Callie and her husband, Simon, took the cannabis they got at the gas station and put it in a rice cooker alongside vegetable glycerine to make a “tincture” inhaled via vaporizer pen. The cannabis almost immediately soothed Daryn’s chronic pain.
“After ten minutes, Deryn said that the pain had decreased a little and he felt more relaxed – the words we had been longing to hear,” Callie said.
When the boy’s condition took a turn for the worse in 2013 and he was confined to hospice care, his pain grew even more violent. So Callie began upping his dose of cannabis, putting 5mL of the tincture under his tongue when he felt a twinge somewhere.
“Deryn’s mouth, fingers, stomach, gums, tongue, hips, knees, legs and back had been constantly painful for as long as I could remember, so this was nothing short of fantastic.”
They gave Deryn the cannabis to relieve his pain, but the drug ended up doing so much more. Not long after Callie began regularly administering the tincture, doctors informed the parents that they were no longer sure if Deryn was dying.
He was soon removed from hospice care.