The former Playboy model, Kerri Parker, claims that cannabis is helping her cure her brain tumor after she turned down chemotherapy.
Fighting with cancer
Kerri was diagnosed with two types of brain tumor at the end of 2013 and was treated with surgery at that time.
However, in September 2018, she was told the cancer returned, and the doctor suggested traditional chemotherapy and radiotherapy for her condition. That’s when the model chose to apply CBD over chemo.
“I don’t want my hair to fall out from chemo, or my face burned from radiotherapy. I train daily, run a model academy and a nutrition business and I don’t want having cancer to affect all of this.” Said Kerri Parker when interviewed.
Kerri said she had been supported by her family and friends over the decision to use CBD rather than chemo.
To everyone’s surprise, the treatment did work to some extent. According to Kerri, the tumor in her brain has shrunk in half.
“If I can shrink half my brain of cancer, I’ll shrink the other half. I’ll shrink it down so there’s not a single cell left that can ever replicate.” Said Kerri Parker.
The 34-year-old model believes she’ll completely beat her cancer, and claimed there are also “side benefits” of CBD treatment.
According to Kerri, her math skills have improved and are now “incredible”. She also developed her interest in music, while she had never listened to music before. Similarly, she is now in love with art, about which she knew barely anything.
“Things are becoming new in my brain which have enlightened me to think maybe I am shrinking this (the tumor).” Said Kerri.
Kerri was crowned Miss Europe earlier this year, having won Miss UK a number of times over the past decade, and she is due to compete in Ms World in the Bahamas next month.
“Now I finally have a life – Ms World’s not my last pageant.”
However, Cancer Research UK says there isn’t enough conclusive evidence to prove cancer can be treated by cannabis.
In fact, some research dis show cannabis could help shrink tumors.
2014: THC and CBD helped shrink tumors
A study in University of London showed when using tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) together with radiotherapy, the combination could help shrink the tumors to a far greater extent than radiation and just one of the compounds, or radiation alone.
The team used mice models to carry out the research, and the senior author, Dr Wai Liu claimed that the results were promising. What’s more, compared with that of using one of the compounds, the dosage of the combination is smaller.
The researchers believed that pre-treatment with the cannabinoids could interfere with the ability of the tumor cell to repair the DNA-damaging effects of irradiation. Thus, the tumor cells got wiped out.
2015: THC could reduce tumor growth in cancer patients
A study co-led by Complutense University in Spain and the University of Anglia in the UK showed THC could help reduce tumor growth in cancer patients.
In the study, two human patients with highly aggressive brain tumors received intracranial administration of THC, and showed death of brain cancer cells.
2016: Cannabis could reduce tumor growth, said Harvard University
Researchers in Harvard University applied THC to mice with implanted lung cancer tumors, and the tumors shrunk in half after just three weeks.
The researchers thought that THC could activate molecules in tumor cells that stop the cell’s life cycle, thus preventing tumor growth.