“I risked everything to beat cancer” father claims cannabis cured his cancer
A father battling cancer claims he managed to cure himself of the disease – with CANNABIS.
Trevor Smith’s world was turned upside down when he was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2012.
Doctors told Trevor, 54, that without immediate surgery to remove his bladder, prostate and lymph nodes, along with intensive chemotherapy, he would be dead within two years.
But with fears over the quality of his life after surgery, the father-of-three, from Derby, decided to battle his cancer by using alternative therapies instead.
In a race against time to save his life, Trevor, a manager in the gas and oil industry and his wife, Carol Smith, 55 initially began using alternative medicines such as Essiac tea and vitamin supplements to treat the disease.
His wife Carol, an artist, said: “So many thoughts rushed through my mind all at once when he was diagnosed, all I could envisage was that I was going to lose the love of my life.
“We knew we had to try a different approach to save his life.”
While a healthy diet and alternative medicines were successful in improving Trevor’s overall health, he was still in excruciating pain as the cancer continued to spread.
It was then that they resorted to using cannabis oil to treat his cancer and risked prison by possessing large quantities of the drug.
The couple were frantically researching new ways to treat the disease when they came across a popular pro-cannabis film called ‘Run From The Cure’ which claimed the class B drug could be used as a cure.
The couple, who now live in Dubai, got in contact with a legal manufacturer of cannabis oil in the USA, where it is reportedly legal in 23 states, who agreed to supply Trevor with the drug.
With nothing to lose, the couple arranged to pick up 60 grams of cannabinoid, an edible compound of the plant containing 65% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the psychoactive compound in marijuana -in the UK, where the drug is still outlawed.
Although doctors can prescribe the drug to named cancer patients for use as an anti-ementic, the possession of cannabinoid, which is unapproved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), is prohibited under UK law and can carry a prison sentence of up to five years.
Trevor said: “It wasn’t a case of I had no respect for the law, I was fighting to save my life.
“At that point, I would have risked everything to beat the cancer.
“These options have always been there, even in the UK, but the medical system has kept it from everyone.
“I never really gave it a second thought; I was in a race against time, so I had to roll the dice.”
Carol said: “I would have done anything to give my husband the treatment he needed.
“I had a feeling that being in the UK, even if I was caught, then what would they do, send me to prison for trying to treat my dying husband.
“It was no longer important to me to risk my freedom; it was only in my mind to save my husband from chemo radiation and radical surgery.”
The couple, who have been married for 33 years, planned to carry out the treatment, which included feeding Trevor 60 grams of cannabis oil, in the UK over a period of ten weeks.
Trevor, who had no previous experience of taking the drug, said “the effects were quite shocking”.
Carol, who wrote Taking Control, a book documenting her husband’s therapy, said: “Initially my husband reacted very badly to the cannabis oil, we had both never used any recreational drugs, so we weren’t aware of the effects it had.
“At first, it made him very sleepy and non-responsive both conversationally and physically.
“He would sleep for up to 12 hours at night – it was one of the hardest things in our life that we have ever gone through.
After ten weeks of taking the oil, tests revealed that while the tumour in Trevor’s bladder remained, metastasis – the spread of cancer from one organ to another – had been prevented.
To his relief, doctors were then able to eliminate his tumour through conventional laser therapy – preventing the cancer from returning.
Remarkably, Trevor has been cancer free for more than a year.
He said: “It felt like I was going into the unknown, but the cannabis oil changed things for the better.
“When doctors told me I had gone into remission, I was lost for words, I almost couldn’t believe it.
“I actually threw up; I was so tearful and overcome by emotion I stayed up crying all night.
“I feel indebted to the oil and its medical properties, there are alternatives to chemotherapy but people just need to open their eyes to it.”
Research led by Dr Wai Liuat St George’s University suggests that cannabinoids possess anti-cancer properties which help to stem the growth of malignant tumours.
He said: “Mechanistically, both THC and cannabinoids work by switching on cell killing processes that are found in cancer cells.
“The idea is that by switching these on, cell death can be engaged leading to reductions in tumours.
“Similarly, actions through these signalling cascades could actually make the cancer cells more sensitive to other forms of therapy – I suppose cannabinoids and THC could act by laying the foundations for other therapies to work more effectively.”
Cancer Research UK is currently funding clinical trials of cannabinoids through the Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC) Network in partnership with the Department of Health.
Dr Kat Arney, science communications manager for Cancer Research UK, 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.
“Despite this, we are aware that some cancer patients do choose to treat themselves with cannabis extracts.
“These stories can help researchers build a picture of whether these treatments are helping or not, although this is weak evidence compared to properly-run clinical trials.
“Cancer Research UK is supporting clinical trials for treating cancer with cannabis extract and a synthetic cannabinoid in order to gather solid data on how best these drugs can be used to benefit people with cancer.”