I have suffered from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) since I was sixteen (16) years old. This debilitating disease of the immune system slowly destroys the bodies' organs and soft tissues, eventually leading to death. The pharmaceutical treatments for SLE are improving, but not yet up to the level to force the disease into remission.
In November of 2016, I tried eating cookies with Cannabis oil for the first time. The use of Cannabis had just become legal where I lived, and I wanted to try it to see if I could use it to try to lower the number of pharmaceuticals I needed to take every day.
Three days later, I tweeted that I had been seizure free for seventy hours! The first time in my adult life that I had gone for more than a few hours without having a single focal seizure. As time went on I realized that the seizures hadn't completely stopped, but the number of seizures I was having per day went from twenty or thirty to no more than one or two. The severity of these seizures when they did happen was also markedly reduced. I was also able to lower the amount of the pain medicine I was taking by half, and keep it there. There were other benefits too. I noticed immediately that I was finally able to sleep through the night without interruption, and experienced much less anxiety than I had before. In the final analysis I can safely say that Cannabis has made it possible for me to do things that my health previous prevented me to do, like walk up and down stairs, cook, sew and do calligraphy. All things I'd liked to do, but couldn't.
That this natural medicine had ever been illegal is truly baffling to me. It's benefits have been known as long as humanity has been alive. Otzi, the oldest intact mummy ever found had Cannabis in his medicine pouch, as did a number of the Tarim Mummies in China.
Twentieth century American drug policy seems to have been geared solely to prosecuting racial minorities, rather than protecting the health and welfare of regular Americans. Taking this medicine has taught me that we need strive to never again allow the social fears of a single racial or religious group to overcome the health and welfare of our society. We need to end the War on Drugs across our continent and instead make war on those aspects of our society that seek to separate us as Americans. The money spent on the War on Drugs could just as easily be spent on funding free college tuition for everyone within our borders. Education that could reasonably bring about even more advancements in natural healing.