When you hear the word “survivor,” what comes to mind? Perhaps it’s the memory of a traumatic event you overcame or a hardship you endured. For some, “survivor” harkens to the reality television series of the same name, in which contestants compete for a hefty cash prize. For cancer survivor and Survivor competitor Ethan Zohn, it’s a bit of both.

In 2002, Zohn won $1,000,000 on the third season of CBS’ Survivor: Africa. It would be his first of three appearances on the series. He also participated in several other national television shows, including Fear Factor, PitchMen, and The Amazing Race. While competing for the cameras, he was fighting another battle behind the scenes. Zohn was twice diagnosed with CD20+ Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He spent years undergoing treatment, including two stem cell transplants. 

To help mitigate the symptoms of cancer treatment, Zohn turned to cannabis. He used the herb to treat pain, anxiety, nausea, and aid with sleep. Now ten years cancer free, he uses THC and CBD products to recover from marathons and demanding workouts. Cannabis & Tech Today spoke with Zohn via videoconference to discover what’s next in his journey of overcoming and thriving.

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