Sadly, cancer is a reality that most of us have to deal with in one form or another.
Maybe it took a loved one away too soon. Maybe you are battling with it yourself.
Unlike other diseases that you can prevent, the threat of cancer always hangs over your head, a very real possibility whatever you do.
Rick Simpson and the Hemp Oil Cancer Cure
Rick Simpson dealt with cancer himself. If you have watched the documentary “Run From the Cure” (and its sequel), you know Rick’s story. Through a series of events, Rick developed an essential oil from hemp that he one day used to treat three skin cancer spots on his skin.
According to Rick, the spots disappeared in four days. Rick Simpson gave his essential oil away to other cancer patients, many of whom showed similar miraculous results. Ever since then, he has faced a long uphill battle trying to get medical professionals in Canada to take his discovery seriously.
The same scenario exists around the world. Many have found relief from different conditions because of medical marijuana and hemp-based extracts, but because of the lack of research, those in the medical field remain skeptical.
Rick Simpson oil is extracted from the cannabis plant and is rich in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound in cannabis. While there is undoubtedly plenty of anecdotal evidence supporting its effectiveness, the facts that it is derived from marijuana and that its major component is psychoactive mean that it is not legal to use in many places.
In an article on CNN, the American Cancer Society is quoted as saying,
“While it shows promise for controlling cancer pain among some patients, there is still concern that marijuana may cause toxic side effects in some people and that the benefits of THC must be carefully weighed against its potential risks. There is no available scientific evidence from controlled studies in humans that cannabinoids can cure or treat cancer.”
Is Cannabidiol a Viable Alternative?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis plants and has been shown to have a number of medical benefits. Again, just as in the case of THC, research is still ongoing, and the full potential of the compound is not yet known. However, CBD is now legal to use in some states in America as a treatment for intractable epilepsy in children, as well as several other conditions.
Here is a little about what we do know about CBD’s effects on cancer.
Breast cancer kills more women in the United States than any other other cancer. Several studies have been undertaken to examine the effect of CBD on breast cancer cells. A 2007 study conducted with mice found that CBD could inhibit Id-1 expression in metastatic breast cancer cells, slowing down their progress by decreasing their aggressiveness. A 2006 study by a group of Italian researchers indicated that CBD was a more potent inhibitor of cancer cell growth than THC. Finally, a more recent study in 2011 suggested that CBD targeted breast cancer cells while minimizing damage to normal breast tissue.
A study in 2003 using mice showed that CBD produced “significant antitumor activity” and suggested that it could be used as an antineoplastic agent for brain cancers. A 2012 study on the effects of CBD on lung cancer cells, also using mice, concluded that CBD decreased cancer cell invasiveness. More recently, a 2013 study found that non-THC cannabinoids, particularly CBD, were effective against prostate carcinoma.
For a more comprehensive list of studies (on both THC and CBD) related to different types of cancer, visit this page on endalldisease.com. You can also visit our resource page on cannabidiol cancer research to keep up with the latest updates.
These studies are the first steps toward developing cancer medication that uses CBD. While they are promising, the Association of International Cancer Research warns that “[w]hat decades of cancer research have told us is that cancer is an extremely complex disease. It varies enormously, not only between its different forms, but also from person to person and from tumour to tumour. Because of this, it seems extremely unlikely that there could ever be a single cure for all cancers.”
In spite of this skepticism, many are hopeful that cannabidiol could prove to be the cure to one of our greatest enemies. So does Hemp Oil cure cancer? We’ll have to wait and see, but the research is promising.