The Scientific Activist

ResearchBlogging.orgThrough the results of widespread experimentation of the… well… let’s say “non-scientific” variety, it’s pretty well known that marijuana has the side effect of making the user very hungry. This is one of the many physiological effects of the active ingredient THC (?9-tetrahydrocannabinol). More relevantly, however, THC and other cannabinoids are actively being investigated for various useful clinical purposes, including the treatment of cancer through the inhibition of tumor growth.

A new study by Salazar et al. in The Journal of Clinical Investigation demonstrates that THC causes tumor cells to begin to degrade themselves from the inside (a process called autophagy, i.e. “self-eating”). Although autophagy has been shown to promote cell survival in some cases and cell death in others, the authors show that in this case it causes cancer cells to undergo programmed cell death (apoptosis). Thus, THC activates a series of events within cancer cells, inhibiting tumor growth.

Despite the imagery that the title of this post (and maybe even casual experience) may imply, it’s not that THC causes cancer cells to ravenously and indiscriminately destroy themselves. Rather, by binding to certain cell-surface receptors, THC activates a cell signaling pathway that leads to cell death. This is a very orderly process, with autophagy just contributing one important step. The authors of this paper work out many of the molecular players in this process, using siRNA and cells derived from knockout mice, although I’ll leave it to the interested reader to further explore that aspect by reading the paper if so inclined.

Mostly, this is interesting (to me) more for the big picture aspect and the implications for clinical medicine. And, of course, for the post title it inspired.


Hat tip to Mo of Neurophilosophy.


Salazar, M., Carracedo, A., Salanueva, I., Hernández-Tiedra, S., Lorente, M., Egia, A., Vázquez, P., Blázquez, C., Torres, S., García, S., Nowak, J., Fimia, G., Piacentini, M., Cecconi, F., Pandolfi, P., González-Feria, L., Iovanna, J., Guzmán, M., Boya, P., & Velasco, G. (2009). Cannabinoid action induces autophagy-mediated cell death through stimulation of ER stress in human glioma cells Journal of Clinical Investigation link

Comments

  1. #1 fatherdaddy
    April 4, 2009

    So, does this mean that the smoke from the bong leads to your getting cancer and the THC leads to the cure? I’m kinda liking how that sounds.

  2. #2 Fair Trade
    April 6, 2009

    This research is going to make many people very happy.

  3. #3 Bob in Az.
    April 7, 2009

    I am a 60 year old white male with a spot on my left lung about 1 1/2 dia.I smoked pot and CIGs for 35 yrs.
    Also been on Methadone for 35 yrsw.25 yrs stright.I go for biopsy Wed 8:30am
    My question is or do really strong pop help with the chemo.I could be a good subject to study

  4. #4 Lagonda
    April 8, 2009

    Canadian Rick Simpson has claimed for a few years it is possible to cure cancer by treating patients with highly concentrated cannabis oil. All the evidence to prove his claims is, of course, anecdotal, and he was tried for possession of illegal drugs, but it is studies like these that make me wonder if he indeed stumbled upon a new (and better) treatment for cancer.

  5. #5 Daniel Eggink
    April 11, 2009

    Its the real thing. 9 months ago I saw the Rick Simpson Video. A religious cannabis marijuana grower Joseph Barton donated a half pound of seedless marijuana flowers and I extracted the THC oil.
    I then gave the oil to a man who has stage 4 lymthatic cancer with a large tumor on his neck. He is still alive with renewed energy and the tumor is shrinking.
    Joseph Barton the man that donated the marijuana has since been raided by the police and is now challanging the Prohibition against cannabis marijuana hemp as a criminal war on the Constition of the United States and humanity.
    See http://www.nycamp.org
    We are staging a rally April 17 in Albany, New York on the State Capitol steps to abolish this evil prohibition by agents of the United States Treasury Department and local law enforcement.

  6. #6 Justin Kander
    April 11, 2009

    I know it is hard to believe, but cannabis in hemp oil form truly is the cure for cancer. I’ve seen it work with my own eyes, not on cancer, but on an incurable skin infection. I’ve also regularly spoken with Rick for almost a year now, and this is truly legitimate. Hemp oil can cure nearly all types of cancer, if not all types, as well as terminal cancers.

    It’s not just cancer either. Hemp oil can cure essentially all major human diseases, including diabetes, MS, arthritis, cardiovascular disease (the #1 killer in America), autoimmune disorders, pain disorders, and more. Cannabis is far, far more powerful than anybody could have imagined, and when this knowledge becomes global, it will be a new era in man’s history.

  7. #7 Nick Anthis
    April 11, 2009

    Wow, each comment here is more outrageous than the last. I thought that “cannabis as the cure for cancer” would be difficult to beat, but “hemp oil as a general panacea for every medical condition known to man” certainly wins. Surely there’s no way anyone could beat that one.

    Anyway, you people scare me a little bit, and I hope that nobody reading this comment thread decides that any of you are a reliable source of medical advice.

  8. #8 Prooof.
    April 12, 2009

    You got to Believe, it, If you stay in Denial Its not healthy, you’ll end up having to take the Cannabis cure, whats say we get these Human,s Straight, and Rickie Doesn’t even talk about taking it in high enough Doses to get Stoned as fack on the regular, just eliminating the threats within you. Your Gonna have to Experience, the only way you’ll Truly know, If you are too scared to Conquer, You should not speak on what you cannot do. Life is here, And Cannabis increases it all, Got to allow it to be legally And by law Organic, With proper Care, then no one would get any sick from smokin them bad ass Chemicals.

  9. #9 judy
    April 14, 2009

    Has anyone here heard of Ronnie Smith?

  10. #10 Lea
    May 3, 2009

    Pleased to see an article that in my mind reflects positives towards cannabis instead of negatives.
    Prohibition lies of cannabis have been effective in squashing the truth in the minds of the public. But through NORML, MPP, LEAP and other organizations the battle is slowly being won.

    I am one who cannot take pharmaceuticals, 98% of them make me ill. Given the opportunity to smoke cannabis for three days in a row quite awhile back the inflammation and digestive tract problems I was having began to improve.

    Bob in Az.: Have never had chemo and I’m not promoting this product however, SYNERGY 16 fl. oz. bottle is in most health food stores. G.T. Dave began bottling Kombucha (SYNERGY) in 1995 after his mother’s success from drinking it during her battle with breast cancer. She told him it helped her with her chemo treatment. Google GTSkombucha.

    I’m sort of a health nut and do drink it several times a week for my digestive problems or to help cure a hangover if I’ve over done it the night before.

  11. #11 danD
    May 14, 2009

    I am 66 and have been battling NSC lung cancer for the last year with poor results.
    I just received my last brain scan that shows several small tumors. So now I seem to have lung cancer on the brain. The doctors have scheduled radiation therapy, admitting that it is the best shot they have, are not giving me much reason to hope. I stumbled upon this blog searching for any reason to bother. I passed this on to my naturopath and as my home state is a non user she cannot comment, she did however give me a silent nod in the parking lot to go for it. OK so now what? With help from friends and family, although the details need to be worked out, a supply could be managed.
    The rest I need help with. How to use it and most important of all, how much? Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

    danD

  12. #12 Mauris Emeka
    May 16, 2009

    I do not doubt that there could be definite benefits to medical marijuana relative to cancer. What I find regrettable is that it is seen by many as a possible ‘cure for cancer’ when in truth the cure for this most devastating disease has to be with a change in our diet and lifestyle, and not with some active ingredient in marijuana plant (or in any drug for that matter). In other words, our principal conversation should center around the issue of just how we nourish our bodies — that is,the foods we eat (or don’t eat), and other lifestyle factors like stress, exposure to sunshine,clean healthy water, our need for deep breathing,and the like. In other words, our focus should be on nourising our body so that we create within it a healthy environment — a healing environment that does not allow the underlying cancer PROCESS to thrive.

  13. #13 Lea
    May 17, 2009

    danD: Vaporizer would be the best, they’re expensive though. Google cannabis or marijuana vaporizer. If you’re unable to afford the vaporizer just smoke it in a full pipe or as a joint, medium amount, let’s say 1 to 3/4 a tablespoon per pipe or joint.
    In homeopathic medicine there is a thing called saturation
    for the first four days to two weeks in order to get a jump on the cure. That would mean smoking six to seven times a day during the saturation time and then tapering off to three to four times a day.

