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Cannabis Oil as a Breast Cancer Treatment (Estrogen Positive)?
by Gael
(Hartland, WI)

Can the cannabis oil treatment (orally) cause an estrogen positive breast cancer tumor to grow? This has been suggested on other sites, and I hope it's not true. Does the ratio 1:1 make a difference in this case?

Hi Gael. Thank you for your question regarding using cannabis oil for estrogen positive breast cancer.

Firstly, I don't know which sites you are referring to that suggest the ingestion of cannabis oil can cause estrogen positive breast cancer tumors to grow, but we have not heard of this. In fact, research proves the exact opposite!

Here's an article from the National Cancer Institute website on the anti-tumor effects of cannabinoids... National Cancer Institute.

Here's the paragraph about cannabinoids for breast cancer...

"An in vitro study of the effect of CBD on programmed cell death in breast cancer cell lines found that CBD induced programmed cell death, independent of the CB1, CB2, or vanilloid receptors. CBD inhibited the survival of both estrogen receptor–positive and estrogen receptor–negative breast cancer cell lines, inducing apoptosis in a concentration-dependent manner while having little effect on nontumorigenic mammary cells.Other studies have also shown the antitumor effect of cannabinoids (i.e., CBD and THC) in preclinical models of breast cancer."

The sentence I'd like to highlight is...

"CBD inhibited the survival of both estrogen receptor–positive and estrogen receptor–negative breast cancer cell lines, inducing apoptosis in a concentration-dependent manner while having little effect on nontumorigenic mammary cells."

That says it all. The other thing I'd like to say is that NOTHING gets printed or published by the National Cancer Institute unless it's been 100% verified, so you can trust that this information is correct. In fact, after all of the studies that have been done world-wide on cannabis and cancer, they have yet to find a type of cancer (or cancer cell) that doesn't respond to the induction of cannabinoids.

When a cancer doesn't respond to cannabinoids, 9 times out of 10 it's because the cannabis oil is not high grade (and the cannabis used was probably crap) or it hasn't been made correctly. This is such a big problem. I did an interview with Rick Simpson and he agreed that this is the biggest reason why people don't get results from using the oil. With that said, if you do have access to some high grade cannabis, here's a "must watch" video on how to make the oil for maximum potency... How to Make a Small Batch of Rick Simpson Oil. You can also read about how to make the correct ratio on Rick's official website here... Make the Medicine.

Hope this helps.

Good luck and all the best,


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How Cannabis Treats Skin Cancer

Could cannabis really help protect our skin?
Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer.

Between two to three million people worldwide are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancers each year.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Current treatments are intensive and costly.

But what if there were another option? An option that was natural and safer.

Cannabis is an ancient medicine with modern implications.

Research indicates cannabis not only alleviates side effects from treating skin cancer like pain and nausea but can also address the root cause of the condition.

Here’s what you need to know about cannabis and skin cancer.

Types of skin cancer
Skin cancer is diagnosed into three main types; squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and melanoma. Each form of cancer is named after the type of cells it affects.

Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common types of skin cancers. Whereas, melanoma is the rarest form of skin cancer. However, melanoma is the most deadly.

Melanoma is responsible for 75% of skin cancer deaths. It also happens to be the second most common cancer for men between the ages of 20-39 and the second most common for women in the same age group. Unfortunately, these numbers are on the rise. Melanoma is currently the fifth most prevalent cancer among men and the sixth among women.

The primary cause for melanoma, along with basal and squamos skin cancers, is linked to damage from ultraviolet rays (UVs). This is because UV rays can cause the DNA in cells to mutate. When cells mutate, they can become cancerous.

Who’s at risk?

Although anyone can develop skin cancer, people with fairer skin are at a higher risk. This is because people who are naturally lighter have less melanin in their skin. Melanin provides protection against UV rays.

What can cannabis do?

Cannabis can help you in more ways than one. Especially if you have legal access to quality products.
Did you know cannabinoid receptors are found in almost every layer of our skin?

In fact, cannabinoid receptors are located throughout the body in cell membrains. Researchers have identified two primary cannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2.

CB1 and CB2 are part of what is referred to as the endocannabinoid system, or ECS. Discovered in the late 1980s, the ECS is a vital biological system that impacts nearly every major function in the human body.

How does the ECS work?

The ECS works similarly to a lock and key system. CB1 and CB2 are the locks while cannabinoids like THC along with endogenous cannabinoids (cannabinoids our body produces) are the keys. Present in all vertebra animals, the endocannabinoid system's primary role is to maintain homeostasis.

According to Michael Backes, author of Cannabis Pharmacy, there is evidence of CB1 and CB2 receptors throughout the skin, from the nerves attached to hair follicles and even within the epidermis.

The primary active ingredients in cannabis, THC, and CBD, interact with these receptors.

While still not fully understood, there is ample evidence that suggests cannabis is capable of treating skin cancer due to the cancer-fighting properties of the cannabinoids.

Cannabinoids fight cancer

For maximum efficacy, use cannabis topically as well!
The most aggressive form of skin cancer is melanoma. It accounts for only about 1% of skin cancer cases but a majority of deaths.

Researchers in Europe discovered that the endocannabinoid system plays a vital role in fighting melanoma. A study published in the European Journal of Pharmacology revealed endocannabinoids facilitate apoptotic cell death in cancer cells.

Of those endocannabinoids, Anadaminde (AEA) was the most effective. The researchers from the study concluded:

“Overall, these findings demonstrate that AEA induces cytotoxicity against human melanoma cells in the micromolar range of concentrations through a complex mechanism, which involves COX-2 and LOX-derived product synthesis and CB1 activation.”

Another study in 2015 showed that cannabis triggered cell death in melanoma cells.

During the course of the study, mice infected with melanoma were treated with a combination of THC and CBD. The ratio of the mixture (1:1) was similar to the pharmaceutical drug, Sativex.

After administrating the substance to the mice, the researchers found that THC in conjunction with CBD induced death in melanoma cells.

This study has yet to be replicated with humans. Even so, the research is groundbreaking.

Cannabis inhibits harmful DNA activity

What other medical properties does this plant hold, just waiting to be discovered?
The impact of cannabis as a treatment for skin cancer extends beyond killing cancerous cells. Cannabis may also be key to preventing the onset of skin cancer.

A study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology revealed chemicals in cannabis are capable of stopping harmful DNA in its tracks. Researchers examined the effects of cannabinoids on human skin cells.

During the study, three different types of cannabinoids were tested:

The results from the study indicated CBD was the most effective at stopping unwanted DNA activity. Cannabigerol (CBG) showed some benefit. However, CBD was by far the most effective option.

