When we read or hear cannabis related news today, a lot of what we are shown is of people talking about statistics and laws, as well as the media admonishing those who use cannabis, conferring further stigma on this simple plant with a vast potential.
It isn’t often we get to hear real life stories of those who have benefited humongously from this natural medicine. That is why we feel there is such a necessity to bring forward a narrative that is consistently being ignored by the mainstream media and politicians; by providing you with real stories from real CBD users.
A story not so uncommon is Matt’s. He was just 29 when he began developing problems with his vision, balance and mobility. With no reason as to why this could be happening, Matt went to his doctor and finally after a year, in 2012, received a shocking diagnosis: Matt was told that what he had was a form of multiple sclerosis called relapse remitting multiple sclerosis, which develops in people in their 20’s and 30’s.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological conditions that affects the nerves and can manifest in a multitude of different ways. The resounding hallmark of MS are the lesions, also known as scars or plaques. It occurs when the immune system mistakenly attack an area of the body as a result of some kind of trauma. Other symptoms include fatigue, vision problems, tremors, impotency, and difficulties with walking as well as memory; but symptoms aren’t all alike and can manifest differently in everyone.
Matt was prescribed a medication called Tysabri, which helps stops new lesions from developing, but does not help with the symptoms that come with MS. And although he hasn’t developed any new lesions, his other symptoms, such as spasticity and pain, have progressed since his initial diagnosis. For most, symptoms of MS are treated by commonly prescribed muscle relaxant medication used in conjunction with opioid painkillers. But for some, like Matt, this just isn’t an option, as he explains “when I was younger I had a problem with drugs and alcohol. I quit using both in 2008 and haven’t used anything since, which is why I would like to avoid the pharmaceutical medications.”
For those who can’t or won’t use the opioid based medications commonly prescribed for MS, it can be increasingly frustrating to not only have deal with the symptoms without help, but also to come to terms with a gradual loss of mobility, usually followed by a loss of independence. So where is one to turn when pharmaceuticals are out of the question?
Many natural therapies are being used for a range of different illnesses, but not all therapies can do the job. Matt had begun doing research and heard about CBD as a potential aid for MS symptoms. Matt says that he was “even a tiny bit reluctant to use CBD,” and expressed his concerns about its possible effects. But when Matt’s symptoms became harder and harder to deal with alone, he undertook his own research, and after reading and hearing so many positive things from those who had used CBD for their own symptoms, he decided to give it a go.
Starting with the 3% RAW CBD hemp oil from Endoca, using 5-7 drops at the same time as one Endoca 300mg CBD+CBDa capsule, he noticed an immediate improvement in the severity of his symptoms, and in some cases, completely obliterated them.
“There are days when I don’t end up taking a capsule, then there’s days when I know I’m going to be doing a lot more walking and I’ll take 2. I just started using the 15% [1500 mg Endoca CBD hemp oil] and I have been taking only 3-5 drops of this product, and can already notice the difference between this and the 3% product, so I may choose the 15% from now on when I place an order, as this product seems to last longer.”
Matt also has a condition called Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA), which is common among people with a neurological disorder. He explains that “it is a very frustrating condition that can make interacting with people difficult at times. It makes you over-emotional some of the time, and it can also reverse some emotions too. There are times when I’m saying something that is really funny but I get the emotion of wanting to cry instead of laughing.” Amazingly, Matt has found some relief from this condition as well, while using CBD originally to combat his MS symptoms.
“I didn’t think that CBD could also aid me in dealing with the symptoms of that [Pseudobulbar Affect] but it has helped with that too!”
With the consistent improvements to his MS symptoms, as well as PBA and anxiety, Matt feels he is now in a place where he can finally start looking into working again. And though he isn’t sure what industry to focus on, music has always been a hobby, and so he is now producing music as not only a side project, but something more constant in his life.
“When my symptoms began to worsen, I decided to follow my dream of making music full time, so now I’m focusing more on an education based in music, and I know that no matter what happens I will always be able to do something with music.”
As someone who has had a history of drug and alcohol addiction before, Matt believes CBD has been a real game changer for him in a world that favours pharmaceuticals over more natural and non-addictive remedies and treatments. He says, “I have never experienced a single negative side-effect from CBD, while the same cannot be said for other prescription medication…who’s negative effects can sometimes outweigh the positive”.
Matt believes that the unfair stigma attached to medicinal cannabis is detrimental to those who use cannabis to help them from life-threatening illnesses, and just goes to help continue creating more and more obstacles for those who need access to this medicine the most.
“I feel it's important for people who may be worried about delving into the CBD world to know that it's not a mind altering substance, otherwise I would not be using it. I am sober since 2008 and would not to anything to jeopardize that, and CBD is no exception… I hope that my situation and the improvements I have experienced, with no negative change in the way I act, has changed the way they feel about CBD extracts.”
If you or someone you know have had experiences using CBD for any medical conditions or diseases and would like to share your experiences with the community, please don’t hesitate to contact our Community Manager, Claire, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing your story, so that we can continue shedding light on all the possibilities of cannabis’ potential.