After being diagnosed with autism and epilepsy as a child, James tried several medications, therapy and even came close to undergoing brain surgery. James' family began to worry that they may lose their son and decided to give medical marijuana a try. As a result, James is now four years seizure-free, his coordination has improved tremendously and he can participate in activities with his friends and family. Click below to watch his full story.
“Before the cannabis medicine, I would try walking with David around the block, but the sensory overload would overwhelm him and my husband would have to come pick us up. Just the other day, David asked if we could walk all the way to the park! Before Compassionate Cultivation, that wouldn’t have been an option for us.”
After several unsuccessful treatments for her Multiple Sclerosis, Tracy's neurologist told her she was a "no option" patient. Her pain and inflammation made even the simplest tasks difficult, and she worried about how that limited her ability to be an involved mom. With medical cannabis, pain no longer holds Tracy back and she has regained her quality of life.
“It’s a big deal just to be able to go outside and do some yard work. It’s the things you take for granted. This medical cannabis brought back my hope and quality of life.”
Night terrors and hallucinations were daily worries for Raymond and his family. Four months after starting medical cannabis, Raymond's hallucinations have subsided and he sleeps soundly through the night.
“The first thing I noticed was he was forgetting things. Slowly his Alzheimer’s progressed and he couldn’t remember what he had done the day before. Then he started having night terrors and hallucinations. When he started taking medical marijuana, the positive results were immediate. After giving it to him for a couple of days, he was sleeping all night with no nightmares and the hallucinations went away. After suffering so much, this medical cannabis has really been great for us.”
"Callen has been diagnosed with ADHD, asthma, autism, hypotonia and intellectual disability, and he experiences both absence seizures (formerly known as petit mal) and tonic seizures. Since starting treatment with medical cannabis, Callen has been nearly seizure-free. We have seen an increase in speech and his use of sign language. He also seems to be able to comprehend and navigate social situations much better. Medical cannabis has allowed my non-verbal child to say 'I Love You!' Music to any mother's ears."
-C.J., Callen's Mom
"Ian used to have 10 seizures or more a day, and they were delaying his motor-skills development. Before he started a medical cannabis regimen, he could not walk, gaining mobility through use of a wheelchair. Ian also had food-texture issues, only tolerating baby food, applesauce, and yogurt. Since Ian has been using medical cannabis from Compassionate Cultivation, he is now walking on his own with a walker. He tolerates food textures much better and is eating a wider range of foods. He is learning like crazy. Best of all, he is an alert and happy boy."
-Ashley, Ian's Mom
“Since beginning taking cannabis oil from Compassionate Cultivation March 20th, 2017, James’s seizures went from over a hundred per day, to almost zero. His autism issues have also greatly improved, and his ability to memorize large blocks of text is better than before.”
-Mikelle, James' Mom
"I am in high school and have had intractable epilepsy since I was 3. I’ve been on multiple medicines, failing most. My usual pattern was 1-2 grand mal seizures per night. A few years ago, it spiraled out of control. So many seizures that some days I couldn’t keep count of them. At one point, I couldn’t leave my bed, because that was the safest place for me. All I wanted to be was a normal kid…to go to school, play sports and have fun like everyone else. Then my doctor introduced me to medical cannabis."
"I was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2015. A lot of my symptoms prior were forgetfulness, pain, issues with balance and wasn't aware of my surroundings. They put me on medication and it did help at first, but after a year or so it wasn't getting better. My wife and I decided brain surgery was the next step. Post brain surgery, I was taking lots of different medications and at times unable to get out of bed. Shortly after, I began taking medical marijuana, I was not as distracted and I could focus. My wife can attest to that more than anything. I am present and able to enjoy everyday tasks such as driving and spending time with my granddaughter."
"Gabriel has had to deal with more than most adults do in a lifetime. He has intractable Epilepsy along with Autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, Chiari Malformation, and intellectual disability. He has been on every anti-seizure med and every combination of prescriptions available to him. Those drugs produced no decline in seizure activity, and things were actually getting worse. On a bad day, he could have up to 30 seizures, leaving him so tired and debilitated that it was impossible to live a normal life. 3 weeks after beginning medical cannabis, I could see a significant change in his seizure activity and by January his seizures had all but subsided. He has only had 6 major seizures in a 6 month time frame and is becoming more of the boy he was meant to be. He plays and laughs and is a joy to all that know him… it turned out to be the best decision I ever made for my son.”
-Kat, Gabriel's Mom
"I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in January 2018. I started noticing one summer prior that I would drop things and have trouble finding words, the leg pain was relentless. I have had a lot of procedures to get ahead of the nerve pain, unfortunately I have failed all of the medication. The only other options was antidepressants or narcotics but then when you crash off of those, it is hard as a mother to have that come into play when you are trying to raise your kids. As soon as legislation passed, I was ready to find a doctor who could prescribe medical marijuana. In addition to pain management when nothing else was working, it has helped tremendously with anxiety and sleep. I am able to relax naturally and depend less on other medication. I have been able to grow again as an athlete and be there for my kids."
"On April 15, 2008, I began the day a normal kindergartner. But by midnight that night, I had been life-flighted and on a ventilator. The journey thereafter consisted of 4 surgeries including brain surgery, a very strict ketogenic diet, and dozens of medications with terrible side effects. For ten years, my family and I woke up each day just finding a way to deal with this new reality. None of the medicines were really working to stop the seizures. And I started to wonder if I’ll ever get to do the things all kids should be able to: focus on school, go to the dance, drive a car. Then, my doctor introduced me to medical cannabis."
“My spasms literally push me all over the place and the medical marijuana just helps me be in a state of equal everything from my injury level to my able body. It really was a game-changer that I needed to have."