Cannabis oil cancer treatment
There are several methods of cancer treatment, using cannabis oil. And anyone doing some simple research on the internet will quickly understand that there are definitely a lot of success stories. The other side of the coin is that it is being portraited as quackery or at best ridiculed as alternative medicine.
Big pharma has a lot of influence and power and the reintroduction of powerful plant-based medicine is not at all in their interest. Especially with cancer treatment, traditional medicine has shown extremely poor results.
Despite the fact that billions of (taxpayers) dollars are spent on research and development of cancer medication each year (~6$ billion in the U.S.), after 70 years of active research, still today the only cancer treatments used by regular medicine are surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. The latter two destroying your entire body, often doing irreparable damage to your immune system, exponentially increasing the chances of cancer returning in more than one place.
About 70 years ago after cancer was discovered only one in sixteen people would get cancer. This number reduced to one in ten, 40 years ago and now one-third of us gets cancer during their lifetime. No wonder more and more people are waking up to these disturbing facts.
Cannabis oil cancer treatment methods
- Smoking or vaping
- Orally; swallowing drops directly or indirectly
- Sublingual (under your tongue)
- Rectally, using suppositories
- Applying oil to the skin
Effectiveness of different cannabis cancer treatment methods
Smoking and vaping
Smoking and vaping is the least effective method of taking cannabis oil for medical reasons, moreover for cancer treatment. Its effectiveness is about 10 to 15%, meaning that only 15% of the plants’ medicine is taken up by the body. This method is usually only used for recreational use, as it causes a strong high but has low medical effectiveness and is therefore not recommended for most cancer treatments.
However, for lung cancer treatment it is recommended to vape twice a day besides the recommended oral treatment (see regular roadmap below). Use about half a gram or up to one gram of finely ground cannabis per day.
Taking cannabis oil orally, by swallowing is about twice as effective as smoking. Approximately 20-30% is absorbed by your body and it a good method of taking cannabis oil for cancer treatment. The effectiveness of cannabis oil becomes better, the closer you can bring it to the cancer source. This method is therefore especially recommended for patients with cancer forms in the upper part of the digestive system, like throat and stomach cancer.
This method also causes a ‘high’ in the head and therefore needs to be started slowly, in order to give your body, the time to get used to it. Once you get used to it, the moment you take your dose is considered not to be important, however, when starting we recommend to take your dose after a meal, brushing your teeth and rinsing your mouth.
The sublingual method has about the same effectiveness as the oral method, but its effect is noticeable sooner. This method is therefore often used for pain treatment with cannabis oil or CBD oil for a quick pain relief. For cancer treatment it is however important, as mentioned above, to have the shortest route for the cannabinoids to arrive at the cancer source.
The most effective method is rectal intake. With a suppository, 50 to 70% of the plants’ medicine is absorbed by the body. As stated already it is best to bring the cannabis oil as close to the cancer source as possible, therefore this method is especially recommended for bowel and prostate cancer and overall for cancer forms in the lower part of the body.
There are actually two ways to insert a suppository, both with different effects and purpose.
- Upper rectum
- Lower rectum
When inserting a suppository in the upper rectum (deeper) it is absorbed into the first pass metabolism and first passes through the liver after which it passes through the entire body. The route the cannabinoids take through your body is similar to sublingual submission and also when taken orally, the cannabinoids follow this same path, after the digestive system.
Because the cannabinoids pass through the liver, also in this case you are likely to experience a ‘high’ in the head in the beginning. You need to start with small doses in order to get used to it. This will take on average three to five weeks.
When inserting a suppository in the lower rectum (less deep) it is absorbed into the vascular system, bypassing the liver. Because the liver is bypassed most patients do not experience a ‘high’ in the head but only a comfortable body relaxation. This is undoubtedly a large advantage of this consumption method.
Another benefit is that it allows increasing dosing faster to get to the desired level quicker. Especially for late-stage cancer and patients that have been given only a short time to live by the doctors, it is important to get to the full dosage as quickly as possible.
You should bear in mind that the tolerance to cannabis is different for everybody and it has little to do with your weight or size. Therefore, one person might get used to it much quicker than the other one and cannabis oil dosing needs to be finetuned to every individual.
Applying oil to the skin
This method is very effective with skin cancer and described in detail later in this article.
Cannabis oil dosing roadmaps
Based on the above we provide an average dosing roadmap that can either be increased or decreased based on the patients’ reaction. We consider it important to stay within your comfort zone, although there are no medical downsides to slightly overdosing.
Regular Cannabis oil dosing roadmap
- The aim of the Cannabis oil dosing roadmap is to reach one gram (equal to one milliliter) per day.
- 1 gram (=1ml) is equal to eight or nine drops per dosing, three times a day. In total 24 to 27 drops per day.
