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10/18/17
A truth of many: cannabis vs.cancer

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The other day a touching message was sent to our e-mail info@mmjherb.com. It happened to be our regular (even for our not so continued existence) customer, who suffered from cancer. And we couldn’t but ask Susan for her permission to publish her message and make some research to cover the sore subject based on true story. So here below from Susan’s permission you’ll see the extracts from her letter…

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“Hi, MMJ Herb guys? How are u? Hope great, cause you’re doing a great job by helping such desperate people as I am. I know you’re busy but just want to express gratitude for giving a little hope to live by providing people in need with MMJ recommendations.
So, I’m Susan, 29, was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 years ago. And from that very moment my life turned into the constant battle for life.”

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Cancer is still №1 disease all around the world.According to the statistic data of American Cancer Society deduced by the number of deaths for 2017 breast cancer is included into the leading 4 cancer cases:

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According to the statistics of the National Cancer Institute for the period of 2005-2011 66.5% of patients have not died from their cancer 5 years or more after being diagnosed. But of course there is the other part that in spite of making all possible efforts to fight the disease is still doomed.

“Without detailing of what I went through, I just point out the main steps of my Stage IIB treatment: chemo, radiation therapy, mastectomy… And of course supportive care included: acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, nutrition therapy. But the whole stuff didn’t work out, the tests are still pessimistic and my doctors team can’t assure me of happy end. So I’m still fighting and now I found a really helping and working stuff: medical marijuana’”.

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No wonder that medical marijuana helps. The use of cannabis is included in Complementary & Alternative Medicine. Cannabis’ compounds are called cannabinoids. The main active cannabinoid is delta-9-THC. Another active cannabinoid is cannabidiol (CBD), which may relieve pain, lower inflammation, and decrease anxiety without causing the “high” of delta-9-THC.

A lot of studies have been conducted to prove the ability of cannabis to kill cancer cells. Cannabis possesses such essential effects as:

  • antiproliferative. It means that it prevents cancer cells from reproducing;
  • antiangiogenic. Cannabinoids stop of new blood vessels needed by tumor to grow;
  • antimetastatic. Cannabinoids block the ability of the cancer cells to spread into other tissues;
  • apoptotic. Cannabinoids speed the cancer cells to self destruct. And this property is quite astonishing, because in some tumors cancer cells are killed by marijuana without touching other healthy cells. (Information taken from How and Why Does Cannabis Kill Cancer? The Science Explained).

But still the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) considers marijuana and its cannabinoids as Schedule I controlled substances. Under federal law the marijuana and its derivatives cannot be legally prescribed, possessed, or sold. There is no approval for whole or crude marijuana (including marijuana oil or hemp oil) by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for any medical use. But in almost half of the American states a medical recommendation signed by a doctor is accepted in dispensaries and then used to treat some medical conditions on legal bases under state laws.

A few studies have found that smoking marijuana helps in treating nausea and vomiting from cancer chemotherapy and inhaled (smoked or vaporized) marijuana can be helpful treatment of neuropathic pain (pain caused by damaged nerves).

Smoked marijuana has also helped improve food intake in HIV patients in studies.

Studies have long shown that people who took marijuana extracts in clinical trials tended to need less pain medicine. [Information taken from American Cancer Society]

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Of course, there are no 100% scientific and lab results confirming the fact that marijuana can be a long-awaited cure for cancer. But real stories, even Susan’s message prove that medical marijuana helps in fighting with it.

Stan Rutner was diagnosed with lung cancer after treating pneumonia. As if that wasn’t enough, doctors later discovered that the cancer had metastasized to his brain. Life expectancy was a couple of weeks. And when there was nothing to lose Stan started to use medical marijuana capsules and cannabis oil. After a week of cannabis capsules Stan’s condition became better and better day by day. A repeat brain scanning showed that there was no more tumor in the brain. Stan’s wife Barb claimed that there was no more signs of lung cancer either. Believe it or not but the story is documented here.

On YouTube we found much more interesting real stories, documentaries and interviews concerning the cancer issue. For instance footage by BBC Newsnight “Can cannabis oil reduce cancerous tumours?” tells a story of a californian woman who’s struggling with her stage IV cancer. The chemotherapy didn’t work and left with no option she started to use cannabis oil. The footage covers also significant proofs that medical marijuana does work against cancer. Here is also found Stefanie LaRue’s story how she managed to survive breast cancer by only treating her cancer with cannabis oil. But of course the counter voice of Dr. David Agus, who names cannabis oil “a snake oil”, bitters the hope of many in magic of cannabinoids.

Still scheduled the 1st position by the Federal government medical marijuana isn’t accepted to wide use against not only cancer but other medical conditions although there are a plenty of real stories.
But there are 2 chemically pure drugs based on marijuana compounds that have been approved in the US for medical use: Dronabinol (Marinol®), a pharmaceutical form of THC, and a man-made cannabinoid drug called nabilone (Cesamet®) are approved by the FDA to treat some conditions.

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Although researches state these drugs got synthetically are not so helpful and effective as real herbal marijuana. Marijuana consists of approximately 400 compounds including 70 others that look alike to delta-9-THC and only 2 of them are the best studied ones. And only delta-9-THC has been extracted to get for instance Dronabinol, so extracting one compound is nothing, moreover maybe the unity of all these compounds makes the marijuana so effective against nausea, anxiety, and even particular cancer cells.

Cannabinoids have a multiple action. Dr.Donald Abrams, Professor of Clinical Medicine (UCSF), often suggests to his cancer patients that they consider medical marijuana for their loss of appetite, nausea, pain, depression and insomnia – one medicine instead of five.

One more curious fact is that our organism also produces chemicals similar to marijuana cannabinoids – endocannabinoids. So they activate the same receptors in the brain and in the immune system as herbal cannabinoids do and thus make wonders in relieving pain, nausea and above mentioned ailments. But in organism the quantity of endocannabinoids is small otherwise we’d be constantly “high”. So the crucial point is that both these chemicals either found in hemp or produced by our own body as if unlock some nodes responsible for our condition.

This discovery now helps to understand in full measure why marijuana can help in curing of cancer: its cannabinoids send a message to the receptors to execute direct functions, so they can even instruct and make cancer cells to destruct themselves.

And the main aim of many scientists, researchers and pharmaceutical specialists remains full legalisation of marijuana firstly to investigate marijuana and secondly finally to find Holy Grail in medicine – cure for cancer.

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“So, cutting to the chase, my fellow-sufferers understand and support me, that medical marijuana works and helps us to believe that miracle is still possible. Why not? One more time “Thank you” for existing, MMJ Herb. Sincerely yours, Susan”.

From the bottom of the heart we wish Susan good luck and health. And all those who faced the same situation. We believe in what we do and fully estimate the power and effective properties of medical marijuana.

Faithfully yours,
MMJ Herb