Under Amendment 2 in Florida, a cancer diagnosis officially qualifies you for medical cannabis. This is largely because cannabis for cancer has been proven as a therapeutic medicine for cancer-related inflammation, nausea, and pain.
Relief from these ailments is often miraculous for patients. But what if therapeutic relief is just scratching the surface of cannabis for cancer treatment? What if the CBD and THC within cannabis can do far more to help cancer fighters? The below article summarizes the history of cannibinoid research, cannabis-assisted cancer survivor testimonies, and current science.
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Leading Cannabis Cancer Researchers
Raphael Mechoulam, PhD: The Godfather of Cannabis Research
Raphael Mechoulam is an Israeli researcher and member of The Israeli Medical Hall of Fame who has been at the forefront of cannabis research for decades.
Among many discoveries, he was the first to identify the internal human cannabinoids of Anandamide and 2AG. The discovery of these compounds, their relationship to CBD and THC, and the ability to stimulate natural healing with external plant-based cannabinoids could be Nobel-worthy accomplishments.
His presentation at Colorado State University below is an in-depth look in cannabis science, health, and history.
Mara Gordon: Cannabis for Cancer’s Matriarch
Mara Gordon is a global authority on the subject of cannabis and cancer. Through her non-profit Aunt Zelda’s (named after her cancer-fighting aunt) she has treated over 600 cancer patients with cannabis.
At her center in California, Mara treats her cancer-fighting patients using high doses of THC and CBD. The below interview discusses her views on therapeutic and cancer-fighting cannabis treatment protocols.
Rick Simpson: The Famous Cannabis Oil Man
If you’ve recently become aware of the ability of cannabis to treat cancer, you probably have Rick Simpson to thank for it.
His “Phoenix Tears” oil or “Rick Simpson Oil” is a highly concentrated cannabis product that is claimed to kill cancer. A youtube search for “Rick Simpson oil testimonial” produces a long list of results.
The below documentary, “Run From The Cure” provides a detailed history of Rick’s personal victory over skin cancer, his research into cannabis as cancer treatment, and the lives he has impacted with his activism.
The University of London Supports Cannabis as Cancer Treatment
“The results are promising… it [cannabis for cancer] could provide a way of breaking through glioma [tumors] and saving more lives.”
“Science backs up these cannabis-based products as having an effect in patients with cancer.“
Sanjay Gupta Endorses Medical Cannabis for Cancer
CNN’s famous doctor’s recent change of heart on medical cannabis for cancer has helped swayed the opinion of millions. The below video provides great details as to why cannabis cured his cynicism.
The National Cancer Institute Supports Cannabis for Cancer?!
In the NCI’s recent report, Cannabis and Cannabinoids, they admit to two profound points:
“Cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells in the laboratory.”
Later in the document they backtrack and say that, “There is not enough evidence to recommend that patients inhale or ingest Cannabis as a treatment for cancer-related symptoms or side effects of cancer therapy.”
So the NCI says cannabis is not recommended, but its “kills cancer cells” and has “benefits in treating symptoms of cancer.”
Make your own conclusion about that advice….
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Patient Testimonials for Cannabis Killing Cancer
“After establishing residency in San Francisco, I was able to get a medical marijuana card. The card was for cancer treatment but, amazingly, the cannabis oil has helped me with my fibromyalgia pain, joint pain, and chronic headaches.
“I literally have no pain now. I have not taken any other medication except the cannabis oil, supplements, and good clean healthy food over the last 8 months.
“In August, eight months after beginning the cannabis treatment, my MRI was reviewed by a leading Radiologist, my Neuro Oncologist, and my world renowned Brain Surgeon, and it was concluded that all that was remaining of the tumor regrowth was scar tissue.”
“I’ve started to become evangelical about it!”
Cancer survivor Linda Coxon states, “I’ve started to become evangelical about it! To shrink [the cancer] by two thirds…in five weeks was just amazing! I’ve just had a CT scan which shows the tumor is still shrinking. We need trials, proper trials on people.”
Tommy Chong Discusses His Cancer Fight
The iconic cannabis advocate details his use of cannabis oil in his victory against prostate cancer. An excellent interview with the man.
