How is cannabis treated?
Studies carried out in California to determine why patients used cannabis for medicinal purposes reported that it relieved pain, muscle spasms, headaches, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, depression, cramps, panic attacks, diarrhea, and itching.
Others reported that cannabis improved sleep, relaxation, appetite, concentration, and energy. Many patients use it to prevent side effects from medication or to treat anger issues, involuntary muscle movements, and seizures whilst others used it as a substitute for prescription drugs and alcohol. It can be argued that recreational cannabis use is also of medical benefit in that it relieves stress and thereby acts as a preventative treatment for many stress-related conditions.
If you are diagnosed with any of the conditions that can be treated with cannabis, you are advised to consult with your physician before you begin self-medicating. However, in some countries, such as the U.K., a doctor must report any illegal drug use that may impair a patient’s ability to drive, so such a confession could have consequences.
Many medical practitioners are becoming aware of the benefits of cannabis medication and most will have no objection to you using it alongside any treatment you may be receiving.
Case History: Corrie Yelland
Corrie Yelland is a remarkable and determined lady who refused serious radiation treatment and against all odds cured her terminal cancer using only cannabis oil.1 In May 2007 she suffered a heart attack and subsequently had a double heart bypass. As a result of the heart surgery, she suffered from chronic debilitating pain from a maligned sternum and post-sternotomy neuralgia/syndrome. She was constantly in pain and ingesting large amounts of various painkillers, and at night, even after taking sleeping pills, she would wake in agony within two hours of falling asleep.
In July of 2011, already coping with two spots o skin cancer on her collarbone, she was stunned to be diagnosed with anal canal cancer. Following two surgeries, the doctors told her that they could not remove all cancer and she would have to endure a regime of radiation treatments. She was informed that this was the worst area of the body to radiate as the radiation beam would hit both her coccyx and pubic bone potentially causing permanent damage. Additionally, she would suffer second and third-degree burns vaginally and rectally, and there was a good possibility both her vagina and rectum would fuse shut from the burns and subsequent scarring.
Refusing to accept this was her only option, Corrie began to research alternatives and discovered information regarding the benefits of cannabis oil. She began a course of treatment soon after. As well as ingesting the cannabis oil, she topically applied it to the skin cancer on her collarbone. Within 48 hours, there were visible changes to the skin cancer. In just over a week, the two spots were completely gone. Elated, she continued ingesting the oil in the hope it would work on other cancer attacking her body. Two weeks into her treatment regime, the pain in her sternum and the nerve pain had become almost non-existent. Before using cannabis, Corrie typically took 10-15 Tylenol 3 per day, along with other drugs, which she managed to reduce to half a Tylenol 3 per day once treatment had begun.
Corrie had met a woman from Texas diagnosed at the same time as her with identical cancer. They supported each other and felt fortunate to have found each other as they were similar in many respects: they were the same age, had gone through the same diagnostic procedure, were at the same stage of cancer and both had radiation recommended as a treatment. The Texan lady chose to have the radiation. Sadly she died in March 2012 as a result of infection from radiation burns. She left behind a husband and a 12-year-old daughter.
Corrie continued ingesting the oil daily, slowly increasing the amount she was taking. She also began filling gelatin capsules with a mixture of cannabis oil and olive oil and inserting them rectally. On September 20, 2012, she saw her specialist/surgeon again and heard the news she had only dared to hope for. “It’s gone! I can’t find anything at all. If it weren’t for the scar tissue I would never have known you had ever had cancer.” She received confirmation that the cancer was confirmed to be 100% clear.