It was more than five years ago when Bobby and Marcus Fulton discovered the potential of medical marijuana. Their daughters, Georgia-Grace and Tabetha, both suffer from a rarely seen form of a degenerative lung disease. Because of Australia’s strict stance on cannabis, they had no choice but to take matters into their own hands.
Before realizing that medical cannabis was one of your options, you were still looking for a correct diagnosis. What is “diffuse lung disease”?
Yes, we actually had to travel to America to have the girls diagnosed. Diffuse lung disease affects the outer lung and leaves it massively inflamed and unable to absorb oxygen into the blood stream.
And what impact has cannabis made to their lives?
Before cannabis they were on oxygen around the clock with massive amounts of cortico steroids, needed to combat the inflammation in their lungs and their quality of life was just enough energy to sit in the lounge, now they take nothing, they run and play outside as they should, and now they are just healthy normal kids now.
Despite seeing progress in Australia’s acceptance of medical cannabis, you were still forced to relocate for treatment. Back in 2015 you and the family headed out to Vancouver, tell us all about the experience.
Australia sadly is only doing trials for epilepsy and chronic nausea due to chemo, so our girls didn’t qualify. Going to Canada was a dream come true for our girls, it gave us access to experts in the field to both safely and confidently treat the girls, something that is not available in our country.
You are now back in Australia. With the medical marijuana movement seeing tremendous progress in recent times, is patient access to medication better now?
Sadly no, even with the evidence of the girls own health, we still cannot treat them or obtain it in Australia and even if we could actually find a Doctor that would be allowed to treat them, with the actual cost of a similar product it would be financially impossible as a months supply here would be at least $4000 for one child. With that, we are forced to once again look overseas.
So, another trip to Vancouver is on the horizon. This must be a strain on the finances?
Well the first trip was financed by ourselves as we sold everything we owned, so the next trip will take some concentrated savings.
Any local support from political parties? This case alone must have made a huge impact on medical cannabis awareness throughout Australia?
We have had the support of our local Greens Party MP Tammy Franks, who has been by our side all the way, fighting for Tabetha’s right to a healthy life.
You have created your own oil for treatment. What was the process there?
A whole lot of research, we of course tailor made the oil to naturally combat the inflammation created in her lungs, basically she has “triggered CRP’s” which constantly remained high, so we created an oil that returned her CRP’s to a normal level.
Will you be looking to venture into the industry with your own brand?
That would be Tabetha’s dream come true, to be able to have access to her oil daily would be amazing for her health and to be able to share it with her ChILD (children’s interstitial lung disease) friends who have no other options for health. It could literally change the lives of thousands of lung kids all over the world and they are living proof that it does work.
With legislation changing across the globe, the cannabis import and export trade is becoming much more of a reality; is this a global business venture, or tailored for the local community?
Definitely global, this oil can treat any inflammatory disorder so the list is endless really.