Medical cannabis

Just remember to never mix cannabis with opioids like morphin, codeinated medications. Cannabis is a food. It should not be smoked but eaten / infused (with fats like oils)… while being careful to increase slowly the dosage, starting with limited amounts. It bolsters the regenerative abilities of the body (look up “endocannabinoids and the placebo effect”).

Cancer.gov, the official US government reference website on cancer, notes that :

  • Studies in mice and rats have shown that cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow. Laboratory and animal studies have shown that cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells.
  • A study in mice showed that cannabinoids may protect against inflammation of the colon and may have potential in reducing the risk of colon cancer, and possibly in its treatment.
  • A laboratory study of delta-9-THC in hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) cells showed that it damaged or killed the cancer cells. The same study of delta-9-THC in mouse models of liver cancer showed that it had antitumor effects. Delta-9-THC has been shown to cause these effects by acting on molecules that may also be found in non-small cell lung cancer cells and breast cancer cells.
  • A laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in estrogen receptor positive and estrogen receptor negative breast cancer cells showed that it caused cancer cell death while having little effect on normal breast cells. Studies in mouse models of metastatic breast cancer showed that cannabinoids may lessen the growth, number, and spread of tumors.
  • A laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in human glioma cells showed that when given along with chemotherapy, CBD may make chemotherapy more effective and increase cancer cell death without harming normal cells. Studies in mouse models of cancer showed that CBD together with delta-9-THC may make chemotherapy such as temozolomide more effective.

THCa is a non-psychotropic alternative to THC, its precursor found in non-dried (fresh) leaves, which may have some anticancer properties as well. Infusions of fresh leaves should be tried. They bring lots of cannabinoids which all have anticancer properties as they are agonists of the CB1 and CB2 receptors found in high amounts on tumors. A more complete list of references for cancer is provided here.

Cannabis has much more medical properties than cancer – it is a neuroregenerative, pain reliever, appetite booster, it has antibacterial properties… many publications cover hundreds of disease, 700 according to this list by the association ENCOD (with dead links but there should be one good link for each disease at least).