Cannabinoids and Cancer Care – Donald Abrams, MD

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Integrative Oncologist, Donald Abrams, MD, discusses the empowerment that comes with gardening for a terminal cancer patient, who grows their medicine themselves. If the patient can give life, maybe it will give them some peace of mind, power, or hope. And don’t go around preaching how hemp oil “cures” everything, because medical professionals can be repulsed and the information is not strong enough yet. He has lost patients, who refused chemotherapies that are curative in their cases, but they hold out for cannabis oil and the disease spreads and becomes incurable. Below is some scientific information regarding the similarities of Aspirin and Cannabis in terms of lowering cardiovascular risk and inflammation throughout the body (they both inhibit the destruction or metabolism of anandamides aka anti-inflammatory, anti-stress compounds).

Donald Abrams, M.D.

Cancer and integrative medicine specialist

Dr. Donald I. Abrams is a cancer and integrative medicine specialist at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Mount Zion. Abrams provides integrative medicine consultations for cancer patients and has completed research in complementary and alternative therapies including mind-body treatments, botanical therapies, medical use of marijuana and traditional Chinese medicine herbal therapies.

In addition to his role at the Osher center, he is chief of Hematology and Oncology at San Francisco General Hospital. Abrams, who has been in the forefront of HIV/AIDS research and treatment, stepped down from the HIV Clinic at San Francisco General Hospital in August 2006 to devote more time to integrative medicine and oncology. He is an executive committee member of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and is co-chair of of the center’s program in Symptom Management, Palliative Care and Survivorship. In 2004, he completed an associate fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona.

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