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Using high CBD cannabis oil to reduce tumor growth



You may have heard the story of Benton Mackenzie, a middle-aged Iowan who died several months after the state took him into custody for growing his own cannabis. What’s compelling about Benton’s case is how he managed to keep his aggressive angiosarcoma cancer at stage 1 for two years before his arrest. And why it took only six weeks for it to morph into stage 4.

We can’t say for certain that it was the cannabis that kept his tumors from spreading. But the fact that it only took six weeks for his cancer to progress to stage 4 after the cannabis was taken away from him is leading a lot of patients to wonder if Benton was on to something. And Benton’s story isn’t the only like it. Cure Your Own Cancer is a for-profit site that has compiled dozens of video testimonials from patients claiming to have cured their cancer with cannabis oil. You can watch them yourself here.

Benton’s family has promised to get back to us with the exact protocol he used to treat himself. This is what we know so far:

1. Benton used a high CBD strain of cannabis

Benton used a strain of cannabis high in Cannabidiol (CBD), an ingredient that (unlike THC) does not make you high. We talked to Denise at Synergy Wellness, a California-based collective that recieves feedback from their patients about the benefits of high CBD strains. They gave us the following recommendations:

Valentine X

25:1 CBD:THC

Valentine X has 25 parts CBD to 1 part THC, which means it won’t get you high. It’s known for its powers over epilepsy (St. Valentine is the patron Saint of epilepsy) but is also recommended by Synergy for cancer. It’s side benefits include the reduction of inflammation, pain, nervous disorders, and an increase in creativity.


21:1 CBD:THC

ACDC has 21 parts CBD to 1 part THC, and is a 50/50 sativa and indica blend. It’s a rarity to have such a high CBD content, which makes this strain ‘The Ultimate CBD Medicine,’ according to Synergy. It is known to shrink tumors, and reduce inflammation. It’s also good for anxiety, tremors, and epilepsy.

Sour Tsunami

17:10 CBD:THC

Sour Tsunami is another CBD rich strain known to shrink tumors and inhibit the growth of cancer cells. It’s also good for inflammation, back pain, swelling, and headaches. It’s a sativa hybrid with very little psychoactive properties.

Omrita RX

9:10 CBD:THC

What’s interesting about Omrita RX is that it produces a lot of leaves that can be used for juicing. It is good for pain, inflammation, nausea and anxiety.

Canna Sue

13:10 CBD:THC

In addition to being anti-cancer, this strain is good for treating nausea, appetite stimulation, pain relief, cancer, anxiety, and convulsions. Canna Sue also helps with sleep and relaxation.

Harle Sue


Harle Sue is known to raise energy levels, fight the inflammatory properties associated with tumors and cancer by inhibiting the growth of cancer cells.

Please comment below if you have tried any of the strains above, or if you have your own preferences.

2. Benton had an aggressive form of cancer

A recent report by the Huffington Post says that CBD oil works best for aggressive cancers that are prone to spreading from one place in the body to another. Scientists Sean McAllister and Pierre Desprez explain that it’s because Cannabidol turns off the ID-1 gene, a gene that causes the cancer to spread. That means that high CBD oil is more likely to work on quickly-spreading cancers than on slow ones.

3. Benton processed the cannabis into an oil

If you have cancer and live in a state where medical marijuana is legal you can skip this step and purchase the oil from your local dispensary. keeps an easy-to-read map of states where marijuana is legal here. If your state is in dark green, and has had time to license dispensaries in your area, you will be able to purchase marijuana legally with a recommendation from your doctor. The United Patients Group offers a step-by-step guide to getting your recommendation here.

You can find dispensaries near you by typing ‘dispensary’ into Google Maps. I like to use Google Maps for my phone, which you can download here for iPhone or here for Android. Click on a dispensary in your area and give them a call.

Ask the following four questions:

  1. Do they sell high CBD oil concentrate for treating cancer?

  2. Can you get it in capsules to take by mouth? (If not, you can always buy capsules online or at your local natural foods store and fill them yourself.)

  3. Do they have it in any of the strains listed above. If not, can they recommend a good high CBD strain based on other patients experience?

  4. What you’ll need to bring with you to your visit.

If you have opted to grow your own marijuana, or only have access to the cannabis plant, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make your own extraction at home. It’s a broken-down version of the tutorial Benton watched on Rick Simpson’s Youtube page here.

