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Is it Time to Press Cannabis Treatment for Cancer Forward in Canada?

Is it Time to Press Cannabis Treatment for Cancer Forward in Canada?

Dina Al-Shibeeb
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Here is yet another heartwarming story solidifying marijuana’s claim as a cure for cancer. This time, it is a 3-year-old American boy named Landon Riddle, whose family was told that their son had only an 8-10 percent chance of living.

With chemotherapy proving to be futile, his family moved to Colorado to have access to a legal cannabis oil treatment.

It was as if a miracle had happened! He was smiling again and started to eat again!” Landon’s mom, Sierra, wrote on her blog during his treatment.

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Landon Riddle with his mother. (Image via http://diyhealthacademy.com)

Landon’s story falls in the same category as two other stories published by The Puff Puff Post. One is of the 33-year-old Phill James from the UK, who “vaped” his brain tumor away, and the other is of a 52-year-old Joy Smith, who beat her inoperable stomach and bowel cancer with cannabis oil.

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Phil James and his vape. (Image via Daily Post)
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Joy Smith, 52, smiles during her treatment at a hospital. (File image via The Globe and Mail)

All three stories share one common theme: Doctors tell patients that they have only a limited time to live but they beat their odds by treading a nonconventional path.

With the upcoming nationwide legalization of marijuana, Canadians are going to enjoy a far greater privilege rarely experienced by people around the world. 

Isn’t it time for Canada to become a leader in Cannabis research for cancer treatment? 

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, 565 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer every day on average.  It also estimated that in 2017 “103,100 Canadian men will be diagnosed with cancer and 42,600 men will die from cancer,” and “103,200 Canadian women will be diagnosed with cancer and 38,200 women will die from cancer.”

While there was some improvement in terms of survival rates  “from 53% to 60% for all cancers combined” between 1992–1994 and 2006–2008, it is time for Canada to be a leading research especially with the lid of prohibition being tossed away. 

No More Prohibition on Research

So far, indications are looking good.

During a town hall meeting with federal MP Bill Blair, who is tasked with leading the nationwide marijuana legalization, he was asked on Tuesday if there will be more research on cannabis to improve the human health.

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Blair said the Canadian government has put forward about $21.4 million in supporting research, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

As we are moving on towards a more regulated regime as opposed to the prohibited regime, we are investing,” he said, adding “clinical trials will be possible under a regulated regime.”

Blair said he met many researchers himself, and “they believe that a new dawn is upon us.”

“It is a great opportunity for Canada to show tremendous leadership.”

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