Can you use hemp oil to cure cancer?
Can you use hemp oil to cure cancer? This is question we get asked a lot and there is no easy answer. The reason is most doctors do not agree that hemp oil and cannabinoids are useful in curing cancer because there is not enough evidence or clinical trials to prove this. All the anecdotal evidence is discounted because in their view of medicine this is not proper science.
The second issue is for those who are using hemp oil and cannabis oil in treating cancer there is no agreement as to whether THC, the psychoactive competent is the key factor in what makes it work, or the THC and CBD combined.
Conventional doctors have recognised the benefits of cannabis oil used in palliative care as an alternative to opioid based painkillers and as a way to stimulate appetite. But they often prescribe synthetic versions of the active cannabinoids like Marinol that are shown not to work as well and have more side effects compared to whole plant cannabis.
Further reading : Whole plant vs Synthetic cannabinoids.
Possible anticancer actions of cannabinoids
There has been a lot of research into the possible anticancer properties of cannabinoids. But most of these studies have been made on cells or mice in a laboratory not on humans.
THC increases the manufacturing of ceramide, which increases the possibility of cancer cell death
Prevents new blood vessels from growing into tumours
CBD shuts down gene responsible metastasis; stopping cells from moving or invading neighbouring tissue.
Further Reading: Cannabis treatment for cancer – scientific research
What do most doctor say when asked about cannabis and cancer
“Cannabis has never been shown to cure cancer in humans. It has been shown to kill some type of cancer cells in a laboratory. There have been stories by many people saying that they have been “cured” of various types of cancers using some type of cannabis oil or product. What cannabis has been shown to do is help with nausea from chemotherapy treatments and well as increasing appetite. That being said, there is most likely no harm in using cannabis along with whatever treatment your physician recommends. I would suggest telling then that you are using it as well.
Most doctors are against people self medicating with hemp oil or cannabis oil if it means they are not taking their doctors advice and have not followed the conventional treatment routes first. Most people who look at taking hemp oil for cancer do so as a last resort after everything else has failed.
Conventional Cancer Treatment Routes
- Radiation Therapy
- Biologic or Targeted Therapy
Can CBD hemp oil cure cancer?
The honest answer is we don’t know. So if you are suffering from Cancer we don’t want to get your hopes up. The medical science is strongly in favour of THC laden hemp oil as a primary cancer therapy, not just in a supportive role to control the side effects of chemotherapy.
Is Hemp oil medicine?
Hemp oil containing CBD is a medicine according to the TGA and is regulated under schedule 4 prescription medicines. Any hemp/cannabis extract with greater than 0.02% THC, is regulated under Schedule 8/9 Controlled Drugs
Cannabis oil with THC – is this the best for treating Cancer?
We have spoken to a lot of underground organisations that work with Cancer patients. There are also a lot of useful online resources you can find. From anecdotal evidence and the scientific research it seems:
The most common ratios preferred is 1:1 or 1:3 CBD to THC
These cannabinoids will directly and indirectly affect your endocannabinoid system. bringing it back into equilibrium. So the doctors are technically correct when they say that THC or CBD won’t “cure” cancer. What may happen is the cannabinoids can support your body and get it back into balance.
Rick Simpson is one of the most outspoken activists who advised cancer patients to make their own cannabis or hemp oil to treat their cancer. It’s hard to find reliable information online leaving most people confused about the differences between Rick Simpson oil and CBD oil
Another useful resource is from Dennis Hill, who treated his own cancer using cannabis oil. His initial protocol was to use THC oil. He later switched his opinion and would now recommend a 1:1 THC:CBD combination
If you can’t get THC oil is Hemp oil a good alternative for treating Cancer?
If your cancer is at an early stage, hemp CBD oil may help prevent it spreading and stop any tumours from growing further.
Most patients who are in countries where THC is restricted often resort to a whole plant hemp extract that contains both CBD and CBDA. You can read more about CBDA research and breast cancer here https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27530354
Hemp oil with CBD Cannabidiol – is hemp oil treatment for cancer working?
