Cannabis Oil – Freind or Foe?
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death throughout the world, affecting people of all different cultures and geographical regions. In 2012 alone, over 8.2 million deaths were estimated from cancer throughout the globe. Whilst some cancers are the result of lifestyle choices, other cancers are simply unavoidable, and scientists and medical researchers have been dedicating themselves to signs of permanent cures for decades in the fight to control this debilitating disease. There is a wide range of cancers that appear in patients of all ages, genders, backgrounds and geographical areas, and as such, the treatment of cancer is a difficult and extensive process that requires an individualized approach for every patient.
In the midst of this medical research, people are turning to all methods of potential tools when it comes to limiting cancer’s ability to grow, generate and cause detrimental harm. One natural method of treatment that has risen to the surface is cannabis oil. Whilst this it not at all a ‘cure’ for cancer in its own right, studies have proven its ability to kill cancer kills and inhibit growth. It’s important to understand the difference between ‘cure’ and ‘kill’, but once you’ve come to terms with these key differences, the information available to date on cannabis oil’s ability to not only inhibit cancerous growth but to actually kill the very core cancer cells is powerful.
Research is compelling enough that the use of cannabis oil for patients suffering from cancer is well worth a thorough and careful examination. As with any form of treatment, cancer patients should consult with their doctors before beginning any form of cannabis oil treatment, as there are certain side effects that may interfere with pre-existing medical prescriptions or any personal medical conditions.
What is Cannabis oil?
Cannabis oil is a thick, oily substance that is made up of cannabinoids that are extracted from the cannabis plant. It’s the result of an extraction process that separates the resin from cannabis flowers. Out of the three main cannabis products, cannabis oil is the most concentrated and also the strongest.
Some of the more generally available sources of cannabis oil will contain contaminants, and therefore should be avoided for medicinal purposes. In order to use cannabis oil as a cancer-killing tool, you’ll require access to pure, high-quality oil.
Cannabis oil can be difficult to find, especially in areas throughout the US where medical marijuana is still not permissible. However, the Western world, in particular, is rapidly adopting a positive stance when it comes to medicinal marijuana prescriptions, so if it is not available in your area, check your surrounding states and keep an eye on the legislation of your own to gain an understanding of when it might become a viable option for your particular circumstances.
The history of Cannabis oil
Cannabis oil can be traced back over thousands of years of medicinal use. Marijuana has a reputation throughout the modern Western world as a psychedelic drug favored by ‘hippies’ and ‘stoners’. Whilst marijuana does lead to a natural high embraced by many, its root plant cannabis has a much longer history in the medical world with entirely different results.
As far back as the ancient world, early physicians mixed parts of the plant into teas that were administered as a pain treating method. In these early days, hemp was a far more common agricultural crop and was grown by many for its high-protein seeds, fiber (which was used to make ropes and clothes) and oil. This variety of the Cannabis plant, hemp, does not possess the same ability as marijuana to alter people’s mental states.
The ancient Chinese grew hemp for food and for dozens of other uses. In fact, medical cannabis is first traced back to China, where it then traveled through Asia and continued into the Middle East and Africa. Around the time of 2737 B.C., Chinese Emperor Shen Neng changed the course of history by officially prescribing marijuana tea as a treatment for many illnesses, marking the first time a major leader did so.
In India, cannabis use is a part of many cultural aspects, including medicinal, religious, recreational, and spiritual. For thousands of years, cannabis has been mixed into drinks that are drunk for both enjoyment and also as a medical treatment. Bhang is one of the most popular forms of these drinks, which is made from mixing cannabis paste with milk, ghee, and spices. Recipes for bhang and descriptions of its abilities are found in early Ayurveda medical books, which is a form of holistic medicine which began in ancient India and is still practiced today, with growths in its popularity throughout the Western region as well.
