Medical cannabis shown to treat cancer, but cancer industry encourages continuation of harmful chemo

Perusing the latest in Cannabis news, I stumbled upon this article:
Medical marijuana may help destroy tumors, study finds

It’s certainly nothing we haven’t heard before, but I thought I’d post it here anyway. However, the conclusions, wording, and even study design (though admittedly, I know nothing about science) seemed to me a way for the cancer industry to incorporate the emerging knowledge about cannabis’ effects on cancer, with their old-style, ineffective and deadly treatments.

The article seemed an advertisement for chemotherapy, with a nod to cannabis. It wasn’t until I read Storm Crow’s comment (emphases mine) that I knew my unease was warranted.

With the body of knowledge contained in this blog, it seems fair to say that any thinking person who finds themselves with a few wayward cells should forgo Western medicine until they have given Rick Simpson oil (RSO) a fair shot. But, it is always up to the individual and their doctor, I am just stating an opinion after doing a lot of “armchair” research.

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Some further reading- “Pot compound seen as tool against cancer” (SFGate- where CBD deactivates the ID-1 gene in triple negative breast cancer, making it easier to treat). “Cannabis extract treatment for terminal acute lymphoblastic leukemia with a Philadelphia chromosome mutation” (PubMed- where a girl was successfully fighting off an aggressive form of leukemia with RSO (concentrated cannabis extract), but she dies of complications caused by her previous chemo and radiation therapy.) And “Cannabinoids Increase Lung Cancer Cell Lysis By Lymphokine-Activated Killer Cells Via Upregulation of ICAM-1” (PubMed where THC and CBD help your body’s Killer Cells by making the cancer cells “sticky” so the Killer cells can destroy the cancer cells more easily!) There is a LOT more to cannabis than just getting high!«

Here is the article:

A new study further solidifies claims that medical marijuana can be beneficial in treating different forms of cancer.

Experts from St. George’s University of London have found that using concentrated amounts of cannabis along with chemotherapy resulted in greater death of cancer cells, reports the Daily Mail.

In a study published in the International Journal of Oncology, lead author Dr. Wai Liu and his colleagues found that compounds found in marijuana, known as cannabinoids, combined with common forms of chemotherapy treatment resulted in greater induction of apoptosis, or the death of cancer cells.

Researchers also found that using medical marijuana after receiving chemotherapy is more effective at killing cancer cells, when compared to using it before treatment.

“We have shown for the first time that the order in which cannabinoids and chemotherapy are used is crucial in determining the overall effectiveness of this treatment,” Dr. Liu told the Daily Mail.

Dr. Liu’s team also observed that the medical cannabis used must be a concentrate, so merely smoking a joint likely won’t provide any benefit.

“These extracts are highly concentrated and purified, so smoking marijuana will not have a similar effect,” said Dr. Liu.


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