As time goes on and individuals’ stories unfold and are shared, the efficacy of cannabis as a treatment for cancer becomes more evident. Following is another to add to the library.
David Hibbitt went to his doctor after experiencing weeks of pain. He was diagnosed with hemorrhoids and sent on his way. Later the diagnosis was changed to bowel cancer. It had spread to his lymph system and he had a spot on his lung.
By the time it was caught, Hibbitt was given eighteen months to five years to live. He underwent the conventional treatment regimen of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation and felt horrible. He was told his cancer was terminal.
David’s Cannabis Bowel Cancer Treatment
David had a lot to live for: a loving partner and young son, friends, and family who were devastated by this news and provided support.
When faced with his imminent mortality, he began to research the use of cannabis as a bowel cancer treatment. He was skeptical and apprehensive about using a plant that remains illegal in the United Kingdom but in his view, it seemed pointless and unnecessary to spend the end of his life in pain.
Beginning with a small dose, Hibbitt began to take cannabis oil while on chemotherapy. He felt better almost immediately and was eating and sleeping well—essential steps for anyone battling illness. His pain disappeared. After a time, he stopped the chemotherapy and used cannabis oil exclusively in his treatment for bowel cancer. Five months later, the cancer was in remission and he felt better than he had in years.
One Of Many Survivors
David Hibbitt’s story is not unique nor is it anecdotal.
We’ve covered similar stories about people who have arrested different forms of cancer using cannabis, even when the diagnosis was terminal:
Scientific studies have found cannabis to destroy cancer cells throughout the body. Cannabis is an effective treatment for many human maladies, including irritable bowel (IBD) and Crohn’s disease, chronic pain, epilepsy, anxiety, ulcerative colitis, and a whole host of other serious health problems (1, 2).
You could say that cannabis is a virtual cure-all.
David Hibbitt’s experience with cannabis as a bowel cancer treatment is supported by science. While clinical trials are few due to the illegal status of cannabis in many countries of the world, tens of thousands of studies have been performed on animals and human cells, including those of the colon (3). Safety for long-term human use, however, has been established by a landmark study at McGill University (4).
Cannabis Is Very Complex
There are hundreds of discrete phytochemicals in cannabis that account for its seemingly miraculous effects. The best-known group of chemicals is cannabinoids. The most commonly known cannabinoid is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is psychoactive and the driver for recreational marijuana use. Keep in mind that THC is only one of over one hundred other cannabinoid constituents that are not psychoactive. The human body contains cannabinoid receptors, many of them in the brain and digestive systems (5).
What that means is that our bodies are meant to use this type of phytochemical to maintain health and eradicate disease.
There are no receptors in the body for any of the over 200 chemotherapy drugs commonly used to treat cancer (6). Their long-term use has been proven to be highly toxic—not only to cancer cells but to healthy ones as well. Synthetic chemicals can’t discern the difference.
Diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2012, the epilogue to David Hibbitt’s story of his journey with cancer ended in June 2016 when he died after the cancers in his lung and brain overwhelmed his body. He left behind a legacy of hope and strength, establishing the David Hibbitt Foundation in Liverpool, England before his death.
“The Foundation will have a support group that is completely free to join and it will be a place where people can get advice, as well as talk to each other about their experiences. It’s about giving people a bit of hope.”(7)