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SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
What impressed me most about this story was that he started with a gram on day one! It took his system 12 days to balance out, at which point he returned to work feeling normal.

You gotta love a plant that can be this therapeutic without killing you or frying your brain cells.

Can Cannabis Cure My Cancer?


Can Cannabis Cure My Cancer?
A Desperate Man Turns to Marijuana Oil and Finds Survival
Ethan Stewart, who’s seen here with his medicine of choice, can’t be sure that cannabis is what’s helping with his cancer. But his experiments with a high-dosage oil, albeit scary at first, seem to be holding his tumors at bay.

I fear I may be made out of marijuana. I dance with the devil’s lettuce daily, from breakfast through bedtime, consuming enough of this polarizing plant to knock down an elephant. And I’m doing this to save my life — that’s right, marijuana is helping to keep me alive.

I’m on the verge of 40 years old, and the past decade has not been kind: Amid both of my parents dying unexpectedly, my health unraveled into a morass of wicked diagnoses, including multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease, and metastatic pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine variety, made famous by Steve Jobs. I’m a regular at Stanford hospital, and if my doctors are to be believed, this cancer will kill me.

But death is not what I’m after. I have a daughter named Sawyer and a wife named Anna, and I plan to grow old with both. So in March 2016, when tests showed my cancer on the rise, I began pursuing cannabis as medicine, far beyond the usual toke of a joint or nibble of a brownie to feel better. Two years later, it’s become a critical tool in the fight of my life.



Once upon a time, I won an award for reporting on medical marijuana and even worked as a grower in the early days of the industry. For years, I heard stories of cannabis as a miracle cure, putting terminal cancer into remission, holding epilepsy in check, relieving chronic pain, and reducing debilitating anxiety.
Unfortunately, the crazy tales often disappeared into the smoke of trim-table legends when I tried to verify them.

But I was desperate, so I dove into the most panicked and purposeful research of my career, working the phones and emailing long-lost contacts. Within days, I had my first tube of cannabis oil extract in my hands, and my journey as an accidental astronaut exploring the cosmos of cannabis medicine was about to begin.

Understanding Endocannabinoids

Today, more than 20 years since California voters legalized medical marijuana, most cancer patients are aware of its potential benefits. Almost all agree that it’s good for pain management and that it stimulates the appetite — both ideal for battling the effects of chemotherapy and radiation — and that, at the very least, it can improve quality of life.

This is all because of something called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), one of the most complex, widespread, understudied biological networks in the human body. Endocannabinoid receptors permeate the entire body, from the muscles, brain, and digestive tract to the nervous and immune systems. Optimal physiological health is not possible without a healthy ECS.

And how do you stimulate the ECS? Either via endocannabinoids, which the body produces and can also be found in breast milk, or via exocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant. That’s right — one of the most critical biological systems in your body is hardwired to receive stimulation from marijuana. In fact, your long-term health may even depend on it.


Paul Wellman

And yet our knowledge of how the ECS works with cannabis is grossly limited, largely thanks to the federal government’s arcane classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug, which acknowledges no medical benefit. While nations such as Israel and Germany have researched cannabis for decades — especially since the 1990s, when the ECS’s primary receptors, CB1 and CB2, were first identified and copied — the United States only embarked on such efforts recently. As such, what we know pales in comparison to what we don’t. But experts agree that these ECS receptors are everywhere in our body — even on your cancer cells, and especially on your neuroendocrine cancer cells.

That was what powered my search for full-extract cannabis oil, which is a food-grade essential oil derived from entire marijuana plants. However medically naive it might have been, I hoped to hammer my ECS in order to possibly kill the cancer cells (by turning their apoptosis function back on) or fix some longstanding flaw in my immune system. It was a truly desperate and slightly deranged hope, but with the reluctant blessings of my medical team — including full support from my traditional Chinese medicine doctor and a tacit go-ahead from my oncologist — I dove into the deep end.

Flowering Frontiers

In basic, the leading advice on cannabis oil as cure suggests consuming 60 full grams over 60-90 days. Instead of starting slow as both patients and producers urged me to do, I took a full gram on day one. It was a Sunday, and I am fairly certain I saw God.

By Tuesday, I was a mess. I’d faint in the shower with visions of tumors blistering my liver. I’d sleep for 15 hours and hide under the covers when awake. I wrote birthday cards for my daughter for the years I would miss and made a list of people my wife should consider marrying when I was gone. I became convinced that I was killing myself quicker with the oil, yet I kept putting a peppery black drop of it on my left index finger every 90 minutes and licking it clean with hope in my heart.



And then, by day 12, I no longer felt stoned. By day 16, I was back to work. On day 19, I wrote in my journal, “Without doubt, this is the best and healthiest I have felt in years.” I finished the 60 grams in 53 days, consuming the equivalent of 20 ounces of marijuana in less than two months.

