Meet the eight inspiring souls who say cannabis saved their lives.
If there weren’t already enough good reasons to legalize pot, the discovery that marijuana may have the medical potential to cure people from debilitating illnesses, as the following inspirational stories suggest, may prove to be the most convincing argument yet. Weed Geek reveals the heart-felt triumphs of those who claim medical marijuana miraculously saved their lives.
1. Rick Simpson
Rick Simpson is known for inventing hemp-oil medicine that he claims treated his own skin cancer after he was a ‘chemical zombie’ from all the drugs he had taken as a cancer sufferer. After curing himself and hundreds of others with his canabis oil, Rick tried to take his medicine to Canadian authorities. However, the move backfired and the authorities tried to prosecute him. Today, Rick is considered a hero in the medical marijuana world with a huge following of believers. Watch his documentary, ‘Run From The Cure’ and see for yourself.
2. Shona Banda
A sufferer of Crohn’s Disease for eight years, Shona was bedridden and could only walk with a cane. Diagnosed as terminally ill, Shona decided to explore alternative remedies in a last bid to save her life. Shona saw Rick Simpson’s video and began to treat herself with cannabis oil and voila! She is now considered cured and has a normal life. She subsequently wrote a book, ‘Live Free or Die,’ detailing the weed experience that saved her life.
3. Charlotte Figi
Six-year-old Charlotte is the miniature miracle who suffered from an untreatable form of epilepsy and used medical marijuana to cure herself. By the time she was two years old her parents had literally tried all medications to cure her – some which nearly ended in her demise. Enduring some 50 seizures a night, her parents managed to get her a medical marijuana card in Colorado.
After her first dose of high CBD oil her seizures immediately stopped, her parents claim. She emerged out of her catatonic state and her parents got to meet her for the first time. Charlotte has since featured on a CNN documentary, documenting her miraculous story.
4. Kristen Courtney
Juicing raw cannabis is the Crohn’s Disease health cure that Kristen claims saved her life. Diagnosed at 16 with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, the illness quickly turned into an auto immune disorder that left her bedridden for four years. Finally, the teen and her mother began to look for alternative treatments. Kristen began juicing raw cannabis, and after a month she claims her pain stopped and her recovery began. She is now an advocate for medical marijuana treatment for fellow sufferers.
5. Peter Germain
Peter suffered from type 2 diabetes, which he says impacted on his quality of life on a daily basis. After being introduced to cannabis oil, he began to see results within just six weeks. His blood sugar levels reduced considerably, and he lost 50 pounds. Today, Peter claims digesting cannabis oil cured his diabetes and obesity.
6. David Triplett
David claims to have cured himself of two cancerous lesions using cannabis oil from his dispensary. He initially received a prescription chemo cream, but David decided not to apply the treatment after seeing disturbing images of people who had used it. Instead, he began treating the lesions with cannabis ointment which, after three to four weeks of application, removed the cancer.
7. Cheryl Shuman
After being diagnosed with cancer, Beverly Hills celebrity Cheryl Shuman began taking a cocktail of medications and up to 27 morphine tablets a day in a bid to overcome the disease. However, after learning about cannabis oil, Cheryl started to treat herself. She says the treatment cured her in 90 days and remains in remission to this day.
8. Dennis Hill
“Cannabis kills cancer!” That is the message often repeated by biochemist Dennis Hill, who claims to have treated his own cancer using Rick Simpson’s cannabis concentrate. After a three-month stint, in which Hill combined healthy eating and exercise with cannabis doses, he says his tumor disappeared. After six months, Hill says he rid his body of cancer for good.
Read more amazing survival stories at Weed Geek.
Jodie Gummow is a senior fellow and staff writer at AlterNet.