We all grew up in the “pot is dangerous” era, and anti-Cannabis campaigners won’t hesitate to beat everyone over the head with the claim that Cannabis, also called Marijuana, is a “dangerous gateway drug”. The thing is though, it has long been known that this is simply not the case.
In all truth, natural Cannabis, used responsibly in the form of an oil or tincture, or raw, is absolutely safe and non-toxic, and has been used for over 5,000 years to prevent, treat and even beat major diseases.
It is one of our sacred plants, so I get SO happy coming across articles about its potential to kill cancer.
I’m not one to smoke weed, because there are way better, all-natural things, for everything, but if you’ve been following my work, you know that I AM into sacred plants. A LOT. Because they really heal.
Lately, it is the U.S. government which have added a page about cannabis on their website, which is loaded with information on cancer. According to the content on this page, research studies in mice and rats, have shown cannabinoids as cancer cell killers.
Preclinical (laboratory or animal) studies of cannabinoids have shown the following:
- Studies in mice and rats have shown that cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow. Laboratory and animal studies have shown that cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells – while protecting normal cells.
- A study in mice showed that cannabinoids may protect against inflammation of the colon and may have potential in reducing the risk of colon cancer, and possibly in its treatment.
- A laboratory study of delta-9-THC in hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) cells showed that it damaged or killed the cancer cells. The same study of delta-9-THC in mouse models of liver cancer showed that it had antitumor effects. Delta-9-THC has been shown to cause these effects by acting on molecules that may also be found in non-small cell lung cancer cells and breast cancer cells.
- A laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in estrogen receptor positive and estrogen receptor negative breast cancer cells showed that it caused cancer cell death while having little effect on normal breast cells. Studies in mouse models of metastatic breast cancer showed that cannabinoids may lessen the growth, number, and spread of tumors.
- A laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in human glioma cells showed that when given along with chemotherapy, CBD may make chemotherapy more effective and increase cancer cell death without harming normal cells. Studies in mouse models of cancer showed that CBD together with delta-9-THC may make chemotherapy such as temozolomide more effective.
- Many animal studies have shown that delta-9-THC and other cannabinoids stimulate appetite and can increase food intake in patients suffering from weight loss due to cancer.
- Cannabinoid receptors (molecules that bind cannabinoids) have been studied in the brain, spinal cord, and nerve endings throughout the body of animals to understand their roles in pain relief.
- Cannabinoids have been studied for anti-inflammatory effects that may play a role in pain relief.
- Animal studies have shown that cannabinoids may prevent nerve problems (pain, numbness, tingling, swelling, and muscle weakness) caused by some types of chemotherapy.
Nausea and vomiting
- Cannabinoid receptors found in brain cells may have a role in controlling nausea and vomiting. Animal studies have shown that delta-9-THC and other cannabinoids may act on cannabinoid receptors to prevent vomiting caused by certain types of chemotherapy.
Anxiety and sleep
- Cannabinoid receptors found in the brain and other parts of the nervous system may be involved in controlling mood and anxiety.
- Anti-anxiety effects of cannabidiol (CBD) have been shown in several animal models.
So the truth of the matter is:
Cannabis is one of our incredible, sacred plants with profound healing properties.
There is plenty of research suggesting that the real enemy is actually alcohol, and if anything, it is alcohol that acts as a gateway drug – not Marijuana. Yet, millions of people are able to enjoy alcohol on a regular basis without moving onto harder drugs. The same can definitely be said for cannabis! The evidence is so strong!
Anybody looking into the studies with a clear mind simply must realise that we actually need to educate our teenagers on the dangers of alcohol, and should really legalise Marijuana.
Alcohol is toxic, and it is, along with pharmaceuticals in general, among the leading causes of death. If you compare alcohol, prescription painkillers (opiates), anxiolytics, sleeping pills or anti-seizure medications to marijuana, marijuana wins BIG time. For instance, the painkiller Vioxx killed at least 60,000 before being pulled off the market… Opioid painkillers can lead to slowed respiration and death, if an excess is taken, and the risk is multiplied if you add alcohol to the equation. By contrast, cannabis overdose cannot kill you because there are no cannabinoid receptors in your brain stem, the region of your brain that controls your heartbeat and respiration.
And far from being a gateway drug, it actually helps people stay away from synthetic drugs. In states/countries where Medical Marijuana is legal, overdose deaths from opioids like morphine, oxycodone and heroin decreased by an average of 20 percent after one year, 25 percent after two years, and up to 33 percent by years five and six. Cannabis, and in particular cannabidiol has none of these issues. No toxicities. The main side effect of cannabidiol is sleepiness.
Cannabis is not only safe, but it often also works when pharmaceutical drugs fail, and it is typically more effective.
But I’m not talking about smoking pot, but about natural cannabis oil, also called Medical Marijuana. And the list of health issues that Cannabis can treat is long and includes pain control, seizures, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, inflammation, insomnia, autism, anxiety, panic attacks, immune dysfunction, memory loss, neurodegenerative diseases, IBS, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, eccema, psoriasis, and many more.
Obviously, in order for Cannabis to work for different diseases you need to know the right species, the correct form, such as oil, tincture or raw, and the correct amount for your problem, but, sadly, the fact that marijuana remains classified as a dangerous drug discourages the majority of researchers from conducting Marijuana studies, and this has all but halted scientific progress.
It can be challenging to find accurate information, apart from long-term users of Medical Marijuana, who have experimented on themselves and share their stories, and from scientists and doctors in Israel, the marijuana research capital of the world.
Here just briefly: The therapeutic and psychoactive properties of Marijuana occur when particular cannabinoids activate their associated receptors, and the effects depend on the areas of our body and brain in which they interact. But we did not develop these receptors in order to smoke pot, we developed them because we have our own endogenous cannabinoid system, and our body makes its own cannabinoids, similar to those found in Marijuana, but in much smaller amounts. The diversity of receptor locations and endocannabinoids show just how important endocannabinoids are for day-to-day bodily function.
They help regulate our sleep, appetite, digestion, hunger, mood, motor control, immune function, reproduction and fertility, pleasure and reward, pain, memory and body temperature. Endocannabinoids are the chemical messengers that tell our body to get these processes moving and when to stop. They help maintain optimal balance in the body, also known as homeostasis.
Some of Marijuana’s cannabinoids are psychoactive, such as THC, which produces the “high”, whereas others, such as CBD, are not, and although research is still in its infancy, it appears clear that cannabinoids work in tandem with each other, balancing one another out. Sadly, for years now, pot growers have been tampering with cannabis plants to produce less and less CBD and ever-increasing amounts of THC, trying to create more intense psychoactive effects, not realising that this diminishes marijuana’s medicinal value. Also, because the THC now lacks any modulation, its likelihood of producing adverse reactions is increased.
Whereas the use of the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant and its pure, natural extracts to treat a disease or improve a symptom often offers true healing, synthetic marijuana is not only void of healing components, but also puts you at risk of serious side effects, including anxiety, psychosis, stroke, brain damage, kidney problems, cardiac issues, tachycardia and hypokalaemia.
Don’t use synthetic marijuana! Mother Nature created a delicately balanced chemical system in this plant, which should not be tampered with or manipulated by humans.
It’s time for us to unite and work together to change the public’s perception about this sacred plant that has been used for 5,000 years to prevent, treat, and beat major diseases.
Should you wish to include Cannabis in your healing protocol, make sure you have all the information.