I’m pretty certain you have heard of cannabis oil being used to treat cancer at some point by now, but perhaps like myself, you may have felt resistance or mixed feelings about it all. I shied away from the idea for the first few years into my diagnosis but soooooo many people mentioned it to me, that I couldn’t ignore it any longer. If all of these people are recommending it to me, it’s at least worth some investigating! So I went on this quest to find out the facts behind cannabis oil as a treatment for cancer, and omg has it been a journey! It literally took over a year for me to figure it all out, and I’m still no expert by any means. But I know enough…enough to share, with the hope that if you have been just as curious as I was, I can at the very least provide some clarity and answer some basic questions by sharing my own personal acquired knowledge and experience.
I’ve been wanting to write about this for some time now, but was afraid of closed minds and negative feedback. I would be doing a disservice by not being totally forthcoming and sharing what I believe has played a part in turning my circumstances around. There will be naysayers and judgment, but when you have stage 4 cancer and have stared death in the face, believe me when I say that there is NOTHING that you won’t try…especially when others have shared their testament about how a certain integrative therapy has helped them recover. So judge not please.
So what’s the deal with all of these claims that cannabis can help fight cancer?
“The recent legalization of medical marijuana in two dozen states has raised many questions among those with cancer.” Could cannabis oil help ease cancer-related pain or nausea? Could it help patients gain weight or get a good night’s sleep? Research also suggests that cannabis oil may actually shrink tumors. Is this true?
There’s no shortage of information on the internet covering this topic. In fact, I felt that there was too much information and it totally overwhelmed me. But what kept me locked in, was the fact that I kept reading from very reputable sources that cannabis oil could kill cancer cells. For instance, according to the the PDQ (Physicians’ Data Query) at the National Cancer Institute, cannabis may lessen the progression of cancer cells while alleviating pain, lowering inflammation and decreasing anxiety. According to The American Cancer Society, “More recently, scientists reported that THC and other cannabinoids such as CBD slow growth and/or cause death in certain types of cancer cells growing in laboratory dishes. Some animal studies also suggest certain cannabinoids may slow growth and reduce spread of some forms of cancer.” So there are two, in my opinion, very valid sources indicating that cannabis does indeed have cancer-fighting properties.
In addition, there are countless online testimonials of people attributing their accelerated healing to the use of cannabis oil. The promising info coming from very reputable sources coupled with all of the testimonials I read really intrigued me. I decided that I would keep this integrative therapy in my back pocket in case there was a time when sh*t hit the fan…and it did, during the holidays of 2015.
When the cancer metastasized to both of my lungs, I turned to cannabis oil in a desperate state.
Both of my lungs were totally collapsed and every breath I took was a struggle. I was literally gasping for air and couldn’t even walk from my room to the bathroom without being totally winded. I felt like an elephant was standing on my chest and every time I took a breath I could feel and hear the fluid gurgle. It was the most erie and frightening feeling. I had to go to the hospital twice a week to get pounds of fluid tapped from my lungs so I could have a little relief until they would fill up again. The procedure was so painful and they would fill back up again so quickly. It got so bad that I was told that I might have to get a catheter surgically inserted so that I could drain the fluid from home, so I didn’t have to suffer so much in between visits.
My oncologist started me on a newly FDA approved drug (Ibrance) which has worked wonders since, but at the same time, I was finally ready to try the cannabis oil that I had been reading and hearing about for so long. What did I possibly have to lose? A friend of mine makes the oil strictly for the purpose of helping people with cancer and other health issues. She made me a batch of oil and I started taking a small dose every night before I went to bed. Another amazing friend of mine did some research and found an actual MD that once worked at my hospital and has since left his conventional practice to open his own integrative practice in Santa Monica, where he strictly treats and prescribes cannabis oil to his patients. Even though he was so close in proximity to where I lived, I was in such bad shape that I had my first appointment/consultation with him on Skype. We went over my circumstances and he told me that he sees the quickest resolution in lung cancers. He prescribed a vape pen with cannabis oil and told me to puff the pen every hour on the hour and that I should see results pretty quickly. I have to be honest and admit that I was pretty skeptical. But I committed to taking the oil that my friend made for me every night and to using the pen every hour. I was desperate to get well.
Within a few weeks the fluid in my lungs started to dissipate
I’ll forever remember the date, it was January 21, 2016 and I was scheduled for a routine lung tap in the afternoon. During this appointment we were going to talk about getting the catheter put in. I woke on this morning and thanked God for keeping me through the night (I do this first thing when I open my eyes every morning) and when I got out of bed, I could feel my chest lighter than normal and I could breathe a little deeper. On the way to the hospital I told my mom, “I’m not going to have to get a lung tap today let alone a catheter.”