Cannabis was first introduced into Western medicine around the time of the 1840s, when a surgeon named W.B. O’Shaughnessy learnt about its healthy properties and adopted it into his treatments. He was able to learn of its antispasmodic, sedative, analgesic, anticonvulsant and anti-inflammatory properties and bring it into common use in the Western territories. However, marijuana abuse led to the banning of marijuana products throughout the 1930s and 1940s, both throughout the US and throughout many other countries. This is where marijuana’s reputation as ‘for hippies and stoners’ came from, as it was an illegal substance throughout many of the pivotal decades in American history that followed, including the 60s and 70s when use was widespread and associated with free love and anti-war peace movements. It took decades for its use to be considered once more for its medicinal value, and it’s often a hotly contended issue within many governments as people take opposing views on its value to society. Now, it is legal to obtain for medicinal purposes throughout many states in the United States. Its powerful ability to provide pain relief to people suffering from many types of debilitating chronic diseases makes it a worthy cause to support in bringing much-needed relief to those who cannot find it in any other form, medicinal or alternative.
Cannabis oil medicinal uses
Cannabis oil has many uses beyond killing cancer cells. It has medicinal uses that span a number of conditions, including diabetes, gout, glaucoma, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, asthma, fibromyalgia, and for many other conditions. It’s also useful in treating alcohol abuse and anorexia.
Part of the reason cannabis oil is a widely applicable treatment is because it possesses antioxidant properties. This makes it effective in treatment diseases that are linked to inflammatory and autoimmune issues. Amazingly, it can also be used to treat a range of neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and even HIV dementia.
Even if cancer patients do not use cannabis oil to kill cancerous cells, many still use it as a way to help with the pain of intensive chemotherapy, as it alleviates pain levels and provides relief.
Alternative uses for (and benefits of) cannabis oil
There are benefits that can be gained from using cannabis oil in a wide variety of manners. It’s important to remember that although they are from the same species, cannabis oil and hemp oil are different products and have different results. Familiarize yourself with the differences between the two to find what suits your needs the best and make sure when sourcing your product to buy the oil specific to your requirements.
Cannabis oil has been scientifically proven to be effective in these areas…
Stimulate the digestive system – it’s well known that smoking marijuana increases your appetite, so it makes sense that cannabis oil can be used to bring on hunger. This is a medical use that is of value to those who are looking to gain weight after sickness or injury. This is useful in the treatment of both anorexia and obesity, as consuming cannabis oil will release hormones that promote hunger.
Reduce stress and anxiety levels – Cannabis oil is made up of different types of cannabinoids, which have proven benefits when it comes to bringing on relaxing, calm and the reduction of stress levels throughout the body. A psychological study has even found that the use of cannabis oil after traumatic experiences can work to prevent impairment that is stress-induced and regulate the emotional response to that event. This is achieved through the minimization of stress receptors in the hippocampus by the cannabinoids. A reduction in stress and anxiety can also help to minimize the risk of more chronic diseases developing as stress causes inflammation, and inflammation is a breeding ground and hotbed for chronic diseases of many forms.
Pain reduction – Cannabis oil has a long history as a pain reliever, as it reduces inflammation. Aside from its cancer-killing properties, many patients going through chemotherapy use cannabis oil as a coping method to deal with the pain induced by the procedure. It’s a tool or those with chronic pain in minimizing pain levels and reducing suffering. Often, any medical form of pain relief could have negative side effects when mixed with the chemotherapy drugs required to kill cancer cells and prescribed by doctors, so having cannabis oil available as a natural treatment is a powerful piece of good news to many undergoing extensive chemotherapy treatments.
The promotion of healthy eyes – glaucoma is a highly debilitating disease that affects millions, often leading to the loss of vision completely. Cannabis oil has proven links to effectively treating glaucoma and has also been linked to the prevention of macular degeneration. Glaucoma is caused by intraocular pressure (IOP), which measures the fluid pressure inside the eye. Cannabis oil can reduce IOP levels and provide relief to eyes that are suffering from too much pressure and the associated eye health risks that result from these elevated pressure levels.
