A woman diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour has credited cannabis oil for making her cancer-free.
Lynn Cameron was told she had just ‘six to 18 months’ to live and was devastated when chemotherapy and radiotherapy were failing to reduce the deadly mass.
The 48-year-old began desperately researching alternative medicines and diets in a desperate bid to survive.
After she opted to try the oil when a friend suggested it, a scan later revealed the cancer had disappeared.
Lynn, from Blantyre, in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, told the Daily Record: ‘I found it hard to believe that it would cure brain cancer so advanced.
Lynn Cameron was given just six to 18 months to live but after taking cannabis oil says she is now cancer-free four years later
‘Each scan I received after that was showing an improvement.
‘I had been told that chemotherapy and radiotherapy doesn’t make much difference, so I knew it must be the cannabis doing it. By the sixth MRI, the cancer had gone.’
Olivia Newton-John, pictured with daughter Chloe Lattanz, plans to use cannabis oil as part of her treatment for breast cancer
Lynn is one of a number of patients providing anecdotal reports that medical cannabis oil has improved their outlook.
Studies suggest cannabis compounds may kill certain malignant cells in the lab. But experts warn there is no definitive proof yet of its effects on cancer in humans.
Olivia Newton-John’s daughter recently revealed that her mother will be treating her second breast cancer diagnosis with medicinal marijuana, along with traditional treatment.
It was terminal
Lynn had a sudden seizure in November 2013 and when a scan showed a tumour, she was taken straight into Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.
She had an operation on December 16 but a week later doctors told her they hadn’t been able to remove it all and her cancer was stage 4 and terminal.
So she began researching into natural therapies, trying an alkaline diet and cutting out processed foods and sugar.
She said that when she first read about cannabis oil she was sceptical that it could cure brain cancer as advanced as hers.
But after several sessions of chemotherapy and radiotherapy showed no changes on her scans, she thought ‘I’m going to break the mold here and try that’.
Lynn said she ingested it under her tongue so that the active ingredients would get straight into her blood stream.
Classification as medicine
Lynn said she had kept her use of cannabis oil from doctors, but revealed it to them after she got the all-clear.
However, she says they dismissed it and believes they weren’t taught about cannabis at medical school.
Now, almost four years after her diagnosis, Lynn is healthy and still in remission.
Products containing cannabidiol – an extract of the plant-based drug – are now classed as medicines by the UK regulatory body
COMPOUND IN CANNABIS DESTROYS LEUKAEMIA TUMOURS
A compound in cannabis is ‘significantly’ effective in destroying cancerous tumours in leukaemia, research suggests.
A new study found that combining existing chemotherapy treatments with cannabinoids – the active chemicals in cannabis – had better results than chemotherapy alone.
The findings suggest that a lower dose of chemotherapy can be used on patients, minimising side effects of the treatment, say researchers.
Furthermore, scientists discovered that order the treatment was administered was crucial – using cannabinoids after chemotherapy resulted in a greater death of the blood cancer cells.
Lead author of the study, Dr Wai Liu, from St George’s, University of London, said: ‘We have shown for the first time that the order in which cannabinoids and chemotherapy are used is crucial in determining the overall effectiveness of this treatment.’
And now she is part of a new campaign group, Medical Cannabis Reform Scotland, which is pushing ‘for the reform of the current prohibitive laws around the use of cannabis for medication’.
Cannabis oil is made up of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) – the two primary ingredients in the plant. It can either be orally ingested, vapourised or applied directly to the skin.
CBD is now considered a medicine by the UK’s regulatory body, the MHRA, after it was found to have a ‘restoring, correcting or modifying’ effect when given to humans.
While THC – which is responsible for the high – was found to help relieve pain in patients in a study by University of California researchers in 2012.
The ruling means cannabis-based products can be sold legally in the UK and manufacturers will have to ensure they pass safety checks.
However, Dr Kat Arney, from Cancer Research UK, said that while study findings have been promising, cancer patients should not get their hopes up.
She previously said: ‘We know that cannabinoids can have a range of different effects on cancer cells grown in the lab and animal tumours.
‘But at the moment there isn’t good evidence from clinical trials to prove that they can safely and effectively treat cancer in patients.’
EPILEPTIC BOY WHO WAS FIRST BRITON PRESCRIBED CANNABIS MAKES ‘INCREDIBLE’ RECOVERY
An 11-year-old on the brink of death from a severe form of epilepsy has made an ‘incredible’ recovery since taking medical marijuana.
Billy Caldwell, from Castlederg, Northern Ireland, made headlines in April when he became the first Briton to be prescribed such a drug on the NHS.
But his treatment actually began last November, when he was given cannabis oil by specialists in the US in hope it would control his vicious seizures.
Billy Caldwell (pictured with his mother Charlotte) suffers from particularly vicious seizures which cannot be controlled by medication. He now uses liquid cannabis oil
And now, 10 months since he was first given the liquid cannabis oil, he hasn’t had any seizures. He used to suffer up to 100 a day.
Born with intractable epilepsy and learning disabilities, Billy has since cheated death thousands of times, his mother said.
Charlotte told Derry Now : ‘Following extensive treatment with CBD oil, Billy is now more than 300 days seizure free.’
The 49-year-old, who is her son’s full-time carer, also told ITV News earlier this year the change has been ‘incredible, because one seizure can kill him’.