CannaStory: How CBD and THC Help Ulcerative Colitis and Fibromyalgia Disease
Welcome to our CannaStory series! A series of real humans that have been positively impacted by cannabis.
As we kick off this series on how “How CBD and THC Help Ulcerative Colitis and Fibromyalgia Disease” we want to give a brief overview of what is these two autoimmune diseases.
Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers (sores) in your digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis affects the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum.
Name: Jules Engle
Hometown: Minnetonka, MN
When did you first hear about cannabis?
Probably when my older brother started using it in high school.
How has marijuana changed your life?
I use it medicinally. I have 2 autoimmune diseases, fibromyalgia, and ulcerative colitis. Before I was actually diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I was chronically sick with mystery symptoms for 4.5 years. It was horrendous, especially with 3 kids at home. I tried everything-western medicine, eastern medicine, diets, chiropractors, etc.
As time went on, I was getting sicker and sicker and being put on more and more pharmaceutical medications. It was extremely depressing because I was not the mom I always was and wanted to be, and it was hard on my marriage. A year ago (Decemeber 2018), I decided that something needed to change because I’m so young and my health just kept getting worse…I would think: what is my life going to look like when I’m 40, 50, etc if I’m this sick this young??
I started seeing a new psychotherapist that helped me go off all of my medications and taught me how to incorporate cannabis as medicine (among other lifestyle changes). Within two weeks, I had my life back. It was the most amazing feeling. Cannabis has literally changed my life.
Do you still use today? How often?
I use full-spectrum CBD every morning and evening (and in-between as needed), I microdose every morning with low THC so I can function and not be stoned, and I consume high THC every night to unwind and to help me sleep through the night.
What are your thoughts on cannabis legalization?
It should absolutely be legalized. There are so many sick people that need to be exposed to other options to handle their illnesses, stress, anxiety, and sleep issues. Additionally, I have a lot of friends that are tired of drinking-they don’t like the extra calories or being hung over-and would prefer to consume cannabis to unwind.
Any closing thoughts?
I launch my new CBD brand, House of JuJu in a couple of months, so follow me @THE_HOUSEOFJUJU
Feeling inspired? Reach out to Jules Engle at IG: @greenjules_mn