Renowned Expert Explains to Xeni Jardin How Medical Marijuana Can Alleviate the Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Boing Boing editor Xeni Jardin, an amazing woman who has been wonderfully outspoken about her experience with breast cancer, talks with Michael Backes, a renowned medical marijuana expert and author of Cannabis Pharmacy, about the different ways marijuana and its various components can be used to help alleviate the awful side effects of chemotherapy.

During my treatment for breast cancer, I learned how powerful medical marijuana truly can be in helping to alleviate some of the serious side effects of cancer treatment, including pain, nausea, and loss of appetite. I was not a pot smoker at the time of my diagnosis, and hadn’t used weed since I was a teen. Backes and my fellow cancer patients shared their experience and knowledge with me, and with the blessing of my oncologist, I found that it could be a very helpful form of relief. In this video, Backes talks about how to use vaporizers, how to dose correctly for different forms of therapeutic relief, the difference between smoking, edibles, and vaporizers, CBD vs. THC, why the classifications of Indica and Sativa don’t matter as much as most people think, and why temperature is important when vaporizing weed.


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