    Smoking cannabis will definitely help with the effects of radiation therapy.

  14. #14 Julie
    May 21, 2009

    Scientific evidence has shown direct injection of endocannabiniods (natural chemicals in neuron signaling. your body makes its own THC like molecules) into tumors in mice causes total regression of the tumor. Also, in cell culture, cells are protected from alzheimer’s pathology when treated with cannabiniods.

    There is a lot more of this kind of research but hard to get at and understand. Hopefully the trend toward releasing all of this information to the general public will continue in the scientific community.

  15. #15 Lea
    May 23, 2009

    Yes Julie, the research is hard to get and understand but there are good organizations that are covering it.

    One such report just published online by the journal Pharmacological Research. The article, by two researchers from the University of Naples, covers the potential benefits of cannabinoids in illnesses involving intestinal inflammation (e.g. Crohn’s disease) and in colorectal cancer.

    The authors explain that “cannabinoids exert important physiological and pathophysiological actions in the digestive tract, including appetite regulation, emesis, protection of the gastric mucosa, intestinal ion transport, gastric emptying and intestinal motility.” They then go into a detailed and highly technical explanation of how the body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors — the route through which marijuana and the body’s own marijuana-like chemicals act — are involved in controlling the excessive inflammation that is the hallmark of Crohn’s and other forms of inflammatory bowel disease and how enhancing those actions can help.

    The researchers then go into a similarly detailed discussion of the cellular mechanisms by which cannabinoids — including natural plant cannabinoids like THC and CBD — fight colorectal cancer, opening the discussion with this: “Cannabinoids exert antiproliferative, antimetastatic and apoptotic actions in colorectal carcinoma epithelial cells as well as antitumoural effects in experimental models of colon cancer.”

  16. #16 free the weed
    June 12, 2009

    we are being controled by a buntch of tossers telling us weed is bad!thay know thc cures cancer but thay cant pattent a plant which means no proffit,thay like to dish out there own so call remody’s which have nasty side affects that attacks the amune system. wake up people and smell the coffe! fuck n.w.o aka new world order! corrupt inbread skum…there plans are to reduce the population by 90% kill us off…

  17. #17 JT
    July 4, 2009

    Dan D, I’m sorry to hear about your condition and I’m glad that you are willing to look at all your options. I’m going to tell you the only method I know to make THC truly effective in fighting your cancer. THC is the anti cancer, but you need a ton of it and smoking should not be an option with lung cancer. Vaporizing is better but it’s still not enough. I have a friend that treats cancer patients and is running out of them because they don’t have it anymore. This is all he is doing:
    He extracts all of the THC from the best medical strain available and puts it into one syringe. Then gives it to the patient. You could use a slow drip with saline and i.v. as well.
    You would think that you would get sky high, but you don’t. It’s the same principle as some people smoking themselves sober. Your brain will only accept so much cannabinoid activity before it simply will not allow those receptors to recognize them for a while. It really works. Also, the only thing that is ever harmful about people trying to get THC is smoking pot for it. Smoking anything will send unwanted toxins throughout a persons body. Pure THC has only a couple known side effects: getting you high at low doses, increasing appetite, boosting your immune system, and KILLING CANCER CELLS. I urge you not to wait on this method to become public. Good luck and God Bless.

  18. #18 JT
    July 4, 2009

    Sorry Dan, I forgot to specify that the shot all of the THC from ONE POUND of the best quality medicinal.

  19. #19 Steph
    July 5, 2009

    JT has the right idea. It’s pure hash oil or all the thc from about a lb of indica medicinal mj. Don’t inject it though. Just take it as quickly as you can. It could take up to a month.

  20. #20 Nick Anthis
    July 5, 2009

    Wow, we’re getting pretty specific for something that is totally based on speculation and not on any real clinical evidence. I hope nobody here is taking the “medical advice” being so freely dished out here seriously.

  21. #21 sheri
    July 18, 2009

    JT, You seem well informed about THC and what it can do for cancer. We are doing the treatment right now on my husband who has been told there is nothing more they can do.
    It started with melanoma 5 yrs ago. It has now gone into the bone, and multiple spots on his lungs. They did radiation on his hip (tumor) bone..then they wanted to do chemo on his lungs with only 10% chance of it doing anything at all. We had been researching the THC information and decided the odds seem to be much better going this route. We have spoke to a few people that were told they had little or no time left and survived by using the THC method…After reading your blog…thank you… You mentioned your friend has helped alot people through their journey…I am always looking for someone else to talk with, perhaps who has a similiar cancer story. We have to move fast on this, and I need all the help I can get… I would love to contact this person..

  22. #22 Phoenix Tears
    July 21, 2009

    Hi all,

    Those looking for more information on hemp-oil, please check out Rick Simpson’s site. It’s got everything you need to learn about making your own hemp-oil, and how to use is to treat cancer.

    Good luck!

    http://www.phoenixtears.ca/

  23. #23 David
    August 30, 2009

    My father has melanoma I wanted to see if any one else with melanoma has try out the hemp oil and what was the out come of it

  24. #24 Britta
    September 18, 2009

    A friend of the family was just told that his throat cancer is back for the third time; only now it has moved to his salivary glands. He was told that his body could not take any more chemo or radiation and surgery is not possible. I need to know the most effective way of taking the oil (smoking it would probly be out of the question), how much we need etc. Any help or advice would be appreciated. B.Y

  25. #25 Jon
    October 30, 2009

    I tested the theory that THC kills cancer on hampsters with skin cancer and it had 100% sucesss rate

  26. #26 Jon
    October 30, 2009

    If you look on you tube there are a number of instructional video’s on how to make THC oil but the tests I conducted were with the bud (flowering part of plant) introduced directly into their food

  27. #27 dave stevens
    November 4, 2009

    i just came from rick simpsons house. he is the real deal and appears to want to help people and does not expect money. wow thats refreshing. he does not live in a million dollar home.not what you would expect if he were making money from this deal.i believe this man to be honest and i hope people will listen. your truly dave stevens

  28. #28 Eli
    November 14, 2009

    lmao @ this thread!

    No, seriously though… I got a buddy who’s friendS with Rick Simpson and that dude is CRAZY cool! He’s got this giant plywood hut in the back of his house that’s shaped like a friggin’ bong, man. I guess they just go in there and there’s pillows and shit and they just smoke weed and chill. He said last weekend a bunch of them climbed up on the roof and started pissing off the edge and Rick was all, “Dude, you guys are pissing off my bong!” Oh man I guess it was freakin’ HILARIOUS!!!!

    Yeah I don’t know if any of them had cancer though. That’d kinda suck.

  29. #29 Cannabisthecure
    November 20, 2009

    One should not smoke paper with cannabis…. A pipe using water filtration methods (bong or bubbler) or even better vaporization techniques, are the best ways to administer THC and other canabanoids such as CBN CBD etc.. For people suffering from cancer, ***you must look into THC oil extraction using organic 99% alcohol. This has a higher concentration of thc than most novelties (hash, iso hash). THC IS THE CURE!!!! People have added years to their life and ended death senences given by the doctor. DO NOT TAKE CHEMO/RADIATION!!! THESE WILL KILL YOU FASTER AND DOCTORS KNOW THAT!!!!!! It is a sick world.

  30. #30 scott
    December 1, 2009

    ……and other cells too!

  31. #31 Marita
    December 17, 2009

    Well yes and now Rick Simpson’s house has been raided, while he is in Europe. There is something wrong with this world and with these Governments, people !!!! How long should we carry on taking this?

  32. #32 Marc
    January 14, 2010

    I have an uncle diagnosed with a terminal lung cancer. The doctors has told him that nothing else can be done so my uncle went to see rick simpson (we live in NB and he’s from NS). So he gave them 10 seringes with hemp oil in it. He has to ingest all of that as soon as possible. At the start, it’s really tough on the system. (he started with doses the size of a small grain of rice three times a day)…now he’s triple the doses (three grains of rice..three times a day)…he’s consuming it at a rate of one seringes a month and the goal is to get to one seringes a week. Anyway…he’s feeling better but it’s too early to tell. He has nothing to lose and a life to save.

