Natural treatments to battle skin cancer include turmeric and cur cumin taken orally or topical, topical eggplant (nightshade) poultice with vinegar, blood root and black salves,coconut oil and baking soda, vitamin C and magnesium chloride. These treatments should only be considered if you are unable to obtain a biopsy or you know for sure what you are treating.
Preventing Skin Cancer
- Try to stay in the shade, wear a wide brimmed hat, long sleeves and pants.
- Stay away from tanning beds. Artificial UV rays are known to be a human carcinogen.
- Eat a diet rich in antioxidants that can lower your risk of cancer.
- Foods high in omega 3 – Salmon, trout, mackerel, fish eggs, etc.
- Foods high in bata-carotene – Carrots and sweet potatoes (the darker the better).
- Dark green and leafy vegetables – Avocados, asparagus, spinach, collard greens, kale, broccoli.
- Tomatoes contain high amounts of lycopene which may help prevent sunburns
- Shiitake mushrooms – one of the best sources of bata-glucans that destroy cancer cells.
- Turmeric and red raspberries both contain anti-cancer properties that make cancer cells become apoptotic (programmed cell death).
- Limit your exposure to the sun to no more than 30 minutes a day. Less if you have had skin cancer, fair skin or live close to the equator.
- Enjoy the sun before 10am and after 4pm. If your shadow is shorter than you, the suns rays are strongest. It is best to limit your exposure.
Slopping on sunscreen, unless you need to be in the sun all day, may do more harm than good.
Sunscreen sales have increased over the past 20 years or so and therefore should have reduced the occurrence of skin cancers. This has not been the case. In fact, the number of skin cancers have increased. Some sunscreens have chemicals that are toxic, those toxins are absorbed into your blood stream. If you must use a sunscreen, one made with zinc oxide is a good choice.
Sunscreens reduce the amount of UVB rays that come in contact with your skin and that reduces our ability to make vitamin D. Vitamin D regulates our ability to absorb calcium and phosphorous, important for healthy bones and teeth and vitamin D supports our immune system.
Probably the best advice for avoiding skin cancer caused by the sun is moderation.
Getting enough sun, yet not so much as to cause damage.
Your personal history with sun burns and sun/light exposure will have an impact on your skin cancer susceptibility. The damage to the DNA structure of your skin cells are irreparable with every severe sunburn you have had in your life.
When you go to the doctor with a suspected skin cancer, you need to be proactive. Your monthly screenings should have alerted you to any new or suspicious lesions.
Caught early and treated early keeps all forms of skin cancer in check.
I have had basal cell carcinomas removed from my face and my back. The one on my face I had barely noticed and the one on my back I had ignored for years until it started to grow and ulcerated. It was spreading laterally along the basal cell layer and was much larger than the spot we could see.
The Mohs surgery left me with an open surgical wound that was 1 ¾ X 1 inch. I was told it would take 6 months to a year to grow enough skin to close the wound.
I used a cannabis based salve, and successfully closed the wound in 14 days. See my story in AFN thread Cannabis Salve Healing (https://www.autoflower.net/forums/threads/cannabis-salve-healing.14705/)
Using a basic cannabis salve can accelerate skin growth on superficial wounds and aids in healing a variety of skin issues; eczema, psoriasis, lupus, acne, rosacea, inflammation, bug bites, and dry skin.
Next to butter and milk, coconut oil is the best of the fats I have found to infuse with cannabis. Raw, unrefined coconut oil smells and tastes like coconuts and is good for you and your skin.
For every 2 cups of oil I infuse about a half ounce of popcorn buds and sugar trim.
I break a part the buds but do not grind.
This is a small crock pot. I keep it on low for about 4 hours. I do not want it to decarb.
Let it cool a bit, then strain the plant material out. Cheese cloth or nylon stockings work well.
Set up a double boil or water bath pan. I have a mason jar lid under my Pyrex glass making it a water bath. This keeps the oil away from the heat source so it doesn’t burn.
Heat the oil to add beeswax. Beeswax melts at 140º, heating the water to simmer works in lieu of a thermometer.I use between ½ cup to ¾ cup beeswax pellets for the 2 cups infused coconut oil. Block beeswax will need to be grated. Summer or hot weather will need more beeswax, cooler temperatures will require less.Add the beeswax in small amounts, keep stirring the oil while adding and melting the beeswax.
To test consistency, drip a few drops on a plate to cool.
When all the wax is melted, put the oil in a cool place, allow the oil to cool completely, several hours or overnight.
Mix the solid oil with a hand mixer to smooth. Start out on low and scrape the bowl often until all is mixed together.
Then whip on high to a creamy texture.
2 cups coconut oil
½ ounce dry cannabis
¾ cup beeswax pellets
- Melt 2 cups coconut oil on low in a crock pot.
- Mix in ½ ounce cannabis. Heat uncovered, on low for 4 hours.
- Strain plant material out of the oil.
