My Dinner with Marijuana: chemo, cannabis, and haute cuisine

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  1. Cocomaan says:

    Xeni, that was a great writeup. I’m glad that you are getting relief. 

  2. I completely support anything that gives people who are fighting cancer ease from their pain, both physical & mentally..I only wish my mom had had this when she was fighting her battle with cancer.  You are very courageous, Best wishes to you as you beat this cancer!  Take Care!! 

    • ogvor says:

      I actually came here to say the same thing. Cancer sucks and I just wish I was old enough at the time to suggest it, even though she fought with such resolve and grace for nearly a decade without it. Anyway, Xeni im very glad you found something that makes this experience a little more bearable and keep on keeping’ on.

      • D Wyatt says:

        Seems like everyone I know has cancer, or had it.  Too bad the negative stereotypes live on strong in many peoples minds, making them feel wrong for seeking help.  I myself smoked like a wildfire since a young age, for fun of course, and for sleeping and stress.

        Then as I aged I ended up having problems with pains and such.  One day I had smoked after many months of not smoking, I went to grunt and get up in pain as usual but when I stood up the pain wasnt there and it was THAT MOMENT I realized I had crossed over from seeing it as an illegal drug, and started seeing it for what it was, a healing medicine with a (false) bad reputation.
        Elderly people in my family look at me like im insane and laugh for suggesting that ohhhh, Maybe their horrible Arthritis would stop causing them so much problems, or ohhh, maybe their wasting disorder could be helped by eating just a tiny amount.  Its a strange time we live in.   Everyone knows people with cancer, supposedly there isnt a cure (some who eat potent extracts may disagree), but in the majority of states it is illegal as hell to simply possess or ingest a life saving plant that has been documented as a healing drug for nearly 10,000 years. 

        Eat your pills, dont eat plants!!!

  3. Deb Johnson says:

    I’m very glad that you’ve got some lovely stories to tell, amongst the terrible fear of cancer.  Sounds very yummy.  So good that you enjoyed it, got a little high, and was able to keep it down.  Yes, heal up for the next round.  Sending you warm wishes and hopes for the MRI to show wonderful news.

  4. Bink Binkerson says:

    Sounds fun, wacky, and yummy.   Thanks for sharing the experience with your fans & followers!

  5. AustinZaletel says:

    I had an uncle that lost a battle with prostate cancer.  Marijuana wasn’t legal in his state, but he did find that it was one of the only ways to ease his suffering and make the whole process bearable.  Unfortunately, late in the illness, he lost the ability to use marijuana because it made him too disoriented and unable to keep food down (a sad reversal of what’s normal, likely due to different chemo drugs or perhaps the cancer itself) .  It was sad to see the only thing (besides family etc) that worked for him go away.  His struggle is over now, but yours is not, Xeni!  Keep up the good fight!

    • EvilTerran says:

      See, if he’d been somewhere with legal MMJ, he could have discussed the ways the MMJ disagreed with him with an expert at a dispensary, who could probably have recommended strains or preparations that weren’t so problematic.

  6. Itsumishi says:

    An excellent write up Xeni. Keep up the fight.

    My opinions on pot haven’t changed much since I was about 14. It’s not for everyone, it’s a problem for many, but by and large those that use it suffer few ill effects and it helps a lot of people who are suffering. I’ve never had any illness that was as life-changing as your temporary* condition, but I did manage to contract a virus many years ago that played absolute havoc on my stomach. Cramps that made me double over in pain while wherever I stood and a lot of difficulty with food. Weed was the only thing I found that helped. The situation wasn’t ideal, living with habitual bong-smokers I got in some bad habits that took a while to kick, but it certainly helped me through ill-health for a while and I’ve since decided that whilst I never want to touch a bong again, the odd joint or hash cookie does me a world of good. It certainly acts as a stress reliever after I hand in any large piece of Uni work at the moment.

    *positive thoughts going out to you Xeni.

    • novium says:

      Kudos to you for one of the most sensible sentences on the subject I have ever seen: “It’s not for everyone, it’s a problem for many, but by and large those that use it suffer few ill effects and it helps a lot of people who are suffering.” If only all conversations on the subject could start from there.