Why is stopping unwanted DNA activity important when it comes to skin cancer?

Certain genetic factors can influence the growth of skin cell – a key factor in skin disorders, including skin cancer.

The findings from this study indicate cannabis can turn off this harmful DNA activity. The researchers from the study even concluded:

“Phytocannabinoids cannabidiol and cannabigerol are transcriptional repressors that can control cell proliferation and differentiation. This indicates that they (especially cannabidiol) have the potential to be lead compounds for the development of novel therapeutics for skin diseases.”

Our knowledge of cannabis in relation to skin cancer is still developing.

Very few studies have yet to explore this topic in depth.

Meanwhile, there are nearly 9,500 people in the United States alone who are diagnosed with skin cancer every day.

As a schedule 1 drug, researchers have struggled to explore cannabis to its full potential.

But people facing skin cancer today can’t wait. They need options today. Cannabis may not be a cure-all but its therapeutic qualities are beyond evident.

If you’d like to learn more about how cannabis interacts with our body, you can join us for a free live-stream debut of Green Flower's new online class “The Endocannabinoid System 101” on May 25, after which it will be streaming on Green Flower Insider for anytime access.

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Incredible Study Finds Cannabis May Stop Cell Growth In Liver Cancer

Cannabis shows therapeutic promise in four major medical conditions: epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, pain, and cancer. Unfortunately, high-quality human studies on cannabis and cancer are lacking. However, pre-clinical research has been very positive for many forms of cancer, the latest of which is Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

Study finds positive results for HCC liver cancer

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HCC, a form of liver cancer, is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. It is also the most common type of liver cancer.

Viral hepatitis and alcohol abuse both drastically increase the risk of developing HCC. Though, the liver, in general, is highly susceptible to cancers, especially metastatic cancers.

All blood is circulated and cleaned by the organ, which means that the liver is exposed to a wide variety of toxins and harmful debris throughout its entire life.

After early-stage diagnosis, many patients face an expected survival rate of five years. To make matters worse, there aren’t many effective treatments available for this form of cancer.

Some types of targeted therapy are available, however, chemotherapy and radiation remain the most common treatments. There is a desperate need for better, more effective options.

Fortunately, Chinese researchers are looking into alternative approaches for treating the disease.

In 2015, Chinese scientists tested a synthetic cannabinoid called WIN55, 212-2 against HCC tumor cells. The cannabinoid is a man-made model of THC, the primary psychoactive in cannabis. The tumor cells were cultured and treated outside of the body.

How did the cannabinoid work?

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When the researchers applied the cannabinoid to the cells, it seemed to stop the growth and division of the tumor cells. The cannabinoid stopped the development of the cancer cells by activating a special cell receptor on the tumor.

It engaged the cannabinoid receptor 2, which is a site that acts sort of like a lock, waiting for specific instructions from a chemical trigger.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, cannabinoid receptors got their name from the cannabis plant. Researchers discovered psychoactive THC in the late 1960s. However, the way THC engages the body wasn’t discovered fro another two decades.

The medical implications of this finding are incredible. Since the original discovery, researchers have found that the CB2 receptor is mostly expressed on immune cells.

As the HCC study suggests, drugs that target the CB2 receptor may mean big breakthroughs in immune-modulating drugs.

The recent study found that the cannabis compound halted tumor development while the cells were in the early stages, while they were preparing to divide.

Their cell line experiment was so successful, that the study authors concluded,

Based on these data, we suggest that cananbinoid receptor agonists should be considered as novel targets for the management of HCC.

For decades, medical scientists and doctors have been searching for better cancer treatments. Though they’ve been on a hunt for years, there are still few options other than chemotherapy and radiation.

The breakthroughs in cannabis research are indeed promising, and the herb sure deserves attention as a potential cancer treatment.



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Can Weed Cure Cancer? Marijuana Helps Fight Glioblastoma Multiforme, One Of The Deadliest Forms Of Brain Cancer

Marijuana might just be a cure for brain cancer, at least that’s what GW Pharmaceuticals in the UK hopes. The company is working on a new treatment using active compounds found in weed, and so far, their results have been promising.

The study looked at a small sample of 21 patients with glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive brain tumor that typically has a life expectancy of 15 months past diagnosis. In the phase two study, some patients were given a proprietary blend of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), two ingredients found in marijuana. The remaining participants received a placebo.

Patients that had recurrent GBM tumors who were treated with the medication had an 83 percent one-year survival rate. Those in the placebo group had a significantly lower one-year survival rate at 53 percent.

"The findings from this well-designed controlled study suggest that the addition of a combination of THC and CBD to patients on dose-intensive temozolomide produced relevant improvements in survival compared with placebo and this is a good signal of potential efficacy," Professor Susan Short, PhD, and lead study author said in a statement.

While rare, GBM is the most common and deadliest type of malignant brain tumor, according to BrainTumor.org. Each year, about two or 3 new diagnoses are made per 100,000 people in the United States and Europe.

GW’s Chief Executive Officer Justin Gover believes this research is a starting point for the company to further the studies of cannabinoids for health purposes.

"We believe that the signals of efficacy demonstrated in this study further reinforce the potential role of cannabinoids in the field of oncology and provide GW with the prospect of a new and distinct cannabinoid product candidate in the treatment of glioma," Gover said in a statement.

Even though many states are passing laws permitting the use of medical marijuana, it is still a federally illegal substance, which limits research. Currently, cannabis is not approved by the FDA as a legitimate treatment for cancer.


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By Catherine Goldberg
August 24, 2017

One of the things that attracted me most to the cannabis industry were the stories of cancer patients who used cannabinoids to help in the treatment of their disease. As an entrepreneur in the cannabis sector, I always try to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in medical marijuana; however, the product that’s most recently peaked my interest has been around for a long time—Rick Simpson Oil (RSO).

With the aid of RSO, along with lifestyle changes and an accompanying diet, many cancer patients, some of whom are now in remission, are living a much healthier life. It has been long established that weed can be a vital weapon in the fight against cancer, but I wanted to understand what makes it so effective.

Cannabis’ well-documented anti-inflammatory properties may play an important role. You might not have learned about this in school, but every human cell contains an endocannabinoid receptor, so the anti-inflammatory benefits of cannabinoid can be felt throughout the body.

This becomes relevant as the link between chronic inflammation and cancer becomes stronger and stronger. An article from the Yale Journal of Biology states that there is a correlation between inflammation and the progression of cancer cells. Many people with whom I spoke credited the powerful anti-inflammatory properties of RSO, alongside a healthier diet, as one of the most important steps in their recovery.