Why Does Cannabis Kill Cancer?
Dr. Christine Sanchez from Compultense University in Madrid, Spain, has spent over ten years researching cannabis and cancer.
Her insights and interview below is an excellent introduction about why cannabis kills cancer.
“With THC and CBD you have a 1-2 punch to kill the cancer cells and halt their growth.” -Dennis Hill, Biochemist and Cancer Survivor
Dennis Hill’s credibility as a scientist and cancer-survivor is hard to question. He has a degree in biochemistry from the University of Houston and a career working at University of Texas’ M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Writing at cureyourowncancer.org, Mr. Hill details his story of survival by treating his cancer with cannabis.
“I was completely clear. Cannabis had killed all the cancer…It doesn’t matter what kind of cancer, it’ll kill everything. This is because the endocannabinoid system works hand in hand with the immune system.
“The immune system is able to recognize cancer cells, it has a system for destroying the dead and dying cells. When THC meets the endocannabinoid receptor on the cancer cell…it increases ceramide production…ceramide shreds the mitochondria and the cell cannot create energy and it dies.
“CBD shuts down the L1 gene which allows the cancer cells to metastisize (multiply).”
Ceramide: The Catalyst to Cancer Cell Death
“Very simply, when THC connects to the CB1 or CB2 cannabinoid receptor site on the cancer cell, it causes an increase in ceramide synthesis which drives cell death. A normal healthy cell does not produce ceramide in the presence of THC, thus is not affected by the cannabinoid.
“The key to the cancer killing process is the accumulation of ceramide in the system. This means that by taking any amount of CBD and THC, at a steady rate over a period of time, the patient will keep metabolic pressure on these cancer cell death pathways.
“Simply put, when THC connects to the CB1 or CB2 cannabinoid receptor site on the cancer cell, it induces an increase in ceramide synthesis that leads to cell death. A normal cell does not produce ceramide when it is near THC; therefore it is not affected by the cannabinoid.
“The reason the cancer cell dies is not because of the chemicals, but because there of a small shift in the mitochondria. The purpose of the mitochondria within a cell is to produce energy for the cell to use. As the ceramide is produced, it turns up the sphingolipid rheostat.
“This production [ceramide] increases the mitochondrial membrane permeability to cytochrome c, which is vital protein in energy synthesis. The cytochrome c is then pushed out of the mitochondria, which ultimately kills the source of energy for that particular cell.
“The presence of ceramide leaves no possibility of cancer cell survival. This is because it causes genotoxic stress in the cancer cell that generates a protein call p53, which disrupts the calcium metabolism in the mitochondria. Ceramide also disrupts the cell’s digestive system that produces nutrients for all cell function, and actively inhibits pro-survival pathways.”
Summary of Recent Studies
If you’re not yet convinced in cannabis for cancer treatment, what would it take to satisfy your skepticism? If you’d like a list of peer-reviewed studies, here are many that supports cannabis for cancer treatment.
- “The combination of cannabidiol and ?9-tetrahydrocannabinol enhances the anticancer effects of radiation in an orthotopic murine glioma model” (Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, 2014)
- “Cannabinoids inhibit the vascular endothelial growth factor pathway in gliomas (aka that halt their growth)” (The Journal of Cancer Research & American Journal of Cancer, 2004)
- “Cannabidiolic acid, a major cannabinoid in fibre-type cannabis, is an inhibitor of MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cell migration” (Toxicology Letters, 2012)
- “Cannabidiol inhibits lung cancer cell invasion and metastasis via intercellular adhesion molecule-1” (The FASEB Journal, 2012)
- “Cannabinoids Induce Apoptosis of Pancreatic Tumour Cells via Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress–Related Genes” (Cancer Research, 2006)
- “Cannabis-based medicine reduces multiple pathological processes in A?PP/PS1 [cancerous] mice” (Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 2015)
- “Inhibition of skin tumour growth and angiogenis in vivo by action of cannabinoid receptors” (Journal of Clinical Investigation, 2003)
With these studies and anecdotes in mind, the time is now to evolve our thinking, accept the science, and open our hearts. Our friends, family, and communities are suffering. The time for education and patient advocacy is now.