    • Cowicide says:

      it’s a problem for many

      If by that you mean many people have a stick up their ass and “have a problem with pot”, then I agree.  ^_^  I know far more people who drink who have drinking problems than people who consume marijuana and have “pot problems” and many studies back me up on this.  Most people I know that partake in pot, do it on occasion and that’s about it.  A LOT of people I know who consume the alcohol drug have had it cause severe negative issues in their lives at one point or another (either from their own drinking or via a friend/family member).

      But, there’s always aberrations… and it sounds like you lived with a couple of them. ;D

      • PNWchemist says:

        i have friends that smoke and day and night, but they are still high functioning. You can’t function drunk, you can function stoned.  One of those friends suffers from chrone’s disease, the drug helps him keep his appetite and reduces the stomach pain, it also helps him to cope with the fact they has a life long aliment. 

        pot problems don’t exist, it’s people problems, the same person that uses weed as an excuse for not being motivated would have found another reason not do the things they need to do. Or if it was really an issue for them being productive they would have quit using it, like many of my friends have. 

        The drug is harmless, it’s everywhere, it can help many people.

        • Cowicide says:

          Agreed!

        • Dan Allard says:

           What about the correlation between marijuana and schizophrenia? I haven’t seen or read anything on the issue since David Suzuki’s “The down side of high” but it seemed at the time that they had strong evidence that it could at the very least be a trigger for young adults predisposed to schizophrenia..

          • PNWchemist says:

            “The socio-demographic characteristics of cannabis abuse or dependence in schizophrenia are similar to those found in general population. Cannabis using schizophrenic patients were more likely to be younger and male than non users.”
            http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12640322 

            There is no clear link, you need to understand there is money in finding bad things about pot, there are bunch of others using weasel words and phrases, ‘there may be link’ ‘evidence suggests a possible correlation’ 

          • teapot says:

            My understanding from the latest research is that marijuana use can bring forward the onset of schizophrenia & psychosis but only in people who would have experienced those conditions eventually, even if they hadn’t consumed weed. Marijuana does not increase the incidences of schizophrenia as evidenced by the fact that the rate of schizophrenia diagnoses remained roughly the same over the last century, while mainstream marijuana use has exploded.

            This is a key reason why marijuana should be carefully regulated and restricted in the same way alcohol is because psychosis-related illness tends to take hold more permanently in those who develop it during their teenage years. If young, vulnerable minds are given time to develop before consumption of marijuana there is a good chance the person will develop the emotional tools required to reduce or remove the dangers of serious mental illness taking hold.

            The standard reply to my above comment is that regulation will make marijuana easier for teenagers to acquire but that is just idiotic. Growing up it was hard to get your hands on a serious amount of alcohol but almost trivial to score weed because the present law makes it as risky to sell drugs to kids as it is to sell to adults – the dealer is breaking the law to the same extent no matter who the customer is. If marijuana was regulated and there were insane penalties for people selling to minors (as there is presently with alcohol) then we could more effectively control it. Not to mention regulating it would take a huge slice of income away from organised crime and put it in the hands of government.

            I’ve linked this book before on BB but that’s because it does a fantastic job of arming you with the necessary knowledge to argue the hell out of alco-zealots and blind weed haters who go to the standard talking points which have been endlessly debunked (even including ones that people are shocked and appalled by, such as the fact that two independent studies of crash stats concluded it’s much more dangerous driving a car under the influence of any amount of alcohol than if you’re stoned): http://books.google.com.au/books/about/Marijuana_Is_Safer.html?id=auatLlqO_AIC&redir_esc=y

        • AustinZaletel says:

          I have tried, with success, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet to combat my irritable bowels syndrome.  It was originally developed for combating Chrone’s disease and Celiacs, but has been modernized by a woman dedicated to the same cause. Check out 
          http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/  This book/diet has really changed my life, it may work for your friend, especially with the help of Marijuana.

        • Itsumishi says:

          Horseshit. All drugs cause problems with some people, in some situations. Pot is no exception to the rule. That said it’s probably one of the least harmful drugs, with the amongst the most benefits.

