Cannabis is one of the most incredible plants on earth. It has so many different uses, from medicine and food to textiles and fuel. There are literally thousands of ways it can be used, both medicinally and industrially, and humans have been using it for thousands of years. Being that our species has evolved alongside this plant, it is no wonder that our bodies possess an endogenous cannabinoid system that is uniquely suited to utilize the various compounds of cannabis.
Just about everyone knows that the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is what creates the desired intoxifying effect that most who smoke it are going for. However, many are unaware of the other cannabinoids that have been discovered more recently, which possess various medicinal qualities that affect the endocannabinoid system in very specific ways. Many of these other constituents have been isolated and utilized for certain treatments, and synthetic compounds have also been created for pharmacological applications. Yet the use of cannabis in its natural state is still restricted, so less research has been performed utilizing the plant as it is found in nature.
Some research is even showing that these various healing elements of cannabis are beneficial to those suffering from cancer, although most clinical studies with humans have focused primarily on pain management and the mitigation of side effects due to conventional cancer treatment. The National Cancer Institute notes that the “other known compounds with biologic activity are cannabinol, cannabidiol (CBD), cannabichromene, cannabigerol, tetrahydrocannabivarin, and delta-8-THC. CBD, in particular, is thought to have significant analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity without the psychoactive effect (high) of delta-9-THC.”
Although the National Cancer Institute has little to offer in terms of how cannabis may help with the treatment of cancer, there have been independent experiments and successful treatments administered outside of the medical industry, which have shown some promising results. One very successful experiment utilizing cannabis to cure cancer was self-administered by a biochemist named Dennis Hill. According to online health magazine, Reset.me, Mr. Hill, cured his own cancer with cannabis oil, and describes the changes that the body undergoes when the process is initiated in an interview with Reset:
“The nature of the endocannabinoids are functionally much like neurotransmitters, but structurally are eicosanoids in the family of signaling sphingolipids. These signaling cannabinoids keep track of metabolic systems all over the body. This information is shared with the nervous system and the immune system so that any imbalance is attended to. If the body is in chronic disease or emotional stress, the immune system can fall behind and lose control of compromised systems. It is here that phytocannabinoids can pitch in to support the stressed body in a return to health. The cannabis plant provides analogues of the body’s primary signaling cannabinoids. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is mimetic to anandamide, and cannabidiol (CBD) is mimetic to 2-AG, and has the same affinity to CB1 and CB2 receptors, providing the body with additional support for the immune and endocannabinoid systems.”
Being a biochemist, Dennis Hill gives a very articulate and scientific account of the biological process by which cannabinoids work to kill cancer cells and help rid the body of the disease. Yet, he is very good at explaining the process by which his own body was healed from cancer by detailing the way in which the endocannabinoid system is activated by the exocannabinoids found in cannabis:
“How did this pathway come to be? Why is it that the body can take a simple plant enzyme and use it for healing in many different physiological systems? This endocannabinoid system exists in all animal life, just waiting for it’s matched exocannabinoid activator. This is interesting. Our own endocannabinoid system covers all cells and nerves; it is the messenger of information flowing between our immune system and the central nervous system (CNS). It is responsible for neuroprotection, and micro-manages the immune system. This is the primary control system that maintains homeostasis: our wellbeing…Endocannabinoids have their origin in nerve cells right at the synapse. When the body is compromised through illness or injury it calls insistently to the endocannabinoid system and directs the immune system to bring healing. If these homeostatic systems are weakened, it should be no surprise that exocannabinoids perform the same function. It helps the body in the most natural way possible.”
Even if our medical institutions, government agencies, law enforcement, and lawmakers are unwilling to listen to the incontrovertible experiences and truths being expressed by people such as Dennis Hill, we the people have the right to stand against the injustice of prohibition and be illegally healed, if necessary. While it is best to function within the guidelines of our legal framework, sometimes that is simply not an option. Cannabis can help us understand how our bodies work to fight disease, stimulate immune response, and maintain homeostasis. So, if you suffer from a chronic illness such as cancer, consider whether your health should be in the hands of doctors and pharmaceutical companies or in the care of mother nature.