There have been no clinical trials using hemp oil treatment for cancer so there is no honest answer to this question. In our experience we have reports from patients who say it has helped them a lot. In an interview with Gunver Juul from the Danish Holistic Biomedicine School she explains how CBD hemp oil helps patients come to terms with having cancer and how this affects them on a mental and emotional level.
Hemp oil treatment for cancer – should I ask my doctor?
If you are thinking about hemp oil treatment for cancer we advise you to talk with your doctor or oncologist first. We would also advise to find a specialist who has experience working with cancer patients. You need to have your doctor onboard with whatever you are planning even if it is your last resort your doctor can advise you of any potential medicine interactions and monitor your progress, this is especially important if you are taking opiate based medicines or medicines that thin your blood.
You won’t know if it works unless you get medical tests before, during and after your hemp oil treatment protocol.
Is it safe to take CBD oil during chemotherapy?
Because most chemotherapy patients are treating cancer, cannabis delivers the dual advantages of eliminating nausea and vomiting while also fighting cancer cells and reducing the size of tumors.
Abeing published by the British Journal of Pharmacology, and published ahead of print this month by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabidiol, a compound found naturally in cannabis, may be a safe and effective treatment for chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain (CIPN). This discovery is a medical breakthrough, given that, according to the study’s researchers; “to date no one drug or drug class is considered to be effective for reversal of CIPN”.
Is it better to take strong hemp oil for cancer?
Higher concentrated CBD oil over 20% is often much more expensive. It goes through a hot filtration process to remove more of the plant waxes which results in a thinner more golden oil. Some customers prefer this as the flavour tends to be a bit milder. You need to asses the cost benefit of purchasing Hemp oil that is 50% or 70%
Cancer patients sometimes prefer these kind of oils since they often want to take the maximum amount of cannabinoids they possibly can. Higher strength products are also better for vaping as they don’t clog up the coil on a vape pen.
There isn’t that much greater benefit taking higher strength oil, what you generally want to look for is a whole plant extract, not an oil created using CBD crystals which are single molecule cannabinoids that are generally not as effective as whole plant products.
Further Reading: CBD Gold is it worth the price?
Where to buy hemp oil for cancer in Australia
Where to buy hemp oil for cancer treatment? If you want to buy hemp oil for cancer in Australia we recommend sourcing a high strength organically grown, whole plant extract that has both CBD and CBDA. Eternal Plants sell Entourage 2000 Hemp oil as Hemp CBD Paste and Hemp CBD Oil drops. We also recommend Endoca 3000mg RAW Hemp oil Paste.
if you live outside Australia and are looking where to buy hemp oil for cancer treatment we highly recommend Endoca raw hemp oil products.
How to buy hemp oil: cancer cure without getting scammed?
If you are looking to buy hemp oil for cancer cure and don’t know where to start we have prepared a guide explaining what to look for and how to avoid getting scammed.
Further reading: How to buy Hemp Oil for cancer – The ultimate hemp oil buyers guide
Spainish Study Confirms Cannabis Oil Cures Cancer Without Side Effects
Dr Mark Sircus Ac., OMD published a useful article where he explains the latest scientific findings
According to Dr. Robert Ramer and Dr. Burkhard Hinz of the University of Rostock in Germany medical marijuana can be an effective treatment for cancer. Their research was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Advance Access on December 25th of 2007 in a paper entitled Inhibition of Cancer Cell Invasion by Cannabinoids via Increased Expression of Tissue Inhibitor of Matrix Metalloproteinases-1.
The biggest contribution of this breakthrough discovery, is that the expression of TIMP-1 was shown to be stimulated by cannabinoid receptor activation and to mediate the anti-invasive effect of cannabinoids. Prior to now the cellular mechanisms underlying this effect were unclear and the relevance of the findings to the behavior of tumor cells in vivo remains to be determined.