          “You can’t function drunk, you can function stoned.” 
          Christopher Hitchens might have disagreed.

          Personally, I smoke a joint and the chance of me working productively on an essay diminishes greatly. A bottle of red wine on the other hand can keep me going until 5am, even if I need to re-read and edit the thing a bit more in the morning.

          That said, considering I was up until 7am working on an essay last night (with Scotch keeping me going) tonight I’ll get home, roll up and let myself relax. 

          Additionally, when I play music its the opposite. Booze makes me sloppy and adds nothing to my creativity. A nice doobie or 10 and I write all my most interesting pieces.

          • PNWchemist says:

            I’m saying people have a problem with drugs, you for example seem to need to have a substance for everything you do, if it wasn’t weed it’d be a valum (lorazopam)  for you to chill out. 

            At a reasonable dosage with a good tolerance you can function perfectly fine.

            that said my drunk vs. high statement was a bit off. fair enough. 

          • Itsumishi says:

            Right, the guns don’t kill people, people kill people argument…

            Problems as a general rule aren’t one sided. If people have problems with drugs, then drugs cause problems with people. They’re one in the same. 

            You keep saying “you can” as if everyone reacts the same. This isn’t the case. My brother and I have both smoked pot for years, and as you said can function fine when there is a reasonable dosage. Our sister on the other hand has never reacted well to it. Either she throws up, or she quickly becomes too paranoid to interact with people. Perhaps if she smoked small doses, by herself she would eventually gain a tolerance. The question is why would she want to? Pot clearly doesn’t work for her (or alternatively, she doesn’t react well to pot).

          • teapot says:

            Personally, I smoke a joint and the chance of me working productively on an essay diminishes greatly.

            If it weren’t for MDMA, amphetamines and marijuana I wouldn’t have completed (and aced) my essays at uni, but then I did go to art school. I’m not even joking. Obviously You can’t go overboard, but a nice baseline of buzz was the encouragement I needed to write that many words in a short time.

      • Itsumishi says:

        “but by and large those that use it suffer few ill effects”
        I agree wholeheartedly. Most pot users never have a problem. That said, I’ve seen an awful lot of people that have struggled with addiction, and I’ve certainly been there myself (sleeping with a packed cone next to my bed in case I woke up, knowing I wouldn’t get back to sleep without sucking down a quick bong). In Australia at least bong-culture can be pretty consuming.

        • Cowicide says:

          I’ve seen an awful lot of people that have struggled with addiction

          Just keep in mind you could pretty much say the same of coffee, masturbation/sex, shopping, etc.. none of which are illegal (yet).

          • Itsumishi says:

            Yes it’s true, and marijuana is an absurd substance to make illegal.

            Personally I’ve always believed that the outlawing of virtually any drug only makes problems worse. All drugs would be far safer, and cause far less problems for individuals and society if they were legal and regulated. That said, I don’t believe regulation is necessary in the case of marijuana. Personally I’ve always found the most enjoyable stuff is the most basic. Grown outside, without too much obsessive attention. It mightn’t be as strong, but I certainly enjoy the high more than hydroponic or over fertilised stuff.

            Of course it might be different for medical marijuana. Regulation probably wouldn’t hurt, even if its just the sort of regulation that attempts to ensure when you’re buying it you’re getting what you’re told your getting. If you’ve experimented and found a specific strain is by far the best, it could be quite frustrating finding one supplier disappear and then not be able to get the same strain again because labels aren’t being applied correctly.

          • teapot says:

            Just keep in mind you could pretty much say the same of…

            The difference is the intensity. I’ve never quite needed to sleep next to a packed bong but I have been known to restlessly wake up earlier than I want to on a sleep-in day and I know that a quick journey outside to punch a cone (that’s Aussie for bowl) will send me right back to dreamyland. Maybe it is an Australian thing (we are the highest per capita users of marijuana) but I just cant imagine anyone going to bed with a double shot macchiato or a laptop on their bedside table.

