Many Crohn’s sufferers do not respond to conventional treatments, living their lives with extreme pain and the intrusive way in which the disease takes over their life. Coltyn Turner was faced with those same odds when he turned to an alternative, changing his life through the use of cannabis treatments.
For those who aren’t familiar with Crohn’s, it is an inflammatory bowel disease that currently has an unknown cause. The disease causes inflammation in various locations o the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, such as the esophagus, stomach, small intestine or large intestine.
Some of the more common symptoms include:
- Severe abdominal pain
- Severe diarrhea
- Bloody stool
- Difficulty keeping on weight due to lack of nutrient absorption
How Can Cannabis Oil Help?
Many of the accepted conventional treatments are used to reduce the inflammation of the GI tract while working to suppress the patient’s immune system, which is constantly attacking the gut in response to the disease.
Cannabis contains compounds called cannabinoids, which have immunomodulatory effects. This means that they inhibit the immune system from releasing pro-inflammatory proteins, instead triggering the release of anti-inflammatory compounds into the body.
Due to the restrictions surrounding the use of Cannabis treatments there are few studies to reference, however some scientists continue to push the envelope, dedicating themselves to finding an answer to the connection between Cannabis treatments and the management of Crohn’s.
Among these studies includes a small placebo-controlled study in 2013. The patients involved in the study did not respond to traditional treatment methods, and their conditions were rather severe. The study was divided into two groups, those that received 115mg of THC in smoked cannabis twice daily, and those that were provided a placebo with the THC extracted. They treatment was carried out over an 8-week period, followed by a 2-week follow-up. At this point it was found of that 5 of the 11 subjects in the group receiving the THC treatments showed complete remission, and 10 of the 11 subjects showed improved symptoms.
Coltyn Turner’s Story
As a young teenager Coltyn Turner nearly drowned. The lake he was rescued from was infected with a high level of bacteria, which was cited as the ‘trigger’ for his Crohn’s disease by medical professionals. While he was initially treated with antibiotics to battle the bacterial infection, his treatment soon took a different course in an effort to resolve his Crohn’s Disease.
The disease rapidly progressed, leaving Coltyn emaciated, in a great deal of pain and confined to a wheelchair. It was at this point that he and his family took control of his treatment, leaving the state of Illinois for the Colorado to allow him to seek medical supervision or the use of Cannabis in his treatment.
“I’d rather be alive illegally than dead legally” – Coltyn Turner
His statement became a battle cry, adopted by the warriors that were fighting for the legal use of cannabis treatment in cases like Coltyn’s.
Coltyn Is Not Alone!
It does not take long surfing the internet to see that there are a vast number of stories, all similar to that of Coltyn. Each of these individuals lend their voice and their story to the cause, sharing their experiences of finding relief and even, in some cases, remission with the aid of cannabis treatments.
A well recognized story for those that are familiar with the movement is that of Shona Banda. An extreme case of Crohn’s disease, she had to have several parts of her GI tract removed in an attempt to provide for some relief, however living in Kansas limited her access to the option of cannabis treatments.
Like Coltyn Shona was able to experience the benefits of cannabis treatments. After living in Colorado for a period of time, she made the decision to return to Kansas. Remaining outspoken about her views regarding the use of cannabis for medical purposes she completed her book, Live Free or Die.
One day her 11 year old son’s class was visited by a local drug enforcement representative as part of an anti-pot awareness message. Your son, taking after his mother’s outspoken advocacy, informed the speaker that cannabis had cured his mother, and that she ‘uses it all the time’.
His statement led to this:
An update from the Washington Post advised that shortly after the time of this video the state of Kansas charged Banda with “five felony counts of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, manufacturing Tetrahydrocannabinol, an oil extracted from marijuana, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of child endangerment.”
Shona Banda continues to push forward, determined to continue sharing her story and making a difference in the area of cannabis advocacy. If you wish to support Banda, you can do so on her GoFundMe page here.