Giving Cannabis a Try

Written By: ingridricks - Sep• 23•16


Yes. I’m dong it—both CBD, the non-get-you-high part of the plant, and THC, the feel good part of the plant. And I’m taking them in the name of both my eyesight and my life.

I’ve got Sandro Pretolani and Carrie-ann Sharpe-Musselman from to thank for this because Sandro shared Carrie’s post in the Determined to See Facebook group a couple weeks back about how she’s been preserving her vision since turning to marijuana. That reminded me of a study that was done a couple of years ago in which CBD was found to preserve photoreceptor cells in lab rats). And it got me reaching out to other RPers who have turned to marijuana and swear by it for eyesight preservation. Carrie has even devoted a new Facebook Group to it and it contains lots of great information. If any of you are interested in joining. Here’s the link.

cannabas-2It also got me doing some research into both CBD and THC for triple negative breast cancer (TNBC)—a really unpleasant form of breast cancer that I was surprised with last Thanksgiving. And as it turns out, there are several western medical studies indicating that both have been shown to fight TNBC.

CBD acts as an inhibitor to metastasis of the cancer cells. And THC has been shown to actually shrink tumors. Yes…. more research is needed for both eyesight preservation and cancer—though given the control big pharma has, I’m not sure when that will ever happen. In the meantime, considering that I really want my eyesight and that my only other option re: the “c” word is to be doused with poison again should it reoccur in my body and hope that it does the trick – I’m all in.

I started with a high CBD product two and a half weeks ago: a 10 to 1 ratio consisting of 25 mg CBD and 2.5 mg of THC. Obviously this is going to be a long-term study for myself, but one benefit I’ve already discovered is that the nightly hot flashes I’ve been experiencing since chemo threw my body into sudden menopause disappeared three days after I started taking the capsules. I’m now incorporating a highly concentrated THC oil generically termed RSO (Rick Simson Oil) after Rick Simson, a guy who reversed his metastasized skin cancer using heavy does of the oil. I’m going for the maintenance mode — about a drop a night – and made sure to get a strain known for the relaxation it brings on. I figure it will  help with the occasional anxiety that creeps in. NOTE: for the THC, I’m using the maintenance dose recommended by Rick Simson. AS for CBD, I’m winging it.

Luckily I live in Seattle, where pot shops are now as common as coffee shops.

I’ll keep you all posted.


P.S. I’m also continuing to focus on my whole body health – mind, body and spirit. I eat a plant based diet (with a little salmon tossed in), work out daily, meditate, think positive and ENJOY LIFE.   I know it all goes together.






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  1. Melanie says:

    Good for you Ingrid! I have read so many great things about cannabis both from a vision standpoint and cancer. I’m excited to tune in to see all the health benefits it offers you. It is definitely worth a shot. It’s great that you are being so open about it knowing that it can be controversial and some people have pretty strong opinions about it. You’re a pioneer for us RPers. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Jeanne Aufmuth says:

    I’m jumping on the bandwagon — wanting to focus on maintenance and keep the stress levels at a minimum. Thanks for the information and, as always, the inspiration!

    J. xox

  3. Sandro Pretolani says:

    I hope the best for you, as you know, dear Ingrid. I am glad to know you are feeling a little bit better after a so short period. Keep in touch with Peter for an help into adjust your doses and…please, go on with your chemo.I am sure maryjuana derivatives can help into lower bad side effects of chemotherapy, but don’t substitute it. Forgive me, but we in Italy have a lot of people (also very young people) who die every day for having refused chemotherapy ,doing only “althernative therapies”

  4. Alysa S. says:

    Good luck to you, Ingrid – I’m so glad you continue to be open-minded and explore options like this. When my father-in-law was suffering extreme nerve pain from a tumor leaning on a nerve in his arm, it was unbearable to witness. Nothing seemed to help, or if it did, there were dire side effects. We kept wishing we lived in a place where medical marijuana was legal and accessible; alas, that’s not the case in France. It’s wonderful that you’re able to have access to these treatments. All the best to you and sending a big hug.

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