By Sola Ogundipe
The use of marijuana, Cannabis sativa, as a cancer therapy is gaining acceptance, but remains controversial. But there’s an ever-growing body of research that shows this ancient plant can’t be written off as “dope.”
There are specific hemp compounds that are proving to be potent allies against all types of aggressive cancers—and have no mind-altering effects.
When 54-year-old wife and mother Sharon Kelly was diagnosed with Stage IV non-small-cell lung cancer, she was told that the cancer in her body had made its way to her lymph nodes and the lining of her stomach, and that she could expect to survive for somewhere between six and nine months. She was informed that radiation and chemo were not valid treatment options for a patient with stage four lung cancer, as they would likely only make her sicker. Instead, they urged her to return home to her family and live out what was left of her life as enjoyably as possible.
Kelly’s medical scans indicated the presence of a large, 5cm tumour in her left lung as well as numerous cancerous lymph nodes in her chest and neck. The scan also revealed large amounts of fluid around Kelly’s heart, which medical professionals said was a sign of the presence of cancer in her left lung’s lining.
After several months of inaction, Kelly all but ordered that something else be attempted. Reluctantly, her medical team chose to begin chemo about two months after her initial diagnosis.
After two months of chemotherapy treatment, Kelly received yet another blow when she tested positive for an EGFR, which affects about 15 percent of American lung cancer sufferers.
The presence of the mutation meant she could no longer undergo traditional chemotherapy treatments.
Without adequate help from the medical community, Kelly’s youngest daughter turned to the internet and began reading numerous testimonials from cancer patients who had found relief with cannabis oil, an alternative treatment method used by many chronic-disease sufferers. With nothing left to lose, Kelly decided to try it for herself, and began taking a small dose orally several times a day.
After noting how tired she became after taking the oil orally, she began researching cannabis suppositories, or drug-administration systems that are inserted into the rectum, vagina or urethra. She found that this method didn’t make her tired, and that it allowed her to take the full recommended dose without complication.
She eventually upped her dosage to two grams per day, and paired the treatment with an alkalizing, clean-eating diet. Within a few months, her tumour had shrunk from 5cm to 2.1cm and her lymph nodes had retained their normal size. Her doctors noted the fluid surrounding her heart was also no longer visible.
After seven months of cannabis oil treatment, Kelly’s scans indicated she was completely cancer-free, shocking her oncologist and others familiar with her case. Months after her initial diagnosis, Kelly remains cancer-free, and credits the use of cannabis oil for not only her otherwise unexplained recovery, but also her ability to live out the rest of her life amidst the love and comfort of her family.
This is incredible and very exciting for the future of treating such stubborn cancers. Now, should you climb on board the medical marijuana bandwagon?
A word of caution — as with all natural supplements and herbs. If you’re interested in taking this route, be sure to do extensive homework about the provider and dosage.
The research is clear: There is a tremendous promise in this new plant-derived treatment for cancer that may have fewer side effects than the current conventional therapy options.