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Use of Medicinal Cannabis as A Cancer Treatment

Posted Feb 17 2012 4:21am

Simply stated, cancer is the unbounded spreading and growth of individual cells and/or entire cellular structures throughout a living organism’s body. All areas of the body are able to be adversely affected by cancerous development (carcinogenesis). Malignant cancerous growths (also commonly called tumors, sarcomas, cysts, carcinomas and neoplasms) are capable of destructively overtaking healthy cells around them. In other cases, cancer cells cause bodily devastation by migrating throughout the body via the bloodstream and/or the lymphatic system.

Cannabis treating cancer Use of Medicinal Cannabis as A Cancer Treatment

Types of Cancer

There are nearly two hundred types of recognized cancer, but some types occur far more frequently than others. According to the most recent statistics reported from the World Health Organization (WHO) , cancer continues to be the leading cause of worldwide human deaths each year, accounting for more than 7.6 million fatalities in 2008. That was approximately 13% of all deaths on the planet that year. The most prevalent types of cancer continue to be:

  •     Lung Cancer causing roughly 1.37 million deaths annually;
  •     Stomach Cancer causing roughly 736,000 deaths annually;
  •     Liver Cancer causing roughly 695,000 deaths annually;
  •     Colorectal Cancer causing roughly 608,000 deaths annually;
  •     Breast Cancer causing roughly 458,000 deaths annually;
  •     Cervical Cancer causing roughly 275,000 deaths annually;

Key Cancer Risk Factors

There are number of recognized risk factors that increase the probability of the onset of various cancer types. Individuals are able to significantly decrease the likelihood of developing cancer by limiting, or completely avoiding, exposure to:

  •     Tobacco smoke, estimated by the World Health Organization to cause more than 1.8 million worldwide deaths every year;
  •     Excessive alcohol consumption, the cause of more than 351,000 deaths annually;
  •     Lacking physical activity, improper food intake choices and the obesity that results in more than 274,000 annual deaths;
  •     Human papilloma virus (HPV) infections that cause more than 235,000 worldwide deaths yearly;
  •     Carcinogens encountered in workplaces – like asbestos – that cause more than 152,000 deaths by cancer every year;

Individuals can further reduce their probabilities for developing cancer by mindfully evading:

  •     Environmental carcinogens including various indoor atmospheric pollutants;
  •     Ionizing and/or ultraviolet sources of radiation;
  •     Exposure to other viral infections including Hepatitis B and various STDs;

**IMPORTANT** – Successful Prevention of Cancer Requires Permanent Lifestyle & Behavioral Modifications

Every effective cancer control plan must be based on intentional preventative measures. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), approximately 40% of cancer deaths are able to be prevented. In addition to making a firm commitment to avoiding the above listed key risk factors of carcinogenesis, successful cancer prevention depends on initiating permanent lifestyle modifications including:

  1.     Engaging in daily exercise & consistently maintaining a healthy weight level;
  2.     Implementing low-fat, water-rich, vegetable-heavy food intake choices;

Additionally, a significant percentage of deaths can be prevented when the development of given cancer types is detected in early stages. Survival rates also depend heavily on effective treatments being initiated during those early stages.

Worldwide Mainstream Cancer Treatment Options: Surgery, Chemotherapy & Radiation

  • Chemotherapy uses a variety of manmade chemicals to travel in the bloodstream and, hopefully, wipe out cancer cells.
  • Radiation treatment therapies including - Internal Radiation Therapy, also called Brachytherapy, places radioactive material directly at the sites of or very near areas affected by carcinogenesis.
    - Systemic Radiation Therapy utilizes radioactive materials (often radioactive iodine) to course through the patient’s bloodstream, destroying cancerous cells as it comes into contact with them.
    - External Beam Radiation Therapy directs intense beams of radiation from outside the patient’s body to areas affected by cancer.
  • Traditional Surgery techniques and procedures are employed to remove the cellular structures affected by carcinogenesis.
  • Cryosurgery uses techniques that administer extreme cold to impede or reverse tumor growth.
  • Angiogenesis Inhibitors restrict blood flow to developing tumors.
  • Biological Therapy encourages Biological Response Modifiers (BRMs), which are naturally manufactured by human immune systems, to fight against carcinogenesis. BRMs also combat certain side effects resulting from other commonly utilized cancer treatments (like chemotherapy).
  • Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation (PBSCT) & Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT) are used to restore cells destroyed by high doses of chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments.
  • Gene Therapy introduces specially selected genetic material into a cancer patient’s cells in order to fight, or even prevent the development of cancer cells.
  • Hyper-thermal Therapy involves blasting tumors with high amounts of heat to destroy cancer cells – or at least to slow down their advancing growth and multiplication.
  • High Intensity Light (Laser) Therapy directs super-intense light beams at cancer-affected areas.
  • Targeted Cancer Therapies involve administering drugs that interfere with molecules which are specific to carcinogenesis.

