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The Comprehensive Report on the Cannabis Extract Movement and the Use of Cannabis Extracts to Treat Diseases
Author: Justin Kander Consulting Editor: Nicholas Davey 5th Edition July 2014 Originally Published October 2013

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Abstract
This report aims to be a comprehensive analysis of the cannabis extract movement, a collection of patients, caregivers, doctors, dispensaries, corporations, and activists that advocate for the use of cannabis extract medicine to treat serious diseases such as cancers, heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s, and other disorders. In aggregate, the movement has demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that cannabis extracts can eliminate various types of cancers in humans, and can control diseases that traditional pharmaceuticals are ineffective against.
The ultimate goal of this report is simple – to initiate immediate trials of cannabis extract medicine in hospice centers. Patients in such centers have terminal diagnoses and nothing to lose by attempting a treatment which has a very real chance of curing them. Moreover, cannabis extracts are completely non-toxic and carry no physiological risks. If proven through hospice trials that cannabis extracts can reliably eliminate cancers, more extensive clinical trials can begin to determine optimum treatment protocols and the full extent of cannabinoid medicine’s effectiveness.
This report integrates the latest scientific research and experiential results to make a compelling case that cannabis extracts are effective treatments for a wide variety of diseases. The strength of the arguments, when analyzed as a whole, is overwhelming. The report progresses as follows:
1. Overview of Supporting Science
2. History of Rick Simpson and Phoenix Tears
3. Individual Case Reports
4. Corporate and Dispensary Operations
5. Doctor and Team Operations
6. Concluding Discussion
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1. Overview of Supporting Science
There is an immense body of scientific evidence demonstrating that cannabinoids are effective against virtually any disease, including some clinical trials. Most studies focus on the effects of individual cannabinoids in cellular and animal models. These studies alone do not prove effectiveness in humans. In many instances where new medical compounds are tested, cellular and animal results do not translate to humans because of complex physiological differences. However, every compound that works for humans starts by working at these smaller levels. Furthermore, it has been unequivocally proven that some cell-level effects of cannabinoids do extend to humans, bolstering their use for serious diseases.
Decades of research have explored the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids and the cellular mechanisms by which they affect various cancers and diseases. Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most prominent cannabinoid in cannabis, and is responsible for the plant’s psychoactive effect. There are at least sixty other cannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN), cannabigerol (CBG), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabigevarin (CBGV), tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), cannabicyclol (CBL), and cannabielsoin (CBE). Most of these are non-psychoactive, and can even reduce the psychoactivity of THC. In their natural state, most are present in their acidic forms. For example, in the unheated cannabis plant, THC is known as tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), which is also non- psychoactive. When cannabis is dried or heated, these acidic compounds undergo decarboxylation; the removal of a carboxyl group from the molecule. Acidic cannabinoids have different properties than their decarboxylated counterparts, but both types possess medicinal properties. The vast majority of the studies discussed here explore decarboxylated cannabinoids. The role of terpenoids and flavonoids, some of the non-cannabinoid compounds in cannabis, will also be reviewed.
One of the first positive studies was carried out at the Medical College of Virginia in 1974. The study, while intended to prove that cannabis use damages the immune system, found that THC slowed Lewis lung adenocarcinoma and leukemia growth in a dose-dependent relationship (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?cmd=Retrieve&list_uids=1159836).
The effect of THC on brain cancer is well documented by Dr. Manuel
http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/64/16/5617.full). In 2008, the team found glioma cell invasion is inhibited by THC through the down-regulation of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/68/6/1945.full).
Other cancers have been examined by Dr. Guzm
http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/66/13/6748.full). It also found that some cancer
Guzmán and his team of
researchers in Spain. In 1998, they published a study documenting THC’s ability to induce apoptosis
(programmed cell death) in glioma cells (
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9771884)
. In 2005, Dr.
Guzmán’s team identified that THC could decrease production of vascular endothelial growth factor and
mitigate activation of the related receptor VEGFR-2, helping to prevent angiogenesis (the formation of
blood vessels to tumors). Through this mechanism, cultured glioma cells and mouse gliomas were
reduced (
án. A 2003 study showed
activation of
cannabinoid receptors was associated with apoptosis of skin cancer cells, while healthy cells remained
unaffected (
http://www.jci.org/articles/view/16116). A 2006
study on pancreatic cancer demonstrated
THC induced apoptosis in multiple pancreatic cancer cell lines and reduced tumor growth in two animal
models (
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cells express higher levels of cannabinoid receptors than healthy cells. In this case, the role of the CB2 receptor was critical, as blocking the receptor prevented THC-induced apoptosis; blocking the synthesis of ceramide, a proapoptotic compound, also prevented apoptotic effects.
THC is effective against lung cancer both in vitro and in vivo. A 2007 Harvard study showed that THC inhibited non small cell lung cancer cell lines and that THC-treated, cancerous mice had 50% reductions in tumor weight and volume, and 60% reductions in macroscopic lesions (http://www.aacrmeetingabstracts.org/cgi/content/meeting_abstract/2007/1_Annual_Meeting/4749). A later April 2012 study found that CBD also had an anti-metastatic effect on one of the same lung cancer cell lines, A549, as well as the lines H358 and H460 (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22198381).
A September 1999 study found that THC could induce apoptosis in the prostate cancer cell line PC3, and these effects occurred independently of cannabinoid receptors (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10570948). Additionally, a summarizing study on the endocannabinoid system and prostate cancer discussed the potential role of the system in maintaining prostate homeostasis, as well as the ability of several cannabinoids to reduce prostate cancer cell proliferation and migration (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21912423).
Cholangiocarcinoma, an especially rare cancer, can be substantially reduced with THC (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19916793). At low concentrations, THC inhibited cancer cell proliferation, migration, and invasion. At high concentrations, it directly induced apoptosis. Another rare cancer, ErbB2-positive breast cancer, was shown to respond to THC and a synthetic cannabinoid in a July 2010 Molecular Cancer study (http://www.molecular-cancer.com/content/9/1/196). Both cannabinoids inhibited cancer cell proliferation and impaired angiogenesis, as well as induced apoptosis. A July 2011 Cell Death and Differentiation article also tested THC and a synthetic cannabinoid, finding they both reduced the viability of two hepatocellular carcinoma cell lines (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21475304). THC was found to be a potent inhibitor of oral cancer cell respiration in a 2010 Pharmacology study, which concluded it was toxic to the highly malignant Tu183 cell line and effects were concentration-dependent (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20516734).
Research has shown that cannabinoids exert positive benefits at the genetic level. A study by Dr. Sean McAllister in November 2007 showed that CBD could down-regulate Id-1 gene expression in aggressive breast cancer cells, limiting their metastatic potential (http://mct.aacrjournals.org/content/6/11/2921.long). A further study in August 2011 clarified the pathways by which Id-1 expression was inhibited (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20859676). A September 2004 study from the Department of Medical Oncology in London showed that THC was a potent inducer of apoptosis in multiple leukemic cell lines at least partially through changing gene expression levels (http://bloodjournal.hematologylibrary.org/content/105/3/1214.full).
A 2012 study in the British Journal of Pharmacology showed CBD inhibited angiogenesis of several tumors through multiple mechanisms (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22624859). Another study in the same journal published January 2013 showed CBD significantly inhibited cell viability in several types of prostate cancer and induced apoptosis through intrinsic apoptotic pathways (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22594963). A 2005 study demonstrated CBD inhibits glioma cell migration through a receptor-independent mechanism
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(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1576089). In a 2011 Molecular Cancer Therapeutics article about CBD inducing breast cancer cell death, the property was observed yet again (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21566064), indicating that cannabinoid receptors do not need to be present for cannabinoids to work, at least in some cases.
An October 2013 study found that CBD inhibited cell proliferation of the U87-MG and T98G glioma cell lines and decreased expression of proteins associated with growth, invasion, and angiogenesis (http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0076918). A November 2013 study in International Journal of Cancer tested the effects of CBD alone and in combination with a chemotherapeutic agent against multiple myeloma (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24293211). CBD worked by itself or in synergy with bortezomib to strongly inhibit growth, arrest cell cycle progression, and induce cell death in multiple myeloma cells.
A 2010 study in Urology showed that CBD induced apoptosis occurred via the regulation of calcium influx through the TRPV2 channel protein, a trans-membrane channel in human urothelial carcinoma cells (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20546877). The November 2011 issue of Anticancer Research featured an article about CBD and the synthetic cannabinoid
(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22110202). CBD can also induce apoptosis and reduce viability in human leukemia cells, potentially through interactions with intrinsic and extrinsic apoptotic pathways (http://molpharm.aspetjournals.org/content/70/3/897.full). A November 2003 study in JPET illuminated how CBD induces apoptosis in the human glioma cell lines U87 and U373 (http://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/308/3/838.abstract). Researchers found that adding CBD to cultures dramatically reduced mitochondrial oxidative metabolism and cell viability in a concentration- dependent manner. The study also implanted U87 glioma cells in mice, and treatment with only 0.5mg of CBD per mouse significantly inhibited the glioma’s growth.
A July 2014 study in Biochemical Pharmacology demonstrated a remarkable method by which cannabinoids work with the body’s immune system to kill lung cancer cells (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25069049). CBD, THC, and an endocannabinoid were shown to upregulate ICAM-1, an adhesion molecule, on A549 and H460 lung cancer cell lines. This increased susceptibility of the cancer cells to adhere to LAK cells, a type of white blood cell that breaks down tumors. After adhesion, the white blood cells destroy the cancer via lysis.
Although THC and CBD have received the bulk of attention when it comes to research, other cannabinoids also possess anti-cancer effects. A September 2006 article analyzed the effects of several cannabinoids on human breast carcinoma. CBD was found to be the most potent inhibitor of cancer cell growth, whereas CBG and CBC were found to be effective as well (http://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/318/3/1375.full). An October 2013 article in Anticancer Research found that six cannabinoids, including CBD, CBG, CBGV, and their acidic forms, could inhibit leukemia cells independently (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24123005). However, when the cannabinoids were combined, the anticancer effect was even greater, indicating a synergistic effect. A March 2006 study showed cannabinoid derivatives induce cell death in pancreatic cancer cells (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16500647).
Endocannabinoids, the cannabinoid-like molecules produced within the body, have apoptosis- inducing effects as well. A February 2006 study in Experimental Cell Research found that the
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WIN-55,212’s abilities
to induce apoptosis in prostate and colon cancer cells through the modulation of complex cell signaling
endogenous cannabinoid anandamide inhibited the adhesion and migration of breast cancer cells, and that the endocannabinoid system regulates such cancer cell proliferation (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16343481). A June 2003 study in Prostate showed anandamide induced apoptosis in multiple prostate cancer cell lines, including the PC3 line, which has proven susceptible to THC as well (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12746841). Even metastatic growth was inhibited. Additionally, the ceramide pathway of apoptosis was bolstered further, with the study concluding the cytotoxic actions of anandamide may occur through the induction of intracellular ceramide production. Endocannabinoids were also shown to inhibit colorectal cancer cell proliferation in a January 2008 study (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2755791).
An October 2011 study demonstrated that anandamide and two other endocannabinoids could reduce the viability of mice neuroblastoma cells (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3203169). Prior to this, a 2000 study in The Journal of Biological Chemistry showed that anandamide induced apoptosis in human neuroblastoma and lymphoma cells (http://www.jbc.org/content/275/41/31938.full).
Cannabinoid receptors in general were implicated in improving disease-free survival of liver cancer patients. A November 2006 study found that disease-free survival was much better in patients with high expression levels of CB1 and CB2 receptors than those with low-level expression (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17074588). In 2005, a Swedish research team found that activating receptors with synthetic cannabinoids and endocannabinoids could decrease the viability of mantle cell lymphoma (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16337199). An article in 2010 by a Chinese research team discussed the effects of cannabinoid receptor activation on hepatoma cells, and found activation induced apoptosis and inhibited proliferation (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20368112).
An excellent study summarizing the anti-cancer effects of both cannabinoids and endocannabinoids was published January 2013 issue of Progress in Lipid Research (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0163782712000537). The abstract states, “
Many
disease-ameliorating effects of cannabinoids-endocannabinoids are receptor mediated, but many are
not, indicating non-CBR signaling pathways. Cannabinoids-endocannabinoids are anti-inflammatory,
anti-proliferative, anti-invasive, anti-metastatic and pro-apoptotic in most cancers,
in vitro and in vivo in
animals. They signal through p38, MAPK, JUN, PI3, AKT, ceramide, caspases, MMPs, PPARs, VEGF, NF-κB,
p8, CHOP, TRB3 and pro-apoptotic oncogenes (p53,p21 waf1/cip1) to induce cell cycle arrest,
autophagy, apoptosis and tumour inhibition.” Also mentioned is the fact some studies suggest
cannabinoids can be anti-apoptotic and pro-proliferative in some cancers. There very well could be
cases, especially in cell cultures outside organisms with functioning endocannabinoid systems, where an
isolated cannabinoid may demonstrate these effects. However, such studies are overwhelmingly
outnumbered by others demonstrating anti-cancer properties, and the above paper even concludes by
stating clinical trials are “urgently required” to determine the full potential of cannabinoid cancer
therapy.
The most powerful scientific evidence demonstrating anticancer effects of cannabis extracts in
humans is a November 2013 article in Case Reports in Oncology
(http://
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3901602)
. The article described the case of a 14-year old
female with terminal acute lymphoblastic leukemia with a Philadelphia chromosome mutation. This
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form of leukemia is much more aggressive than other types. 34 months of chemotherapy and radiation
failed to stop the cancer, and the patient was placed in palliative home care. The family decided to use
cannabis oil as a last resort after conducting research indicating potential effectiveness.