RSO, named after its eccentric creator Rick Simpson, is a potent extract made from one pound of good plant material and food grade alcohol. Simpson first came up with the recipe in his kitchen with little more than a rice cooker.

Since then, he has educated thousands of people via his website, while living in hiding. Some of his claims are “out there,” to say the least, but the anti-inflammatory benefits of RSO are hard to deny.

While there haven’t been any specific studies on RSO due to the USA’s draconian laws regulating medical marijuana, anecdotally, it has helped countless people.

Frank Brown, a Wharton Business School grad and entrepreneur, found his life’s calling when he launched the Emerald Room, a Pre-ICO/Prop. D compliant boutique dispensary in Los Angeles, which specializes in the highest quality of organic, medicinal Rick Simpson Oils to effectively benefit his patients battling cancer, as well as the side effects of chemotherapy and anxiety. Brown has facilitated the treatment of 300 patients using Rick Simpson’s method of extraction and protocol for dosage.

He recommends that his patients work up to taking a gram of RSO a day over the course of 90 days, combined with a strict vegan diet, which excludes sugar as well. To be clear, Frank’s method is not meant to be a replacement for traditional therapies.

To give you a little perspective on Frank’s dosage recommendation, a standard edible brownie contains 100 mg of THC. That’s 10 individual servings by Colorado standards. One gram of RSO has over 600 mg of THC. That’s a lot by anyone’s standards.

When an individual ingests this amount of cannabis, they will be incapacitated and need a great deal of help doing simple tasks, so it is important that they have assistance during this period. Out of the 300 people Frank has helped, many see improvements to their quality of life, and 100 are currently living cancer-free.

Jay Moon, owner of Village Flora Collective, explained inflammation to me by saying, “the body is on fire, and it’s trying to fight this fire. Eating dairy, sugar and gluten is adding gasoline to it.”

Many cancer patients feel like their disease has stolen their autonomy from them; however, they can control their attitude and what they eat. The diet that Frank recommends with the help of his nutritionist and partner, Miranda Graczyk, not only helps fight inflammation, but gives his patients back a much needed sense of control.

Among the things that can help cancer patients exert control over their lives is mindfulness meditation, which has been linked to a decrease in depression, anxiety and pain. A short walk outside is proven to alleviate depression. For those who are unable to move, a massage with cannabis-infused massage oil is a perfect way to treat oneself.

It is unclear why the treatment works for some and not others.

Some have followed the diet perfectly and died, while one person, whose cancer is now in remission, ate hotdogs and drank Coke on a routine basis. The patients that don’t make it are always on Frank’s mind. He showed me one video of a dying mother and daughter sitting around eating pie and laughing their asses off.

Regardless of RSO’s efficacy in cancer treatment, cannabis allows those in great pain to die in dignity, with moments of joy near the end. Everyone knows someone who has cancer, and the only way cannabis can help a great number of people is if we start to discuss it out in the open.

Next time the conversation comes up, maybe consider suggesting Rick Simpson Oil to someone who could be living in less pain.


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Apoptosis: What is it and what is the role of cannabinoids?

How Cannabis Causes Cancer Cells to Die
By now you have probably heard a story or two about how medical cannabis helped heal cancer. This may have even been your experience or the experience of a loved one. Cannabis has proven to be effective against cancer in many ways, from reinforcing the endocannabinoid system to boosting the immune system and cutting inflammation.

The most impressive way that medical cannabis can affect cancer cells, however, is through its ability to be a catalyst for “programmed cell death.” This process is called apoptosisand it is the most effective way that cannabis and other natural substances can turn cancer around for good.

What is Apoptosis?
Apoptosis is a process that happens to all healthy cells. Just like all living beings, cells are meant to be born, live their life and then expire. Healthy cells die in two ways: through necrosis and through apoptosis. In necrosis, a cell is damaged by an external force such as an injury, a poison, an infection or a drastic cutting off of blood supply. When necrosis happens, it causes much strain on the body through accompanying inflammatory responses.

Apoptosis, on the other hand, can be thought of as the “clean” means of cell death. Between 50 and 70 billion cells in your body die each day as a result of apoptosis– and this is a good thing. The process of apoptosis leads to cell regeneration, cellular morphogenesis, the maintenance of healthy tissue and the elimination of harmful cells.

Apoptosis is also predictable and relies on patterned mechanisms within the cell’s DNA that causes it to “commit suicide” when its time has come.

Cannabis Affects Cancer Apoptosis in Many Ways
While healthy cells succumb to apoptosis by the billions every day, cancer cells are a whole other story. What makes cancer so unique (and scary) is that the mechanisms of apoptosis have mutated and have basically been turned off in cancer cells. Because of this, malignant cells do not die. Instead, they continue to multiply and spread indefinitely.

There are dozens of natural substances out there that have the ability to effect apoptosis in cancer cells. Phytonutrients such as curcumin in turmeric, sulphoraphane in broccoli sprouts and oleocanthal in olive oil are just three well-studied examples.

Cannabis also has the ability to effect cancer cell apoptosis. As it turns out, cannabis has several substances and mechanisms within it that have the ability to turn apoptosis “back on” in cancer cells. Some of the cancer-fighting substances in cannabis include powerful terpenes, polyphenols and antioxidants.

Let’s take a look at the most researched ways in which cannabis can be a catalyst for cancer cell death: through the cannabinoids CBD and THC.

How CBD Affects Programmed Cancer Cell Death
CBD (or Cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive component of cannabis) is a powerful phytonutrient and anti-oxidant. It is also considered to be a powerful anti-cancer agent and has demonstrated apoptotic activity on a variety of cancers:

-A very recent March 2016 Israeli study found that while both TCH and CBD catalyzed cancer cell death in childhood neuroblastomas (brain cancers), CBD was actually more effective at inducing apoptosis through morphological changes within the cell. It was especially seen to be a catalyst for the production of healthy caspases within cells. Caspases are enzymes that play a major role in controlling inflammation and in sparking apoptosis.

-A 2013 Italian study found that CBD in particular induced apoptosis in prostate cancer cells in part because it helped to elevate levels of a family of substances called “reactive oxygen species.”

As the name implies, “reactive oxygen species” contain high levels of oxygen. Cancer cells cannot live in the presence of oxygen and must stay within anaerobic environments in order to survive. The presence of substances such as peroxides, superoxides and hydroxyls, which CBD seems to elevate, can quickly lead to cancer cell death.

Interestingly, the Italian researchers also discovered that certain kinds of prostate cancer cells that have the ability to turn into mutated neuroendocrine-like cells were more sensitive to CBD-induced apoptosis. This may be further proof of the way in which the endocannabinoid system and cannabinoids work on all systems and levels of the body for healing – from brain neurons to reproductive processes.

