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Published on Jan 8, 2011
Shona Banda, survivor of Crohn's disease and author of 'Live Free or Die' talks about what it was like to first discover medical marijuana. Transcript follows: My name is Shona Banda and I was diagnosed with Chron's disease about 9 years ago and had every, every condition that you can think of I've endured. I went through the beginning stages of the disease where I was having strictures or blockages in my bowels with surgeries and drugs to fix that, all the way to the terminal stages of the disease, where I was loosing weight quite drastically and my body was starving because any food that I ate, was gone within minutes and my body was not able to absorb any nutrition I was trying to give it. I was so sick for so long, that as soon as I tried the oil and started feeling way better; that there was no turning back that was it that was it. No medication that any doctor had ever worked that well for any reason. I had watched Rick Simpson's movie and I live in Kansas and you need a whole pound of it to make the two ounces to cure you and I cried. Like there is no way. And I accidentally found out how to do it with a little fifty-dollar glass dome vaporizer and a five-dollar spatula. Scrape that stuff out and scoop it into a pill and eat it three times a day. It's just amazing, it really is. I really was on my deathbed just lying there in my bed just waiting. Cause I was in and out of the hospital so much, and in and out of the emergency room, that the last couple of times that I went in, there's nothing we can do for you, I had gotten to the point that I didn't want to be a burden didn't want to do anything, I was literally waiting to die. And that's when I accidentally found the oil. Within three days, I no longer needed my cane, I could stand upright, and that was it. My life changed forever.