Cannabis cancer cure?
Cannabis as cancer cure .. is this just a pipe dream or a scientific reality? Luckily for all of us, it seems its the latter. There are far too many examples online to cite case studies, but for those of you who are new to the subject, here is a brief run down of the story so far:
As early as 2007 Harvard researchers noted that THC can cut tumour growth in half and significantly reduce the ability of common lung cancer to spread. Although the researchers do not know why THC inhibits tumor growth, they say the substance could be activating molecules that arrest the cell cycle. They speculate that THC may also interfere with angiogenesis and vascularization, which promotes cancer growth. (For more information, please read here).
In the five years that have passed since this study was first reported by the American Association for cancer research help groups and self-healing studies are spiralling around an internet driven world. The movement is led by sufferers, but some scientists are continuing to raise money for research. For example, the Seth Organisation is currently investigating the use of THC against brain tumours. Their studies so far suggest that
“No chemotherapy can match this nontoxic anti-cancer action. The implication is that this plant compound could be a safe medicine against brain tumors, without the side effects of chemotherapy.”
Likewise “Cure Your Own Cancer” list many testimonials from people who have done just that, citing its efficacy against skin cancer, Hodgins Lymphoma and Prostate Cancer. These all appear to be “real” people, with no spin to prove, simply a hope that what has helped them will help others too.
So why is it that “hemp” oil is such a cure all?Possibly one of the best known advocates, Rick Simpson sums it up when he says that the pineal gland and the chemical it releases, melatonin, are essential to all elements of recuperation. He cites scientific studies that show that cancer patients have low levels of melatonin, but that even smoking cannabis raises these levels. By ingesting cannabis oil which is highly concentrated (it takes roughly 500g of cannabis bud to produce 60g of oil), the levels of melatonin are artificially raised to a level that enables the sufferer’s body to start to repair the cells damaged by cancer.
“Melatonin travels to every cell in our bodies and is the key to good health. And I am not just talking about treating cancer, it seems that melatonin levels are important to treat all conditions. Now all you have to do is connect the dots … it all adds up”
Here in Europe, organisations like Norml UK and individuals like Jeff Ditchfield (“Danzig” & author of Cannabis Cultivator) are working hard to promote the success of cannabis with regards to cancers and are at the same time highlighting the absurdity of patients being prevented by law from producing the one thing which could alleviate and cure where traditional medicine fails. Jeff’s Facebook page is full of articles and links to evidence and information which he is hopefully going to pull together into a book to be published 2012/2013. (see interview with Dutch Passion here)
In a month where the recent study into heavy use of cannabis amongst teenagers leading to a lowering in IQ has been heavily covered by the press, why is it that this subject is left alone? Surely if cannabis oil can alleviate the symptoms of just 1 in 10 sufferers it counts as a medical breakthrough demanding full international coverage. Obviously vested interests by the hugely profitable and powerful drug companies may have something to do with it .. but that is speculation and best left for others to write on.
In the meantime we are left with the absurd situation where even those who are aware of the benefits of cannabis oil are put in an impossible situation. Some are lucky enough to be prescribed “Sativex”, a sativa based medicine best used for MS symptoms, while others dream of raising the funds to be treated in countries like the US and the Netherlands. To purchase sufficient cannabis bud to make a 60 day treatment costs thousands in the UK and many are resorting to growing their own. Unfortunately that can mean a minimum three to four month delay in producing their medicine – and with many aggressive forms of cancer, four months is four months too many. And as most of us cannabis growers know: a crop of a minimum half kilo is no easy feat. It puts the grow size into the small commercial level, and necessitates a great deal of equipment, and quite frankly expertise. Patients on a limited time frame simply don’t have the time to suffer mistakes and delays such as over watering, diseases or light intrusions. Their grow needs to be down pat perfect right from the word go.
Whether they try to source the bud necessary to make their own oil, or grow their own, for many cancer patients, obtaining this medicine thrusts them into a new world. Whether or not they read and believe the scare-mongering tales of the “evil weed” that the daily press feed us, such people are more often than not law-abiding, “respectable” and yet, pushed by a mix of desparate hope in the worst of circumstances, they are pushed into illegal activity at a level that if they were caught (and no mitigating circumstances given) would mean serious prison time.
So what’s the answer?
- Firstly and obviously the good news about using cannabis for cancer needs to get out there. Medicinal marijuana is NOT just a fad those over the pond indulge in … it could be a serious solution to the most serious of illnesses. Write to your local MP about government policy regarding the issue; send letters to your local press. Support Norml UK (or your countries version) and buy Jeff Ditchfield’s book when it comes out.
- Secondly consider this. If you grow, why not donate a portion of your grow? Like the old church tithe system, maybe we should all donate a 10th to a collective oil scheme.
- Be supportive and not exclusive if anyone comes to the forum you use. Their political views, age or lifestyle may be different from what you are used to. But these Newbies need the best advice they can get.
You can follow Maxi’s grow report here. Its her first grow, and she is depending on it going well.