- set up the oil in a double boil or water bath system, heat to 140ºF.
- Melt beeswax into oil a little at a time until desired consistency.
- Remove oil from heat, allow to completely cool 6 hours or overnight in a cool place.
- Mix with a hand mixer, on low at first then whip on high setting.Since my healing, I have found a few suspicious spots on my face and arms. I suspect they may be precancerous spots. These spots I rub concentrated magnesium chloride oil on and over time has reduced the spots, completely irradiating them in some cases. Persistence is the key, at least once a day, more often is betterMagnesium Oil
1 cup distilled water
1 Magnesium Chloride flakes
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Glycerin
- Boil the water.
- Place the Magnesium chloride flakes in a glass bowl.
- Pour the water over the fakes and stir until completely dissolved.
- Cool completely then store in the spray bottle.
- Add vegetable glycerin and shake.
Love Your Skin
Our skin has several purposes for us. It keeps our insides in and is a barrier to our environment. It is one of our defenses for germs and infections and keeps us from getting waterlogged when we swim or take a bath. Skin regulates our body temperature to 98.6ºF to keep our internal organs happy. Our skin has the ability to heal itself by constantly replacing skin cells and making scabs. Sunlight on our skin is the most effective way to make vitamin D for regulation of calcium. Important for our bone and muscle health. Toxins can be excreted through our skin and medicines can be absorbed. Probably the most important of our senses is our sense of touch. Not only hot and cold, but it is proved that human touch and contact is important for our emotional health.
Everything we ingest or expose ourselves to has an affect on our skin, good or bad. Alcohol and smoking (tobacco) damages small capillaries and causes premature aging.
Drinking 8 or more glasses of water everyday will help you rid your body of toxins and hydrate your skin. Stress can show up on skin. Stress can worsen Psoriasis, Eczema and Rosacea, and can cause rashes and hives. Autoimmune issues, liver and kidney diseases, even high cholesterol can show up on your skin.
I hope you heed my warning and get any suspicious skin spot checked out. The only way to tell if a skin spot is cancerous is with a biopsy. Melanomas may not be caused by sun damage. They often do form on people who have had a history of excessive sun exposure, but they form in unexposed areas.
Skin cancer can kill you. I consider myself very lucky I had basal cell carcinoma because it rarely metastasizes, but it will spread. Ignoring squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma for years would have been deadly for me.
Love the Skin Your In –
Any statements made by Root are consideredgeneral information and discussion about medicine, health and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this article, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed physician or other health care worker.
Back to Our Roots
I Love lots of herbs. My favorite, of course is probably your favorite too…Cannabis.
Cannabis is my favorite herb for many reasons. The first most obvious, would be it’s side affect of getting high. The rest of my reasons would include cannabis’s medicinal and life sustaining properties. The cannabis plant, in it’s variety of forms can; feed us, clothe us, give us shelter, heal us, light our way and provide us with a safe inebriation.
As we go through these articles, we are going to concentrate on healing and using the whole plant…roots and all.
Cannabis can be used in it’s raw form as in juicing the leaves and buds. Dr. William Courtney successfully treated his wife’s Systemic Lupus by juicing. Dr. Courtney says that by not heating the leaves or buds gives us all the nutrition and medical benefits of the plant.
Juicing requires allot of leaves per day, 15 to 20 from mature, flowering plants. He recommends using fresh ground bud and eating cannabis as part of your diet too. He recommends starting out with 1-3 mg fresh ground buds and increasing up to 10-15 grams per day in addition to 30 grams of fresh leaves.
One downfall with juicing is the amount needed. Dr. Courtney states that “it is great because we use non-psychoactive cannabinoids, but that we actually saturate the body, facilitating its regulation.” He believes this reduces your cancer risk and prevents heart attacks and insulin dependent diabetes.
Most of us use heat in one way or another to medicate with cannabis. From igniting to blasting with volatile solvents. I hope to have fun with this guide. I’m not an expert, doctor or guru. While self medicating with this wonderful herb and others, I like to share the things I’ve learned and learn from you. After all, isn’t that why we are all here? I won’t get very technical or scientific, except when need be for safety or absolutely necessary.
My excitement with the medicinal properties of cannabis came in my early 50’s when a blister like growth on my back ulcerated. After trying several other homemade treatments that while attacking the cancer, also harmed the good cells in the surrounding area. not only went to work destroying the cancer sells, but it soothed the area damaged by the other treatments I had used. The more I researched cannabis the more I saw of what it can do for you. Not only when you are sick or dieing, but in everyday health for every human body.
The first cannabis salve I ever made was very crude. Vaseline with a full melt hash. I was surprised at how easy it was and how many of us are being successful in our own kitchen without a bunch of fancy equipment. Considering how easy it is, it is just as complicated. Things like decarboxylation and is it necessary.