The first dose of extract was given on February 21st, 2009. Prior to this, from February 4th to the 20th,
the patient’s leukemic blast cell count rose from 51,490 to 194,000. Even after beginning the oil, the count continued to rise, peaking at 374,000 on February 25th. However, there was subsequently a sharp decrease in blast count, which correlated with an increase in dose. By Day 39, the blast count had decreased to 300. The total treatment lasted 78 days, at which point the leukemic blast cells were almost completely gone. Unfortunately, the patient passed away due to a bowel perforation, which apparently was caused by the side effects of the prior intense chemotherapy regiment. The study concluded,
“The results shown here cannot be attributed to the phenomenon of ‘spontaneous remission' because a dose response curve was achieved. Three factors, namely frequency of dosing, amount given
(therapeutic dosing) and the potency of the cannabis strains, were critical in determining response and disease control. By viewing figure 6, it can be seen that introducing strains that were less potent, dosing at intervals >8 h and suboptimal therapeutic dosing consistently showed increases in the leukemic blast cell count. It could not be determined which cannabinoid profiles constituted a ‘potent' cannabis strain because the resin was not analyzed. Research is needed to determine the profile and ratios of cannabinoids within the strains that exhibit antileukemic properties.
These results cannot be explained by any other therapies, as the child was under palliative care and was solely on cannabinoid treatment when the response was documented by the SickKids Hospital. The toxicology reports ruled out chemotherapeutic agents, and only showed her to be positive for THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) when she had ‘a recent massive decrease of WBC from 350,000 to 0.3' inducing tumor lysis syndrome, as reported by the primary hematologist/oncologist at the SickKids Hospital.
This therapy has to be viewed as polytherapy, as many cannabinoids within the resinous extract have demonstrated targeted, antiproliferative, proapoptotic and antiangiogenic properties. This also needs to be explored further, as there is potential that cannabinoids might show selectivity when attacking cancer cells, thereby reducing the widespread cytotoxic effects of conventional chemotherapeutic agents. It must be noted that where our most advanced chemotherapeutic agents had failed to control the blast counts and had devastating side effects that ultimately resulted in the death of the patient, the cannabinoid therapy had no toxic side effects and only psychosomatic properties, with an increase in the patient's vitality.”
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(Note: Hemp Oil refers to THC-rich cannabis-derived extract, not hemp seed oil)
While there are far more studies on cannabinoids and cancer, the above is a fair overview. Further studies are presented on the National Cancer Institute’s website at http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/healthprofessional/page4.
Before moving on to studies regarding other serious diseases, it is important to examine the endocannabinoid system (ECS). As has been suggested through the cancer-related studies alone, the importance of the ECS is critical. It consists of a network of cannabinoid receptors and endocannabinoids, found throughout the entire body. Phytocannabinoids (derived from cannabis), endocannabinoids, and synthetic cannabinoids can induce apoptosis in cancer cells through numerous mechanisms. The fact that some cancer cells express higher levels of cannabinoid receptors than normal cells is remarkably intriguing in light of endocannabinoid anticancer properties. Even without phytocannabinoids, the body has a seemingly excellent defense system against abnormal cells. When cells become malignant, they develop more cannabinoid receptors and become more susceptible to endocannabinoids, thus enabling their efficient disposal. However, it appears that due to nutritional and environmental factors, the capabilities of endocannabinoids are often not enough, and phytocannabinoid supplementation is necessary to restore balance.
Several studies have pointed to the homeostatic-maintenance properties of the ECS. Homeostasis is the resting condition of health of an organism, including but not limited to factors such as hydration, energy, temperature, and maintenance of proper enzyme, hormone, and neurotransmitter levels. Maintaining homeostasis is of paramount importance, for if it is too strongly impaired, an organism will die. Research is beginning to indicate that the ECS is the primary regulator of homeostasis in the body. If this is the case, then the astounding medicinal properties of phytocannabinoids become much more understandable. All disease ultimately stems from an imbalance of some kind. Although this statement is an immense simplification of the complex origins and mechanisms of various diseases, it still accurately describes the fundamental nature of disease – imbalance, irregularity, abnormality. Theoretically, phytocannabinoids functioning within the ECS could restore homeostatic balance and thus eliminate bodily disease. Given the fact that in practice humans are using concentrated
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phytocannabinoids to successfully treat a multitude of diseases, these high-level theories on the ECS must be given more weight. As additional research is conducted, the exact mechanisms by which cannabinoids heal individual diseases and maintain organism-wide homeostasis will doubtless be revealed.
Dr. Robert Melamede, former CEO and President of Cannabis Science and Associate Professor at University of Colorado Colorado Springs, has pioneered significant research on the ECS. Dr. Melamede’s paper on endocannabinoids as global homeostatic regulators discusses the remarkably diverse methods of ECS function (http://necsi.edu/events/iccs6/viewpaper.php?id=70). Other research has confirmed the regulatory properties of the ECS. A January 2005 study discussed how the ECS appeared early in evolution and modulates critical functions like the autonomic nervous system, immune system and microcirculation in all vertebrates (http://alcalc.oxfordjournals.org/content/40/1/2.short). A 2006 study in International Journal of Obesity spoke of the ECS as a regulator of energy homeostasis, participating in functions like fat metabolism and appetite (http://www.nature.com/ijo/journal/v30/n1s/full/0803276a.html).
A June 2010 study in Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior elaborated on very intriguing ideas, including the role of the ECS in regulating various aspects of embryological development and homeostasis (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091305710000924). The study primarily suggested that there were aspects of the ECS which became dysfunctional in obese people. Since CB1 receptors were known to be involved in appetite, CB1 antagonist drugs were developed to block the activation of the receptors and thus decrease appetite. While this was partially effective, numerous side effects occurred and the use of such antagonists was discontinued. Given the widespread function of cannabinoid receptors beyond appetite, the very poor results of CB1 blockade are not surprising. The study concludes by saying alternative cannabinoid-based therapies should be open for consideration. Another aspect of the endocannabinoid system’s regulatory mechanisms, post- synaptic feedback, is discussed in the Doctor and Team Operations section.
The ubiquitous nature of the endocannabinoid system is demonstrated by the fact that it is somehow involved in a great array of diseases. Although the purpose of this report is not to examine every scientific article on cannabinoids, it is important to understand the profoundly versatile, positive, and diverse benefits of cannabinoids.
A January 2008 article in Neuropharmacology noted how CBD-treated, non-obese diabetes- prone female mice had only a 32% incidence of diabetes diagnosis, compared to 100% in the untreated group (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2270485). The study also referenced an earlier work where cannabidiol lowered the incidence of diabetes in mice. A June 2007 study proposed that the ECS regulates glucose homeostasis through coordinated actions of CB1 and CB2 receptors, while also showing activation of CB2 receptors improved glucose tolerance (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S001429990700249X). Intriguingly, the study showed activating CB2 receptors results in similar actions as blocking CB1 receptors, demonstrating the integral relationship between both receptor types.
A 2010 study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, partially authored by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam (the first to isolate THC), concluded that cannabidiol may have great therapeutic potential for diabetes, through the attenuation of oxidative/nitrative stress, inflammation, cell death, and fibrosis (http://www.natap.org/2010/newsUpdates/marijuana.pdf). Benefit for cardiovascular
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disorders was also suggested. Another study in February 2008 concluded that cannabinoids may be an effective treatment for inflammation and fibrosis in chronic pancreatitis (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2253501).
A 2002 study in Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine linked the activation of cannabinoid receptors with cardioprotective effects, demonstrating that cannabinoids can prevent the death of healthy cells during a heart attack (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?Db=pubmed&Cmd=Retrieve&list_uids=12428278). A later March 2006 study found that the ECS, through activation of CB2 receptors, was important for protection from myocardial ischemia, a condition resulting in decreased blood flow to the heart (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16618028).
Cannabinoids exert significant liver protective effects. A December 2003 study in Molecular Pharmacology showed that a synthetic cannabinoid could inhibit inflammatory liver damage in mice, partially through promoting the early expression of protective genes (http://molpharm.aspetjournals.org/content/64/6/1334.full). A later 2008 study in the same journal concluded that THC could inhibit hepatitis in mice by reducing liver tissue injury (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2828293). The study also found THC suppressed inflammation and significantly increased specialized liver regulatory cells.
HIV is one of the most destructive viruses facing humanity today, and cannabis may be the solution. Patients have continuously reported that cannabis use improves symptoms, including appetite, muscle pain, nausea, anxiety, nerve pain, and depression (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15857739). Evidence also suggests that cannabinoids can inhibit the HIV virus directly. Much insight comes from research into simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), the primate form of HIV. An April 2010 study found that chronic THC treatment resulted in lower plasma viral load, lower lymph node proviral DNA, and lower viral gagRNA, irrespective of disease stage (http://www.fasebj.org/cgi/content/meeting_abstract/24/1_MeetingAbstracts/752.6). A June 2011 study in AIDS Research and Retroviruses confirmed many of these results, showing that chronic THC administration decreased early mortality from SIV infection in rhesus macaques, with an associated decrease in plasma and CSF viral loads (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3131805). The study also analyzed THC in vitro, finding the compound decreased SIV viral replication in MT4-R5 cells. A December 2011 study in Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology revealed THC and another cannabinoid known as CP55940 could reduce the migration of microglial-like cells towards the protein Tat. This is significant because Tat is implicated in HIV neuropathogenesis; thus, inhibiting Tat can potentially help control HIV (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21735070). Another significant study carried out by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and published March 2012 demonstrated that activating CB2 receptors, but not CB1 receptors, “reduced infection of primary CD4+ T cells following cell-free and cell- to-cell transmission of CXCR4-tropic virus” (http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0033961). The report concluded that CB2 agonists may be beneficial for their antiviral effects against CXCR4-tropic viruses in late HIV-1 infection stages.
The role of cannabinoids for treatment of epileptic conditions has been gaining popularity recently, and several very prominent treatment cases are discussed in the case sections. A 1981 study in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology suggested that CBD could be therapeutically effective against three
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of the four major types of epilepsy, including grand mal, cortical focal, and complex partial seizures (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6975285). A September 2003 study in JPET used a rat pilocarpine model of epilepsy to test the effectiveness of THC and another cannabimimetic on seizures – treatment “completely abolished spontaneous epileptic seizures” (http://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/307/1/129.full). The study also tested a CB1 antagonist, and found using it to block CB1 receptors significantly increased seizure duration. Another observation was that an endogenous cannabinoid known as
2-arachidonylglycerol significantly increased during seizures,
suggesting that endocannabinoids along with phytocannabinoids modulate seizure activity through CB1
activation.
A very comprehensive June 2012 study in Seizure described the effects of CBD on three models
of seizures (
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22520455)
. A previous study by the same team
showed that cannabidiol reduced seizure severity and lethality in the in vivo model of
pentylenetetrazole-induced generalised seizures. In this study, the acute pilocarbine model of temporal
lobe seizure and the penicillin model of partial seizure were examined through CBD administration to
rodents at levels of 1, 10, and 100mg/kg. In the pilocarbine model, all levels of CBD doses significantly
reduced the number of animals experiencing the most severe seizures. In the penicillin model, CBD
doses of 10mg/kg and 100mg/kg significantly reduced percentage mortality as a result of seizures, but
all levels of doses decreased the number of animals experiencing the most severe tonic-clonic seizures.
Inflammation is at the core of many diseases, and many studies implicate cannabinoids in controlling excessive inflammation. Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, among others, holds a patent on the use of cannabidiol to treat inflammatory diseases. The diseases listed in the patent include rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease (http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/6410588/fulltext.html). A detailed study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation also described the ability of the ECS to mediate protective signals that reduce inflammation (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC385396). Another study pointed to the ability of cannabinoids to modulate inflammatory and degenerative neuronal damage in multiple sclerosis, also indicating that the ECS is dysregulated in the disease (http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/content/130/10/2543.full). The results point to the need for externally regulating the ECS to achieve effective MS treatment. Furthermore, a July 2003 study found that cannabinoids inhibited neurodegeneration and provided neuroprotection from inflammatory diseases (http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/content/126/10/2191.full). Furthermore, a patent exists on THC for treating and preventing symptoms of MS (http://www.patentstorm.us/applications/20060167084/fulltext.html). A summarizing study in the Journal of the Neurological Sciences hypothesized that the ECS can provide neuroprotection in CNS inflammatory diseases (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15894331). THC, CBD, CBG, and their acidic forms were shown to mitigate inflammation by inhibiting cyclooxegenase enzyme activity in a 2011 study (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21532172).
The potential of cannabinoids to prevent or reverse Alzheimer’s disease is very promising. At the heart of Alzheimer’s is the accumulation of beta-amyloid plaque, which impairs brain function and leads to the host of symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s. A September 2013 study in Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences posited that beta-amyloid plaque buildup occurred because of impaired clearance of the plaque across the blood-brain barrier
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(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23831388). It tested how the application of cannabinoid receptor agonists influenced the transport of plaque out of the brain, finding agonists significantly enhanced plaque clearance. They also elevated levels of LRP1, the beta-amyloid transport protein, which explains how receptor activation induced these results. Inhibiting cannabinoid receptors stopped beneficial effects, indicating the importance of receptor activation in fighting Alzheimer’s. A 2013 Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease study showed the CB2 agonist JWH-133 improved cognition of mice genetically altered to have Alzheimer’s characteristics (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23515018). The improvement was associated with decreased microglial activity and reduction of four pro-inflammatory cytokines. “
lends support to the idea that stimulation of CB2 receptors ameliorates several altered parameters in
and oxidative stress responses, selected tau kinases, and tau hyperphosphorylation around plaques.”
