Cancer does not play favorites. When diagnosed with cancer we pin our hope and expect to get access to the best available treatments to increase our chances of survival. Cancer does not care who you are or what you do.
Last year a guy named George Gannon who was 30 year old found himself facing a dreary future. His doctors had discovered more than twelve tumors in his brain. The melanoma he’d had removed three years previously had metastasized.
Although after undergoing treatments like radiotherapy, immunotherapy and chemotherapy, his tumors increased in size because of Geroge’s aggressive nature of BRAF positive melanoma.
After undergoing various treatments for almost 6 months his last hopes where pinned upon using cannabis !
George began consuming cannabis oil just before christmas last year. By his next MRI scan in the month of march, his tumors had stopped growing. For the next few months he resumed low doses of chemo, never once stopping his cannabinoid therapy.
By his next scan in the month of August, both George and his Oncologist where in for a surprise. The main mass on his left ventricle had disappeared and the other remaining lesions had decreased in size.
The oncologist who had repeatedly told George to stop taking cannabis oil said “It was the best day of his professional career.” But he wouldn’t acknowledge that cannabis may have played a part in cancer’s reversal.
Cannabis and Cancer:
There has been a lot of interest in cannabinoids. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabidiol and cannabidiol have been studied to see if they could have any role in the treatment of cancer.
Most of the scientific research has been done in a laboratory. Scientists have found that different cannabinoids can:
- cause a cell to die
- stop cells from dividing
- stop cells from developing new blood vessels.
It is still unclear whether using cannabis has any anti-cancer effects. But there is some evidence that the chemicals in cannabis might help with symptoms such as nausea and pain. For example, some drugs that have been developed using the chemicals in cannabis have been effective in treating sickness caused by chemotherapy, or improving a person’s appetite. But these studies have had mixed results when used in clinical trials. Because of the mixed results, the general feeling of experts is that there needs to be more research into the chemicals found in cannabis and their possible benefit.