Former Playboy model turns to CBD to fight cancer

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Keri Parker is refusing chemotherapy treatment in favor of CBD to treat brain cancer

English Playboy model Kerri Parker has brain cancer, which affects one in every 185 women (1 in 143 men also are diagnosed with a malignant tumor each year). While the first course of suggested treatment is chemotherapy, the 34-year-old model has taken a different route. She is relying on cannabidiol (CBD) oil to fight the tumor.

According to Parker, physicians “wanted [her] to have 10-12 cycles” of chemotherapy and suggested that it would be the best chance for survival. They added, however, that “no one with brain cancer has managed to have the full lot.” In turning toward CBD oil, she is hoping that she can avoid some of the nasty side effects associated with chemo treatment, such as hair loss or having her “face burned from radiotherapy.”

Parker, who is the former Miss United Kingdom, adds, “I know using cannabis means I could be put in prison … I truly believe it is the only chance I have of survival.” She added, “Cannabis has helped many others with cancer. I’m willing to put faith in it too. I can’t imagine any judge would convict a girl for using cannabis to save her life. It’s a risk I’m ready to take.”

The American Cancer Society reports that there have been no definitive studies that support CBD oil as a viable cancer treatment. However, scientists have reported “that THC and other cannabinoids such as CBD slow growth and/or cause death in certain types of cancer cells growing in lab dishes.” As more studies are conducted thanks to an expansion of legalized marijuana, the positive benefits of the different components within the cannabis plant will continue to be revealed.