In conclusion, the present study
Alzheimer's disease such as impaired memory and learning, neuroinflammation, oxidative stress damage
An August 2014 study on Alzheimer’s explored the use of CBD in treating genetically altered
mice (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24577515). These mice had impairments in social
recognition and novel object recognition, which chronic CBD treatment reversed. However, anxiety-
related behaviors were not affected. “It basically brings the performance of the animals back to the
level of healthy animals. You could say it cured them, but we will have to go back and look at their brains
to be sure,” said Dr. Tim Karl, one of the study’s authors (http://www.smh.com.au/national/cannabis-
may-help-reverse-dementia-study-20130206-2dxsk.html). In a TIME article on how cannabinoids may
slow brain aging, Dr. Gary Wenk, professor of neuroscience, immunology, and medical genetics at Ohio
State University, stated, “
I’ve been trying to find a drug that will reduce brain inflammation and restore cognitive function in rats for over 25 years; cannabinoids are the first and only class of drugs that have
ever been effective. I think that the perception about this drug is changing and in the future people will be less fearful” (http://healthland.time.com/2012/10/29/how-cannabinoids-may-slow-brain-aging).
Chronic pain is a symptom of many diseases and a condition in itself. Pain is the ultimate driver of desperation and the sensation that destroys all happiness in life. It leads people to depression and suicide. Current methods for dealing with pain rely almost entirely on opiates, addictive narcotics that cannot provide long-term relief and result in a host of terrible side effects, such as constipation, mental disconnection, and withdrawal. The scientific and experiential evidence suggest that cannabinoids are the best treatment for pain.
A February 2003 study stated CB2 activation inhibits acute, inflammatory, and neuropathic pain responses (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12550743). Later that year, a study in Anesthesiology referred to cannabinoid receptor agonists’ abilities to inhibit inflammatory hyperalgesia, an increased sensitivity to pain (http://journals.lww.com/anesthesiology/Fulltext/2003/10000/Inhibition_of_Inflammatory_Hyperalgesi a_by%20.31.aspx). A July 2006 study in Current Neuropharmacology demonstrated that activation of cannabinoid receptors modulated pain thresholds, reduced inflammation, and even worked synergistically with the endogenous opioid system (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2430692). An earlier 1999 study linked anandamide with pain modulation (http://www.pnas.org/content/96/21/12198.full). In 2010, a Public Library of Science article postulated cannabinoid use as a treatment for managing postoperative pain, and stated that endocannabinoids inhibited nociceptive pain processing through activation of both CB1 and CB2
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(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2878341). A 2006 study in Current Medical Research and Opinion tested THC treatment on fibromyalgia patients where significant reduction of pain was observed, although several patients withdrew from the study due to adverse side effects, most likely psychoactive in nature (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16834825). A May 2012 study in The Journal of Neuroscience demonstrated that the CB1 receptor was associated with both reduced pain and neurotoxicity produced by chemotherapy, specifically the chemotherapeutic agent cisplatin (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3366638/).
A fantastic summary of cannabinoid pain-reduction effects is detailed in the June 2003 issue of Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, via a letter to the editor (http://www.jpsmjournal.com/article/S0885-3924(03)00142-8/fulltext). The overview states that,

Cannabinoids block pain responses in virtually every laboratory pain model tested. In models of acute
or physiological pain, cannabinoids are highly effective against thermal, mechanical, and chemical pain,
and are comparable to opioids in potency and efficacy. In models of chronic pain, cannabinoids exhibit
efficacy in the modulation of both inflammatory and neuropathic pain.” The article also describes three
cases where mere smoked cannabis was able to reduce heavy opiate use by considerable amounts.
Given that smoked cannabis delivers cannabinoids in a highly inefficient manner, it is astounding that
smoking still works more effectively than pharmaceutical-grade opiates.
While the majority of this analysis has focused on cannabinoids, the role of terpenoids and
flavonoids cannot be forgotten. These compounds are found in fruits and vegetables, and likely work
synergistically with cannabinoids. Dr. Ethan Russo, a scientist with GW Pharmaceuticals, published a
January 2011 paper in British Journal of Pharmacology which extensively reviewed the effects of various
terpenoids and their synergistic potential with cannabinoids
(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3165946). He even identified which cannabinoids work
synergistically with which terpenoids.
Terpenoids present include limonene, alpha-pinene, beta-myrcene, linalool, beta-caryophyllene,
and others. They possess many of the same traits cannabinoids do, such as being anti-inflammatory,
antibacterial, anticonvulsant, anti-anxiety, anti-fungal, pro-apoptotic, and more. Beta-caryophyllene,
one of the most prominent terpenoids in cannabis, is gastric cytoprotective, anti-inflammatory, and anti-
malarial. Limonene, commonly found in lemons, can induce apoptosis in breast cancer cells.
Flavonoids are seemingly less prevalent in cannabis than terpenoids, but still provide
remarkable benefits. In a paper titled, Cannabis and Cannabis Extracts: Greater Than the Sum of Their
Parts?, Dr. Russo described the therapeutic benefits of several flavonoids
(http://files.iowamedicalmarijuana.org/science/misc/McPartland-Russo-JCANT%201(3-4)-2001.pdf).
Apigenin, quercetin, beta-sitosterol, and cannflavin A all appear in small concentrations. They exert
antioxidant, anticancer, antimutagenic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Cannflavin A is unique to
cannabis, and at least one study points to it being 30 times as powerful an anti-inflammatory as aspirin.
Reports of success with cannabis stretch back to the post-Civil War era. The March 1868-
February 1869 issue of The Medical Record records several cases of physicians using cannabis extracts in
their practice (
http://books.google.ca/books?id=8DVYAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover)
. Two cases are
attached below.
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This concludes the study-level analysis, but hundreds of further studies and news articles can be found
http://www.letfreedomgrow.com/cmu/Grannys%20List%20January%202013.pdf. The list of studies, collected by an activist known as Granny Storm Crow, features research showing the effectiveness of cannabinoids for nearly any disease imaginable. In addition to the diseases discussed above, the list contains studies relating to ADD/ADHD, addiction, depression, Parkinson’s, and osteoporosis. Effects on less well known diseases are also documented, like Meige’s syndrome and Niemann-Pick disease. Cannabis is further useful for conditions we do not think of as serious, such as the hiccups.
Much is left to be learned about the endocannabinoid system and its complex interactions with phytocannabinoids. The exact mechanisms of ECS function, and dysfunction, are still not entirely understood. Despite the vast mysterious landscape ahead, many concrete observations can be gleaned from the existing research, which thankfully is still quite robust. First, both endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids exert therapeutic effects for virtually any disease. Even synthetic cannabinoids have been shown to induce benefit through activation of cannabinoid receptors. The ECS has been implicated in maintaining homeostasis through a many body systems; this homeostatic regulatory property would explain why cannabinoids are effective against so many different conditions. When examined apart from experiential data, this research is simply promising, and no more. However, given that humans are actually using concentrated cannabinoids to achieve cure-level results for conditions where curative powers are potentially implied, this research must be taken far more seriously. In fact, even if this research didn’t exist, the magnitude of the experiential data is impossible to ignore. Current scientific studies grant legitimate credibility and illuminate cellular mechanisms by which these curative results are occurring. In the future, more research will reveal not only more about how the ECS functions, but the best strains, dosages, and constituents for cannabis extract medicine. For example,
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different ratios of THC/CBD may be better for different conditions; likewise, the ideal use of sativa, indica, or hybrid strains must also be examined, along with the potential roles of juicing and other new administration methods.
Researchers and doctors around the country are moving quickly to embrace the inevitable future of cannabis medicine. In late September 2013, GW Pharmaceuticals announced the start of clinical trials of a new cannabis treatment for epilepsy (http://www.leafscience.com/2013/09/20/around-world-researchers-begin-clinical-trials-cannabis- epilepsy/). In November 2013, they announced the commencement of trials for recurrent glioblastoma multiforme, a type of brain cancer (http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/gw-pharmaceuticals- commences-phase-1b2a-clinical-trial-for-the-treatment-of-glioblastoma-multiforme-gbm- 231391971.html). Dr. Orrin Devinsky, Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at New York University, also recently received FDA approval for a clinical trial of CBD for children with epilepsy. A recent study in Spain, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation and Complutense University, resulted in the development of a microparticle delivery system for THC (http://www.leafscience.com/2013/09/07/cancer-researchers-develop-micro-delivery-system-for-thc). Using such a delivery system was shown to be better at inhibiting cancer cell growth than THC alone, as the microparticles allow for better absorption and sustained release. Dr. Sean McAllister, a scientist mentioned above who has conducted research on CBD and breast cancer, is seeking to initiate FDA- approved trials for CBD and cancer in humans (http://www.leafscience.com/2013/11/08/cancer- researchers-verge-human-trials-cannabis).
A December 11th, 2013 press release from GW Pharmaceuticals announced a US Patent Allowance for the use of cannabinoids in treating glioma (http://www.gwpharm.com/GW%20Pharmaceuticals%20plc%20Announces%20US%20Patent%20Allowa nce%20for%20Use%20of%20Cannabinoids%20in%20Treating%20Glioma.aspx). It is important to point out this patent relates to the treatment of cancer, not side effects of chemotherapy.

An earlier patent filed on March 11th, 2011, covers the general application of phytocannabinoids in the treatment of cancer (http://www.google.com/patents/US20130059018).
As more research is conducted into cannabinoid medicine, further innovations and uses are bound to be discovered. For now, the scientific evidence strongly supports every anecdotal claim.
The subject patent specifically covers a method for treating glioma in a human using a
combination of cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) wherein the cannabinoids are in a
ratio of from 1:1 to 1:20 (THC:CBD) with the intent to reduce cell viability, inhibit cell growth or reduce
tumor volume.”
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2. History of Rick Simpson and Phoenix Tears
Given the multitude of references to Rick Simpson throughout this report, and his critical importance to the beginning of the modern cannabis extract movement, his history is described in detail below. Rick Simpson was born in Springhill, Nova Scotia on November 30, 1949. He began work at the age of 16, and transitioned to a career in power engineering at 18. Rick worked as an engineer until 1997, when he suffered a work-related injury and was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome. He was prescribed a number of drugs to alleviate his condition, but none were effective.
In late 1998, Rick watched an episode of “The Nature of Things”, in which Dr. David Suzuki interviewed medical marijuana patients who had achieved astounding results with cannabis. This prompted Rick to try it for himself. He quickly noticed that smoking cannabis did more for his condition than any of the pills he was taking. Despite the effectiveness of his self-administered medication, Rick’s doctor would not provide a legal prescription for cannabis, stating the herb was “bad for the lungs”. In response, Rick asked if it would be better to extract the essential oils from cannabis, knowing such a method would bypass the need for smoking. His plea failed, as the doctor still refused to write a prescription. Nonetheless, Rick decided to pursue this course anyway, and through trial-and-error developed an acceptable method for producing cannabis oil.
Until 2001, Rick continued taking prescription medicines until his doctor told him there was nothing more they could do. Rick then ceased use of pharmaceuticals, leaving cannabis oil as his only medication. This course greatly improved his condition.
In late 2002, Rick was diagnosed with skin cancer, which was present on three parts of his body; two patches on his face and one on his chest. In January 2003, Rick had one area of skin cancer removed surgically, with the remaining two parts scheduled to be removed later. Shortly after the surgery, Rick recalled a radio show he’d heard about the 1974 University of Virginia study indicating tetrahydrocannabinol inhibited cancer growth (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?cmd=Retrieve&list_uids=1159836). Rick knew cannabis oil
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contained concentrated THC, so he decided to physically test it on himself. He applied homemade oil to bandages and placed them directly on the skin cancer sites. In four days, the cancers were gone. Excited, Rick went back to his doctor’s office to inform them that he had cured himself with cannabis oil, but the reactions from both the receptionist and doctor were negative.
After his incredible personal experiences, Rick decided he wanted to help others. He began growing cannabis in massive quantities in his backyard, using it to produce thousands of grams of oil, which he gave away for free to anyone in need. He quickly observed that cannabis oil exerted panacea- like effects. It eliminated any type of cancer he came across and reversed nearly any type of medical condition. Diabetes, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, nerve damage, inflammatory and autoimmune disorders, and mental conditions became completely controlled or disappeared. Most patients came to Rick as a last resort, not believing something as simple as cannabis oil could really work. The standard treatment provided was 60 grams to be used over 90 days; this was the dosing level Rick observed was necessary to achieve curative effects. However, as massing evidence indicates, sometimes much less or much more cannabis oil is needed to realize such effects.
Rick’s activities attracted both media and law enforcement attention. In late 2006, stories about Rick appeared on Global National News and Global Maritimes Evening News, two popular Canadian news programs. Prior to that, on August 3rd, 2005, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) raided Rick’s home, and confiscated 1,190 cannabis plants (http://www.cumberlandnewsnow.com/Justice/2007-09-13/article-370849/Seized-marijuana-plants- had-value-up-to-830000-RCMP/1). Although the cited article states 1,190, Rick said the plant count was actually 1,620; one of the news reports also mentions a count number around 1,600. The raid led to a trial in September 2007, where Rick faced charges including possession of less than 30 grams of cannabis, possession of less than three kilograms of tetrahydrocannabinol for the purpose of trafficking, and unlawful production of cannabis. He was found guilty on all charges. When discussing an adjournment for sentencing, Rick said the following to Judge Felix Cacchione:
“It may be better to lock me up right now. As soon as I get home I’m going to treat my patients. I’m going to grow that plant until the day I die, so I might as well be put in jail today. I can’t stop in the middle of [treatment]. People’s lives are at stake here.” (http://www.cumberlandnewsnow.com/Justice/2007-09-19/article-381209/Simpson-guilty/1).
Simpson was scheduled to return to court for sentencing on November 30, 2007. However, while awaiting sentencing, Simpson was arrested again for trafficking THC, and was remanded for four days until being released. When Simpson was sentenced for his first charges, he received a $2,000 fine, prohibition on ownership of firearms (as is the case with most drug charges), and one day custody, deemed served by his court appearance. Judge Cacchione explained his decision, saying, “Mr. Simpson has a sincere belief he has a cure with this oil and should be commended, but in reality, he broke the law” (http://www.cumberlandnewsnow.com/Justice/2008-02-11/article-382416/Simpson-considers- leaving-country/1). In early 2008, Rick returned to court to face the charge related to his second arrest, and was sentenced to eight days in custody by Judge Carole Beaton. As with the first case, the custody time was deemed served by Rick’s previous remand time.