Then I went in for surgery on my liver. It did not go as planned. They hoped to remove the largest of six tumors, one that was about 16-18mm in size. But ultrasound couldn’t find it, so the surgeon had to “cut blind,” removing tissue based on past scans. After cutting out an oyster-sized chunk of liver, she found a pearl-sized tumor of cancer.


Despite numerous health issues, the author is doing well and is hopeful for a long life with his wife and daughter.

The pathology results confirmed the confusion: The tumor had shrunk to less than 6mm, it was the same density as the healthy tissue, and the Ki-67 index (which measures growth) was below 1. These were not standard findings for metastatic pancreatic cancer. “This is better than anything we could have hoped for,” said my surgeon in disbelief on a phone call that I’ll never forget. I started my next 60-gram round of oil minutes after hanging up.

That September, I was back at Stanford, my second round of oil complete, ready for tests. To everyone’s surprise, the scans showed zero signs of disease in my body. There were tears all around. I told my doctors that I thought it was due to the cannabis — it was really the only new tool in my belt at that point — but they weren’t ready to give it credit. As world-renowned experts in neuroendocrine cancer, they saw too many other variables in my health picture as possible explanations for the results. This was a team that had already saved my life twice, so I started weaning off my oil that afternoon. By December, I was moving toward “normal” for the first time in years.

When I returned to Stanford in spring 2017, I had gained weight, built muscle, and grown a beard. I was feeling terrific, fully expecting to ace my tests. I was wrong. My liver was flecked with multiple tumors. We were crushed. My cannabis miracle story evaporated in an instant.

The doctors wanted to immediately start a hormone therapy, a monthly injection regimen that I would have to continue for the rest of my life. But after some hard conversations, we made the controversial decision to hold off on the hormones and resume cannabis oil for three months. I returned to multiple daily doses of oil in mid-June.

When I returned to Stanford in September, I was prepared to start my hormone shots right away if the test results weren’t what we wanted. But there were no injections needed — my blood work was the best it had been in five years. My cancer markers were within “normal” range, and my scans were stable. I’ve been using cannabis extracts in some capacity every day ever since. Onward into the great unknown I continue to go.



To be clear, I don’t think cannabis cures cancer. The situation is way too complex and dynamic for such a statement to be accurate. But based on what we know about the ECS and what we’re learning about how cannabinoids and terpenes can positively affect it, only a fool would suggest further research is not needed. Thankfully, ECS studies are now ongoing about everything from chronic pain and diabetes to diseases of the nervous system and digestive system as well as different types of cancer.

But I am not sitting around waiting for the findings. I know, without a doubt, that for someone with my unique health profile, marijuana is an incredibly potent medicine.

My life is all the proof I need.


Ethan Stewart
 
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Amy Gardner

Member of the Month: March 2018 - Photo of the Month: April, Dec 2018, Apr 2019
Thanks Sue! Great article and great video in the earlier post as well :)

Edit: in case anyone needs it, that article is sourced from: Can Cannabis Cure My Cancer?

:Namaste:
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016

Brian420pm

Well-Known Member
my search for full-extract cannabis oil
Great story! When you see "full-extract", do we assume it's via solvent wash (iso, everclear) or oil? I'm guessing because of how it looks the former? I HATE it's not mentioned in most articles! sigh
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
Great story! When you see "full-extract", do we assume it's via solvent wash (iso, everclear) or oil? I'm guessing because of how it looks the former? I HATE it's not mentioned in most articles! sigh
Good question. :high-five:

Yes, a full extraction is an attempt to extract the highest levels of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other components that create the synergistic dance that defines cannabis as a healing modality.

Most often they’re referring to CCO, but I always consider a good EVOO or coconut oil infusion to be every bit as powerful in the long run.
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016

Valuable links are posted below the video on YouTube.
 

Archiweedies

Nug of the Month: Apr 2019
But based on what we know about the ECS and what we’re learning about how cannabinoids and terpenes can positively affect it, only a fool would suggest further research is not needed.
Powerful words from someone walking the path!

Sue have you played around with everclear and cannabis before?
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
Powerful words from someone walking the path!

Sue have you played around with everclear and cannabis before?
It’s what I use when making concentrated cannabis oil. Ethanol gives you an almost perfect extraction, when done correctly.

Are you considering a run for CCO Archi?
 

Archiweedies

Nug of the Month: Apr 2019
It’s what I use when making concentrated cannabis oil. Ethanol gives you an almost perfect extraction, when done correctly.