I asked the radiologist to do an ultrasound on my lungs prior to them sticking that giant needle though my back because I felt my lungs clearer. So he did and the results indicated that there was a definite decrease in fluid. He agreed to let me leave that day sans tap or catheter and told me to return in the next couple of days when my breathing became labored. That afternoon was the last time I ever stepped foot again into that radiology department. Each day I started to feel better and better. Within a couple of weeks I could breathe almost normally and my PET scan results indicated my lungs were no longer collapsed. Fast forward to now, my most recent scan has shown that my lungs are totally resolved! I strongly believe that the combination of my new drug Ibrance, Chinese herbs (a later post to come) and the cannabis oil played a vital role in saving my life. My lungs cleared far quicker than any doctor (outside of my cannabis doctor) anticipated. When I told “Dr. Cannabis” how quickly my lungs got better, he wasn’t the least bit surprised, rather he had a look on his face like isn’t that what I said would happen? And my incredible friend who makes the oil assured me all along that I would be better quickly, she was right.
What cannabinoids and ratio helped me combat cancer? Here is what has worked for me:
“Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers that provide relief to an array of symptoms including pain, nausea and inflammation.” The two most common strains of cannabinoids are THC and CBD, although there are at least 85 types, many of which have documented medical value. For the use in cancer treatment you will typically use either THC, CBD or both. THC is the strain that most people smoke or consume to get high whereas CBD has no psychoactive effect. However both strains are noted to have cancer fighting properties. Some people say THC is better for cancer, others argue that CBD is. Some argue that different ratios are better for different types of cancers. I’m not even going to pretend like I know the answer, this is the area where I am not of a whole lot of value. All I can tell you is what I used and what has worked for me. Keep in mind there are so many different things that you will read and hear as is the case with any cancer therapy, conventional or non conventional. What worked for me may not be what’s best for you, so be sure to consult with a professional.
I used a 1:1 ratio of THC and CBD, so equal parts of both. I used this ratio in both the oil I consumed orally and also for the vape pen I used. The CBD counteracted the psychoactive effects of the THC but I would still feel a little out of sorts. I tend to be more sensitive than the average person. I felt extremely really tired and sleep more than usual. I would have to say that was the most significant side effect that I could note. But when you sleep, your body repairs. And the longer you take the oil, your body will adapt, build a tolerance and you become more immune to the side effects. Again, depending upon the type of cancer you have, a different combo may work better so be certain to do some research on your own, consult with an expert and source oil that is made ethically, from a reliable source. This is very important. Not all oils are created equal. I am more than happy to refer you to either my friend who makes the oil or to the MD I have used here in California. Please message me for info xo. I continue to take the oil here and there for maintenance but always keep a supply on hand. I truly believe with all of me that the worst is behind me but it feels good knowing I have “weapons on the shelf” if you will.
I really just scratched the surface with this post as there are so many more details and studies surrounding this topic. However too much info can be overwhelming and counter productive. I hope that the little content that I did share however has been somewhat helpful and inspiring. If you have tried cannabis to help with cancer, I would love to hear your experience! And if you have additional questions that I didn’t address in this post, please message me or comment below.
Winnie Liu says
Great article! You inspired me and seeing you doing so well ! recently I got the news from my oncologist that I have MBC and follow up with IBrance and letrozole is the treatment for my MBC and I would like to try different things to improve my health condition.coughing and insomnia is the major side effects, I definitely want to try the CBD oil ,Thank you
Sending love and healing and I hope the cannabis works for you as well!
What a great article!! I too, have been a Stage IV and take Ibrance and CBC and THC 1:1. A grandson grows, manufacturs and distributes, told me to try it. I was so sick, unable to eat or sleep and what a difference in two days. My Doctor keeps telling me ,,just keep doing what you are doing. My bone cancer is still there but not active. My energy level is great, still take a nap most days. I am 77 and live in Az, live in a very active community, so I stay very active. I would encourage any cancer patient to try the CBC and THC, if possiblr. Like you said, what can you lose now? Thank you for such a great artucle, again.
Hi – great article. I was diagnosed with St4 MBC in October last year – been on Ibrance since then but recently had a delivery of CBD from America which I was going to start taking but have just read that it shouldn’t be taken if advised not to take Grapefruit (although can’t see Grapefruit in its ingredients?!) . . Just wondering how others have coped with CBD and Ibrance?
In the UK oncologists are reluctant to discuss CBD and it’s benefits!
Cbd oil says
Very interesting and informative. Health is the most important part of life nothing is more valuable than good health and massage is very good for healthy life specially the use of Cbd and hemp oils are very beneficial for us.
Thank you so much for sharing steph!! So many people are enamored by the CBD hype and isolates are being sold as wonder medicines when in reality whole plant, THC rich CBD is actually far superior! Again, thank you for sharing and helping educate people on this important, important fact!!
Hemp Oil Cancer Treatment says
Thanks for posting this informative and great blog and i really appreciate your work, Finally i have understand something about cbd oil. It helps me to understand the better use of it in real life.
