[dropcap class=”kp-dropcap”]A[/dropcap]pproximately 38.4 percent of men and women in the United States will contract cancer in their lifetime, with an estimated 1,762,450 new cancer cases and 606,880 cancer deaths predicted for 2019. This is often swept under the rug by mainstream medicine, despite how there are an abundance of research reports showing that cannabis reduces deaths from cancer by slowing and even preventing the development of the condition.
As early as 1974, a study conducted at the Medical College of Virginia found that the cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) “slowed the growth of lung cancers, breast cancers and virus-induced leukemia in laboratory mice, and prolonged their lives by as much as 36 percent.” Over the last 45 years there has been a cornucopia of research documenting cannabis as a cancer inhibitor including two studies published in 2019 in Britain and Brazil that found cannabidiol (CBD) to be effective in reducing cancerous tumors.
Research on cannabis is so overwhelming that the American Cancer Society has even created a webpage dedicated to the basic facts of cannabis and how it works to treat cancer. “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,” the organization states on cancer.org.
Research suggests that cancer prevention properties of cannabis are due to its ability to inhibit cancer cell reproduction, impede the formation of new blood vessels needed by tumors to grow, prevent cancer from spreading to other organs and its unique capacity to specifically target cancerous cells without damaging healthy cells.
The genesis of cannabis as a cancer curative began in 2008 with the release of a film by Christian Laurette entitled Run From the Cure: The Rick Simpson Story. The film reveals the legendary story of Rick Simpson who was diagnosed in 2003 with basal cell carcinoma skin cancer. Learning of the 1974 Medical College of Virginia study cited above, Simpson reasoned that if cannabis could kill cancers in mice, then it might cure his cancer. He set about developing a highly concentrated cannabis oil which he applied directly to his skin cancers. After just four days, the cancer is said to have disappeared.
“An experienced recreational user consumes about 25 milligrams at one time which is about 1/40th of the dosage needed to overcome cancer.”
Simpson dedicated his life to spreading the word about the curative powers of cannabis oil, which now bears his name—Rick Simpson Oil (RSO). He has helped cure over 5,000 people from various forms of cancer. How many more have achieved a cure is unknown, but over a million people have viewed the film about his life-saving discovery. RSO is a super-concentrated oil with THC concentration levels reaching upwards of 95 percent. The suggested dosage is one gram (1,000 milligrams) of RSO for 60 days. The extremely high dosage is necessary to ensure that there are enough cannabinoids circulating throughout the body to find and kill the cancerous cells.
It is physically impossible to consume enough cannabis to obtain a therapeutic dose. An experienced recreational user consumes about 25 milligrams at one time, which is reportedly about 1/40th of the dosage needed to overcome cancer. Consequently, a person needs to acclimate their body to this high a dosage. Over a two- to four-week period, a miniscule amount is taken three times a day gradually increasing the dose to one gram.
It cannot be emphasized enough that this is an unproven treatment and that cancer patients should not abandon traditional cancer curatives such as radiation and chemotherapy. A patient with cancer should use all the weapons in the anti-cancer arsenal. In fact, one of the benefits of using cannabis is that in addition to killing cancer cells, cannabis has been reported to aid with radiation and chemotherapy treatments as its helps counteract the nausea and other negative side effects of these effective but debilitating regimens.
Before beginning a cannabis regimen to treat cancer, be sure to check with your doctor first. RSO or other concentrated cannabis oils are readily available at many medical dispensaries, depending on where you live. When purchasing a product, be sure to talk to knowledgeable budtenders about what to use and how to use it and only purchase lab tested cannabis oil labeled with accurate percentages of THC and CBD.
A study from MetLife found that cancer is the most-feared disease among adults in America. However, thanks to recent advances in medicine and the use of cannabis as a treatment, these legitimate concerns can be alleviated.