I did like this bit:However, the numerous research studies and this particular clinical case are powerful enough to warrant implementing clinical trials to determine dose ranges, cannabinoid profiles and ratios, the methods of administration that produce the most efficacious therapeutic responses and the reproducibility of the results. It is tempting to speculate that, with integration of this care in a setting of full medical and laboratory support, a better outcome may indeed be achieved in the future.
the family obtained various strains of hemp oil "from an outside source" through the "trial"After day 15, the original Chronic Strain had been consumed and administration of a new strain (referred to as Hemp Oil #2) was started. This was obtained by the family from an outside source.
It's an interesting read but the sample size is one and the patient died during treatment so there is no way to determine the long term efficacy or that it is an actual cure. I think the author best sums it up:Not often is there an opportunity to study such a thing, this may be the beginning of something big?
Still to me it is compelling enough to personally opt for a cannabis extract treatment over chemo - but as you guys know I'm easily compelled lol
Don't modern medicine yet, the paper's author of the certainly hasn't.It is acknowledged that significant research needs to be conducted to reproduce these results and that in vitro studies cannot always be reproduced in clinical trials and the human physiological microenvironment.
First of all you have to understand that cancer is not one disease but a family of diseases with different causes and symptoms. Keeping that in mind let's see what is claimed for Rick Simpson Oil. This is excerpted from High Times.with this properly documented example in mind, how do you feel about considering the rumors that surround the treatment's efficacy? I'm talking about "rick simpson oil" and it's purported success in causing tumor remission?
He admits that the ringing is still present so the cannabis did not solve his problem. He credits his improvement to cannabis oil but completely ignores the idea that Tegretol may not have been the best medicine for him and that his improvements may have come from not from starting the cannabis but stopping the Tegretol.At around 10pm that night, while still at work, Simpson’s head began ringing. The ringing got louder and louder. By 3am, he was back in the emergency room seeking treatment. When the nurse checked his blood pressure, she was so alarmed that she immediately gave him a pill and called a doctor. The ringing never went away. ...Within a year, Simpson was having trouble remembering anything because he was taking 1,000 milligrams of Tegretol a day. ...A few months later, the doctor informed him that they had tried every possible treatment and nothing had worked, so Simpson was now on his own. He decided to stop taking pharmaceuticals and start eating cannabis oil exclusively. ...The ringing was still there, but now I could live with it. Within a few months, people saw the difference. The oil controlled the pain, my blood pressure, and it allowed me to sleep. I lost weight and looked 20 years younger.
Less serious side effects may include:
- pale skin, feeling light-headed, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating;
- fever, chills, sore throat, mouth and throat ulcers;
- easy bruising or bleeding, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;
- confusion, agitation, vision problems, hallucinations;
- feeling short of breath, swelling of your ankles or feet;
- urinating less than usual;
- jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
- severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.
- feeling dizzy, drowsy, or unsteady;
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain;
- headache, ringing in your ears;
- dry mouth, swollen tongue; or
- joint or muscle pain, leg cramps.
This section has cannabis oil curing two separate conditions with different pathologies: cancer and infectionFor many years, Simpson had lived with three suspicious spots on his skin -- two on his face and one on his chest. “Yes, this looks like skin cancer,” his doctor said upon examining them. In January 2003, the doctor surgically removed the spot near Simpson’s eye and sent it in for a biopsy. A week later, Simpson was sitting at home when he recalled the 1974 news report about THC and cancer. “I knew I was supposed to go back and get the other two spots removed,” Simpson says. “When I removed the bandage from the spot they had removed, I noticed it looked red and infected, and there was pus coming out of it. That’s when the news report from 30 years earlier kicked in. I looked at the oil and I thought, ‘Well, this is full of THC, and I’ve probably got skin cancer.’ I put a little oil on two band-aids and covered the two little bumps. Four days later, I took the band-aids off and both bumps had disappeared.”
Within a few weeks, the cancer that had been surgically removed reappeared. So Simpson tried the same treatment and got the same results: Four days after treating himself with the cannabis oil, the red bump was gone and the skin had completely healed.
We now have a third unrelated disease. This one is an autoimmune disease.Simpson soon made a visit to his mother’s house. For years, she had suffered from weeping psoriasis. He applied the oil to her infected skin, and within a few weeks the sores were healed and the scales had disappeared.
No claim of a cure here. He just says he treated various skin conditions. What were they? What was the outcome? It is left to you to assume that these people were successfully treated without explicitly making the claim.“In the first year, I treated 50 to 60 people for various skin conditions.
We are up to four specific unrelated diseases. Smoking marijuana has been known to reduce ocular pressure in glaucoma patients for some time now. I don't know if any studies have been done related to ingested marijuana but I wouldn't be surprised to find similar effects.....that’s when he mentioned to me he had glaucoma. I said, ‘Well, hemp is the best treatment for glaucoma.’ He was the first one to start eating the oil other than me. At that time, he also had arthritis and had to sleep with a pillow between his knees. About two weeks after taking the oil, he stopped sleeping with a pillow, and his ocular pressure was already way down
We now have claims for nonspecific cancers. Given the number of different cancers and the diversity of their causes it is hard to evaluate this claim. There is no real information to use in making a judgement.Simpson became increasingly confident of the oil’s healing properties after it was successfully used by several people with internal cancers. Even patients with Stage 4 terminal cancer -- people who had been given only weeks to live -- were miraculously brought back to health...Simpson estimates that his success rate with terminal-cancer patients is about 70%.
Two new claims here for two different new pathologies.Not only did the oil heal diabetic ulcers with a topical application, it also cured diabetes and allowed some patients to stop using insulin
I do keep an open mind but claims are being made for more than cancer. If you look at the first case study you posted the doctor noted positive results and said:the pubmed articles linked look at THC specifically and synthetic cannabidol - there are hundreds of fatty acids produced by the plant in question that are yet to be cataloged, and, what functions they might play in the body we don't yet know. when we administer the wide variety of fatty acids contained in concentrated hemp oil we see remission concerning cancer cells (is what is generally claimed) and concerning specifically leukemia cells in the case study first linked.
""if something seems to good to be true" - you must keep an open mind, Bill.
I'm glad we all agree that further investigation is warranted. The next decade or so will be interesting IMO
Contrast that with the claims from Rick Simpson who has conducted no scientific studies. According to the linked article "Rick Simpson Oil":It is acknowledged that significant research needs to be conducted to reproduce these results and that in vitro studies cannot always be reproduced in clinical trials and the human physiological microenvironment.
the pubmed articles linked look at THC specifically and synthetic cannabidol - there are hundreds of fatty acids produced by the plant in question that are yet to be cataloged