“Mr. Simpson is in an unusual position, because unlike other people engaged in the drug trade, he was not engaged in trafficking for financial gain," said Judge Carole Beaton. "He was engaged in an
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altruistic activity and was firm in his belief that he was helping others” (http://www.salem- news.com/articles/december052009/rick_simpson_bk.php).
With two separate legal incidents happening only months apart, Rick was forced to cease his activities for some time. In November 2009, Rick went to Amsterdam to receive the High Times Freedom Fighter of the Year Award (http://www.hightimes.com/read/rick-simpson-seeks-political- refuge-europe). While in Europe, Rick’s home was raided again by police, resulting in more cannabis production and possession charges, along with charges related to the breaking of his firearms prohibition. (http://www.cumberlandnewsnow.com/Justice/2009-12-17/article-818327/Summons- issued-for-cannabis-crusader/1). As a result, Rick decided to stay in Europe for several years, where he continued to educate people personally and through his organization, Phoenix Tears. The 2009 charges were withdrawn in 2012 by Crown attorney Doug Shatford after a forfeiture application of seized items was approved (http://www.cumberlandnewsnow.com/News/Local/2012-05-14/article- 2978460/Charges-against-Simpson-withdrawn/1). Currently, Rick and Phoenix Tears are looking to take advantage of the legalization law in Colorado to again provide cannabis extract medicine to anyone who needs it.
Rick Simpson’s endeavor to heal people with cannabis oil was publicized in the documentary Run From the Cure, released February 2008 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjhT9282-Tw). The documentary elaborates upon Rick’s story and how he discovered cannabis oil could eliminate various cancers and other diseases. The film also provides step-by-step instructions on how to make cannabis oil and features interviews with cured patients, including those once deemed terminal. It is of note that much better processes for extracting cannabis oil have been discovered since the publishing of Run From the Cure. Alcohol, vegetable oil, carbon dioxide, and other non-petroleum-based solvents are fast becoming the choice ways to process cannabis into extracts.
Further discussed in the documentary is an incident involving Rick Dwyer, former president of the Maccan Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. After seeing success with his father Ed for terminal lung cancer, Dwyer tried to share the information through his Legion branch. However, upon learning of what the branch was promoting, Provincial Command intervened and removed Dwyer from his position, claiming that advocating the use of an illegal substance was unacceptable (http://www.canada.com/globaltv/national/story.html?id=70817eb6-a515-4af7-bf0d-3050413f0ebc).
This trend of disregard and disbelief for cannabis extract medicine has been a perpetually strong presence. Rick Dwyer’s incident was only the beginning – Rick Simpson also experienced rejection from every organization he contacted, including cancer research centers. He offered to present evidence directly from patients proving the effectiveness of cannabis oil, but no one listened. It was not even until August 2013 that the first truly mainstream testimonial for cannabis extract medicine was shown to the world, in the form of Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Weed documentary and its discussion of child-patient Charlotte Figi. Through the use of non-psychoactive high-cannabidiol oil (which differs from traditional psychoactive high-THC oil), Charlotte’s seizures dropped from 300 grand mal seizures a week to less than three minor seizures a month. The use of cannabis oil was commenced only after every possible combination of powerful pharmaceuticals failed. Charlotte’s case is just the latest in an incredibly long and diverse list of successes that have been achieved since the release of Run From the Cure.
Interestingly enough, Rick Simpson is cited in the November 2013 Case Reports in Oncology study in the previous section, as he helped assist the studied patient with producing her own oil.
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Run From the Cure was directed by Christian Laurette, who himself had a very positive healing experience with cannabis oil for back problems. He is currently directing Run From the Cure 2, which will feature many of the developments that have occurred since the first film.
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3. Individual Case Reports
Patients have always been the central focus of the cannabis extract movement; real people who have faced real prospects of pain and death, yet recovered successfully through the use of cannabis extract medicine. The following testimonials are pulled primarily from social media and news sources, as well as from personal interviews of the author. Several cases also include official medical documentation of diagnosis and subsequent remission.
The most fitting place to start is the documentary Run From the Cure, which featured several patients who experienced incredible healing benefits.
Eric Donkin had four open-heart surgeries and five pacemakers, and through the use of Rick’s oil, was able to live life nearly pain free and go back to work. Doctors had told him he would only be able to sit on the couch and watch TV for the rest of his life. Eric also remarked that the oil was effective for his father’s cancer, and it was because of his father that he began on the oil as well.
Rick Dwyer suffered from major depression since 27, along with panic attacks. Three back injuries resulted in chronic back pain with constant aching. The oil cut down his panic attacks, reduced back aches, and continuously improved depression and anxiety symptoms.
Debbie Donkin had suspected skin cancer on her shoulder, and after using the oil for two weeks (by putting the oil on a bandage, and reapplying oil/changing the bandage a few times throughout), the site was completely clear.
Cecil Hoeg had melanoma on his face, which had previously been treated many times with radiation. Although the radiation treatments were ineffective, Rick’s cannabis oil proved effective at finally getting rid of the cancer.
Margaret Dwyer used cannabis oil with efficacy for migraines, an ovarian cyst, arthritis, skin allergies, stomach problems, and even snoring.
The most dramatic case featured is James LaBlanc, a patient with terminal cancer who was healed with cannabis oil. While James’ story is relatively brief in the documentary, the author of this report spoke extensively with James in 2008, and recorded several important details. Some information is also taken from the original incarnation of the Phoenix Tears website.
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James was diagnosed with stomach cancer on May 18th, 2005. Over the subsequent few months, LeBlanc endured surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments. On November 30th, 2005, the cancer was virtually gone. It returned in October 2006, and this time had spread throughout James’ lymph node system. In November 2006, LeBlanc was given two months to live, as the cancer was completely untreatable. Only palliative medicine was prescribed. It was in December 2006 that LeBlanc became aware of cannabis oil, and was brought to Amherst to meet Rick Simpson. He was initially skeptical of the endeavor – like most people at the time, he was using cannabis oil as a last resort with little hope. After speaking extensively with Rick, LeBlanc’s hopes were raised and he started the oil on January 1st, 2007. On April 4th, 2007, LeBlanc had his first CT scan since starting the oil and received the results on April 24th. The doctor presented James with extremely good news; not only was the cancer not spreading, but it was dying. By late July, the second CT scan showed that only a small bit of cancer remained, and by the final CT scan in December 2007, the cancer was completely gone. After beating terminal cancer, James returned to work.
Rick Dwyer, a patient mentioned above and former president of the Maccan Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, spoke on Global Maritimes Evening News in December 2006. He spoke about issues with the RCMP and the success his father, 82-year-old Ed Dwyer, experienced through cannabis oil consumption. The treatment helped drain fluid from Ed’s lungs, repair his prostate, and eliminate his need for insulin to control his diabetes. Through the use of cannabis oil, the fluid from Ed’s lungs was drained, his prostate was repaired, and he no longer needed to take insulin for controlling his diabetes. Most importantly, Ed’s terminal lung cancer was held at bay, despite at one point having a prognosis of only 24 hours to live.
Later in the documentary, Rick Dwyer discussed how he came to meet Rick Simpson and learn the truth of his claims by talking with cured patients. As Dwyer stated, “I investigated it as I should’ve.” Despite efforts to share the information with Provincial Command and solicit an honest review of the claims, they did not listen. Dwyer even started a petition asking parliament to enact legislation in support of clinical testing on cannabis oil.
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Instead of examining the evidence, Legion Command came in and shut down the Maccan Branch. Rick Dwyer’s efforts to share the scientific and human evidence were ignored. Provincial Command only cared that the Royal Canadian Legion name and insignia were not used to promote illegal information. Steve Wessel, Command Chairman of Nova Scotia, said sharing such information could damage the integrity and reputation of the Legion.
Given that no actual medical documentation of curative results were included in Run From the Cure, the documentary was initially, and still to this day, met with heavy skepticism. To counter this skepticism, Rick Simpson simply stated, “If you don’t believe me, put some oil on a skin cancer, and watch it disappear.” Indeed, since the 2008 release of Run From the Cure, thousands of people have taken this challenge and more, seeing Rick’s seemingly absurd claims confirmed time and time again.
David Triplett treated skin cancer on his nose with cannabis oil, and documented the curative results in his mini-film Cured: A Cannabis Story, released in July 2010. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPm0Jq9bj98).
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The above images are captured from the documentary, which also includes further images and information.
A woman named Maggie Peron discussed the use of cannabis oil for her 65-year old father, who had squamous cell carcinoma on his hands (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui68B_rjzLk). He had to deal with constant scabs, pus, sores, and pain. Maggie bought cannabis oil from Gersh Avery, who often goes by the pseudonym Peanut Butter. She convinced her dad to try it topically one night, and the very next day he reported substantially reduced pain. Over a month, the scabs and sores almost completely disappeared. Hardly any scaring, and pus had gone away completely. Maggie: “That’s the main thing, there’s no pain.”
Gersh Avery has treated many people and informally collected some reported results in a spreadsheet. He insisted this was not a formal study, just observations from patients. Ratings are on a 1 to 10 scale, with 1 being the least severe and 10 being the most severe symptom intensity. These symptoms stem from Crohn’s disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or ulcerative colitis. Measured symptoms include acid, tension, gurgling, diarrhea, and pain.
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A news report on ABC News Channel 13 discussed the use of cannabis oil for neck cancer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F3mTf1z3Yo). Brett Strauss first had cancer in 2007, and after beating it traditionally, the cancer returned in the form of five malignant tumors in January 2010. He decided to try topically using a cannabis extract balm on his neck, and in March 2010, doctors confirmed only one tumor was malignant. After this experience, Brett wanted to research the effects of cannabis oil for other cancer patients. Although there is no further readily available material regarding Brett’s endeavor or further cancer treatment, his story is notable nonetheless.
Shona Banda is a particularly unique patient and activist who has Crohn’s disease. Shona battled for eight years against a very severe case of Crohn’s, using an array of powerful pharmaceuticals including Remicade, which often has serious and painful side effects. When she began using cannabis oil in March 2009, her condition greatly improved. The drastic, overwhelming success prompted Shona to write a
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book about her experience called Live Free or Die. The book started as a journal that Shona kept to document the effects of cannabis oil, and she expanded upon the journal with other information to create her book. Live Free or Die is especially powerful because of Shona’s courage to reveal the specific ways in which Crohn’s affected her life. On several occasions she thought she was going to die.
The other interesting aspect of Shona’s story is the way she produced cannabis oil. Having seen Run From the Cure and knowing she couldn’t acquire the recommended amounts of cannabis to make oil from (in the documentary, a pound or as little as one ounce is recommended), Shona believed she would never try it. However, after vaporizing cannabis in a globe-type device, she noticed residue accruing along the sides, which looked like the cannabis oil she’d seen in Run From the Cure. With nothing to lose, Shona began collecting and consuming the oil residue in capsules. Within a week and a half, she noticed remarkable improvements; although some abdominal pain initially intensified, Shona attributed this to scar tissue changing and falling off. Over the next few months, aside from periods where cannabis was unavailable, Shona continuously improved. She went from literally being on the verge of death to feeling almost completely disease-free. The details in her book are truly remarkable, and a must-read for anyone legitimately interested in this issue. The pain Shona overcame with her improvised form of cannabis oil is nothing short of incredible. Furthermore, other patients without access to large amounts of cannabis have used her vaporization method to make oil from small quantities. Shona recorded a brief summary of her story in 2010 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cQrT0sDxyc). Her book Live Free or Die is available in hardcopy and the Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/Live-Free-Die-Reclaim-Life/dp/1449045561 and http://www.amazon.com/Live-Free-or-Die-ebook/dp/B005GHM244).
A video posted on October 5, 2011 discussed the story of an elderly woman who overcame Stage IV cancer and lupus with cannabis oil (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxis8lqaEGE). In January 2011, the woman (known as “Granny”) was told she had “days, weeks at the most” to live, as her condition was especially taxing. In addition to the cancer, she was paralyzed from the left side of her face, starting from the jaw, to the waist. A compassionate stranger learned of her story and donated cannabis oil to
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help. A litany of improvements immediately started after Granny began the treatment, including reduction of tumors, almost complete elimination of chronic pain, ceasing of constant vomiting, and remarkable concurrent improvements for lupus and fibromyalgia. Granny forewent chemotherapy and surgery for this path, and strongly believes, based on the poor prognosis from doctors and the state she was in, that if not for cannabis oil she would be dead.
Cannabis oil has proven to be effective against even long-standing chronic pain (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gu5VNQHxKkU). A video released in October 2011 features Tomas Harner, who for 30 years endured back pain as a result of accidents. In the last 10 years, he said his condition became worse, and doing simple tasks like putting on shoes were becoming difficult. Within the first week of consuming cannabis oil, the sharp pains which inhibited his movements were gone. Tomas maintains awareness of his injury, but the vast majority of his pain has disappeared and his range of movement has improved dramatically. He believes that taking more oil will eliminate remnants of pain.
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A medicinal cannabis oil producer named Aamann Degarth has observed amazing results with cannabis oil, and has documented the results in shared videos. One November 2011 account details his work with reflex sympathetic dystrophy, now more commonly known as complex regional pain syndrome (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xvw19POCN4g). Aamann was referred to the RSD patient by a friend, and managed to procure oil for her. The patient had extremely little experience with cannabis, and Aamann took measures to ensure she started off slowly. He packaged the oil in various delivery mechanisms and sent it off. He was unsure of what the effects would be, as RSD was a condition he hadn’t heard of. The day after starting the oil, the patient reported being pain free, right from the first dose. Aamann was surprised by the speed of this particular treatment. A later June 2012 video from Aamann provided an update on RSD/CRPS treatments with cannabis oil, reporting that other patients had experienced immense success (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvEztT4VHCg). Again, even small amounts of oil were reported to be effective at stopping pain.
