His friends told him about cannabis oil and how it had cured people of cancer in the past. At first, he was dismissive. "I've never been into drugs," he said.
In 2013, he underwent radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery to remove his large intestine, but it was unsuccessful at stemming the spread of his cancer. In the end, he was willing to try anything, so he gave the cannabis oil a shot.
Fast forward 18 months and his doctors have declared him free and clear of cancer, at least for now.
Cancer Research UK says it is unaware of people using extracts from cannabis to treat themselves and that there is "no good evidence" to support it as a safe and effective treatment for cancer. But maybe someday the world will come around and give cannabis the chance it so clearly deserves.