Jason is a 37 year old man who was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at the age of 20. He is currently using cannabis to manager His symptoms.
He has graciously agreed to share his personal health journey with ulcerative colitis and medical cannabis in the hopes that you all can learn from his experiences.
We had the opportunity to interview him. This is his story:
I had become dependent on steroids to stay in remission and had two operations to remove my colon and create the pelvic pouch. I was still having symptoms years after and decided to try cannabis, which some people I know with the disease tried.
I went through a private clinic, but I also let my doctor know. I was very nervous about bringing it up to him, but he was supportive and helpful. Telling him was actually a great thing because it opened me up with being honest with doctors about it, which is important. For example, if I go to the ER I tell them I usecannabis because it a ects how they sedate me, if they need to. Cannabis helps me through pain, so if Iam prescribed a narcotic I often reject the prescription because cannabis is enough for me. Doctors are impressed and happy by this.
The clinic I went to was amazing! Very supportive, clean and the environment was professional in nature.
I smoke, sometimes I vape or use edibles. Smoking is most effective for me. I have tried oils, pills but not my preference, doesn’t help as much. Smoking/vaping gives me almost instant relief. Other methods take a while to kick in and affect me differently.
Yes, very worried. I hated it in high school and was worried about not being in control of my actions or itcausing worse problems. I actually nd now that I am older and more mature, I can control my actions andmy intake without needing to get silly high.
I don’t drive with it. I consider it the same as alcohol and treat it as such. I keep it away from my work life and use cannabis when I am not at work, or doing work. Otherwise, I feel that since it can have an impairment factor, I use it away from doing things involving kids, work, driving, etc.
It is worth trying it – I was always against it but I took a risk and it does work. When using it however, you must exercise responsibility and treat it like alcohol because there can be an impairment factor. Start witha small dose to see how it a ects you, increase small and slowly. Good luck!