Appreciate Your Effort. Great Work Buddy
Thank you for reading and I’m so happy it helped!
Barbara R Meyers says
Great topic, can you tell me how much of the oil you took everyday?
I too am taking Ibrance for MBC. doing well so far, but wanting to add CBD oil.
Barbara R. Meyers
It’s best to contact a prefessional such as Dr Frankel at http://www.greenbridgemed.com. He assisted me. I took capsules and also used a vape pen. I took varying amounts as it was very difficuly for me to take larger amounts of the 1:1 ratio. I’m sorry I am not able to offer more info, but I do believe there also has to be some THC present in conjunction with the CBD. Dr Frankel know’s best however. I hope this helps and wishing you great health in the New Year and always.
Hi! Do you know if there are any interactions with Ibrance and CBD oil (non THC)
To my knowledgw there us no as I used both together and continue to do so. However, I would seek the adivice from your oncologist as well to confirm. Best Wishes XO
Hi Jackie. To my understanding there is no interaction as my oncologist is ok with me taking both treatments simultaniously. I have been on both for a couple of years. However, I recommend consulting with your oncologist to get her/her take as well.
I’m a believer. I have gotten my Mom on water soluble BioCBD and had given out bottles as Bday gifts. My Mom was on Hospice with lung and liver cancer in the Spring of 2013, not given much of a chance to live. Now, she has been off of Hospice for 3 years now and continues to look and feel great. She had steroid shots and now has incorporated the CBD oil in her regime and feels a noticeable difference. She is walking between 5-10 thousand steps a day, not bad for someone who wasn’t supposed to survive the summer of 2013. – Sally
Thank you for sharing Sally! I love your mother’s story! I am a firm believer in the use of cannabis for medicine and we are living proff that it indeed works…Wishing her many more years of health and happiness.
Edna Cruz says
Hi! My mom has been battling stage 4 colon cancer for 4 years…metastasized to lungs and liver. I would love and appreciate the contact information for your doctor and friend who make the cannabis oil. Thanks!
Hi Edna. Prayers and healing for your mom. All of the info is linked to my most recent post. I hope this helps and if not, please feel free to email me directly though my site. XO
Thank you for posting this awesome article.
I’m a long time reader but I’ve never been compelled to
leave a comment. I subscribed to your blog and shared this on my Facebook.
Thanks again for a great post!
Thank YOU for subscribing and for reading!… and also for sharing. I appreciate it so very much. Means so much to me.
joel axelrod says
steph this a great article i hope alot of people get to see it and are helped by it
Thank you so much for reading and for the kind words…Means so much!
I heard about canabis oil about year and a half ago after discussing my father’s diagnosis with a patient at the dental office I work in. That night I started to research it. My dad has stage 4 liver cancer and we’ve tried juicing, daily Wheatgrass shots and changing his diet. I felt like the canabis was something he would stick with because of the ease of taking it.
I researched for months and was unsure how to obtain the canabis because my dad was hesitant to ask his oncologist.. We finally found some that came from the dispensaries and made our own as well. My dad took it for a few months and with his current oncology apt his blood work has been better than it has been in the past. He hasn’t had a scan to evaluate the tumors nor has he taken the full regimen that Rick Simpson recommends but I believe it is helping. Thank you for sharing your story, it gives me hope after a hopeless diagnosis from his doctors.
Wow. What great news that he is feeling and doing much better! I believe juicing and wheatgrass are so vital too. I’m so happy that you were able to obtain and make some oil. There are so many stories of people beating this when all odds were placed against them. I believe in this stuff, I really do. Kind of off topic, but there is a book that I believe can be very helpful to you and your father. It’s call Radical Remission and its about hundreds of people beating stage 4 cancer. It changed my outlook and gave me so much hope. Wishing your father well and sending love to you both. Thank you for reading my post!
Thank you for the book recommendation! I will look into it. I have a question. Can you tell me what strain of canabis you have used? Can you email me? email@example.com
Liz Luque says
And another one!! Great info in this article, you sharing your personal experience of how you were feeling when your lungs collapsed is such a big deal (I was there so I know how bad you got). You have came such a long way in a year and we are so blessed to have you here sharing all of your knowledge and experiences. You are helping and inspiring so many people Steph!! I’m so proud to call you my friend, keep writing….
Thank you! You were so key and instrumental in getting me through those times by sharing your story and beating all of the odds. You are a miracle, and I was determined to be one too. Your strength and presence is something I will cherish forever. Thank you for always supporting and believing in me. XO
This article is gonna save so many lives! Can’t wait for the day I can tell you “thank you for saving mine”. Looking forward to getting this started and then sharing my story too. This is the virtuous circle we must pursue. Thank you for inspiring me xo
Amen! Girl, you inspire me everyday! And I too look forward to the day you are free and clear. We have stories to tell and I can’t wait to read and hear all about yours! THANK YOU for inspiring me and so many. XO