Benton told the Quad City Times that he needed about a quarter of a pound of marijuana per day to extract 4 ounces of CBD oil per week, the amount he used to treat himself. For smaller doses, Rick Simpson says that one ounce of plant material should produce between 2 and 4 grams of oil.

4. Benton took the oil by mouth and rubbed it directly onto his exposed tumors

Rick Simpson recommends the following dose per day:

  • For the first four days: take 3 doses each half the size of a grain of rice per day

  • Double the quantity every 4 days until you are taking 1 gram per day (takes about 36 days)

  • Continue to consume 1 gram a day for the next 54 days, or for two weeks after your cancer is gone

  • Maintain with 1 gram a month after treatment

You can learn more about Rick Simpson’s suggested dosing here.

Benton took a bit more than a gram a day, but everyone’s tolerance is different. It’s best to start small and see what works for you. Even the high CBD strains can cause change of state for some people.

You can split the dose between mouth and skin. But only rub the oil on your skin if your cancer is visible, like Benton’s. If so, try mixing it with coconut or olive oil to make it easier to spread. Cover the area with a bandage and change it every 3 or 4 days.

You can also take your dose in a capsule or put it directly into your mouth. Watch out, you may or may not like the taste. Benton also consumed cannabis in the form of smoothies and tinctures. This was in addition to, not as a substitute for, the CBD oil.

5. Benton lived in a state where cannabis is illegal

Even though a poll by Quinnipiac University shows that 81% of Iowans are in favor of legalizing marijuana for patients with serious medical conditions like Benton, Iowa has only approved the use of marijuana for a specific form of epilepsy. As a result, Benton and his family were forced to confront the legal system during an already difficult time in their lives. high CBD cannabis oil

If you think that’s not fair, you can take a moment to let your local representative know how you feel. Visit the Marijuana Policy Project here and use the pull-down menu to the right to choose your state. Once your state page loads, keep an eye out for links asking you to take action. Those are great because they take you to a page with a customizable message that you can send off to your representative in just a few seconds.

If you are a seriously ill patient, the Marijuana Policy Project invites you to email them with your story and zip code to learn how you can be of special help. They can be reached at

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Five Ways Cannabis Affects Sleep



Five Ways Cannabis Affects Sleep

Medical patients often suffer from not sleeping well. We dug into recent studies to see if cannabis improves sleep. Here are five things you should know:

THC boosts melatonin

The psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, THC has been shown to dramatically increase melatonin production, causing a spike up to four thousand times that of baseline levels. Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that regulates circadian rhythm and sleep.

Increase slow-wave sleep

According to the Department of Psychiatry at the University of San Diego, THC increases the third and fourth stages of the sleep cycle, also known as ‘slow-wave sleep’ (SWS). Increased SWS has been linked to an increased reduction of beta-amyloid, the harmful neural protein associated with Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, and other memory loss conditions.

Reduce REM

While cannabis is known for increasing SWS, it also reduces the fifth phase of sleep, commonly known as rapid eye movement (REM). Less REM means having less dreams, but there is yet to be any evidence of negative effects.

Treat sleep apnea

Cannabis’ sleep-inducing properties are an excellent natural remedy for those suffering from sleep apnea. This helps them to fall and stay asleep easier and with less interruption.

Reduce RBD in Parkinson’s Disease

By using a high-CBD cannabis before bed, you can lessen REM Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD) effects such as tremors, violent movements, and nightmares. High-CBD cannabis has been found to be more effective than Levodopa, a prescription drug commonly prescribed to patients with Parkinson’s and onset-RBD.

More Information

Melatonin and marijuana (Lissoni, P., Resentini, M., and Fraschini, F. “Effects of Tetrahydrocannabinol on Melatonin Secretion in Man.”)
Cannabinoids for medical use (Journal of American Medical Association)
Effect of drugs on sleep (National Center for Biotechnology Information)
THC effects on sleep & sleep during withdrawal (Europe PMC)
How Cannabis can help RBD in Parkinson’s (

Has cannabis had an affect on your quality of sleep? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Grow Medicinal Marijuana At Home With A Grow Box



Grow Medicinal Marijuana At Home With A Grow Box

Growing your own medicinal marijuana is a liberating experience. You control all the variables. You know exactly what is in the bud you are smoking. grow box is a discreet and easy way to grow marijuana indoors at home, freeing yourself from dependence on both doctor and dispensary.

