The Daily Mail reports on the story of Deryn Blackwell, now 17. He was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 10. On top of that, he was diagnosed with Langerhans cell sarcoma, an extremely rare condition, eighteen months later. Now, his mom says an inadvertent cannabis cancer cure is the reason he’s alive and cancer free.
Deryn was in severe pain and was covered in sores that would not heal. The doctors had no hope and kept him on cyclizine for pain. He became addicted to it. Its effect only lasted a short while. Then he would ask for more.
Deryn was allowed a dose of cyclizine every seven to eight hours, but after one hour he would start to beg the nurses for more. He also begged his mom to ask the doctors to amputate his hand, as the pain was unbearable. If the nurses said he must wait for his pain meds, he would get aggressive.
Dying in a haze of morphine
Callie and her husband couldn’t live with the idea that Deryn, then 14, would live his last days in a haze of morphine after four years of being in hospital. She started searching for an alternative on the Internet and came across Bedrocan, a cannabis-based painkiller. Bedrocan sounded a whole lot better than the opiate drugs he was on.
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Finding an alternative
The doctor explained that Bedrocan was effective, but it has not been tested for treating children, so she was not allowed to prescribe it.
This was when Callie and her husband decided to take the law into their own hands. They arranged to meet someone who would sell them cannabis. If they were caught, they could not only end up in jail, but their children could be taken away from them.
Callie’s husband, Simon, said he would take full responsibility. If they were caught, he would take the blame. They got a vaporizer, and back at the hospital, they drew the curtains around Deryn’s bed and gave him a little. It was a very anxious moment when Deryn blew out a cloud of vapor.
More relaxed and bearable pain
After about ten minutes, Deryn said the pain was more bearable, and he felt more relaxed. This was wonderful news to his parents. Unfortunately, his condition got worse, and by the end of December, he was moved from hospital to hospice. He started planning his own funeral and was looking forward to death. He met some celebrities he admired, and he was being brave.
No more morphine, no more life, please
Late one night, he woke up and started sobbing, saying he didn’t want any more morphine. It made him feel as if he wasn’t there. Callie had some cannabis tincture with her and considered giving Deryn a higher dose.
She found a syringe and administered 5 ml under Deryn’s tongue.
A half hour passed. He was not in a panic any longer and said he felt relaxed but aware of everything around him. He said he felt at peace, and it was beautiful. Only moments later, the nurse came with the usual dose of Cyclizine. Callie panicked because she wasn’t sure how the two medicines would interact. She didn’t say a word.