Roger, 52

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Five years ago, Roger had to leave his job as an inter provincial auto technician.  His hip was giving out and causing him a great deal of pain.  He had an unsuccessful hip surgery on one side and it impacted the other side from compensating for the weaker hip.  He had to wait 3 1/2 years for surgery.  Residing in New Brunswick, doctor wait lists and surgical wait times can be lengthy as is often the case in Eastern Canada.

July 2016, Roger had been involved in a dog attack resulting in severe right shoulder damage and nerve damage in his neck.  He is currently waiting on MRI results.

Prior to that, Roger had been involved in a motocross racing accident as a teenager that ended up crushing the bottom vertebrae in his lower spine.  Doctors told him that he could expect to be in a wheelchair by age 40.

“I’m a tough frenchman” Roger chuckles.

Roger managed his pain symptoms with a number of opiates and anxiety medications, “I can’t remember all the names, but they put me on SSRI’s…” he tells me he felt suicidal.  “I wanted to blow my brains out.  So for that reason, I turned to cannabis.”

“I can’t lie, since I’ve been young, I’ve preferred smoking cannabis over drinking but it wasn’t until 4 years ago that I started reading about the properties of cannabis and the pain management possibilities.”  Roger’s father had just passed away from cancer.  “Three months from diagnosis to death.”  Roger spent every day he could with him vowing to find an answer.  He discovered cannabis oils in regards to cancer treatment .  The results exceeded his expectations in regards to pain relief.  “I didn’t think ingesting oil would work as well as it did.  The first time I ran out, within 3 months my hip and back were both really bad.  However, within a few weeks of ingesting oil, I was able to do things again without a lot of hindrance.”  Sometimes not even noticing the relief he was getting until he was doing things he couldn’t do previously.

Roger now grows his own medicine.  He blends his own oils and makes cookies and infuses foods with it.  He prefers indica for the relaxed state of mind it gives him.  It also helps him sleep and relieves his anxiety, overall giving him a better quality of life.

Homegrown Medical Cannabis
Medical Cannabis

Now Roger focuses his talents and knowledge on developing a high THC high CBD strain to help people who need it.  It’s important to note, he doesn’t charge anyone.  “I’m not a rich man but I am a man of values and helping the sick is high on my list of priorities.”

“I’ve developed a strain that produces roughly 25% THC and 10% CBD.  It’s my go to strain for pain.”  Roger makes oil with this strain, which he calls Sheeba.  He says he has given it to 3 different people who were diagnosed with cancer.  “The best result was a brain tumor that shrunk by 75% within 3 months.  The doctor claimed the chemo pills were working, when in actuality, the patient never took them and only consumed the  cannabis oil.  He was given 3 months to live… 2 years ago.”

Homegrown Sheeba
Roger’s Sheeba

Roger does not use opiates or prescription anxiety medication anymore.

I asked Roger if he had any advice for people looking in to medical cannabis.  His answer, “Don’t look back.”

When asked about the impending Legalization, Roger said it’s a sticky situation.

“Its not going to be legalization so much as a monopoly run by a very organized cartel.  I agree with recreational use, but we cant combine medical and recreational, they are (altogether) different.”

He adds, (From a Facebook post)

