MEGADETH’s DAVE MUSTAINE: Cannabis Helped My Cancer Recovery

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In a new interview with Metal Hammer, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has opened up about his cancer recovery, revealing he used marij*ana to ease the side effects from 51 radiation treatments and nine chemotherapy sessions.

During MEGADETH‘s January 31 concert at The SSE Arena in London, England, Dave revealed that he is “100% free of cancer.”

While speaking about his cancer treatment, Mustaine said: “Everybody’s treatment is different, but Bruce Dickinson [IRON MAIDEN frontman] had been through throat cancer about five years ago, so he was able to give me a lot of insight into what to expect. His biggest advice was to listen to the doctors and don’t rush to get back onstage. They told him to hold off, but he went back out to perform and nothing came out. Well, OK. I get it. Bruce waited a month before his first show, so I held off a little longer.

“My last treatment was in September and I made plenty of time to rest, exercise and eat right before we went back out on tour,” he continued. “We did 22 dates overseas, and I feel great now, except for the fatigue. But I think a lot of that might be due to um, extracurricular activities. Staying up late. Not sleeping. Maybe a little, you know…” 

He also talked on benefits marij*ana had on his treatment. “If you’re gonna do it, get the good stuff,” Dave said. “I think the world is just now finding out the beauty of cannabis and everything it can do for you. I hear people talk how it’s good for cancer patients. C’mon, it’s good for any fucking patient! The radiation zapped my salivary glands so I couldn’t make spit, which made it really hard to swallow and get food down. They gave me this crazy mouthwash to use that had Benadryl and lidocaine in it, but I still couldn’t eat. So cannabis helped with that, except I got a terrible craving for kiddie cereal. I went to the store and got, like, 20 boxes.”