Well… who’d have thought it !
Megadeth originally had hoped to record a new album last year, but Mustaine was diagnosed with throat cancer in June, forcing the band to take a break from recording and touring. He has since been declared cancer-free after numerous treatments, and detailed his health battle in an extensive new interview with Metal Hammer.
In addition to the traditional radiation and chemotherapy treatments, Mustaine says he turned to cannabis for relief. “I think the world is just now finding out the beauty of cannabis and everything it can do for you,” explained Mustaine to Metal Hammer. “I hear people talk how it’s good for cancer patients. C’mon, it’s good for any f**king patient!”
He added, “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.”