“I don’t know where I’d be without cannabis,” says cancer survivor

“I don’t know where I’d be without cannabis,” says cancer survivor
Cannabis Health News

Rebecca Allen-Tapp reveals the role cannabis has played in helping her heal, after being diagnosed with a rare cancer at the age of 30. “I’ll try and give you the summarised version,” says Rebecca Allen-Tapp, whose life changed forever, when doctors found a golf ball size tumour in her lung in 2018. Her health had become progressively worse following the birth of her son the year before, but her story starts much earlier, in her teenage years. Rebecca, who was living in her home state of Washington in the US at the time, had been plagued by depressive episodes and anxiety since she hit puberty. The symptoms would be so extreme that she would be forced to take time off school and later – when they continued into her 20s – weeks at a time off work.  Doctors ran tests but never found anything wrong, so “chalked it up to hormones”. Even a therapist struggled to identify the cause of her sadness, diagnosing her with bipolar disorder, despite the fact she showed no signs of the manic highs associated with the condition. “Doctors were dismissive, because they couldn’t figure out what was wrong,” she says. “As a woman I was not listened to, it was just downplayed, which led to a lot of distress afterwards.” During her pregnancy though, Rebecca felt the best she had in years.  “I felt comfortable and well-rounded for the first time in my life,” she says. “I’m probably one of the few women who enjoyed being pregnant.” But just a week after her son was born, things began to deteriorate. She started experiencing ocular migraines where she would lose her vision, her blood pressure went through the roof, and the suicidal thoughts returned.  “I started doing my own research and took all this information to…

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