“There are people that have had serious issues with pain management and a few other medical issues that have made them make the decision to either use opiates, or anxiety medication, what have you, (then they) try cannabis to control it.  I’m one of them.  After years of using pharmaceutical medications, I decided to try to help my body by going natural, and for me it works by ingesting the oil.  Then there are people trying to ride the medical train to just get high for recreation, don’t get me wrong, I get it, but it is wrong to flog the system.  To be fair about it why can’t people wait for the recreational to be legal?  It’s not like those people would do anything different anyway, so go get your weed and smoke it like you always have.  It makes me wonder about the dispensary doctors giving medical cards to anyone that has a $100, without medical documentation regarding their health problems.   All it takes is word of mouth to get one (prescription), if nothing else, I have had 3 doctors, not from a dispensary look at my medical conditions, looked at the years of opiates and other medications that haven’t worked and agreed, it is worth trying because of the long term issues I have and will have for the rest of my life, leaving me unable to walk for more than a couple of hours a day and limited use of my arms which is very trying at times.  For those of you who don’t know, I was supposed to be in a wheelchair by age 40, but I’ve battled adversity for a long time.  Being 52 now going on 53, things are getting very noticeable now compared to 10 years ago when I was very able.  Have I been around the “demon weed” most of my life?  Yep.. Did I use it for recreation?  Yep.  Did I enjoy it?  Yep.   But when I started ingesting cannabis oil for pain, I realized something I didn’t know, recreation and medical ARE two different things, and as of late I am seeing the differences between the two, so smoke your little smoke, drink your little drink, but leave my medicine alone.  Many say all use is medicinal, but I beg to differ.

 

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Images/ Further Reading

RSO oil image  http://www.kindconcentrates.com/our-products/rick-simpson-oil/

How cannabis oil is changing lives of cancer patients https://www.leafly.ca/news/health/a-drop-at-a-time-how-cannabis-oil-is-changing-lives-of-cancer-pat

Everything you need to know about Rick Simpson oil https://merryjane.com/culture/everything-you-need-to-know-about-rick-simpson-oil

How to make Rick Simpson Oil, Natural cure for cancer https://www.medicaljane.com/2013/01/26/rick-simpsons-hemp-oil-medicine-natural-cure-for-cancer-using-concentrated-cannabis-oil/#how-to-make-rick-simpson-oil

Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) Learn about Rick Simpson and how to make RSO https://www.medicaljane.com/2013/01/26/rick-simpsons-hemp-oil-medicine-natural-cure-for-cancer-using-concentrated-cannabis-oil/#how-to-make-rick-simpson-oil

 

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Rick, 68

EsophagectomyRick, originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, is the father of Jessica.  He worked various jobs but the last 10 years, he worked in addictions recovery programs and various homelessness projects.  July of 2014, he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.  He underwent 25 radiation therapy treatments and 5 rounds of chemotherapy before the doctors were satisfied the tumor had shrunk.

He underwent 2 subsequent surgeries after that in November 2014 and January 2015 before doctors seemed confident they had gotten all the cancerous tissue out.  The surgical process for treating esophageal cancer can involve removing a section of your esophagus, the upper portion of your stomach as well as the lymph nodes.  The remaining esophagus is then reattached to the remaining stomach.  Doctors had to open up his rib cage and make an 8 inch incision on his right side.  After his surgeries, Rick found himself in miserable pain.  So bad, he threatened to end his life.

Rick was referred to a pain management team.  He was immediately put on a pain medication regime of Gabapentin and Hydromorphone.  He stopped taking the Gabapentin after a year, as he learned that it wasn’t good for depression.  He was experiencing side effects.

Rick, growing up in the 60s was no stranger to cannabis and had used it recreationally in his youth and a couple of years prior.  He started smoking it.  ‘It didn’t really help the pain initially because the pain was so intense, but it helped take the edge off.  I found comfort in it.”  

“it wasn’t until I was introduced to edibles containing the oil, that I noticed it helped that irritating tingling constant pain in my side”  

Medical Cannabis Oil
Cannabis Oil

His favorite so far has been oil infused cheesecake.  “It just gave me a better feeling, it was pleasant.” 

Cannabis cheesecake
Cannabis Cheesecake

About 8 months ago, Rick went to the doctor to get his prescription for Hydromorphone renewed.  He was handed an 18 page form to fill out.  It wasn’t worth it.  He didn’t bother.

While the Hydromorphone made Rick tired.  He now enjoys going dancing every Friday night with his buddies.  Rick adds, “I’m no professional dancer, but it gets the endorphins moving.”  He is much more physically active now, adding regular walks to his routine.

