Cannabis Patient Success Stories
Meet the patients who's lives have been changed by cannabis.
Charlotte Figi had her first seizure when she was 3 months old. Over the next few months, the girl, affectionately called Charlie, had frequent seizures lasting two to four hours, and she was hospitalized repeatedly. By the time she was 3, Charlotte was having up to 300 grand mal seizures every week. Eventually she lost the ability to walk, talk and eat. The seizures were so severe Charlotte's heart stopped a number of times. Doctors suggested putting the child in a medically induced coma to give her small, battered body a rest.
The first time Paige Figi gave her daughter, Charlotte, cannabis oil, the child's seizures stopped for seven days. Today, Charlotte is thriving. Her seizures are down to 2 to 3 per month, almost solely in her sleep. She is walking, can feed herself and is talking more and more each day.
When he was just a baby, 6-year-old Jayden David was diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome, which causes him to have violent seizures several times a day. The seizures were so bad that they prevented him from walking, playing with friends and essentially living a normal life. He’s been rushed to the hospital by ambulance at least 40 times. To combat the disease, Jayden was prescribed 12 different medications that he has to take every day. In all, he took 22 pills a day.
At one point Jayden had seizures almost 24 hours a day, lasting an hour and a half. At one point, Jaydons dad told the doctors that he didn't think Jayden was going to make it. He couldn't sleep, couldn't eat, he couldn't go to the bathroom, he could hardly do a thing. As a last resort, Jason David opted to try a liquid form of high CBD cannabis to treat Jayden’s seizures. It worked. The day that Jayden used cannabis for the first, he was seizure free!
Corrie Yelland was diagnosed with Anal Canal Cancer in July of 2011. She was given just a few months to live. After hearing about the horrifying side effect of chemotherapy, Corrie decided to try something different; Cannabis oil. On September 20, 2012 Corrie's doctors informed her that her cancer was gone.
Biochemist Dennis Hill graduated from the University of Houston and did his Graduate Work at Baylor Medical School. Dennis worked as a Cancer Researcher at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. When Dennis was diagnosed with advanced stage prostate cancer, which had metastasized to other parts of his body, he started researching. Since Dennis has a family history of prostate cancer, and he often witnessed ineffective results while working in cancer research, he felt a new approach was in order. He used cannabis oil to cure his cancer.
Vivian suffers from a rare and incurable seizure disorder called Dravet syndrome. This genetic disorder causes children like Vivian to have numerous types of seizures, including life threatening tonic clonic seizures that last up to 40 minutes. The rescue medicines used to stop these seizures can, and have, caused Vivian to stop breathing. Additionally, pharmaceuticals used to prevent Vivian's seizures are highly addictive and have a complex list of side effects, including developmental impairment. One medicine that has been proven to be extremely effective in preventing seizures and allowing children to developmentally advance is medical cannabis. In states like Colorado and California, where the laws are both compassionate and comprehensive, hundreds of children are benefiting from a type of marijuana that does not get them high. These strains of marijuana have elevated levels of a non psycho active cannabinoid called cannabidiol (CBD) and very low levels of the psycho-active component THC. -Learn more at: http://lettersforvivian.org/
Zaki Jackson was 6 months old when doctors diagnosed him with a form of epilepsy so severe that it sparked as many as 250 seizures a day. After 10 years and 17 medications, Zaki wasn’t getting any better. Then, finally, his doctor wrote a prescription for a medication that calmed the electrical storms in Zaki’s brain. The surprise was that it wasn’t for a standard anti-seizure medication — it was a prescription for cannabis.
While she was sick and dying, Shona Banda watched "Run From the Cure", an online documentary about Rick Simpson curing cancer with cannabis oil. It changed her life forever. She has cured herself of a terminal case of Crohn's Disease.
Mieko Hester-Perez made her decision to try giving her 10-year-old son, Joey Perez, medical cannabis after his weight had become dangerously low due to his unwillingness to eat. She said that at the time she began the approach, he weighed only 46 pounds. "You could see the bones in his chest. He was going to die," she said.
"The marijuana balanced my son," said Hester-Perez, noting that she has never used marijuana herself. "My son had self-injurious behaviors. He was extremely aggressive, he would run out of our house... he was a danger to himself and others." But just hours after she gave him one of the pot-infused brownies, she said she could see a change -- both in his appetite and demeanor.
Mike McShane has endured five bouts of Squamous cell carcinoma cancer. He’s spent a million dollars and has been treated with radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgery by this team of doctors at the Detroit Medical Center. Today, he believes the invasive treatments were unnecessary. He cured his latest bout with the disease using a highly concentrated form of cannabis oil.
In 2009 David Triplett was diagnosed with Skin Cancer. David was given a prescription for chemotherapy cream. After reading about the negative side effects of the chemotherapy cream, he decided to look into alternatives. He then watched a video called "Run From the Cure", about cannabis oil curing cancer. Next, he went to a dispensary and got some cannabis oil. He applied it every day, all day, for weeks. Much to his surprise, it "cured" or cleared up his skin cancer.
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