- Start with 1/4 drop, three times a day, every 8 hours:
- After breakfast e.g. 8 AM
- In the afternoon e.g. 2 PM
- Before going to bed e.g. 10 PM
- Double the dosing every four days
- In three weeks you will reach the desired dosing
- This treatment will take approximately three months, which is roughly one 60 ml bottle (60 grams)
(a quarter drop is equal to half a grain of dry rise)
When the oil is cold it get’s thicker. For easier cannabis oil dosing, it is best to warm it up with warm water for example.
The table below outlines the regular dosing roadmap by outlining the days the cannabis oil dosing needs to be incremented. Once you have reached, after three weeks, the cannabis oil dosing of 24 drops per day, you continue with 24 drops per day for the remaining days until the end of the 90-day treatment period.
- Regular roadmap
- Day 1 to 4
- Day 5 to 8
- Day 9 to 12
- Day 13 to 16
- Day 17 to 20
- Day 21 an on
- Drops / dosing
- Drops / day
When you are sensitive decrease the dosage by half in the beginning and increase the 4-day incrementation period to 5 or 6 days. After about five weeks your body will have adapted to the treatment, and most people even enjoy it after that. Once you get used to the cannabis, you will no longer experience the ‘high’ in the head, but only this comfortable feeling that some people compare with being wrapped in a warm blanket.
Urgent cannabis oil dosing roadmap
In life-threatening situations and cases where there is no time to lose, like late-stage cancer or when the doctors have given the patient only a short time to live, the cannabis oil dosing needs to be increased and the implementation time needs to be shortened. However, you still need to give your body the time to get used to the cannabis.
In severe cases, patients have taken the 60-gram bottle within one month. We suggest the following cannabis oil dosing roadmap for this urgent treatment of severe cancer cases. This urgent cannabis oil dosing roadmap starts equal to the regular one to get your body used to the treatment and then is ramped up.
By day 26 you will reach the maximum dosage of 64 drops per dosing, which should be repeated three times a day as usual. Roughly on day 30, you will have reached the end of the 60 ml (one bottle) treatment.
- Urgent roadmap
- Day 1 to 4
- Day 5 to 8
- Day 9 to 12
- Day 13 to 16
- Day 17 to 19
- Day 20 to 22
- Day 23 to 25
- Day 26 and on
- Drops / dosing
- Drops / day
Parallel use of regular medication
When you are using regular medication, you need to be aware of a few things before starting a cannabis oil treatment and always consult a medical doctor that has experience with cannabis treatment.
The following three scenarios require special attention when starting cannabis oil treatment:
- Parallel use of regular painkillers, steroids or morphine
- Parallel use of blood pressure medication
- Parallel use of insulin for diabetes
Parallel use of regular painkillers, steroids or morphine
The side effects of using regular painkillers along with cannabis oil can be bad. Ideally, you should stop the regular pain treatment on day one of your cannabis oil treatment, or at least drastically reduce it and range it down to zero within the first week, or up to three weeks in case of severe dosings.
However, because of the pain relief properties of cannabis oil and the CBD component, it also provides pain relief. By using additional CBD oil you can increase the pain relief from these natural products, allowing you to reduce the regular painkillers quicker.
Very often regular painkillers, like morphine are very addictive and it can be hard for patients to reduce them and they can even suffer from withdrawal symptoms. It is good to know that cannabis oil actually helps to reduce these symptoms much quicker.
Parallel use of blood pressure medication
Cannabis oil lowers your blood pressure, so when you combine it with regular blood pressure medication your blood pressure can drop too far. Monitor your blood pressure regularly and reduce the regular medication as needed while increasing cannabis oil to keep your blood pressure at a healthy level.
If you already have low blood pressure you need to decrease the cannabis oil dosing in the beginning and ramp it up over a longer period (for example six to eight weeks instead of three to five). Also, in this case, the regular monitoring of your blood pressure should serve as a guideline, keeping it at comfortable levels.
Parallel use of insulin for diabetes
Patients suffering from diabetes are regularly monitoring their blood-sugar levels to determine the dose of insulin. When starting cannabis oil treatment, it is to be expected that insulin intake can be reduced until it finally can be completely eliminated.
Side effects and overdosing
Cannabis oil is generally not harmful and by no means can cause death even when overdosing. However, unpleasant side effects can occur in certain cases. These side effects, in general, occur in the following cases:
- General side effects
- Side effects due to parallel use of regular medication
- Side effects due to overdosing
General side effects
The following side effects might occur when starting the cannabis treatment.
- Dry mouth
- Fatigue or weariness
- Regular toilet visits
- Appetite reduction
These side effects are of a temporary nature and will disappear when getting used to the treatment in three to five weeks. They can be reduced by reducing the dosing and incrementation speed.
