If you have any interest in the field of marijuana as medicine you will have seen the multitude of cannabis as a cure for cancer videos and articles on the web. To a certain extent, I have avoided them, putting them down to hype and over-hype. Thing is, if something knocks on your door often enough and loud enough, you owe it to yourself to see if it might be of interest… And with the release of a powerful and eye-opening film about the future of cannabis-and perhaps even the future of medicine, What if Cannabis Cured Cancer, I had just had to take a look.
Back in April 2007, Harvard researchers released findings of a study into the use of THC to fight lung cancer; the results were rather astonishing, they found that this active ingredient in marijuana reduced tumor growth by 50% slowed down the spread of cancer cells within the body. However, we have to be circumspect here because the studies were carried out in test tubes and on mice. There’s no doubting though that the results were promising. Even more promising was a UK follow up study in which, for three weeks, standardized doses of THC were injected into mice implanted with human lung cancer cells. Once again, tumors were reduced in size and weight by around half compared to animals in a control group.
Since that 2007 study, more research findings have been published in the science of medical marijuana field and it appears that the active ingredients in marijuana not only limit tumor growth, they seem to do so without affecting the normal cells surrounding the cancer.
But is the hype surrounding this limited research a little too soon and in danger of creating false hope?
One inescapable fact is that the amount of cannabis required to have any effect on tumors is large; very large. In fact some experts say it is impossible for a person to take in enough cannabis to be effective. However, those who promote the use of cannabis as a cure for cancer suggest that by using cannabis oil it is possible to get enough of the active ingredient into the body and medical science supports them. The International Medical Veritas Association, who are active in righting the wrongs of the medical establishment in so many fields, has put hemp oil on its cancer protocol, along with magnesium chloride, iodine, selenium, Alpha Lipoic Acid and sodium bicarbonate. It’s only when you begin to understand that the aforementioned establishment ‘use tests and treatments that cause cancer to treat cancer’ that the futility of current cancer treatments become clear.
So why, when hemp oil is known to be one of the most versatile and beneficial substances known to man, are the powers-that-be so opposed to its use? A few facts about hemp oil:
- Hemp oil contains a unique ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 to GLA (gamma linoelic acid) of 2:5:1 and is regarded as a superfood
- Hemp oil contains a much higher concentration of pure GLA than any other plant – around 5%
- Hemp oil has been used for its healing properties over many thousands of years
- Hemp oil offers one of the most concentrated sources of plant protein
What we would like to know is what you think? Can cannabis cure cancer? Have you personal experience of marijuana helping or healing cancer? This is a huge and controversial issue, and one that deserves serious discussion. Tell us what you think.