Research is also discovering how CBD and CBDA may affect the spread of cancer tumors on the genetic level. In a Japanese study, CBDA alone stopped the spread of aggressive breast cancer by slowing down the mechanisms by which cancer cells travel through the body.

CBD has shown the same responsiveness in cancers of the lung, thyroid, cervix, liver and brain as well. Although effecting the means of cancer cell travel is not an apoptotic activity, it does demonstrate how cannabis is able to target the ways in which cancer cells survive and spread at every apparent level and stage of development.

How THC Kills Cancer Cells
THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) often works in conjunction with CBD to activate and enhance CBD’s effectiveness at healing through the endocannabinoid system. The same is true for its ability to aid CBD in instigating apoptosis.

The most impressive example of how THC activates cancer cell death was discovered by Dr. Christina Sanchez of Compultense University in Madrid, Spain. Dr. Sanchez has dedicated her professional life to advancing the understanding of how cannabinoids work to not only enhance such biological functions as appetite, motor function and reproduction but also how it works against cancer. She and her research team spent a decade focusing on this process, adding new insights into how THC works to instigate apoptosis, or cancer cell death.

Dr. Sanchez and her team first treated brain tumor cells with cannabinoids in in vitro studies. They found that THC alone was killing the cancer cells. They then decided to analyze this same process in animal models in both brain and breast tumors. The tests again demonstrated the same results.

“Cells can die in different ways,” Dr. Sanchez explained in a 2014 interview with the medical cannabis news show Cannabis Planet. “…and after cannabinoid treatment, (cancer cells) were dying in the clean way. They were committing suicide which is something that you really want…”

Dr. Sanchez and her team discovered that THC had the ability to induce apoptosis in cancer cells. She also discovered that THC in cannabis directly targets cancer cells yet leaves healthy cells alone.

“One of the advantages of cannabinoid-based medicines would be that they target specifically tumor cells,” continues Dr. Sanchez. “They don’t have any toxic effect on normal non-tumoral cells. This is an advantage with respect to standard chemotherapy, that targets basically everything.”

CBD, THC and Phytonutrients in Cannabis Work Together to Fight Cancer
Although science has pretty much confirmed that both CBD and THC individually can induce apoptosis, the most impressive effects occur when the hundreds of phytonutrients present in a single cannabis plant work synergistically against cancer tumor formation and spread. Besides CBD and THC, cannabis also contains phytonutrients called terpenes, many of which have been proven in research studies to effect cancer cell death. Some terpenes that have this ability are limonene, linalool ,myrcene and pinene.

Cannabis contains too many phytonutrients to name that may contribute to its overall effect at inducing cancer cell apoptosis. Although science has learned a lot about this process, it still has a long way to go in understanding all the mechanisms at play. One thing is for sure, however. More and more research is pointing to cannabis’ ability to affect apoptosis in dozens of cancer types, and to possibly even reverse the progression of cancer tumors at many different stages of their development.


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Marijuana Cuts Lung Cancer Tumor Growth In Half, Study Shows

Date : April 17, 2007
American Association for Cancer Research

The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies.

They say this is the first set of experiments to show that the compound, Delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), inhibits EGF-induced growth and migration in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expressing non-small cell lung cancer cell lines. Lung cancers that over-express EGFR are usually highly aggressive and resistant to chemotherapy.

THC that targets cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 is similar in function to endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that are naturally produced in the body and activate these receptors. The researchers suggest that THC or other designer agents that activate these receptors might be used in a targeted fashion to treat lung cancer.

"The beauty of this study is that we are showing that a substance of abuse, if used prudently, may offer a new road to therapy against lung cancer," said Anju Preet, Ph.D., a researcher in the Division of Experimental Medicine.

Acting through cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2, endocannabinoids (as well as THC) are thought to play a role in variety of biological functions, including pain and anxiety control, and inflammation. Although a medical derivative of THC, known as Marinol, has been approved for use as an appetite stimulant for cancer patients, and a small number of U.S. states allow use of medical marijuana to treat the same side effect, few studies have shown that THC might have anti-tumor activity, Preet says. The only clinical trial testing THC as a treatment against cancer growth was a recently completed British pilot study in human glioblastoma.

In the present study, the researchers first demonstrated that two different lung cancer cell lines as well as patient lung tumor samples express CB1 and CB2, and that non-toxic doses of THC inhibited growth and spread in the cell lines. "When the cells are pretreated with THC, they have less EGFR stimulated invasion as measured by various in-vitro assays," Preet said.

Then, for three weeks, researchers injected standard doses of THC into mice that had been implanted with human lung cancer cells, and found that tumors were reduced in size and weight by about 50 percent in treated animals compared to a control group. There was also about a 60 percent reduction in cancer lesions on the lungs in these mice as well as a significant reduction in protein markers associated with cancer progression, Preet says.

Although the researchers do not know why THC inhibits tumor growth, they say the substance could be activating molecules that arrest the cell cycle. They speculate that THC may also interfere with angiogenesis and vascularization, which promotes cancer growth.

Preet says much work is needed to clarify the pathway by which THC functions, and cautions that some animal studies have shown that THC can stimulate some cancers. "THC offers some promise, but we have a long way to go before we know what its potential is," she said.



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It's really no mystery why the feds are stalling on this. Big Pharma and many industries (read political backers) are breathing down their necks because this plant could, potentially, put them out of business. Unless they can figure out a way to control it and be the ones who profit from it.......

Study shows non-hallucinogenic cannabinoids are effective anti-cancer drugs

Posted on June 5, 2017

“New research has shown that the non-hallucinogenic components of cannabis could act as effective anti-cancer agents. The anti-cancer properties of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary hallucinogenic component of cannabis, has been recognised for many years, but research into similar cannabis-derived compounds, known as cannabinoids, has been limited.

The study was carried out by a team at St George’s, University of London. It has been published in the journal Anticancer Research. The team, led by Dr Wai Liu and colleagues carried out laboratory investigations using a number of cannabinoids, either alone or in combination with each other, to measure their anti-cancer actions in relation to leukaemia.

Of six cannabinoids studied, each demonstrated anti-cancer properties as effective as those seen in THC. Importantly, they had an increased effect on cancer cells when combined with each other.

Dr Liu said: “This study is a critical step in unpicking the mysteries of cannabis as a source of medicine. The cannabinoids examined have minimal, if any, hallucinogenic side effects, and their properties as anti-cancer agents are promising.

“These agents are able to interfere with the development of cancerous cells, stopping them in their tracks and preventing them from growing. In some cases, by using specific dosage patterns, they can destroy cancer cells on their own.

