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IN People ON 19 Oct, 2015
Cancer is a bane of humankind -- and even of animals. Whether it's lung cancer or breast cancer, the thought of having one evokes sadnesss and helplessness. The treatments are expensive, and it is never certain that they will get rid of the disease. However, there are always various studies that seem to indicate a possible cure.
And one of the most controversial solutions involves the use of marijuana. This is the story of how a man from the United Kingdom cured his cancer illegally.
David Hibbitt is a simple man from the United Kingdom who works for an advertising company. However, his life became rocky when doctors told him that he was suffering from hemorrhoids. Worse, the doctors noted that he had a deadly disease -- bowel cancer.
Bowel cancer can harm one's anus, intestines, and/or rectum -- any part of the gastrointestinal tract is not safe. In addition, even if scientists do not know exactly why, men are more likely to develop this type of cancer than women. Treatment typically involves chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or a combination of them.
David underwent surgery, but sadly, his cancer not only returned, but also reached his lymphatic system. This was another deadly turn of events, prompting Hibbitt to undergo chemotherapy, a painful, dangerous form of treatment in itself. Aside from weakening one's immune system, it can lead to hair loss and sickness.
He was given by the doctors a mere eighteen months to live. Instead of wallowing in fear, he started conducting his own research about alternative solutions.
One of the probable solutions he found was cannabis oil. Since he only had eighteen months to live, he took the risk and began searching for it, even though it was illegal in the United Kingdom.
Cannabis oil is also called hash or hemp oil, mainly because it is extracted from marijuana plants. Typically, marijuana leaves are dried and pulverized until it becomes fine powder, and then it is boiled to produce the extract. The oil cost Hibbitt around fifty pounds per gram, buying it illegally of course.
David underwent another surgery to get rid of the lymph nodes in his groin, but he had already stopped undertaking chemotherapy. Hibbitt started injecting himself with cannabis oil everyday. Sometimes he would feel high, but overall it made him feel better, especially since one gram lasted him for a month. David Hibbitt went to his doctor for a scan after three months of using cannabis oil, and both of them were surprised: he had completely cured himself of cancer.
Even if his physicians didn't applaud David for using an illegal substance to successfully cure his cancer, Hibbitt was set to start a new life. As his longtime girlfriend Heather witnessed him during his most painful moments, David was assured that he wanted to spend his life with her for the rest of his life. He proposed to Heather, and together with their son, they would be a loving, complete family.
Even if he is free of cancer, he is still cautious because one never really knows when cancer reemerges after treatment. But now, he is more confident and defiant to protect his life, especially now that he has a beautiful life ahead with his wife and his son.