I was the primary caretaker of a 20-something cancer patient for a year. Chemo was awful. My husband was missing work (which we couldn’t afford), losing weight rapidly (think 10-15 lbs every two weeks), and was constantly having to go to ER for IVs of saline because he couldn’t keep anything, including water, down.
Our pot head neighbor noticed the sickness and hair loss, and knocked on my door with a small bag of marijuana. He explained that his grandmother used it when she had cancer and it helped a lot. It took a lot of convincing, but I got my husband to try it. There was a pretty rough adjustment period, but once he learned to handle his high, things turned around. He stopped losing weight, he was able to work from home, he could stay hydrated, he could enjoy visits from family. Those things made a huge difference in his recovery. Although medicinal marijuana was not legal in our state, he had his oncologist’s full support. Our neighbor kept him well stocked, and we always joked that he was our other pharmacist. Zofran (very expensive, top of the line anti nausea drug given to chemo patients) has NOTHING on cannabis.
The idea of my husband smoking pot for fun is laughable. Like really, really laughable. I do on occasion, but he has no interest in it. But if he relapsed he’d use it again in a heartbeat. It was the difference between a warm Christmas with his family, and sleeping and vomiting in bed all day while his mother and I dried each other’s tears.
I just can’t imagine how this sort of help for someone who is suffering could be wrong. And it’s my understanding that the CCC allows for it as well. To me, telling an AIDS victim or cancer patient that they can’t relieve their suffering and enjoy time with their loved ones because irresponsible people sometimes have problems with that drug is far more morally problematic. You wouldn’t take my benzodiazepine away from me on those grounds, would you? Or tell someone coming out of surgery that they can’t have morphine because some people have an opiate addiction?
There’s a regular (conservative catholic) poster who uses it legally for her own health problems. If you PM me and you’re interested in speaking with her, I’ll ask her if I can reveal her identity and put you in touch. Her experience and perspective is very interesting. I’m also happy to answer questions privately. I’m pretty limited in what I reveal about this here for the sake of my husband’s dignity and our anonymity.