Marijuana cuts lung cancer tumor growth in half, a 2007 Harvard Medical School study shows. The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies.
This is the first set of experiments to show that the compound, Delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), inhibits EGF-induced growth and migration in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expressing non-small cell lung cancer cell lines. Lung cancers that over-express EGFR are usually highly aggressive and resistant to chemotherapy. THC that targets cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 is similar in function to endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that are naturally produced in the body and activate these receptors.
“The beauty of this study is that we are showing that a substance of abuse, if used prudently, may offer a new road to therapy against lung cancer,” said Anju Preet, Ph.D., a researcher in the Division of Experimental Medicine. Acting through cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2, endocannabinoids (as well as THC) are thought to play a role in variety of biological functions, including pain and anxiety control, and inflammation.
Does marijuana cure tumors?
Brisbane man Michael Stoopman is a cancer survivor who believes the benefits of medicinal cannabis go way beyond palliative care. Last year he had a large ulcerating tumour eating into his carotid artery in his neck that threatened his life. Ulcerating tumours rarely heal and doctors told him little could be done other than managing his symptoms. So he started taking cannabis oil.
“Even though I’d been told by over 28 oncologists altogether and four other doctors that there’s no coming back from a tumour that size, it stopped growing,” Mr Stoopman said. “Then one month later the whole wound closed up.” Within six months of starting cannabis treatment he was declared cancer free.
You can read more about Micahel’s story here
Researchers reported in the August 15, 2004 issue of Cancer Research, the journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, that marijuana’s constituents inhibited the spread of brain cancer in human tumor biopsies.[vii] In a related development, a research team from the University of South Florida further noted that THC can also selectively inhibit the activation and replication of gamma herpes viruses. The viruses, which can lie dormant for years within white blood cells before becoming active and spreading to other cells, are thought to increase one’s chances of developing cancers such as Kaposi’s Sarcoma, Burkitt’s lymphoma and Hodgkin’s disease.
In 1998, a research team at Madrid’s Complutense University discovered that THC can selectively induce programmed cell death in brain tumor cells without negatively impacting surrounding healthy cells. Then in 2000, they reported in the journal Nature Medicine that injections of synthetic THC eradicated malignant gliomas (brain tumors) in one-third of treated rats, and prolonged life in another third by six weeks.
Led by Dr. Manuel Guzman the Spanish team announced they had destroyed incurable brain cancer tumors in rats by injecting them with THC. They reported in the March 2002 issue of “Nature Medicine” that they injected the brains of 45 rats with cancer cells, producing tumors whose presence they confirmed through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). On the 12th day they injected 15 of the rats with THC and 15 with Win-55,212-2 a synthetic compound similar to THC.
How can Hemp oil cure cancer?
Researchers at the University of Milan in Naples, Italy, reported in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics that non-psychoactive compounds in marijuana inhibited the growth of glioma cells in a dose-dependent manner, and selectively targeted and killed malignant cells through apoptosis. “Non-psychoactive CBD produce[s] a significant anti-tumor activity both in vitro and in vivo, thus suggesting a possible application of CBD as an antineoplastic agent.”
The first experiment documenting pot’s anti-tumor effects took place in 1974 at the Medical College of Virginia at the behest of the U.S. government. The results of that study, reported in an Aug. 18, 1974, Washington Post newspaper feature, were that marijuana’s psychoactive component, THC, “slowed the growth of lung cancers, breast cancers and a virus-induced leukemia in laboratory mice, and prolonged their lives by as much as 36 percent.”
Will there be a cure for cancer within 10 years?
We are positively optimistic that as more science confirms the results of these initial studies and as we learn more about the root causes of cancer and our own endocannabinoid system that there could be a cure for cancer that is recognised by the medical community within the next 10 years. We suspect it will be based on cannabinoid therapeutics. What is going against this kind of shift is the multi billion dollar cancer industry that is controlled by the big pharmaceutical companies. Medicinal cannabis should be available for all Australians so they get easy access to this miracle plant.