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Cannabis Shrank my Cancerous Tumor

Age: 61
Gender: Female
Location: Canada
Occupation: self employed

Patient History

Conditions

  • Cancer

Additional Conditions

Asthma and the effects of menopause.

Ethnic Background

  • White or Caucasian

Overall health, well-being and quality of life before medical cannabis

We have had a license to grow medical Cannabis since 2008. When we first started growing I was using Cannabis in a tea form. I hadn’t smoked for a long time, because it really affected my asthma in a negative way. With the advent of the vapourizer this has changed and I do find that my asthma is a lot better than it had been, but not totally gone.

I also started making a vaginal lube because it really helped alleviate many of the symptoms of menopause. In fact, it was so successful that I started manufacturing “Bliss” (the name of my lube) for other women with similar issues.

In August 2017 I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I immediately started consuming both CBD and THC in very high doses. I had a difficult time trying to figure out dosages, as there isn’t much information out there. I found a Naturopathic doctor who was open to Cannabis and he suggested taking an equivalent amount of grams per my weight in pounds. I think that logic might be flawed, but I have had a very hard time finding any info on dosage out there.

The other thing I had to contend with is the fact that cancers that have an hormonal element to them tend to grow larger with higher doses of THC. Because I wouldn’t find out what kind of Breast Cancer I had until the surgery I decided to play it safe and use a 4:1 ratio of CBD to THC. We got the Cannabis we grow extracted to pure THC and I went out and bought pure CBD. I decided to consume 150mg CBD (broken down to 2x 75mg) and 50mg of THC a day. I have measured them out using chocolate as the carrier, since I love chocolate smile . I take one 75mg CBD infused chocolate in the morning and then the 75mg CBD and 50mg THC before I go to sleep. The high doses of THC really help me to sleep at night as well. Along with that I also take 20mg of Melatonin every night, along with Curcurimin, Magnesium, and Omega-3s.

In October, I went into surgery to have the tumor removed and graded. When it was first discovered the tumor was 4.5cm long, when it was removed 2 months later was 2.5cm. Since cancerous tumors don’t usually shrink I can only conclude that it was the Cannabis that shrank the tumor. I found out that I have the hormone positive type of cancer, so I am glad that I took that ratio. And since it seemed to be working I will continue to use the same ratio of CBD to THC. It is funny to note that even though the tumor shrank the medical establishment is very reluctant to give the credit to the Cannabis!

At the end of January I went for radiation treatments for the cancer. I have had bone scans done as well as CT scans and they have not found any cancer anywhere else.

I have to say that I didn’t not find this experience very harrowing at all, because I believe that this plant is here for the benefit of all humans. Before prohibition, not only was Cannabis used medically, but almost all farm animals were fed hemp as a staple. Even if a person did not consume Cannabis directly back then, they did get benefits from consuming eggs, chickens, beef, pork, and dairy products, as they all of those benefits would have carried over through the food chain. And, I think my point was proven when the tumor started shrinking.

People say that there needs to be more studies done before we can say these things, but Cannabis is THE most studied plant/pharmaceutical there is. It has been studied more than aspirin or even opioids. I find it mind-boggling that there isn’t much info out there on dosing etc. There is one book that I would recommend for anyone interested in Cannabis as related to human health. It is called “The Cannabis Health Index” by Uwe Blesching PhD. Blesching has compiled all of the studies ever done and organized them in relationship to chronic symptoms and diseases. We need more of this kind of information very badly.

Additional info about this time in patient's life

More compilation of research is needed. Doctors need to take their blinkers off. And people need to stop freaking out over a PLANT.

Overall health and well-being before being introduced to medical cannabis: 2

Overall quality of life before being introduced to medical cannabis: 3

Patient Process

Path to cannabis

see above

Products Tried

I use flower, extracts to make edibles and topicals.

Patient Experience

How Cannabis has had an impact on patient's day to day life

I find that taking the CBD makes me feel very light-headed. The THC knocks me right out, which is the reason I take it before I go to sleep.

Under Doctor's Supervision?

Yes

Additional doctor supervision information

My GP scorns it. My Naturopathic Doctor supports it. My Oncologist supports it as a supplement to chemotherapy. I decided against chemo, as the percentage of survival is only 2% more than without it and I was not willing to bring down the quality of life for that low an increase. I am so surprised at the push against it is so strong. I feel that sugar is a much more dangerous drug than Cannabis, yet we feed our children sugar every day.

Discontinued Medication

Not Applicable

Cannabis has changed the use of other controlled substances

Not Applicable

Additional info about controlled substance use

I drink alcohol maybe 3 times a year. I don't smoke. I take advil for headaches as this is the only pain that Cannabis does not seem to relieve in me.

Other lifestyle changes adopted along with medical Cannabis

Yes

Additional info about lifestyle changes

supplements, acupuncture, and change in diet

Additional info about medical Cannabis experience

see above

Overall health and well-being after being introduced to medical cannabis: 8

Overall quality of life after being introduced to medical cannabis: 8

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