Could Hemp Oil Cure Cancer?
Hemp Oil, an ordinary weed that consists of Alpha Lipoic Acid, Iodine, Magnesium Chloride and Sodium Bicarbonate, has now been placed under the prioritized cancer protocol list by the International Medical Veritas Association (IMVA) of the United States. The oil, which is derived from hemp seeds has been considered as a superfood due to its essential fatty acid content – with a unique combination of omega 3, omega 6, and gamma linolenic acid (GLA) at a ratio of 2:5:1. Hemp oil contains 5% pure GLA, a concentration that is higher than spirulina. It has been used as an elixir and medicinal tea for its healing properties. Medical science is now targeting its active substances for the treatment of cancer.
Hemp oil, whether the legal or illegal THC laden variety, is one of the most heavily packed source of protein in the plant kingdom. It is used for both nutritional and transdermal purposes. I will discuss this further in my book, “Winning the War on Cancer” where I will touch on the GLA, cancer, and the researches done by Dr. Johanna Budwig. Dr. Budwig used flax seed oil in lieu of hemp oil to cure cancer by affecting changes in cells through a combination of omega 3 and 6 medicinal oils.
There is another way of using medical marijuana without smoking. According to medical researcher, Dr. Tod H. Mikuriya, “ the toxic and irritating effects of smoking are eliminated by vaporization. Extraction and inhaling hemp essential oils below ignition points, avoids irritation to the oral cavity and the throat.” Rick Simpson, the man in the documentary has been making hemp oil and giving it to friends and neighbors. He says, “The oil is safe in small doses and can make you well without getting you high. There were people sick with cancer and have been cured. If the plant is safe and it works, then why not use it?” Rick Simpson of Canada is one brave man to show us on how to make hemp oil for ourselves to help us live.
When a person is dying of cancer, there is need to find the cheapest medications available as money dries up for cancer cure. The use of medical marijuana is illegal, so people who are in need of it are faced with two choices – break the law or die. There is no research yet on the comparative advantage of vaporization versus oral use of hemp oil, but we can deduce that it would be for nutritional purposes for the oral intake. In a study made by the University of Rostock, Germany – the medical tandem of Dr. Robert Ramer and Dr. Burkhard Hinz, published in the Journal of National Cancer Institute Advance Access, dated 25 December 2007, their findings on medical marijuana as an effective cure for cancer. The medical journal was entitled, “Inhibition of Cancer Cell Invasion by Cannabinoids via Increased Expression of Tissue Inhibitor of Matrix Metalloproteinase (TIMP-1).”
The breakthrough discovery was that TIMP-1 is stimulated by cannabinoid receptors to mediate on its anti-invasive properties. The effects were unclear prior to the research. A further study made at the Harvard Medical School in 2007 also showed that Marijuana can cut down the growth of lung cancer by around 50 percent as tested in lab conditions on mouse studies. “The importance of this research is that an illegal substance, if used wisely, can offer relief to lung cancer” said Anju Preet, Ph.D. and a researcher in the Division of Experimental Medicine. The cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2, endocannabinoids, and THC are deemed to play an important role in biological functions, pain, anxiety control, and inflammation.
In the journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, dated August 15, 2004, researchers reported that marijuana inhibited the growth of brain cancers done on human biopsies. Another research team from the University of South Florida also noted that marijuana can stop the replication of gamma herpes viruses. These types of viruses can lie dormant for several years in the white blood cells until it balloons and spread into other cells. This virus is thought to increase one’s propensity to develop certain types of cancers like – Kaposi’s Sarcoma, Burkitt’s Lymphoma, and Hodgkin’s Disease. A research team from the Complutense University in Madrid discovered in 1998 that THC can program cell death in brain tumor cells without affecting the surrounding healthy cells. In2000, the same group reported in the Journal of Nature Medicine that synthetic THC when injected resulted in treatment of brain tumors in one third(1/3) of the treated rats; and prolonged the life another one third (1/3) by one and a half months more.