We recommend to always drink enough, especially when starting the cannabis oil treatment you need to pay attention to this and drink water regularly. The tired feeling you most likely get is actually beneficial to the healing process and you should go along with it and rest as much as possible. It is normal for patients to sleep for hours during the day, whilst at the same time sleeping much better and longer at night.
Side effects due to parallel use of regular medication
Depending on the type of regular medication is used, people suffer from nausea to vomiting. Is this the case then it is good to remember it is the regular medication causing the problem and it is best to reduce the regular medication as soon as possible instead of the cannabis oil treatment.
Cannabis oil is a natural product and it enhances your bodies own ability to fight diseases and infections. Most of the regular medication used are chemical substances that do harm to our stomach and other organs. Cannabis oil stimulates our body to fight this harm which causes nausea and/or vomiting.
Side effects due to overdosing
As already mentioned there are no harmful effects from cannabis oil even when seriously overdosing. However, when you are not used to cannabis and in the beginning take too much or ramp up the dosing too fast you can encounter some unpleasant side effects.
- Passing out
- Having a strong ‘high’
Although these effects are not harmful to your health, they can give you a good scare. The most important thing is to stay calm and sleep or rest until it is over. The reason for slowly ramping up the dosing roadmap is to avoid these effects.
However, once your body gets used to the cannabis, people only experience what is often described as a very pleasant and relaxed feeling.
DYI cannabis suppositories
It is surprisingly easy to make your own cannabis suppositories. You can either use a reusable (for example from metal) or disposable molds, which both are readily available online and in drugstores. The following ingredients are needed:
- 1/8 cup of organic cacao or shay butter (for 12 suppositories)
- Cannabis oil according to your dosing needs (see suppository roadmap below)
- Cannabis oil (upon desire). A 50/50 mixture Cannabis oil/CBD oil is recommended
Melt the butter in a small pan but avoid boiling it. Add the cannabis oil and CBD oil and stir until they are completely blended. After letting the butter blend cool off for a couple of minutes the molds can be filled.
To fill the molds, it is easy to use for example a syringe. When this is done put the molds in the freezer and let them solidify for about an hour.
Instead of the mentioned kinds of butter, also coconut oil is often used. You need to use the kind of coconut oil that solidifies when cooled. However, in some cases, coconut oil can cause an allergic reaction so keep that in mind.
When taking suppositories you also need to start slowly with the amount of cannabis oil. However, in this case, the dosing is done by changing the concentration of cannabis oil and CBD oil in the suppositories.
You take one suppository three times a day for four days before incrementing the concentration. Therefore you need to make 12 suppositories of the same concentration according to the below roadmap.
Cannabidiol is usually used as a supportive treatment for cannabis cancer treatment as it is an effective pain reliever, inhibits nausea and vomiting and anti-inflammatory. Read all about it in the article following the link above.
- Suppository roadmap
(Cannabis oil concentrations)
- Day 1 to 4
- Day 5 to 8
- Day 9 to 12
- Day 13 to 16
- Day 17 to 20
- Cannabis oil concentration (gram) / 12 suppositories
Using this roadmap you will arrive at 1 gram of cannabis oil per day, which is recommended for cancer patients. The normal treatment takes three months and 60 grams of cannabis oil.
However, in urgent, life-threatening situations, similar to the urgent roadmap for oral intake (see above), the dosing can be increased to the extent of taking the entire 60-gram treatment in one month. In this case, you will most likely have to deal with side effects which we described above.
Skin cancer treatment with cannabis oil
As we keep repeating in this article it is important to bring the cannabis oil as close as possible to the cancer source. In case of skin cancer, this is also the case and perhaps because with this form of cancer you can directly apply the oil to the cancer it is very effective.
A couple of grams (4-5) of cannabis oil should be applied on the skin affected by cancer and covered with a bandage. Every four days new oil should be applied and the bandage replaced for a period of several weeks. The length of treatment depends on the severity of the skin cancer and can be as short as two weeks or five to six weeks in very severe cases.
This treatment needs to be continued for two or three weeks, depending on the severity as well, after the cancer has disappeared, to make sure that it doesn’t return.
Maintaining your health after cancer treatment
In general, we recommend continuing taking cannabis oil, just to keep your health in good condition. Only a couple of drops a day, which amounts to about 1 gram or milliliter a month, is enough to maintain your complete health.
Cannabis oil not only cures cancer it enhances your general health and has amongst others the following health benefits:
- Prevents cancer
- Improves heart health
- Reduces eye diseases like Glaucoma
- Reduces skin aging
- Relieves stress and anxiety
- Improves sleep
- Eliminates headaches
- Relieves pain
- Boosts appetite
Besides cannabis oil, we recommend mixing it with CBD oil one on one, because CBD has other but also very positive effects on your health.