• Has anyone considered using marijuana as a cancer treatment?

    Asked by misha41510 on Monday, December 12, 2011

    Has anyone considered using marijuana as a cancer treatment?

    I've read research the shows that THC in marijuana kills cancer cells and prevents tumor growth in lab tests and in mice for GBM cancer cells.
    (Check out The SETH Group at http://thesethgroup.org/research.php and click on their "Featured Experiment" and the study about GBM tumors in mice and THC from marijuana at http://www.nature.com/bjc/journal/v95/n2/full/6603236a.html)
    Does anyone have any experience with marijuana as a cancer treatment? I'm interested in learning more about it. I think that anything that has a possibility of treating my mom's Gliosarcoma is definitely working looking into and possibly trying.

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • susie81610's Avatar

      I use the edibles at times to make me hungry. Which in turn helps me eat and relax and take pain away. I would rather eat a cookie than take another pain pill. Iam legal for whatever legal is in Mi I have my card. Everyone has strong opinions on this subject either they are for it or against it. But you need to work with some one that knows what they are doing. I make butter with it which in turn I use in the cookies. I have shared with one of my chemo buddies and it helped them to eat and motivate. There are many different ways that you can get it and use it without smoking it. Not sure where you live or if it is legal there?
      Good Luck

      over 9 years ago
    • gdytko's Avatar

      My doctors wouldn't start the prescribing and authorizing part of it because of the politics, but they did prescribe Marinol, which is derived from the marijuana plant. It comes in a pill form and at certain doses, it has the same effects. It helps with the pain, makes you hungry and helps with nausea too. I am looking into the plant form of it myself, because it is less expensive and it works really well when you eat it, like what susie81610 said. And a little bit is all that is needed. I have to find a doctor that prescribes it and thats the hard part for me right now. I'm in Arizona and just recently it became legal for medicinal use.
      Best wishes,

      over 9 years ago
    • Heidi's Avatar

      I would do it and my doctor actually would recommend it for me if it was legal in my state (FL). I have so much pain that I need to be on a large amount of pain meds in my stage 4. I know that a lot of people think of it as taboo but people like my self who get to the point they are out of options. I think that the research on this is VERY promising. Thanks!

      over 9 years ago
    • misha41510's Avatar

      Thanks everyone for your responses. I (and my mom) live in California, so it's legal here for medicinal use (as long as Obama doesn't shut down all the dispensaries). My mom hasn't mentioned any issues with her appetite or nausea, so I'm not urging her to use it for those reasons. Though that is certainly a positive. Mostly I'm really encouraged by the research done on THC and GBM cells. It's amazing how the THC makes the cancer cells cannibalistic in a sense. I know my mom has been weary of smoking it, so it's great to know that it can be consumed in other ways with mostly the same effect. Thank you.

      over 9 years ago
    • COMPASSIONATE's Avatar

      I found that marijuana immediately helped with nausea. That's the biggest thing it does- it takes away the nausea. It gives you back your appetite, and I had to eat to keep up my weight and strength. It kept me in a place where I could get through it and not totally lose my body. But I realized the pain comes back about every two hours and that I was going to be smoking this about every couple of hours. I'd never done that before and it was intense. But I realized that when you're sick, your body needs balancing. Then when you smoke cannabis, it takes you to a place of "normal". You don't get high. When you're healthy and you smoke, you go to other places higher than your own consciousness, but when you're in physical distress, it takes you to a place of peace within your body.
      Let me know if you have any questions.

      over 9 years ago
    • Aimeesmom's Avatar


      If your having difficulty getting medical marijuana, you might want to look into Hemp Oil, which can be found in my natural supplement stores, in it's pure form and not altered chemically like most of the approved medical marijuana you may be proscribed by your doctor's. Most are in the organic form. Just google Hemp Oil, THC, or medical marijuana and you will see many sites that offer it. Good luck, praying for complete healing.

      over 9 years ago
    • kulaken's Avatar

      After being diagnosed with stage 4 GBM back in Aug, of last yr , i couldn't sleep. i asked my oncologist to prescribe a sleep aid , he gave me Ambien , the nightmares were so vivid , i couldn't stand it no more , so i asked for Merinol.
      He did so willingly, my current insurance at that time covered the script , IT WORKED WONDERFULLY !! I was getting full night sleep , well rested , then my insurance changed and wouldn't cover the Merinol script , so i had to go back to the street and somehow afford paying for the cannabis,while not working ,, but i managed it ,, it is a shame that it isn't readily available to those whom can use it for legitimate reasons

      over 8 years ago
    • Zacksdad's Avatar

      I tried drug store THC in pill form in the hopes that it would increase my appetite instead of steroids which did indeed increase my appetite but made me meaner than a snake. I think each individual will have a different side effect. I did not want smoke pot as I am an ex smoker and do not want to smoke anything

      over 8 years ago

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