The world was sad to hear that Tommy Chong was yet again announcing a cancer diagnosis. This is his second cancer diagnosis in the past three years, but Tommy Chong says he will fight cancer in the way that he knows best — with marijuana.
However, is Tommy Chong’s idea that marijuana can cure his cancer diagnosis a medically proven one?
These days, most people associate Tommy Chong with the 2014 Dancing With The Stars season. Outside of DWTS fame for being one of the oldest contestants, Tommy Chong has had a decades-long career as an actor, comedian, and marijuana advocate.
Now, Tommy Chong and his family will face a new cancer diagnosis together. The 77-year-old comedian vowed that marijuana helped him kick cancer before, and he will use it again. But is there any scientific evidence to show a cancer diagnosis can be cured with marijuana?
SF Gate reported on March 25 that Tommy Chong beat his prostate cancer diagnosis with marijuana hash oil suppositories. According to Tommy Chong, he was diagnosed with cancer in June 2012 — but his prostate cancer diagnosis was officially overturned a few months later.
In May 2013, Tommy Chong was quoted about his past cancer diagnosis by the Guardian U.K., and Chong said he had been drug-free for three years before cancer — despite portraying in his comedy routines that he is a pothead.
Tommy Chong also said that being diagnosed with cancer spurred him to change his diet, take supplements, use hemp oil, and work with a world-renowned healer named Adam Dreamhealer.
In March 2015, Tommy Chong released a video showing how science proves that marijuana can delete a cancer diagnosis — but are there any studies on marijuana to back him up?
The International Business Times reported on June 17 that Tommy Chong’s cancer diagnosis was situated near the rectal area of his body. About his new cancer diagnosis, Tommy Chong stated to US Weekly on June 17 the following.
“I’m using cannabis like crazy now, more so than ever before. I’m in treatment now. I’ve been — just the case either way, either I get healed or I don’t. But either way, I’m going to make sure I get a little edge off or put up.”
Jumping to the science concerning a prostate cancer diagnosis being cured with marijuana hash oil suppositories, independent research on Google shows no scientific studies in the results for those specific keywords.
What you do find online is how a team of urologists in India published a study in an official medical journal that carries the headline, “The role of cannabinoids in prostate cancer: Basic science perspective and potential clinical applications.” That 2012 study is the foundation of many claims in the media that marijuana has been proven to cure prostate cancer.
As far as Tommy Chong’s new idea to treat rectal cancer with cannabis, that can be a little more difficult to proven — unless you have a digital library card. Sadly, a key article that is commonly cited has been taken down from the internet.
Regardless, the study does exist and the link between marijuana and rectal cancer was published in a scientific journal called Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology.
On December 27, 2013, they are quoted as supporting Tommy Chong’s rectal cancer cannabis cure claim in Leaf Science and Medical Jane. That legendary scientific quote that links marijuana to curing rectal cancer is as follows.
“In conclusion, we have shown that CBD BDS (botanical drug substance) exerts beneficial actions in experimental models of colon cancer and antiproliferative CB1 and CB2 mediated effects in colorectal cancer cells.”
In other words, although it is sad that Tommy Chong will be fighting yet another cancer diagnosis, using marijuana to fight cancer apparently gets the green light from at least some researchers.
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