You’ll Believe A Boy Can Fly



Tristan Cahalane

Ireland’s Colarado-bound diaspora.

Not all looking to get high.

Maureen Meehan, in High Times, writes:

Another Irish immigration to the US is taking place, but this time it is not because of the potato famine or the economic deprivation it caused in Ireland for decades.

This is the story of Irish people who regard themselves as the first “international medical cannabis refugees” seeking treatment in Colorado.

Yvonne Cahalane left her small community in Cork, southern Ireland, for Colorado with her 2-year-old son Tristan who suffers from Dravet syndrome and has up to 20 seizures every day.

Growing desperate, Yvonne launched a crowdfunding page and raised enough money for herself and Tristan to travel to Colorado last December. Tristan is being treated with CBD oil and THCA, and has regained the ability to speak and his seizures have subsided.

Since that time, another Cork mother, Vera Twomey, has thought of doing the same with her 6-year-old daughter who also has Dravet syndrome, a rare and catastrophic form of intractable epilepsy that begins during infancy.

With around five cases of Dravet syndrome in Ireland and 8,000 Multiple Sclerosis patients, it is becoming more and more common for families to be forced to decide between their home and their health.

Irish Are Emigrating in Search of Medical Marijuana (High Times)

Related: Cannabis drug would help my daughter (Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, March 7, 2016)

Thanks The Hemp Company

19 thoughts on “You’ll Believe A Boy Can Fly

  1. Clampers Outside!

    Good luck to them!

    So feckin’ ridiculous that they have to leave for treatment. Big pharma… such a joke of an industry, the joke being what they claim to work for (health) and what they really work for (greed).

    1. rotide

      In fairness, it’s not just Ireland that people have to leave to get this treatment. It’s probably most western countries.

      1. mildred st. meadowlark

        What I have an issue with is that they are happy to have a drug such as methadone, which has many benefits but also many hideous side-effects, as a medicine and yet cannabis, which is organic, and a benign drug by comparison, is illegal, even though it has many proven medical benefits

        1. rotide

          Can’t argue with that Meadowlark, I’d be in favor of decriminalisation and legalisation , particularly for medcicinal purposes, but like I said, it’s not solely an Irish problem.

  2. 15 cents

    ireland would be soooooooo far off from every using medicinal marijuana. never in our lifetimes anyway. for a start it takes business away from big corporations, and if theres anyone the government love to bend over for more its big corporations, secondly theyre far too conservative to do it. we’ll always be miles behind everyone else when it comes to progressive, alternative measures.

    1. Kieran NYC

      Don’t want to let facts get in the way of your misery ‘knuckle shuffling’, but medical cannabis is allowed – they just haven’t worked out the price yet.

      “In April 2013, the Irish government passed a bill allowing for the prescription, possession and use of GW Pharmaceuticals’ medical cannabis preparation Sativex for individuals suffering from multiple sclerosis.

      However, despite various regulatory changes being implemented by the Department of Health in order to facilitate the process of acquiring and distributing Sativex, the medicine is still not available to patients as there has been no agreement on price between the Department of Health and GW Pharmaceuticals’ Irish distributor. It is thought that the drug is likely to cost up to €500 per month, per patient.”

  3. radsroc

    I live in Colorado, and there are certainly quite a few people who come with their children for this treatment. Clearly these people are desperate as you would expect. However, sadly there is no medical evidence that this treatment will help.

    1. dav

      “However, sadly there is no medical evidence that this treatment will help”
      So they are all been lied to?? Victims of some crazy scam??
      I don’t think so. I believe that there is evidence that this treatment WILL help.

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