A couple weeks ago I went to the Green Festival in Los Angeles. One of the first booths I stopped at was called HempMeds. I never heard of this company before but the name intrigued me. Was this the same oil I have been reading about used to treat cancer? Yes.
When I was going through cancer treatment I ate cannabis cookies to help with nausea and stimulate my appetite. It worked almost immediately for me. Then last year I started hearing about cannabis oil helping kids with seizures. Colorado was growing the strain of cannabis that had higher levels of CBDs known to have medicinal benefits. The cannabis I used to smoke to get “high” contained more levels of THC. The cookies I ate when I was sick had more CBDs, so I did not get stoned. I am not a scientist or biologist so instead of trying to explain the benefits of hemp oil and maybe confusing you, click on this link to read more.
HempMeds sells the hemp that is high in CBDs. I was told many of their customers are cancer patients. The great thing about hemp is that it is legal in all fifty states, so even if you live in a state that doesn’t allow medical marijuana, you can order it online and have it shipped to your home.
I won’t lie to you, this hemp oil ain’t cheap but neither are western medicine drugs. They have different strengths as far as purity, so a little goes a long way. The person I spoke with at the Green Festival had three different methods of ingesting it; capsules, spray and syringe, each one had a different concentration of CBDs. They have a toll free number so you can talk to someone to find out which one is best for your health needs. Back when I was sick, I don’t think hemp/cannabis was as widely known to the public. Now I hear about it weekly.
I smoked my fair share of marijuana when I was in my twenties. The reason I smoked it back then is probably why millions of people smoke it today; humans enjoy getting high. Then several years ago we discovered that weed helps patients with a variety of illnesses, especially cancer. Chemotherapy treatments turned me into a “bloodhound.” I could smell things a mile away. Unfortunately those things made me nauseous. It reminded me of the days when I was pregnant. Certain smells sent me running for the bathroom. Cannabis smoke was no different.
Another side effect of chemo is loss of appetite. My mouth always tasted like metal. Food tasted blah. What little food I managed to eat came back up thirty minutes later. I was losing a lot weight, so one day my radiation doctor told me if I didn’t start eating, a feeding tube would be surgically implanted in my belly. That didn’t sound appetizing to me.
James tried all kinds of recipes to entice me to eat. I took one bite and felt full. This really drove my son crazy. We discussed medical marijuana, but just thinking about the smell made my stomach churn. After a lot of pleading from James, I agreed to try a piece of a marijuana cookie. I wasn’t sure what to expect. The last time I ate one of those was years ago and I got “too high”. (Weed makes me do things I don’t do normally, like look out my curtain for signs of SWAT, that in my imagination are coming to take me away.) The night I ate that “cookie” I called James at work. I told the bartender who answered the phone that I needed to talk to my kid. It was an emergency. James was in the middle of the dinner hour (he was a food server), when I told him I was too high. He got upset with met. “Are you kidding me mom? Your emergency is that you are too high?” He hung up the phone.
I didn’t want a repeat of that night now that I had cancer. It’s weird how drugs and certain herbs (cannabis is an herb) affect us differently, depending how they are used. I ate a quarter of a marijuana cookie and never got high. My appetite was back. I stopped vomiting and my joints stopped hurting (that’s the joints in my bones, not a marijuana joint, in case you are confused). I told my doctors I was using medical marijuana and they were thrilled that I was eating. They didn’t care what I did to get my appetite back. If marijuana worked, so be it.
I think more and more medical professionals are open to the idea of medical marijuana. As of this writing, several states are allowing dispensaries (businesses that sell medical marijuana) to open their doors to patients with all kinds of ailments. I say it’s about time. I don’t know what would have happened if I didn’t use marijuana to complement my cancer treatment, but I’m glad I didn’t have to find out.
There is a war going on between the pharmaceutical companies and alternative medicine. That includes the supplement industry. Big Pharma has been trying to get rid of the supplement industry for years. Now they are after alternative doctors and treatments. Why? They are taking some of their market share.
I am one of those persons who will turn to herbs and supplements instead of western medicine. Why? Because drugs always have harmful and sometimes deadly side effects. Several months ago my husbands coworker died from taking Ibuprofen for pain. He took several pills a day for two weeks and his heart couldn’t take it. He didn’t know he was literally killing himself. Did he know there were alternatives? Like acupuncture or cannabis? He was only trying to alleviate the symptoms but his doctor never looked in to the cause of his pain. That kind of treatment goes on in western medicine all the time. It’s easier for a doctor to write a prescription than investigate the root cause.
I am a perfect example. My cancer treatment was intense. I was slammed with chemo and radiation treatments. I only had two chemo treatments and I ended up with nerve damage. Can you imagine what would have happened if I had ten? I’m not complaining. My situation was dire. I didn’t have time to research alternative treatments. My cancer had traveled from my rear-end to my liver, we had no idea when or where its next stop would be. I was also bleeding out. I made the best decision for me. If my cancer was in its early stages I might have done alternative instead of the usual chemo/radiation. But who knows? I can’t go back in time.
I did add alternative treatments when I was lucid enough to make my own decisions. I used cannabis to control my nausea and make me hungry. I chose to eat cannabis cookies. They are legal in California but to be honest if it weren’t, I would have chosen cannabis anyway. Some laws need to be broken.
I ran across an interesting article about cannabis oil that I thought you might want to read. You will find it here.
If you have any stories about your experience with alternative treatments please leave a comment.