Skin health – The shedding of dead skin cells is encouraged by the cannabinoids present in cannabis oil, as they produce lipids, which treats dry skin, dandruff and acne. Amazingly, cannabis oil also has proven benefits in promoting healthy hair growth.
Benefits to healthy hearts – studies that have so far been conducted on animals have found that cannabis may have a role to play in preventing heart conditions. As cannabinoids have been shown to cause blood vessels to relax and wide, circulation is improved and blood pressure is reduced, which can act as a preventative measure against heart attacks, hypertension, strokes and coronary heart disease. Studies in this area are in the early days but enough proof has emerged to date that makes this a compelling area for further examination in the fight against heart disease and heart conditions. With heart disease-related deaths only on the rise throughout Western society, it’s important to explore and examine any form of treatment that offers hope and a potential healing method.
As a treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD is a condition that can result from life-threatening experiences. Researchers have found that cannabis was effective for military veterans who are suffering from PTSD as a result of their time in service in war zones. Neurotransmitter releases are regulated and pleasure is increased as a result of the cannabinoids in cannabis oil. These veterans have shown improvements in their coping abilities and have also seen their insomnia and anxiety related issues reduced after using cannabis oil as a medical treatment. This brings about improved psychological, emotional and physical results, as stress and anxiety have detrimental effects on many connected parts of the body and can lead to more long-term problems.
The treatment of asthma – cannabis oil can be used to calm asthma attacks, as it improves breathing in patients suffering from asthmatic issues. It’s also been found to improve nighttime breathing and can be prescribed to those suffering from sleep apnea as a potentially useful tool.
An improvement in sleep – as cannabis oil has a calming effect, it can be a powerful tool to reduce restlessness in people who are trying to fall asleep. This is especially good news for insomniacs, who are able to use cannabis oil as a way to fall asleep faster. The THC cannabinoid in cannabis oil also helps to improve breathing throughout nighttime sleep and to reduce the number of interruptions to a full night’s sleep.
Cannabis oil and the death of cancer cells
Whilst research is in the early days as to the specifics of how and whether cannabis oil is an effective treatment for cancer patients, it has already been scientifically proven within lab environments that both natural and synthetic cannabinoids are able to achieve the following…
Induce apoptosis and trigger cell death – this is important when it comes to finding ways to trigger the death of cancer cells
Prevent cells from dividing, prohibiting the development of new cancerous cells – this minimizes the risk of cancer spreading further throughout the body and becoming more difficult to control
Stop blood vessels from developing into tumors, reducing risk to the body from further cancer growth
Minimize the chance of cancer cells spreading throughout the body and taking over more tissue
Encourage the process of autophagy, which is the cell’s internal waste disposal mechanism, which can lead to apoptosis – another way the use of cannabis oil encourages cell death in dangerous and debilitating cancer cells
When you examine the range of effects that have been proven to date, it’s obvious that the area of cannabis oil as a cancer-killing tool is worth deeper investigation and experimentation. In the meantime, while science catches up, many individuals choose to begin a regulated cannabis oil treatment at a set dosage to gain the benefits of its ability to cause cancer cell death.
To understand how cannabis oil achieves all of this, it’s important to begin by understanding how cancer cells are kept alive, in order to see the full picture of how cannabis oil causes their death.
Cells are intricately made up of different elements, one of which is called the ‘Sphingolipid Rheostat’. These are responsible for managing the life and death of that particular cell. When levels of endogenous ceramide are too high, apoptosis – cell death – is on its way. If the opposite occurs, and ceramide is low, that cell is strong and healthy.
Two phrases you need to be familiar with to examine the effect of cannabis on cancer cell death are cannabinoids CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). When THC makes a connection to one of the cannabinoid receptor sites that reside on the cancer cell, an increase in ceramide synthesis occurs. This goes on to cause cell death. Normal cells are protected and remain healthy, as they do not produce ceramide when THC is present, and are not at all affected by the presence of the cannabinoid.
