A teenager who missed eight years of school due to chronic fatigue has made an astonishing recovery after taking cannabis oil, his mum says.
Tom Bethell’s family say his life has been transformed since he started taking daily drops of cannabidiol or CBD, a legal form of cannabis.
Tom, 15, from Norfolk, hasn’t been to school for nearly eight years because of myalgic encephalomyelitis , also known as chronic fatigue syndrome.
He became so depressed he told his mum Sarah Thomas he “didn’t want to live any more”.
He was bed-bound, no longer growing and so weak that even his eye muscles didn’t function properly, leaving him with blurred vision.
CBD is widely available online, although sellers can’t make claims for its effectiveness as it is not currently licensed as a medicine.
Sarah said: “Tom had no energy at all and was in a complete ‘brain fog’.
“He would fall over 20 or 30 times a day, he was completely debilitated. His memory was poor, he couldn’t even breathe properly.”
Doctors had prescribed the anti-depressant amitriptyline but it hadn’t worked.
In desperation mum-of-two Sarah, 38, offered him cannabis oil, as recommended by her own mum Wendy Thomas, who praised its remarkable effects on her Crohn’s disease.
She said: “It’s completely changed his life and alleviated his symptoms. It’s kickstarted his growth, he shot up 11 inches in nine months.
“Even his hair had stopped growing and now it’s started again.
“He’s now hit puberty, he’s got body hair and leg hair, he went up two shoe sizes in eight weeks. His memory is better and he can retain information.
“He’s gone from relearning his three times tables to now being able to attempt five GCSE exams next year.
“Before he couldn’t even find the words to have a conversation.
“He will probably always have ME, but the CBD is allowing him to be himself. He’s a lot happier and no longer has reactive depression.
“He’s a happy child, like a normal 15-year-old. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to see him like this.”
Sarah, who was full-time carer to Tom, now works for CBD Brothers, the firm that supplies her family with cannabis oil.
She says CBD, has also helped her by hugely reducing the pain from painful rheumatoid arthritisand hypermobility.
And her mother Wendy, 67, a civil servant, swears by CBD.
She’s drug-free after Crohn’s disease left her so ill she was on a liquid-only diet.
CBD Brothers says: “We are a UK based business and supplier of CBD oil, made using only the finest medical grade cannabis, grown and produced in the Netherlands and Spain.
“CBD Brothers is in regular contact with the regulatory authority to ensure its products meets guidelines and are happy for individuals to contact these agencies to confirm this.
“We believe that cannabis has many application in the 21st century that are all safe and clean and we will continue to promote the plant and its many uses until we see complete decriminalization of it in the UK.
“We do not sell oils to be used as treatment of illness and we are unable to offer advice, we recommend contacting your GP or healthcare professional if you have any questions.”
In October, Brenda Davidson, 55, told how CBD had ended 13 years of crippling back pain caused by sciatica.
Brenda says a 10ml bottle costs her £54 and lasts up to eight weeks.
The government’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency says in in its latest guidance on CBD: “Our primary concern is patient safety and we wish to reiterate that individuals using cannabidiol products to treat or manage the symptoms of medical conditions should discuss their treatment with their doctor.
“MHRA will now work with individual companies and trade bodies in relation to making sure products containing CBD, used for a medical purpose, which can be classified as medicines, satisfy the legal requirements of the Human Medicines Regulations 2012.”
Original post from TheMirror