Julie Durrans

3 years ago, Julie had become so unwell, she had to sell her travel agency business. At that time she was taking prescribed gabapentin, diazepam, codeine, naproxen, fluoxetine and lansoprazole. In severe pain, Julie couldn’t walk far, used crutches when she did manage some steps, and had no energy plus severe brain fog.

Julie began using cannabis to treat pain symptoms and found relief enough to begin physio and pilates plus swimming. Her health slowly improved.

Julie moved 2 years ago to an area with a cannabis club and started to educate herself on everything she could to do with weed. She made oils and tinctures, edibles and learnt what strains work and what didn’t.

A year ago she was able to begin reducing her pharmaceutical intake.

Today she takes half the dose she was on of fluoxetine and has codeine for emergency use, but rarely takes it. Julie still has pain flare-ups, but mostly she is able to control them quickly and keep them at bay. Exercise is easier. She has reduced her weight by 3-stone. The brain fog is massively reduced.

Julie’s love for cannabis as medicine has become her passion. She now feels well enough to consider a return to work.


She is currently researching starting up a new business, a small tour operator to take patients to Jamaica to learn how cannabis might help them using legal and prescribed cannabis.

Read more at The United Patient Alliance Group.

Today I take half the dose I was, when on traditional medicines and have codeine for emergency use, but rarely take it. I still have pain

flare-ups, but mostly I'm able to control them quickly and keep them at bay.

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