Cannabis Versus Cancer

We are aware that cannabis has been reportedly “curing cancer”.  We are not however fully familiar with the methods of action taking place.  I spoke with Brian Gillis and Dr. Anzalone of New Jersey (DrMarijuanaNJ.com) to shed some light on the subject.  I asked about the “hemp oil” treatment  featured in “Running From the Cure.” I investigated and learned people had success with “hemp oil”, “Simpson oil”, “medical oil” etc. for the treatment of cancer. You can watch “Running From the Cure” at: 

Most of these oils are homemade extracts made by a liquid or gas solvent with no FDA or state oversight. The resulting product is a topical, edible oil/gel made from the extracted cannabinoids of the female medical flowers of the plant known as cannabis.  “One of the effects that benefit some people is the absence of  the psychoactive or “high” effects of marijuana to achieve the health and medical benefits,” explains Doctor Anzalone.

CO2 Honey Oil is the result of a gas extraction of cannabinoids from plant material, often amber in color,  can range from sticky oil to a hard or even waxy textured solid depending on starting material, extraction method used & conditions.
Without proper oversight to maintain purity, harmful solvents are usually left  in most samples and later consumed. “This is a cure we need to get into the hands of trained professionals as soon as possible,” Mr. Gillis stated.  Neither Dr. Anzalone or Brian Gillis would advise trying this method until more research is conducted to assure this is safe.  “I think it would be best to wait until the process of production has been perfected and approved. If people choose to use this oil prior to having regulation and oversight they are doing so at their own risk,” I was told.

The two men have speculated that the THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, is responsible for destroying cancerous cells while the CBD,  cannabidiol, acts to freeze or halt the spread cancer metastasis. Metastasis is the spread of disease from one organ or part to another non-adjacent organ or part. The men point to two out of many science journals and articles that have shaken the science, medical and cannabis communities over the last several years.

The potential of these two compounds are amazing!” Brian Gillis stated.  “According to the data I’ve seen, It’s among one of science and nature’s best cures for cancer,” said the Doctor. These two (THC and CBD)  create an ingenious combination/synergy when working together.” Doctor Anzalone explained.  Both compounds are found in high concentrations of certain species of cannabis plants.

In one study using plant oil extract, the success of tumor mass reduction and cure rate was reportedly near 99% to 100%. In another study, Harvard University’s research team found THC was not the only compound at play.  Using just isolated delta-9-THC, the principal psychoactive constituent of the cannabis plant, only 50% tumor mass reduction was obtained. They cited a quote from an article which appeared in  Science Daily:  “Apr. 17, 2007 — The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies.”

After reading the first article stating 50%, I asked the men why they had cited “100% success rates.” I had to wonder with the Science Daily study what was missing? Doctor Anzalone and Mr. Gillis explained the oil extract being composed of THC and the  unknown number of other cannabinoids including CBD, CBN would likely be a large factor in the gap. Brian encouraged me to keep reading.

The men had researched many cannabinoids and found CBD to be of particular interest on the topic of cancer metastasis. This made the second article they referenced less surprising. The article, recently made public, provided further data about cannabinoid (CBD) . The data referenced in the article, titled “Compound found in marijuana shown to ‘turn off’ cancer,”  which appeared in Digital Journal, explained the 50% gap of the “hemp oil” group versus those treated with the  pure THC.

“Researchers at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco found that a marijuana compound known as cannabidiol (CBD) can stop metastasis in many types of aggressive cancers.

Sean McAllister, one of the researchers at California Pacific, was studying the effects of Cannabidiol (CDB). Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive chemical compound in the cannabis plant. Pierre Desprez, a molecular biologist researcher, began studying ID-1, the gene that causes cancer to spread, about 20 years ago. The two combined their research and introduced CDB to cancer cells containing ID-1 in a petri dish. They found that CDB stopped the metastasis of the cancer cells.

“What we found was that this Cannabidiol could essentially ‘turn off’ the ID-1. We likely would not have found this on our own. That’s why collaboration is so essential to scientific discovery.”

Dr. Anzalone is currently working with the state medical marijuana program in New Jersey.  Brian Gillis is currently aiding in the research of isolating, mapping and classifying unknown cannabinoids for their future medical value.  Together these two men make an especially interesting powerful duo, a wealth of knowledge and know how.