Don’t count on marijuana to treat prostate cancer

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  • Dr. Vin LoPresti says:

    Perhaps if physicians were actually taught something useful about the endocannabinoid system, or were willing to consult biologists like myself who deeply understand receptor physiology/pharmacology, we might make some progress. But similarly to immunology, an absolutely crucial area for physicians to grasp, medical education seems to view conservatism as more important than enlightened practitioners. Naturally, it doesn’t help that the US federal government’s insistence on retaining Cannabis on Schedule 1 virtually ensures that no NIH-funded studies will occur in the States, clinical or otherwise. One only hopes that Canada may decide to be a tad more proactive.

  • John Reynolds says:

    I was diagnosed with prostrate cancer which has spread to bones am on adt treatment and rso oil took 9 weeks to reach one gram a day orally just completed 60 grams in 100 days will continue at a gram a day until i think its not working or cancer is gone checked that it has gone by my oncologist. so far I feel a lot better high is a problem because i have to work and i need to drive psa has gone from 464 to normal but dont know whether the oil or the adt is the cause of this.having problems with my doctor at the moment to arrange scans to check for any shrinkage of liesons anywhere. anyone else doing somthing simular would like to hear from you and anywhere i can buy it cheaper best wishes to everyone long john

  • Prince Guy says:

    This is the most biased, ridiculous, uninformed, obviously big pharmacy nonsense I’ve read today. Your arrogance needs to be bridled. Please, for the sake of humanity, reconsider your statements. Perhaps some research before you start mouthing off your nonsense.

  • Catherine Rob says:

    My husband Jackson Rob was diagnosed with lung cancer. He has undergone radiation and chemotherapy, and currently in 6th month of chemo 5 days of each month. Since radiation therapy was completed about 6 months ago the lung cancer have not gone. I was making research online on any possible solution that could help my husband and I came across how cannabis oil have helped a lot of people around the world to cure any kind of cancer. I was so happy and relief when I saw this and I knew there was hope for my husband to live. I contacted Medicinal Marijuana Resources via E-mail to get the high quality THC cannabis oil for treatment and prescription on how to use the cannabis oil for treatment of lung cancer. My husband started using the cannabis oil for treatment as directed by Medicinal Marijuana Resources expert team. As I am posting this comment, my husband lung cancer is completely cured and gone and he is healthy and living fine. I can’t believe this, I have to share this on cancer blog to all cancer patient out there I never believed that there could be any complete cure for lung cancer.

  • John Holden says:

    I was a volunteer Cancer Society driver for a few years. I was very surprised by the number of people who were taking marijuana oil or smoking for their cancer. All walks of,judge, police officer,teachers I had a government scientist all doing pot to help. There is no doubt in my mind that after talking to many people with cancer, that if I get it I would not hesitate to try. Regardless of evidence at this time once it becomes legal more will take the chance to do rescherch and all will learn the facts

  • jim says:

    what a bunch of crap.get a total body detox do it slow like over 6 weeks.dont push it to fast because your body is already overloaded with toxens.don’t put more stress on your immune system.while doing that go to a all organic plant food diet.and filtered water sugar no fryed foods no flower no beans and brown rice for protein.walk 30 min a day and do deep breath to get your lungs to force more oxygen in your body and blood.after 30 days of this and don’t cheat on nothing this is your life.start doing 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp blakstrap molasses I cup filtered water 2 x a day for 15 days and your cancer is dead in its tracks.get a kit that you can pee in with a ph strip. test your ph until it gets up to 8.0 then hold it there for 15 days this will kill it all.when the cancer sees the sugar in the molasses it attacks it to feed on.when it eats it it gets smacked with the baking soda wich has a ph of 9.0 it dies on the psa was 39.9 prostate cancer I hate to say it but I’m at 2.6 bam its dead.hope this helps.

  • Pat McCaffrey says:

    The USA prohibits studies of Schedule 1 drugs therefore there is are no results. Searching the internet will show that there was a study which showed Medical Marijuana was beneficial in treating cancer however, all records in the USA were destroyed as that was not the outcome they were looking for!

    I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2012 with recommendation to remove my prostate. Having done extensive research, I chose to use Phoenix Oil, a high concentrate of medical marijuana. After 90 days of taking 6-8 drops per night prior to bed, my biopsy came back negative.
    Since then, my PSA continues to drop (from a high of 14.9) to its present level of 4.41
    I’m also in a national study PASS (Prostate Active Surveillance Study) of over 1,000 men with prostate cancer. I’m the only one that is using MM as well as showing no signs of the original cancer.

    I for one use more than an ounce of caution when listening to members of the American Medical Association as they are trained to treat patients with prescriptions. Follow the money!!!!

