The THC and terpenes found in the cannabis plant are crucial components for those seeking to decrease the size of their cancerous lesion(s).
Patients most commonly choose decarboxylated oil made from cannabis, not hemp, usually containing between 0.5 to 2% CBD with 15-25% THC.
Higher proportions of CBD can help some to consume more oil without feeling intoxicated which is useful because treating internal cancer can require consuming as much as 1 ml of oil per day. However, in order to consume high amounts of oil without feeling too intoxicated it also necessary to “start low and go slow”. This means that inexperienced users should start with a dose a small as a drop half the size a grain and wait for several hours to see how the oil affects them. Once a new user has gauged how their body reacts, they slowly increase their daily dose to two drops a day and then three and/or increase the size of each drop very gradually until 1-2mg of active ingredient per pound of body weight is consumed. It is not recommended that cancer patients stress themselves out trying to get high dosages into their body if it makes them feel too intoxicated. It is very important to take the time to let the body get acclimated to having cannabis in the body.
Decarb oils with higher CBD ratios and THC ratios that are too low (below the 4:1 ratio [CBD/THC]) tend to be more costly and have been reported to be less effective, most clearly in the case of external cancers where the oil is applied directly unto the exposed tumor or lesion. Experienced dispensary workers tend to recommend THC forward full profile extract as the go-to for price and effectiveness. While the research community figures out what ratios and strains are actually more effective, it is important that we share anecdotal evidence and expert opinions while contextualizing them appropriately so that more people can start safely navigate product lines and connect with the right product for them.
Disclaimer: This post contains anecdotal information gathered while providing dignified and appropriate access to cannabis throughout the course of many years. The information provided has not been scientifically verified and should be used with caution and at your own risk.