            @boingboing-66bd939ad7010829ab65a6aaf28c9a96:disqus : It’s been shown that people self regulate their intake – so if you have stronger weed you will smoke less of it than if you had bush weed as humans chase a certain level of high, not an amount of consumption. Yes there might be rules-of-thumb (such as 2 cones will get me rolling) but for the most part people don’t chase highs that are higher than they desire. Because of this (somewhat counter-intuitively) the strong stuff is actually less harmful to you as the most dangerous aspect of smoking weed is that you’re putting carcinogens in your lungs. Basically, the less plant matter you consume the better. This clearly doesn’t apply for people who vape or for bonghead stoners who smoke habitually.

          • Itsumishi says:

            Yeah I will smoke less of stronger weed, but even if I compensate by smoking more I’ll get less of the sorts of effects I want to avoid, and more of the effects I enjoy; i.e. I’ll have more energy, be more giggly and talkative, less anti-social and paranoid. Of course it could always be a strain issue rather than a strength issue. Unlike from what I’ve heard about California, Canada, Amsterdam etc there’s not a lot of options from your basic suppliers. You’d be lucky to hear I’ve got bush or hydro. 

  7. kongcarlos says:

    Hmmm, does there exist som recipes somewhere?

  8. Fabio Bortolotti says:

    Xeni, I’m following your story here on BB and deeply admire how you are dealing with this scary situation. You are a wonderful writer and a strong woman! Keep up the fight.

  9. billstreeter says:

    Admit it, you were stoned out of your gord!

    You look great Xeni, I hope you’re kicking cancers ass. It deserves it!

  10. That_Anonymous_Coward says:

    Xeni it is good to see you smiling.

    Thank you for sharing your experiences,  it helps put a human face on some issues people have knee-jerk reactions to.

  11. pitkataistelu says:

    Your posts relating to your medical situation have been some of the most powerful pieces I’ve read in my ten years as a BoingBoing reader. Seems to me you will emerge from this with superb perspective on the world; but we are all learning from living the experience through you as well. Thanks for everything, Xeni, and go get them.

  12. Mister44 says:

    1) Stay strong, Xeni.

    2) I a pretty sure my state will be one of the last ones to legalize medical marijuana, but let’s say they did. Does eating it, like in cookies, give you all of the same effects as smoking it? I ask because I have chronic (no pun intended) pain.

    • EvilTerran says:

      Eating makes it last longer than smoking, and it does feel slightly different, but it’s still definitely getting high.

      Most edibles involve cooking the cannabis in oil or fat, which leads to the active compounds dissolving — you can then strain out any solid residue & just have, say, medicinal butter to include in a recipe where you’d use unadulterated butter. I’ve heard it claimed that the cooking is necessary to get the effect from eating, but I’m not sure if that’s actually the case.

      Erowid has more info: http://www.erowid.org/plants/cannabis/cannabis_faq_eat.shtml

      • teapot says:

        It is fact that you need to incorporate it with some sort of oil/fat/alcohol because THC is not water soluble. If you eat the plant matter raw it will be dissolved by your stomach before the THC has a chance to get into your bloodstream, thereby massively reducing the high and the amount of its constituents that reach your blood. If it is infused into oil it can get from your stomach to your blood quickly and easily.

        I’ve tried many techniques but the most absolute foolproof I’ve found is this:

        1) Get a cake mix or make one from scratch but ensure it contains oil or butter (as most cakes do).
        2) Chop the weed incredibly fine – as fine as you can get it. Do NOT use a coffee grinder or blender as those spin fast enough to burn the bud.
        3) Make the cake like normal and throw the chop into the cake mix before you pour it into a cake tin – be sure to mix the herb in as evenly as possible because you want every piece to be a uniform strength for dosing purposes.
        4) Cook cake like normal and leave to cool.
        5) This is the most important and hardest to obey rule of all: Leave the cake for at least a week before consuming! Room temperature is best but put it in the fridge if it will go off out.

        Basically what happens is that over a week the weed’s tasty goodness gets absorbed by the oily spongeness of the cake so it can more easily be absorbed by your body. The other advantage of leaving it a week is that the weed pieces won’t be as chewy as if you’d eaten it straight away.

