(TMU) — George Gannon was told by doctors in Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand that he had only months to live after a grave diagnosis of not one, but twelve brain tumors. After the diagnosis, an immediate return home to the U.K., and brief treatment, Gannon took matters into his own hands, achieving stunning results.
The 30-year-old from Basingstoke, Hampshire began using cannabidiol (CBD) oil in December of last year before stopping chemotherapy treatments in February due to significant deterioration of his health cause by the powerful chemotherapy tablets prescribed by the NHS.
Gannon told the Southern Daily Echo:
“The medication I was being subscribed was literally destroying me. I looked like the poster person for cancer, I was so ill. It all got very dark. It felt as though the doctors assumed I didn’t have long left and just kind of gave up. There were talks of me going into a hospice at one point.”
That’s when Gannon and his girlfriend began research alternative methods of treatment. The more they read about CBD the more promising it sounded.
“I made the decision to come off the drugs by choice and decided to take a natural path, using real cannabis oil instead.”
After three months of CBD oil use three times a day at a cost of $1,588 (£1,300) per month, scans showed that Gannon’s tumors stopped growing. The 30-year-old also started to feel “like a completely new person” within five weeks of using CBD.
“I suddenly had more energy and was behaving like normal, I could tell something had shifted but I wasn’t sure.”
Following the positive news, in April of this year, Gannon committed to one more low dose of chemotherapy. “Long-awaited MRI results” has revealed just this month that Gannon is “essentially cancer-free in less than a year.”
“It was quite surreal, I was shaking like a leaf. It was the best news we could have ever imagined. Back in December I was told I probably wouldn’t survive. The doctor literally said it was the best day of his medical career. Now I’m ‘essentially’ cancer free in less than a year.”
Gannon is obviously excited but is keeping himself grounded after the good news. “When you have cancer, you never fully get rid of it. I don’t want to hype it up too much but it’s more than obvious cannabis oil works well. I mean, it’s cleared 12 tumors in less than a year.”
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CBD oil is a non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid found in cannabis plants—or Cannabis sativa. It has been shown to aid users in treating anxiety, arthritis, pain, depression, and more and is being used with increasingly frequency to relieve pain associated with cancer and cancer treatment as well as in an attempt to treat cancer itself.
While more research is needed to prove the effectiveness of cannabis beyond anecdotal report, thanks to the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill, hemp-derived products containing under 0.3% THC are finally legal in the United States and should soon be the subject of more scientific studies than ever before.