December 12, 2016

“Try Cannabis”: A Woman’s Story About Medicinal Cannabis & Crohn’s Disease

December 12, 2016
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“Try Cannabis”

by Mary Young

It was the summer of 2011 when I reached out online. I had just stopped taking another biologic for my Crohn’s disease, and I was determined to find a solution to my medical problems that didn’t offer horrible side effects. I had tried nearly every drug for my Crohn’s colitis when I posted about my despair with pharmaceuticals, and that’s when the comment was made to me, “try cannabis.”

I wasn’t sure what the gentleman meant by his comment so I sent him a private message. He explained that smoking wasn’t the answer. It was ingesting cannabis oil that would make all the difference in the world. He even introduced me online to a woman who wrote a book about her story with cannabis oil and how it helped with her Crohn’s disease. I quickly ordered her book and read it in 2 days. It felt like a part of me was somehow connected to this woman’s story. We were both survivors, and we had both overcome days where we thought tomorrow was not possible. In her book, she explained how to make small amounts of cannabis oil from home with a glass dome vaporizer. She even had an online video showing her method. It seemed easy enough to do, so I ordered a vaporizer and began making cannabis oil daily.

At the time, I was buying anti-diarrheal medication in bulk because I was taking 3-10 pills a day. I was also taking prescribed codeine sulfate to help slow down my bowels along with a list of other prescription drugs. I kept a journal of my journey through this period of ingesting cannabis oil. I began with one rice-sized drop of oil daily for the first 3 days. On the fourth day, I began taking two doses – one in the morning and one in the evening. On day 5, a miracle occurred: I did not need any anti-diarrheal medication! I had taken this over-the-counter medicine for so many years that I couldn’t even remember the last time I didn’t need it. Something great was happening to me. I continued ingesting cannabis oil twice a day for months and started weaning myself off most of the pharmaceuticals that I was prescribed.

My husband and I made the decision to begin making large quantities of cannabis oil so that I wasn’t having to make it every day. We purchased a rice cooker and began soaking plant material with grain alcohol in glass jars. Every couple of weeks we would reduce the alcohol using a rice cooker. We burned out several rice cookers doing this process. It always made me nervous knowing that what we were doing was not yet legal in our state, which led me to decide to stop ingesting the cannabis oil.  With my next Crohn’s flare-up, I relied on steroids and continued them for a couple of years while we patiently waited for the law to change.

In the meantime, I had a revelation. I knew that a kitchen appliance with a removable lid could make tinctures and cannabis oil – all in one machine. I began drawing pictures and collaborating ideas with my husband. For a week, I would wake up in the middle of the night and write down my thoughts on a notepad that I kept next to my bed. I was not used to having dream recall, so this experience was extraordinary. With my husband’s full support, we began pursuing this dream. We recently received our patent on the apparatus and method of use, and our Slow-Mix™ working prototype is nearly complete. As a sufferer myself, I want nothing more than to be able to help others who are sick. It’s compassion, and it will make all the difference in the world.

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