Can Cannabis Oil Reverse COPD? One Man’s Incredible Journey to Health and Healing

What if all along there was a safe and effective plant based medicine that could treat and maybe even reverse COPD, as well as many other non-curable, chronic, health complaints?

What if this potent plant had been purposely suppressed only to become yet another “forbidden medicine” from nature’s bountiful and inexpensive pharmacy?

What if that plant was Cannabis?

The ancient 5,000 year old healing system from India known as Ayurveda has been using cannabis as medicine for thousands of years. In fact, contemporary Ayurvedic doctors still prescribe cannabis to treat a wide array of diseases including asthma.

References  to cannabis use as a medicine in Chinese culture date back to sometime around 2,800 BC. It was listed in the Pen Ts’ao medical pharmacopeia and compendium of the legendary Chinese Emperor Shen-Nung.

By the 19th century cannabis as a medicine had been well established around the world.

During the 19th century more than a hundred papers on the clinical application of cannabis appeared in the world’s medical journals. Physicians found cannabis to be effective in the treatment of virtually all the ailments that it was diagnosed for by the ancients, as well as numerous other medical problems.[1] [1a] 

Feds Say Cannabis Is Not Medicine, while Holding the Patent on Cannabis as a Medicine [2] 

What is COPD?

For those who are unfamiliar, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is an umbrella term used to describe a group of distinct, often overlapping obstructive lung diseases that include: chronic bronchitis, asthma, bronchiectasis, and emphysema. All forms of COPD are characterized by chronic breathing difficulties, varying degrees of excess mucous production, as well as cumulative lung tissue damage from chronic inflammation.

It’s the 3rd leading cause of death (by disease) in the United States. Depending on your source, 12 to 14 million people have been officially diagnosed with COPD.  Experts estimate that in reality there likely is an equal number of people who have COPD but don’t know it (undiagnosed). Shockingly, the number of COPD cases has risen by 41.5% since 1982.

The Jeff Waters COPD Cannabis Oil Success Story

In 2009, Jeff Waters weighed a hefty 189 lbs. He was on 15 pharmaceuticals including: COPD drugs, high blood pressure meds; drugs for depression, anxiety, aggression, high cholesterol, insomnia and pain. Jeff laments: “I was on every COPD and pharmaceutical known to man!

Jeff had suffered with repeated bouts of bronchitis; one of those attacks was severe enough to land him in the ER where he was officially diagnosed with COPD, at only 36 years of age by an emergency room physician in late 2008. At a follow-up visit with his family physician it was reaffirmed that he indeed had stage 2 COPD.

Jeff was hit with more bad news. In addition to COPD, he found out that he was “Alpha- 1,” a rare hereditary, genetic deficit officially known as alpha-1 anti-trypsin deficiency. People with this disorder lack an enzyme that helps protect the lungs from damage. [3]

Then to top off the previous misery, Jeff was diagnosed with hemochromatosis, an iron overload disease. Although hemoglobin is an essential molecule in the blood necessary for the transport of oxygen from the lungs to all body tissues too much can actually damage the organs. [4]

By 2013 Jeff had progressed to full blown, stage 3 COPD. He was advised that his lungs were irreversibly scarred and that there was no cure for the disease, which would eventually kill him. At this point in his illness, climbing a flight of stairs was impossible and the simplest tasks like showering and shaving were nearly impossible.  Merely walking required that Jeff have a steady supply of oxygen with a rescue inhaler handy.

Out of the blue, in March 2013 Jeff had a severe, life threatening, allergic reaction to his blood pressure medication, although he had been taking that very medication for years. He was rushed to the hospital, where ER doctors noted the allergic reaction had caused pneumonia, and a jaw infection.

Note: Pneumonia can be a death sentence for COPD patients especially in the later stages.

 While hospitalized, Jeff’s medical situation became even more complicated when he contracted the dreaded MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). All told he spent 28 days in the hospital’s ICU (intensive care unit), where he was put into a medically induced coma and was literally teetering on the thin red line between life and death. Amazing grace – just plain luck or both sent the grim reaper packing, enabling Jeff to check-out of the hospital alive.

As soon as Jeff was back in the comfort and quietude of his home, he resolved to find a new and effective way to beat COPD– no matter what it took and regardless of the odds. He wanted his life back on no uncertain terms and was determined to make it happen.

He knew all too well, first hand that Big Pharma medications, while somewhat effective for symptom management were hastening his decline and depressing his spirit.

