In the early 2000s, a series of progressively severe medical issues began to take a toll on his body. What eventually grew into autoimmune disease started as progressively confusing symptoms, including ulcerative colitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and worrying neurological symptoms. Rose was, quite literally, “falling apart” by the time his diagnosis came — eight frustrating years later. “By the time they did figure it out, they basically sent me home to die in hospice,” Rose recalled.
No matter what Western medicine threw at his disease, from steroids to opioids, nothing reversed the dire prognosis. By 2007, Rose had become desperate enough to try just about anything. He kept asking himself, “How am I going to get out of this?”
By this point, Rose, a Humboldt county resident, had already begun taking
tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) oil for his condition. THC is a cannabinoid, which is a medicinal compound sourced from cannabis flower. But, while these straight THC concoctions had helped, they hadn’t put him completely into recovery. He still struggled to find solutions for his lingering symptoms.
In the end, he didn’t have to look far, as the solution was living next door. During one of many research sessions, Rose stumbled onto a short, nondescript blog by a biologist about cannabidiol (CBD) for autoimmune diseases. Unlike THC, which is intoxicating, CBD is a cannabinoid which does not trigger a high.
Rose latched on to the idea and ran with it, connecting with a long time friend Lawrence Ringo, the famed Southern Humboldt County cannabis breeder. Long before the Golden Age of cannabis and well before anyone had heard of CBD, Ringo was testing strains for THC and stumbled on to the treasure of strong CBD genetics.
Working closely with Ringo, Rose began experimenting with new cannabis strains and extractions. He reached out to Rick Simpson (of Phoenix Tears fame) for advice. As he tells it, Simpson “was the one that really gave me inspiration and hope that cannabis oil could be my answer.” Under Simpson’s guidance, using rudimentary techniques to create a high-THC concentrate, Rose began to see improvements in his pain, IBD, and bleeding. Soon, he began daily dosing with new concentrates made from the high-CBD strains produced by Ringo.
Sixty days after beginning his daily treatment regime with Rick Simpson Oil (RSO), Rose awakened to a revelation:, “There was a day that I woke up and forgot that I was sick.” He describes the day as miraculous and “truly unbelievable.” As he explains, “To wake up and literally forget, it just hit me in the head like a ton of bricks. I realized what had happened.”
It’s now nearly 15 years later, and Rose’s autoimmune disease is still in remission following his year of intense treatment with cannabis oil. Flare-ups or digestive issues are kept in check with continued daily dosing with his signature blends of Rosette Wellness tincture (cannabis-derived extractions).
Fifteen years earlier, word of Rose’s recovery spread. People began flocking to Rose and Ringo as a last resort to treat a variety of medical conditions. Rose details how “it got to the point that we had like 100 people coming to us a week” who were “patients out of time and out of money.” During most of this period working as a clandestine operation, Rose and Ringo were giving away as much of it as possible. Unwittingly, Rose had become a medicine man.