Joe Griffith of Asheville was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Radiotherapy was recommended, but Griffith decided to look for other answers – and found one – the Mountain Xpress reports. Given that he had time, and the option of surgery on his side should all else fail, Griffith investigated a range of alternative remedies. Then a friend told him about cannabidiol or CBD, a hemp oil for cancer that can’t make you high, but that is believed by many to be powerful medicine all the same.
Griffith does it the legal way
After doing research, Griffith decided that CBD was technically legal. After all, the US allows the import and sale of any hemp product that doesn’t contain more than 0.3% THC. So he went online and bought pure cannabidiol. Griffith says he used 0.2 grams of the product twice daily for three months. He then went for another biopsy, and the cancer was completely gone.
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CBD isn’t even a medicine for cancer
The Xpress notes that Griffith’s recovery could be attributed to other causes, but Griffith strongly believes that it’s what cured his cancer, and he’s spreading the word even though there’s currently no widely accepted scientific evidence to back him up.
Research has been limited owing to the prohibition of cannabis across the board – including hemp that no stoner would want. A handful of studies have produced ‘promising’ results, but there’s not enough evidence for CBD hemp oil for cancer for the FDA to recognize it as a treatment. That means your medical insurance won’t cover it. Griffith can’t afford the high dose he used at first, but says he still takes a small amount of CBD daily to keep himself well.
You can’t grow your own – even if THC is low
Although hemp doesn’t contain enough THC to produce the Cheech and Chong, happy hippie high, you can’t grow it. Even farmers with permits have to submit to regular testing of their crops and have tight security measures in place so that nobody can steal a few stems and presumably make paper or a nice shirt with it. Assuming that it doesn’t make one high, why else steal it?
NC residents, though not allowed to grow their own hemp, can possess hemp oil – as long as it has very low THC levels. They’re using it – for everything from cancer to seizure disorders and Crohn’s disease – even though there isn’t yet sufficient evidence for the FDA to support these uses.
There have been success stories too, according to the Xpress, but success stories only count as ‘anecdotal evidence’ and aren’t accepted by science. That’s quite right because the placebo effect may account for up to 30% of cures. Nevertheless, the successes obtained by many are tantalizing, and research will have to catch up with popular culture by confirming or refuting the idea of using hemp oil for cancer and the host of other ailments it is currently being used for.