The science is undeniable: medical cannabis has phenomenal medical potential. But just how effective could this age-old herb be; and are the miracle stories we see in the news really as amazing as they’re made out to be.
In a one-word answer: yes. But in this post, we’re going to find out just what makes these miracle marijuana tales so ground-breaking. We’ll show you eight people who have found astonishing success through medical cannabis, going from a life full of debilitating ailments to a life free of pain.
1) Charlotte Figi
Charlotte Figi is definitely the face of CBD, and maybe the face of modern medical cannabis in general. The six-year-old has had breath-taking results with CBD oil, which has treated her Dravet’s syndrome to an extent that no other treatment has been able to. Dravet’s is a rare form of epilepsy that left Charlotte suffering from an average of 300 grand mal seizures – some of them potentially life-threatening – per week.
This debilitating illness had left Charlotte’s parents forlorn, and the girl herself with a low quality of life. However, getting in contact with a special cannabis cultivator in Colorado has helped to change Figi’s life for ever. This grower was focussed on developing a special, non-psychoactive strain of cannabis potent in cannabidiol (CBD).
That strain brainchild would eventually become Charlotte’s Web, a high-CBD strain known all around the world, and a strain that is often used to make cannabis oil. Charlotte is on a regular treatment plan of high-CBD cannabis oil to prevent her seizures from coming back, but the medication is proving a long-term success. At worst, Charlotte experiences just a few seizures a month.
2) Peter Germain
Peter Germain is a cannabis advocate who used the herb to lose weight. Germain finds it difficult to control his blood sugar levels due to Type 2 diabetes, yet he managed to lose 50 pounds through the help of cannabis. Peter substituted 8 pills a day for Rick Simpson Oil. His blood sugar levels became better regulated in just six weeks and Germain enjoyed much-improved overall health.
3) Rick Simpson
Rick Simpson is one of the most famous names in the medical cannabis world – he claims that his own life was saved thanks to cannabis, and that the plant has done the same for many others. Simpson started to experiment with cannabis after being diagnosed with skin cancer, using a special process to manufacture extra-potent cannabis oil from industrial hemp plants.
The result of Simpson’s tireless work was the ever-popular Rick Simpson Oil (RSO). After finding relief through cannabis in oil form, Simpson thought about whether the compounds could be just as effective if infused into a topical product, such as a cream.
He started to use cannabis cream to treat the cancer lesions that had formed on his face, and he says that it started to have a positive effect within just a few days. After removing the bandage that he used to apply the cream, he was left with healthy, fresh skin. Simpson took his remarkable story to the media. There’s no scientific evidence yet to support his anecdotal story, but that’s of no concern to Simpson, who is back living a life of good health.
4) David Triplett
David Triplett has a similar story to Rick Simpson, and also claims to have successfully treated skin cancer using medical marijuana. Triplett refused his prescription chemotherapy treatment for a cannabis-based natural alternative. David found that while surgery had been unable to get rid of the lesions plaguing his skin, marijuana did. The rising number of anecdotal reports purporting cannabis’ ability to treat skin lesions suggests the area is worthy of genuine scientific research.
Triplett compiled a video, which has been shared widely online, showing just how much a difference cannabis has made to the health of his skin.
5) Dennis Hill
Dennis Hill is a biochemist who claims that medical marijuana has not only helped with his prostate cancer symptoms but killed the tumor off altogether. Hill uses Rick Simpson Oil like so many, but he couldn’t use the topical creams as the affected area was unreachable. Dennis used marijuana oil orally to get its effects.
Hill combined cannabis medication, exercise and a healthy diet for a three-month period. He says that after following this plan, he was back to full health.
6) Cheryl Shuman
The medical marijuana community received a huge publicity boost with the story of Cheryl Shuman. She claims that the herb helped her treat ovarian cancer – another unproven medical boast. While cannabis certainly is not an approved medication for cancer, it’s intriguing that Shuman has begun enjoying a better quality of life thanks to incorporating cannabis oil and juices into her medication.
She says that marijuana has enabled her to reduce her morphine use and cut down on other side effect-laden medication. Cheryl is now a cannabis activist.
7) Shona Banda
Shona Banda is a Crohn’s Disease patient who has experienced significant relief by medicating with marijuana – specifically, Rick Simpson Oil. Doctors gave Shona a grim prognosis a few years back, regarding her as terminally ill. But she had heard about the man behind Rick Simpson Oil, and decided to give his product a go. Her Crohn’s Disease is now in remission, and Shona is back enjoying the quality of life she deserves.
She says that the cannabis (the CBD compound is likely the one to thank) has allowed her to get back to work, something the Crohn’s has stopped her from doing for four years. She’s also back having fun with recreational activities like hiking and swimming.
Shona has documented her difficulties with Crohn’s and her route to recovery in Live Free Or Die, a newly-released book.
8) Kristen Courtney
Kristen Courtney is leading a raw cannabis revolution, showing marijuana users a new method of enjoying the plant’s benefits. Kristen has Crohn’s Disease and was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 16, a condition that developed into a debilitating autoimmune disease – one that left her cooped up in bed for four years.
Eventually, Courtney made the decision to switch to cannabis. But not any old cannabis – raw cannabis! She stated to juice up the flower and leaves from the marijuana plant and it had a remarkable healing effect, clearing up her symptoms.
Perhaps you’ve been thinking about trying cannabis to treat your ailment, but have so far not done it, maybe because of the stigma that’s attached to the herb, or possibly a lack of information about how effective and safe it is. Hopefully, this set of stories has shown you just how much of a difference that medical cannabis is making to real people of all generations.
Rick Simpson’s efforts have given new hope to people who the medical system and doctors have failed. Cannabis is the only treatment that has helped these patients and many others, if even more people had access to it, we may uncover even more potential uses.
If you have used marijuana or cannabis-based products to treat a condition, please consider sharing your story in the comments section. Your experiences may be noteworthy to others!