Efficacy of Common Cancer Treatments

Cancer is the most efficient and accomplished killer of humans the world has ever been subjected to. In most developed societies, mainstream treatments for the various types of cancer are often looked upon as ineffective. So many times, the available mainstream treatments for carcinogenesis offer very little hope for increasing the longevity of given patients, at least to any degree that they would wish for.

According to WHO, considering all cancer types combined, undergoing chemotherapy increases the probability of a given cancer patient surviving an additional 5 years by less than 2%. For lung cancer and breast cancer patients, the post-chemo probability of 5-year survival increases by a mere 1.5%. Further, worldwide health professionals have deemed chemotherapy as basically useless for several very commonly experienced cancer types including:

  •     Prostrate Cancer
  •     Skin Melanomas
  •     Multiple Myeloma
  •     Bladder Cancer
  •     Pancreatic Cancer
  •     Kidney Cancer

Common Side Effects of Prevalent Cancer Treatment Types

Cancer treatments in most developed societies are based almost solely on differing combinations of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Sometimes these treatments are very effective at destroying the intended cancer areas, but in many other cases, they do more harm than good. As a result, hundreds of millions of people worldwide live in ever-increasing fear of the commonly experienced side effects associated with these prevalent cancer treatment options. The adverse side effects associated with radiation and chemotherapy treatments very often include:

  •     Various debilitating conditions resulting from immunosuppression & myelosuppression;
  •     Bone marrow paralysis resulting in decreased production of white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets;
  •     Severe destruction of stem cells;
  •     Anemia;
  •     Hair loss & fatigue;
  •     Nausea & vomiting;
  •     Diarrhea & constipation;
  •     Malnutrition, dehydration & cachexia (bodily wasting);
  •     Heart tissue damage (cardiotoxicity);
  •     Kidney damage (nephrotoxicity);
  •     Liver damage (hepatoxicity);
  •     Brain dysfunction (encephalopathy);
  •     Inner ear damage (ototoxicity);
  •     Development of post-chemo secondary neoplasms;
  •     Infertility;
  •     Pain and paralysis resulting from neuropathy;
  •     Permanent cognitive impairment;
  •     And a long list of others…

As a direct effect of the inability of cancer patients, and their loved ones, to have faith in these prevalent treatments, people worldwide are developing continually increasing interest in Complimentary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) treatments for carcinogenesis. Also referred to commonly as Integrated Medicine, CAM incorporates a wide variety of total-body healing philosophies, techniques and therapeutic advancements.

The entire CAM treatment system is utilized by millions globally to prevent the onset of carcinogenesis, treat and control symptoms that result from cancer – and even to stop the advancement of and/or reverse cancer development altogether. Some of the many available CAM treatments for cancer and/or its resulting symptoms include:

  •     Medicinal cannabis usage and other herbal treatment options;
  •     Holistic dietary supplementation;
  •     Mega-doses of specific vitamins;
  •     Acupuncture;
  •     Massage therapy;
  •     Magnet therapy;
  •     Spiritual healing;
  •     Meditation.

Using Medical-Grade Cannabis (Marijuana) to Treat Cancer & Cancer Symptoms

As people from all societies continue to increasingly explore Complimentary & Alternative Medicine cancer treatments, a refreshed appreciation for the healing benefits of cannabis usage naturally emerges. With a global demand for treatments that effectively enhance the quality and length of life for those afflicted with cancer, as well as many other debilitating health conditions, countless masses appreciate medical marijuana because:

  1.     There are only a few associated side effects, all of which are very mild and temporary;
  2.     Cannabis is able to produced by any individual in the comfort and privacy of their own home;
  3.     Patients have no worries of losing their entire life savings to the costs of receiving cancer symptom treatments;

It’s a globally accepted and historic fact that people have been using cannabis to effectively treat, control and often reverse a vast array of medical conditions for at least 3000 years. Despite a consistent, heavy public demand for medical-grade marijuana, many world governments continue denying its legal usage. Recently, especially in the past 2 decades, this incessant public demand is forcing those suppressive governing bodies to allocate resources for the research and development of cannabis-based medicinal products.

Associating Cannabis, Cannabinoids & Immune System Efficiency

Cannabis (marijuana) is actually classified as a weed that originated in Central Asia. Cannabis plants contain constituents called cannabinoids (AKA phytocannabinoids), active natural chemicals that produce certain drug-like responses in the human body, specifically in the central nervous system (CNS) as well as in the immune system. Cannabinoid receptors are innately present in human brain cells, spinal cord cells and in various other nerve cells throughout the body. This natural presence of cannabinoid receptor sites, especially those found in cellular structures of the human immune system, strongly implies that cannabinoids may have a necessary and profoundly important role to play in resisting the onset of adverse health conditions (i.e. immunity).