  33. #33 Paul
    January 23, 2010

    SHERRI, BRITTA, MARC…. please let us all know of progress and the outcome.
    Is there any way I could get to speak by telephone(or write by email)to anybody involved in currently using hemp oil?

  34. #34 craig lambadarios
    January 28, 2010

    It seems to be true , Rick Simpson has stummled on to something GREAT,
    Lets not ignore the facts , people are being saved ..

  35. #35 dave
    February 1, 2010

    if want to know how to make hemp oil go to phoenix tears .com it will tell how .you need the oil from a lb of the good stuff and the oil you get, should be ingested over 90 days good luck

  36. Scientific evidence has shown direct injection of endocannabiniods (natural chemicals in neuron signaling. your body makes its own THC like molecules) into tumors in mice causes total regression of the tumor. Also, in cell culture, cells are protected from alzheimer’s pathology when treated with cannabiniods.

  37. #37 drsunrise
    February 14, 2010

    PAUL,………I am currently using the Rick Simpson Oil. E-mail at drsunrise.681@gmail.com

  38. #38 joe
    February 18, 2010

    I have made this oil,The taste is awful /w tingling of the toung and roof of my mouth.
    I will be offering this information to my cousin who currently has cancer of the stomach.
    joe.

  39. #39 james
    February 24, 2010

    I hope somebody who has commented on here about begin in the process of using the oil on a loved one or them self’s would keep us up to date. I have no problem’s still young. for now. I trust rick eveything his saidand saying. Theres alot more then just the one more. Type his name in you tube and watch more … Plz keep us up to date. I want to BLOW the top off this and have the goverment on their needs, In a cell. Nah wouldnt be like them. But they better Begg for forgiveness When we finally Prove this to the world…. To all who are in goverment and knew about this cure. i dont have to tell you where your going…. you all ready know. rip goverement you cant hold us down.

  40. #40 colgate
    March 3, 2010

    although this is interesting there is no research to back up such claims. We really need research as people here are forgetting the effects on the brain it can have. Paranoid phases etc. i dont really agree with justin kander furher up and would be interested to know what untreatable skin condition was healed with the use of cannabis. facts people we need facts that is what all medical science is based on. research first

  41. #41 The Truth
    March 3, 2010

    The Truth is There will be no major studies on THC oils curing cancer. There is no way for Big Pharmaceutic or Doctors , and hospitals to make money from it. Anyone can grow it anywhere and create their own medicine for curing thyself or your loved ones. Stop for a second and think about all the money and business that is created from cancer. What part of the economy might that be in every country around the world? Cancer equals BIG BUSINESS. I believe the oil is very real and a very powerful medication for many many things. My loved one was diagnosed with breast cancer 3 years ago. I watched and held her as she went through 3 surgeries, Massive chemo, radiation and long term pills. It was a year after the diagnose that I discovered Rick Simpsons story and after my own research started her on oil. She is doing well and has left a lot of the prescribed drugs behind. The damage that the chemo did is something that I am not sure you ever get over. But I believe She will be with me for a very long time. What would you do for your loved one?

    You need to not confuse hemp oil from the natural stores with what Rick is talking about. One pound of good Marijuana Bud will make about 60 grams (about 60ml) of oil and that will treat a loved one for about 3 months. It is important to take as much as you can and get the 60ml gone. SMOKING IT WILL NOT CURE CANCER!!! Although it does relive pain. People need to dig deep in to this for their self’s. It has been used as medicine for thousands of years. God didn’t make it illegal, man did. I consider the government to have created a crime against humanity. Is cancer a form of genocide? Population control? Research it for you! Dont wait for them.

  42. #42 Ian Myers
    March 12, 2010

    NICK ANTHIS. Nick, i for one DO hope they ARE taking advice from these good people posting on here. As it is most likely people who have very little left to loose, would you REALLY advise them to NOT try it? Think NICK! It does work from what i have researched (have you, obviously NOT) but anyway if they have nothing left to loose, where’s the harm?? Are you REALLY serious NICK?? Jesus, you should be encouraging them mate. And JAMES, well said Sir. I think that IS one of the problems, when the truth comes out and people realise that the war on cannabis was created BECAUSE it cured Cancer and they wanted to increase the Cancer contraction levels so they can A, make money and B, kill a good proportion of the population off (N,W,O) then they will NEED them underground bunkers they have been building for themselves because let me tell you there will be some mighty pissed off people in the world. Just think how many people have lost love ones to Cancer, i myself had it at age 8, AGE 8, something up there i’m afraid because my lifestyle (for thoes that think you contract Cancer through not eating or exercising right) was excellent. I think that we have been INFECTED WITH Cancer so they can do what they are doing. I mean how much Cancer was about fifty years ago, some yes, but no where near the amount now. IT WORKS people, don’t listen to the corrupt people running this planet (the corporations) and listen to your fellow man who WILL look out for you!

  43. #43 Michael
    March 19, 2010

    Cannabis was not made illegal just for its medicinal properties It makes the best rope In WWII the US did a “Hemp for victory campaign” to keep the forces supplied with cordage, when the war ended the troops who came home used the flame to burn all hemp out of the US. Now our oceans are polluted with the wretched nylon product that takes ages to break down. The effect on ocean life = terrible. and the planet is being denuded of forests to make paper pulp who’s end product is no way up to par with that made from the renewable recourse – Hemp. But big business, DuPont waxes rich
    http://www.lightparty.com/Energy/Hemp4.htm
    http://www.inya-face.com/hemp/06_Hearst.htm
    http://www.primalseeds.org/dupont.htm
    Do a little digging and you will get the distinct smell of “smoke” and it ain’t from a joint. Oh and I don’t smoke tobacco or any other stuff.
    Michael

  44. #44 Trovax_106
    May 20, 2010

    It’s a shame America is still afraid of such a useful compound.

  45. #45 Gary - UK
    May 21, 2010

    I know a woman who has just been diagnosed with cancer of the liver and lymph nodes and has been told there is nothing they can do but give her medication to help her feel better. She is a single mother of three children. How on earth can a regular person get a 1lb of cannabis and all of the alcohol (or whatever solvent is needed) to even try and extract the oil for themselves without getting found out and arrested? It’s so sad, she is going to die and she cannot get access to this oil.

  46. #46 ds
    June 24, 2010

    In case you want to try something different to cure cancer as hemp may be too hard to get or do it in addition…. I cured skin cancer with bloodroot several times and I know of plenty of people who did also. It is now made for inside of the body too. Check it out. One company is BR-Plus but there are many sources. MMS is another thing to add to all of this ….Miracle Mineral Supplement. Start slow with this one.

  47. #47 bearnest
    July 13, 2010

    man…all this info is slaping me in the face over and over again. I wish i had it two years ago, when my cousin, 29, died of cancer. and what bloody cryin’ f’in irony – she just finished medical university.

    i urge everybody to spread these words everywhere they can – sow them magic beans in thought, word and action. If we reach critical citizen mass, they’ll have to use desperate measures to suppress this, and by then, most of the Herd should realise where we’ve been..ahem….(be)headed. if not, let them, for they are (y)our enemies.

  48. #48 marbd
    August 8, 2010

    @ Nick Anthis… Quit being a douchebag. Your repetitive smirking comments(and your article)do not inform or impress anyone. This information is well known over the course of many years and is NOT the first study on the subject. YOU are also NOT a reliable source of information and I find your pompous babble nothing more than copy paste. Owned! goodbye.

  49. #49 Anf
    August 25, 2010

    The indepent lab researchers who are bringing forward this positive hemp information are limited to tests done on lab rats, I think I heard on the news that human testing with hemp is not allowed. Which sux as most people wont take independent and self diagnosis resarch legitimate. id rather die awake than in my sleep, sad to see so many people wont wake up from this hypnotic state. Join the dots and everything makes sense. research everything b4 internet control comes in and turn off the tv!

  50. #50 Dave
    August 25, 2010

    About the skin cancer cure: It’s not the seed oil. THC is not in the seeds. For curing all cancers, Dr. Leonard Coldwell’s book is your best bet. DON’T DO CHEMO!!! CHEMO KILLS!!!

