AN EX-smoker who shunned traditional cancer treatment saw his tumours shrink – months after taking CBD oil each day.
The man, who has not been named, was diagnosed with lung cancer but refused to have chemo or other treatment.
Sage Open Medical Case Reports An 81-year-old ex-smoker diagnosed with lung cancer appears to have treated his disease with CBD oil (CT scan shows his tumours in July 2017)
Sage Open Medical Case Reports But by November 2017 the man’s tumours had halved in size, after he took CBD oil daily for two months, doctors at the Royal Stoke University Hospital said
Instead he opted to use cannabidiol (CBD) oil each day for two months.
Now, doctors at the Royal Stoke University Hospital have shared “striking” scans showing his tumours almost halved in size, stopping the disease in its tracks.
They note in a medical case report: “CBD oil may have had a role in the striking response.”
Caution is needed
But, experts have warned this is just one case, and cautioned cancer patients should not follow this man’s lead – instead discussing any treatment with their medical team.
Claims that cannabis oil or any compounds could help treat cancer are unproven.
CBD is one of 104 chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant, but unlike THC – the most well-known compound – it does not cause a “high”.
It is legal in the UK and can be bought in high street stores.
The World Health Organisation acknowledges the anti-inflammatory benefits of CBD – and studies have suggested it can help combat pain, epilepsy and anxiety.
Refused chemo to preserve his quality of life
In October 2016, the 81-year-old patient who suffered chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), went to see his GP after three weeks of feeling breathless.
He was referred for further tests, including CT scans.
It revealed a 2.5cm by 2.5cm mass in the man’s left lung – and further growths in his lymph nodes.
What is CBD oil, and is it legal?DOCTORS are now able to prescribe cannabis oil to patients in a long-awaited change to regulations.
The legal low-concentrate CBD oil is said to be beneficial for treating a number of complaints as well as promoting sleep, boosting appetite and reducing anxiety, stress and depression.
CBD cannabis oil is a substance extracted from the cannabis plant by steam distillation.
Cannabis oil is usually consumed orally, and has a very distinct taste.
This low-concentrate version of the oil is available to buy in the UK and is not illegal.
Products are required to contain less than 0.05% THC.
THC (or Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive component in cannabis that makes users feel “high”.
On November 1, 2018, medical cannabis became available to patients in the UK on NHS prescription.
Biopsies confirmed the retired salesman was suffering lung cancer.
The doctors treating him said: “The patient was offered chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but he declined as he was in his 80s and did not want any treatment that could adversely affect his quality of life.
“The decision was made to follow the patient up but without active treatment.”
In December more scans showed the tumour in the patient’s lung had grown to 2.7 by 2.8cm.
He was offered treatment again, but again he declined.
Tumours halved in size
A chest X-ray in July 2017 showed more growth, but no significant collapse.
But, in November that year, another CT scan showed “near total resolution” of the tumour in the man’s left lung, and a “significant reduction in size” of the growths in his lymph nodes.
The doctors added: “The patient underwent another CT scan in January 2018 which showed stable appearances of the small residual opacity in the left lower lobe and mediastinal lymph nodes.”
Shocked, the doctors quizzed their patient.
It turned out he had started taking CBD oil at the start of September 2017.
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He took two drops twice daily for a week, then nine drops twice daily until the end of September.
After his scan in November 2018, the patient started taking nine drops daily but had to stop around a week later.
“The reason behind this was that the patient did not like the taste and caused him slight nausea,” the case report published in Sage Open Medical Case Reports Journal states.
“He was never physically sick.
“There were no other changes in the patient’s diet, medication or lifestyle from September 2017.”
Sage Open Medical Case Reports Doctors wrote in a case report that ‘CBD oil may have had a role in the striking response’ (Scan of patient’s cancer in July 2017)
Sage Open Medical Case Reports Scans from November 2017 show a ‘near total resolution’ of the tumours