In 2016 Daf’s health took a drastic turn for the worst. Daf went from a fit and healthy 24 year old; training for an Ironman Triathlon, to being bed bound, unable to walk, eat or function without severe pain. Daf knew something was not right with his body. After thinking ‘it will pass’ and ‘I will get through this’, he had been feeling under the weather for around a year. Things came to a horrifying conclusion when Daf was rushed to the Surgeons as a matter of urgency. His colon was so severely inflamed that it looked like surgery to remove part of his colon and add a colostomy bag was the only option. Daf received a diagnosis of Ulcerative Colitis, but continued to battle and decided to try alternative medications to reduce the inflammation level within his body; with his goal being avoiding surgery at a young age. Daf was able to leave hospital after a month and began the new chapter of his life – living with Ulcerative Colitis – an Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Although his prescribed medications helped to keep him in remission, Daf also searched for natural ways to reduce the inflammation level in his body. He had heard of CBD and was curious to try it, but similar to many others; the Scientific jargon and over complicated descriptions were difficult to understand. Daf ordered his first bottle of CBD oil in 2017, and from there sampled the majority of oils available on the UK market.
CBD certainly helped Daf manage his symptoms. He took it everyday with varying success, getting excited when it worked. He would use the full bottle before ordering another. Annoyingly, he noticed the quality and potency of the oils he was ordering varied significantly from one company to another with no clear reason or understanding why. It was clear that some oils worked, and others didn’t. What Daf also noticed was the difficulty to speak directly to people working for the CBD companies he was dealing with. The level of customer service and product knowledge he also received varied greatly from one company to another.