Daryl Levin: Marijuana saved me
October 21, 2011
I was born in 1952, and I grew up in Southern California. At age 3, I came down with asthma so bad that several times throughout my young life, I almost died. My parents had all kinds of tests run on me for years. The conclusion was to see a specialist at Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., for radiation treatments to open up my sinus cavity so I could breathe through my nose. Those treatments took place from 1956 to 1958.
I cannot even begin to explain the pain I had to endure as a child. I actually felt bad for my parents because they would cry when they had to take me for those treatments. Did the treatments cure my asthma? No. Did they help? Yes.
As I grew older, I played every sport I could, but I still had asthma. At age 7, I started with an inhaler and took four allergy shots per week for 10 years. Did they cure me? No. Did they help? I don't know. But one thing worked for sure.
I was playing in a rugby tournament at the University of Riverside when I started having an asthma attack. It was hot and smoggy and hard for me to breathe, so I started to take a hit of my inhaler when a man walked up to me and said, "Son, do yourself a favor and get rid of that steroid inhaler. It will kill you." I asked who he was. He told me he was a Harvard graduate and an oncologist from UCLA Medical Center. He told me that if I can't breathe, I should try smoking a little marijuana. I looked at him in shock and laughed. I was an athlete, and I didn't smoke marijuana.
Two weeks later, we were hosting a party. I started having an asthma attack, and one of my roommates took me into his room where a few guys were smoking marijuana. He told me to try a little smoke to see if it would help my breathing. It took a lot of convincing to try it. I took one inhale and it felt like someone was stretching my lungs out as far as they could stretch. I had never breathed so deep in my life. I couldn't believe it.
Two months later I threw away my inhaler. That was 1973.
Here I am, almost 60, and to this day I have never used an inhaler again and have not had an asthma attack. I still am an athlete and a massage therapist, accupressurist and a certified PADI dive master in good physical condition. Marijuana saved my life. There is no doubt in my mind that the medical aspect of cannabis is truly amazing. It might not be for everybody, but it saved my life and will probably save many lives in the future when doctors and scientists get the opportunity to work with cannibinoids.
Most cures for human diseases come from plants. Cannabis is a plant, an herb that some day will be proven as a plant that cures certain diseases. It is truly a miracle herb. I thank God every day for having the freedom to be able to breathe.
Owner, D&C Medical Marijuana