Gain independence with a grow box

A grow box is like a tiny, camouflaged green house. It is a self-contained unit with soil or hydroponic growing medium, lights, filters and pumps. Just add seeds, electricity and voila! You are growing your own medicinal marijuana.

Choose the right marijuana strain for you

There are two important considerations when choosing a strain of medicinal marijuana to grow yourself:

Your Medical Requirements – Are you looking for a powerful sedative effect to help with your insomnia or a functional day-time smoke to relieve pain and lighten anxiety?

Your Growing Space – Choose small, bushy strains like Indica or hybrid seeds instead of a tall, leggy Sativa. For your first grow an auto-flowering marijuana variety is the best choice because they require very little care or expertise.

Grow enough marijuana to meet your needs

Grow boxes are available in all sizes. Several surveys in the UK, Canada and the US suggest that most medicinal marijuana patients use 1-3 grams per day, or about 2 ½ pounds per year.

Even the tiny PC Grow Box, which holds just two small plants, can produce two pounds of dried bud per year. The compact SuperBox allows you to grow 8 plants at once with annual yields of 7 pounds or more.

Grow your medicinal marijuana under lights

Marijuana grows best under lights that mimic natural sunlight. There are three common types of grow lights used in the cultivation of marijuana:

  • Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)
  • High Intensity Discharge Lights (HIDs)
  • Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)

Most grow boxes use either CFL or full spectrum LED grow lights. HIDs don’t work well in the enclosed space of a grow box because they get too hot.

While you can grow small amounts of marijuana successfully using CFLs, high quality LED grow lights save electricity and produce the highest yields.

Obtain higher yields using hydroponics

A hydroponic system doesn’t use soil. Growing hydroponic marijuana is not as complex as it may sound.

Many grow boxes come with a simple hydroponic system already set-up. You simply add nutrients, which often come with the grow box, and water. You can even choose to grow marijuana with organic nutrients.

Grow marijuana naturally in soil

Some people prefer to grow marijuana as naturally as possible. The Earth Cab grow box series is one style of grow box designed for soil.

Grow a continuous supply of medicinal marijuana

Once you get started you don’t need new seeds for each growing cycle. You can propagate new marijuana plants by taking cuttings, called clones, of your favorite existing plant.

A dual chamber grow box has a special space for making clones. These grow boxes allow you to produce a constant supply of fresh buds.

Find the perfect grow box for your situation

For the many medicinal growers discretion is essential. Look for a specially designed stealth grow box.

You can also choose a fully automated grow box that allows you to leave town for two weeks and come home to healthy plants.

Use this detailed review of the best grow boxes of 2015 to find the perfect set-up for you.

Grow medicinal marijuana at home with a grow box

Are you considering growing at home? Let us know why in the comments below!

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How Edibles Are Made



How Edibles Are Made

Since there are so many manufacturers throughout the US, cannabis-infused foods are produced in a variety of different ways. Read up on how your favorite edibles are made and learn how to make your own medicinal treats:

They’re usually made with trim

Trim contains the leftover leaf matter from the cannabis flower that growers usually throw away. It’s less potent than bud, but it’s full of trichomes and can be used in large quantities to produce a stronger effect.

Cannabis is decarboxylated

Decarboxylation activates THC and other cannabinoids to result in a more potent product. To achieve this, cannabis needs to be heated either through smoking, vaping, or baking. The flower is typically cooked for a long time over low heat before it’s used to make edibles. Eating raw cannabis won’t have a very strong effect, and it won’t taste good.

Cannabinoids are extracted

Edibles are infused with highly concentrated cannabis extracts. Depending on the extraction method, edibles can contain either tinctures, canna oil, or cannabutter. If you’re wondering how a specific edible was made, ask your budtender or contact the manufacturer.

Canna oil and cannabutter are common

THC is fat soluble, so cannabis is often cooked with oil or butter. When heated, the activated cannabinoids absorb into these ingredients. Check out this recipe for cannabis cooking oil and this one for cannabis-infused butter. Or try making cannabis coconut oil.

Tinctures are used in hard candies

Some edibles don’t go through a baking or cooking process, so tinctures are added instead of flower. Tinctures are liquid cannabis extracts made from a solvent like alcohol, vinegar, or glycerol. Rather than passing through the digestive system like cannabinoids in most edibles, these are absorbed by the body and can result in a quicker effect.

Have you ever made your own edibles? Tell us in the comments below.

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