  51. #51 Alex
    September 3, 2010

    Nick Anthis…people like you should be wiped off the face of the Earth you brainwashed ignorant prick. Medical practitioners like you who are feeding the ill with synthetic chemicals, so the companies who manufacture this man-made poison can get a little more rich, believe they are helping people when they are really killing them. People need to be informed of the natural substances given to us by God which have the ability to cure practically every disease known to man. Common diseases like cancer, heart disease, etc… used to be almost unheard of before the industrial revolution but as industry and government grew closer this country and other capitalist nations headed for disaster. The outpouring of chemicals made by man are wreaking havoc on the environment and on our bodies giving us these dreaded illnesses. sickness=profit for industry and government which have basically become one in the same and unless the people of this country come together and make a change it’s only going to get worse from this point on.

  52. #52 Nick Anthis
    September 3, 2010

    I think I’ve been very nice by letting you all carry on your insanity convention here in the comments section of this post. However, you’re going to have to tone it down a notch (i.e. no more threats, limit the name-calling), or I’m going to have to shut this thread down.

  53. #53 Alex
    September 3, 2010

    I apologize if I was out of hand Nick but what you refer to as insanity is actually the truth. Society has made you believe that what you and countless other doctors have been doing for the past 50+ years is acceptable and beneficial to humanity. When someone arrives at the doctors office with some kind of illness, instead of examining the root causes of the condition they treat the condition itself with chemicals in a pill. This pill may be effective in treating this specific condition yet it will likely have numerous side effects. So what does the the patient do now? They go back to the doctor and receive more pills to treat the side effects and the cycle continues until the day this person dies. I’ve seen it countless times before with my own father who actually died from skin cancer that his doctor failed to diagnose until it was too late, giving him conventional treatments that made him even more sick and, in my opinion, killed him even faster than the disease would have itself. I thank you for allowing these people to post the truth and hopefully save the lives of people who are suffering from cancer who stumble upon this page because unfortunately the medical establishment has failed them miserably and treated them not as a patient but as a client and a way to make money. They cannot make a profit from anything that occurs naturally because anyone can make it and furthermore they cannot make money from a cure for cancer because chemotherapy and other cancer drugs will be unnecessary and the entire cancer INDUSTRY will collapse. Deny this all you want Mr. Anthis, but you can’t run from the truth forever.

  54. #54 Nick Anthis
    September 3, 2010

    It’s Dr. Anthis, actually. And, before you make any assumptions about my views (and even, for that matter, what I actually do–I’m a scientist, not a medical doctor), you might check out some more of the blog. Regardless of all of that, though, I would suggest that you and the others take a few moments to consider just how naive, misguided, and–yes, in some cases–insane the arguments here touting marijuana as a virtually magical panacea for all that ails us would appear to any objective observer.

  55. #55 GhanJi
    September 4, 2010

    Hey chill with the egos, the doctors brainwashed u already no this let him be ignorant most of us still are to the truth, i would be pissed too if i spent tens of thousands to learn and get a degree that is based more on profit than towards the general well being of humans. No one likes to be told there wrong, especially when they are taught they are right and have there egos stroked gently with false labels that are more based on a rememberance of pills and wich syptom is associated with it. However ahemmm…i no the power of this plant and do not deny these acclamations. People can learn alot once they move past the stereotyping and into the medicinal benefits. we all need to do our best to understand we have been culturally programmed into these quick western medicine skeems wich as posted above do not adress the root cause but only mask or band aid the symptoms. It may be that our non acceptance of natural medicines points to a larger theme of we have sperated from nature itself which is our healing. This seperation may be why we have so many ilnesses today???? Look at what cancer does, and look at what human population growth has done to the whole of the earth… is somthing eerily coincidental…and it seems that the more weve advanced with our industrial societys.. the more cancers and ilnesses are occuring… maybe we need to look in the past… the real past.. uh ohhhhh… just a feethinker not a doctor one love to all including you doc who can help the most by seeing natural medicines as a more recommended way of healing (dont tell anyone, when u get some free time just do some deeper research as im sure uve already done some as a well educated doctor that you are) and spreading that to your Doctor Colleagues , New knowledge doc its fun it will expand your consciousness and open your practice to so much more!!!! yayy!!! everyone beneefits!!!!!

  56. #56 ghanji
    September 4, 2010

    dont say anything back be a bigger man then i am i reacted to your chilidish comments of authoritorian denial and i apologize for giving you this time, turn the other cheek my man u r my brother i need my brothers help, he can make more of a difference than i can because he is established.. I love you nick god bless you and your practices please help the world its depending on you… one step at a time nicky.. one doc at a time lets bringem home gods watching

  57. #57 Waldo
    September 18, 2010

    My father have skin cancer..to a point that thy had to cut a large area of his skin on his face off . A while ago i started reading about Thc…and found the topic very interesting… at the end of the day i did go and made the oil myself.
    It was my first try and ended over-heating the oil a bit (this causes the oil to become like a tar…lol)..and used some glycerine to make it more usable…it worked just fine.
    Today 19.09.2010…my father called me to say its working… the cancer on his hands are going away and new healthy skin is appearing were the cancer was growing…
    (he as been using it now for a 4 weeks)

    i also made a small batch for myself… this time i did not boil the alcohol off but did let it evaporate by itself. this way the oil is a lot ”softer” and easy to spread..
    The chloroville (the green in the plant) also dont stain your skin that much as in the boiling it down…

    what options do you have …go to get chemo…drink pills that ends up killing you..Don’t and end up dieing any way cz of the cancer ….or try what ever it takes to live!

    i say….give it a go… why not …if it can help your loved ones or your self.

    its all about money at the end….will they put something on the market that almost cost nothing to make..that works….or make 10′s of bil US$ that dont ?

  58. #58 April
    September 23, 2010

    Hi,
    My dad was diagnosed, in late May, with metastic prostate cancer. It had spread through all of his bones, causing unbearable pain. After seeing Rick Simpson’s video he decided to try that treatment as he’s against chemo – thankfully!
    It’s now Sept 22, 2010, 4 months later and he just got back from seeing the oncologist who couldn’t believe his progress. In May, he had a PSA blood count of over 1000 – a number off the charts – and his PSA count today was down to 426. The oncologist was baffled, knowing he has refused chemo and other drugs, and told him to “keep doing what he has been doing.” The oncologist actually started asking my dad what he was taking and the cost and was pleased with the results.
    My dad is not cured yet – but is well on his way, not to mention the pain is gone and his weight is stable.
    All the best to anyone treating cancer. Do what feels right to you!!

  59. #59 MR MHE
    October 3, 2010

    Well here it is the answer 4 all. Well I dont care what any
    what anyone thinks!! It beening keeping my (osteochondromas,chondrosarcoma(HOT ONES) at bay for years. And i didnt need a doctor to tell me about it.

    Its all right its just a few lumps

    MR MHE.AU
    HAPPY DAYS/HOURS/MINS/SEC

  60. #60 Kasey
    October 17, 2010

    Whoa, people.

    I honestly believe that THC has some really incredible possibilities, and I do believe it can help cure many illnesses, (or help the body to cure them itself). The fact that Dr. Anthis here is posting about its tumor-reduction properties shows that he does in some way support this as well. But like any scientist or doctor, I think he believes jumping to the first conclusion isn’t the answer. Imagine what would happen if every medicine created wasn’t cautiously assessed? There would be dead people everywhere. Even though pot has no known side effects, I’ve met a few people that claim to be allergic, or it has adverse effects for them. I love pot, but we can’t account for every single person on this earth to gain benefit from it.

    THC is so debatable because of our country’s history, and although I’m right on the bandwagon, all for the THC cure, there are still people out there who need to see the hard facts and the clinical studies, etc. We have come a long way since the prohibition, and the only way to win here is to keep pushing through it and showing proof, with studies, testimonials, statistics, FACTS.

    Pointing fingers, making accusations, and passing premature judgement, is exactly what we’re fighting against. The abuse of power in the world today is caused by all, not a select few. That’s why we can vote. This country was founded on the fight for freedom, and today people are fighting to hold ownership of that freedom. Of all the people who complain and rage out, how many of them do you think voted on marijuana policy?

    I hope the government will let go of the reins on marijuana, but I also hope that we can go about this peacefully, and show respect for one another’s opinions. That’s why we live in America, isn’t it?

  61. #61 Joeschmoe
    October 19, 2010

    Google patent number 6630507. Case closed.

