It can’t be said enough. Though many people use cannabis for recreational purposes, marijuana is medicine no matter what you use it for. It has been a medicine for thousands of years and will continue to be until the end of Earth as we know it.

Millions of people use marijuana every day to medicate, and they each have a story to tell. One such story is told in a Westword article posted on their website today.

At the beginning of a long article the author tells the story of Craig Rodgers, who feels he is alive today because of cannabis.

Diagnosed with brain cancer in 2006, Craig was told he was going to die. He was given 18 months to live.

Surgeons were able to remove about 80 percent of the tumor in 2007 and told him it probably would come back. They also put him on a chemotherapy regimen, which was when he “got involved in cannabis.” He’d tried it a few times in his late teens and early 20s, but this experience was different.

“I took two puffs, and it was incredible,” he says. “It made me feel well.”

Every day, he smokes a little and eats more. Pot eases his stress and helps him sleep. It helped with the nausea that comes from the chemo drugs he’s taking: “I even gained a couple [of] pounds.” It helps with the “mild” pain he feels in his head. And, he says, it keeps him from having seizures.

Even more than that, Rodgers believes strongly that the pot has extended his life by slowing growth of the cancer.

The cancer did return however after almost 5 years, and Craig had another surgery late last year. His doctors say there can be no more surgeries and that he now has about 3 years to live. Craig grows 7 plants as a Nevada medical marijuana patient and hopes marijuana can save him again.

We covered the subject of cannabis and cancer extensively here at The 420 Times, especially the curative properties of hemp oil, and THC and CBD have been shown in studies as being effective in shrinking cancer cells.

The bottom line is that Craig and anyone else who wants to medicate with marijuana should be allowed to. There shouldn’t be a question of limits or restrictions or special dispensations. If a sick person wants to smoke a joint or eat a brownie or use hemp oil they shouldn’t be treated as a criminal because of it.

– Joe Klare

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