“Used in combination with existing treatment, we could discover some highly effective strategies for tackling cancer. Significantly, these compounds are inexpensive to produce and making better use of their unique properties could result in much more cost effective anti-cancer drugs in future.”

The study examined two forms of cannabidiol (CBD), two forms of cannabigerol (CBG) and two forms of cannabigevarin (CBGV). These represent the most common cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant apart from THC.” https://www.sgul.ac.uk/alumni/magazine/study-shows-non-hallucinogenic-cannabinoids-are-effective-anti-cancer-drugs

“Enhancing the Activity of Cannabidiol and Other Cannabinoids In Vitro Through Modifications to Drug Combinations and Treatment Schedules” http://ar.iiarjournals.org/content/33/10/4373.abstract
“Non-hallucinogenic cannabinoids are effective anti-cancer drugs” https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131014094105.htm

“Cannabinoids used in sequence with chemotherapy are a more effective treatment for cancer. New research has confirmed that cannabinoids – the active chemicals in cannabis – are effective in killing leukaemia cells, particularly when used in combination with chemotherapy treatments.” https://www.sgul.ac.uk/news/news-archive/cannabinoids-used-in-sequence-with-chemotherapy-are-a-more-effective-treatment-for-cancer
“Anticancer effects of phytocannabinoids used with chemotherapy in leukaemia cells can be improved by altering the sequence of their administration.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28560402


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Zelda Therapeutics reports positive results in breast cancer study using cannabinoids
Small Caps - June 5, 2017

Zelda Therapeutics (ASX: ZLD) has reported positive results from its ongoing pre-clinical research into the use of cannabinoids as anti-cancer agents.

Key Highlights:

  • Follows on from initial results announced in November 2016 which showed specific formulations of THC-rich oil was significantly more potent at reducing HER2+ breast tumour growth than pure THC and equally as potent as Lapatanib in reducing tumour growth in mice hosting HER2+ human tumours.
  • Latest results from a series of in vitro studies confirms statistically significant anti-cancer effect across a range of different breast cancer cell lines using both THC-rich and CBD-rich oils.
  • These results demonstrate the potential for cannabinoid-based therapies to be therapeutically beneficial in a broad spectrum of breast cancer types including hormone receptor positive, HER2+ and Triple Negative cancer types.
  • Conducted by world leading cannabis cancer researchers at Complutense University of Madrid, the results show THC-rich oil had significantly greater anti-cancer effect than pure synthetic THC.
  • Studies are ongoing with further data expected in coming months from additional in vitro and in vivo studies currently underway.
  • Ability to incorporate cannabinoids into treatment regimes provides new therapeutic opportunities.
These latest results expand and build upon the initial proof of concept results announced in November 2016.

These latest experiments expanded the number of cancer cell lines being tested to include:

  • Hormone Receptor Positive (ER+/PR+) – typically treated with surgery and chemotherapy agents such as tamoxifen although resistance can build to standard drugs.
  • HER2+ – typically treated with antibody drugs such as Herceptin with relatively high success rates.
  • Triple Negative – aggressive form of breast cancer with limited treatment options.
These latest experiments tested THC-rich and CBD-rich extracts supplied by Zelda’s partner Aunt Zelda’s (together “Zelda”) against a number of cell lines and demonstrated that a statistically significant anti-cancer effect was produced across multiple cell lines and across all three cancer sub-types as described above.

In particular, the Zelda THC-rich formulation showed significantly greater anti-cancer effect than pure synthetic THC suggesting that full extracts have greater efficacy than pure compounds. This effect was consistent across all cancer sub-types suggesting a novel mechanism of action that could form the basis for the development for future therapies.

These results were generated by world leading cannabis cancer researchers at Complutense University of Madrid, led by Professor Cristina Sánchez and Professor Manuel Guzmán.

The in vitro study was carried out in at least two different cell lines of each of the three cancer sub-types described above and measured cancer cell viability compared to controls.

The positive results provide support to continue the study of Zelda formulations as anti-cancer therapeutics in their own right or in combination with current chemotherapy and radiotherapy regimes. A series of follow-on in vitro studies are in progress expanding the study of CBD-rich extracts alone and in combination with THC-rich extracts to determine if there is a synergistic effect.

In addition, an expanded in vivo/animal study is underway examining the anti-cancer effect of Zelda’s extracts compared to pure THC and pure CBD as well as certain chemotherapy agents against HER2+ and Triple Negative human tumours hosted in rodents (orthotopic tumours). Initial results of these studies are expected in 3Q2017.

Triple Negative breast cancers, constitute approximately 15% of breast cancers and are the most aggressive type. These cancer growths do not have any of the receptors commonly found in breast cancer cells, and as such common treatments like hormone therapy and drugs that target the necessary receptors, are ineffective. With chemotherapy, radiation and surgery being the only options, there is significant market demand for new treatments to increase survival rates.

Professors Sánchez and Guzmán are acknowledged as world leaders in studying the anti-cancer effects of cannabinoids and have published pioneering papers in prestigious scientific journals detailing specific mechanisms of action of cannabinoids on certain cell pathways. Both researchers sit on the Zelda Medical Advisory Board and provide significant guidance in terms of pre-clinical research focus.

The study forms part of a multi-year work programme, funded by Zelda, at the Complutense University focused specifically on gaining a better understanding of the efficacy of certain whole-plant extracts known to have biological activity in humans.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in Australian women. The prevalence of breast cancer in Australia alone is increasing and forecast to reach 47 diagnosis per day by 2020. On a global scale the incidence of the disease is also significant.

Zelda Therapeutics is bringing together leaders in the field to develop a natural cannabis based therapy which has the potential to provide patients with more comfort and increase survival rates.

Zelda’s focus is to generate data packs in a form typically expected by the bio-pharmaceutical industry.

The ultimate aim is to licence this intellectual property to a major group better resourced to progress into formal human clinical trials in the area of cancer therapy.

Commenting on the study results, Executive Chairman Harry Karelis stated:

“We are very excited by the continued positive data being generated by our studies. We continue to develop our knowledge in this important clinical area and believe there is growing evidence to consider cannabinoids as part of the future treatment regimes for breast cancer particularly for Triple Negative tumours that currently have limited treatment options. There is a long way to go before this approach reaches formal human clinical trials but importantly, this data supports the anecdotal experiences already seen in patients in California.”

Professor Cristina Sánchez stated:

“These new results are very exciting and provides additional evidence that strongly points in favour of using whole-plant extracts over single cannabinoid molecules. We look forward to completing our next round of studies in coming months.”


