Cannabis Oil Cancer Studies

As the interest in the relationship between cannabinoids and cancer continues to grow, more and more studies are emerging that are supporting the plant as a viable treatment for several types of cancer. Let’s take a look at some of the most prominent studies on cannabis and cancer, and a few anecdotal stories that demonstrate the effectiveness of cannabis oil.

The American Journal of Cancerstudied the effect of cannabis on pancreatic cancer. Research showed that administration of cannabinoids triggered programmed cell death (apoptosis) while also reducing the growth of tumor cell and prevented the tumor cells from spreading.

The British Journal of Cancer published a study conducted by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Madrid’s Complutense University that determined THC inhibits tumor growth. This was the first study of its kind to analyze the effects of cannabinoids and tumor growth. Zero psychoactive effects were seen during the study and two out of nine patients saw a decrease in tumor cells.

A study published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics again acknowledged the antitumor properties of cannabinoids, particularly in non-psychoactive cannabinoid compounds. Researchers saw a dramatic drop in brain tumor cells and the cannabinoids were also able to inhibit the spread of tumors.

Countless other studies also support the claim that cannabinoids can help inhibit tumor growth and induce cell death with cancers of the brain, breast, blood, lung, prostate, oral, liver and pancreas.

Most of the studies published focused on the effects of cannabis in general, and not necessarily the effects of cannabis oil. However, more and more anecdotal stories are emerging that help back the claim that cannabis oil can be an effective cancer treatment.

One of the most memorable stories is that of a 14-year old girl who was diagnosed with Grade 3 brain cancer. Even with aggressive treatment, the prognosis is bleak. Doctors gave her 18 months to live with treatment. Even if they opted for aggressive treatment, the cancer would likely return.

At the time of her diagnosis, the tumors had already begun to spread throughout her body. It was impossible for doctors to target a local tumor for radiation. Her only hope was oral chemotherapy. Like so many other cancer patients before her, the young girl become “deathly sick” from the treatment. Then, a friend of the girl’s father suggested they try cannabis oil after hearing about Rick Simpson’s famous Hemp Oil.

After witnessing the effects of the chemotherapy, the family felt they had nothing to lose by trying the oil. While it was a challenge to get their hands on the oil, the family noticed an immediate change after just the first day. Their little girl regained the sparkle in her eye and was even starting to eat again. The family started with just a half a teaspoon twice a day and worked up to one and half milliliters of the oil per day. The treatments continued for one year. At first, her tumors showed no signs of growth. By the end of the year, there were five identifiable tumors and after continued treatments, the cancer disappeared.

This is just one of the many stories that are emerging and supporting the use of cannabis oil as a cancer treatment. However, until more medical research can be done, this treatment will never be condoned by the medical industry. The biggest obstacles standing in the way of researchers right now is money and the law.