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Preventing and Overcoming Colon Cancer

Colon Cancer Awareness Month: Schedule Your Screening

In our efforts to acknowledge and support Colon Cancer Awareness Month, it’s important to discuss that doctors are unclear as to what directly causes cancer of the colon beyond identifying cell abnormalities that clump together causing noncancerous adenomatous polyps and/or tumors in the final portion of the digestive tract. Colorectal cancer represented 8% of new cancer patients in the U.S. last year. In 2017, this percentage was an estimated 135.4k new cases and 50.2k deaths.

While it may be extremely difficult to determine what causes colon cancer, researchers and doctors suggest that DNA (hereditary factors) and dietary habits (specifically, those high in fat and low in fiber) can greatly increase the risk of developing colon cancer with men (46%) at a higher rate than women (35%). These risks are even higher in persons with a family history of colon cancer or rectal cancer. Screening should commence at age 50 for persons with no family history or symptoms of colorectal cancer and as early as age 30 for persons that have a family history and/or other contributing risk factors.

Prevention and Treatment


Dr. Olga Obie urges everyone to take more control of their health by knowing their family health history to help inform/guide both self and doctor’s diagnosis, preventing sickness and disease through healthy, organic eating, and focusing on preventative self-care. With this, the American Institute for Cancer Research states that small choices in our daily eating and activity habits could prevent nearly half the new cases of colon cancer each year. Age, weight, and excessive body fat increase risk. In addition, it is recommended to limit alcohol and red meat intake while avoiding processed meats altogether. Foods that contain garlic and that are high in fiber have been shown to reduce dietary risks; 10g of fiber per day reduces the risk of colorectal cancer by 10%. Being active for 30 minutes per day also helps reduce risks while improving weight and mood hormonal balance.


Treatments for colon cancer are extensive, ranging from minimally invasive surgery to remove cancerous polyps from the colon wall for early-stage detection to partial colectomy and radiation/chemotherapy for more advanced and invasive cases of colon cancer. Most often, a combination of surgery and radiation/chemotherapy occurs. However, overall health condition may complicate and/or limit options for treatment. The most important prevention factors are the easiest: prevention and early detection. A healthy lifestyle with proper diet, fitness and health screening routines can prevent a great deal of sickness and disease.

Cannabis As A Treatment

The National Cancer Institute has demonstrated in mice studies that endogenous cannabinoid system signaling is likely to provide intrinsic protection against colonic inflammation. This suggests phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids may be very useful at preventing and treating colorectal cancer. At James Henry SF, we truly believe that cannabis should be considered as a primary treatment option for all cancer patients.

Those individuals that have had to support and celebrate family, friends & loved ones battling traditional radiation and chemotherapy treatments will attest to the harsh side effects of treatment options for cancer patients. These harsh treatments sometimes can’t be avoided but in other cases, radiation and chemotherapy can be either avoided altogether or supplemented with cannabis (under a qualified physician’s guidance that understands cannabinoid therapies) to help reduce harsh side effects of nausea, pain, appetite loss and more. Cannabis treatment can also simultaneously destroy tumor cells with THC, repair and build healthy new cells with CBD, and improve the overall quality of healing with its naturally bioavailable compounds. James Henry SF implores all of our patients, consumers and readers to consult informed physicians on cannabinoid therapy as an effective treatment against cancer and other medical concerns. Remember to schedule your screening today!

Fighting Cancer with Cananbis

Although there are many speculations around cannabis, THC: CBD ratios and all of cannabis’ health benefits, there is one common fact: cannabis fights cancer cells.  The world renown National Cancer Institute, an agency that is part of the department of health, has acknowledged studies that show cannabis does, in fact, kill cancer cells. No matter what side of the fence you are on regarding this topic, research proves that cannabis can offer multiple levels of help to aid in the battle with cancer.

What is Cancer?

The chart below shows the number of people per state who were diagnosed with cancer in 2017. And according to the National Cancer Institute, 38.6% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer in the US at some point in their lifetime.

So what is cancer? Unlike normal cell growth, cancer is uncontrollable cell division, where cells of the body continue to grow, but don’t die. This is because cancer cells can ignore signals that normally indicate to stop dividing. These cancer cells are then able to persuade the environment that they are in to support them. Because of this persuasion and a new supply of nutrients directed from normal cells to cancerous ones, tumors, or masses of tissue, are able to form.

There are two types of tumors that can result from cancer: benign and malignant.

Benign Tumors

Benign tumors can arise for many reasons: environmental, genetics, diet, stress, infection, etc. It’s very likely that most lumps that people can feel from the outside of their body are benign, such as many breast lumps. Nine out of 10 women harbor benign tissue transformations. Benign Tumors usually:

  • Grow slowly

  • Don’t spread

  • Are not cancerous

  • Won’t transfer to or harm nearby tissues

In order to treat a benign tumor, many doctors just wait it out, as they watch to see whether or not the tumor will spread to any other areas of the body. If so, surgery may be suggested to remove the tumor as it may become malignant.