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The Cannabis Terpene that Can Kill Cancer Cells – Terpineol
by Alex Bradley | April 6, 2017

With terpene science becoming more and more prevalent in our regular lives in the cannabis community, there is more scientific research, developments and innovation being done with terpenes, which is great for medical professionals and even greater for medical patients looking for natural alternatives to synthetic and toxic pharmaceuticals.

Of all the terpenes—and there are over 30 different terpenes found in the cannabis plant—there is one that stands out as one of the most beneficial and most powerful; powerful enough to even kill cancer cells and tumors. Alpha terpineol has been proven to be an anticancer agent in multiple studies. In August 2000, June 2010 and July 2016, alpha terpineol was proven to not only be a powerful cancer-killing agent, it was also proven to be a powerful antioxidant, antibiotic, antidepressant and it was proven to reduce inflammation and pain.

Terpineol creates a floral aroma, often resembling lilacs, clove and citrus, or even apple blossoms. It can also remind one’s olfactory senses of eucalyptus sap. From a flavor perspective, terpineol tastes like mint and anise. Alpha terpineol has also been proven to have sedative properties, great for relaxing and helping people to sleep. Along with CBN, it is one of the terpenes and cannabinoids that help some strains of cannabis provide a couch-lock effect, sedating and relaxing consumers to the point that their bodies feel heavy and immovable.

The medical journal Anticancer Research published a Swedish research study in June 2010, led by Dr. Saadia Bashir Hassan, and the team found alpha terpineol to be an anticancer and antitumor agent. The Swedish research from the University Hospital in Uppsala, Sweden revealed that alpha terpineol might be especially helpful for patients with small cell lung carcinoma. “The results suggest that alpha terpineol inhibits the growth of tumour cells through a mechanism that involves inhibition of the NF-?B pathway,” the study stated.

The study from August 2000 was published in the journal Phytotherapy Research and found 4-terpineol to be a powerful antioxidant with “respectable radical scavenging property” as well.

The study from 2016, published in Chemico-Biological Interactions concluded that alpha terpineol (?TPN), when combined with ?-cyclodextrin (?CD) efficiently reduced hyperalgesia and chronic muscle pain, proving that terpineol can be used for serious inflammation treatment and pain treatment, and specifically could treat patients suffering from fibromyalgia.

An additional study from 2014 found that ?-terpineol kills cancer cells and induces apoptosis in patients with liver cancer that also suppresses tumor cell growth. Science Direct published a study from June 2015 that found alpha terpineol kills cancer cells and inhibit tumor growth as well.

Terpineol is just one of the many beneficial plant-based medicinal compounds that is being studied currently to try and utilize more natural medicines in the treatments of serious illnesses, but so far it is one of the most powerful. It is exciting to see the scientific community support cannabinoid research and cannabinoid therapies over pharmaceuticals; now we just need the FDA and DEA to get behind this science so the majority of the public can not only know about this information but have safe access to alternative natural therapies that utilize cannabinoids, and the cannabis plant.


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Since we are limited in how many pics are allowed per post, I have decided to refrain from posting the bud pics in this article. If you would like to see what each strain looks like, follow the link in the title for the original article or click on the individual strain name and it will take you to a page that describes that strain in detail.

These Are The Best Cannabis Strains For Cancer Treatments

Delilah Butterfield 15 June, 2017

Hoping that medical cannabis with help ease chemo symptoms and fight cancer? While there is a growing body of research on the subject, there is still much to be discovered about medical cannabis and cancer. It is clear, however, that smoking may be the least helpful. Vaporization, tinctures, oils, and edibles are considered the best bet. However you decide to consume, here are the best cannabis strains for cancer.

Cannabis strains for cancer pain

Pain is one of the most dreaded side effects of chemotherapy. While cannabis may not have you jumping for joy, the herb can sure put a damper on chronic pain. In fact, research suggests that patients often prefer the plant to harsh opioid painkillers. Here are a few pain-fighting cannabis strains for cancer to consider:

1. Chemo
As the name might suggest, this strain is thought to be helpful for managing symptoms of chemotherapy. A heavy indica, Chemo is a powerful nighttime strain that originated in Canada. In some laboratory tests, this bud has tested as high as 29 percent THC. The downside to this flower is that it can be a bit difficult to find.

Alternate strains include:

2. Harlequin
Some of the best pain-fighting strains will also make you drowsy. Not Harlequin. This flower is a high-CBD sativa that features a 5:2 ratio of CBD to THC. Combining the two cannabinoids is thought to amplify pain relief and other medicinal properties. This strain is safe to consume during the day. While this bud does improve mood, it will not provide much of a psychoactive high.

Alternate strains include:

3. Purple Kush
Purple Kush is one of the most popular indica buds out there. Like Chemo, this indica bud is a powerful sedative. In some tests, THC levels have reached as high as 27 percent THC. This is a strain is a mix of landrace indica strains, giving it powerful euphoric and pain-fighting properties. This flower is one you’ll want to pull out when you have no important mental tasks ahead.

Hoping to fight pain and fatigue during the day? Some less sedative alternatives include:

Cannabis strains for nausea and vomiting

Apart from pain, chemotherapy can cause nausea, vomiting, and lack of appetite. Fortunately, it’s well-known that THC stimulates hunger and can ease an upset stomach. Here are a few strains that may help with chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting:

1. Jillybean
Jillybean is a delightful hybrid famous for its easygoing vibe and sweet citrus taste. Considered a sativa-dominant hybrid, this strain provides an uplifting and relaxed attitude. Coincidentally, Jillybean also happens to fight nausea and increase appetite. This strain is perfect for daytime relief and can also improve mood and promote alertness.

Some alternatives include:

2. God’s Gift
For those in need of some seriously potent relief, God’s Gift might just be the answer. God’s Gift is a favorite among those in need of powerful pain relief. Yet, this bud will also cause a bad case of the munchies and can put a damper on a queasy stomach. While considered a nighttime flower, this strain can be vaporized about 30 minutes before a meal to kickstart appetite and build anticipation.

Some alternatives include:

3. Super Lemon Haze
Super Lemon Haze is a very popular sativa strain. This flower is quite potent, often featuring up to 25 percent THC. Unlike many other strains included in this list, Super Lemon Haze provides more of a head-centered experience. However, this flower is also known to ease gastrointestinal distress, including nausea and vomiting. As a bonus, Super Lemon Haze may help fight depression and chronic fatigue as well!

Some alternatives include:

Cannabis strains for full extract cannabis oils

Many medical cannabis patients like to use high doses of full extract cannabis oil in hopes of reducing tumors and ridding themselves of cancer. Unfortunately, there is no clinical, human evidence to support these claims. Cancer treatments are highly individual and each person may respond differently to various types of cannabis.