One of the other ways cannabis works as an anti-cancer agent is in the prevention of blood vessels growing into a tumor. Sometimes crucial blood vessels can actually turn into tumorous growths, and research has proven cannabis as a tool to minimize this risk and therefore reduce the risk of cancer spreading further throughout the body.
More research has investigated the combination of cannabinoids with other chemotherapy drugs and has found this may also be a highly effective approach. Drugs including gemcitabine and temozolomide were tested in a lab environment alongside cannabinoids and evidence was found to support this theory. In the future, we may find that medical experts are prescribing a combined approach of synthesized chemotherapy drugs alongside natural cannabis oil ingestion.
Researchers at the University of East Anglia conducted studies that transplanted lab-grown cancer cells into mice to gain a better understanding of why different levels of the THC cannabinoid have different effects on cancer cells. Their studies found that THC works far more effectively in higher doses to slow cancer cell growth than in lower doses.
Potential side effects of using cannabis oil
With any treatment, medicinal or natural, it’s important to be familiar with the potential side effects and be prepared before usage begins. Cannabis oil has its own set of various side effects, including…
Interference with learning – some studies have found that cannabis oil can make it more difficult for clear and cohesive learning and thinking.
Reduced concentration – as cannabis oil is a relaxant, it can affect your ability to concentrate at 100%.
Reduced memory – cannabis oil has also been found to affect memory during usage.
A ‘high’ feeling – as cannabis is from the marijuana plant, one accidental side effect could see the user getting high in the process of ingesting cannabis oil.
There are many medications that are deemed unsafe to mix with cannabis oil, including any that cause fatigue or drowsiness. In particular, this generally covers any medications that are muscle relaxants or pain relievers, as well as anxiety or antidepressant medications. It’s also not advised for women who are breastfeeding or pregnant to use cannabis oil. Before you begin any cannabis oil regiment, you need to check your medication and with your doctors to ensure it’s a safe and appropriate treatment tool for you as an individual.
How to use cannabis oil
Although everyone’s situations will be different and dosages will depend on a myriad of other factors, guidelines advise that 60 grams of cannabis oil is what is required to kill most cancers. For most people, this will take approximately 90 days to completely consume in order to receive the full 60 grams, allowing time for the body to build a natural tolerance to combat some of cannabis oil’s side effects. However, this is just a general recommendation, and for some people, it can take longer to finish the film amount required.
As a beginning point, it’s advised to orally consume three doses of cannabis oil throughout each day. For week 1, the dosage per ingestion should be no larger than the size of half of a grain of rice. Once the oil has been consumed in this dosage for the first week, you can begin to slowly double the dose. This can be doubled daily until 1ml/1g per day of cannabis oil is the rate of consumption. Many people find that they reach the 1-gram per day mark and can continue to do this at that rate until the cancer is gone.
In order to get a correct and precise dosage, it’s best to use an oral syringe to dose the cannabis oil directly into empty pill capsules. This is very important in order to reduce the side effects of feeling ‘high’. It’s also practical, as multiple days’ worth of treatment can be dosed out at once, making the process easier for the patient or the caregiver.
Many online websites are able to supply not only the cannabis oil you’ll need but also the various tools to make for an easy dosage process, including oral syringes and pill capsules.
By beginning these lower dosage levels for the first 30 days, the body is able to slowly but surely build up a tolerance level. If you find you do experience the ‘high’ effect or become very tired throughout the day, it’s best to reduce your dosage throughout the day and increase it before you go to bed for the night. This will not only help to build your tolerance as you sleep, but gives you the added benefit of building your sleep quality. When your body is getting a better rest, many of its functions are improved, including your cognitive thinking and immune system, so this is a great side effect if you do choose to ingest cannabis oil in higher doses closer to bedtime as opposed to throughout the day.
