Cancer survivor reveals how medical cannabis “saved his life”

Cancer survivor reveals how medical cannabis “saved his life”
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A US cancer survivor has shared how medical cannabis helped him manage debilitating pain and stop his usage of multiple medications. Texan cancer survivor Barry Freeman – who also suffers from PTSD – introduced medical cannabis into his treatment plan in 2019 and has since eliminated the consumption of dozens of pain pills while experiencing a drastic reduction in symptoms with no side effects. In 2015, a time he describes as “the worst year of his life,” Barry lost his son and received a stage-four colorectal cancer diagnosis. After being initially turned away by multiple doctors due to his terminal diagnosis, Barry underwent 37 rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. He finally achieved remission in 2017 but his cancer treatment’s lasting effects combined with emotional distress led to continued symptoms of chronic pain, anxiety and panic attacks. “I was in a very dark place that year. Living with cancer and losing my son caused severe depression on top of a barrage of physical symptoms that made my life miserable,” Barry said. Barry then sustained a debilitating shoulder injury in 2018, exacerbating his condition and leading to a prescription of 12 pain pills per day. It was then his physician recommended medical cannabis as a treatment option. “Medical cannabis saved my life,” he continued. “I felt more relief than I’d ever felt through any pain pill. I could feel the calming effect of the medication come over me. I feel better than I did at 45-years-old. Emotionally and physically, it’s extraordinary to be here now and feel this way after being so sick.” The Compassionate Use Program (CUP) was enacted by the Texas legislature in June 2015, allowing for the first legal use of medical cannabis products by patients with intractable epilepsy. It was not until the program expanded in 2019…

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