Can cannabis treat cancer? With an estimated 610,000 Americans who are expected to die in 2018 from cancer, and an estimated expenditure of $150 billion for cancer care services, this is truly the multi-billion dollar question that is a matter of life and death. Cannabis medicines like Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) have proven to be substantial and effective treatments used by cancer patients.
In 2008, RSO creator Rick Simpson unveiled a documentary entitled Run From The Cure, which detailed his experience and discovery of how cannabis could treat cancer with a concentrated cannabis oil (aka RSO). Since then, many medical cannabis patients have used the oil to treat cancer. It is all anecdotes, and anecdotes are not science, but due to the hostility of the U.S. government by making it illegal to do research on cannabis, a scientific inquiry into the purported cancer curative potential of cannabis has never been undertaken.
However, there is peer-reviewed scientific research suggesting that cannabis to be an effective anti-cancer agent. Released in the Journal of Cannabis Research 2004 by Dr. Manuel Guzman of Complutense University of Madrid in Spain, he found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) inhibited the development of brain tumors in laboratory mice. Additionally in 2006, Dr. Donald Tashkin from the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, whose study was funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse, found that smoking cannabis did not cause lung cancer and there was also evidence of a “protective effect.”
Even the American Cancer Society recognizes the validity of these studies, addressing the evidence on its “Marijuana and Cancer” webpage: “ . . . 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.”
Now there has been a flood of other research papers exhibiting evidence of how cannabis can inhibit the development of prostate cancer, brain cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, pancreatic cancer, lymphoma and more.
“The cancer fighting properties of cannabis are due to a medicine’s inherent cannabinoids, which that selectively target and work to eliminate cancer cells.”
The cancer-fighting properties of cannabis are due to a medicine’s inherent cannabinoids, which selectively target and work to eliminate cancer cells. Unlike FDA approved anti-cancer medications, it does so without damaging the surrounding non-cancerous cells. These cannabinoids are such powerful anti-cancer agents that Dr. Taskin’s study found that they can actually inhibit the development of cancer in the presence of cancer causing agents such as the carcinogens found in tobacco smoke.
How this comes about is still being studied, but apparently when the cannabinoid THC connects to the CB1 or CB2 cannabinoid receptor site on a cancer cell, it causes the death of the cancerous cell, but will not cause the death of a normal non-cancerous cell. This is the basis for RSO—a super concentrated cannabis oil. In an exclusive interview for CULTURE Magazine, Simpson stated “All the oils I produce have extremely high THC levels. THC is the cancer killer.”
To understand how RSO is made and its proper use to treat cancer, Simpson explained his process in detail, explaining that “the oils I produce are in the 90 percent range and some are even higher. It is an extremely strong extract but it is harmless. If you produce these extracts from the sleepy sedative indica strains what happens is that the person takes their dose and usually an hour later the oil is telling them to go lay down. I tell them just take your dosage and when you get that sleepy feeling, don’t fight it. Just go to bed, lie down and enjoy the ride.”
Dosing with RSO is not rocket science. Simpson recommends that “people ingesting a gram or one milliliter a day—like three doses a day—early in the morning, mid-afternoon and about an hour before bed” for a period of 60 to 90 days. However patients must start at much lower levels with RSO, cautioning that it can take about four to five weeks to safely increase their dosage. There is a bevy of more information on RSO, and its uses and cautions can be found at Rick Simpson’s official website phoenixtears.ca.
Meanwhile, the U.S. government should get out of the way and let the research proceed to confirm what Rick Simpson and tens of thousands of cancer survivors already know—cannabis can cure cancer.