Are you considering a run for CCO Archi?
Yes mam I am :thumb:
Any advice before I embark?
 

gr865

Well-Known Member
Sue I just started reading this journal, sorry for your loss.
When you say CCO, are you talking FECO or just concentrates in general?
I make FECO and about to do a 1 pound run. I use the frozen method for making my FECO, hope to learn some things from your journal.
 

Carmen Ray

Well-Known Member


The journey begins..........

I came to 420 Magazine on a fit of whimsy. My husband was dying and I wanted to keep him high until the end. Since I was going to grow, why not do a grow journal? My only intent was to document the grow for my own record. After all, who cared what a 61-year old woman from the banks of the Monongahela had to say? :laugh2: I'm still adjusting to having become SweetSue. Lol!

Well, my husband died the following year. Right at the end I discovered Concentrated Cannabis Oil (CCO). Of course, too late to be of any use to my beloved. The frustration of realizing the high price we'd paid for prohibition lit a fire that apparently is unquenchible. I'm driven to learn everything I can about how disease gets a foothold in our bodies and how we can use CCO to tip the scales in our favor and then to help us maintain the state of homeostasis we were evolved to experience. I switched my grow focus from strongly recreational to strongly medicinal. I'm making oil for my own use. Although I'm a healthy woman who takes no medication other than cannabis, I realize the benefit my own body can gain from including CCO in my life. I also accept that I'll be helping others in their own quest to make and administer CCO for healing and I can't very well do that without practical experience, can I?

This is no easy path, but I know we can make it fun. I study like a fiend, and this thread is my new study hall. It's my hope that some of you will decide to join me on my quest to not only master understanding of the diverse fields of knowledge I'm jumping into, but to help me break it down into simple terms and possibly illustrate it, so that what we end up with is a genuine resource that can help calm the desperation of a member looking for hope.

In the end we can take the mish-mash of what we developed and put it all together in an orderly fashion. Do our own handbook on achieving homeostasis using CCO. How's that sound?

I have this habit of wanting it all. :4: I'm not certain what we'll end up with here, but I'm excited about the possibilities. I've broken it down into simple categories and I'm beginning with questions I personally want answers to. Some of this I already know, so it's a matter of composing the right answer and making it look like something you want to read. I have a concern that we have many members who learn more visually, so that has to be taken into consideration with anything we put together. I'm not interested in working in any particular order. My brain works more fluidly than that. I'll accept the responsibility of keeping track of what gets developed. My hope in putting this out there is that some of you will have an interest spark in one subject and find yourself compelled to master it so you can explain it to us. This doesn't have to be all SweetSue developed material. I have no ego. Please, contribute.

This is a community project, if you'll join me. I have no care for any credit. I have a great desire to continue developing materials that explain all this in simple terms. That's my only purpose in being here. Anybody game?

This is long-term work. I'm not expecting this to fly. We have lives that are worth being a part of and this search will plod along. I may study hard, but I play hard too. :laugh2: Balance in all things. I want to be certain at every step that we got it right. There's a focus on cancer here because the cancer-killing potential of phytocannabinoids demands it. That does not mean we're limited to discussing using CCO to treat cancer. I'm also associated with cajuncelt's cancer protocol thread and I'm working on some materials for him as well. I figured toss it all out there, see what sticks.

My starting questions. If anyone has some they'd like to add let me know within the next 420 minutes and I can edit them in.

A Rudimentary Understanding of Cellular Biology and Cancer Progression
- What's the life cycle of a healthy cell?
- How does programmed cell death happen?
- What's the difference between apoptosis (cellular suicide) and necrosis (cellular death)?
- What changes occur when a cell becomes cancerous?
- What are the stages of cancer?
- What's this about Demethylation?

Your Endocannabinoid System and Homeostasis
- What's the job of the Endocannabinoid System?
- How do receptors work?
- How can I assist my Endocannabinoid System?

How Cannabinoids Kill Cancer Cells
- apoptopic (apoptosis; cell seeks its own death)
- antiangiogenesis (keeps cell from growing new blood vessels)
- antiproliferative (keeps cells from reproducing)
- antimetastatic (cell can't spread seed)
- How does THC kill cancer cells?
- What special cancer-killing properties does CBD have?

The Phytocannabinoids : Your Reserve Soldiers
- description of individual cannabinoids and terpenes)

Concentrated Cannabis Oil (CCO): The Great Equalizer
- Can I get stronger medicine if I use the whole plant?
- What's the easiest way I can find to make good-quality oil in my kitchen?
- What equipment changes will I need to make for producing a larger batch?
- Is there any way to reclaim at least some of the solvent?
- Can we get a decent hand on the truth and science behind decarboxylation?
- What technique gives me the highest THC numbers? CBD numbers?
- Which approach gives me the most monoterpenes?


