In a case that underscores the cure being as painful or more so than the disease, RawStory reports that Melissa Eldridge’s recent bout with breast cancer and subsequent treatment left her nauseous, in severe, generalized pain she describes as “like death,” overwhelming lethargy and a complete loss of appetite.
Etheridge told CNN that it was not pharmaceutical drug cocktails that helped abate negative side-effects of cancer surgery and rigorous post operative chemotherapy. Rather, it was medical marijuana…and it was “amazing”.
Ms. Etheridge told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that the most bothersome symptom, the pervasive, persistent nausea, disappeared “instantly” with medical marijuana— that it “instantly… relieves the nausea … Relieves the pain.”
She stressed that “you don’t take medicinal marijuana to get high.”
So, it, you weren’t … You weren’t getting high?” asked Cooper.
No, it’s not a high,” Etheridge said. “It’s a normal. And I could, all the sudden, get out of bed. I could go see my kids. It was … Amazing.”
When questioned about the (eternal, asinine, right-wing propaganda scare tactic-emphasis mine) that marijuana may be a “gateway” drug that leads to potentially more addictive substances, Etheridge said she considers the concept “laughable,” (something to which most high school kids who have smoked pot recreationally and I can attest–emphasis again mine).
“The effects [of cancer treatment] on my gastrointestinal system, leaves me with … I have a really low tolerance for acid of any kind,” said Ms Etheridge. “So, acid reflux is a constant problem. I don’t want to take the little pills that they give you, that have all the side-effects, to help with that…(medicinal marijuana) “totally and completely settles all that.””
This video is from CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, broadcast June 15, 2009.Vodpod videos no longer available.