  62. #62 TMFD
    November 4, 2010

    Obviously NICK is going to reject this… It takes away from his pockets. If this caught on he would be able to peddle his poison to unexpecting victims(patients)anymore.He probably agrees with the addition of flouride to the drinking water and the massive quantities of aluminum and barium being sprayed into our atmosphere daily to “slow the effects of global warming” . Besides I thought it was a free country??? But not free to choose what medicine is right for you and your loved ones. As for effects on the brain; recent studies have shown that cannabaniods can actually stimulate brain cell growth. How can you worry about that side effect anyways??? I mean if saw this stuff in a commercial, at least you wouldn’t hear ” side effects may include diarhea or death” as I see daily… how can you defend your so called medicine? Medicine is a PRACTICE!!!! and in my view a failing one.

  63. #63 TMFD
    November 4, 2010

    *** he would NOT be able to***

    thought i should clear that up lol

  64. #65 KingofthePaupers
    November 14, 2010

    Jct: My video “Marijuana kills cancer” at   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQm70dkBimU has a little skit of the marijuana getting the cancer cell high and talking it into dying when its time was up just like all the other good cells do.

  65. #66 The Truth
    November 15, 2010

    Been treating loved ones for 2 years and life goes on!
    everyone should read and educate their self.
    http://www.phoenixtears.ca/article/life-experiences/individual-experiences/jims-cancer-journey.html

  66. #67 NiT
    December 19, 2010

    It may be likely that cannabinoids have anti tumorogenic qualities, however, the research is at a very early stage; in-vitro (in a test tube or petri dish), and in vivo (in a lab rat, or lab mouse). Currently there’s nothing beyond anecdotal evidence, and poorly presented stoner movement communications involving the sophistication or analysis performed in a properly done human trial.

    A limited number of published studies suggest that it has a different mode of action in gliomas (autophagy), than other types of carcinomas (limiting angiogenesis and promoting cell apoptosis). However, the detail necessary to properly test the mode of action, and the definition around the potentiating factors of cannabinoids against cancer in humans, is fairly limited in scope. Additionally, research of some immuno-suppressant, and some immuno-stimulant properties of cannabinoids, suggest that likely the plant’s course of action against cancer is highly sophisticated and requires further analysis.

    Additionally, the likelihood we will discover other compounds with similar constituent effects and more targeted outcomes (ie. see immunotherapy), is high compared to the current general perceptions of the cannabis plant as a narcotic.

    US law primarily, and the facts around cannabis’ classification as a sched 1 narcotic secondly, create externalities which will limit human testing. This suggests subversive motivations at a big pharma and federal levels (can’t patent the plant, there’s no profit, blah blah blah).

    Conversely, it could also be argued, the stoner movement communications operate at the same subversive level (buy a pound of bud from your local dealer now, cook it up, it’s a cure all, blah blah blah).

    The truth about cannabinoids/cancer is very likely in the middle of the two views. Any way to encourage human research should be undertaken, and any dismissal of therapeutic effects should be flatly dismissed as un-enlightened, and dangerous; in the face of what is still a terrible disease. At the same token, let’s limit the cure-all propaganda. If you or someone you know has been cured or helped, post it on youtube, or write in a blog online, similar to this. Enough anecdotal evidence could create some knowledge, in the face of externalities.

  67. #68 supratall
    December 27, 2010

    Conversely, it could also be argued, the stoner movement communications operate at the same subversive level (buy a pound of bud from your local dealer now, cook it up, it’s a cure all, blah blah blah).

  68. #69 Sick kitty
    January 4, 2011

    Hey, intriguing topic.

    I’ve been trying to find out more about this, hash/honey oil for cancer. I have a believed cat, palliative care with carcinoma. We may be able to ho palluative comfort care chemo on her, but gor now I keep her comfy and happy.

    Part of me is curious if anyone knows or has herd of this being done in animals and at what dosage? My understanding is that eating a teeny amount if the oil is not going to bomb you off your face. I am not saying I will do this, I’d never want to hurt my poor kitty or do something without knowing it’s helped others for a fact. The last thing I want is to get her high and have her end of life be some scary trip she never consented to.

    But, I am just curious about this as treatment. I am an RN, or was before my own chronic illness forced me onto disability. And I have found many alternative and natural therapies useful in making my own quality of life better. Conventional medicine is fantastic for acute and emergency cases, and some chronic ailments as well. But it can be supplemented beautifully with things outside it’s scope, safely and naturally. So as a pet mom, I want to inform myself on any and all options out there so I can evaluate the data myself. I owe it to my little girl.

    Any help is appreciated. I’ve emailed my local pot people to no avail. Perhaps they thought I was jerking them around or joking. I am in Van BC so I’d hoped to hear back.

    Thoughts? Experiences? Ideas?

  69. #70 Alex
    January 8, 2011

    Hi I’m sorry to hear about cat. I also had someone close to me suffer from this dreaded illness and unfortunately die. It was my father and I only wish I knew about this amazing cure sooner but the big pharma and the corporate elite like to see people suffer and die so they can gain profit and maintain power. It is really a sick, corrupt world and things must change. Anyway this medicine is effective on animals, especially mammals as they have an endogenous endocannabinoid system quite similar to humans. If you wish to heal your cat and can acquire the only give her a daily dose a little smaller than a grain of rise. You do not need to worry too much about overdosing her as you would need to give her a ridiculously amount of the oil (several pounds) to cause any detrimental effects. Now her tolerance will likely build overtime so you can gradually increase the dose slightly if you wish. For more info I recommend watching Run From the Cure the Rick Simpson Story and visiting the pheonix tears website for more links and additional info. Good luck and God bless!

  70. #71 Alex
    January 8, 2011

    Hi I’m sorry to hear about cat. I also had someone close to me suffer from this dreaded illness and unfortunately die. It was my father and I only wish I knew about this amazing cure sooner but big pharma and the corporate elite like to see people suffer and die so they can gain profit and maintain power. It is really a sick, corrupt world and things must change. Anyway this medicine is effective on animals, especially mammals as they have an endogenous endocannabinoid system quite similar to humans. If you wish to heal your cat and can acquire the oil give her a daily dose a little smaller than a grain of rice. You do not need to worry too much about overdosing her as you would need to give her a ridiculous amount of the oil (several ounces) to cause any detrimental effects. Now her tolerance will likely build overtime so you can gradually increase the dose slightly if you wish. For more info I recommend watching Run From the Cure the Rick Simpson Story and visiting the pheonix tears website for more links and additional info. Good luck and God bless!

  71. #72 Why China Sucks
    January 21, 2011

    that’s an interesting post. I laughed at the cancer cell getting munchies…

  72. #73 Ed
    February 27, 2011

    My brother had the usual operation and chemo for prostate cancer some 9 years ago. It came back in 5 years with mets to his pelvis. That was about the time the Rick Simpson video came out on YouTube.

    So we got some. So I tried a small dab, orally. DAMN that stuff was bitter. So I waited and nothing happened. However, a half hour later, it hit. Hit big and where I went was with a nasty buzz and paranoia that lasted all night, from 11 PM to 5 AM. It was SO bad, I had to get up and rapidly pace the room. Time slowed to a crawl. That made it worse,,, I walked for two hours without let up. It was, literally, a waking nightmare.

    I am NOT trying to discredit the notion that THC has medicinal properties.

    I’m just trying to post a note of caution. I shudder to think what that kind of experience might have done to my brother, as fragile as he was, physically and emotionally.

    One way to determine if Cannabis or THC has anti-cancer properties would be to do a study on regular users. Lower cancer rates than the norm?

    Maybe much like the closer you get to the Equator, the lower the cancer rate. Due, as it turns out to more sunshine and more people getting more vitamin D from the sun.

    Could Vitamin D megadoses under medical supervision, aid in fighting cancer, I wonder. Perhaps combined with THC.

    Food for thought.

