Last week, Billy Caldwell, a severely epileptic twelve year old boy, had his cannabis oil confiscated at Heathrow airport. Since some of his patients with brain cancer were likely to use cannabis anyway, Nicholas A. Blondin, M.D., figured he might as well oversee. Cannabis is not an approved therapeutic product and the provision of this diverse ways to consume medical cannabis, including vaporizing, and consuming oils and For more information, please read Medical Cannabis and Brain Tumours.
and Cannabis Oil Brain Cancer
The potential therapeutic effects of cannabis have gained a lot of attention in recent years, from both brain tumour patients and within the media. The calls for research into the effectiveness of cannabis-based treatments have not just been prompted by a growing number of brain tumour patients and researchers, but also by Parliamentarians.
It has been noted how cannabis can also provide symptomatic relief to patients with various conditions, and it is licensed for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. We have analysed the evidence for the use of cannabis as a potential treatment for brain tumours. Blood test biopsy for children with brain tumours. Sativex was rigorously tested for its safety and efficacy before receiving approval, and is distinguished from cannabis in its raw form by its specific components.
The composition, formulation and dose have been developed to provide medicinal benefits with minimal psychoactive effects. This would be at the discretion of the clinician, who must carefully consider the evidence that is available for the clinical benefit of the drug in addition to any potential adverse effects.
Furthermore, some patients may have to pay for the cost of the medication and it is unlikely that the cost would be reimbursed by private health insurance due to it being prescribed off-licence. Some people have used cannabis oil as a potential treatment for their brain tumour; it contains the non-addictive CBD component of cannabis. The manufacturers are not permitted to make any claims about the efficacy of the agent for the treatment of specific medical conditions.
THC is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis. What happened shocked researchers around the world. Later on, tumor cells actually began to die. Turns out, THC kills glioblastoma cells in a couple of ways. This compound helps grow new blood vessels. When cancer cells begin to grow large, they need to start creating their own blood vessels.
The Spanish researchers treated mice and two human brain cancer patients with cannabinoid medicines. This finding was truly groundbreaking. Another major discovery that cannabinoids may actually kill cancer cells. Compounds in the herb prevented tumors from growing, began to starve them by cutting off the blood supply, and eventually cause cancer cells to self-destruct.
Programmed cell death occurs in two ways: Both apoptosis and autophagy are normal for cells. When a cell becomes too old or damaged, the body uses these mechanisms to eliminate the rogue cell. For some reason, cancer cells do not self-destruct. Rather, they continue to grow and grow, creating life-threatening tumors. We actually disocvered a new mechanism by which cannabinoids activate a signalling pathway that involes what we call autophagy, which would be like the self-digestion of the cells.
So, actually, when cannabinoids are binding to the cells, they trigger a cell-signalling mechanism. One of the things they are activating is like a self-digestion of the cell that is leading to cancer cell death. The funny thing is, this cell death only happens to cancer cells. Normal cells in the body remain unharmed. So, cannabinoids kill cancer cells by utilizing both mechanisms of programmed cell death.
Luckily, some are about to start later this year. Velasco and his team are working on a larger trial. The trial will include 30 to 40 glioma patients in a handful of Spanish hospitals. The Complutense University of Madrid has teamed up with these hospitals to administer cannabis treatments and test the efficacy. This is the first time something like this will be done at this scale in a hospital setting. Funds for their research came mostly from crowdfunding efforts throughout Europe.
The study looked at THC only, and it was administered intracranially. Clinical trials should always be available to patients should they wish to try it. Here at The Brain Tumour Charity we are committed to ensuring patients have access to all types of treatments , including clinical trials, and not just ones that have been regulatory approved.
However, some can take over a decade to come onto the market, where thousands of lives will be already lost. All too often patients are denied access to drugs and treatments which can significantly reduce pain and improve quality of life.
Our survey found a high rate of healthcare professionals consistently not engaging in conversations with their patients concerning alternative or off-label treatments. Patients, too, feel awkward initiating conversations around access and availability of clinical treatments. At The Charity we want our community to feel empowered in everything they do which is why we will support our patients in their right to choose their own treatment and drug options, so that we can improve the quality of life of all individuals affected by a brain tumour.
Sign up to receive email updates about our work and how to get involved with fundraising, events, volunteering and campaigning. We promise to keep your data safe and you can unsubscribe at any time in the future.
Human Trial Investigating Cannabis As A Brain Cancer Treatment Set To Begin This Year
A cancer patient who was given just months to live has made an incredible recovery, which she credits to using cannabis oil. Lynn Cameron, Cannabis oil cures cancer in people and not just brain tumors. Rick Simpson developed his own method of producing and administering the oil. For years, many other people have reported amazing success against brain cancers with cannabis oil. It is undeniable that this is working, at least in some cases.