Siddhartha Mishra| The News Minute| November 22, 2014|In the last few days, a post on Facebook, by Viki Vaurora from Bengaluru had gained sufficient traction on social media due to the nature of his claim. He claimed to have cured cancer using cannabis. Five days ago, the post was up and was followed up with congratulatory responses and support from friends and family. It had him elaborating the process, via pictures, for making the oil he claims to have cured, â€œa cousinâ€™s neighbor and friendâ€, Vaurora told The News Minute. â€œShe was in the fourth stage of pyloric cancer and surgery was required said the doctor, who refused to take responsibility for her after six months of chemotherapy had failed to help herâ€, he elaborated. â€œIt was then that I suggested a solution to my cousinâ€, he says. â€œThe solution was oil extracted from the cannabis plant, 400-450 grams of it, into 15gms of the solution. â€œIâ€™ve known the benefits of the plant, studied about it and experimented with itâ€, he says. After administering the solution to the patient orally â€œevery night at close to 9 as this was close to her bedtimeâ€. He added, â€œWe knew of the after-effects and that it could make a first time user a bit paranoid so we guided her through itâ€.â€œWithin three days, she had started to take in crushed fruits and vegetables which wasnâ€™t possible earlier due to the illâ€™s the body has to go through during chemotherapyâ€, Vaurora says. Itâ€™s after another two weeks and the entire solution that Vaurora claims she was cured. â€œAfter we were done with the first batch, I thought she should have a scan done, and the doctor asked me what Iâ€™d given her!â€ he says, noting the surprise of the doctor.His doctorâ€™s surprise was understandable. The legality of the concerned substance suspended for a moment, itâ€™s the nature of the claim in question here.Dr. Prashanth Acharya, who specializes in Ayurveda, says, â€œCancer is a big topic, and I canâ€™t comment on the situation as Iâ€™ve not looked at the patientâ€™s reportsâ€. â€œPersonally I donâ€™t think itâ€™s possible, yet I have read reports of there being cases in the westâ€, he added. Dr Varun Gupta, another expert in the field, while speaking to us first questioned the â€œlegalityâ€ of the substance prescribed and added that â€œonly an experienced oncologist can confirm whether the condition is cured or not, after looking at her reports post and pre-treatmentâ€.While delving further into the scientific claims of the matter he said, â€œTetrahydrocannabinol has been reported for anti-cancer effect. But still at least we don't have any published data about this claim. Itâ€™s for the same reason we don't have published data about its safetyâ€.An oncologist from Bengaluru, Dr. Raghavendra however dismisses the claim saying that â€œit depends on a lot of questions, but thereâ€™s no chance with cannabis, especially at the fourth stageâ€, he added. â€œThereâ€™s high possibility of the chemotherapy working, as it takes a month for it to be completely effective afterâ€, said the oncologist. â€œI donâ€™t have a report so I canâ€™t comment on itâ€, he said.Dr Raghavendra adds that cannabis must have helped the patient to relax and improved appetite. We tried to get scans or reports but Viki Vaurora couldnâ€™t share them until the time this was published.The legality of the cannabis used is also an issue here, with a sentence of six months or a fine of Rs 10,000 as punishment by law. Vaurora remains defiant, though.â€œItâ€™s just a plant and itâ€™s been drummed up into being a taboo by societyâ€, he says. â€œIt suits the big Pharma companies and their monetary interestsâ€, he adds while also revealing plans of making a documentary on the episode backed by â€œscientific evidenceâ€. Certain cannabinoid drugs have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to relieve nausea and vomiting and increase appetite in people with cancer and AIDS. The American Cancer Society says, â€œAs of 2014, there are reports online suggesting that marijuana oil or â€œhempâ€ oil can cure cancer, as well as diabetes, ulcers, arthritis, migraines, insomnia, infections, and many other diseases. These claims are largely unsupportable. Relying on marijuana alone as treatment while avoiding or delaying conventional medical care for cancer may have serious health consequences.â€Vauroraâ€™s Facebook post- I got my hands on half a kilo of plant buds and extracted all its medicinal properties to its oil base, concentrated with THC and CBD compounds. 14 grams of extracted oil, ingested in small doses over a period of 2 months.Our patient is now cancer FREE. And her doctors are curious to know HOW? just 2 or 3 days into the treatment, she stopped throwing up completely and was able to eat a little and also rest without any pains. And in the course of next two months, she healed herself completely.