  73. #74 stuart
    February 28, 2011

    Hi. You should give Dr. Anthis some slack, by allowing this topic to continue he is helping people and spreading the info.
    If he were to openly condone THC and it’s uses, he would be in big trouble, and is work as a scientist would be in jeopardy

  74. #75 jason
    March 26, 2011

    Hi need some guidence regarding thc, my mother has t4 lung cancer and also in the thyroid gland.I am looking to find were there is a clincal test for this procedure or how i go about finding a doctor that believes in thc.I have listened to rick simpson and looked on hundreds of revues about thc.
    Please this is to the people that dont believe in it,please dont comment as everyone has there views on it and i have read most of them.Please can someone point me in the right direction i believe in thc so does she,i cant make it i have tried. I have also read that it can be made available on prescripton and clearance maybe obtained from goverment for safe passage through customs, but i cant find a doctor to help with this and i dont want to run out of time.
    Thanks for reading and hope to hear from the people who can help

  75. #76 BlueVindaloo
    April 8, 2011

    Hi Ed…you used Sativa strand instead of the Indica. Huge difference because I went through the time space mess as you did because I took a little just to clean the spoon I was mixing with. Didn’t want to waste any…Any how, I got some Indica and it mellows you out and amazing sleep. SO PEOPLE…use Indica.

  76. #77 Brandon Espinoza
    April 13, 2011

    THC in medical marijuana can also be the cure for many particular diseases as an alternative solution instead of pain killers to fighting bad health. The powerful cancer stopper is like a miracle drug. Not only can people fight their sickness, they will be in a relaxed state which will increase happy emotions for stronger health. Marijuana is the cure for many health problems and stimulates the economy.

    When will America legalize it? Edible treats also have helped people who can not handle smoking but enjoy the effects.
    http://www.weed-brownies-treats.com/

  77. #78 DCJerboa
    April 15, 2011

    I so wish I could believe that Hemp Oil can help with skin cancer… even just ‘help’ compared to the claims of skin cancer outbreaks disappearing within two weeks in some cases, HOWEVER… it would be ridiculously simple to prove whether or not it works, with a video camera, daily newspaper, and a supply of hemp oil. The fact that no simple visual evidence exists means I must chalk this up to a cruel lie. I have a friend with several skin cancer outbreaks on his face. He’s be the perfect specimen to prove this… if it worked. :(

  78. #79 rachid
    April 20, 2011

    hi iam interessted in making hemp oil for my daughter who’s been diagnosed currently as( diabetes type 1 ) as a parent it brakes my heart to see her going through hell. and i share the pain with all of you out there and your loved ones who are seffering from a different chronic diseases .
    pleas if anyone convinced and interested this is my Email
    rachid_1010@hotmail.fr

  79. #80 joe
    April 28, 2011

    It is so sad, that we do not have the Freedom to decide which “Medicine” we take. People the digest this THC-OIL do NO HARM to anybody and even If this Oil isn’t working, okay It didn’t harm me nor somebody else, PLEASE GOVERNMENT, ETC.
    let me try this THC-Oil I have Throatcancer Stage4 also I have big left and right swollen Neck-Lymphnodes, I am a Young Person and I keep up with Pain very well, but I can’t bear my Pain any longer, 24/7 heavy Pain, I can’t enjoy NOTHING anymore, drinking ANYTHING or Eating it hurts, but now I can’t get NOTHING down anymore, everything is stucking in my Throat, I have 24/7 very bad Breath and my Pillows are soacked every Morning from disgusting smelling saliva. Please some Angel or somebody he would like to help, I will pay back later to my NEXT Person in need, Please help me to get some of this Oil. THANK YOU everyone for Comments here and to take the time to read my text.

  80. #81 Joe
    April 28, 2011

    It is so sad, that we do not have the Freedom to decide which “Medicine” we take. People the digest this THC-OIL do NO HARM to anybody and even If this Oil isn’t working, okay It didn’t harm me nor somebody else, PLEASE GOVERNMENT, ETC.
    let me try this THC-Oil I have Throatcancer Stage4 also I have big left and right swollen Neck-Lymphnodes, I am a Young Person and I keep up with Pain very well, but I can’t bear my Pain any longer, 24/7 heavy Pain, I can’t enjoy NOTHING anymore, drinking ANYTHING or Eating it hurts, but now I can’t get NOTHING down anymore, everything is stucking in my Throat, I have 24/7 very bad Breath and my Pillows are soacked every Morning from disgusting smelling saliva. Hope4Alln4me@yahoo.com Please some Angel or somebody he would like to help, I will pay back later to my NEXT Person in need, Please help me to get some of this Oil. THANK YOU everyone for Comments here and to take the time to read my text.

  81. #82 Lori
    April 30, 2011

    Well DCJerboa, log in to pot.TV and do some reading. There is video documentation of hemp oil being used to treat skin cancer. Because of this video, I purchased some of the oil for my dad to use since he suffers from the same type of skin cancer and guess what! It’s working! So don’t hold out on your friend because you don’t think there is any proof. And by the way, the scientific community has been studying the components of hemp and the benefits of its use for the past 17 years. There are constant studies and clinical trials being done and Dr. Anthis should know that if he is a scientist. But everyone has their own opinion as to what constitutes ‘real’ medicine.

  82. #83 Neil
    May 2, 2011

    I have to say that its unfortunate that this info isnt more known. I lost my father on Christmas Day of 06. He has been diagnosed with lung cancer two months prior. Due to the location(there was a mass at a major intersection of blood vessels) of the cancer surgery was not an option. Chemo was what the doc recommended which would help kill the cancer and shrink the mass. I believe the chemo did its job however shrinking the mass closed up the blood vessels. Having lost him like this, I can say with all honesty that I would have tried this treatment for him. The cost or the risk of trying this, if it worked or not, is very insignifigant compared to knowing that I did everything I could.

    To those who say more research needs to be done. I agree, however this is something that can be done at home as mj has been used for medicine for 1000′s of yrs by hundreds of different cultures. Name one drug made by the big drug companies that have that much research on any of their drugs. How many millions a yr do these big companys pay out for people that have died or been injured by taking Their drugs witout them doing the proper research on it. I would like to see one case where someone has died due to thc overdose.

  83. #84 Teresa
    May 7, 2011

    where can I get this oil

  84. #85 blob
    May 12, 2011

    its a plant.all sorts of plants have been used for 10000s of years. manufactured drugs all have side afects becoz it keeps u needing more, spendin more. if u look at the ingredients in manufac drugs, u cud take out the active ingredients, which are prob harmless plant or mineral, and cure urself.apple n apricot seeds contain cyanide.everyone knows it as a killer, but a smalll dose will kill what it needs to kill within the body.in a world where we are subject to deliberate chemicle trails, radiation[which is ludicrusly used to cure cancer, wen it causes it!!]we cannot trust the government

  85. #86 canlı sohbet
    May 14, 2011

    Having lost him like this, I can say with all honesty that I would have tried this treatment for him. The cost or the risk of trying this, if it worked or not, is very insignifigant compared to knowing that I did everything I could.

  86. #87 TheHempMessiah
    May 16, 2011

    I cant believe you people have a hard time believing Hemp oil can cure cancer. Its like you are stupid. Is it not obvious that there is war being waged against the US Constitution (written on hemp) and against your MIND.

    Just think about it, what other plant has so many positive uses? NAME IT.

    We get distracted by the fact that cannabis happens to ALSO be the safest most widely used recreational drug, but holy shit thats the cherry on top of it all. FUEL PLASTIC CONCRETE FOOD ETC ETC ETC.

  87. #88 Michael McDonald
    May 17, 2011

    My wife got squamous cell carcinoma in the tongue and throat a year ago. She had an operation, which removed the tumor, then chemo and radiation. A month ago the cancer returned – in multiple locations, along with pneumonia that indicated spread to the lungs. Painful pleurisy. The doctors gave up on her and referred us to hospice.

    I made the oil according to Simpson’s directions and got 70 grams from a pound of bud. She’s ingested about 30 grams so far. We’ve had some definite improvements in her condition, but also some counter-indications. It is too early for me to give either a recommendation or a caution.

    I have worked out a number of supplemental procedures that I think make Simpson’s treatment more effective. It is primarily the use of moringa and a variety of anti-oxidants, along with making the blood more alkaline. People who are sincere can email me at drmcdonald01@hotmail.com for smoothie recipies.

    If it helps her, we will have documentation, because her condition has been documented all along, and I also am keeping records.

