Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory disorder of the gastrointestinal tract with debilitating consequences – but a woman relates that cannabis oil for Crohn’s disease saved her life. Health Impact News reports that Shona Banda was so badly affected that she was bedridden, and the little food she was able to eat wasn’t absorbed into her body. She was wasting away. Medical science did everything it could for her. Pharmaceuticals were prescribed and she underwent several surgeries, all to no avail. She was told there was nothing more that science could do for her, and she believed that she would soon die.
Breaking the law to survive
Shona heard about concentrated cannabis oil for Crohn’s disease, but she lived in Kansas, which doesn’t have a medical marijuana program. She nevertheless managed to collect some droplets of cannabis oil from a vaporizer that she clandestinely used to vape cannabis for her pain, and the results of using it were rapid. Within days, she could walk unassisted, and she began to eat and sleep better. Before long, she had stopped using pharmaceuticals altogether with no ill-effects.
Colorado seemed to provide a haven, so she moved there, taking a job in a medical marijuana dispensary. She became a passionate advocate for medical cannabis, writing a book “Live Free or Die” in which she argues for patients’ right to choose medical treatments for themselves. She later returned to Kansas for undisclosed reasons, most likely related to child custody issues, clandestinely continuing with her treatment.
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Every mother’s worst nightmare
By retuning to Kansas, Shona became a criminal for using her cannabis oil for Crohn’s disease, but hopes that she would be able to continue her treatment in secret were shattered when her 11-year old son spoke out about medical cannabis at a school anti-drug campaign. Police raided Shona’s home, found cannabis, and she was placed under arrest, with her child being taken into state custody after a brief stay with his father.
The case against Shona is ongoing, and it is feared that she faces a lengthy jail-term. She says she aims to sue the city and county for civil rights abuses, but has not as yet officially aid any charges. In January 2016, her defence asked for postponement in order to be better prepared for Shona’s trial, and this was granted by the court.
Cannabis oil for Crohn’s disease and double-blind trial
The most ironic thing about Shona’s predicament is that there is considerable evidence in favour of Cannabis as a treatment for Crohn’s disease. An Israeli trial using patients who had not responded to conventional medicine found that there was considerable improvement in a group that vaped cannabis when compared to a control group – and many believe that concentrated cannabis oil for Crohn’s disease is even more effective.