Sometimes it is far too easy to feel as if the world is full of terror, heartache and bad news. Humans seem to have an inherent penchant for morbidity, and the mainstream media and politicians do their utmost to capitalize off of this; creating a surplus of content focusing on the horrors within our world.
It isn’t often that we get to hear the good stories. The ones that make us feel good, and inspire us to do good. So through this platform, we have decided to bring forward a narrative that is most often ignored by the quotidian news providers: Giving you the opportunity to share your experiences of CBD through our monthly Community User Stories is our way to fight back against the negativity, and instead honor the day-to-day positive events that tend to go unnoticed.
Meet Güven Acar, father to two boys ages 5 and 11. Güven Acar has experienced the unparalleled happiness of meeting your newborn baby for the first time. All those hopes, wishes and fears all wrapped up into one tiny ball of incomparable joy. But, for the first 11 months of his younger son Buğra Alp’s life, Güven Acar couldn’t partake in this paternal elation.
Buğra Alp was diagnosed with a severe form of epilepsy when he was just a newborn, which meant that he needed round-the-clock supervision as well as a handful of different medications. At just age five, Buğra Alp has already gone through an incredible amount of hardline pharmaceuticals, ranging from muscle relaxants to anticonvulsants, all with some pretty horrifying side-effects. Just some of these include:
- Uncontrollable eye movements or abnormal body movements
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- Confusion or slowed thinking
- Loss of coordination
- Slurred speech
- Nausea, vomiting, and constipation
Many who have taken these medications, or know someone who has taken these kinds of medications, know that at the best of times, you must constantly weigh up the pros and cons. Because sometimes the side-effects of these medications are felt to be far worse than the illness they are prescribed for. It was when Buğra Alp was prescribed Phenytoin that his mother and father decided that enough was enough.
CBD Changed Everything
Any parent knows they would do anything to help their child’s suffering, so when Güven Acar heard about CBD, he knew he had to give it a go. They had heard about a doctor who prescribed CBD for patients living with severe illness and so they went straight to see him. As it turns out, it was was their first step in the right direction.
The doctor diagnosed Buğra Alp with Dabbit Syndrome and prescribed Endoca Raw Hemp Oil 1500 mg 15% CBD + CBDa. When Güven Acar asked his doctor why he would only prescribe Endoca to his patients over other CBD oils, he was told that Endoca was a reliable brand and organic as well, so the doctor wouldn’t think to give his patients anything else.
Buğra Alp began a regime of Endoca 15% Raw Hemp Oil Drops and over the course of two weeks, his parents gradually increased his dose to 20 drops two times a day. This was when they noticed the incredible benefits the oil had on the severity and frequency of his seizures.
Their son began showing signs of major improvement, of which they had not seen in him before; even with all the pharmaceuticals he was on. Now with CBD, not only had his movements increased but his perception had also greatly improved.
They were also able to take him off the intense Ketogenic diet that they had put him on to soften the intensity of his seizures as well as for his recent diagnosis of immunodeficiency; a state where the immune system’s ability to fight off infectious disease or cancer is compromised or entirely absent.
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Güven Acar is so impressed by the improvement that he has seen in his youngest son that he is now spreading the word among his family, peers and the local community about the benefits of CBD. He believes that everyone has the right to know about this natural compound, which has helped his family so tremendously, even if the use of it is still illegal in their home country, Turkey.
There is still a long way to go for cannabis regulation around the world, especially in Turkey, but as more and more people use it to help with their health issues, the more people seem to be jumping on the CBD bandwagon. Güven Acar, like the Endoca family, believes that cannabis is a human right, and he has shared his story of the benefits he has discovered from using CBD as way to share this important message.
If you or someone you know have had experiences using CBD for any medical conditions or diseases and you would like to share your story with the CBD community, please don’t hesitate to contact our Community Manager, Claire, at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing your story, so that we can continue shedding light on all the possibilities of cannabis and CBD.