Sharon has been involved in the study and use of cannabis medicine for the past fourteen years, which began after her sister Carol was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour.
Shaken by this and with her family in turmoil, Sharon began searching for a different solution to cancer. Little did she know this journey would alter the course of her life forever
Sharon has been involved in the study and use of cannabis medicine for the past fourteen years, which began after her sister Carol was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour. Shaken by this and with her family in turmoil, Sharon began searching for a different solution to cancer. Little did she know this journey would alter the course of her life forever.
After three traumatic years fighting the disease, using every possible medical service available in South Africa, Carol passed away too soon and far too young.
This did not halt Sharon’s search, if anything it fuelled her intense desire to continue and find a real solution to cancer. With Sharon’s background in product development and the desire to discover an alternative treatment that is effective on cancer, she stumbled upon Rick Simpson soon after her research began.
(In 2003, Rick Simpson created a cannabis oil after three suspicious bumps on his arm turned out to be basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer.)
According to Rick, cannabis could cure cancer, which Sharon believed was highly unlikely. After speaking with an old friend and scientist about this new concept, she was told to look into the endocannabinoid system.
“Well, I was blown away,” explains Sharon.
She had discovered that we actually have a self-regulating system in our body called the endocannabinoid system. This system is also known to completely blueprint the [700+] cannabinoids we also know to exist in the plant itself today as well as interact with them, creating homeostasis in the body.
“There were too many co-incidences. I went down that rabbit-hole, quite fervently, just because of the impact my sister’s death had on our family. I was quite petrified for my family not knowing who could be next.”
She soon realised that medicinal cannabis is very good for our bodies.
This plant is many, many medicines in one. With uses ranging from medicine for a whole range of illnesses, to fuel, clothing, food, super-foods, paper and textiles; there can be no denying the immensely valuable properties of cannabis.
With so many medical benefits, Sharon discovered different strains and how each of their unique, defining characteristics could be identified and targeted toward its most useful effect on a particular illness.
As Sharon’s research progressed, she realised that there were some genetic strains of cannabis that can be used for medicine, and some that just won’t work as well. She then went on to identify a range of genetic strains, which were highly effective due to their high cannabinoid and terpene profile.
The main difference with the medicinal strains is that they have a well-balanced THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) to CBD (cannabidiol) ratio. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis – this is the component of cannabis that makes you “high”, may instigate feelings of anxiousness and paranoia.
THC is also the ingredient that induces four mechanisms in the body which treat cancer and is the actual substance inside the plant that is illegal in many countries. Keep in mind that it also relieves pain, assists with nausea, and stimulates an appetite, is an anti-inflammatory, among many other useful properties.
CBD, on the other hand, has become popular in medicinal applications due to its non-psychoactive property. CBD is the inverse or opposite molecule to THC – they literally mirror each other – and CBD negates the psychoactive effect of THC as far as it is present in the plant. Hence, the more uplifting or “head high” effect of a Sativa plant and the more relaxing or “body high/couch lock” effect of an India dominant plant. In this way, CBD assists with balancing the undesired effects of THC.
Sharon has worked with strains like Buddha Cheese, Cannatonic, and Medical Marijuana. Cannatonic seemed to have the better ratio at the time, but a few strains have come and passed over time and they all have different genetics which plays a big role in their composition and cannabinoid profile.
With cross breading genetic strains of cannabis becoming more and more popular since she began her medical journey with cannabis she decided to choose a select number of medicinal genetics in the effort to standardise and preserve the necessary cannabinoid profiles needed to treat various illnesses.
Through all of her research, Sharon made a breakthrough with the use of cannabis as a medicine. Her mother, at the age of 74, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which is one of the most vicious cancers taking the lives of nearly 100% of its victims. After a period of 8 months with the help of cannabis, organic food, super food supplements and the best doctors they could find, her mother was freed from cancer. Six of the seven doctors (three being oncologists) were left speechless by her full recovery. This year her mother Kathy is 81 years old and 8 years cancer free! This is what inspires and drives Sharon to provide treatment for many cancer survivors who have chosen the medical cannabis way.
She – and many other cancer fighters – survived the disease because of Sharon’s development work. Of course, Doctors did challenge this and ran tests, but found no trace of cancer in her mother’s body anymore.
Today finds herself developing natural cutting edge products for pharmaceutical companies. Her goal is to make this a mainstream medicine for all because of its lack of side effects.
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