Patient Story: Ankit
Young College student credits cannabis for Crohn’s remission.
Crohn’s played havoc with Ankit’s teen years. Now in remission, Ankit credits Cannabis with restoring his quality of life. He’s now working, going to school and living the life of a normal 22 year old! Here is Ankit’s story:
Ankit was Diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at only 15 years of age. For 4 years he took Prednisone and quite a few biologics including Humira and Remicade. While Prednisone helped with his Crohn’s symptoms, Ankit had to deal with a host of side effects including joint pain, puffiness, inflammation, skin tender to the touch and moodiness. The biologics caused a host of other issues. He would develop antibodies to them and then he would have to switch to a different one. Each time he switched his parents would have to go through insurance to get approved and he’d have to deal with new side effects. He ultimately switched to the biologic Entyvio about 6 months before he started using medicinal cannabis and he found he did not develop antibodies. He does believe that the cannabis use had something to do with that.
Crohn’s can affect the entire GI tract — from the mouth to the anus — and can be progressive. Ankit’s Crohn’s is centered in his lower gut, his intestines and rectum. This is hard for anyone but it is really hard when you are a teen and your friends are active and beginning to talk about college and moving away. After 4 years of medications and a condition that was far from being under control, Ankit decided to give Medical Cannabis a try. He had done his research and at this point he felt that he had nothing to lose.
At 19, Ankit started using medical cannabis. He went to PDI Medical and worked with Pharmacist Joseph Friedman and product specialist Elle to find out what cannabis-based treatment would be most effective. Ankit brought his father along for the first consultation at PDI Medical. His dad was apprehensive but soon felt comfortable when Joseph explained how they were going to approach the cannabis treatment. Ankit advises patience when first trying medical cannabis as it can be a little trial and error. Fortunately for Ankit though, they found the right solution right away and positive effects were felt quickly. Ankit found that his most effective treatment is suppositories (1:1 CBD/THC) and Cronuts#4 in capsules and RSO. Cronuts #4 is a sativa-dominant hybrid that works particularly well for Crohn’s Disease, joint swelling and gastrointestinal pain. Suppositories delivered relief right to the source of inflammation and didn’t have psychoactive effects. Today Ankit no longer needs his daily steroid. He still takes the Entyvio bi-monthly but cannabis is his daily medicine. If he feels a flare-up, he takes a capsule and finds relief within an hour.
Cannabis has changed Ankit’s life. He is very active, working full-time and going to school full-time online at Arizona State where he is studying business administration. About a year ago he started to work full-time at PDI Medical as a product specialist where he is now helping others learn about how cannabis can help them. He has had so much relief with Cannabis Medicine that he wanted to learn more and share his knowledge with others. Ankit says, “Cannabis restored my quality of life. I live like a normal 22-year-old now!”
Ankit says, “Pharmaceuticals felt like maintenance. They helped me feel better at times but I still had the symptoms—they were just kept them a little at bay.” Now Ankit feels he has a normal routine and he is not held captive by his condition. He says that he is no longer held hostage by his gut. The sense of urgency that his disease caused is gone and now if he has a flare-up it is usually food based. He understands his trigger foods and avoids them. Prior to cannabis he had to avoid sweet, spice, oil, dairy. Those restrictions (except dairy) have been relieved. The joint pain is gone. Best news yet! Ankit’s last colonoscopy was the cleanest one his doctor has seen for him. Ankit is now in remission and he attributes that to the cannabis medicine. Ankit advises, this is medicine and for it to be most effective you need to treat it like medicine. I have a regime that I follow and that is what I tell my patient customers to do.
Ankit understands that there is a certain stigma associated with medical cannabis use but he wants people to know that understanding your options and taking your healthcare into your own hands can be very helpful. He says that cannabis is a choice to consider to see if it is right for you. Ankit points out that from a cultural standpoint he also had to overcome the resistance to cannabis treatment. Now, his father and grandfather are fully on-board and while his mother still expresses concern, she can’t deny that her son’s health is vastly improved. Ankit knows that cannabis has been beneficial for many people. Originally his doctor would not sign off on his medical cannabis card because he felt there is not enough research to show that it would be effective. Now his doctor has seen Ankit’s results and is more receptive and asking questions about the treatment. Ankit believes people who have seen benefits from cannabis need to be advocates and share the news. That is what he is doing and hopes that other suffering from Crohn’s will benefit from his positive experience.
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