cannabis-sativa-leafcannabis-sativa-leaf-copyIt’s an exciting time for all of us willing to consider natural alternatives to traditional cancer treatments. Recently, the NIH and National Cancer Institute released studies supporting the use of one such treatment, the non-hallucinogenic chemical found in the Cannabis plant, for people with cancer-related symptoms caused by the disease itself or its treatment.

Some key facts of the groundbreaking new research you need to know are:

  • The Cannabis plant has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.
  • Right now by federal law, the possession of Cannabis is illegal in the United States, except within approved research settings; however, a growing number of states, territories, and the District of Columbia have enacted laws to legalize its medical use.
  • Chemical components of Cannabis, called cannabinoids, activate specific receptors throughout the body to produce pharmacologic effects, particularly in the central nervous system and the immune system.
  • The oil of the Cannabis plant, called CBD oil, is increasingly becoming legalized on a state-by-state basis.
  • There are commercially available cannabinoids, such as dronabinol and nabilone, which are already approved drugs for the treatment of cancer-related side effects.
  • Cannabinoids may have also benefits in the treatment of cancer-related side effects.

cannabis-bThis new government research dovetails with the long history of work in this same area by such natural cancer therapy pioneers as Dennis Hill, through his site Hill’s own story is one where years ago after a prostate biopsy he was given the diagnosis of aggressive Stage III adenocarcinoma. He was urged to undergo radiation, and then chemo.

Then a friend told him about cannabis and its growing role in not only addressing the symptoms of traditional cancer and therapies, but even in actually curing cancer. At the time, the first human trials of cannabis treatment of astrocytomas (inoperable brain cancer), were published with encouraging results. So he decided; rather than subject himself to traditional medical treatment, that he would do the cannabis cure. And guess what, it worked!

The moral of this story: With open minds and hearts, we can heal our bodies, just as Hill’s own experience shows.