Article by DH Story by Meko Haze
Richard Haines has suffered from Crohn’s disease since he was 15-years-old. In all he has been through 33 gastrointestinal surgeries. In just the last 3 months, he has spent 6 weeks in the hospital. Haines was on the cusp of running out of options to help with his Crohn’s.
Haines’ doctor had suggested that he try a cannabis suppository. Living in Denver, Colorado, you would think that would be an easy task. But Haines had a lot of trouble finding a dispensary or caregiver that made a medical grade suppository.
Desperate to give cannabis suppositories a chance, Haines approached his caregiver who has experience in making Haleigh’s Hope and Cannatol. His caregiver got with another friend who is knowledgeable in both medicinal cannabis and Crohn’s disease and custom made Haines his medicine.
Haleigh’s Hope is a low THC and high CBD strain that was named after Haleigh Cox. Haleigh suffered from severe epilepsy and was victim to hundreds of seizures a day. This high CBD strain was able to reduce though seizures to just a few seizures a day. The strain took around 4-years to create after crossing and selecting from hundreds of strains. The strain has a CBD:THC ratio of 24:1.
Cannatol came from the same creators of Haleigh’s Hope. It is said to have a ono-to-one ratio of CBD to THC. Simply Pure co-owner, Wanda James, believes Cannatol could help those who have suffered from head injuries or concussions. James claims that after a head injury or a concussion, if the patient is given a high dose of CBD, it appears to reduce trauma from the injury.
This will be the first known time someone has made a 30 day supply of cannabis suppositories with this high of a CBD/THC content. So why would Haines try cannabis suppositories instead of simply smoking, or ingesting it?
The human colon is saturated in CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors are how our bodies are able to receive the cannabinoids found in cannabis. So as Haines explained to DailyHaze, it “makes sense to put as much medicine on the impacted organ as possible to reduce inflammation and growth”.
“So imagine that every time you eat an edible, or take an oil, it still has to go through your digestive process and it is broken down by the time it reaches your colon,” Haines said. By doing a suppository you are able to put the most pure version of the medicine on the organ to treat it.”
Haines is keeping a daily journal for the next 30 days as he goes through his trial. He takes 2 suppositories a day, once in the morning and once at night. Haines says he started the treatment just last night and is already in a better mood. He claims this is a start. A better mood means he is not suffering from severe pain, or forced to his usual routine of being trapped in the bathroom for long periods of the day.
Stemming from his Crohn’s disease, Haines has had 3 colon recessions, 4 small intestine recessions. He has 1 kidney, no gallbladder and no appendix. Haines could be described as the ultimate gastrointestinal patient. Haines says that he is fighting to get everyone the same medicine he has access to.
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