Weed for those in need: Making a case for medical marijuana


‘She has two or three months,’ the vet said, ‘if she’s lucky. Lung cancer in dogs is usually fatal.’

Bruschetta, my dachshund, was so small of size, radiation and chemo were moot — the treatment itself would wipe her out. Without a remedy to bank on, I rang a vet in the California Bay Area, who advised a cannabis regimen. As marijuana is illegal in India, I administered Bruschetta small doses of bhang (legal in some states). To my astonishment, within days her hair grew back, her appetite returned, her weight surged and although she slept for longer than usual, she was alert and chipper in her waking hours.

After Bruschetta’s health improved significantly — even her vet was astounded — I tried bhang in Rajasthan, first for my sleep issues, later to aid digestion. The results were remarkable, I felt stronger, slept better, my hunger was clean and powerful. The trick, I learned, was to micro-dose — an amount that can summon benefits without keeling into a trip. Bhang, in the form consumed at Holi, is potent, abusive, disorganised in its concentration. Some of us have woken after hours of ‘blackout sleep’ or experienced hallucinations; this should never have to be the normative experience of cannabis. In small, measured doses, it is excellent to manage conditions as varied as nausea, glaucoma, and chronic pain.Read more

Source web page: Times of India


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