Medical Marijuana and Skin Cancer
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 01/17/2011 in Medical Marijuana Conditions
Skin cancer is the most common form of human cancer. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, more than 3.5 million cases in two million people are diagnosed annually. That means that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. And each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
With the prevalence of this disease it would only make sense that modern medicne would seek out every treatment possible—especially those that are less evasive than the typical treatment methods. And modern medicine shows that medical marijuana is highly effective for skin cancer. A study that was published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation in 2003 found that the cannabinoids in marijuana stop the growth of skin cancer cells. The researchers explain:
“Cannabinoid-treated tumors showed an increased number of apoptotic cells. This was accompanied by impairment of tumor vascularization, as determined by altered blood vessel morphology and decreased expression of proangiogenic factors (VEGF, placental growth factor, and angiopoietin 2). Abrogation of EGF-R function was also observed in cannabinoid-treated tumors. These results support a new therapeutic approach for the treatment of skin tumors.”
While the majority of this country awaits the development of a pharmaceutical drug from cannabis to treat cancer, thousands of patients are already utilizing this powerful medicine. For those who have to see it to believe it, check out Cured: A Cannabis Story (A film by David Triplett). David applied hemp oil directly to the infected area of his face—and it cured his skin cancer without the need of abrasive and painful surgery or radiation therapy. Check out the video by clicking below, but please be warned that it includes graphic images of skin cancer.