Supercharging The Oil: The Science of Bioavailibility
- Don't the cannabinoids just get in there and go to work killing diseased cells?
- How can I use the science behind liposomal encapsulation to my advantage?
- What's a carrier oil?
- Why are phenolic oils so important?
- What difference does the choice of carrier oil make?
- What's a Bio Bomb?
- How does Competitive Inhibition work?
- How do I incorporate Competitive Inhibition into the protocol?

Strains and Ratios: Customizing Your Medication
- Does it really make a difference which strains I choose?
- How does synergy come into play when I'm mixing the strains?
- What are recommended ratios for oil production?
- How would I work out using whole plant and mixing strains?

Dosing Protocols and Delivery Systems: Proceed With Care
- What are the pathways into the system and how effective are they?
- What do we mean by "First Pass"?
- What's "herxing"
- What's the difference between optimal dose and therapeutic dose?
- How would I determine a therapeutic dose?
- What level dose is a good starting point?
- How do you make a metered dose?
- How often should I be dosing?
- Explain "Start Low and Go Slow".

Resources For Patients: Boots On The Ground
- What patient support organizations exist?
- What kind of support system should I pull together?

Complementary Therapies
- What are some other holistic ways I can help my body gain homeostasis?
- How can breath training benefit me?
- What are some practical ways to stay positive?

Reading and Resource Lists

Random Notes


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I anticipate discussion and debate on occasion. My expectation is that the vision, the desire, the sheer joy we derive from the search for understanding will keep those debates civil. :welcome: Make yourselves comfortable.
Hi Sue, I am looking forward to reading this thread and learning. I am interested in making potions but I don't have facilities for that at present. Thanks for this amazing project.
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
Yes mam I am :thumb:
Any advice before I embark?
Motoco420 has a fairly concise presentation of the process, although it’s with a larger batch than I typically use. I’m usually making a smaller batch. Making Concentrated Cannabis Oil

We’ve learned to use a distiller to reclaim about 80% of the alcohol. That’s probably the single biggest change. Ethanol is expensive! :17:

This is a good video for small batches, but there’s much we do differently, like winterizing, a necessary step to get the best results. Motoco covers this step in his writeup.

Ask lots of questions Archi. It’s only intimidating the first time through. Most of us get really excited and can’t wait to try it again. :laugh2:

Sue I just started reading this journal, sorry for your loss.
When you say CCO, are you talking FECO or just concentrates in general?
I make FECO and about to do a 1 pound run. I use the frozen method for making my FECO, hope to learn some things from your journal.
Thank you. We’re eternal beings, and I’m certain he’s watching over my shoulder every day. :love:

When I’m using the term CCO I’m referring to a full extraction, done with ethanol alcohol. So the quick answer is yes, I’m referring to FECO.

I got you Archi. :5: Vacation time keeps getting in the way. :laugh2:

Hi Sue, I am looking forward to reading this thread and learning. I am interested in making potions but I don't have facilities for that at present. Thanks for this amazing project.
You’re welcome. It’s been a community project from the beginning. :circle-of-love:

What facilities are you waiting for?
 

Carmen Ray

Well-Known Member
Thanks Sue. I need sufficient quality bud on steady supply and enough space and equipment for production line. I am not close to that right now, which is fine because it gives me more time for research. I am interested in the mood enhancing / adjusting benefits of cannameds, for management of conditions such as ptsd.
 

Archiweedies

Nug of the Month: Apr 2019
Motoco420 has a fairly concise presentation.....
Thanks Sue I’ll check it out. I’m definitely interested in reclaiming the ethanol. Have you ever put your CCO in a vape cartridge before? My son keeps bouncing me for vape cartridges lol.
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
Thanks Sue. I need sufficient quality bud on steady supply and enough space and equipment for production line. I am not close to that right now, which is fine because it gives me more time for research. I am interested in the mood enhancing / adjusting benefits of cannameds, for management of conditions such as ptsd.
I can understand the need for sufficient supply, but as to production space, any basic kitchen setup will do. Try not to overthink. :4:

When you reach that point you’ll be in a position to create an extraction and get yourself on a scheduled dosing program. It’s the baseline of regular cannabinoids coming into the body that’ll help your system find a more pleasing tone, IMHO.

When you’re ready we can help you find your minimum therapeutic dose. From there you can explore cannabis with the assurance that your body is getting a steady supply of reserve troops. :green_heart:
 

Archiweedies

Nug of the Month: Apr 2019

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
Thanks Sue, I bookmarked it so I can share in the future as well. Cheers :48:
I keep forgetting to bookmark it, and it’s one I share all the time. :laugh2: I chased the link down through his username.

Sure do miss him. :circle-of-love:
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
Three years and 365 pages. We’re doin’ a good job here. :3:
 
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