    • Chris says:

      Hi Pat, I am treating myself naturally and I was diagnosed 1/5/16 with Prostate Cancer. I am looking to speak with like minded people and would love to speak with you if you would not mind. My name is Chris.

      • Ed D says:

        Chris. I was diagnosed on Dec 20, 2016. My numbers are low enough to allow me to chose Active Surveillance. Also I plan on using cannabis oil ( FECO ) and following the 60 gams in 90 days protocol.

        How are you doing?

  • Kelly says:

    My name is Kelly, I’m 52 years old, and I would like to share my amazing story with you.

    On January 18, 2000, after a severe headache prompted a CAT scan, a 3cm tumor was discovered in the left frontal lobe of my brain. I was 38 years old. My two daughters were ages 15 and 12. Immediate brain surgery was recommended by my surgeon. However, after further discussion, due to slow growth and no adjacent edema, he felt it would not be negligent to postpone surgery and monitor the tumor every 3 months with an MRI. The tumor remained stable for a little over three years then suddenly grew 25%.

    On September 4, 2003, when I was 41, on my husband’s 42nd birthday, I had surgery at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles. I spent the next day, our 19th wedding anniversary in ICU. The pathology report came back an Oligodendroglioma grade 2. The surgery was an apparent success and neither radiation nor chemotherapy were recommended. However, since it’s unlikely every cancer cell can be detected and removed, and the nature of gliomas are to grow back over time, it was necessary to continue MRI monitoring every 3 months. Living from MRI to MRI had become our “normal”.

  • charles brown says:

    the side effects of eligard were “terrible” for me and effected my life in such a negative way,I’ve decided to forgo any further injections,and look for alternative methods ie:herbals

  • Marilyn says:

    Unfortunately, many men will go on to metasticise to their hips, spine and other organs because medical doctors will continue to deny the benefits of cannabinoid oil. This stigma started way back with Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover and the American people have not recovered from the false allegations of those times. Once again, unfortunately, many people are being robbed of life and are not told of the benefits of alternative treatment. I have a hard time believing that ethically, doctors would purposefully withhold life saving information from a patient but it is going on every day and this article is a very good example of it. You ask why the government is not endorsing a know medicinal drug. The answer is very easy. How are the pharmaceutical companies going to make money on a product that can not be patented?

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  • Steve_I_Am says:

    I have just been diagnosed with a moderately differentiated T2a prostate cancer. My urologist says that I can safely put off definitive treatment (surgery – not gonna do it; or radiation) for 6 months. The absence of human trials notwithstanding, the anecdotal accounts are encouraging enough(especially when compared to the scary, quality-of-life, side-effects) that I am not going to try radiation until I have given medical cannabis a full trial. Thank god I live in Colorado. I am going in to meet with the Cannabis M.D., to get my MM card, today. Thank you, all, for sending your thoughts, prayers, and good intentions my way.

    • John Larsen says:

      Hi Steve,
      How has your treatment going? Very interested as I’m thinking of trying the same.

    • Catherine McKenna says:

      Hi Steve. …wondered how things were going with you. My brother has advanced prostate cancer which is in the none and now liver. Medication stopped with exception of fortnightly hormone injection. Looking at every path open to him to try…and wondered re the cannabinoid? Cath

    • Mark says:

      Hi Steve,
      My name is Mark, I live in CT
      I have been diagnosed with T3 prostate cancer. I have not had surgery or radiation. Urologist wanted me to begin hormone shots for two months and then begin external beam radiation. My Homeopathic / Naturopath wants me to try cannabis. How are you doing?

    • Rick says:

      Hi Steve my name is Rick I live in Utah, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer 2 years ago the biopsy showed a aggressive cancer so I had prostate removed. All went well but 7 months later psa started to rise doubling every month. So after 1 year I had my first 6 month dose of Lupron 8 months later psa going back up was 1.4 waited another month but acquired cannabis, I put it in large capsuls to swallow for 3 weeks every night it was a pretty strong dose. Had another psa test it went up to 13.4 so I got another Lupron shot, now wondering if the cannabis made it worse. How you doing?

    • Ed D says:

      How did you do with the cannabis oil treatment for your prostate cancer? I was recently diagnosed myself and decided on Activev Surveillance for the next 3 to 6 months

    • ELTON OWENS says:

      Well steve did it work for you?

    • Janet says:

      Hi Steve I have just seen your comment above being diagnosed with prostrate cancer in 2015. Was wondering if you tried the cannabis and if so what was the verdict, my husband has just been diagnosed with prostrate cancer. Thanks.

