Aggressive Lung Cancer and Cannabis Oil: From California to Serbia

You might be asking yourself what mesothelioma is?

Hardly a household word, mesothelioma is a type of lung cancer that affects the lining of the lungs. That lining is called the visceral pleura, when it becomes malignant it’s called pleural mesothelioma.

This is a very aggressive, deadly cancer with an exceedingly poor five-year survival. Once diagnosed, there are few options and no cure is available. I cannot think of a cancer that has a poorer prognosis. The cause for the overwhelming majority of patients is the previous exposure to asbestos sometime in their past.

The irony is that your exposure may have been up to 40 years prior to the development of a mesothelioma. The reason being is that asbestos acts as an irritant. Given enough time it can lead to a malignancy. If you look at these strange fibers under a scanning electron microscope you can see how “sharp” or “irritating” these filaments are. Note the needle-like fibres in the image below.


From the Mayo Clinic

Factors that may increase the risk of mesothelioma include:

• Personal history of asbestos exposure. If you’ve been directly exposed to asbestos fibers at work or at home, your risk of mesothelioma is greatly increased.
• Living with someone who works with asbestos.
• A family history of mesothelioma.

Unfortunately, mesothelioma is an aggressive disease and for the vast majority of people a cure isn’t possible. One of the reasons is that mesothelioma is usually diagnosed at an advanced stage (stage III or IV) — when it isn’t possible to remove the cancer through surgery.

Options include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. In addition, clinical trials are underway to assess new drugs. It is possible to enroll in one of these new drug trials. As you’ll see, one of these experimental drugs holds promise.

The Mayo clinic has little to say about alternative approaches. There is no mention of cannabinoids—as expected. Not yet anyway, not for another ten years.

Over 90% of mesotheliomas are caused by asbestos exposure. Five-year survival is forbidding, as shown below.

Currently, the relative five-year survival rate for mesothelioma is about 10 percent, a number that is significantly higher than it was a few decades ago. The one-year survival rate has also improved throughout the last 20 years or so and now sits at approximately 40 percent. Nevertheless, the overall mesothelioma survival rate remains poor.

Life expectancy ranges from between eight and fourteen months after diagnosis. Stage one and two are potentially curable while stage three and four are not.

This is one of the worst types of cancer to have since it is so unresponsive. It’s refreshing to see that some patients respond positively to cannabis oil. Let’s take a closer look at one of those patients.


Things were looking bad for Andy in 2013 when his physician recommended hospice care to his wife Ruth. Andy’s pleural mesothelioma was about to take his life. It wasn’t always so grim however. For the last three years, while enrolled in a clinical trial involving an experimental drug called amatuximab, he was able to put his disease into remission. Then without warning the drug simply stopped working. The disease then spiraled out of control. Andy was 66 years old at the time.

Initially diagnosed with stage IV mesothelioma in February of 2010, he was given less than a year to live. However, his doctor knew of a clinical drug trial being offered at UCSD medical center near his home in sunny San Diego.


Andy became the poster child for this new drug because he responded better than most. That is, up until it stopped working after three years. Once that happened there was nothing left in modern medicine to stop the relentless growth of his cancer.


Being located in a cannabis friendly state, Andy’s wife was gearing up for the next phase: to acquire full-spectrum cannabis oil as a possible alternative treatment for Andy. In the usual fashion, Andy started slow and worked his way up to one gram per day of cannabis oil. His response was incredible.

“The man is healthy today, and there is no other explanation for that,” Ruth told “Beyond a shadow of doubt, this cannabis oil has worked wonders for him. I’d recommend it for anyone with cancer. I’m not saying it will work every time on everyone, but it’s working for us.”

His imaging study from October of 2014, showed no evidence of tumor involvement. He expects the same results in December with another follow up scan.

“I feel great right now,” Andy said. “I don’t know why, or exactly how, this [cannabis oil] works. My wife knows the details, but I’m healthy, moving and grooving again, living my life.”

The American Cancer Society responded to the claims of the Ashcraft’s, stating;

“These claims are largely unsupportable. Relying on marijuana alone as treatment while avoiding or delaying conventional medical care for cancer may have serious health consequences.”


