In 2008, one man released a film that would ultimately inspire a movement. That film was Run From The Cure, a documentary by Rick Simpson, a Canadian who healed his own skin cancer with cannabis oil. His video would inspire thousands, causing many to turn to medical cannabis in times of extreme need. But, does cannabis really treat skin cancer?
Here’s why there is so much interest in the plant.Does cannabis treat skin cancer?Photo creditStories like Rick Simpson’s are grand. Out of sheer curiosity, Simpson placed a dollop of cannabis oil on a patch of basal cell carcinoma near his eye. He covered the abrasion with a bandage and left it for four consecutive days. After taking off the bandage, he was shocked to find pink, healing skin underneath.
Since airing his story, Simpson has individually helped thousands of people successfully use medical cannabis. However, there’s one major problem. None of these success stories are backed up by large-scale scientific trials in humans.Due to worldwide legal restrictions on the plant, scientists have been barred from effectively studying the cancer-fighting potential of cannabis. This creates a huge gap in the medical literature on the subject.
On one hand, there is obvious anecdotal, photographic, and video proof of the herb’s success. Yet, on the other, there is no way to tell whether or not these stories hold up to the test of science, nor is there any reliable information on whether or not cannabis can make some types of cancer worse under certain conditions. It’s also possible that cannabis works for some people, but not others.At this point, researchers simply don’t know. Yet, at what point does anecdotal evidence cease to become mere hearsay and start to represent firm case studies?
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