One man has survived a rare cancer after using cannabis oil. Is there any factual basis for believing his cannabis and cancer “cure” could work for others?
Once a person gets diagnosed with mesothelioma, there is usually very little hope left. It is an aggressive cancer that spreads fast, gets diagnosed late, and has no chance of cure or remission. People often equate a cancer diagnosis to a death sentence, but with mesothelioma, the prognosis is extremely grim. Mesothelioma.net recently published an article on medical marijuana as a treatment option.
Cannabis and cancer attracts scientific interest
Cannabinoids are compounds found in cannabis, and there’s reason to believe that they may affect the growth and development of cancers. Previously, research was hindered by the schedule 1 status of cannabis as an illegal substance with no medical beneficial merits.
Of late, research into some of the more than 80 -100 cannabinoids have shown promising results in some medical conditions, and pharmaceutical companies are developing medicines.
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Cancer treatments based on cannabinoids
Doctors use one of two pharmaceutical products. They prescribe Dronabinol to treat nausea and vomiting after chemotherapy. It contains THC. They also prescribe Nabiximols for treating pain in cancer patients. It contains THC and CBD in an oral spray.
Studies on people with cancer are limited, and studies on how cannabiniods affect cancer cells are even rarer, but small studies on animals have shown they can kill cancer cells. Cannabis and cancer studies on mice and rats showed cannabinoids slowed and stopped tumor growth. Cannabinoids killed breast cancer cells in laboratory cultures.
Current trials are investigating cannabis and cancer, but there isn’t much to go on from a scientific perspective at this stage.
Widespread use of medical marijuana among the desperate, those who have no alternative, provides a mountain of anecdotal evidence of benefit to patients. But you have to take their word for it and follow instructions with no scientific basis for support.
This is a difficult decision to make, and no one else can make it for you. One person who has “miraculously” survived the death sentence of mesothelioma since 2010 is Andy Ashcraft.
Andy’s wife is the one that insisted he should give cannabis a try after doctors told him there was nothing more they could do for him. They believed he had little chance of surviving for more than a few weeks and suggested a hospice.
Survivor for seven years
The cannabis oil sparked a “miraculous” recovery. Andy is a 65-year old man who, seven years later, is doing the Strollin’ for a Cure event in California. He says he was lucky. Cannabis is legal in his state, and he could get a medical marijuana identification card (MMIC). Once he had the MMIC, which cost him $50 at the time, he found a dispensary and started asking all the right questions.
Andy doesn’t take any oil extracted with butane or naphtha, as these are harmful chemicals. His oil is extracted with 100% grain alcohol or carbon dioxide. His wife Ruth insists on knowing everything about the cannabis oil he uses including extraction methods and the amount of cannabinoids present. She pays most attention to the amount of CBD in the extract. Cannabidiol, or CBD is of great medical benefit and has no mind-altering properties.
Working up the dose
Andy started slow on a small dose and worked his way to 1 gram a day. He takes the oil his wife prepares in veggie capsules 4 x a day. According to reports, he looks remarkably well for a man who received a “death’s door” diagnosis seven years ago.
Is this proof that cannabis oil can help you survive this rare cancer? No, it is not, but it is certainly cause for hope that doctors may one day discover that there’s a link between cannabis and cancer that could even lead to a cure.