Aamann has treated and documented a wide variety of conditions, including allergies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0fgTIorzXI), ADD (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4ljMHUW4uI), neuropathy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4Y0CW10RTg), insomnia (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1odhWwHSps), cyclical vomiting syndrome (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tVtUf1hTQs), lyme disease (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_HAOkPSzgw) and more. A particularly intense case describes a patient’s experience with trigeminal neuralgia, a condition so terrible it is nicknamed “suicide disease.” TN is a neuropathic disorder that involves episodes of intense, stabbing pain to the face. Aamann provided cannabis oil to a TN patient and observed that it worked remarkably well, with the patient reporting zero problems (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S495AUPbka0).
Before moving forward, it is important to highlight the trend regarding cannabis oil and pain. Currently, the primary treatment for pain is opiates. Many patients have reported that not only are opiates ineffective over the long-term, but they cause immense physical discomfort, cloudiness of the mind, and organ damage. So many patients have strongly insisted that cannabis oil is far more effective
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than opiates with none of the side effects. They feel cannabinoid treatment attacks the roots of their pain, rather than providing a mere numbing effect. Such effects are difficult to objectively measure because they are entirely subjective, but this remarkably strong trend is something that cannot be ignored.
A January 2012 video featuring three patients, Mike Stone, Tom, and Jeff, illustrated the benefits of cannabis oil for multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and mesothelioma (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-uGtEHzZUE). Mike had been diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis 17 years prior to the video’s filming. To combat the disease, he was prescribed a litany of drugs, which created many unpleasant side effects, including suicidal thoughts. After seeing Run From the Cure, Mike decided to try a 90-day cannabis oil treatment program. He concurrently ceased all use of pharmaceuticals. He found the oil to work very effectively, while eliminating the remaining side effects from prior pharmaceutical use.
The next patient featured, Tom, was diagnosed four years prior to filming with severe rheumatoid arthritis. Lack of treatment for many years caused extensive damage in his hands. Tom met Mike Stone, the above patient, at a May 2011 medicinal cannabis informational meeting. Mike told Tom about the potential benefits of cannabis oil, and Tom was able to secure some. He started with one small dose a day for the month of June, while still taking his previous pharmaceuticals. After a month, he decided to go for the full 90-day treatment. In early August 2011, he stopped taking methotrexate, a chemotherapy drug also used for rheumatoid arthritis, which caused especially severe side effects. By August 25th, he started taking cannabis oil three times a day for 90 days. Tom’s rheumatologist told him that swelling was an indicator of if his rheumatoid arthritis was active – after the treatment, Tom’s swelling completely disappeared, indicating apparent inhibition of the disease. He currently takes one dose of oil a day to help him sleep at night and keep the effects of rheumatoid arthritis at bay.
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The third person in the film, Jeff, found out he had five tumors on his left lung, diagnosed as mesothelioma in July 2011. Like Tom, Jeff found out about cannabis oil from Mike Stone. Mike showed Jeff how to make his own cannabis oil, and Jeff began treating himself by putting two drops on his tongue every morning with an eyedropper. On December 21st, 2011, Jeff was told all his tumors were gone and he was cancer free. “Best Christmas present I ever had,” remarked Jeff. He also stopped taking his blood pressure medication, given his BP had normalized. Jeff is also successfully controlling his diabetes, with his sugar levels never being over 110. He’s off his allergy medicines and cholesterol medicines as well. He still has some problems breathing as a result of emphysema. However, overall, Jeff feels his life has drastically improved.
At an event known as “Uncle Pete’s Cannabis Camp” in June 2012, where people are taught about the healing effects of cannabis oil along with how to make it, the testimonial of Joe Crowe was recorded (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0nwqBtxXKc). Joe had a fist-sized tumor in his upper chest, diagnosed as Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He had previously received chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants, but the treatments were ineffective. In the fall of 2011, Joe was connected with Grow Goddess, a female caregiver in Michigan. The proper forms were filed for Grow Goddess to legally
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become Joe’s caregiver. Within three months of cannabis oil treatment, Joe felt his tumor began to shrink. By five months, he was cancer free.
On December 4th, 2013, Joe released an update video stating he is still cancer free after a year (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-spOVv8EobU). He emphasized the importance of continuing to take a maintenance dose of oil to prevent cancer from returning, especially due to the large amount of environmental toxins humans are exposed to daily. Joe now helps other people make and use cannabis oil therapeutically, and at the end of the video recounts an experience with a Stage IV cancer patient who went into remission with self-made oil.
Brian Stewart is a remarkable patient who is also a Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee (http://www.crash.net/indycar/news/21342/1/mips-stewart-earns-hall-of-fame-honours.html). Brian has been in the racing industry since 1966, and won many championships as both a driver and team owner (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8W1fIMxJE4). His love for winning extends beyond racing to beating cancer. After noticing a progressively growing tumor in his ear, Brian went to his doctor, who said he would have to remove the ear entirely to get the tumor. Brian said if that’s the way it has to be,
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it’s the way it has to be, and an appointment to see a specialist was made. In the meantime, a friend told Brian about cannabis oil. Despite having never smoked a cannabis cigarette in his life, Brian decided to give it a try topically, using oil from his friend. Within a week, he started noticing results, and in the shower bits of the tumor were falling off. Treatment was interrupted when Brian took a trip to Dallas, but upon returning he finished the treatment. From start to finish, not including his time in Texas, it took three and a half weeks for the tumor to disappear.
Brian didn’t stop with his own healing. He goes onto describe other people he then helped with oil. A friend’s wife had skin cancer in her ear, and using around three grams of oil topically over three and a half weeks (about the same amount of time as Brian) was able to eliminate the cancer. Another friend’s wife got melanoma on her leg. The majority was eliminated with surgery but some cancer apparently remained between the stitching. Brian gave the woman cannabis oil, and it “cured it up too.” After seeing his video, it is clear why Brian is often referred to as one of the greatest personalities in Canadian racing history.
A case very close to the author is that of Dennis Hill. Dennis is an established teacher of meditative practices, and has written several books on meditation and yoga. He also worked in the field of cancer research for ten years. In February 2010, six biopsies revealed highly invasive and aggressive prostate cancer.
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Dennis was stunned to hear this diagnosis after having lived such a healthy life, but given that prostate cancer was prevalent in his family, he knew the possibility had always existed. Prior experience in cancer research made Dennis want to avoid the traditional routes of chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery, given the likely painful side effects. He began to research alternative methods of cancer treatment, and learned about cannabis oil. As he researched further, he decided this was the path for him. Dennis’ treatment journal, starting on July 8th, 2010, is recorded online (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/27713298/Web/cure/Treatment.html). However, prior to the first entry, Dennis had been consuming cannabis-infused butter, as he had not acquired full-strength oil yet. After procuring such oil, his condition steadily improved, until a prostate biopsy was taken on January 25th, 2011 to determine if the cancer was going into remission. On February 8th, 2011, Dennis received the news that he was cancer free (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/27713298/Web/cure/Cured.html). The only pharmaceutical- type treatment Dennis received through this period was three injections of Lupron, an androgen antagonist which can potentially slow the rate of cancer growth. However, it alone cannot lead to the shrinkage of tumors.
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Dennis also appeared on a program called “Spiral Up with Ava Marie” to tell his story (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7ytJu4Zcrk).
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Dennis continues to take a maintenance dose of cannabis oil and has integrated cancer-fighting foods into his diet to ensure he stays healthy.
Dusty Frank, a local musician, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in October 2013 (http://www.cureyourowncancer.org/dusty-franks-story-beating-prostate-cancer-with-cannabis- oil.html). The traditional options he was presented with were not preferable due to negative side effects, and Dusty wanted an alternative. He quickly learned about cannabis oil, and extracted his own from raw cannabis. Although his doctors advised against the treatment and Dusty himself had doubts about the oil’s efficacy, he went ahead with a three month regiment. On January 23rd, 2014, a Tesla 3 MRI report stated there were no longer any signs of cancer (medical documentation found at link above). Perhaps even more remarkable than the cancer remission were all the other side benefits. Blood pressure normalized and relevant medications were discontinued. An inflamed big toe joint normalized. Rectal bleeding, chronic spinal pain, shoulder and neck pain, and chronic insomnia were resolved. Sinus problems, including post nasal drip, resolved. Depression resolved. Several of these issues had plagued Dusty for well over a decade. Furthermore, at least eight pharmaceutical medications have been replaced with cannabis extract medicine, and the only pill Dusty takes now is a single multi-vitamin.
Dusty also shared his story on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGPTXq6dZHg). He intimately described his experience, which represents what most patients who use this medicine go through. Interestingly enough, if Dusty had not begun seeing other remarkable benefits from cannabis extracts mere days into his therapy, he may have stopped out of skepticism.
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Mykayla Comstock, a child patient, has attracted significant attention related to her battle with cancer. In July 2012, Mykayla was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Feeling sick throughout May was the chief sign that something in Mykayla was wrong. The child’s mother, Erin Purchase, immediately procured a legal recommendation for cannabis. Mykayla began chemotherapy on July 17th, 2012. According to a local ABC News article, “
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/medical-marijuana-year-sparks- controversy/story?id=17814636). Erin also noted that with cannabis oil, Mykayla was able to avoid using traditional pain or nausea pills, and has not lost a single pound since diagnosis. By August 6th, less than a month after starting traditional therapy, Mykayla was in remission. She is required by the medical system to undergo two-and-a-half to three more years of chemotherapy to be certain the cancer is gone. Nonetheless, the rapid disappearance of cancer from Mykayla’s blood and the lack of side effects from chemotherapy are astounding facts. Even for an adult, chemotherapy usually produces intense side effects – for a child, such effects are often much worse. More information about Mykayla’s experience can be found here:
http://www.bravemykayla.com/Her_Treatment.html
At first, Mykayla wasn't responding well to her treatment,
and doctors said she might need a bone marrow transplant. Then she started taking the cannabis oil
pills, her mother said. By early August, Mykayla was in remission and the transplant was no longer
necessary” (
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As of February 2014, Mykayla continues to do very well, and has been increasingly featured in the media. One such interview on Vice.com has received almost two million views (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXKjRkkoIOU). The interview also featured Stoney Girl Gardens and the work of Frankie and Erin Wallace, who are discussed later.
Erin Purchase was prompted to use cannabis oil to help treat Mykayla’s cancer because of the experience of another child patient, Cash Hyde. Cash’s story has been covered by several news outlets and his history was deeply explored in the documentary American Drug War 2: Cannabis Destiny. There was also a June 9th, 2014 Vice article about Cash’s experience, along with analysis of other patients and doctors in this field (http://www.vice.com/read/desperately-seeking-cbd).
On May 3rd, 2010, Cash was diagnosed with a Stage IV brain tumor. On May 5th, surgery was performed, and high-dose chemotherapy began. The Hydes, Mike and Kalli, were told that even with
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bone marrow transplants, Cash had an 80% chance of dying. The combination of chemotherapy and other pharmaceuticals resulted in a 2-week ICU stay, where the Hydes were warned of possible organ failure and brain failure. As the documentary graphically depicts, Cash’s state was morbidly severe, and it is frankly stunning how he was able to survive for so long through so much.
In their search to find some way to help their son, the Hydes discovered stories of cannabis oil healing cancer. The day of this discovery, they managed to acquire oil, and Mike immediately began sneaking it into Cash’s feeding tube without the doctors knowing. Almost instantly, Cash started to drastically improve. Within two weeks, he was able to get off eight medications, and he started to eat and laugh again. His quality of life changed completely for the better. Cash was released from the ICU in mid- December 2010. His parents began teaching him how to crawl and walk again, as his motor skills had markedly decreased as a result of the cancer ordeal. In January, brain scans revealed Cash was cancer free. After the scans, Mike revealed to the doctors that he had been secretly feeding Cash cannabis oil. The doctors were speechless, and then attributed the healing to prayers rather than cannabis oil. As Mike said, "I believe in prayers and miracles, but I also believe in numbers, and at the end of the day it adds up."
Nonetheless, hospital staff gathered to witness Cash leaving cancer free, believing they had seen a miracle.
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Given the potential for a recurrence, the Hydes continued to provide Cash with cannabis oil after the remission news. However, in March 2011, a series of federal raids on medicinal cannabis suppliers resulted in Cash’s oil supply being cut off. They ran out of medicine in June. In October 2011, a scan confirmed the Hydes’ worst fear - Cash’s cancer had returned. They could not reestablish a solid cannabis oil supplier in Montana, and went to California in November 2011 to attempt proton therapy. They also hoped to find a cannabis oil supplier in California, and get Cash restarted on the medicine as soon as possible. Upon arriving in California, doctors reaffirmed a poor prognosis for Cash, and said there was no hope of shrinking the tumor. In December 2011, the Hydes were put in contact with Ringo, a producer who gave them a 90-day supply of cannabis oil for free. With the combination of proton therapy and cannabis oil, Cash went into remission for a second time in January 2012. Mike remarked that Cash was the first cancer patient to go through 30 rounds of proton radiation treatment without using any nausea or pain medication besides cannabis oil.
After running out of oil, the Hydes again were not able to find a sustainable supply. And again, in July 2012, Cash’s cancer returned for the third and final time. This third fight was ultimately too much for a child so young, and Cash passed away November 14th, 2012 in Mike’s arms, a final moment the Hydes are thankful for. Had he died in the hospital while under the influence of several powerful pharmaceutical drugs, the passing surely would not have been as peaceful. To share Cash’s story and information about the healing effects of cannabis oil, the Hydes started the Cash Hyde Foundation (http://www.cashhydefoundation.com/).
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In the November 2013 issue of DOPE Magazine, the story of Silas Tedesco was described (http://issuu.com/dlistmagazine/docs/dope_nov13_web_). Silas was diagnosed with Precursor B acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and soon began chemotherapy. The treatments were very harsh and caused general sickness, insomnia, and a nearly eight-week period of immobility. Silas’ doctor then recommended high-CBD cannabis oil. As the article concludes,
“After only eight days on cannabis, Silas began to walk, talk, smile and play again. It was a complete turnaround. Silas is now in remission and running around like an average two-year old. His leukemia is in remission and is showing improvements every day.”