Rick says he doesn’t have a particular strain preference, but he like the relaxing effects of indica and oils.  He tells me that cannabis has made him feel better, more relaxed and calm; he feels grateful for it.

 

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Images/Further Reading

Esophagectomy  https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/esophageal-cancer/multimedia/esophageal-cancer-surgery/img-20006034

Cannabis Oil – “How to pick the best Medical Cannabis Oil”  https://herb.co/2017/04/15/medical-cannabis-oil/

Cannabis Cheesecake  http://cannachronicle.com/2015/10/09/8-foods-you-should-eat-with-cannabutter/

Rona (50s)

KidneysRenal cancer is terminal.  

 

Rona and her husband were wrapping up their 13 year old excavation business when she first got sick.  In 2014 doctors found a tumor in her kidney.  August 2014 one of her kidneys were removed.  She got sick again.  She tells me, she was advised that renal cancer is incurable and can resurface anywhere in the body, in the skin, the bones even the brain.  It’s unpredictable.  This time it showed up in her pancreas.  She qualified for the Whipple Procedure .  I read that only 15% of people diagnosed with cancer in the pancreas qualify for this procedure, it can only be done in the very beginning stages and is for patients whose tumors are located at the head of the pancreas.  It’s essentially a surgical bypass removing the tumor and re sectioning the remaining pancreas.  She had this surgery in 2016.  Then in November, 2016 they found 3 small clusters of tumors on her pancreas.  She has lost about 50% of her pancreas already so they can’t do anything more.  Chemotherapy is a last resort.  Radiation is not an option because it risks destroying what’s left of her pancreas, which would be fatal.

 

Now she’s in the monitoring stage.  The clusters of tumors were about 1.5cm in size, so she begun consuming cannabis oil as a supplement to her prescription medication for her pancreas.  She puts the oil into capsules and says she uses an indica- based oil that’s high in THC and contains about 2% CBD.  This past August, for the first time since Rona’s ordeal began in 2014, her MRI showed no growth in the size of the cluster.  She continued to take the oil.  She takes almost a quarter of a gram at night for maintenance.  Her last MRI showed the cluster had actually shrunk by 3mm.  This was the first time in a year they had changed size at all, and they shrunk.  She admits this doesn’t sound like much but reminds me that they were small to begin with.  She feels the oil is definitely working.  She also tells me this is the best she’s felt physically since 2014.  

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In the meantime, this past summer she noticed a large lump on her chest just below her collarbone and because of the type of cancer she has, they examined and removed it right away in case it was malignant.  It was.  A few weeks later, it came back again, within a month, it was back to its original size.   She couldn’t see the surgeon for a couple of weeks so she treated it topically with cannabis oil.  She covered the affected area in oil and bandaged it up for 4 days.  She did this twice.  By the time she saw the surgeon, there was nothing there.  No evidence of a tumor.  Her doctor told her that this particular type of skin cancer can come and go, but Rona says “I asked 4 other doctors if this was the case and they said that they had never heard of that happening before.”  She had more tests done on the area and was given the all clear.  No cancer.  She attributes this to the cannabis oil.

 

On the impending Legalization, Rona says “It’s probably going to do more damage than good with all the regulations attached.”  She feels cannabis should simply be decriminalized rather than legalized so it’s not against the law to have it, but you don’t need all these criminal restrictions.  “It’s a medicine, we definitely need it and at least medical patients should still have access to the (existing) dispensaries.  At least medical patients.”  She states “It’s a healing medicine and should be treated as such.  It can help so many people”   She also adds that doctors should be researching it more and that going through all the hassle of trying to get your prescription, renewing it yearly, abiding by the government rules to go with an LP, just to get garbage (sometimes tainted or poor quality) is just sad and needs to change.  

 

Rona lives with her husband in Sissiboo Falls in Weymouth, Nova Scotia.

 

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Images

 

Human Kidneys  http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

Cannabis oil in jars  www.shutterstock.com