Dee Mani, 44, refused chemotherapy when she was diagnosed with breast cancer
A mother-of-two claims she has cured her aggressive breast cancer by taking one drop of cannabis oil every day.
Dee Mani, 44, refused chemotherapy when she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer – deemed the deadliest form – and instead opted to try CBD.
Doctors gave her the all-clear just five months after she opted for the oil, which is derived from cannabis but doesn’t cause a high.
Despite her claims that it has cured her of cancer, there is no proof cannabis, or any of its compounds, can treat cancer in humans as research showing the drug’s anti-tumour effects have been in petri dishes and on mice.
The legal status of cannabis oil in the UK has confused thousands, with most oils being sold as food supplements because suppliers have yet to obtain licences to sell it as a medicine under strict Government rules.
Ms Mani, from Birmingham, found a lump in her breast in March 2017 and soon after was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Doctors offered her chemotherapy, but she refused after it failed to keep her sister alive.
After researching alternative treatments online, she stumbled across cannabis oil and its reported benefits.
She then found a local supplier which cost her £22 a month and started taking the ‘revolting’ cannabis oil once every evening.
Ms Mani, who now lives in Cape Verde, claims that by August she was given the all-clear by doctors. She also changed her diet and started meditation.
Speaking for the first time, she said: ‘Because of what happened to my sister, there was no way I was having chemo or radiotherapy.
‘At first when I spoke to the doctor I agreed to everything I was told, I said I’d have one year worth of chemotherapy but then I did my research.
Doctors gave her the all-clear just five months after she opted for the oil, which is derived from cannabis but doesn’t cause a high
Speaking for the first time, she said: ‘Because of what happened to my sister, there was no way I was having chemo or radiotherapy’ (pictured with her daughter, Layla, eight)
Ms Dani said: ‘Within four months I believe that I cured myself’ (left, a scan taken when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2017, and right, a scan taken before she was given the all-clear in August 2017)
‘After finding out about cannabis oil I started to put one drop into a capsule every night and take it before bed.
‘Within four months I believe that I cured myself and then when I was given the all clear, I knew it was the cannabis that cured me.’
Ms Dani is still clear of cancer and continues to take the oil every night. She has written about her journey in a new book called ‘My Way’.
Every year 11,400 people die from breast cancer in the UK. In the US, the figure is around four times higher.
Charities estimate around 15 per cent of all cases of breast cancer are triple negative – but death rates are proportionally higher.
Ms Dani added: ‘Even though my cancer has gone I will take one capsule every night for the rest of my life.
‘Alongside curing my cancer, it’s helped me with my insomnia, my allergy to dust and the pain in my back from having slipped discs.’
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of more than 80 cannabinoids, natural compounds found in the marijuana plant.
Extracted from the plant as a mineral-rich oil, it is usually bottled with a dropper – but also comes in the form of chewing gum, soap or as a vape oil for e-cigarettes.
It has no side effects, either, and is not addictive.
It has been reported to help people with epilepsy, rheumatism, migraines, psoriasis, acne, multiple sclerosis and depression.
Crucially, cannabidiol oil does not contain any THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis. In other words, CBD does not get you high.
Despite her claims that it has cured her of cancer, there is no proof cannabis, or any of its compounds, can treat cancer in humans (both scans were taken during Ms Mani’s battle with cancer when she used cannabis oil, they show her cancer being slowly killed)
Ms Dani is still clear of cancer and continues to take the oil every night. She has written about her journey in a new book called ‘My Way’ (pictured with partner Ryan, 33, Layla and Tyley, 11)
WHAT IS CANNABIS OIL AND IS IT LEGAL IN THE UK?
Government advisors made it legal to buy CBD oil in 2016
Government advisors made it legal to buy CBD oil in 2016 after they admitted that it has a ‘restoring, correcting or modifying’ effect on humans.
However, the oils legal status has confused thousands across England and Wales, after the MHRA back-tracked on its position just weeks after.
Suppliers now have to obtain a licence to sell it as a medicine, following the decision in October two years ago – but some weave the strict rules.
Manufacturers are able to avoid regulation by selling it as a food supplement – ignoring the lengthy process of gaining a medicinal licence.
CBD oil, which can reportedly help with back pain, anxiety and epilepsy, has yet to be approved for use on the NHS in Scotland.
Billy Caldwell, from Castlederg, Northern Ireland, made headlines in April when he became the first Briton to be prescribed CBD on the NHS.
CBD, which reportedly has no side effects, influences the release and uptake of ‘feel good’ chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin.
The compound has been credited with helping to relieve pain and stiffness, as well as aiding conditions such as anxiety.
CBD comes in many forms, the most popular being an oil – which users spray under their tongue – or gel tablets which melt slowly in the mouth.
Neither form contain THC – which causes the ‘high’ in cannabis.