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Question #1: Is Cannabis good for my body?

 

“To every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything

that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life,

I have given every green plant for food.”

– Genesis 1:30

In Biblical times, people used ‘kanobos’ (Hebrew for hemp) in clothing, paper, cord, sails, fishnet, holy anointing and cooking oils, sealant, incense, food, and in ceremony, relaxation and medicine. In Exodus 30:23, God dictates to Moses a recipe for a sacred anointing oil using ‘kaneh-bosm’, widely thought to refer to Cannabis. Some claim that cannabis has been in use for over 10,000 years. Recorded medicinal use of Cannabis dates back at least to 2737 BC and Chinese Emperor Shen Neng, who prescribed it for various illnesses. History shows medicinal use by Chinese, Japanese, Indian (Ayurvedic), and Egyptian cultures (A Brief History of Medical Cannabis). Recent discoveries in medical research show us why Cannabis is an effective medicine that is intertwined with our bodies’ health.

The Endocannabinoid system

We have, within our bodies, a physical system that relies on a phenomenon that has been a part of life on Earth for over 500 million years… cannabinoid signaling. Our Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a molecular signaling network that utilizes certain proteins in our bodies that fit lock-and-key with cannabinoids. Every animal, with the exception of insects, has an ECS. Phytocannabinoids are present in Cannabis and other plants and endocannabinoids are produced within our own bodies. Studies show that endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids work in the same ways to confer their health benefits, including how they kill cancer. In addition, many plants produce “cannabimimetic” compounds which mimic cannabinoids and also play a role in the ECS.

This system regulates many important functions… from inflammation to pain perception, to protection of the nervous system, to tumor regulation, to seizure activity to many other important areas of health and well-being. The main function of the ECS aligns with the “mission statement” of the human body…. to achieve homeostasis, or balance, to survive whatever stressors the body is subjected to. Cannabinoids lock onto our ECS receptors and stimulate them to regulate our health. We have cannabinoid receptors throughout our body… in our immune system, in our central and peripheral nervous systems, and many more physiological systems.

The Endocannabinoid system

The Human Solution International – www.thsintl.org

 

There are two types of these receptors in the ECS… CB1, present in brain and central nervous system as well as some peripheral nerves and organs, and CB2, mostly in peripheral organs and the immune system. Different cannabinoids fit into these “locks” in different ways to work with our body’s systems to do what the body does best… achieve homeostasis. So the question should really be… “Are cannabinoids necessary for my body to achieve and maintain good health?” And the answer is “Yes!”.   (The Endocannabinoid System and You)

Clinical EndoCannabinoid Deficiency (CECD)

Yes, CECD is a real thing. If you DON’T ingest or manufacture enough cannabinoids, you can develop a deficiency, with ensuing health problems. “Migraine, fibromyalgia, IBS and related conditions display common clinical, biochemical and pathophysiological patterns that suggest an underlying clinical endocannabinoid deficiency that may be suitably treated with cannabinoid medicines (from NeuroEndocrinology Letter). “Most of the disease states related to CECD are marked by chronic pain, dysfunctional immune systems, fatigue, and mood imbalances.” (What is CECD?). Whether or not CECD compromised your immune system… if you have cancer, you have a dysfunctional immune system. You wouldn’t have cancer if your immune system had been up to the task. And if you have endured chemotherapy or radiation treatments, then chances are your immune system has been compromised further. Right when you need it most. It seems logical to me that ingesting cannabinoids at the very least, is going to make sure you are not deficient and will help you in fighting and surviving cancer and its treatments.

 

Health benefits of Marijuana

Positive healthful effects on cannabinoids

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This chart demonstrates some of the more studied cannabinoids and their effects on human physiological systems. Can you imagine what treasures are there to discover if only research on the medical effects of Cannabis were unfettered and supported?

Note that CBD actually can suppress the immune system, which can be beneficial in autoimmune-related disease conditions. More recently, CBD has been found to facilitate neurogenesis or, the growing of new neural cells, and cannabinoids have been shown to protect the brain against the development of beta amyloid plaques in Alzheimer’s, possibly even to reverse decline. Cannabinoids have also recently been found to be effective in battling opiate addiction.

 

Safety of Cannabis

While we all know stories of regretful ingestion of too much THC through edibles and the jury is out on impairment while driving, there has never been a recorded death attributable to Cannabis. THC is the cannabinoid that has psychoactive properties and thus poses the only potential danger. It is only one of 85 cannabinoids and of 480 natural substances in Cannabis. It can be tested, measured, and dosed appropriately. Virtually every substance on earth could be deleterious if over-consumed. It seems evident that the health benefits far outweigh potential dangers, and prudent consumption should be the rule. (Cannabis Safety).