There are several other notable child patients, including Charlotte Figi, Jayden David, and Landon Riddle, who are discussed in the Doctor and Team Operations section.
The most dramatic recoveries are those involving terminal cancer - where a patient is told they are going to die, and doctors can offer no further traditional treatment to help. Even in these cases, cannabis oil has proven effective. Corrie Yelland is one such case. Her self-told full story and medical documentation of her experience with terminal anal canal cancer can be found at http://cannabisnationradio.com/corrie-yelland. These documents are also directly replicated below for convenience.
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Hi, My name's Corrie. I'm 55 years old. In May of 2007, I had a heart attack and subsequently had a double bypass . As a result of the heart surgery, for 4 plus years, I have been plagued with chronic debilitating pain from a maligned sternum and post sternotomy neuralgia/syndrome. I was ingesting copious amounts of various pain killers 24/7. They barely touched the pain. I spent my days in agony, waiting for evening so I could try to sleep. I took sleeping pills nightly in a futile attempt to escape the hell I was going through and failed miserably. Within 2 hours of taking the pills, I would awake in agony. Fast forward to July of 2011. Already coping with 2 spots of skin cancer on my collar bone, I was stunned when I was diagnosed with Anal Canal Cancer. (This is the same cancer that took Farrah Fawcett's life.) Following 2 surgeries, the doctor told me they did not get all the cancer and I would have to endure a regime of radiation treatments. I started researching what this would entail, and attended a intake meeting at the Cancer Clinic. I was
informed that "this is the worst area of of the body to radiate", the radiation beam would hit both my coccyx and pubic bone potentially causing permanent damage."
They would try not to hit my spine.
Additionally, I would suffer 2nd and 3rd degree burns vaginally, rectally, across my buttocks, as well as my entire "nether regions", and there was a "good possibility" both my vagina and rectum would fuse shut from the burns and subsequent scaring. The list of both short and long term side effects was endless and horrendous, but you get the gist. I told the doctor, I needed time to think about it. His response was hostile, as he told me I had 2-4 months, possibly 6. He murmured something abut a "death wish" and walked out.
One day someone sent me Rick Simpson's video, Run From The Cure. It took me days to get
around to watching it, but when I did I was blown away. Here was this man, a seemingly super straight small town Nova Scotian, talking about these amazing results he had seen with in himself and other people taking Cannabis and curing themselves of a myriad of diseases including end stage cancers. After hearing what Rick had to say, and watching the testimonials in the video, I was feeling some hope for the first time. For 2 weeks I did nothing but research cannabis as a medicine. I was stunned by the sheer number of studies on Pub Med indicating that cannabis indeed has the capacity to heal. I started using cannabis 2 months ago as per Rick Simpson's protocol from his video. (He recommends starting out small, and slowly upping the dose so ones' body becomes accustomed to it, without being high constantly. As a person who hasn't smoked
pot since my late teens, early 20's, the non high aspect appealed to me).
I had huge hopes to cure my cancer, and embarked on my fight to live. As well as ingesting
the cannabis oil, I topically applied it to 2 spots of skin cancer on my collar bone. Within 48 hours, there were visible changes. In just over a week, the 2 spots were completely gone. Elated, I continued ingesting the oil, in hopes it would work on the other cancer attacking my body. Nothing prepared me for what happened next. About 2 weeks into my regime, the pain in my
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sternum, as well as the nerve pain had become almost non existent. You have to understand, I had resigned myself to a life sentence of pain and agony. It had been 4 years of pain that was with me 24/7 and never, in my wildest dreams, did I imagine I would be pain free ever again. I was able to stand up straight, the jolting pain so intense that it would cause me to cry out, ceased completely. I started to sleep through the night and stopped taking sleeping pills. I saw one of my doctors a couple of weeks ago and was thrilled to hear he believes there is a decrease in both the size and number of tumours. I know in my heart it is only a matter of time before I will be completely cured. Even the most skeptical of my friends comment on the visible changes in me. I have evolved from a pain wracked, hunched over, shuffling along individual, to a vibrant, high energy person. Even my complexion has improved. Before I started using cannabis, I typically took 10-15 Tylenol 3 a day, along with a smorgasbord of other drugs. Now, in a 24 hour period, a half a
Tylenol 3 is all I need. I think it's understandable when I say I get very emotional when I think of how far I've come. Not only has cannabis changed my life, it is SAVING my life.
P.S. When researching, I met a woman in Texas diagnosed with the same cancer that I have. Diagnosed at the same time, we felt fortunate to have found each other, as we were identical in every aspect. I. E. same age, same diagnostic procedure, same stage of the cancer with radiation recommended as treatment. She chose to have the radiation. I'm very sad to tell you she died 2 weeks ago, as a result of infection from radiation burns. She left behind a husband and 12 year old daughter.
The above was written (March 2012)
I continued ingesting the oil on a daily basis, slowly, ever so slowly increasing the amount I was taking. As well, I began filling gelatin capsules with a mixture of the cannabis oil and olive oil and inserting them rectally. I thought to myself, if the oil worked being applied directly to skin cancers, wounds etc. why wouldn't it work there? Get it closer to the source, get it closer to the problem area. At the end of May, I saw the doctor who first discovered my cancer. I was in the operating room for a non related problem. At the time, I was told he could no longer manually or visually detect any cancer. Elated, for the first time I dared to hope, that maybe, just MAYBE the cannabis oil was working. Because the cancer was not this particular doctor's area of expertise, I
was hesitant to become too excited. I was no longer taking any pain killers and found myself thinking that if all the cannabis did was to hold it at bay, I would consider myself lucky. On September 20, 2012, I saw my specialist/surgeon, whom I had not seen for approximately 6 months. He examined me once, then a second time, and then a third time. My heart was pounding so loudly I could hear the whooshing in my ears. And then the news I had only dared to hope for. "It's gone! I can't find anything at all. If it wasn't for the scar tissue I would never have known you had ever had cancer." I was shaking, looking at him in disbelief. Tears streaming down
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my face, I hugged him mumbling, "thank you, thank you." He looked at me, "No, Thank YOU! You're the one that did this. You DID it Corrie! You pulled it off, you pulled it off! No doctor, CANNABIS OIL and I pulled it off!
I received confirmation that the cancer is well and truly 100% confirmed to be gone.
Doc. 1 is when I was first diagnosed. The doctor's explained to me that my tumours looked like cauliflowers. They had cut off the heads of these "cauliflowers" and now what was left and could be seen with the naked eye were stems and then of course roots. I had these both internally and externally. This is when I was told I would require radiation.
Doc. 2 is my report to my GP from the specialist when I first saw him after not having seen him
for a year. The report is results of what he could see, (or should I say NOT see :-) )This is the visit where he examined me 3 times, because he couldn't believe he couldn't find anything. :-)
Doc. 3 is the result of my biopsy from approx. 14 mos. after the start of cannabis oil treatment.
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Document 2
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Document 3
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Below is a picture of Corrie with Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, the father of cannabis research, from June 2014.
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Another notable terminal cancer survivor is Joanne Crowther, who directly provided the author of this report with her full story and medical documentation. Joanne spoke on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery on August 25th, 2013 to tell others of her experience. She is extremely passionate about making cannabis extract medicine available to everyone.
Joanne was diagnosed with large B-cell lymphoma in summer 2009. The lymphoma was eliminated with chemotherapy in February 2010. The treatment caused significant nausea, vomiting, febrile neutropenia (fever resulting from abnormally low white blood cell count), and pneumonia requiring hospitalization. In March 2010, a brain MRI revealed several cancerous lesions. These were resolved by April 2010 with whole brain radiation, as indicated by a post-treatment MRI.
For a year-and-a-half, Joanne was doing very well, even participating in a half-marathon. However, in November 2011, a mass developed in her left thigh. Doctors removed the 3.2 x 2.5cm mass, and determined it was consistent with diffuse large B-cell intravascular lymphoma. The removal of this mass did not eliminate the lymphoma. In early January 2012, Joanne began receiving medications to treat complications of the cancer. Furthermore, another head CT scan revealed a 6mm cancer lesion in the left superior pons. The test also confirmed resolution of the previous lesions in the right thalamus and basal ganglia. Shortly after the 3.2 x 2.5cm mass excision, Joanne noticed regrowth of some mass in the same area. She received five shots of radiation in January for the new growth.
More scans in February 2012 revealed new adrenal cancerous nodules. Joanne began taking the chemotherapy drugs cisplatin and cytabarine to combat the cancers. She was then hospitalized between April 23rd, 2012 and May 3rd, 2012 due to acute renal failure and hepatitis, which had been induced by cisplatin and cytabarine respectively. The complications permanently ended Joanne’s chemotherapy regiment, with chemotherapy stopping in late April. Joanne was then diagnosed with relapsed intravascular diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, and leptomeningeal disease.
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Without the strength to endure more chemotherapy or radiation, doctors could do nothing more, and Joanne was forced to try an alternative treatment. In early May, she began taking cannabis oil. She started off with small rice-grain sized doses, but after a week felt no effects. She then upped her dosage to a gram of oil a day, and within two weeks noticed beneficial effects – in general, feeling better and having more appetite. On July 30th, 2012, Joanne had a follow-up examination. The documentation resulting from the examination is below. It describes how Joanne is doing much better since being off chemotherapy, and that the left thigh mass “actually regressed spontaneously.”
Another exam from September 24th, 2012 states Joanne is now in remission. The report also notes that she had been taking regular hemp oil supplements (referring to cannabis oil, not hemp seed oil).
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Further documentation of Joanne’s final appointments is recorded below. There are a few key things to note. First off, there is an error in the line, “She is taking certain organic oils, which rob her of appetite, according to the patient.” Upon inquiry of this odd statement, Joanne informed the author this was an error, and she had actually said it helped her appetite, but for some reason it was incorrectly recorded. These documents also include the record of Joanne being told she was looking at a palliative situation after abandoning chemotherapy. Finally, and most importantly, they record her clinical remission, with Dr. John W. S. Yun stating, “She made miraculous recovery with stable clinical condition with no further cranial nerve palsy.”
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In late January, 2014, Joanne appeared on CBC News speaking about her story and the new Canadian medical marijuana regulations (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PejeP7GFEg0).
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A case close to the cannabis policy reform movement as a whole is that of Michelle Aldrich. Michelle has worked in drug policy reform for several decades and is a well-known figure. Recently, in the Winter/Spring 2013 issue of O’Shaughnessy’s – The Journal of Cannabis in Clinical Practice, Michelle told her story (http://www.beyondthc.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Michelle-BTHC.pdf). Her cancer experience ultimately began November 15th, 2011, when Michelle missed a lunch appointment because she felt too sick. On November 22nd, Michelle went to the doctor, where she was evaluated by a physician’s assistant named Sally Holland. Michelle received a chest x-ray and was given antibiotics for bronchitis, although the following day Sally called Michelle to inform her she had pneumonia. Michelle returned on November 30th, when she was told she had a growth on her right lung. Over the next couple months, Michelle went to several appointments to determine a solid diagnosis. A CT scan on December 23rd revealed a 23 x 28mm tumor. A growth on the left kidney was also observed. On January 12th, 2012, Michelle was notified by Dr. Gary Feldman, her primary care physician, that her cancer was poorly differentiated non-small cell adenocarcinoma. Michelle immediately started reaching out to friends for support, and was called by Dr. Donald Abrams, a long-time friend. Dr. Abrams appeared in the documentary American Drug War 2, discussed above in the story about Cash Hyde, to talk about medicinal cannabis. Dr. Andrew Weil, also a friend of Michelle, offered her help and support. These people, combined with other referred oncologists, were Michelle’s “dream team”.
In mid-January, Michelle spoke with Jeannie Herer, widow of the late Jack Herer, one of the most well-known cannabis activists in history. Towards the end of his life, Jack had actually become a major supporter of Rick Simpson. Jeannie told Michelle to begin using “Rick Simpson oil” to assist with treatment. Michelle acquired an extract from Valerie Corral, founder of the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana. Valerie calls her medicine “Milagro oil”, with milagro being Spanish for miracle. Michelle received the first batch of milagro oil on January 21st, 2012. Three days later, a PET scan showed Michelle’s tumor had grown to 30 x 31mm, which could have either been a “better picture” or the tumor had really grown. After a January 25th endobronchioscopic
ultrasound fine-needle aspiration biopsy, the final diagnosis was “Stage 3A poorly differentiated non- small cell metastatic adenocarcinoma of the right lung with bulky lymph node involvement. At least three of the lymph nodes were cancerous.” On February 1st, Michelle had her final test, a colonoscopy, in which three polyps were removed, and an inflammatory colon issue known as diverticulitis was also identified. Michelle then progressed through treatment with a combination of chemotherapy and milagro oil. She initially diluted the cannabis oil with hempseed oil, until eventually she was taking pure, unadulterated cannabis oil. She had four chemotherapy sessions, the last of which was April 5th, 2012. She finished her cannabis oil treatment on May 16th.
Throughout her treatment, Michelle experienced complications from chemotherapy, such as nausea and food tasting strange. Eventually, even drinking water burned her mouth. It was not until the beginning of July that she could eat properly again. Thankfully, an April 17th CT scan showed the tumor had reduced 50%, and the lymph nodes were significantly reduced as well. The scan also showed the diverticulitis had disappeared. As Michelle stated, “Chemo does not touch diverticulitis... it had to be the oil that healed it.”
