Laurie Gaddis says cannabis has been keeping her alive for years. She has a rare form of skin cancer, and has never had any radiotherapy or chemotherapy. Gaddis had to move to Colorado from Arizona after her diagnosis, but she says that becoming a cannabis refugee to get medical marijuana for skin cancer proved worthwhile.
She and many others spoke out about their belief in cannabis at the National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference in Washington. Orlando Weekly published some of the testimonies of people who say that cannabis cured them.
The patchwork of states where medical cannabis is legal, even though federal law says it is not, has forced many people to become cannabis refugees in order to have access to cannabis medicine.
Gaddis feels blessed that she could go and live in Colorado. However, she cant’ help but think of those people who aren’t as lucky as she was. For one reason or another, they can’t move, and don’t have access to medical marijuana. She feels that everyone should have access, and it upsets her when she thinks about other people who might be suffering needlessly.
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Gaddis says she remembers only too well what it felt like to be “illegally alive or legally dead.” She treats her cancer with homemade oil similar to the one Rick Simpson used back in 2003 to cure his basal cell carcinoma in only four days. He became famous by writing books and gives his recipe away for free on his website, but doesn’t sell cannabis oil. He made oil using a super high potency THC strain.
Laurie says she hasn’t been quite as successful as Rick claims to have been, but she has discovered an ointment that absorbs beautifully and seems to work well. In future, she hopes to see cannabis used in sunscreens to prevent skin cancer. In California alone, 23 out of every 100,000 people develop melanoma. Too many of them die. Medical marijuana for skin cancer could change these statistics around.
Doctor recommends medical marijuana for skin cancer
Dr. Stuart Titus agrees wholeheartedly with Gaddis. However, he feels that CBD may be more effective than THC. Although clinical studies are lacking, he says he has ample anecdotal evidence of it treating skin cancer with success. Because CBD has no psychoactive effect, it is allowed in some states that don’t allow THC use.
Cannabis cures and fears
Another amazing story of a cannabis cure came from Christine Stenquist. She received a brain tumor diagnosis in 1996. During surgery, doctors damaged a blood vessel and she woke up paralyzed on her left side and in chronic pain. She was bedridden for 16 years. Four years ago, she discovered cannabis, and it changed her life for the better.
Nicole Snow from Massachusetts spoke out about the absurdity of people being prosecuted for using medical cannabis in the privacy of their own homes. They can lose their jobs and their children can be taken away by social services. “When will medical marijuana be treated as any other medicine?” she asks.
Laws need to catch up with reality
From those who use medical marijuana for skin cancer to those who need it to control pain there is no denying that many people medicate with cannabis. Many of them say they are experiencing amazing cures. Should governments be allowed to prosecute people who are just seeking relief from suffering?