    But I have a hospice situation going on here, and I don’t want to hear from any cranks. I love my wife very much, and we have nothing to lose by trying this…

    Another small comment. I know the notion of a panacea is generally held up to scorn, but plant based medicines are different. Chinese medicine, Tibetan medicine, and Ayuvedic all work with plants, and these are respectable approaches. I think because the plants by nature have a variety of related molecules (cannaboids, in this case) that they really can help more than one of the body’s systems. The medical effect is more gentle or subtle, but I do think that it is possible to treat the entire body with plant based medicines.

    I think perhaps some new paradigms may be emerging when it comes to cancer treatment, and I’d like to be a part of it…

  88. #89 Professor Dropout
    May 23, 2011

    Dr. Nick:

    Based on your haughty responses to those kind enough to read your bullshit post (under your threats of censorship, no less) you’d think scientific method deals in deductive validity, when in reality it strives for both falsifiability in its resultant theories and inference to “the best explanation” which is necessarily frought with anthropocentrism, observer bias, unknown sensory defects central to apprehending and subsequently processing, parsing and assimilating observed data, the major epistemological problem of induction, all of which can be seprated into factors of 4 types:

    1) known knowns
    2) known unknowns
    3) unknown unknowns
    and
    4) unknown knowns (pay attention to this one doctor, because your presuppositions and anthropocentric biases are contained here.)

    Now, you might acknowledge these things if you, (and scientists in general) weren’t mostly comprised of self-deluded specialists obediently toiling under a paradigm laid out by an actual theoretical genius, all the while believing themselves smarter and more capable than the average person. You, like all human beings, have anthropocentric limitations. It would be refreshing if you would acknowledge that much.

    Scientists are little more than trained apes working under a system that allegedly strives for objectivity through falsifiability. They are first indoctrinated into the scientific orthodoxy (via an indoctrination into a belief in absolute truths [rather than an acceptance of the reality of infinite regression/optimal truths] which is prior to a belief in the scientist’s ability to describe something believed to be objective in a subjective manner, while maintaining accuracy), then trained in highly specialized fields with little direct intellectual competition.

    “Knowledge is always by someone of some thing: it is always bound by perspective, and it is never mere fact.” attr. to F. Nietzsche, Kritische Studienausgabe

    From T. Kuhn’s “Structure of Scientific Revolutions”:

    “(The success of the paradigm)is at the start largely a promise of success. Normal science consists in the actualization of that promise. Mopping up operations are what engage most scientists throughout their careers. They constitute what I am here calling normal science… That enterprise seems an attempt to force nature into the preformed and relatively inflexible box that the paradigm supplies. No part of the aim of normal science is to call forth new sorts of phenomena; indeed those that will not fit the box are often not seen at all. Nor do scientists normally aim to invent new theories, and they are often intolerant of those invented by others.”

    “The transition from a paradigm in crisis to a new one from which a new tradition of normal science can emerge is far from a cumulative process, one achieved by an articulation or extension of the old paradigm. Rather it is a reconstruction of the field from new fundamentals, a reconstruction that changes some of the field’s most elementary theoretical generalizations as well as many of its paradigm methods and applications. During the transition period there will be a large but never complete overlap between the problems that can be solved by the old and by the new paradigm. But there will also be a decisive difference in the modes of solution. When the transition is complete, the profession will have changed its view of the field, its methods, and its goals.”

    I’ll leave you with Imre Lakatos’ quote of Sir Karl Popper:

    “‘Normal’ science, in Kuhn’s sense, exists. It is the activity of the non-revolutionary, or more precisely, the not-too-critical professional: of the science student who accepts the ruling dogma of the day… in my view the ‘normal’ scientist, as Kuhn describes him, is a person one ought to be sorry for… He has been taught in a dogmatic spirit: he is a victim of indoctrination… I can only say that I see a very great danger in it and in the possibility of its becoming normal… a danger to science and, indeed, to our civilization. And this shows why I regard Kuhn’s emphasis on the existence of this kind of science as so important.”

  89. #90 supratall
    May 26, 2011

    OK, I’ll come clean: this reminds me of an embarrassingly recent conversation with my materials science-trained boyfriend.

  90. #91 Carol
    June 2, 2011

    It pains me to see people suffering from cancer and especially for those whom have been diagnosed terminal. But it pains me worse to see holistic medicine so scrutinized when pharm drugs opening publishing all their ill side effects, including some reported deaths from the adiministration of their drugs. If it were not for holistic theraphy I would certainly not be here today because a pharm. drug almost killed me. It is a shame that even if THC “might” only help or cure some people that it is not readily available for those who want to try it. For those whom have posted on this site with cancer or loved ones with cancer and find obtaining THC to difficult I offer this information as an alternative hope for you and personally know 2 women whom have used the Budwig protocal to cure stage 4 breast cancer. Different cancers respond better to different protocals, but atleast the Budwig is totally legal, easily obtained, and until THC is available to you, try it. They also have a clinic in Spain, cancer treatment is approx. $6,000.00 USD, wow that beats the heck out of our $100,000.00 treatments in US, and the new 95,000.00 drug that only prolongs a persons life by about 2 weeks, who in their right mind would want their suffering prolonged for another 2 weeks. There is a book called “Out Smart Cancer by Tanya Harter Pierce that offers alot of infomation on alternative cancer treatments, some of which that are considered as underground information because of the same thing that is going on with THC happend to the Dr’s and scientic whom developed these treatments. They worked so the FDA and big Pharms went after them to get rid of them. This book will provide you all the info on the history of these treatments and how you can st ill obtain the infomation and products. Gods spend to all of you and for those whom the THC is to hard to acquire and hope this information will be helpful.

  91. #92 Mike Keen
    June 6, 2011

    Yes, yes the use of cannabis can prevent and cure cancers of many kinds. I am walking, breathing proof of this fact. 2005 cancer of the pancreas turned out to be very rare tumor of the pancreas, 65th in the world. 2007 lung cancer requiring surgical removal of tumor which was encapsulated and contained from spreading. The five year survival has come and gone and now I have no cancers. Started smoking marihuana after nasty motor vehicle accident in 1969. Cronic pain and fatigue. Now I use up to 8 times a day and my symptoms are stable. If you don’t want to believe, oh well, if you do, live long and be happy,

    I know, it’s very hard to believe that pot could do so much good for mankind, but we believe that is why it’s illegal. If pot cured cancer and helped people live longer healthier lives, then of course, it would be made hard to get and the info would be spotty at best. To many profit seeking cancer researchers making billions from false information and the suffering of humanity have lobbied the government to protect their way of life and lies.

  92. #93 Jerri Hughes
    July 8, 2011

    I have stage4 lung cancer it was found last year in April. I was suffering from a nagging cough that would not go away. 7 places! 4 of which was in 2 lobes of my right lung nothing in my left. I have been on chemo every 3 weeks for over a year and have had some good results I am down to my right lung so 4 remaining. I have had to change chemo drug 1 time. I am hoping that I see more testimonies on here of people who have used this and have been successful. The doctors have told me that I will be doing chemo the rest of my life, there will be no remission. So I am hopeful that there is a natural alternative to be used. I still have a lot of living to do if the good Lords willing. Please keep posting the results thankyou.

  93. #94 Dee money
    July 28, 2011

    Prof Dropout: I feel 10x smarter after reading your post

  94. #95 newjesustimes
    July 31, 2011

    very interesting discussion.
    it’s unfortunate there hasn’t been more follow up by the folks who were trying this treatment in serious cases.
    Was it ultimately successful or not?
    We’ve all lost loved ones to cancer, wouldn’t this be great if it could be heavily documented in the medical ‘underground’ online

  95. #96 mitsukosmum
    August 19, 2011

    Nick, I hope you keep up the good work and perhaps you can
    comment on the efficacy of using THC for some patients. I have 2 close relatives with reoccurances who are looking for
    solutions that are not forthcoming from the medical field so
    naturally will search for other treatments. I am hoping Mr. Mcdonald and those who have tried other methods, will continue to blog with their results ( both good and bad ).
    Thank you for letting this discussion continue, in spite of those who must resort to counter-productive putting down of
    our medical profession or the verbal diarhea spued from the ilk of Prof. Dropout

  96. #97 Joe
    September 1, 2011

    My name is Joe, I have stage 4 intestinal cancer. I had 3 feet of my small intestine removed, I have 20% cancer in my liver, I take 40ml of octritide every 3 weeks (this is a receptor cover). I had the Y-90 therapy (crystal balls soaked in radiation) three months ago on one side of my liver. With that said I started Simpsons hemp oil mid July and worked up to a gram per day as of August 1 2011 it is now September 1 2011. I am in the process of making my next 30 day supply of oil. I will get a new scan late this year. I am really interested to see the reduction of my tumors. Also I have used this oil on some nasty looking soars on my hands that went away in about two weeks. This oil is something that needs to be looked at and used by anyone who has cancer period.