Still, preclinical evidence sheds some light on what kinds of strains might be appropriate for certain conditions.

When making full extract cannabis oil at home, it may be best to use multiple strains in your concoction. The thought is that multiple strains will provide a greater diversity of beneficial cannabinoids and terpenoids, which are the aroma molecules found in plant resins. Here are some cannabis strains worth considering for cancer:

1. Pennywise
There is still much research to be done on cannabis and cancer. Yet, both THC and CBD have been found to have strong anti-cancer properties in cell and animal models. Pennywise is an indica strain with a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD. Not only does this flower provide a very relaxed, mellow vibe, but it includes high levels of both dominant cannabinoids.

Some other 1:1 strains include:

2. Alien OG
Alien OG is a high-THC hybrid that is popular among cancer patients. This strain tends to produce between 20 and 28 percent THC, making it extremely potent. Early researchsuggests that glioblastomas, a particular kind of brain cancer, responds better to THC than to CBD.

Alien OG is an indica-leaning hybrid with powerful pain-fighting and sedative effects. It tends to have an uplifting nature, making it a good choice for times when you’re feeling a little blue.

Some additional high-THC strains to consider include:

3. Harle-Tsu
The early cancer research thus far has shown that THC effectively kills a wide variety of cancer cells in laboratory and animal models. Yet, in breast cancer, early evidence suggests that higher levels of CBD may be more beneficial for killing cancer cells. Harle-Tsu is a high CBD strain that can produce a 20:1 ratio of CBD to THC.

Other strains that produce similar ratios include:

Note: the information in this article is intended for educational purposes and should not be used in place of medical advice or treatment.



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July 28, 2017 Allan Frankel, MD

Does THC increase estrogen levels or sensitivity, potentially worsening hormonally sensitive breast cancer?

Individuals diagnosed with a hormonally sensitive breast cancer will most likely receive some form of estrogen blocker, possibly in conjunction with other therapies or procedures. If they are advised that adding THC to their treatment plan may increase estrogen levels or have estrogen like effects on their cancer, it is perfectly natural to question using cannabis medicines containing THC. This may result in the use of a cannabis medicine containing significantly less THC, which I have found to be a less effective therapy.

I first heard discussions about potential negative effects of THC on hormonally sensitive breast cancer about a year ago. My first reaction was we just didn’t know enough to make a definitive statement. Personally, my research on the subject had not led me to a conclusion I was comfortable with. Thankfully, there is continuing research, and I have continued to do thorough searches of the National Library of Medicine.

I have found several dozen articles on the subject. With the exception of one pretty old article, I found both THC and CBD are shown to reduce estrogen levels and block estrogen effects.

As you will read in the referenced articles below, this is achieved in a number of different ways. THC has effects on estrogen receptors, the pituitary gland and other locations related to estrogen production and levels.

So, the findings indicate THC is not an issue to use with hormonally sensitive breast cancer; in fact, it might actually help.

Below are a few good articles. There are many, many more.
Delta(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol inhibits 17beta-estradiol-induced proliferation and fails to activate androgen and estrogen receptors in MCF7 human breast cancer cells.

Δ(9)-Tetrahydrocannabinol disrupts estrogen-signaling through up-regulation of estrogen receptorβ (ERβ).

Delta(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol inhibits 17beta-estradiol-induced proliferation and fails to activate androgen and estrogen receptors in MCF7 human breast cancer cells.

Antiestrogenic effects of marijuana smoke condensate and cannabinoid compounds.

Evidence for a direct anterior pituitary site of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol action.

Specific inhibition of FSH-stimulated cAMP accumulation by delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol in cultured rat granulosa cells.


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Cannabis and skin cancer
by Baynard Woods
May 24, 2017

'I've been preaching about [how] cannabis cures cancer since 2008," Laurie Gaddis says. And she's been preaching it because it works.

Gaddis moved to Colorado from Arizona after she was diagnosed with a rare form of skin cancer she says comes from her father's exposure to Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. She says she's been a medical marijuana refugee for nearly a decade.

The patchwork of state laws under a federal ambiguity that has gotten worse with Attorney General Jeff Sessions' anti-pot statements has created hundreds of medical marijuana refugees who have to move to a state where they can get the kind of medicine either they or their doctor feel is necessary.

Gaddis has never had to undergo chemo or radiation therapy. She still has problems, but she is alive. And relatively well.

"I am in a blessed position," she says of her life in Colorado. "I'm glad I am, but I think everybody should have that opportunity. It upsets me that other people are suffering every day and don't know what to do."

She says she can remember what it felt like with the choice of being "illegally alive or legally dead."

Gaddis treated her cancer with a homemade cannabis oil similar to that made famous by Rick Simpson.

Simpson was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma in 2003. When no other treatments seemed to work, he applied a cannabis oil to his skin. Simpson says that within four days, his cancer was cured.

Simpson has written books and tells people how to make the oil — using a super high-potency THC indica — but does not sell it, though others do.

Gaddis, who has used oil topically and also ingests it, hasn't had quite the success of a total cure in four days. She still struggles. But as she experiments with her own oils, she's discovered a lotion that she says seems to also work for arthritis. And, unlike oils or other topicals, it is not greasy. "I'm not bonding the cannabis to the fat, so it's not a greasy formula at all," she says. "It absorbs beautifully and gets right into where it needs to go."

This, she says, could be revolutionary for conditions like hers. Cannabis could be in sunscreen lotion, potentially helping to keep people from developing skin cancer.

"We're just now starting to realize how effective this medicine is and how many people's lives it's changing," she said.

Dr. Stuart Titus, the CEO of the first publicly traded medical cannabis company, Medical Marijuana Inc., has been involved with various studies overseas, where it is legal to study the medical effects of cannabis. He says that Gaddis is not alone.

"Currently there is a study underway in Australia, where the incidence of melanoma cancer is quite rampant," he says. "They're looking at a topical as well as ingestible application."

MMI makes an oil similar to the Rick Simpson Oil, except it has a high concentration of CBD instead of THC, and while they have not been able to study the results as thoroughly as they would like, he says he has anecdotal stories about its success for skin cancer. But he says that the body has numerous cannabinoid receptors, and large doses of CBD such as are legal in Florida, even without any intoxicating effect, can have tremendous benefit.

It was easy to hear stories of success at a recent medical marijuana conference in Washington, D.C. Christine Stenquist, who came to the capital from Utah, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1996. "During surgery a blood vessel was hit; when I awoke I had left side paralysis, I had chronic pain and a litany of issues. For 16 years I've been bedridden and housebound. Four years ago, I discovered cannabis and it's changed my life," she said in front of a couple dozen people at a press conference in front of the U.S. Capitol building.

