Published on: 05/7/18
At just 22 years of age, U.S Sergeant Douglas Williams was sent to the Vietnam War and was stationed in Thailand and Japan as a ‘Dittybopper’; a jovial term given to those who had the job of receiving and copying down morse code for it to be later translated by another department. Like so many others while serving for their country, he was contaminated by the merciless chemical Agent Orange which would, unbeknownst to him, affect him for the rest of his life.
For those who don’t know, Agent Orange is now almost synonymous with horrifying health conditions and physical deformity. But during the Vietnam war, its influence was barely fathomable. An incredibly harmful chemical agent used as a herbicide and defoliant during the Vietnam war by the U.S military, it was utilized to help the U.S military cut through the dense and sprawling jungles of Vietnam and Southeast Asia.
But at the time, no one was truly aware of the incredible impact this mix of toxic chemicals and it’s active ingredient Dioxin would have on the health of locals and the military people who came into contact with it.
Just 50 years on and we are still only just now recognising the detrimental health implications Agent Orange has and continues to have. Agent Orange, or Napalm, has now been linked to an incredible number of problematic health issues that at the top of the list includes: causing multiple forms of cancers, neurological disorders and birth defects that even today continue to affect the children of those who came into contact with it.
Douglas’s daughter, Jennifer, explains that as a result of his contact with Agent Orange, he now suffers from incredible neuropathic pain in his feet, arthritis and his most recent diagnosis of Type ll Diabetes. Douglas now, like many other veterans, must take a cocktail of medications just to get on with his day.
But one day Douglas said enough was enough. Taking his neuropathic medication gave Douglas extreme vertigo, making normal day-to-day activities impossible, and forcing him to make the decision between excessive pain or incredible dizziness. It was one evening that, after taking his prescription meds, he was forced into making a decision. He experienced such a case of dizziness that he fell over, cutting his head open badly.
This event forced Douglas to weigh up the pros and cons of taking this medication. If he decided to continue taking it, he knew he would need to deal with the extreme vertigo that could mean more falls and injuries. On the other hand, giving it up meant dealing with the crippling pain from his neuropathy and arthritis. Even so, he decided the latter was the lesser of the two evils.
He told his doctor he could not, and would not, take any more of the neuropathy medication and resigned himself to a life of indescribable pain. Without many options left to him and knowing that pharmaceutical medications were no better than the issues he was taking it for, he and his daughter began researching other options. It was then that he was first introduced to cannabis medicine.
CBD’s Potential Shines Through
“We have a friend who first introduced us to THC candy and CBD creams. My dad took a THC candy one morning before he went to run errands and he told me afterwards that he would never do THC ever again because he felt sick to his stomach, dizzy and he didn’t know what was going on.” And though the CBD eased Douglas’ pain slightly, he found the smell to be just too strong for him to use; and what minimal analgesic benefit he gained just didn’t provide enough comfort for him to continue using.
Like any child having to look on as their parent battling day-by-day with incredible discomfort, Jennifer was desperate to find something that would ease her father’s pain and suffering. Their friend promised to keep sending the CBD creams, but with the pungent smell and most of all the incredible expense, they decided they ultimately couldn’t continue spending large sums of money on a product that just wasn’t right for him. On top of this, their friend had to travel across state in order to purchase the CBD products, and so kept putting off the journey to get them.
She became fed up. Jennifer couldn’t just sit by and watch her father suffer without doing everything in her power to get him the comfort he needed.
“I got frustrated and googled CBD dealerships that would ship to Utah [USA]. Your company was the ONLY one who would do so and they are a reasonable price. I bought a bottle of 10mg CBD pills just to see what would happen. Unfortunately, for him his pain was so intense that 10mg didn’t do anything. He told me he felt a little relief but not much. I then tried giving him two 10mg. Again, it helped a little but not much.”
This improvement, although only slight, was enough to give Jennifer and her father the determination to continue experimenting with CBD. The fact that it was completely natural, did not cause the side effects that pharmaceuticals seemed to go hand-in-hand with and the fact that it had already made a small improvement was just the sign they needed not to give up. And as it happened, Endoca put on a sale last year that allowed Jennifer the opportunity she needed: She jumped straight onto our webshop and bought the 1500 mg pills to give CBD one last go.
Douglas was reluctant at first. He had taken so many pills in the past, with so many varied and negative side effects that trying anything new was becoming a task too great for his capacity, but after much debate, he took one.
After just one capsule, Jennifer recalls her father saying “for once, my neuropathy didn’t keep me up all night and my osteoarthritis was bearable.”
This, though small, was an incredible improvement compared to before. “He has his good days where he can get out and ride his motorcycle, play with his dogs outside, work on the house or in the yard, but other days he is hurting so bad that all he can do is rest on the couch. (Luckily our dogs are very understanding and try to comfort him in any way they can.) On these days, he takes his 50mg CBD pill and is able to get up and get some things done, just not as much as he would like.”
They still have some way to go, but knowing there is a natural product, without the horrible side effects that are often experienced with traditional prescribed pharmaceutical medicines, both Jennifer and her father Douglas are hopeful that they will be able to improve their quality of life.
“We are both extremely glad we found your website and my dad has even bought a couple of bottles of 50mg CBD pills for our upcoming camping trip over memorial day weekend. He’s not sure how he’ll handle it, but he told me that as long as he has his CBD, he’ll be just fine.”
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