It’s long been known that THC gummies can help with the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. Recently, however, it has also been claimed that cannabis may actually be able to cure cancer itself.
So, can marijuana cure cancer?
What follows is an attempt to examine these claims and their validity.
Rick Simpson’s hemp oil – some background
This article was inspired by Run From The Cure, a documentary about a Canadian man who claims that the concentrated oil from the cannabis plant has cured his skin cancer, as well as a variety cancers in people from his community. The entire story is documented here.
This video has inspired hundreds of others to try this cure for themselves. As such, I think it’s worth examining whether there is any validity to these claims. Today there are a couple dozen YouTube videos from people who have tried the same treatment regimen. Many claim that hemp oil has also cured their cancer, and some of these videos even include day-by-day photos showing their tumors shrinking. Despite the fact that there are no clinical trials supporting this notion, the idea that cannabis has strong anti-cancer properties is actually supported by pre-clinical, in vitro, and animal studies. The idea that cannabis can cure cancer is also supported by epidemiological studies, which have found that longterm marijuana users have vastly lower rates of certain cancers than non users.
This article isn’t meant as medical advice, rather it’s meant to help those who are interested find the various YouTube videos of people talking about how hemp oil has cured their cancer, and also find all of the academic research on marijuana’s anti-cancer properties. It’s basically just a jumping off point for people who want to be up-to-date on the latest scientific research, as well as the latest testimonials from those who are actually trying this for themselves. (Unfortunately the government has made it impossible to conduct actual clinical trials, so all we have to go on is the meager pre-clinical evidence; hopefully this will change within the next ten years.)
A big reason I made this article is so that people have something useful they can send to those who have been recently diagnosed with cancer. Although we still have much more to learn about marijuana’s anti-cancer properties, it is already very well established that there are major benefits for those suffering the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. This article is also meant to help people learn more about those benefits as well.