  97. #98 Dallas youngblood
    September 22, 2011

    two big differences from smoking pot and cig’s. pot makes resin and cig’s make tar. i was told by my doctor when i asked him about pot being bad for my lungs and he told me that resin is absorbed into your lungs and into your blood stream. tar does not. tar sits and causes cancer. the only damage pot is doing to your lungs is from the heat of the smoke entering them. think about it using pot sparingly will not give you cancer if smoked but cigs will. bob marley did not die from lung cancer fyi and he smoked every day all day. but as for getting rid of cancer many people are changing their diets to raw foods “veggies” and drinking Kombucha tea. i bet on top of some hash oil cancer would not have a chance.

  98. #99 cathy calisch
    October 4, 2011

    Michael McDonald,

    How is your wife? Please share again. We wish you the best.

  99. #100 Sam
    October 10, 2011

    Nice Thread. also check out other natural cures such as coffee enemas, apricot kernels, and Plant medicines by shamanic Indians in the Amazon. I myself work with plant medicines on cures for diabetes, aids,hepititis, and cancers.I am working with shamans and willing to help anyone.

  100. #101 osmanlı iksiri
    October 12, 2011

    Scientists are little more than trained apes working under a system that allegedly strives for objectivity through falsifiability. They are first indoctrinated into the scientific orthodoxy (via an indoctrination into a belief in absolute truths [rather than an acceptance of the reality of infinite regression/optimal truths] which is prior to a belief in the scientist’s ability to describe something believed to be objective in a subjective manner, while maintaining accuracy), then trained in highly specialized fields with little direct intellectual competition.

  101. #102 the5thsister
    November 19, 2011

    April, I read your post with interest, as my dad has also been diagnosed with prostate cancer and they have recently discovered a couple of ‘hot spots’ on his bones. I would really like to be able to contact you to find out what your dad did exactly, and to see how he’s doing now. Is there a way for me to contact you ?

    And Nick, I respect your hesitation in embracing this ideology wholeheartedly. You were trained to believe in data, and this thread is purely anecdotal. You have to agree, however, that when a person comes to the point that nothing more can be done using standard medical procedures, there can be no harm done in exploring other options. For some, other, more natural options are the first line of defense, not a desperate last measure. Perhaps if everyone simply kept an open mind more studies and information will become available.
    I suspect that there was a bit of disbelief with the advent of penicillin, and small pox vaccines too, when they were new !

  102. #103 Zhimo
    November 21, 2011

    At present I am using highly hemp oil on more than ten persons having different kinds of cancer and they are clinically improving a lot. So there is hope in hemp oil for curing any type of cancer.

  103. #104 Joe Bingham
    November 21, 2011

    I have stage 4 cancer. It started in my intestine and spread to my liver. Because it is a carcinoid tumor it is slow growing. With that said I have been taking Rick Simpsons oil for 4 months (1 gram per day) Today I went for the second of 3 nuclear scans and a had a MRI last week. My results will be given to on Monday November 28 2011. This is going to be a good test of his oil. I will keep you posted. Joe Bingham

  104. #105 Linda
    November 22, 2011

    32
    I have an uncle diagnosed with a terminal lung cancer. The doctors has told him that nothing else can be done so my uncle went to see rick simpson (we live in NB and he’s from NS). So he gave them 10 seringes with hemp oil in it. He has to ingest all of that as soon as possible. At the start, it’s really tough on the system. (he started with doses the size of a small grain of rice three times a day)…now he’s triple the doses (three grains of rice..three times a day)…he’s consuming it at a rate of one seringes a month and the goal is to get to one seringes a week. Anyway…he’s feeling better but it’s too early to tell. He has nothing to lose and a life to save.

    Posted by: Marc | January 14, 2010 1:04 PM

    Hi Marc….I have a friend with terminal lung cancer today and has been told there’s nothing else that can be done. Please let me know if the hemp oil helped your Uncle. Thanks so much.

  105. #106 Medic
    December 9, 2011

    To Professor Dropout

    I agree with that guy! Saves me having to do a rant that he already did which I`m too high to do anyway.

  106. #107 Andy NZ
    December 14, 2011

    How many people die from cancer?
    How many people die from chemo?
    How many people die from surgery?
    Has anyone died from THC?

    If you have cancer, and nothing is working, why not try something that wont irreparably damage or kill you? If I ever get cancer Hemp Oil is the first thing I will try, and I will be keeping logs, taking photos and any form of evidence I can. And then we will all know if it works or not, that is what anyone who tries this should do.

    You cant trust a man with a wallet. If a profit can be made from it, a significant one at that, then there will be vested interests in keeping it that way.

    The time for debating is over, lets get over the legal, moral and ethical bs, and do want we can to fix what we have done to ourselves!

  107. #108 Homealone777
    January 6, 2012

    Though while in 6th grade, I was given 3 joints to smoke; And was told to not get caught! I smoked all three! With NO effect! I did’nt know I had to inhale. I was never given anything else! I think it’s STUPID to make it illeagal, especially in certain cases. But you gotta remember one thing. Do they really want us to find a way to cure cancer without drugs? Pills? And Radiating the …. out of us? Ofcourse, that’s legal! And costly! Keep an open mind. What is the REAL reason they don’t want it leagalized? But Hey! Go get drunk and destroy you’re liver all…you…want!

  108. #109 usman
    January 10, 2012

    hey , has anyone tried it for eczema
    im getting sum in this week and i heard it cures eczema within 2 weeks ??

  109. #110 Rodregos
    January 11, 2012

    To all the people who doubt the power of genuine hemp oil which is made from the female bud of the cannabis plant,not the Hemp oil that you can purchase in any health store which does not have the power of genuine hemp oil,I personally know a 70 years of age man in south Africa that was given 2 months to live due to cancer,that was to years ago he takes hemp oil the cancer has gone and he is doing very well,they also know in Canada that it cures cancer and other ailments,the reason they stopped people producing genuine hemp oil is they say pharmaceutical companies would loose money on there products which often do more harm than good,why don’t the countries governments give licences to the companies to produce genuine hemp oil then they would be making the profits surely life is worth more than money.

  110. #111 pamela wilson
    January 12, 2012

    my brother has cancer in his lungs and liver and bladder…taking essica tea on and off can u help me to help him? any advise u can give me? thanks Pamela

  111. #112 leonard
    January 15, 2012

    after being diagnosed with prostate cancer and reddied for surgery read a article on tumeric Did not do surgery took 40 grams a day for 2 years. smoked 10 grams of white widow a day and here I am 6 years later with only scar tissue.

  112. #113 Плакаты Сочи
    February 26, 2012

    Nick Anthis… Quit being a douchebag. Your repetitive smirking comments(and your article)do not inform or impress anyone. This information is well known over the course of many years and is NOT the first study on the subject. YOU are also NOT a reliable source of information and I find your pompous babble nothing more than copy paste. Owned! goodbye.

  113. #114 afrika mangosu
    March 19, 2012

    Scientists are little more than trained apes working under a system that allegedly strives for objectivity through falsifiability.

  114. #115 Wes
    April 6, 2012

    Why wouldn’t vaporizing cannabis be the best way to administer thc for people with cancer?

  115. #116 Aaron
    April 7, 2012

    April – how is your Dad doing?

  116. #117 Alice
    April 30, 2012

    I have read all your comments and I am very interrested in your Theory. It will be two years May 16 That I lost my brother Donald to lung cancer.I found out on Tuesday and sat with him on Sunday morning when he passed.(5 days)I also lost a very dear friend this April 3rd.,to Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.A 13 year battle with every drug known except the natural one THC.I miss Pat so much, she was a free spirit which lives on.I have a sist on my liver and lots of gall stones. I believe in natural healing.God gave us enough natural rememdies that are free.Bless you all that are fighting for the freedom for mankind.Much Love and Peace!

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