Cannabis helps save two year old boy with brain cancer

A Montana father slipped cannabis into his 2-year-old son’s feeding tube without informing the doctors.  It saved the boy’s life, the father said. Mike Hyde from Missoula said that he had slipped a homemade cannabis preparation into son Cash Hyde’s feeding tube twice a day after doctors said the boy would likely die. Two weeks later,Cash age 2 hadn’t eaten for 40 days had a stage 4 brain tumor surrounding his optic nerve and was vomiting 10 times a day was weaned of all the nausea drugs, sitting up and eating again, Hyde told ABC News.

He said the doctors at the Primary Children’s Medical Center in SaltLake City, Utah, called his son’s recovery “a miracle.” But Hyde’saction, while “fascinating,” was “somewhat bothersome,” a New Yorkdoctor and professor of pediatrics told the network. Hyde said hedidn’t tell Cash’s doctors about his homemade remedy because themedical use of cannabis is illegal in Utah. But after Cash’sremarkable comeback, with no permanent organ damage, Hyde did tellthe surprised doctors what he’d done. The great news, Cash is now cancer free and back with his family.

Here are a few peer reviewed studies on cannabis and brain cancer that support the findings in Cash’s case study.  As a note, the term “glioma” is a type of brain cancer.

A pilot clinical study of Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol in patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme. Guzmán M, Duarte MJ, Blázquez C, Ravina J, Rosa MC, Galve-Roperh I, Sánchez C, Velasco G, González-Feria L.Br J Cancer. 2006 Jul 17;95(2):197-203. Epub 2006 Jun 27  An interesting quote from this study: “The fair safety profile of THC, together with its possible antiproliferative action on tumour cells reported here and in other studies, may set the basis for future trials aimed at evaluating the potential antitumoral activity of cannabinoids.”

Cannabinoids induce glioma stem-like cell differentiation and inhibit gliomagenesis. Aguado T, Carracedo A, Julien B, Velasco G, Milman G, Mechoulam R, Alvarez L, Guzmán M, Galve-Roperh I.J Biol Chem. 2007 Mar 2;282(9):6854-62. Epub 2007 Jan

Cannabinoids and gliomas. Velasco G, Carracedo A, Blázquez C, Lorente M, Aguado T, Haro A, Sánchez C, Galve-Roperh I, Guzmán M.Mol Neurobiol. 2007 Aug;36(1):60-7. Epub 2007 Jun 28. Review  Here’s a quote of note from this study: “Of interest, cannabinoids seem to be selective antitumoral compounds, as they kill glioma cells, but not their non-transformed astroglial counterparts”

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2 Responses to Cannabis helps save two year old boy with brain cancer

  1. Dr. Jake,

    What a great article! I was excited to receive a follow-up visit from a patient of mine with pituitary adenoma who went in for radiation, following 6 months of treatment with cannabis. She told me her oncologist was unable to find her tumor on her pre-radiation imaging and has delayed her therapy indefinitely. Plus, she went from looking like she had a few days left to looking like the vibrant, healthy young woman that she is.

    My next step is to collaborate with other NDs on a study of patients given authorizations for diabetic neuropathy in order to track their fasting glucose level changes in response to cannabis. I look forward to sharing that information with you and a possible future collaboration.
    Dr. Katie Baker
    Stone Turtle Health

  2. admin says:

    Thanks for your comment Dr. Baker. What a wonderful story about your patient with pituitary adenoma. I hear of these stories quite frequently and should probably post more of these case studies to my blog.

    Many cannabinoids including cannabidiol (CBD) have anti-cancer properties as well as pain relieving effects. Unfortunately, most medical strains are low in CBD. Surprisingly it is the THC that causes most negative side effects with medical cannabis, and most patients don’t initially understand that it is often possible to use cannabis medically and not get ‘high’. In my opinion one of the most important considerations with medical cannabis is strain selection as the constituent make up of the plant determines its medical effectiveness.

    I’ve had great success with cannabis for the treatment of pain for diabetic neuropathy, as well as post-herpetic neuralgia and would be happy to share more with my experiences you.

    Your interest in cannabis and blood sugar levels is cutting edge I believe. I’m also of the opinion that strain selection and rout of administration are a large determining factor in how cannabis affects glucose levels. I look forward to future collaboration!

    -Dr. Jake

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