At Endoca we consider ourselves an international company, delivering high quality CBD oils to across the globe. However, it’s fair to say there are certain countries that are particularly close to our heart, one of which is Spain.
Our fondness towards the Iberian peninsula probably explains why we’ve based our Endoca Village in the hills near Barcelona. Not only that but Spain has some of the best cannabinoid researchers in the world working from its labs.
Scientist explains to Spanish TV how he uses cannabis for his own inflammatory bowel disease
One such scientist is Ekaitz Agirregoitia, endocannabinoid researcher at the Basque University in the north of Spain. Ekaitz’s specialism is the endocannabinoid system and reproduction. However, it was as a personal user of medicinal cannabis that he appeared recently in a news report examining the need to legalise medical cannabis in Spain.
That’s because Ekaitz has suffered from Ulcerative Colitis for the last 14 years. At its worst he had to be hospitalized and his weight plummeted. Surprisingly, although working in the field of cannabinoid research, Ekaitz had never tried cannabis for his condition, until it was clear that conventional medicine was failing him.
In the news report on Basque television, we hear how in the year since taking medical cannabis Ekaitz has “regained his health, 12 kilos and quality of life.”
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CBD suppositories have helped
During this time Ekaitz has been using CBD products like the Endoca suppositories featured, which can be bought legally as nutritional supplements. Unfortunately, he has also been forced to turn to the black market in order to source THC.
He says, “as patients we are being forced to play doctor and it shouldn’t be that way.”
Medical cannabis must be legalised
“Of course it should be legalized. In fact, I consider it a historical error that it isn’t,” he says.
Ekaitz currently contributes to the Spanish Observatory for Medical Cannabis liaising with patients who have inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis.
To hear more about his experience with medical cannabis, read our in depth article on Cannabis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.