It’s best to consult with a medical practitioner before beginning any cannabis oil routine, as its side effects also include the potential for it to lower your blood pressure. This means that, if you’re already taking blood pressure medication, you may no longer need this once you begin taking the cannabis oil. It’s crucial to monitor your blood pressure closely before you make any decisions regarding your other medication, so make sure you have a clear understanding of your current medications, your dosages and whether any of these could interfere in a negative way with the consumption of cannabis oil. Any dramatic falls in blood pressure should be monitored and discussed with your doctor, as this can lead to detrimental side effects, including fainting.
Even once the cancer is killed, it’s a good idea to continue to use cannabis oil. Many people find they function better with a small amount in their systems throughout a monthly basis. However, once the cancer is gone, you can take cannabis oil at a much lower rate, at more like 1 gram per month in a dosage that will provide strong maintenance benefits to your health without potential side effects.
One area that’s also important to be aware of upfront is the potential for withdrawal symptoms to appear once the original dosage of cannabis oil is complete. If you choose not to continue to use cannabis oil at a lower dose, you may experience some of these for yourself. Some people who have completed their first treatment have described symptoms including panic attacks, heavy anxiety, insomnia, a lack of appetite, and a loss of sex drive. These symptoms mimicked the more serious chronic disease of depression, but in fact, these symptoms disappeared within 10-14 days. If you find yourself suffering from these symptoms after finishing a cannabis oil treatment, give yourself time to see if they pass without panicking, as you’re not alone. However, given how quickly they pass, the positives do outweigh the negatives when it comes to exploring the use of cannabis oil in an effort to kill cancer cells.
Cannabis coconut oil
Another method of consuming your required dosage of cannabis oil on a daily basis is through the use of ‘edibles’, which are used as a medication form by many. Edibles are exactly what they sound like – edible snacks which use cannabis oil as an ingredient to make for easy and accessible consumption.
Some of the benefits of medicating with cannabis oil through edibles include…
The effects of cannabis oil are longer and the onset is more gradual, which makes for an easy way to get a single dose application that will last you throughout the entire day.
The metabolic effects are different in comparison to oral ingestion, as the cannabis is in direct interaction with your digestive system
The potential for neurological side effects such as loss of concentration and loss of memory are reduced, as edibles provide an increase in your daily functionality levels when compared to other forms of administration
Finding a cannabis-infused oil or creating one for yourself is the best medium, as you’re able to use this in a wide variety of forms, including desserts, sautéed vegetables, and even as a dressing on your salad.
There are many recipes available online which outline the process for making cannabis-infused oil. However, not all oils are created equally, so when choosing which oil to infuse your cannabis oil with, it’s best, to begin with, coconut oil.
Coconut oil is already a highly popular product in the market as it has widely applicable uses across many different areas. Some of the reasons it’s so popular include its high concentration in fatty acids that possess positive healing properties and many health benefits. Coconut oil also has a high concentration of Lauric acid, which, upon digestion, acts as an antimicrobial to promote internal health. As well, coconut oil helps promote healthy hair growth, strong digestion, appetite suppression, and many more useful side effects as a bonus!
Because of its surplus of fatty acids, coconut oil has a strong binding agent for cannabinoids. At a rate of over 80% saturated fats, it’s a great tool for retaining cannabinoids and absorbing higher levels of THC and is the best medium available for cannabis.
The other great advantage coconut oil has is its price and accessibility – it’s a product that’s found in just about every major supermarket and on the shelves of every health food store, as well as many chemists.
Cannabis infused oil is easily made at home, so do some research and source the products you need to gain these benefits immediately within the comfort of your own home.
Treating cancer can be a scary journey, but medical advances and research continue to bring new methods of treatment to the surface. Cannabis oil is a viable and effective way to kill cancer cells and prohibit new cancer growths.