When I’m Using Cannabis Daily, My Crohn’s is in FULL REMISSION
Cannabis has allowed me to live my dream as a traveling musician! It has given me my health back!
My name is Caroline Crews. I’m 38 years old and I have Crohn’s Disease.
I had my first surgery for digestive issues at 5 weeks old and continued to have debilitating pain, nausea, diarrhea, and many other issues pretty steadily until I was diagnosed when I was 8.
In 1999, I was introduced to pain medication. I honestly had no idea what the medicine was – Hydrocodone. My doctor called it into the neighborhood pharmacy and my mother picked up the prescription and was told nothing about the medicine or its side effects. After taking a pill and finally feeling relief, I soon became dependent on them daily and was placed with a pain management doctor.
I had my second bowel resectioning surgery in 2000. They removed around 6 inches of small intestine. After that, I stayed on pain management for many years with my doses steadily rising to match my tolerance.
When my mom passed in 2003 of cancer, my addiction spiraled out of control. I really lived my life just thinking about pills, counting pill, taking pills. They controlled everything. Finally, I accidentally overdosed. A friend found me and I woke up in ER, being treated like a criminal by hospital staff. It was awful.
The doctor who prescribed all of the narcotics dropped me as a patient. I was truly mortified. I couldn’t deny my problem anymore, so I went to a detox facility then rehab for 28 days. After that, I stayed clean but still had tremendous pain and nausea and had no idea what to do about it.
Well, after being clean around 6 months, I developed leukocytoclastic vasculitis – itchy, painful red dots all over and they got worse fast…growing together and weeping. My skin was sloughing off. I was in so much pain I had to accept the narcotics after 2 days in the hospital. (Vasculitis can be caused by Crohn’s Disease.)
I was back on the pain meds and devastated. One night I just got so sick of the pills and the constant pain, I smoked a joint. There was IMMEDIATE pain relief and stress relief, like my mind was clearer!
Since picking that joint up in February of 2015, I have stayed off of all narcotics and had relief for ALL symptoms of my Crohn’s (and depression and anxiety)! The only problem I had was living Tennessee. So, I went to Colorado…
I will tell you that the times where I had no access to cannabis, my disease came back full force. When I am using cannabis daily, my Crohn’s is in full remission.
Now, cannabis has allowed me to live my dream of being a touring musician.