Suicidal teenager, 15, who 'didn't want to live anymore' because of his chronic fatigue syndrome makes an incredible recovery after taking cannabis oil.
- Tom Bethell, from Norfolk, hasn’t been to school for eight years because of ME
- He previously told his mother Sarah Thomas, 38, he 'didn’t want to live any more'
- But cannabis oil has 'completely changed his life and alleviated his symptoms'
By Stephen Matthews For Mailonline
Published: 05:43 EST, 19 December 2017 | Updated: 07:40 EST, 19 December 2017
A suicidal schoolboy who was crippled by chronic fatigue syndrome has made an incredible recovery after taking cannabis oil.
Tom Bethell’s life has been transformed since he started daily drops of cannabidiol or CBD, a legal form of cannabis, minus the THC that gives users a high.
It’s widely available online, although sellers can’t make claims for its effectiveness as it isn’t currently licensed as a medicine in England and Wales.
Tom, 15, from Thetford, Norfolk, hasn’t been to school for nearly eight years because of ME, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome.
He became so depressed he told his mother Sarah Thomas, 38, he 'didn’t want to live any more'.
He was bed-bound, no longer growing and so weak that even his eye muscles didn’t function properly, leaving him with blurred vision.
Ms Thomas, who used to be his full-time carer, said: 'Tom had no energy at all and was in a complete "brain fog".
'He would fall over 20 or 30 times a day, he was completely debilitated. His memory was poor, he couldn’t even breathe properly.'
Doctors had prescribed the anti-depressant amitriptyline but it hadn’t worked.
In desperation Ms Thomas offered him cannabis oil, as recommended by her own mother, who praised its remarkable effects on her Crohn’s disease. His recovery Ms Thomas, a mother-of-two, said: 'It’s completely changed his life and alleviated his symptoms.
'It’s kick-started his growth, he shot up 11 inches in nine months. Even his hair had stopped growing and now it’s started again. He’s now hit puberty, he’s got body hair and leg hair, he went up two shoe sizes in eight weeks. His memory is better and he can retain information.'
'He’s gone from relearning his 3x tables to now being able to attempt five GCSE exams next year. Before he couldn’t even find the words to have a conversation.'
'He will probably always have ME, but the CBD is allowing him to be himself. He’s a lot happier and no longer has reactive depression. He’s a happy child, like a normal 15-year-old. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to see him like this.'
Ms Thomas now works for CBD Brothers, the firm that supplies her family with cannabis oil. She believes CBD has also helped her by reducing the pain from her rheumatoid arthritis and hypermobility. And her mother Wendy, 67, a civil servant also from Thetford, swears by CBD. She’s drug-free after Crohn’s disease left her so ill she was on a liquid-only diet.
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