He was told he only had months to live, but swapping traditional cancer treatment for medical marijuana ended up saving his life.
In February 2014, David Hibbit was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer. He was told he had just 6- 12 months to live, maybe extended to three years if he started chemotherapy. He was never told he had the chance to beat the cancer altogether, but that’s exactly what happened after Hibbit began using marijuana.
Initially, he said he started taking CBD oil “just to help with the side effects of chemotherapy”, which was a “damaging” treatment Hibbit found very difficult to deal with. After 3-4 months of simultaneously treating his tumor with cannabis and chemo, the tumor began to shrink.
Hibbit then decided to stop chemotherapy, despite huge concerns from friends and family. The chemo had made him ill, tired and unable to eat, whereas cannabis oil gave him an appetite, stopped his hair loss, and improved his bowel habits.
“It was just unbelievable to me how better it made me feel, and that’s what made me decide to stop chemotherapy and continue with the oil alone,” Hibbit says.
He also started taking vitamin D and changed his diet, cutting out carbs and eating only organic meat, fruit and vegetables. Hibbit experimented with this non-toxic regime for three months, and felt great.
He says he never believed that the chemo could prolong his life, not even by the three years doctors had predicted. Later, friends and family admitted they’d feared the same thing. Without the terrible and debilitating side effects of chemo, Hibbit says he began to feel energetic and healthy again. Along with watching what he ate, he consumed 1g a day of the CBD oil, putting drops under his tongue to absorb it directly into the bloodstream.
Three months later, Hibbit got the all-clear. It was something nobody expected. He has since reduced his CBD oil use to 1g per month and feels very optimistic about the future.
“I felt I had to come out and tell my story, because I’ve used a substance which is illegal in this country and I just don’t understand how it can be illegal to people who’ve been told they are going to die,” he says. “Everyone has the right to live and like I’ve proven myself, cannabis can help.”
He says his experience has made life seem like a miracle, and he’ll “never be negative again.” Hibbit wants to share his amazing journey in the hope people like him can change British law (currently marijuana is still illegal in the UK, doctors can only prescribe Sativex- a cannabis-based medicine- to MS sufferers). Hibbit thinks this is a disgrace. “Until it’s available [to all who need it], I’m not going to be quiet,” he says.