Boy uses cannabis oil, says ‘I’d rather be illegally alive than legally dead’

New research is being conducted daily on the use of cannabis oil as a medication, especially in Colorado.

Recently, the Health Symposium at National Jewish Health reviewed several studies about people using marijuana as a treatment for issues such as seizures and insomnia.

Coltyn Turner, 15, says he uses cannabis oil, and states that he would rather be “illegally alive than legally dead.”

Coltyn has Crohn’s disease, and takes cannabis oil four times a day to treat it, according to CBS Denver. Coltyn has been battling the disease since he was 11, and was giving up hope until the cannabis treatment.

“I was just on every pharmaceutical there was out there until I would up in a wheelchair,” Coltyn said.

“He got sick and we had no other options,” Wendy Turner, Coltyn’s mother said, adding that they moved to Colorado in 2014 for him to receive the treatment. “We thought, ‘Well, why not try?’ And it worked.”

“We are very proud of this program in terms of the potential,” Ken Gershman, from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said talking about the program at the National Jewish Health’s Marijuana and Health Symposium, KTVQ reports.

Coltyn is just one example that the cannabis is working. His mother says she hopes that his story will bring awareness, and more action.

“We want people to understand that this is a good option,” Wendy said.

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