CBD is a cannabinoid that exists in an inverse ratio to THC… if a strain is high in THC, it is necessarily low in CBD and vice versa. CBD is NOT psychoactive and, in fact, serves to counteract the psychoactive properties of THC because it competes with THC to bind to many of the same receptors. You can control the amount of psychoactivity by monitoring the ratio of THC to CBD in the strain used to produce the product you are ingesting.

forward to read Question #2: Does Cannabis kill cancer?

back to Cannabis & Cancer to view all ten questions…

My relationship to Cannabis and Cancer…

In 2012, I lost the use of my legs and one arm and, with tumors crushing my vertebrae and pelvis and present in my liver, lungs, and lymph system, I was not expected to walk again and given just weeks to live. I employed western medicine and an intensive naturopathic regimen and I got through that, thinking perhaps they were wrong and that I would live a long life. Then, a year later, they found 9 leptomeningeal brain tumors and gave me just weeks again. Western medicine didn’t have much to offer… I refused WBR, whole brain radiation, and the chemotherapy that crossed the blood-brain-barrier was highly toxic and shut my organs down. I read that Cannabis crosses the BBB and kills cancer so I took large amounts of CBD oil and a couple of other naturopathic things (see My Brain Metastases) and three weeks later, four of the nine tumors were gone without a trace. I now take a more balanced ratio of THC and CBD at night in a tincture for maintenance. I have been NED (no evidence of disease) since May 2014.

I am so very intrigued by the knowledge I have gained about the healing powers of Cannabis but so very frustrated by the lack of real data because of it’s legal status. I field so many questions that I can’t completely and truthfully answer, so I decided to present what I have been able to learn in the context of those questions. I do not profess to be “right” as the absolute truth of so much of this is truly not known yet. I have tried to gather valid scientific sources, compelling anecdotal success stories, and a list of resources for you to learn more.

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Disclaimer: Nothing contained on this website should be construed as medical advice. I am not a doctor. I am a Stage IV breast cancer thriver who is currently NED/NAD and simply sharing what I did, and do, and why. Please research anything I share to determine if it is a good path for you. Bless you all on the path you choose.

All original content contained on this web site, What I did and do and why, is copyrighted, 2015,2016, 2017 Kaiulani Facciani.

 

 

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  1. Karen Alwell

    How much THC and CBD do you take in one dose at night?

    1. Kaiulani Facciani

      I actually have no idea. I make my own now and don’t have it tested. So I don’t know the ratio or the strength. I take a little bit every night, as much as I can tolerate.

  2. Georgina Aldridge

    Hi Kaiulani, what symptoms do you have when you have too much to tolerate?
    You knew Liz Spindler didn’t you? Was just wondering if she’d ever tried cannabis at all before she died?
    I am considering trying it if the Meds I’m on now cease to work as how do I know whether the next one will work at all and what my quality of life will be?
    At the moment I have very little quality of life as I’m too fatigued REALLY to do anything much…sometimes too tired to even talk!! I just want to keep it there as a last resort as of course it’s not legal here and I don’t want that kind of trouble.
    I’d appreciate some advice if you’re able and perhaps you may know where I can purchase oil apart from through Rick Simpson? Thanks and sorry to bother you.

    Georgina Aldridge.

    1. Kaiulani Facciani

      Georgina, it is no bother, I am here for you. I dont like to be high. Now that I take a mixture of THC and CBD, it makes me high. So I take it at night before bed. I may have crazy dreams but I sleep real well and I am fine the next day. If I wait to go to sleep and I’ve taken a lot, I might be too high to go to sleep so timing and dosage is what I play with. The more I take, the harder it is to get up and get going in the morning so I factor that in as well. Liz Spindler must have followed me as she is not listed as a friend and her page doesn’t accept friend requests. Her name sounds familiar so I think she probably reached out to me at some point. I did not know she had passed. I am sorry for our loss. I do not know if she tried cannabis. Do you know why you thought I knew her? Have you read the post followinbg this one? Question# 2: does Cannabis kill cancer? You’ll see that CBD, the legal, non-psychoactive cannabinoid also kills cancer. I will be continuing to post so you may wish to subscribe to get email notifications. Check out Realm of Caring Foundation. They offer patient discounts for their CW CBD oil and can ship it legally. Best wishes.

  3. emy

    hi ms kaiulani, just want to know if a breast cancer estrogen positive can use cannabis oil?

    1. Kaiulani Facciani

      I will be covering this is Question #7. Will Cannabis make my estrogen tumors grow? and, since I am awaiting some answers, I have to ask you to wait. I have not heard anything to indicate that you can’t use CBD oil.

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