Mr James began vaping “CBD Indica” after he was first diagnosed with a grade three Anaplastic Astrocytoma (brain tumour) at the end of 2015.
The CBD treatment was initially successful. Phil previously experienced seizures every 6-8 weeks, but found after vaping CBD they stopped entirely from March 2017 until around two weeks ago.
Six clear brain scans revealed the CBD treatment had also been successful at treating his cancer, showing only a minimal trace of the tumour.
Unfortunately, the tumour returned in February of this year, prompting the Welsh father to add an illegal cannabis oil, containing THC, to complement the chemotherapy treatment, as he feels this will give him the best chance of survival.
Speaking to North Wales Live, Phil explained his decision to add the illegal component of cannabis to his treatment program:
“Before this recurrence of the cancer I was vaping. When it came back I switched to the oil because I needed a higher dose.
“Chemotherapy kills daughter cells and cannabis attacks cancer stem cells.”
“The tragedy is that only a small amount of people have been prescribed because they were on private healthcare.
“It’s not being done on the NHS. If you are rich you can get the prescription but you can’t get the cannabis.”
Mr James argued that he should be able to legally grow his own medicine at home, due to the cost and individual biology of strains, adding:
“The oil is expensive and if you are buying from the criminal market you don’t know what is in it. So I thought I am going to grow it. If I grow it I will know exactly what’s in it.
“Hopefully taking a higher dose of the oil will insure me against seizures – which I think have come back partly because of the chemotherapy.
“The Government is forcing me to break the law or die.”