Thursday, 8 November 2018

CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT


As most readers of this blog may have read, Tom has IPF, for those who do not recognise  these letters it is a condition affecting the lungs called 'Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis'.
In simple terms the lungs harden and gradually lose more and more air capacity causing shortness of breath.
The medical profession are at a loss as to what causes this and there are many things bandied around, this is why it is called 'Idiopathic' meaning cause unknown.

One of the symptoms of this condition is a dry cough.  This,apart from the breathing difficulties, is one of the most distressing things because the coughing causes the breathing to get worse.

Again, there is no really affective cure for this cough and the best the medical people can recommend is cough mixture or inhalers etc.

As I'm sure most people would do, we have been googling to see if there was anything out there that might just help and we came across the controversial subject of cannabis oil.



There has been a lot written about this in the newspapers and also on tv regarding the success of some people using it for various illnesses and so we thought we would give it a try.

When there isn't any hope for a cure, what have you got to lose.

Tom has been taking a few drops of this each day and we are pretty sure that it has had the effect of lessening the cough. This could be because it relaxes things, who knows.

Recently I'm sure you heard that it has finally been legalised for consultants to prescribe this for 'some' illnesses and so the stigma of using it is a little less, especially for us who felt a bit like criminals using it.

Next time we see the consultant we shall see what she says, but for now he will continue to use it to get some relief.

In some parts of the USA I know that it is legal and many of the reports I've read online give good reviews.

22 comments:

  1. I am so happy for both of you that it is working, to me it is no different than taking a prescribed antibiotic or any other meds. it IS a medicine and when taken that way I would do it also. there is a woman here in Florida that uses it for pain of cancer. I say use whatever helps... thanks for sharing

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  2. I am so glad you found this!! I think of it as a drug, just like others. But people will use it to get high. Was it hard to find it? How did you know how much to use?

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  3. Good for you. I know it is good, and works for many things. So why not.

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  4. Just had a thought, the advice on the British Lung Foundation on all lung diseases is excellent. Sure you knew about already, but if not they are ace.

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    1. I don't think there's a site I haven't been on Jill, but no one seems to have a remedy for the cough. This may not work for always but for now its helping.

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  5. If it works thats a good thing and I'm glad you were able to get it and give it a try.

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  6. Glad to know it is helping...

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  7. As Ann said it was good that you could get hold of it and that it seems to be working.

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  8. Good for you! I'm so glad this is working for Tom.

    Hippocrates said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

    In Genesis 1:29-30 in the Bible it says:

    "And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

    And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so."

    In Psalms 104:14 it says: "He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;"

    Genesis 1:11-12:

    "And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

    And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good."

    Love, hugs & prayers for you and Tom ~ FlowerLady


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  9. How can it be bad to use a plant for such a good purpose? I hope it continues to work well for your husband and is always available to him. Very best wishes for improved health and comfort.
    Sara

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  10. I agree with Ann! Good luck, I hope it continues to help. Breathlessness is hard. My dad had COPD and I saw up close how it affected him.

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  11. Glad it's helping. If it wasn't for the hold the big pharmaceutical companies had on drugs in this country it would already be legal. It has helped so many people in genuine pain. It is cheap, effective and doesn't require years of R&D and that is bad for the pharma industry. I hope things continue to improve for you xxx

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  12. I am so pleased that it is helping. My son offered to buy me some when the pain in my hip was appalling. I will certainly try it if the hip gives me that kind of pain again. It really seems to be a bit of a wonder drug... and if it works then it should absolutely be used without stigma.

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    1. A few weeks ago I had toothache and while waiting for the dentist to take it out I put a couple of drops on the tooth, it made the pain go a way better than pills.

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  13. at the point where Mr Mays husband bought huge amounts of shares of the company that had the license in this country to produce it , it was pretty obvious that there was a plan afoot to release it to the NHS , MR BH asked his pain management consultant and she said the same thing give it six months and half the country will be taking it.

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  14. Since you mentioned it in an earlier blog post, Zip has been using it (in the gummy bear form) for his cough. He has COPD and it is quite effective. Fortunately it is legal in our state as CBD oil, or the medical variety in drops, but not for recreational use.
    My son has used it for anxiety.
    I think that if it isn't harmful and it will be a benefit to people in pain, why not have it legalized. Hopefully the NHS will make it legal very soon.

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  15. Good for you! I'm glad it's helpful! I must admit I am completely fuzzy on the marijuana laws in the UK. I don't use it myself in any form but I sure see (and smell) it all the time. I hope for medical use it's legally available. From what I've read, it truly is beneficial for many conditions.

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  16. I live in Canada where marijuana has just (within the last month) been legalized! If I ever had the need I would not hesitate to use it. Go for it, hope it helps him!!

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  17. We have a dance friend who has this. I hope it helps Tom out.

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  18. Chief dog servant13 November 2018 at 20:09

    Very interesting. My husband has got IPF also but we hadn't thought of cannabis oil as an option - now we are having a look at it. Love to you both

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