Human Trial Clinical Proof that Cannabis Effectively Combats Carcinogenesis & Cancer Symptoms

While the public push for increased research concerning the effectiveness of cannabis as a powerful cancer treatment is just beginning to heat up across the planet, there have already been many very promising clinical studies completed. Highly respected, long-established medical leaders from various countries have consistently demonstrated the healing powers of medical marijuana. Specifically, consider the following clinical studies:

1/ In 2007, the American Medical Association (AMA) reported that lab mice with lung cancer were treated with THC, the most prevalent cannabinoid in marijuana. This particular research was completed by Anju Preet, PhD, a medical research specialist from Harvard University. The results, in a nutshell, demonstrated that lung cancer tumor growth rates were cut by 50% – and significant prevention of carcinogenic spreading (malignancy) was recorded. WebMD story link here…

2/ In May of 2006, the Washington Post reported that Donald Tashkin, PhD, a UCLA pulmonologist, concluded from experimentation in the largest clinical study of its time that even heavy, daily usage of marijuana produced absolutely no initiation of lung carcinogenesis. With funding provided by the U.S. National Institute of Health, Tashkin’s research was conducted on 1200 Los Angeles residents that had been diagnosed with carcinogenesis of the heads, necks and/or lungs. These cancer patients were compared with 1040 other people without cancer. Washington Post story link here…

For a lengthy list of recorded clinical research result summaries from around the world, concerning the effectiveness of cannabis usage as a highly effective cancer treatment (and possible cure) visit here .

For decades, clinical studies conducted in various countries have conclusively and irrefutably demonstrated an entire array of other holistic health advantages that are associated with medical-grade marijuana usage. A partial list of the extraordinary medicinal benefits of marijuana therapy includes the demonstration of:

  •     Anti-inflammatory properties;
  •     Anti-viral properties;
  •     Ability to stop the growth of carcinogenic cells;
  •     Causing cellular necrosis (death) in tumors while leaving the surrounding non-tumorous cells in completely healthy states;
  •     Appetite stimulation useful for reversing cachexia and other bodily wasting conditions;
  •     Powerful analgesic pain relieving properties;
  •     Effective ability to relieve nausea and vomiting;
  •     Strong propensity to enhance mood, lessen stress responses and create increased well-being;
  •     Sedative qualities that accommodate restful sleep;

As a result of the undeniable medicinal benefits that are clinically proven to be strongly correlated with cannabis therapy, marijuana usage continues to emerge as one of the most notable, hope-inducing CAM cancer treatments known to the human race.

The United States Government Awards Its Own Dept of Health & Human Services Patents for 2 “Novel Uses” of Cannabinoids

As in many “advanced” nations, the federal government of the United States continues to classify marijuana cultivation and usage as felonious acts. Each year in the U.S. alone, millions of citizens are persecuted, indicted, prosecuted, fined, imprisoned and otherwise repressed because they demand their innate human right to practice holistic self-healing marijuana therapy. In times of record high levels of diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, stroke – and of course all types of cancer – many world governments still refuse to allow their people to benefit from the natural medicinal properties of cannabinoids.

In 2003, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office awarded the United States Department of Health & Human Services patented rights to the medicinal properties of cannabinoids, found only in cannabis plants. Specifically, cannabinoids are patented for their neuroprotectant and antioxidant medicinal properties. Neuroprotectants help to stop the onset of mentally debilitating diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. And of course, antioxidants are very appreciated by all health professionals everywhere because of their unique ability to destroy free radicals in living organisms. And to be clear, free radicals are those extremely reactive, destabilizing molecular structures that are very widely accepted to significantly accelerate the onset and development of cardiovascular disease, various age-related health conditions – and of course – all types of cancer.

Review comprehensive details of U.S. Patent # 6630507 here…

According to the most recently published statistics from the World Health Organization, global cancer occurrences are at all-time high levels – and they continue to escalate at exponential rates. Further, WHO estimates that worldwide cancer deaths will increase 45% – from 7.6 million in 2008 up to 11.5 million by 2030. The necessity of innovative and effective options, like cannabis therapy, for the treatment of carcinogenesis cannot be underestimated.

Sources

World Health Organization – http://www.who.int/en/
National Cancer Institute – http://www.cancer.gov/
CBS News – http://cbsnews.com
The Washington Post – http://washingtonpost.com
Cannabis Culture – http://cannabisculture.com
United States Patent & Trademark Office – Department of Commerce – http://patft.uspto.gov/

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