Prostate Cancer & Cannabis

By Marie Veksler | October 20, 2014

The prostate is a gland of the exocrine system located inside a man’s body in front of the rectum, and just below the bladder. Women DO NOT have prostates. It is part of the male reproductive system. The prostate secretes the protective fluid surrounding sperm, and squeezes the semen into the urethra during ejaculation. Prostate cancer is diagnosed when carcinoma grows in the prostate. Symptoms of prostate cancer are troubles with urination, blood in the urine, and pain when urinating.

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Listed below are the top 5 most commonly used treatment options for cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. Some of these treatments have different sub categories as well.

  • Surgery– Lumpectomy or Mastectomy
  • Radiation- External or Internal
  • Chemotherapy– Oral or Intravenous
  • Hormone Therapy removes or blocks hormones known to increase tumor growth.
  • Targeted Therapy uses antibodies, drugs or other substances to target ONLY cancer cells without harming normal cells.

The treatment options listed above are invasive, and often leave the patient with more severe symptoms and suffering than what the cancer caused in the first place. For this reason, the search for alternate treatments options are under way. One segment of newer exploration is the use of Medicinal Marijuana. Cannabis concentrates are showing signs of hope in the world of  cancer treatment. There are several studies to support the use of cannabis to treat cancer symptoms as well as fight the growth of tumors.

According to a study published by the American Journal of Cancer Research, the human DNA-binding protein inhibitor, ID1, plays a huge role in cell growth, and therefore also plays a huge role in the growth of tumors. This study found that Cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, can slow the role of the ID1, there by reducing the rate at which the cancer spreads. Another study published by the Journal of Pharmacology, also, studied the anti-tumor effects of Cannabinoids. This found that Cannabidol combined with the chemotherapy drug Temozolomide (TMZ) not only significantly inhibited the growth of human cancer cells, but also reduced the size of tumors. Another study published by the US National Library of Medicine had the same results when testing the effects of CBD on the growth and spread of cancer.

In October 2013, according to Dusty Franks, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Doctors told him that his treatment options were radiation or total prostate removal. Dusty was not willing to try any of these options because they would leave him with incontinence and erectile dysfunction. He did some research, and decided to start making his own cannabis oil treatments instead. He consumed 60 grams of cannabis oil in 90 days. He was not under the supervision of a doctor, and doctors warned him that he did not have 3 months to explore alternative treatments. Dusty says that after only 4 days of the cannabis treatment, he noticed that pain from arthritis in his foot and shoulder were gone. He was able to tie his boots again, and regained range of motion in his shoulder. After 3 months of taking cannabis oil treatments and eating healthy, he went back to the doctor for another MRI. His MRI results were cancer free.

Will cannabis be added to the list of cancer treatment options in the future?  There is still research to be done on the topic, but the initial findings look promising. There is evidence supporting the successful use of cannabis concentrates to treat the symptoms caused by cancer and commonly used cancer treatments, as well as to prevent the growth and spread of tumors in the first place. Cannabis was used in ancient medicine, and it looks as though it is making a come back.

Marie Veksler

With more than 15 years of cannabis education and experience, Marie is dedicated to sharing knowledge about the versatile plant while expanding the stoner stereotype. Email tips to marie@massroots.com.

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