New documentary highlights stories of kids with cancer, cannabis, and controversy

Weed the People, a soon-to-be-released documentary from filmmakers Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake, highlights the inspiring stories of children with cancer whose parents “will stop at nothing to help them.” That includes concocting cannabis oil medicines to relieve the debilitating side effects of the chemotherapy medical regimen their children are undergoing.

In the film, Donald Abrams, MD, chief of oncology-hematology at San Francisco General Hospital says:

“Every day, I see patients who have nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy—pain, depression, loss of appetite, insomnia. I could write then prescriptions for five or six different medications, all of which are probably expensive and could interact with each other or with the chemotherapy drugs they’re taking. Or I could recommend one medicine, cannabis, which can take care of all those concerns.”

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