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A LITTLE ABOUT CannAbility

Stacey Linn and CannAbility

The Story

CannAbility was founded to provide support, resources, education and access to cannabis for parents of kids living with an illness or disability. Parents seeking options through the medical and recreational laws of Colorado are often overwhelmed with options, and underwhelmed with outcomes. CannAbility seeks to close the gap for parents seeking cannabis treatments for their kids living with an illness or disability. The conditions of the body do not necessarily affect the spirit. Jack Splitt is a bright, curious and charming 14-year-old living with severe cerebral palsy and dystonia. His condition requires full-time nursing care, the use a wheelchair and life support. His mother Stacey has been struggling to treat the disease since Jack’s infancy. Sorting through a maze of treatments and options is daunting, and the most powerful support and reliable information has historically come from other road-tested parents through parent-to-parent networks. Recently, Jack, like a number of others like him in Colorado, has been using cannabis to control his dystonia, as well as alleviate other symptoms such as pain and anxiety. The impacts were immediate, and his quality of life improved significantly. Further, he was able to reduce, and in some cases, completely eliminate, his dependence on life-limiting, sedating medications. Stacey has been a long-time advocate for rights of children living with disabilities, and her roots in policy were developed in the 1990’s when she worked on international trade agreements and anti-trust policy on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. So when Jack became the center of a conflict between ADA and cannabis laws for schools in 2015, Stacey championed the issue. The governor signed Jack’s Amendment in May 2015. The amendment provides safe access to cannabis on school property, allowing kids using cannabis treatments to attend school with their medication. This opened the portal for parents across Colorado, and across the country, to reach out to Stacey for like-minded support, and CannAbility was formed. CannAbility seeks to offer a peer (parent) network of support for Colorado residents and cannabis refugees, and parents of children living with illness or disability. CannAbility provides support, resources, education and access to cannabis for parents of kids living with an illness or disability in a safe, nurturing environment. The money earned goes towards participating family living expenses, including Jack’s expenses, as well as education, advocacy and parent support systems.

It is with great sadness that the family of 15-year-old Jack Splitt announced his sudden passing on August 24, 2016. Jack was a bright, warm, vivacious spirit. He dealt with the challenges of severe cerebral palsy and severe dystonia with grace, a sense of humor and an infectious smile. Jack inspired all who knew him and he was the face of multiple Colorado legislative initiatives to allow medically fragile children to have safe access to cannabis medicine, particularly in schools. He is also the inspiration behind CannAbility Foundation, which was established to provide resources to families with sick children whose conditions are alleviated by whole plant cannabis medicine. He will be warmly remembered for his charming smile, his sense of humor, and his thirst for learning.
Founded
July 2015
Milestone 1
Jack's Amendment
Milestone 2
Jack's Law
Jack's Legacy
Jack's Memorial


JACK'S TRANSFORMATION

The Difference is Clear.

Jack on Pharms

Jack Before Using Cannabis

Jack Splitt was on a cocktail of pharmaceuticals, each one being used to counter another's side effects, with very little results.

    Jack with Cannabis

    Jack After Using Cannabis

    After Jack starting using cannabis, he was able to life a much more comfortable and full life with almost no side effects and increased effectiveness.

      MEDICAL MARIJUANA

      WHAT IS MEDICAL MARIJUANA? Medical Marijuana is a critical issue in the United States right now. Currently, 23 states and the District of Columbia have some form of medical marijuana laws, and more are contemplating some form of legalized access. The federal government considers marijuana a Schedule I drug, which is defined as a drug with no current accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are identified as the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence. There are 20,000+ research studies that demonstrate medical efficacy on a number of conditions including cancer, glaucoma, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, chronic and severe pain, PTSD, anxiety, Crohn’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, migraines, asthma, fibromyalgia, depression, multiple sclerosis & many more. Marijuana has been used as a healing plant for over 20,000 years. These scientific findings back up what many cultures have known, and challenge the scheduling of this plant. WHAT MAKES MARIJUANA MEDICAL? Cannabis affects the human body through a relationship with what is called the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a group of neurotransmitting fats and their receptors in the brain that are involved in a variety of physiological processes including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory. Marijuana is made of an assortment of components called cannabinoids that have different effects on the endocannabinoid system in the human body and mind. A cannabinoid is a class of diverse chemical compounds that act on the cannabinoid receptors on cells that repress neurotrasmitter release in the brain. The most well known of these are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), cannabigerol (CBG), cannabichromene (CBC) and cannabinol(CBN). These are the most well known cannabinoids, although up to 85 different cannabinoids have been extracted from the marijuana plant and cannabinoids are constantly being researched.

      MAJOR CANNABINOIDS

       
      THC Medical Marijuana CBG Medical Marijuana CBD Medical Marijuana CBC Medical Marijuana CBN Medical Marijuana
      • Pain
      • Nausea & Vomiting
      • Appetite Stimulant
      • Asthma
      • Glaucoma
      • Sleep Apnea Aid
      • Depression
      • Muscle Spasms
      • Antioxidant
      • Inflammation
      • Bacteria Infections
      • Tumor Cell Proliferation
      • Bone Growth
      • Pain
      • Depression
      • Anxiety
      • Epilepsy
      • Muscle Spasms
      • Neaurodegeneration
      • Inflammation
      • Digestion
      • Bacteria Infections
      • Diabetes
      • Bone Growth
      • Arthritis & Lupus
      • Pain
      • Inflammation
      • Microbial Growth
      • Bone Growth
      • Tumor Cell Proliferation
      • Blood Vessel Constriction
      • Muscle Spasms
      • Pain
      • Insomnia
      • Antioxidant
      • Bone Growth
      • Tumor Cell Proliferation
      • Sleep Aid