Andy and Ruth have several suggestions for those in a similar situation. First is to get to a cannabis friendly state and obtain your medical marijuana information card (MMIC). This legally allows you to use marijuana in any form. Sadly, the medical use of marijuana is only offered in about half of the states in the US as of 2016.


Andy claims that he will not consume cannabis oil that uses industrial solvents such as isopropyl alcohol, butane, or naphtha. Instead, use oils extracted with carbon dioxide or 190 proof grain alcohol like Everclear. This is an important point since the product may be tainted with these other solvents. That alone could make a difference in your response. There is little to no toxicity using grain alcohol and certainly none using CO2.


In addition to the above, it’s mandatory that you obtain a lab analysis of each batch of product used. This is the only way to maintain consistency, potency, purity, and reliability.


Work your way up slowly until you reach your goal which is usually one gram of cannabis oil per day in divided doses, usually four times a day.

Andy takes four “honey oil” capsules per day that are higher in CBD. They look similar to vitamin E capsules. At night he takes a higher THC cap and a brownie to help him sleep.

In summary, we have a case of a 66-year-old man with a grim prognosis of stage IV mesothelioma. Normally he would have less than a year to live. He has beaten all the odds and has, so far, lived for six years with this diagnosis. That’s incredible to say the least.


Lyubomir R, is a native of California but has a mother in Serbia who needs cannabis oil. She suffers from mesothelioma.

Although it’s far too early to know for sure, it appears that cannabis oil can help some patients suffering from mesothelioma as we just saw with the above case. But in Serbia it’s not possible to obtain this medication legally. That didn’t stop our intrepid Bay Area resident. Since he lives in a cannabis free state he was able to procure some oil and have a friend smuggle it into Serbia.

Think about this for a minute. People have to break laws and risk incarceration simply trying to treat a disease which has not a single effective treatment.

Earlier his mother rejected chemotherapy. Furthermore, the cancer had spread throughout her body so surgery was out of the question.

“My mother believes it [cannabis oil, RSO] will work. The doctors first suggested chemotherapy, but she didn’t want that. It would have broken her into pieces,” Lyubomir said. “She’s not a real fighter. She’s a worrier. We needed something else, and we heard about cannabis oil from many, many people.”

“I would like to be able to talk with people who have used it, had success with it, and learn exactly how it works,” Lyubomir said. “I don’t mean a group hug and singing ‘Kumbaya.’ I’d like to better understand the chemical reactions it produces within the body.”

As time progresses, we are seeing more and more patients wishing to do what they feel is right in fighting life-threatening diseases. Using cannabis extracts logically follows the basic bench science supporting it. We know it has potential. The problem is with the laws both here and abroad. This must change.

“It’s ridiculous when you think about it, normal people becoming criminals just trying to save the lives of family members,” Justin Kander, a renowned authority on medical marijuana extracts, told “But for families without guidance, knowing what to do can seem overwhelming.”

Justin Kander is the author of The Comprehensive Report on the Cannabis Extract Movement and the Use of Cannabis Extracts to Treat Diseases. Justin claims that,

“I’ve seen hundreds of success stories where people treat cancers with these extracts, both alone and concurrent with chemotherapy and radiation,” Kander said. “Education is critical. Like any medicine, it is easy to handle once you understand it.”

According to Lyubomir his mother has responded well to the first round of RSO. But they both have concerns about product consistency and potency. The same issues that I have raised on numerous occasions.

“This is not easy. Her health seems stable now, and she’s doing well again,” he said. “I don’t have any doubts, but I just want to be 100 percent sure we’re doing the right thing.”

Common sense dictates that when you don’t currently have anything that effectively treats mesothelioma, using a non-toxic herbal preparation, such as cannabis oil, is worth trying at the very least.

Dr. Christopher Rasmussen
Dr. Christopher Rasmussen MD,MS, an anesthesiologist with a Master’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine, is a professor, lecturer, seminar provider, and world authority on preventive medicine.For more information on preventive medicine see



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