Chemotherapy has been a well-known treatment for cancer over the past few years, pushed as a helpful “drug” that goes in and kills cancerous cells in your body, but what if there was a safer method to cure this disease?
If you’ve ever had a close relationship to someone that’s been affected by cancer, you know of the chemotherapy treatment that usually goes hand in hand with the disease and how often doctors everywhere push this method on their patients. What you may not know, is that chemo doesn’t only kill the bad cells in your body, but it kills the good cells as well, as the poison can not differentiate between the two categories.
I use the word poison because that’s what it is, poison, that drains your body of all energy, and results in horrific symptoms such as hair loss, anxiety, depression, bone marrow loss, and decreased blood count. Not to mention other side effects related with chemo like nausea, vomiting, and dry heaving. For hours on end. So why is it still used today? Because unfortunately in some cases chemo has actually proven to succeed and even cure patients completely from their cancer, but this is far and few between. Up until now it’s the only partial effective way to try and battle this terminal disease.
Cannabis can help relieve the often debilitating negative side effects of chemotherapy treatment. First and foremost, it is one of the best anti-nausea medications known to humans. Dr. Jack Hensold is an oncologist who has recommended cannabis to his cancer patients as a last resort when conventional opiates didn’t work and his patients were suffering from the extreme nausea of chemotherapy. “There’s probably nothing that works as well for appetite stimulation that we have as marijuana,” he said, stressing that, while there are effective anti-cancer drugs for which he is a strong advocate, no pharmaceutical treatment is as good at stimulating appetite as marijuana. Second, cannabis acts as an anti-inflammatory, meaning it can decrease suffering due to the inflammation of the digestive tract.
In addition to successfully alleviating nausea and vomiting and stimulating appetite, cannabis is also effective in helping cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy to deal with pain and diarrhea. But probably more important is how it can effectively treat depression and anxiety, two potentially severe conditions that can be a knockout blow to a patient already suffering from the psychological and physical ravages of cancer, not to mention the distress of undergoing chemotherapy.
Despite uneducated belief, you can ingest cannabis in other ways besides smoking, i.e. vaporizing herb or concentrated oil, edibles, or topicals/tinctures. each week, more and more cancer patients, many of whom have self-medicated with cannabis or cannabis oil with, or without, the approval of their doctors, are providing personal testimonies of how cannabis not only helped alleviate the symptoms of conventional treatments like chemotherapy, but also shrank their tumors or put their cancer into full, long-term remission. In other words, first hand reports from patients throughout North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe are showing that cannabis, especially when processed as a concentrate (typically an oil or tincture), may, in many patients, cure cancer.
It should be noted that many who choose to treat their cancer with something like a cannabis oil do so only after all other treatment approaches have been exhausted, often after doctors have delivered the dreadful news that no cancer patient wants to hear: “There’s nothing else we can do.” All people suffering from cancer should seriously research and consider the benefits of cannabis and how it can help them battle this fatal disease. Unfortunately, the sad reality is until marijuana becomes legalized in all areas across the globe, studies on the plant are very limited. Since human trials are needed to further dissect its medical benefits and methods on how to offer it properly to patients, cannabis is still a long way from being marketed to the masses and a wonderful alternative to chemo.
For more clinical information about how Cannabis can be used to treat Cancer visit the United Patients Group website.