A cancer sufferer given the all-clear by doctors has claimed cannabis oil cured her.
Joy Smith, from the West Midlands, was heartbreakingly told she would only have six weeks to live.
She was diagnosed with terminal cancer in August 2016, reports CoventryLive .
But now, two years on, she has been told she is cancer free.
Joe was having treatment every two weeks for three days, but had to have her line taken out after developing sepsis.
The 52-year-old was unaware that her friends had been researching an alternative cure until she was handed a tablet by one of them in hospital.
Joy, 52, hasn't stopped smiling since her appointment with her consultant, and said the news hasn't quite sunk in.
She told CoventryLive: “I am going to party for the rest of my life.
“I have got to be the only person in the world who have survive this.
“I keep pinching myself to see if this is real.
“I am being monitored every three months, but other than that I have no more treatment planned.
“I have to thank all the nurses and the doctors at UHCW, they've been amazing and especially, Dr Sohgi.
“They have been the best for me, even though I have defied all their science.”
The 52-year-old from Coventry, was told by doctors that she would only have six weeks to live, unless she started chemotherapy to buy her more time.
But after taking regular doses of THC cannabis oil, which is currently illegal in the UK, she claims her inoperable tumours have almost completely disappeared.
Joy, from Cheyelesmore, said she has received thousands of messages from fellow sufferers desperate to know more about her miracle cure, which she says has left doctors stunned.
Joy said she feels incredibly lucky to be here, but said she shouldn't even be here.
She added: “I am just so happy.
“This is all down to the cannabis oil.
“I shouldn't be here, but I am.
“My daughter is in Australia at the minute and when I told her she thought I was lying.
“Everyone around me has been amazing, I have an army behind me and they're all so happy.”
The oil is not available in the UK but can be sourced online. Joy said the people contacting her are desperate to know how to get hold of it themselves.
Although Joy can't supply the oil herself, she tries to help in other ways.
She is even considering starting a blog and is writing a book about her journey so far.
She now has more determination to get it legalised.
Joy added: “I have got to get it legalised.
“I am so happy, happier than I have ever been.
“I just keep sharing the petition and hope it will make a difference.
“I believe my reason for being here is to help everyone else. Unless you have been faced with death you don't know.”
Joy is now looking forward to her life going back to normal.
She said she will have her hair grow back after the long period of treatment.
She said: “I haven't had chemo for eight weeks, and four weeks ago was my last cancer treatment.
“I will have hair growing back, my nails will be strong.
“It just hasn't sunk in yet.”
Joy's petition can be found here
Cannabis oil, which is also known as cannabidiol (CBD), is now available to buy in the UK in pharmaceutical shops.
According to the Cannabis Trades Association UK the number of CBD users has doubled from 125,000, 12 months ago, to 250,000 now.
It has been claimed that it can be beneficial in treating a number of health care issues including pain, symptoms of cancer and stress and anxiety.
But what is cannabis oil made from and what is it used for? Here's everything you need to know.
What is cannabis oil?
Cannabis oil is a thick and sticky substance extracted from the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant. It is also refereed to as CBD (due to the strain it is made from), full extract cannabis oil (FECO) and hash oil.
According to macmillan.org.uk , a cannabis plant produces a resin (sticky flammable organic, insoluble in water) that contains various substances, these are known as ‘cannabinoids'.
The two main types of cannabinoids are:
- Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC) – illegal in the UK and not used to make cannabis oil
- Cannabidiol (CBD)
According to cannabis oil manufacturer hertshemp.com, this is the distinction between THC and CBD cannabinoids:
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
THC is the most abundant constituent of the cannabis plant, and the most well known. THC is the intoxicating and psychoactive substance that is responsible for causing the marijuana high.
It is considered a controlled substance, and is therefore illegal.
- Cannabidiol (CBD)
The second most abundant compound is Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD. This is a non-psychoactive substance, typically representing about 40% of the Cannabinoids in the Cannabis plant. And it's the effect of this particular Cannabinoid, CBD that is currently being researched in many studies all over the world.
Why is cannabis oil legal?
CBD is not considered a controlled substance, and is therefore 100% legal.
It is what cannabis oils being sold in the UK are made from.
What can it be used for?
It can be beneficial for people who suffer from stress, anxiety, depression or lack of sleep. It has also been suggested that it can be used to help alleviate the pain of cancer patients.
However, cancer charity Macmillan.org.uk said: “There are side effects of using cannabis oil. Cannabinoids can increase your heart rate, cause dizziness, hallucinations, paranoia and make you feel ‘stoned’. They may also interact with other drugs.”
It has also been claimed cannabis oil can treat symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and MS.
Where can I buy it?
(Image: Holland and Barrett)
Holland and Barrett is selling Jacob Hooy CBD+ Oil 2.75% 10ml for £9.49, (it's currently on offer, the usual RRP is £19.99). Since stocking the product at the high street store, sales of Jacob Hooy have shot up 37 per cent.
It began selling the product at the beginning of the year, it is said to be made with cold-pressed hemp seeds. Each 10ml bottle contains approximately 240 drops.
The advise on the bottle's packaging reads: “CBD+ Oil has a ‘distinctive' taste – have a small drink of water after taking the oil and the taste will be gone within 30 seconds.”
Users take it orally, by putting a few drops under the tongues 2-3 times a day. Leave the oil in the mouth for one minute before swallowing. The maximum dosage is 15 drops a day.
It has proved to be popular with customers, so much so that Holland and Barrett will be introducing four more CBD products to its range later on in the year.
Holland & Barrett said: “‘We have been surprised at the success and popularity of CBD oil since its launch. We are constantly looking to bring new and innovative products to market that help our customers.
“It is great to see in this instance that we can help with the demand.”