Inside a Clandestine Mexican Marijuana Workshop for Cancer Treatments
A dancer who uses a mixture of alcohol and marijuana to relieve muscle aches, shows the bottle with it at a clandestine greenhouse in Mexico City. (AFP)
The group met at a Waldo's convenience store in Mexico City early one Sunday morning, following the instructions given over encrypted messages weeks before. When they were picked up by a vehicle, as arranged, they had no idea where they were going next.
Eventually they arrived at house in the southern barrio of Xochimilco furnished with little more than white plastic chairs and a projector. In the kitchen they found a blender, a whisk, pots, gloves, towels, paper napkins, peroxide, and oils.
This was what they had come for — to learn how to make marijuana-based treatments for cancer and epilepsy.
'Marijuana is not the devil, but it doesn't do miracles either," said their teacher, a tall young man with a foreign accent who asked to be called Matías, which is not his real name. "That's why we must understand it also has risks. You have to get to know it."
Matías then handed out different varieties of marijuana among the group of ten young people who had found their way to the clandestine workshop in the hope of finding ways of helping relatives deal with illness and pain.
The production and possession of of more than five grams of marijuana is illegal in Mexico, though the winds of change are blowing, particularly when it comes to medical uses of the drug.
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