I have had Crohn's disease for 36 years. Crohn's disease is an auto immune disease that causes severe inflammation of the digestive tract, making it hard to eat without massive pain. Because food is the enemy and we don't digest properly, Crohn's patients tent to be dangerously malnourished. Medical cannabis actually makes it possible to eat. The severe nausea associated with Crohn's can be curbed with medical cannabis allowing us to eat and keep food down. Crohn's disease is ranked as a top ten most painful disease. Medical cannabis actually helps reduce the pain to bearable level. Without medical cannabis I would have died long ago.
Over the last 36 years, I've taken many awful, dangerous drugs. These include high doses of steroids. Over time steroids damage bones and soft tissue growth is inhibited. Other drugs are biologics like humira and remicade. These drugs are extremely expensive. Humira is administered twice a month by injection, each dose costs around $3,000. Remicade is another biologic. It is administered by IV every 4-8 weeks, at a cost that varies between $15,000-$24,000 per dose. I get my dose every 6 weeks. Side effects are lowered immune system, hair loss, allergic reaction and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Patient & Caregiver Stories
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