“The machinery looks good, the technology seems nice, the stainless steel is shiny, everything smells like isopropyl alcohol; I mean they are the greatest salesmen in the world.  We’re going to go look back at this century and we’re going to laugh eventually, but we’ll cry first.  This is one of the most barbaric periods.  It’s going to be called the Dark Ages of Medicine.”Dr Richard Shulze, N.D., M.H

As fate would have it, Jeff was once again thrust into another proverbial fight for his life. He rolled up his sleeves, hedged his bets and ventured way off the beaten track in search of an elusive COPD alchemical elixir. Jeff’s heroic quest demanded that he spend long hours in front of his computer screen intensively researching all the seemingly fruitful avenues that might lead to a resolution of his COPD death sentence 

Along the way, he discovered many anecdotal success stories from those who were using alternative healing solutions for a long list of what modern medicine would categorize as hopeless and incurable diseases. Yet amazingly, many of these ‘terminally’ ill patients were finding various degrees of success with these unorthodox  methods.

Jeff confided: “The hospitalization actually got me started on my quest to find a better way to treat my disease! You see my lungs were in such bad shape I had to be put on a vent and the doctors there said the COPD inhalers were increasing my risk of pneumonia and advised me to drop all my rescue inhalers and nebulizer treatments because I might not survive pneumonia again!

Eventually, Jeff connected up with a wide range of COPD and alternative healing support groups via social media sites like Facebook and a few others. That’s around the time he discovered the healing powers of  cannabis oil. He was able to chat online, one on one with real people  who were struggling to heal all types of “incurable” diseases from cancer to epilepsy to Crohn’s and many more. They were all using cannabis oil medicinally.

He soon discovered to his utter amazement, the majority of those who were using cannabis oil medicine to treat their condition were actually improving.  In fact, there were many reports of cures. And many more reports of significant health improvements beyond anything offered by mainstream medicine and Big Pharma.

Encouraged, Jeff decided he was going to get his hands on  some cannabis oil to see if it would work for him.

The bevy of drugs that Jeff was taking prior to cannabis oil include: Sprivia, Proair, Symbicort, Advair, Albuterol via nebulizers; Lisiniprol, Prozac, Risperdone, Ventolin, Ativan, Loratab,  Amitripilyne, oxygen, and a statin drug for high cholesterol.  Despite the incredible number of Big Pharma medications Jeff was on, his condition had steadily worsened.

Jeff was fed up with pharmaceuticals: “I definitely did not receive the benefits of healing from pharma like I have with cannabis oil. I appeared to decline on pharma! The side effects I noticed from pharma is my eyesight is very bad, teeth issues and I was my prone to get pneumonia and infections,” Jeff asserted.

Amazingly, after only 2 short months of using the oil, Jeff  no longer needed oxygen, discontinued all pharmaceutical medications, and started walking 2-5 miles per day, even doing some jogging.  Jeff stated at that point in his recovery, “…lungs feel great and my breathing is fabulous. I have my life back. 

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  1. December 8, 2015 at 6:49 pm — Reply

    I was very happy to see your article as I have been searching for help for my parents who both suffer from COPD. My mom has advanced COPD and my dad has early stage and both are on a bevy of meds that you listed in your article. First, I have been trying to locate a good reliable source for Cannabis Oil. Is it CBD Oil or other? I luckily live in Colorado where it is legal to get Cannabis both medically and recreationally yet I have difficulty determining what a good source is, what kind of concentrations to pursue and what kind of dosages would be involved to determine costs and help reduce symptoms. Since the onset, my parents really aged past their actual numbers and I hate to see their quality of life deteriorate when they should be enjoying retirement and outside activities. Is the oil you mention derived from hemp or is it the higher THC oils? My parents don’t want psychoactive inputs which steers me more toward CBD oils but I am clueless on how to get a good quality product and what dosages would be involved. If you have any help or resources, please let me know. Thanks, McKeagan

    • Nick
      December 11, 2015 at 9:59 pm — Reply


      Look into Rick Simpson on facebook or Phoenix Tears on google. Will supply you with everything you need to know. Unfortunately the most effective remedy will be the full extract THC oil. Cannabis has both THC and CBD..They are effective together as they work synergistically combined. Taking only CBD oil is limiting the healing effect than could be had. The best source is MAKING your OWN. Again Rick Simpson can give you details on that. Using the full extract will provide the best benefit for your parents. Best of health to you and them. God Bless

  2. Ann Ruddy
    December 11, 2015 at 8:43 pm — Reply

    I live in Colorado. I took the specific recipe & my medical card into the best shop in town and they couldn’t duplicate the “recipe’. I bought a vial which didn’t identify the MJ strain & the closest I got proportionally was 50/50 MG CBD to THC.
    To help my emphysema, how close do I have to follow the protocol in this article?

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