Todd Hirstein on treating Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma with cannabis oil

Todd Hirstein is a 63 year old man living in Springfield, Illinois. Todd was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2004. He has been using cannabis oil for 11 years to treat his cancer and improve his quality of life.

Todd Hirstein on treating Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma with cannabis oil


Abbi: How did you come across medicinal cannabis?
Todd: I have been smoking recreationally since I was in my teens. It was always a form of relief. Instead of getting high and being able to relax, it became something that was beneficial.

Abbi: What made you decide to use medical cannabis?
Todd: In 2004 I was diagnosed with a very rare form of Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. They told me that this type of Lymphoma could never go into remission. My doctor told me I had about 18 months to live. I started treatment by participating in clinical trials at Barns Hospital in St. Louis, which helped me at first but ended up destroying my immune system. I had smoked pot when I was in my teens but after being diagnosed it became necessary for my condition.

 How has your condition improved with cannabis?Abbi: What did your doctor say when you mentioned using cannabis?
Todd: I have a personal relationship with my doctor of 40 years and he knows why I use it. We did share some things about it and he was aware that I used it. He told me that as a doctor he doesn’t advocate for it and he has been told that unless the patient asks not to bring it up.

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