Malignant Tumors

Malignant tumors can potentially result in death. They are typically formed from unstable, abnormal cells and are able to travel through the bloodstream and circulatory system, as they continue to proliferate. Malignant tumors usually:

  • Grow rapidly

  • Spread

  • Are cancerous

  • Can transfer to or harm nearby tissues

Whereas benign tumors can be addressed by watchful waiting, malignant tumors should be addressed as soon as possible.


In order to treat malignant tumors, many people who have had or currently have cancer and know that it is a very difficult condition to endure and fight, turn to chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Chemotherapy Cancer Treatment

Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment that utilizes drugs in order to kill cancer cells. These drugs may be administered through oral consumption or injection. This occurs through a duration of repetitive treatments followed by days of rest. This therapy procedure is referred to as a systemic one, meaning that it can affect the patient's entire body. While chemo drugs affect cancer cells, they also affect normal, healthy cells. This is because chemo drugs can’t decipher between certain characteristics; example being, if a healthy cell (such as a hair cell) divides quickly, the chemo drug will destroy it. This is why many who experience chemo suffer hair and/or appetite loss.

Radiation Therapy for Cancer Treatment

Radiation therapy serves to combat cancer cells through a process of high-energy radiation via X-rays, gamma rays, and charged particles. Radiation therapy seeks to kill cancer cells by damaging their DNA, thereby ceasing their divide and initiating their death. Similar to chemotherapy, radiation therapy is administered through a duration of treatments and also results in the death of healthy cells. Additionally, radiation treatment has been shown to raise the risk of getting another cancer.


After reading the damaging effects on healthy cells from chemotherapy and radiation therapy, you might think “there’s got to be another way.” We’re here to tell you, there is and it’s found through cannabis. In 2003 the US government patented medical cannabis, US Patent #663057, acknowledging cannabis’s medicinal properties.

Cannabis Fights Cancer

The human body has an endocannabinoid system that responds positively to THC and CBD.

THC is a cannabinoid of cannabis. When THC connects to the cannabinoid receptor on the cancer cell, it causes an increase in ceramide synthesis, which drives cell death. The key to the cure is the accumulation of ceramide. Because of this, cannabinoids can impair tumor progression at various levels. As molecular biologist, Dr. Christina Sanchez comments in her research,

“We observed that when we treated these cells [tumor cells] with cannabinoids, THC, the main psychoactive component of cannabis, was killing the cells in our Petri dishes. We were killing the cells.”

This cellular effect can be achieved by taking minute amounts of cannabis oil through a duration of treatments. And though the repetitive nature is similar, unlike chemotherapy and radiation, with cannabis, healthy cells don’t produce ceramide when THC is present, and therefore are not harmed by its presence. In addition, cannabis can be easily administered orally or through inhalation. Oral cannabis can be consumed in the form of baked goods or herbal tea, although cannabis enters the bloodstream more quickly when smoked or vaporized.

Protection from Developing Cancer through Cannabis

Cannabis extract has been used for many years in the treatment of many illnesses, however, the extracted oil from cannabis has done wonders on cancer treatment and has even helped in eliminating the side effects of chemo and radiation therapies. Some of the benefits of cannabis that are crucial for battling cancer are its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  Inflammation is a response by the body’s immune system to injury, bacteria or viruses. And as many chronic inflammatory diseases can increase a person’s cancer risk, cannabis can not only relieve inflammation but cancer it can bring as well. In one study, researchers found that cannabinoids can protect neurons from exposure to glutamate, and compared to the vitamins C and E, cannabis proved to be 30-50% more effective in doing so. Therefore, cannabis has shown its THC and CBD cannabinoids contain antioxidant properties useful in clinical applications. And as the consistent antioxidant intake is beneficial to one's overall well being, this antioxidant-rich plant can serve as a lower risk for cancer.

Here are a few other properties that make cannabis powerful in fighting cancer:

  • Anti-tumor: inhibits the growth of tumors

  • Anti-angiogenic: prevents formation of new blood vessels needed by tumors to grow

  • Anti-metastatic: prevents cancer from spreading to other organs in the body

  • Apoptosis: induces cell to self-destruct on its own

As you can see, the benefits of cannabis in treating cancer are outstanding. A study conducted in Washington, DC showed that a quarter of cancer patients that use cannabis, use it for pain relief and one third use it for enjoyment, but what about using cannabis to actually treat cancer?   Dr. Sanjay Gupta states,

“ is irresponsible not to provide the best care we can as a medical community, care that could involve marijuana...We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States”

We at James Henry SF want to help change the outlook on cancer and equip you with the tools for better health. We have a lot of work to do, but the work starts with education and awareness. As a call to action to you - help spread the word and in turn, save lives.