        I have previously had great success with heating the chop in oil to extract the THC but the main problem with this is that it’s impossible to know when all the THC has been extracted and it’s really easy to go too hot and burn the crap out of it. If the oil gets to a simmer you’ve stuffed it and you are burning away the THC.

    • Cowicide says:

      Mister44, the best thing to do is try very little at first and see where your own boundaries are.  Everyone is different and so is the strength of every baked good with marijuana in it.  The nice thing is you can’t overdose on pot.  And don’t forget that different strains/hybrids of marijuana can have different effects:

      http://www.leafly.com/explore

      • teapot says:

        Good advice, but it should be noted that while you can’t poison yourself with weed (overdose), you can green out which is not pleasant. All you’ll do is vomit and go to sleep and it usually only happens when you combine drugs (primarily alcohol). Happens occasionally at parties with noobs who don’t usually smoke but who will turn into Bogart after a bunch of drinks.

        It’s also worth mentioning that you should only decide to have a second cookie or slice of cake after you’re entirely sure the first one’s effects have reached a plateau. It takes a long time to hit but when it does you’ll get hit harder than if you’d smoked an equivalent amount.

        • Cowicide says:

          All you’ll do is vomit and go to sleep and it usually only happens when you combine drugs (primarily alcohol).

          I find that if I eat a healthy salad and then drink too much alcohol, the same thing can happen. Should I avoid healthy salads? ;D

          I’ve never experienced a “green out” nor have I ever met anyone else who has claimed to experience such a thing from pot. But, it sounds like you folks in Australia smoke around 20 pounds of pot a day and everyone I know in the US is pretty much done after a few bong hits or tokes from a joint.

  13. Eric Reber says:

    You are one tough bird! Fly high honey and mend quickly. <3

  14. lovely article. I hope your MRI results show drastic improvements.

  15. bo1n6bo1n6 says:

    Great article,Xeni. I love how positive you are looking. Be well.

  16. vattenpipa says:

    Thanks for another personal and inspirational article.
    “High in the MRI” should be a song.

    • Lobster says:

       Some MRIs give you a choice of music to listen to but I’ve yet to see any that offer Bob Marley.  Maybe some day.

  17. anechoic says:

    we’re all cheering for you Xeni! Cannabis is truly the tree of life! keep fighting and winning!!! :)

  18. Cowicide says:

    I had a loved one that may have benefited greatly from marijuana with her multiple illnesses, but because of the stigma surrounding it and her having conservative parents (and some conservative right wing doctors), she never got to even try it and was afraid of it.

    I’m very happy to see that you are able to utilize this amazing medicine in a fun and healthy way, Xeni.  My prayers are with you and your speedy recovery.

  19. AviSolomon says:

    Keep up the fight Xeni!
    I need to get my act together and interview Prof. Raphael Mechoulam, who who first discovered THC, the main active substance in cannabis, and pioneered the use of medical marijuana:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-N_S1EYhMCs

  20. zuludaddy says:

    That looks and sounds delicious!  

    It is gladdening to see you having fun and smiling in the midst of your battle.  Thank you for your positivity, and for staying a happy  mutant – it is inspiring, and we’re rooting for you.

  21. Adam Parfrey says:

    You inspire us, Xeni!

  22. Anna Hight says:

    This is a beautiful article. I use medical pot for pain/nausea from rheumatoid arthritis. It’s so much better than the narcotics my doctors like to throw at me. :/ I really wish I’d been able to put my mother on it when she fought ovarian cancer. 

    Thank you, Xeni, for this writeup.

  23. Stefan Jones says:

    When you’re through this, Xeni, I hope you make documentary or something. There are plenty of inspirational books about getting through cancer. A documentary with some grit would be more interesting. Talk about the damn twitter trolls and snake-oil peddlers and all.

    (It might mean going back and videotaping (uh, committing to Flash ram) various places and people since I assume you’re not bringing a camcorder with you through all this.)

  24. Halloween_Jack says:

    Great article and great pics, thanks for sharing!

  25. Waltb555 says:

    You are an inspiration Xeni. Sending you healing thoughts.

