Article by David Chao, Tech Crunch
I’m a venture capitalist and a medical cannabis user.
The first time I tried medical cannabis, I had just tried to trigger a chronic condition that causes severe intestinal pain when I eat.
I was trying to force my doctor to prescribe painkillers for me. That night, I’d eaten an entire pizza to induce enough pain to get me on drugs. I wound up trying medical marijuana instead and it changed my perspective on the drug.
Growing up, I never imagined I would be here.
I grew up in Japan and China, where cannabis consumption meant extended jail time. It never occurred to me that using medical marijuana would be an option. Around 2012, I was experiencing flare-ups more regularly and had already spent years meeting with specialists in the Bay Area looking for an effective treatment for my condition.
“You really should try medical marijuana.”
One night I was venting to my friend Blake Krikorian, the co-founder and CEO of SlingMedia, who suggested I try a list of alternative medicine including acupuncture, herbal medicine, and medicinal cannabis. While I respected Blake, I was highly skeptical that cannabis could help. As time passed and my condition got worse; however, I started to conduct more research online.