily with my wonderful wife Judy and my best friend and emotional support dog, Dixie. We have 6 children and hope to all have many more wonderful years together!

How long have you been experiencing your medical condition?

I suffer daily with debilitating pain from the numerous explainable tumors and illnesses that resulted from my service in the Gulf War. I also suffer from severe night sweats. I have been put numerous medications over the years, sometime amounting to over 35 pills a day. I was diagnosed in 2013 with Marfan Syndrome and told it was incurable and that I was not expected to live another year.

What type of medications have you been taking that were prescribed to you by your doctor?

Depakote, Atenelol, Hydrocodone, Promethezine, Pazil, Hydorxixine, Tramadol, Serequel – There were too many to remember. I was prescribed over 220 medications by the VA over a span of several years. I have taken over 75,000 pills…

What side effects did you experience from the medication prescribed by your doctor?

I suffered from hallucinations, seizures, nausea, sleeplessness, agitation, depression, chronic pain, and even an accidental overdose due to taking medication as prescribed (My doctors had me on too much medication).

What type of alternative medicine have you tried aside from your doctor’s recommendation?

I started medicating with cannabis in 1986 as a teenager to treat my depression, had to quit when I joined the Navy. After my health took a turn for the worse, I made the move to Colorado with my wife and family and started using cannabis again in 2014.

How long have you been using the alternative medicine?

I feel much better. I am now finally able to know sleep through the nights; I am experiencing less sweating; I have eliminated some of my tumors; and I am suffering from much less pain. Overall, I am experiencing a better quality of life!

How have you felt since you started using the alternative medicine compared to that of your prescribed medications?

I am never going back to pharmaceuticals…

Do you think you will continue with using alternative medicine?

I want people to know that cannabis can save your life. I was diagnosed as terminally ill and sent home to get my affairs in order. Instead, I decided to try alternative medicine and now have a new lease on life 🙂

http://cannaeffect.org/patient-park-major-diagnosed-terminally-ill-until-he-tried-cannabis-mmj/

Chris Shanahan: Beating Bi-Polar and Arthritis with Cannabis

Medical Cannabis Patient: Chris Shanahan

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Chris Shanahan has faced multiple physical and emotional challenges in his 18 years. When he found cannabis, he gained the ability to enjoy a functional life and what he calls a sense of normalcy.

What medical condition have you been struggling with?

I have Stickler Syndrome. It’s a disorder that causes a lot of different conditions in different people, but mostly affects joints and connective tissues, sight, and hearing. It did affect those things for me. My rheumatoid arthritis has been a very painful struggle. I also have some actual bone malformations. And I have a mood disorder that has been pretty severe at times. It’s not really related to the Syndrome, but I think it’s been an outcome of it in a way.

How long have you been experiencing your medical condition?

I was diagnosed at birth. When I was diagnosed, my mother realized that she was also struggling with it. So, it was clearly passed on to me. The symptoms have gotten worse as I’ve gotten older. It seems like it kicked in when I was around 9 or 10-years old. That’s when I really remember the pain.

I was born with a clubbed foot, my left foot/ankle. The doctors tried corrective surgery. It was only sort of successful, as far as any lasting results. For whatever reason, it sometimes just slowly fuses back into that curved position.
I also was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder as a teen. That issue caused a lot of problems for me, of course. I actually lived in a state group home for a while, and just got out after my 18th birthday.

What do you believe caused this medical condition?

It’s just simply a genetic disorder. A parent with it has a 50% chance of passing it on to the child.

What medications have you been taking that was prescribed to you by your doctor?

Aside from surgery, all I’ve ever really been able to do is over-the-counter pain medications, which don’t really work. Rheumatoid arthritis is really painful. So, pretty much I just had to deal with the pain and be inactive for most of my life. I never even knew what it was like to be able to do what other kids my age were doing.

So, pretty much I just had to deal with the pain and be inactive for most of my life. I never even knew what it was like to be able to do what other kids my age were doing.
What type of alternative medicine have you tried aside from your doctor’s recommendation?

Well, when I was 12-years old, I found Cannabis. Of course, my parents didn’t know it at the time. But it was kind of a miracle. I smoked for the first time…and within fifteen minutes my ankle started to relax and my foot flattened out to a normal position. I was able to walk around normally! I couldn’t believe it! That had never happened before.

…it was kind of a miracle. I smoked for the first time…and within fifteen minutes my ankle started to relax and my foot flattened out to a normal position. I was able to walk around normally!
At that age, I usually could only smoke every couple of days because I had to be secretive about it, unfortunately. But when I turned 16, I talked with my parents about it. They were totally supportive, as long as I kept it for medicinal purposes, of course. They saw the relief it gave me, and stood behind me 100%. Then I was able to smoke every day, as necessary.

How long have you been using the alternative medicine?

I’m 18-years old now, so it’s been six years, with some interruptions, like the time I spent in the state group home. At this point, I use Cannabis whenever necessary, just like I would Ibuprofen or something like that.

How have you felt since you started using the alternative medicine?

CBDs make ankle flexible again and foot moves into normal position. It relieves the pain to where I can walk and run and do any kind of normal activity.

And since I got out of the group home and now have access to Cannabis again, I’m so much better! My bi-polar disorder isn’t even an issue. Without the Cannabis, I was having freak-outs multiple times a day. My life was a constant struggle without Cannabis. Now…I haven’t had one in months. Cannabis has saved my life. I live a pretty normal life now. I never had that before—any sense of normalcy. I never thought I would. Life is good now. It’s a miracle.

Without the Cannabis, I was having freak-outs multiple times a day. My life was a constant struggle without Cannabis. Now…I haven’t had one in months. Cannabis has saved my life.
When I was in the struggle—living without Cannabis—I just used the experience as a motivation. I had known relief from my physical and mental pain, and I knew I would have access to my medicine again once I got out. That’s what kept me going. I got out. I got a job. I’m doing great. And I have a boss who knows I use Cannabis for medicinal purposes. I’m on a good path.

Do you think you will continue with using alternative medicine?

Absolutely! Cannabis has changed my life. My roommates also use it medicinally, and it has changed their lives, too. One has pretty severe epilepsy, which he treats with Cannabis. One has bi-polar issues, too. So, we all use Cannabis and we are a huge support for each other. We live in Philadelphia right now, but we plan to move to either Colorado or Washington in about six months to look for work in the industry and to have better access to our medicine. We’re in the process of moving to Indiana, in the meantime. We already have ordered CBD oil, and the shipment should be there when we arrive!

We are all excited to live in a state where we have easier access to the medicine we need to live happier, more normal lives.

I will use Cannabis for the rest of my life. I went to a convention this week and was able to walk and talk and enjoy myself. That wouldn’t have happened without my medicine.
I will use Cannabis for the rest of my life. I went to a convention this week and was able to walk and talk and enjoy myself. That wouldn’t have happened without my medicine.

I want to work in the industry and I see myself being an activist forever!

What is your message to the CannaEffect community?

Follow your hopes and dreams. Do what you know is right for you and what is good for you in your own heart.

http://cannaeffect.org/chris-shanahan-beating-bi-polar-and-arthritis-with-cannabis/