“Crazy” not to use CBD oil, cancer patient says
The Royal Gazette Bermuda reports that one man is saying that it’s “Crazy” to not use CBD oil for cancer. The man, who preferred to remain anonymous, says that he first realized he was in trouble when a hematoma began to bleed profusely – and it wasn’t just a once off event. Every day, he had to go through “scary” blood loss.
For the first while after his cancer diagnosis, the man became very depressed, a common phenomenon when a cancer diagnosis is announced, but then he decided to do some online research, hoping that he’d find an alternative remedy that could be used as an adjunct to his medication.
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Cannabis and cancer
Although cancer isn’t yet an accepted therapy for treating cancer, the man found a great deal of information – and some of it was about CBD oil, a cannabis product that doesn’t have any ‘drug’-like effects on the mind.
However, he was surprised to find that although there was no conceivable recreational use for CBD oil, it was nevertheless as illegal as marijuana on the island. Commenting on this, the man said that the ruling was “insane”.
Cannabinoid pharmaceuticals get the green light
In 2014, Bermuda’s legislature approved three cannabinoid-based pharmaceuticals, but did not consider altering its policy on CBD oil. The reason may be that these medications have been approved around the world while CBD oil isn’t an actual pharmaceutical.
Nevertheless, the CBD cannabinoid has shown promise in laboratory trials, and for a man who is already suffering from cancer, waiting for full registration as a medical drug, a process that could take years, simply wasn’t an option.
Are Bermuda legislators ducking the real issue?
The news report says that Bermuda legislators are ducking the medical cannabis issue, and notes that it’s ironic that the three pharmaceuticals approved, Marinol, Sativex and Cesamet, all contain THC and have side effects owing to the inclusion of this cannabis ingredient.
Patient goes to US for CBD
The anonymous patient says he goes to the US for his treatment, but can’t import it into Bermuda without a great deal of rigmarole that will include working with his doctor to persuade the government to allow it. What he struggles to understand is why a completely innocuous substance that has no recreational use and therefore no potential for abuse is illegal in the first place.
Government allows for temporary clearance
Bermuda Premier Michael Dunkley says that CBD has received temporary clearance for six potential uses as advised by the chief medical officer. The patient who was interviewed by the Royal Gazette says he’s not interested in recreational Cannabis and that the CBD component of Cannabis is “effective for all sorts of things”.
Although he is personally in favor of decriminalization of cannabis in all its forms, it’s CBD oil that he is most interested in from a personal perspective. Ultimately, he feels that informed adults should be allowed to make their own choices.
The man has been cancer free for several years, but it should be noted that he persevered with his conventional treatments, using CBD oil for cancer as an additional therapy with the full knowledge of his doctor.