“Welcome to Trill Alternatives’ CANCER & CHEMOTHERAPY research page! Our goal is to help to teach you to make the best, most educated, decisions when it comes to your Cannabis Health. -David Threlfall, Owner

Table of Contents

1. Basic Terms to Begin

2. Research Statements
(From the National Cancer Institute and the National Cancer Society)

3. General Glossary Terms

4. Example Treatment Plan

5. Patient Testimony

6. How to Get Started


Cannabis: The dried leaves and flowering tops of the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plant. Cannabis contains active chemicals called cannabinoids that cause drug-like effects all through the body, including the central nervous system and the immune system. Cannabis may help treat the symptoms of cancer or the side effects of cancer treatment, such as nausea and vomiting, pain, and cachexia (loss of body weight and muscle mass). Also called marijuana.
Cannabinoid: A type of chemical in marijuana that causes drug-like effects all through the body, including the central nervous system and the immune system. The main active cannabinoid in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Cannabinoids may help treat the symptoms of cancer or the side effects of cancer treatment. A few commonly known cannabinoids are: THC, CBD, CBN, THCa & CBDa. Our bodies produce their own cannabinoids, known as endocannabinoids.
Endocannabinoid System: The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is the system in the human body, which cannabinoids interacts with.  It has been linked to helping regulate; cell communication, immune system function, appetite & metabolism, digestive function & energy storage, learning & memory, mood & psychotic function, control of movement, and pain modulation.
 CB1 & CB2 Receptors: Receptors are the part of our system that compounds bind to. Cannabis binds to our CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are found mainly in the CNS (brain & spinal cord), and also in the lungs, liver, and kidneys. CB2 receptors are found throughout the body in the immune system, digestive tract, peripheral nervous system, and also in the brain.


THC: Short for Tetrahydrocannabinol, THC is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects. It acts much like the cannabinoid chemicals made naturally by the body, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Cannabinoid receptors are concentrated in certain areas of the brain associated with thinking, memory, pleasure, coordination and time perception. THC attaches to these receptors and activates them and affects a person’s memory, pleasure, movements, thinking, concentration, coordination, and sensory and time perception, according to NIDA.  THC also helps regulate the immune system, and kills cancer cells.
THCa: Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid, THCa, is the main constituent in raw Cannabis. It has no psychoactive effects. It has been shown to have anti-proliferative abilities that are crucial in helping inhibit the growth of cancerous cells. THCa inhibits TNF-Alpha, this cytokine has been implicated in a variety of diseases including autoimmune diseases, insulin resistance, and cancer. It is known to be compatible with other cannabinoids including THC, CBD, CBN, and CBG.
Transdermal Patch: The transdermal patch is an external delivery method that adhered to your skin like a bandage. Patches are time-released and may be work for 8-12 hours. Most patches are non-psychoactive, and are a good option for ongoing use.
Extract methods: Hash Oil can be made using a few different extraction methods.

The most common are
BHO: Butane      CO2: Carbon Dioxide     H2O: Water,
ISO: Isopropyl Alcohol    EHO: Ethanol      PHO: Propane
CBD: Short for Cannabidiol, CBD is a Cannabis compound that has significant medicinal benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. The fact that CBD-rich Cannabis is non-psychoactive or less psychoactive than THC-dominant strains makes it an appealing option for patients looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, and other conditions without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria. CBD has demonstrable neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere. CBD also helps regulate the immune system.
CBDa: Short for Cannabidiolic Acid, CBDa is a raw form of Cannabis. It has no psychoactive effects and has shown to have anti-proliferative effects, inhibits cell growth in tumors/cancer cells, and reduces inflammation.
Hash Oil: Hash Oil is extracted or concentrated cannabinoids from the Cannabis plant. Hash is much more potent that “flower” and can be smoked, ingested, or applied topically.


Don’t get caught in the confusing world of Cannabis! Your treatment plan will be as individual as you are. Let one of our experienced professionals guide you though your options in order to give you the information you need to come up with a regiment that will suit you best.

An example treatment plan would be to start with ingesting roughly 60mg of CBD twice daily, along with 5mg transdermal dose of THCa:CBDa twice daily. After tolerance builds a basic outline goal is to get you t60mg of THC twice daily, to be taken with CBD.

Most cancer patients we meet with express that they do not want to feel the pyschoactive “high” associated with THC use.  However, research suggests that THC can also be highly beneficial in treatment plans. It is our goal to help you feel safe and comfortable using Cannabis products. We typically start by building your tolerance level up using transdermal patches. Transdermal patches are a great option because you can remove them and stop receiving medication, so if for any reason you do not like the effect of THC you can remove the patch and the effect will wear off within minutes. Some patients take citicoline prior to ingesting THC t“cut the high” feeling (i.e. 250mg 45 minutes prior tingestion). Citicoline is a supplement that supports brain function and has been known to help patients build a tolerance to THC. In most cases patients find that after 3-4 weeks they no longer need citicoline when uploading THC as they have built up a tolerance to taking higher dosages of THC without the feeling of being “high”.

Example of what your cannabis treatment might look like:

Morning: 60mg of CBD orally, 60mg Sativa THC orally, 5mg THCa:CBDa transdermal

Night: 60mg of CBD orally, 60mg Indica THC orally, 5mg THCa:CBDa transdermal

We offer a large variety of products that may work for you. The example above is a totally SMOKE FREE treatment. Call us, or stop in today to find out how we can help you!

It is VERY important to keep in mind that each patient is different, which means that each treatment plan should be different. The above example is intended for reference purposes only. We recommend that you consult with your physician to determine a treatment plan that will work best for you.

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