  26. anechoic says:

    also, Cannabis is medicine: http://medicalcannabis.com/Clinical-Conferences/2012-tucson-az

  27. Rosin Ffield says:

    Xeniii,you look good and in good spirits :D!!!!

    ai sing you wif the guitar “Little Wing”: http://www.box.com/s/7e01968574728b4ae57d

  28. Rosin Ffield says:

    ..eR,and, the only negative thing: these portions look IRRITATINGLY SMALL!

  29. C.J. Hayes says:

    Thanks for the article, Xeni.  It’s been said several times already, but you can’t have enough good thoughts sent your way, so I send mine.

  30. PeaceLove says:

    Xeni: Thank you so much for bringing transparency to your healing process. Cannabis is a remarkable plant that can treat or alleviate literally hundreds of medical conditions. An estimated 20-40% of cancer patients die from complications related to malnutrition. Many other diseases (and treatments) similarly rob patients of their appetites. For you and many others, “the munchies” is not a joke. It’s a blessing.

    Treatment of chronic pain and nausea are the best-known uses, but cannabis is just as valuable for its healing effects on the mind and spirit. Millions of Americans use cannabis to treat depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, anorexia and many other psychological disorders.

    Indeed, legal cannabis threatens a large swath of the profitable pharmaceuticals in common use. Literally hundreds of billions of dollars are at stake for the pharmaceutical industry, which has been granted dozens of patents for cannabis-derived medicines. Perhaps that explains the sudden attempt by the Obama Justice Department to shut down the independent medical cannabis industry?

    I encourage all cannabis users to explore whether their own use is medicinal and to speak out publicly about the benefits of being medicated. Cheech & Chong notwithstanding, the extraordinary value and power of the cannabis plant, and its suppression by a cruel and capricious public policy, is truly a crime against humanity.

  31. Barry says:

    You’re awesome, Xeni! Keep kicking cancer in the balls and/or clam!

  32. TonyS. says:

    Love you Xeni! You know where I have been and where I am .  You will soon be where I am!
    BTW you are brave as hell chick!

  33. ajp says:

    Better than the dinner itself – you and Karen as impromptu dates!

  34. babVU98i says:

    Get well soon Xeni.

  35. As somebody who actively dislikes (after repeated positive attempts) the “high” most people get from pot, I’ve always wondered whether I’d also not get any medical benefits.  At the very least, I think the “side effects” (crushing mental depression) would not be worth it.

    This is one of the things that bothers me about medical marijuana advocates – they almost universally tout the problems caused by mainstream drugs (which granted, might affect a larger segment of users), but ignore the fact the marijuana “high” is a very unpleasant thing for some people.  Paradoxical reactions are a potential problem with ANY psychoactive drug, and should be openly acknowledged regardless of source.

    • teapot says:

      The high is in your head while the health benefits are in your body. One is subjective, the other is objective. I’m not for a minute saying that your reaction to the high isn’t a reasonable reason for avoiding it as a medicine because the mind can be stronger than drugs but you’ve gotta understand that the high is not a fixed experience but one that changes greatly depending on a variety of factors.

      In short: paradoxical reactions are a potential problem but not one that is terribly prevalent in the case of marijuana.

      • Sebastian Wiers says:

        “not one that is terribly prevalent in the case of marijuana.”

        By what research?  There’s conflicting anecdotal evidence both ways, and neither “side” can honestly claim to be a disinterested party in how it is gathered / analyzed.  

        But lets consider – if it is actually so great for so many people, why wasn’t it more popular when it was legal?  Seems like something a (sizable) minority enjoys, not something that’s the universal fun its portrayed as.  Which, lets face it, is a pretty strong subtext of most legalization discussion.

        • teapot says:

          Check http://druglibrary.net/olsen/MEDICAL/YOUNG/young4.html and scroll down to the part titled: “VIII.  ACCEPTED SAFETY FOR USE UNDER MEDICAL SUPERVISION”
          Too much to copypasta here but there has been plenty of research to back up marijuana’s safety. Compared to other drugs that society deems as acceptable (such as aspirin), marijuana is infinitely safer.

