Almost a year after Danny Battershill began taking a medically approved cannabis oil product (HM September 19, 2018) he has been able to throw away the piles of pharmaceuticals, steroids and opiates that were once the only options to relieve his chronic eczema and keep him alive.
Danny says his body has responded so well to the treatment that his skin barrier function is completely back. Steroids, chemotherapy and other drugs had thinned the skin to the extent that he had multiple superbug and other infections.
The Hibiscus Coast-based 30-year-old credits his regime of medical cannabis and hemp therapy with dramatically reducing his hospital admissions.
Along the way he has switched to a range of new medicinal cannabidiol (CBD) products including a lozenge, medical hemp and balms and oil that he makes himself. CBD is a non-psychoactive drug that does not produce a ‘high’ but is used to help with conditions such as inflammation, stress and anxiety.
At the end of last year, the passing of the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Act paved the way for medical marijuana to become widely available for patients with chronic or terminal conditions like Danny.
He says even before this happened, a lot of research was going on in this area, which he is an enthusiastic participant in and supporter of.
“I feel like I am back in control of my life,” Danny says. “It’s no wonder I’m a huge advocate for this plant, which can unlock a whole lot of health benefits, and will be a bigger and bigger part of the medical toolkit.”