A 33-year-old father-of-one who was diagnozed in 2012 with bowel cancer claims that cannabis oil has cured him of his fatal condition, despite efforts from doctors to treat him with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and even surgery.
When David Hibbitt was told that his cancer was terminal and that he only had 18 months to live, he purchased some of the marijuana-based substance from a local drug dealer as a last resort, after his medical treatment failed.
Hibbitt, from Stoke-on-Trent in the UK, spoke to reporters about his miracle recovery.
"Friends had told me about cannabis oil and I dismissed it at first. I've never been into drugs. But in February last year I was told I only had 18 months to five years to live, and I felt I had to try everything I could. I felt like the chemo was killing me and I had nothing to lose. I couldn't accept I was going to die."Having thoroughly researched the befits and risks of cannabis oil, Hibbitt contacted a local dealer. As he explained, "I pay around £50 for a gram from a bloke I know who makes it. That lasts me about a month usually. It gets your pretty high and knocks you for six, but it's nowhere near as bad as chemotherapy. The pain just seemed to disappear and it seems to have done the job. I just want to make other people aware that there are other options out there."
While medical marijuana is increasingly popular in America, it's almost non-existent in the UK. But Dr. Kat Arney explained further.
"We know that cannabinoids - the active chemicals found in cannabis - can have a range of different effects on cancer cells grown in the lab and animal tumours. But at the moment there isn't good evidence from clinical trials to prove that they can safely and effectively treat cancer in patients. Despite this, some cancer patients do choose to treat themselves with cannabis extracts. Researchers are collecting patients' experiences to build a picture of whether these treatments are helping or not, although this is weak evidence compared to properly-run clinical trials."For Hibbitt, cannabis oil was literally a life saver, as he said, "Cancer Research UK is supporting clinical trials for treating cancer with cannabinoid-based drugs in order to gather solid data on whether they benefit people with cancer. This time they told me there wasn't a lot they could do. In July, after doing a lot of research, I got some cannabis oil. I was having chemo, and I was getting to a point where I couldn't really do much, I had no energy. In August I decided I'd had enough and I was going to stop the chemotherapy."
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