    • William says:

      I hope that you are well and that your treatment was…is…successful. I had total removal of my prostate on 1/19/18. They assured me everything was perfect. On 4/5/19 I was told that it had returned. My life had changed. I was set up to begin radiation and hormone therapy. I would MUCH rather opt for Cannabis treatment. Did you select Cannabis? How did it work for you? I am planning a trip to Colorado next month. Thanks for your help. God bless.

  • charles coryn says:

    If this article were to deter one individual with prostate cancer from trying cannabis as a cure, I would consider it a grave disservice to human beings. There is research finally being done following the revelation that the US Government has lied about the nature of cannabis for 75 years, which incidentally is one of the oldest medicines known to man.

    Search the internet, educate yourselves……

    • Robert Broussard says:

      Being a risk taker and a rebel, after surgery I refused ADT and radiation and began taking FECO in large amounts daily. Surgery was July 2009, p3b NO MX. Latest PSA <.006. I produced my own medicine from seed to oil. ED went away after 2 years and I no longer have glaucoma.

      • William says:

        Hi Robert….I hope that you are well and that your treatment was…is…successful. I had total removal of my prostate on 1/19/18. They assured me everything was perfect. On 4/5/19 I was told that it had returned. My life had changed. I was set up to begin radiation and hormone therapy. I would MUCH rather opt for Cannabis treatment. Did you select Cannabis? How did it work for you? I am planning a trip to Colorado next month. Thanks for your help. God bless.

  • alexandra says:

    You title your article ‘don’t count on marihuana to cure your cancer’, but have zero factual evidence to say why it doesn’t work. You don’t cite any studies, any patient experiences, nothing. Rather, what you are doing is promoting another treatment and the purchase of a book. The title of your article is misleading and your hidden agenda has been exposed.

    • Paul Taylor says:

      You raise the point that the article doesn’t cite any studies on why marijuana doesn’t work.

      But I think you are missing my point. The problem is that there is a lack of good quality research looking at the effects of marijuana on human cancer patients. I can’t cite studies that don’t exist.

      (You will find a web link to overview study embedded in the text. But that information is based on research conducted on animals or in cell cultures in a lab.)

      So, that means a patient would be taking “a leap of faith” to rely upon marijuana as a cancer treatment.

      By contrast, there is ample evidence showing that hormone-deprivation therapy has an effect on prostate cancer.

      • ms rose says:

        Agreeing with alex, as far as I know, there is no complete cure for cancer, kemo can sometimes make a patient worst or better, the cancer can have low numbers, bt always have the possiblity of coming back worst, if you know someone who is suffering from cancer, then you would understand that any remedy to make them feel better is a option, my dad suffers frm postate cancer, even thou he hates tht I smoke weed for personal reasons, I believe it might help in relieving stress, when a patient is strong mentally that is the best medicine

      • Artur says:

        Alexandra is 100% correct. All you are doing is driving people away from what could possibly be a legitimate medicine in combatting cancer, especially prostate cancer. All you’re doing is promoting another treatment and the purchase of a book. As a medical advisor I would have thought your passion would be helping the sick. You are right, there are very little studies that have been published about the treatment of cancer cells in HUMANS with cannabis. But the overwhelming evidence from the studies in animals, and peoples’ personal experience with using cannabis to treat cancer (especially prostate cancer) cannot be overlooked simply because there’s little trials in humans.

        Just one of the many legitimate studies that supports human trials, yet somehow we still aren’t doing them. The article you have published above is just one of many reasons why we haven’t started human testing. You discourage it because we haven’t done it before. How stupid is that!! We need to start human trials ASAP so patients can get the best treatments they can. What we don’t need is a ‘medical advisor’ telling us “don’t count on marijuana to cure your cancer” because no HUMAN studies have been conducted yet, all you are doing is slowing down our efforts in finding a cure for cancer.

      • Artur says:

        The reason it’s impossible for the foreseeable future to get cannabis to the human trial stages, even if Federally descheduled tomorrow, is that in the current medical community it would be absolutely unethical for a doctor to ask her patient to refuse proven treatments in lieu of unproven plant extracts. A time may come that there are enough believers and overwhelming anecdotal evidence that it would be unethical to not allow human trials. For now, though, it’s not going to happen. – The Huffington Post. Not a great source to be quoting but it’s right. In my opinion it is unethical at this point in time to not be conducting human trials.

    • Matt says:

      As opposed to the insurmountable scientific evidence that is actually does anything?



Paul Taylor


Paul Taylor is a health journalist and former Patient Navigation Advisor at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where he provided advice and answered questions from patients and their families. Paul will continue to write occasional columns for Healthy Debate.

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