On May 10th, Michelle received a PET scan, which reported “virtually complete resolution of the tumor”. On May 18th, Michelle’s surgeon, Dr. Peter Anastassiou, removed six lymph nodes and the 2.5cm remains of the tumor, which actually was just dead cancer tissue. Michelle further endured
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complications from the surgery and had to remain in the hospital, but was finally discharged May 31st. Michelle reports that in a conversation with Dr. Anastassiou, he said he had “never seen lung cancer totally eradicated by chemo, much less in four months.” Michelle believes it was cannabis oil that made the difference. Throughout June, Michelle recovered from her ordeal, and in July she began to steadily recover energy and appetite. Michelle finished the article with the following statement:
“I truly believe that if it wasn’t for Valerie and the oil I would not be alive today. Every day I read about people dying of cancer and I know I was able to heal my body of cancer. Why is this health-giving plant not available to everyone? People should not have to go through the suffering that cancer brings. We need to get this information out to the world. Cannabis is a healing plant and can even heal cancer if we let it.”
An interview with Michelle about her experience can be found here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AZU-brG7i4
Mark Pedersen of Cannabis Patient Network recorded an experience with Jeremy Kigar, a hospital dietician (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJ-V-2RvSr8). Jeremy discussed his experience taking cannabis oil for a Grade IV astrocytoma of the cerebellum. After diagnosis, he was quickly started on 16 medications, including antibiotics, antidepressants, narcotics, and more. After learning about cannabis oil, Jeremy started by taking a half gram a day for three weeks. Within five days, significant changes had been observed in his overall wellness. Pharmaceuticals were reduced, including eradication of opiates and antidepressants. Jeremy has denied further chemotherapy and uses cannabis oil in 90-day cycles, which has his cancer under control. According to the video description, it was only after beginning high- THC cannabis oil that Jeremy’s tumor began to shrink. At the time of filming, the tumor has reduced from Grade IV to Grade II.
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A video featuring Clark French, an activist with NORML UK, describes how cannabis oil made a massive difference to his multiple sclerosis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdI8sGPia5s). He went to California for four-and-a-half months, where he obtained a medicinal cannabis recommendation and began taking cannabis oil. The treatment was incredibly effective – he no longer needs a walking stick and feels so much better than before.
In January 2014, Clark appeared on Sky News, a UK news organization, to discuss cannabis legalization. He continues to use cannabis as his only medication and continues to be independent of wheelchairs and walking sticks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dU5mRIrYUw).
Another MS patient, Marcel Gignac, used cannabis extracts to recover almost completely (http://medireview.com/2014/01/why-ms-patient-marcel-gignac-needs-30-grams-of-medical- marijuana-every-day). His form of the disease was especially severe, and Marcel endured hundreds of medical tests trying to get an official diagnosis. From 2008 to 2013, his condition continued to worsen,
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although smoking cannabis and surgery helped briefly. At one point, doctors said he wouldn’t last until Christmas 2011. He survived well past that point, and in March 2013 decided to increase his cannabis intake instead of taking more narcotics. This increase consisted of taking a mixture of hemp seed oil with pure cannabis extract and liquid Vitamin D, which quickly resulted in his condition improving. To the present, he continues to get better. As the article states, “Even when every doctor told him he would not survive, Gignac defied the odds thanks to marijuana. Now he wants everyone to know his story.” Marcel is also studying Neuropharmacology at MIT to learn more about the science of cannabinoids at the cellular level.
Peter Germain recounted his powerful experience of overcoming Type II diabetes and obesity with the use of cannabis oil in an August 2012 video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2v76PwzYr3w). His transformation was remarkable. Within a year, his diabetes and weight were completely under control.
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At the Cannabis Oil Cures Cancer Concert, an event designed to promote the healing effects of oil, Amy Jo Clark recounted her healing story. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and in the absence of pharmaceuticals treated herself with cannabis oil. The turnaround was remarkable, and blood work taken just a few weeks after treatment indicated no cancer markers. Moreover, Amy’s physical condition and quality of life improved dramatically.
A May 2013 video details Elias Cooper’s experience with oil for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HU46L_nNKXM). Once diagnosed with CLL, Elias desperately wanted to avoid chemotherapy, as it sounded scary to go through. His doctors said as long as his white blood cell count remained under a certain level, they could postpone chemotherapy. Elias didn’t take any special measures to counter the cancer until his white blood cell count got high enough to where chemotherapy was becoming an option. It was then alternative methods were researched, and Elias came upon the story of Brave Mykayla, discussed above. The story was compelling enough for
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him to try cannabis oil. After three and a half weeks of taking homemade cannabis oil every day, produced by his wife Debra, Elias went to the doctor for a blood test. His white blood cell count had dropped 40,000, which was “life changing news”. No other treatments, including chemotherapy or pharmaceuticals, were used. While his case is not completely resolved yet, Elias says he absolutely does not see chemotherapy in his future, and it is clear the cannabis oil is having a positive effect.
Elias provided an update on November 17th, 2013 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTPoc_xSlnw). Interestingly, the details of his case correlate strongly with the study in Case Reports in Oncology (summarized in the Overview of Supporting Science section), which also involved a leukemia patient. As Elias describes, his blood count went up during times he was not using cannabis oil or was using less potent oil, but when he again procured high-quality high-THC oil, the count fell dramatically. In the journal case, the patient also experienced increases and decreases in cancer cell levels under similar circumstances. For example, when dosing was limited to twice a day, the patient’s leukemic blast count rose slightly, but then fell back down sharply after dosing returned to three times a day.
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A January 2014 story on a Croation news station detailed the story of a 38 year old man, referred to as Mark for confidentially reasons, fighting non-small cell lung cancer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVTkSKBeET4). He was given four to six months to live, with a maximum of twelve months if fortunate. Mark initially used chemotherapy and radiation, which left him in a state that “you can not even call human.” His face was destroyed, his upper lip swollen, tissue was falling off his fingers, and his skin was overly soft. The pain was especially devastating, and three times a day, Mark thought of killing himself. Despite the barrage of conventional treatments, a further medical check revealed the cancer had doubled. After the news, Mark stopped the treatments and began using cannabis oil. He immediately began feeling better, and earlier pains disappeared. A month into treatment, Mark began spitting out sizable amounts dark matter which was confirmed as cancerous. After three months, the cancer was no longer visible on X-rays.
A July 24th, 2014 video describes the remarkable healing of Michael Cutler, a United Kingdom resident (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3rmHZaBMtw). In 2009, Michael was diagnosed with liver cancer, which was eliminated with a liver transplant. In late 2012, the disease returned, and Michael was sent home to die with “a big bag of morphine.” He was bedridden and strongly disoriented from the morphine. In a moment of clarity, Michael decided he didn’t want to die and began looking for alternatives. He found Rick Simpson on YouTube, and took his advice to make his own oil. After finding a local dealer, he began taking cannabis oil tablets. Within three days of taking the oil, Michael stopped taking his morphine. His doctor was more interested in why he didn’t suffer withdrawals than in the actual use of the cannabis oil. After a couple months of taking the oil, Michael continued to feel better. There was a scare when Michael apparently began coughing up blood. He went to the doctor, who said it wasn’t blood but he didn’t know what it was. Michael’s wife purchased him a microscope and software package, so he could personally analyze the material. After taking a picture and using the software’s assistance, he was able to find it was dead cancer cells. Michael then returned to the Royal Free Hospital in London, where a biopsy determined he no longer had cancer.
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Michael spoke about his healing at the launch of United Patients Alliance, a new UK organization dedicated to legalizing medicinal cannabis, on July 17th, 2014 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKHyusXmlcA). The event was attended by many notable individuals, including United Kingdom Member of Parliament Caroline Lucas, Professor David Nutt, and the executive director of LEAP UK Jason Reed. Clark French, another patient in this report, is also a part of United Patients Alliance and attended the launch event along with hundreds of others.
A story on DailyMail.co.uk, published on July 21st, 2014, described Michael’s experience (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2699875/I-cured-cancer-CANNABIS-OIL.html). At this time, it has been shared almost 24,000 times and stimulated articles in numerous other publications. Also
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featured in the article is a statement from Cancer Research UK, one of the largest cancer organizations in the UK. They are “supporting clinical trials for treating cancer with cannabis extract and a synthetic cannabinoid in order to gather solid data on how best these drugs can be used to benefit people with cancer.” This support is major given the organization’s historical resistance to cannabis extract therapy, and a sign of the rising genuine interest in cannabis medicine’s true potential.
Michael referred the author to the case of Steve Danks, who also healed himself of terminal liver cancer with cannabis extract therapy. A July 15th, 2014 video describes his case (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAOmHYlxdaM). Steve contracted hepatitis C in his 20s from a blood transfusion, which eventually led to cirrhosis of the liver and cancer. He went to India and began juicing cannabis. Within 17 days, he felt much better and looked better. After three months he returned home, having improved considerably during his trip. Steve then began taking cannabis oil and apparently stopped juicing. This lasted for a summer. His last medical test over 15 months ago showed no liver cancer, no nodules in the liver, and no scar tissue. Steve insisted his doctor put cannabis use in his medical notes.
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A June 5th, 2014 article reported the progress of Taylor Rehmeyer, a 15-year old patient who had aggressive brain cancer (http://tdn.com/news/local/article_b2b20ea8-ed02-11e3-8a23- 0019bb2963f4.html). Originally diagnosed at 6 years old, the tumor returned three times and radiation only partially shrunk the tumor. In August 2013, it began growing again, and Taylor’s mother Karen turned to cannabis oil. She built up her dosage to one gram a day for three months. The psychoactivity of the medicine was especially intense for Taylor and induced hallucinations, but the maintenance dose she currently takes does not seem to create such effects.
said Karen.
Debbie Wilson’s experience with cannabis extracts for multiple traumatic brain injuries illustrates the benefits of cannabinoids for brain healing. Her story is extensively detailed in an article written by the author (http://www.medicaljane.com/2014/02/24/the-story-of-debbie-wilson-how-cannabis-helped- her-treat-trauma-induced-epilepsy/). Epilepsy, dementia, migraines, pain, and depression were Debbie’s main symptoms, and for over 20 years she battled these conditions. It was not until 2010 that Debbie found significant relief in smoked medicinal cannabis, which stopped her diarrhea, stabilized her blood sugar and serotonin levels, and reduced her seizures and migraines. Most recently, when Debbie began using high-cannabidiol and THC-acid tincture, her improvements have become even more dramatic, including cessation of all five types of seizures she experienced before. A recent Facebook post further describes the incredible progress.
abnormalities. The doctors at Seattle Children’s Hospital don’t want to admit it was cannabis, but I don’t
care. She’s cancer-free,”
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“She got an MRI (in May) that said no major
Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, a Member of Parliament in South Africa, is currently using natural treatments to fight his cancer. Mario was diagnosed with terminal Stage IV lung cancer in May 2013 (http://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/ill-mp-to-introduce-dagga-bill-1.1649727). He denied chemotherapy in favor of cannabis oil and bicarbonate of soda, another alternative cancer therapy, after being told he wouldn’t make it to Christmas 2013. Mario has well-outlived his prognosis and is feeling generally well. Due to his personal success and his belief that others should have the same opportunity, he has introduced a bill legalizing the medicinal and industrial use of cannabis. Mario also wants to set up a research center for cannabis extracts, to determine the extent of the medicine’s effectiveness. Speaking to the National Assembly and President Jacob Zuma, Mario made an impassioned plea to decriminalize medicinal cannabis.
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“I was touched to see the man I’ve known and worked with for more
than 20 years in this condition. I’ve asked the minister of health to look into this matter,” President
Jacob Zuma said (http://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/zuma-notes-mp-s-call-for-medicinal-dagga-
1.1650592).
A further article about the cannabis extract situation in South Africa opened with a quote from Lindsey
Martin, a Cape Town mother who treated herself for colon cancer with oil
(http://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/clamour-for-medical-marijuana-1.1651195). “There is no doubt
about it. My aggressive cancer is gone... the same cancer that was supposed to kill me in months. I am
Another patient, a man with MS named Gerd Bader, said he was losing consciousness and close to death before using extracts. After cannabis treatment, he says he has
no more symptoms of MS, although some mobility issues apparently remain. Experiences like these have led the Cancer Association of South Africa to support the development of cannabis extract medicines, as long as they are registered with the proper authorities.
Unfortunately, Lindsey Martin passed on May 28th, 2014, from complications caused by bowel surgery. She remained cancer-free at the time of her death, and the surgery was unrelated to cancer. The author and many friends were shocked that Lindsey would pass in this manner after fighting so hard to successfully beat colon cancer. Her spirit lives on in the people she helped and inspired.
A personal letter sent from a patient to the blog Medical Marijuana 411 details their experience of using Shona Banda’s vaporization technique to produce oil and overcome severe symptoms of Crohn’s disease (http://medicalmarijuana411.com/mmj411_v3/shona-banda-saved-my-life/). The writer notes there is still more healing to go, and progress seems to have been inhibited by an inability to make larger quantities of oil.
Grow Goddess, who was initially mentioned in this report as being Joe Crowe’s caregiver, described how she came to start producing oil and treating patients in a post on HempOilHope.org (http://hempoilhope.org/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=124). She mentions Joe’s case, as well as a gout patient who experienced concrete success with only a few doses of oil. Grow Goddess stated, “
alive today because of cannabis oil.”
I have encountered has severe gout. He took only a few doses of the oil, and the gout literally
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Another patient
disappeared from his knuckles. Three months later, without taking any more oil, the gout had not
returned to his knuckles and the gout on the rest of his body is still visible, but the swelling was reduced
a bit. If he went through the full treatment, I believe the gout would be completely gone.”
A November 2012 post on the forum GrassCity.com detailed a man’s treatment of his wife with
self-made cannabis oil for metastatic breast cancer (
. The wife, given six months to live after
abandoning chemotherapy and radiation, began cannabis oil as an alternative. Within three days, she
was able to eat again; her excruciating headaches completely disappeared, and she began to look better
overall. At the time of the post, another test conducted by the oncologist confirmed the tumors were
actually shrinking. Interestingly, the man was given information about “Rick Simpson Oil” from Granny
Storm Crow, the individual mentioned above in the Overview of Supporting Science section who
compiled and organized an extensive list of studies on cannabis.
