A BRITISH lung cancer patient more than halved the size of his tumour by taking daily cannabidiol CBD oil supplements, he claimed in an exclusive interview.
Lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the UK, according to the NHS, with almost 45,000 people diagnosed with the condition every year in the UK.
The outlook for lung cancer patients isn’t as good as many other types of cancer, the NHS reports, with one in three patients living for at least a year after their initial diagnosis.
But one man is set to buck that trend and has revealed almost three years after his lung cancer diagnosis, he has reduced the size of his tumour in a revolutionary way.
Garry Hill, 83, claims cannabidiol (CBD) oil helped to reduce the size of his tumour – one of the substances that comes from the cannabis plant, and can be used as a food supplement.
The Leek, Staffordshire resident was diagnosed with lung cancer in early autumn 2016, after suffering from persistent breathlessness.
However, the NHS explains on its website symptoms can include a persistent cough, coughing up blood, unexplained weight loss, and struggling for breath.
His oncologist gave him six to 12 months to live, without any treatment – which he refused to maintain his quality of life.
A friend advised him to look into CBD oil, and he started taking it in September last year. At the time, his lung cancer was somewhere between 30 to 40mm.
“I took for it basically no more than month,” Hill told Express.co.uk.
“First of all, I took about two or three drops of CBD oil, three times a day.”
He then moved on to about nine drops, twice a day.
“You put it under your tongue. The only downside I found was I didn’t particularly like the taste of it.”
In November 2017, Hill had a CT scan to check on the progress of his cancer.
“The radiology report said there was near total resolution of the left lower lung mass,” he said. “Most of the lymph nodes were normal size, or had been resolved.
“There were just two that were about nine to 10mm, which, as my doctor said, was probably just remnants.”
His doctor was “amazed” his cancer had shrunk, said Hill, who is now in remission. And the convert to the benefits of CBD oil is urging similar patients to try the product, which can be bought from high street health stores, including Holland & Barrett.
“I think people should have the opportunity to try it,” he said. “I don’t guarantee you’ll have a good result, but there’s every chance that you will. It’s worth trying.”
CBD oil is completely legal in the UK, and you can buy it at a number of high street stores.
It’s a type of cannabinoid – a substance derived from the cannabis plant.
You won’t feel ‘high’ after taking the oil, as that feeling when taking cannabis comes from the cannabinoid delta-9-tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC), which is illegal in the UK.
Does CBD really work for cancer patients? It’s still unclear whether it has any anti-cancer effects, Macmillan Cancer Support said.
But, some scientists have found they can prevent cells from dividing, and stop cells from developing new blood vessels, it added.
Cancer Research UK’s Caroline Geraghty told Express.co.uk: “We don’t advise patients to use cannabis oil or any alternative therapies to treat cancer.
“Standard medical treatments for cancer are all evidence-based so have been tested to see how safe and effective they are.
“Some ‘natural’ remedies can interfere with medical treatment so it’s really important that patients speak to their doctor before making any decisions.”
If you’re considering using CBD oil as an additional therapy, you should be aware that buying it online can be risky, said Macmillan Cancer Support.
If you buy the oil online, you may not be aware of what you’re getting – including how pure it is, the charity said.
They could also increase your heart rate, or cause dizziness, it added.