Check out a good tutorial on decarbing by one of our founding members, JM https://www.autoflower.net/forums/threads/decarboxylation-of-cannabis.15194/
Decarbing is the process of heating the acids inside the trichomes in order for them to pass the blood brain barrier. Igniting cannabis in a joint, pipe or bong provides ample heat to decarb and allow you to enjoy the psychoactive affect. Vaporizing heats without incinerating the herb and is considered a safer alternative to smoking as are edibles, oils and topicals.
This chart shows that heating cannabis to a maximum of 293ºF (145ºC) for 7 minutes gives you your maximum THC in your herb.
A general rule of thumb is if you will be ingesting cannabis and want a psychoactive affect you’ll need to decarb.
I decarb for topicals which have nothing to do with getting you high however you may test positive on a drug test. When I decarb, I always do so in an oven or toaster oven. I use a glass pyrex pan and seal it with aluminum foil and then put that in a turkey bag and seal that. My reason is to not let the terpens and flavonoids fumes escape. I also let the material completely cool before I open it up.
Now that you have your starting material decarbed, you’ll need a solvent to extract the trichomes. Common solvents are butter, milk, coconut oil (or olive oil), ethanol (grain alcohol), isoprspanol (rubbing alcohol), butane, propane, hexane, acetone and naptha. I won’t be going into the more volatile solvents because its easy to blow yourself up with some of these and I don’t want to be the one that gave you the idea. There are plenty of videos and how to’s if you really want to go there. We will be mainly talking about ways to process safely and with all food grade materials.
Perhaps the easiest infusion to do, in my opinion, is a milk extraction. THC is soluble in the fat that in whole mike or cream. So make sure you are using whole milk. Grind your decarbed buds slightly, you want to make it easy for the solvent (milk fat in this case) to reach all parts of the material, but you don’t want it so small that you get bits of plant matter in your final product. A good starting point would be to use 1/8th of an ounce (or 3.5 grams) to a cup of milk. Place your buds in the milk on the stove and heat to a simmer. Do Not Let It Boil. Stir constantly for 45 minutes to an hour, cool and enjoy! You can now use your canna milk in any recipe that uses milk. It may take a while to get used to the taste, adding chocolate seems to be the favorite in my house.
Making Canna Butter is just as easy! Canna Butter will work in any recipe that calls for butter. We will start with ½ ounce decarbed material for one cup (2 sticks) of butter. Some people insist on adding water, I do not until the straining stage. If you want to add water at this time, it will not demish your final product and may keep you from burning the butter if you get side tracked. Simmer your butter cannabis mixture at a simmer for 2 to 3 hours stirring constantly. Again Do Not Let It Boil. Strain with cheesecloth, nylons, bubble bags, whatever you want to use. For butter and oils I like nylons (knee highs are the preferred) because they aren’t very absorbent and in my opinion, don’t waste as much product. At the straining stage is where I add my water. Remember that cannabinoids are not water soluble and water boils at 212ºF (100ºC) which is too low a heat to compromise the cannabinoids. Pour hot water over your materials while still in your strainer, I use a pitcher that is wider on the top than the bottom. Place into refrigerator and allow the butter to solidify.
Gently warming the sides with your hand will let the “puck” come right out.
Use the butter in any recipe that calls for butter. You may want to watch the temperature in your recipe so you don’t go over 314.6ºF (157º) and evaporate the THC.
AFN has several good recipes to use your Canna Butter in, I hope you’ll check some of them, in the mean time here is one of my favorites, it’s a Paleo recipe from another one of our long standing members DubV (https://www.autoflower.net/forums/threads/paleo-recipes.16607/)
1/4 cup softened/almost melted butter/ ghee / or canna butter
About 20 pitted dates (I just use a whole box of the Champion Dried Fruit dates they sell in Wal-mart)
1/8 tsp powdered stevia leaf extract (optional.. it’s sweet enough without this)
1/4 tsp cinnamon + a little to sprinkle
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp + 1/8 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup almond meal/flour
1/3 cup coconut flour
coconut sugar (optional)
No need to preheat the oven yet. Pulse the dates in a food processor until chopped, then puree until it turns into a big ball of date paste. Mix the paste and the butter/ ghee together, and slowly add in all other ingredients. Mix until a nice dough forms. Place teaspoon size balls of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet (makes 24). Flatten the balls of dough. Sprinkle tops with a little cinnamon and coconut sugar, and place in the fridge. Now you can preheat the oven to 330. When the oven is ready (mine usually takes about 10 minutes), bake cookies for 10 minutes. They will appear to be slightly under-done when you pull them out. Let them cool completely on the tray before storing. They are best if kept in the fridge.
I’ll leave you with one more tip if you are new to cannabis. Start out slow, especially with edibles, edibles may take an hour before you feel an affect. I know it’s far too tempting to eat another piece because the affects haven’t been felt yet. Too much too fast can cause rapid heartbeat, nausea, mental confusion or wild racing thoughts, panic attacks and/or paranoia. All of which will go away in an hour or two or after you sleep.
Enjoy and Happy Medicating!
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