          Rational consideration of why marijuana wasn’t more popular “when it was legal” is a funny idea. It was originally made illegal as a means of having a reason to deport them pesky Mexicans. Yes.. marijuana prohibition was basically the historical equivalent to modern ID laws in the redneck states. The only group to smoke it in sizable numbers at the time was Mexicans, as it was something their culture did to unwind at the end of the day. Plenty of medicinal marijuana preparations were available OTC and even Queen Victoria used to scoff weed-laden chocolates to address period pain (and I don’t mean the pain of living in the Victorian period).

          When the Senate was listening to arguments over whether to make marijuana illegal the only “medical expert” the anti-marijuana lobby used as evidence was a veterinarian whose testimony was laughable and obviously unfounded in fact. Meanwhile a representative of the American Medical Association provided testimony that marijuana should not be made illegal as it closes the door on its potential health benefits and would make studying such benefits much harder. The only people to ever push for marijuana to be made illegal were not scientists or doctors. To add insult to injury the US Govenment holds the patent on use of canabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectors: http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/6630507.html

          The last line of your comment is a little worrying. You seem to be conflating marijuana’s pop culture image with its proven and unproven effects. The ‘universal fun’ aspect is driven by Hollywood, artists, musicians and authors… most of whom inadvertently glamourise its use through their art. The main subtext to the sensible discussion of legalisation is an argument about personal freedoms and choice versus the costs that the war on drugs imposes. Why should a segment of the population have to take such risks to partake in an activity that harms no one but themselves? Why should we spend taxpayers money on laws and programs which are proven to have no beneficial effects, merely to prop up a prohibition that has no basis in logic or rational decision making? Why fill prisons with people who did nothing but light something on fire and inhale? If Clinton, Dubya or Obama had been busted while enjoying a toke in their youth then they may never have become president. Our laws are supposed to be evidence based, not opinion based. Sadly, in the case of marijuana, that is not how they were formed and not how they are being perpetuated.

  36. Heather Polson says:

    My mother’s been off chemo since last fall and she still is thin as a rail from lack of appetite/eating.  Can’t help but think cannabis might have helped her get through it with a little more ease and bounce back just ‘that’ much faster.
    It doesn’t necessarily help everyone, but you don’t know until you try.  And you can’t try unless it’s legal.

  37. i am a cancer survivor of almost 8 years now.. i still have trouble with eating.  I wish the best to anyone who is fighting cancer. it does get tough having to go through chemo and radiation. If it wasnt for weed i would have never made it through my treatments. wake up sick as a dog and go to bed sick as a dog. some days being so weak cant even make it to the potty..  stay strong and god bless you all  <3

  38. BTW, since no one else said it:  bald yet beautiful!

  39. mathrah says:

    I’m not convinced of how tasty cannabis leaves are, and they certainly don’t get you that stoned as there is just not enough THC in them. But i live in the UK and so the whole concept of going out and consuming weed without legging it every time you think you’ve been rumbled is great.

    Fine work Xeni. 

    • teapot says:

      I wasn’t going to bring it up but now that you’ve mentioned it… yeah, eat the buds people. Do you smell the leaf of a flower or the flower bud?

      There is *some* THC in the leaves though… you can make a small quantity of hash if you have enough leaf (and I mean garbage bags full).

  40. Brought tears to my eyes. An interesting and touching post.

  41. Sasha K-S says:

    We don’t need to ‘tax and regulate,’ we need ‘legal like tomatoes.’ It’s a freaking plant.

    • Itsumishi says:

      So is tobacco. So are many strong hallucinogens, also opium…

      I’m not disagreeing with you, but I’m curious as to whether you feel the same way about other ‘freaking plants’.

    • MyFreeWeb says:

      Aren’t tomatoes taxed and regulated?

    • teapot says:

      tax and regulate = legal like tomatoes

      Really it needs to be more ‘legal like alcohol’. Even though I love the stuff it is most def not something you want children or young teenagers smoking. Even if it’s taxed and regulated you would still be able to grow your own supply. The regulation is about imposing age restrictions and the tax is about buying end product. Just like beer is taxed to pay for the health cost it imposes on society, even though you can brew your own.

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