Her state won't take action on medical pot until the feds do.

Nicole Snow is from Massachusetts, which just legalized recreational marijuana, which is far better. But because there is no federal protection there are still issues, say, for children who need cannabis as medicine. Patients, Snow says, "have very different needs than adult users."

"We need our home rights, residential protection, discrimination protection, protections from losing our jobs, protection from losing our kids, protection from losing our health care," she says. "Which is absurd."

Gaddis says such laws are "so disrespectful to the millions of lives" like hers that have been changed and perhaps saved by cannabis. "People are changing their lives," she said. "They're becoming free from prescription drugs, they're able to interact with their families and it's changing the quality of their life."


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I've mentioned this before... but whenever I see an article like this I feel I need to reiterate. While I have never had cancer and haven't been on the traditional form of chemotherapy, I have taken Interferon which is used for treating melanoma. However, it wasn't called chemo; it was called 'treatment.' I've always felt that this was because of the nature of the disease I had; HepC. The side effects were very similar to chemo; nausea, chronic pain, fatigue and hair loss. And, as I said before, I couldn't have completed treatment without having used cannabis. My side effects were so bad.... and the cannabis helped me be able to eat small amounts and sometimes sleep.

Chemotherapy And Cannabis Treatment
by Adam Rhodes November 27, 2017

Cancer affects almost 40% of the population.
Chemotherapy is a part of many peoples lives, including children. A 2014 studyestimated that 15,780 children and teens learned what it means to have cancer that year. That same study found that 1,960 also died from the disease. The remaining 13,820 children had to receive treatment. Most elect for some form of radiation or chemotherapy if surgery isn’t an option.

Anecdotal (evidence based on personal observations and experience) evidence about the effectiveness of cannabis in treating cancer is strong. So strong that there are many studies trying to disprove their claims. Yet the studies consistently (for many types of cancer) show concrete evidence supporting the claims.

It is through these scientific studies that we have learned that cannabis is a powerful phytonutrient and antiseptic. Studies also prove that cannabis is linked to tumor reduction and apoptosis. Specifically in breast, lung, prostate, colon cancer but a variety of others are under consideration as well.

Thousands of people use cannabis in conjunction with chemotherapy.
Not everyone uses it the same way though. There are a variety of ways canna-consumers incorporate it into their treatment. From Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) to edibles and micro-dosing, the world of cannabis does not require a pipe or patchouli oil. If cannabis is a treatment you decide to use, it doesn’t mean you have to be a stereotypical stoner.

Every cancer journey is unique. After diagnosis, it is up to YOU to determine the path you take. Traditional cancer therapy (chemo, radiation or surgery) is part of standard protocol. But certain cancers may require a combination of methods to properly remove.

Cannabis can play many roles in treatment. Research shows that cannabis is a great adjunct for system relief and healing after invasive procedures. While a typical course of chemotherapy significantly reduces overall immune system function, using cannabis supports quick recovery.

Cannabis provides verifiable symptom relief.

Multiple studies prove that cannabis provides symptom relief of chemotherapy. An Israeli study recently followed 200 traditionally-treated cancer patients. They found that cannabis use led to “significant improvements” in symptoms overall, including the symptoms and immediate side effects of chemotherapy.

According to the National Cancer Society (NCS), cannabis may help relieve a myriad of side-effects from chemo. These include: nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, fatigue, itchiness and rash, nerve damage and pain associated with neuropathy. Not to mention their positive effects on generalized pain, and emotional imbalance and mood issues, including anxiety and depression.

In addition to whole plant or natural extracts, the FDA approved Dronabinol to treat “some conditions.” Known by the drug name Marinol, this synthetic cannabinoid treatment is considered less effective than organic cannabis. It also has certain ‘unique’ side effects like neurologic issues and possible seizures.

Cannabis rarely interferes with treatment.
Traditional oncologists may discourage using cannabis while on chemo or radiation treatments. They may claim it could interfere with the treatment and suggest abstaining. It is important to listen to healthcare professionals but treatment is a personal choice.

It is important to remember that thousands of people use cannabis in conjunction with other treatments. Most individuals experience no negative side effects on their treatment. In fact, physicians in medical marijuana states often recommend using cannabis.

In a recent article for Newsweek, Dr. Donald Abrams, Chief of Hematology-oncology at San Francisco General Hospital said “I could write six different prescriptions, all of which may interact with each other or the chemotherapy that the patient has been prescribed,” He followed up by saying “Or I could just recommend trying one medicine.” referring to medical marijuana.

Marijuana acts synergistically with our bodies to promote healing.

The hardest part about chemotherapy is the toll it takes on the body. The majority of people who undergo treatment experience reductions in immune system function. This reduction can last anywhere from months to years after treatment finishes.

A 2016 article in the journal Breast Cancer Research reported that chemotherapy led to long-term changes in the immune system. These changes included lower than average levels of lymphocytes and natural killer cells (also known as NK cells, K cells and killer cells). These are main elements of the immune system and it’s their job to destroy pathogens like cancer cells.

Modern science has revealed that humans have a special element in our immune system. Called the endocannabinoid system, it helps the body achieve homeostasis and balance. Animals without this system (like insects or birds) don’t process THC or other cannabinoids so gain no benefit from using them.

How does the endocannabinoid system interact with cancer?
In addition to providing a boost to recovery and immune system health, cannabinoids interact with the body in many ways. Cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system (called CB1 and CB2 cells) effect everything from hunger to tumor production.

A decrease in endocannabinoids may increase cancer cell tumor production. Researches in a 2008 preclinical trial conducted tests with colon cancer cells at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas. Their research indicates that cannabinoids have a preventative effect on certain types of cancer.

In addition to reducing cancer cell development, cannabinoids seem to calm the immune system and offer anti-inflammatory properties. This is a key part of healing under any circumstances but is especially important when dealing with cancer. Cannabinoid interactions also show increases in immune-system function.

Oncologists see the benefits of medical marijuana.
Medical marijuana is gaining ground nationally. Oncologists and patients can see the benefits and challenges of integrating cannabis into treatment. Over a fifteen years ago, Harvard conducted a study where 44% of traditional oncologists advised marijuana use. A more recent study found almost half of the physicians surveyed supported medical marijuana.

These studies combine to show that patients have more options than ever. While many hospitals still ban doctors from prescribing/recommending medical marijuana, that number is decreasing. Thanks to scientific studies proving the efficacy of medical marijuana and the ceaseless efforts of the community, there are more options than ever.


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