Four years ago, 17-year-old Coltyn Turner was in the midst of battling Crohn’s disease—a chronic inflammatory condition that doctors believe Coltyn developed following a bacterial infection. The effects of this serious disease had become so debilitating that Coltyn was in constant agony, had withdrawn from social interactions and sports, and was confined to a wheelchair. Fast forward to today, and Coltyn is an active teenager who is hiking, running and biking—all thanks to the powerfully healing plant, cannabis.

While Coltyn’s Crohn’s disease is now in remission, it was a whirlwind of a journey across four states for the Turner family to get to that point. When he was initially diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, Coltyn was prescribed many traditional and oftentimes painful drug treatments, including Asacol, Entocort, Remicade, Methotrexate, Prednisone and Humira. But after many months of these medications either not improving his symptoms or causing serious side effects ranging from profuse nose bleeds and swelling, to drug-induced rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, the Turners reached a breaking point and decided that alternative medicine was their only hope.

“At first, the idea of using cannabis treatment on our son was emotional. But we did a ton of research and learned that medicinal cannabis could induce remission in Crohn’s disease,” said Wendy Turner, Coltyn’s mother. “And the only side effect we found was that it may not work, so what was there to lose?”

After an at-home test run with cannabis brownies that provided instant improvements in Coltyn’s mood and pain, the Turners visited the Mayo Clinic to get their professional opinion on proceeding with a medicinal marijuana-based treatment plan. “They never straight out said ‘try cannabis’, but they were not against alternative treatments, and that was our green light,” said Wendy.

Determined to put their son’s health first, the Turner family quickly packed up their lives in Illinois—where medical marijuana was not yet legal—and drove to Colorado to treat Coltyn with cannabis. And it was a gamble that paid off big time. Coltyn started his treatment with cannabis oil pills and THC edibles through Colorado’s medical marijuana program, and in a matter of weeks he was pain-free and full of life again. And soon enough, he was out of the wheelchair and steadily standing—and hiking, running and biking—on his own two feet again.

It all seemed too good to be true, but it wasn’t. At a follow-up doctor’s appointment just months later, Coltyn was examined and the family was ecstatic to receive the news that there was no active Crohn’s disease present — no ulcers, no inflammation, no anemia, and all clear biopsies.

“There’s not much more our family can say about the benefits of medicinal cannabis use, and especially Mary’s Nutritionals’ products which Coltyn still uses to this day,” said Wendy. Their patches, muscle freeze and CBD pills are always available and bring fast relief. Mary’s is also currently helping to formulate a remedy oil specifically for Coltyn that hopefully we can get into the market for the many people suffering from auto immune disorders like Crohn’s disease. I couldn’t recommend them enough!”