Medical cannabis use is a hot topic in the United States. The medical community is divided about cannabis’ validity as a treatment regimen, largely because of the lack of conclusive proof about whether it can actually reverse the effects of worsened health conditions or if it merely offers palliative relief to those suffering from cancer and other illnesses. Some states, including Pennsylvania, have medical cannabis programs in place which allow patients who meet specific criteria to securely purchase and use cannabis as part of their treatment.
There is some evidence that cannabis oil can be used to effectively treat mesothelioma, a cancer that is the most serious of asbestos exposure related diseases. A piece published on SurvivingMesothelioma.com detailed the story of a California man suffering from Stage IV mesothelioma who used cannabis oil to treat his illness. After reading about the research on cannabis as a cancer treatment, he began a daily regimen of a small dose of cannabis oil. As a result, his cancer stopped growing. Despite being told that he had a year or less to live in 2010, he is alive and thriving today.
The article discussed how ceramide, a metabolite naturally found in cancer cells, is supported by the ingredients in cannabis oil. Ceramide kills cancer cells by signaling to the mitochondria, which the cells need to survive, to die. This, coupled with excess ceramide which disrupts the cancer cells’ ability to digest and use calcium, can slow and even stop the growth of mesothelioma cells.
Two ingredients in cannabis oil, tetrahydracannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) build up ceramide levels in a cell. However, research about how this works is limited. Currently, there is little funding from the United States government or the American Cancer Society allotted to the research of cannabis oil’s effect on cancer growth.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you have the right to seek compensation from the party responsible for your asbestos exposure. Speak with an experienced Philadelphia mesothelioma lawyer to learn more about how to file an asbestos exposure claim and what to expect from this legal process. Fill out our online contact form or call Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler today at 1-215-569-4000 or toll-free at 1-800-369-0899 to schedule your consultation in our Philadelphia offices. We proudly serve clients throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey including in Delaware County, Chester County, and Philadelphia County.