A 52-YEAR-OLD woman has claimed cannabis oil cured her terminal cancer just days before winning an £84,000 prize on Loose Women.
Joy Smith was sceptical about the drug - but decided to try it when doctors told her she had just six weeks to live.
The Coventry resident claims that regular doses of the resinous oil destroyed the inoperable tumours and led to her miraculous recovery.
Joy told the Coventry Times: “When you’re told you have six weeks to live you’ll try anything, trust me.
“I was a bit sceptical about the oil at first as I’d never taken drugs or anything like that - but I know I would not be here today without it. I want to tell everybody.
“Cannabis oil should be legalised for medical purposes - people are dying and the chemotherapy isn’t curing them.”
Joy was diagnosed with terminal cancer in August 2016 and told by doctors she had only six weeks to live unless she started chemotherapy.
She began treatment for three days every fortnight but had to stop after developing sepsis.
Joy was unaware that friends had been researching an alternative cure - until one told her to open her mouth and popped a cannabis oil tablet in her mouth.
She described feeling "drunk" in the hospital: "I couldn’t speak, my words just slurred out.”
After researching the drug further, Joy's friends found somebody able to produce it for her.
Joy was quickly converted after reading about a woman in America who had cured her cancer by growing her cannabis and producing her own oil.
She began taking it between three and five times a week, recalling: “Sometimes it takes hours to kick in and sometimes it’s straight away.
What is cannabis oil and can it cure cancer?
Cannabis oil is a substance extracted from the cannabis plant by steam distillation
The oil is available to buy in the UK and is legal when it contains less than 5 per cent Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
THC is the psychoactive component in cannabis that makes users feel 'high'
Cannabis oil with more highly concentrated THC is illegal - but has been cited by some patients as a cure for a range of illnesses
Scientists using animal testing and lab models found that in some circumstances cannabinoids trigger cell death and prevent new blood vessels from growing into tumours, as well as reducing the chances of cancer cells from growing into tumours
But researchers also show cannabinoids can harm crucial blood vessel cells, and under other circumstances, actually encourage cancer cells to grow
There is also research to suggest that combining cannabinoids with other chemotherapy drugs might a more effective method of battling cancer
However, as yet there exists no absolute proof that cannabis cures cancer in humans
Source: Cancer Research
"You do get stoned and you get very tired. It made me want to sleep so I tend to just stay in bed when I’ve taken it.”
After signs her cancer was in remission, Joy visited doctors in Spain to get more answers - and says she was told that cannabis oil had saved her life.
To compound a surreal few days, Joy discovered that a Loose Women competition she entered while stoned had bagged her an £84,000 prize.
Two years on and Joy is now close to getting the all clear, and is still taking cannabis oil to clear up the last of the cancer in her stomach.
She told the Telegraph: "I’m a walking miracle!
“The doctors couldn’t believed it, they call me Wonder Woman.
“It’s impossible, but I’ve beaten science. My friends kept saying if anyone was going to beat it, it would be me, and I did - I’m still here.”