I understand that most of the medical community does not endorse the use of cannabis products for the treatment of cancer. There are many reasons for this but the most prominent is the fact that THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is still illegal in many places in the world. Marijuana is still seen as a social drug and the medicinal use is likened to that of alternative medicines which is not controlled by the FDA and other similar government bodies.
The fact that cannabis is legal in South Africa does not mean that we can trade in volumes of THC as we choose. In our legislation there is still a restriction on the THC volume in products and as a personal use grower of cannabis, you can only grow 8 plants at a time. At least our legislation allows for research into medicinal cannabis. In countries where they scheduled marijuana as a class 1 drug, researchers cannot do human trials, which seriously impedes any progressive research from these countries.
Since our own research into cannabinoids opened, we have seen tremendous breakthroughs in the usefulness of cannabis in the treatment of a myriad of health issues. This also includes many cancers. Even though we are not allowed to make claims that cannabis oils can cure cancer we see some very positive results in people that do have cancer and opt to use cannabis to treat their condition.
In recent studies scientists reported that THC and other cannabinoids such as CBD slow growth and/or cause death in certain types of cancer cells growing in lab dishes. Some animal studies also suggest certain cannabinoids may slow growth and reduce spread of some forms of cancer.
There is also enough evidence to show that cannabis products are very useful in aiding with the treatment of nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy. It helps and strengthens the body against the side effects of both chemo and radiation. Recovery from these treatments are vastly improved and patients say they can get back to their normal routines much faster if they use cannabis products in conjunction with their treatments.
More studies have also reported that medicinal cannabis is effective in helping with pain, caused by cancer and is useful in helping people sleep better. It is also effective in relieving the stress and anxiety that comes with a terminal disease. Olivia Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer and she was originally treated for pain with morphine. She was able to wean herself off the morphine by using cannabis oil. She claims it also is helping her with anxiety and sleep. In a statement she says: "I really believe the cannabis has made a huge difference. If I don't take the drops, I can feel the pain, so I know it's working."
There is a space where cannabis oil is not useful and can even be dangerous for use in cancer patients. Patients that suffer from an estrogen positive cancer should not use medicinal cannabis with high THC as it can make the condition worse.
Cannabis oil - what you should know
Because marijuana plants come in different strains with different levels of active compounds, it can make each user’s experience extremely hard to predict. For this reason, when it comes to cancer, you need to make sure that each dose you take is consistent and has the correct amount of CBD and THC to get the desired results.
Cancer cells respond more to THC than CBD, therefore, to fight cancer with a cannabis protocol you need to work in a very high THC protocol. For normal pains such as migraines, arthritis, chronic pains, and back pains. We use a THC protocol with a strength between 1ml over 30 capsules to 3ml over 30 capsules and the dose is once or twice a day. The cancer protocol is 7,5 ml over 30 capsules taken 4 times a day.
It is only at this high dose of THC that we can affect change in cancer cells which gives the best results. This does come at a cost though; the THC makes you feel high or euphoric. For some people this high is not pleasant. However, in comparison to the effects of high doses of morphine, a cannabis high allows people to still function and communicate with family and friends.
Because of the effects of high doses of THC, patients must be gradually introduced to the higher strength THC. We start at a lower dose and in a period of 30 to 45 days we grow the dose strength and monitor the reactions to each higher dose.
Cannabis is a good tool to help your fight against cancer, but it is not the only weapon you have available in your arsenal. Cancer is a cell that grows using glucose. It is a fact that cancer cell development has an increased dependence on glucose to fuel aerobic glycolysis which in turn is used to build more cancer cells. Using diet with cannabis oil, we can starve cancer cells of glucose by changing the body from a glucose for energy system to a ketone for energy system. This means we are starving the cancer cell of energy and the cannabis oil stops it from growing.
Another tool against cancer is the use of specified exercises. There is new research that shows the positive outcomes of exercise on cancer patients. This has to do with muscle mass. Have a look at this video for more on exercise and cancer:
At Heal2Live we incorporate all three of these approaches in helping our clients fight against cancer.
- Cannabis and Cannabinoids (PDQ®)–Patient Version
- Marijuana and Cancer
- Glucose transporters in cancer metabolism
- Olivia Newton-John's Stage 4 Cancer Cannabis Managemen
- A selective review of medical cannabis in cancer pain management