The leader of the Spanish team, Dr.Manuel Guzman, announced that they were able to destroy brain cancer cells in rats by THC injections. Forty five rats were injected with cancer cells, that produced brain tumors as confirmed through MRI or magnetic resonance imaging. They injected a third of the rats with THC, and another third by a synthetic compound similar to THC. This resulted in treatment of the 15 rats that were injected with THC,and extension of the life of the fifteen others. The study was supported by the researches done at the University of Milan in Naples, Italy that non-psychoactive compounds in Marijuana inhibited the growth of brain cancer cells, and killed malignant cells through vitro and vivo application of CBD as an antineoplastic agent. The study was reported in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
The first experiment to document marijuana’s anti-tumor properties were the Medical College of Virginia in 1974 at the behest of the U.S. national government. The result was reported in the August 18, 1974 issue of the Washington Post which revealed that THC slowed down the onslaught of lung and breast cancers and virus-induced leukemia in laboratory mice and prolonged their lives by 36 percent. The research was funded by the National Institute of Health to find the correlation between marijuana use and damage to the immune system. The researchers found instead that THC slowed down certain types of cancer – lung and breast cancer and virus-induced leukemia. The study was shut down quickly and all cannabis/tumor research was put to a stop.
In another article on the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in 1975 entitled, “Antineoplastic Activity of Cannabinoids,” found that the lewis lung adenocarcinoma growth was retarded by oral administration of THC and CBN – active components of marijuana. Mice treated for twenty consecutive days significantly reduced the size of the primary tumor. The use of marijuana helps relieve pain, unlike the narcotics – morphine and OxyContin. It helps ease the pain and suffering of those with multiple sclerosis, diabetes and cancer. In the book, Secret History of the War on Cancer, author Devra David said, that around 1.5 million lives were lost because Americans failed to use existing knowledge and suppressed known cancer cures. Marijuana use had led to the imprisonment of hundred thousands of people, despite of its known cure.
Hemp oil with THC has the potential of being a primary cancer treatment, and can turn the tide against cancer tumors. It has the advantage of being safe, easy to use, no side effects, and of low cost. Compared to other anti-cancer substances, it is hard to imagine anyone failing in their war on cancer by using hemp oil. THC should be included in every cancer protocol. Another substance that can reduce tumor is sodium bicarbonate, but is harder to administer than THC hemp oil. Cannabinoids can be taken orally since it can pass through all body barriers like Alpha Lipoic Acid. Bicarbonate would have to be administered through intravenous application by the use of catheters – which many doctors are unwilling to administer it in that manner.
What this all leads to, is that cancer treatments that does not pass through mainstream oncology channels are illegal. No licensed doctor would admit that he is treating patients with sodium bicarbonate, a substance that is found in most kitchens around the world. Several states have passed laws making medical marijuana legal but the federal government will not allow people to choose their treatment even if their lives depend on it. Davis further noted that the cowardice of research scientists, who publish research and then pull their punches at the end – that more researches are still needed to validate their claims, are not doing the industry any good. Statements like these are exploited by unscrupulous people to buy them time and make more money at the expense of the public. These statements also tend to create doubts in the public’s mind as to the efficacy of the medication, out of the small data gaps that came out from scientific queries.
They have tampered with everything and declared everything dangerous, except pharmaceutical drugs which is the most dangerous substance of all. Chemotherapy and radiation, two cancer procedures are painful and gut wrenching –yet legal; but the THC laden hemp oil is illegal and banned from use. It is a paradox to see doctors curing patients with the use of pills that may pose dangers to the health; but you can go to jail by using the oil from a simple garden weed to help yourself or your loved one be cured of cancer. This is considered insane and we have paid a great price because of it. In this crazy world of medicine, it saddens everyone to see people dying who should not have. This in itself has destroyed the very core of what is inherently good and ethical in modern medicine.
The use of hemp oil is well documented, credible and heavily researched. There is no reason why it should not be legalized for cancer patients. Unfortunately, the world is peopled with governments and medical denizens who would opt to see people die than see them have access to a safe and an effective drug for cancer.Meantime, a new drug for breast cancer – Avastin was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently that according to the New York Times, “appears to lower down the threshold for approval of cancer drugs. The drug had been observed to temporarily stopped cancer from worsening, but questions arise if it is capable of making patients live longer – which in clinical studies Avastin failed to do. The drug have severe side effects, which makes Oncologist and patient advocates be wary of its use.”
There is an ocean of difference between Avastin and hemp oil. First, is that the drug will earn from its manufacturer, Genentech hundreds of millions while THM hemp oil will earn nothing for anyone. Second, is that the use of hemp oil has no side effects. It is not a temporary solution to a medical problem but the ultimate solution. It is with great certainty, that hemp oil will make you live longer!