Another post on GrassCity describes a cannabis oil user’s personal experience along with that of
his friend (
. The poster indicated that by consuming a small amount every evening before
bed, his sleep improved substantially (which was his original purpose for trying the oil). His energy also
sharply elevated. He says he no longer gets high anymore, even with concentrated forms of smoked
cannabis. The poster also mentions his friend, who had cancer in his liver and pancreas and was told he
had only six months to live. After two months of taking cannabis oil, further tests by his doctor could
not find any trace of the cancers.
A post on Natural-News recounts two positive Lyme disease experiences, one with smoked
cannabis and another using extracts, the latter of which was clearly more effective
(http://www.naturalnews.com/043834_cannabis_lyme_disease_medical_marijuana.html). The first
patient, Alexis, was diagnosed with late-stage Lyme disease and prescribed a litany of pharmaceuticals.
Given their relative ineffectiveness, she began smoking cannabis, which enabled her to eat more, sleep
better, elevate mood, and reduce pain. “
In the hospital, I have needed to have morphine or lorazepam
through an IV to accomplish what smoking two grams of cannabis does on the comfort of my couch, in a
fraction of the time,” said Alexis. The next patient, Shelly White, also had a severe form of Lyme disease
which led to at least 10 seizures daily for a year and a half. Through a combination of smoking and
vaporizing cannabis, her seizures stopped. Shelly then moved onto ingesting cannabis oil, which
resulted in immense benefits after only a month. She returned to work and school, and can now move
out on her own and enjoy a normal social life. Two other Lyme disease patients who used cannabis oil
successfully, Pamela Baily and Lisa Sikes, are also mentioned, but their cases are not elaborated upon.
On GreenPassion.org, a user told of how well cannabis tincture worked for gastroparesis, a
condition that delays emptying of the stomach
http://forum.grasscity.com/medical-marijuana- usage-applications/1130359-tumors-really-shrinking.html)
http://forum.grasscity.com/medical-marijuana-usage-applications/664504-ingesting-rick- simpsons-hemp-oil.html)
(https://www.greenpassion.org/index.php?/topic/24369-tincture-for-gastroparesis-and-digestion- issues/)
(http://forum.grasscity.com/medical-marijuana-usage-applications/470168-medicinal-marijuana- gastroparesis.html).
. This condition, along with a stomach-related seizure disorder, were “helped immensely and
instantaneously by using the marijuana tincture.” Another user responded to the thread describing how
cannamilk worked well for their case of gastroparesis. On GrassCity.com, a user with a rare form of
gastroparesis described how just smoking cannabis makes her digestion almost normal, whereas when
not smoking she cannot keep any fluids down and also has more trouble eating
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The incredible story of Stan Rutner, featured on iReadCulture.com on September 6th, 2013,
describes how he beat metastasized lung cancer with the important assistance of cannabis oil
(http://ireadculture.com/2013/09/news/flash/convinced-of-the-cure/).
Initially, Stan received chemotherapy and radiation treatments for the cancers in his lungs and brain.
These treatments started in March 2011. Brain radiation ended June 25th, 2011, and on July 13th Stan
entered the hospital for with radiation pneumonitis (inflammation of the lungs due to radiation
therapy). On the last of three hospital visits during this period, Stan was kept for a week and put on
oxygen 24/7. The traditional treatments were apparently ineffective. Stan entered hospice on August
12th, and was given less than six months to live. With no other traditional options, the Rutner family
looked into alternatives, and found cannabis extracts to be a potential solution. In early November
2011, Stan started taking small doses of cannabis oil-infused coconut oil in the morning. In less than two
weeks, he was able to give up the extra oxygen. Stan started gaining weight, sleeping better, and
getting stronger. He continued on this course until January 27th, 2013, when a brain MRI revealed the
cancer was gone. The lung cancer was apparently gone as well. From being in hospice to being healed,
Stan’s experience is truly remarkable.
Stan is continuing to do well as of March 2014
(http://www.unitedpatientsgroup.com/blog/2014/03/20/dads-update-stan-rutner-a-cancer-survivor).
His daughter, Corinne Malanca, is working with John Malanca as part of United Patients Group
(UnitedPatientsGroup.com) to bring this medicine to the world. On November 27th, 2013, a press
release titled “Time to Tell the Truth About Cannabis for Kids With Cancer, Says United Patients Group
and Cash Hyde Foundation,” was published (
http://www.prweb.com/releases/cannabis-kids- cancer/united-patients-group/prweb11374767.htm). The release announced the launch of a new
pediatric cancer awareness initiative. John Malanca stated, “
One drop of cannabis oil can give these
children instant relief from the suffering caused by their condition, and a cannabis regimen can stop the
cancer from growing altogether,” John said. “It’s time for facilities and federal entities to accept the
truth about cannabis, stop spreading misinformation, and give families a fighting chance. Our phone
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rings off the hook daily with calls from around the world. Desperate families from the UK, Panama,
Pakistan in addition to the U.S. reach out to us in dire need of one last chance.”
A November 9th, 2013 article described the work of Constance Finley
(http://www.medicaljane.com/2013/11/09/success-stories-cannabis-oil-in-the-us/)
. She was diagnosed
with ankylosis spondylitis, which is arthritis of the spine and sacroiliac joints. After pharmaceuticals
nearly ended her life, Constance learned that cannabis might be able to help. She learned how to grow
cannabis and produce high-quality extracts at Oaksterdam Academy, then began treating herself and
other patients. After using cannabis, Constance’s health noticeably improved. An oncologist learned of
Constance’s work and referred 26 Stage IV cancer patients to her for treatment. According to Finley, her
cannabis oil helped treat the cancer and kept all but one of the patients alive. The author of this report
spoke with Finley, who clarified that the patients’ oncologists had declared them in remission. She also
recounted her ongoing success with treating late-stage cancer patients.
A February 26th, 2014 article on a local Fox affiliate told of a Southwest Florida mom currently
using a combination of whole cannabis oil and isolated cannabidiol for her child. Within hours of giving
her child both oils, the mother said there was improvement in quality of life
(http://www.jrn.com/fox4now/news/Desperate-South-West-Florida-mom-turns-to-medical-marijuana-
247313011.html). Also mentioned is Dahlia Barnhart, who is using cannabis oil to fight brain cancer.
Moriah Barnhart, Dahlia’s mother, said it is unfair she had to move to Colorado to use this medicine, but
that pain is outweighed by the progress Dahlia has made. She is happier and healthier, and “if she had
hair you wouldn’t know she was sick.” Another Fox article about Dahlia stated she takes about a gram
per day of high-CBD oil, and Moriah said, “I saw almost immediate responses cognitively; she developed
into a normal 3-year-old from a very critically ill child almost overnight"
(http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/24514726/2014/01/22/family-moves-to-colorado-for-medical-
marijuana-treatment).
Spencer is a young child who was diagnosed with diffuse pilocytic astrocytoma in February 2013, after large tumors on the pineal gland, brain stem, and spine were found in a January doctor’s visit. These details and those following are from the author’s conversation with Spencer’s mother, Suzetta. The radiologist gave Spencer two weeks to live without surgery, or two months with it. The radiologist’s
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report said the case was challenging to interpret because Spencer’s biopsy tissue showed markers for multiple types of cancers of different grades. In late March, Spencer started the carboplatin and vincristine chemotherapeutic agents, which had horrific side effects, including a near-fatal allergic reaction on May 20th, 2013. In June, Spencer got a legal medicinal cannabis recommendation. His doctors said he was terminal in mid-July, and recommended no further traditional treatment. It was around then Spencer began high-CBD oil (which contained a sizable amount of THC as well), which he used from June until August. The oil has drastically improved Spencer’s mobility, and he is even moving his arms again, which doctors said was impossible because of prior nerve damage. An October 2013 MRI showed reduction in the pineal gland and spine tumors, although other tumors remained stagnant. However, leptomeningial disease in the lining of Spencer’s brain and spine disappeared. Since then, Spencer has continuously improved in all of his symptoms, including tumor size and mobility. His story can be followed at https://www.facebook.com/prayersforspencerjames516.
As of May 27th, 2014, Spencer is continuing to improve.
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Since June, Spencer has experienced complications apparently stemming from the remaining brain
tumor mass. There has been a veritable roller coaster of emotions as thousands have followed his
progress, but thankfully at the time of this writing he is doing fairly well. The latest update from July
24th, 2014 is as follows.
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An April 29th, 2014 article from the female-oriented cannabis magazine Ladybud detailed the particularly
dramatic case of Logan Ewell, a child cancer patient (http://www.ladybud.com/2014/04/29/cannabis-
versus-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-go-team-logan). Logan was diagnosed with B cell acute
lymphoblastic leukemia on April 16th, 2009, and began chemotherapy treatment. Given that the
lymphoblasts were only present in Logan’s blood and bone marrow, aggressive therapy was not initially
needed. While chemotherapy kept the cancer at bay for two years, in March 2011 tests showed
lymphoblasts had now spread to Logan’s spinal fluid, requiring an increase in chemotherapy and the
addition of radiation. These treatments also apparently kept the cancer under control, until June 2013
when a second relapse occurred. In October, Logan was admitted to Mott’s Children’s Hospital to
receive a bone marrow transplant, which ultimately proved ineffective. On January 13th, 2014, doctors
at the University of Michigan stated there were no more options, and advised the family to seek out
hospice care for the next three to twelve months.
Immediately after hearing the terminal diagnosis, Kimberly, Logan’s mother, began taking steps to
procure cannabis oil. She knew it was an option but hadn’t seriously considered it until there was
nothing else to try. The first dose of only 0.025 grams resulted in extreme sleepiness but also quickly
impacted the lymphoblast count, which dropped eight percent in four days. Logan maintained a 0.05
grams/day dosage until his next blood tests, which showed rising blast counts. Kimberly then obtained
an oil seven times more concentrated, which after another four days resulted in the blast count falling
again. On January 28th, 2014, Logan was hospitalized for graft-versus-host disease, a transplantation
disorder. His cannabis oil dose was increased to 2 grams/day during his hospital stay, which resulted in
further reduction in lymphoblast counts. However, Logan’s liver enzymes became abnormally elevated,
a potential result of isopropyl-alcohol derived cannabis oil. After switching to 190-proof grain alcohol,
Logan’s liver enzymes slowly normalized; however, it is unknown whether the solvent was the actual
cause. By April 2014, Logan was pronounced cancer free, and is quickly recovering from the lingering
side effects of chemotherapy.
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Lauranne Ackelson is a 6-year old girl who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia three times in
her life. She endured lengthy hospital stays, two bone marrow transplants, and reached a lifetime max
for chemo. Her family decided there had to be something better, and found cannabis oil. Since July
2013, Lauranne has been on one gram of cannabis oil per day, which has finally led to her continued
remission. She was on chemotherapy when she started the oil but the traditional treatment has
apparently been discontinued. A page dedicated to Lauranne’s journey called Roar Away Cancer details
her story and aims to help other parents utilize cannabis extract therapy for their children
(http://roarawaycancer.weebly.com). Both the website and the Lauranne’s Journey Facebook page
convey how much of a radical difference the cannabis treatment made in this third fight compared to
the previous two (https://www.facebook.com/PrincessLauranne). Her story is also mentioned in a news
article about children using cannabis in Oregon (http://www.willamettelive.com/2014/news/kids-using-
marijuana).
“Her blood work has been the best we’ve ever seen since starting retreatment in 2010,” Kaleena Brianne, Lauranne’s mom, reports. “When we fought this monster the first time, we were inpatient a total of 144 days... but [after cannabis] this time around our total stay was 72” – a drop of 50%. The doctors were impressed with the fact that her bone marrow aspirate also showed no leukemia cells in the marrow.”
The FAQ Page of Roar Away Cancer is remarkably detailed, addressing issues including dosing, types of cannabis extracts, science of the endocannabinoid system, and more. (http://roarawaycancer.weebly.com/faq.html).
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Given that all vertebrates have endocannabinoid systems, cannabis extract medicine also works in
animals. A November 22nd, 2013 article on CBS New York described the experiences of several people
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/11/22/seen-at-11- medical-marijuana-for-your-furry-friends). Rowyn Capers discussed how his dog Luna was suffering
immensely from late-stage lymphoma and chemotherapy. He began giving her cannabis oil in capsules, and saw that as he increased the dosage, her symptoms improved. Vomiting and diarrhea stopped, and Luna was feeling better overall. Mary Lynn Mathre said cannabis oil helped with her dog’s cancer and was effective in treating a hot spot on another dog. Al Byrne said that all three of his dogs remarkably improved after using cannabis oil, including an increase in energy and “shine in their eyes.” A February 26th, 2014 article on Ladybud.com described a woman’s treatment of her cat with cannabis-infused olive oil and traditional cannabis oil (http://www.ladybud.com/2014/02/26/palliative-pet-care-using- cannabis). The cannabis therapy significantly improved mobility and appetite, and substantially reduced pain. The author, Dianna Donnelly, stated that once the stronger oil was introduced, apparently greater relief was achieved.
who were providing their dogs with cannabis oil (
A Vice.com article details the work of Veterinarian Doug Kramer and his efforts to treat animals
with cannabis oil (http://www.vice.com/read/the-vet-who-wants-to-legalize-medical-marijuana-for-
dogs-000841-v20n4). He described the use of cannabis oil for sick dogs, cats, and other animals.
Another article features Dr. Kramer discussing the use of various cannabis extracts for treating chronic
arthritis in cats and laminitis in a horse
(http://www.naturalnews.com/044995_cannabis_pets_terminal_illness.html).
A July 2014 article in a North Carolina newspaper featured statements from James McLemore,
who discussed the benefits of medicinal cannabis for Stage III inoperable lung cancer
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(http://www.hendersonvillelightning.com/four-seasons-politics/2976-demonstrators-protest-pot-
charges.html). He consumed cannabis through eating and juicing. The cannabis juice likely consisted of
raw buds and leaves, but it is unclear whether he was eating raw cannabis or cannabis oil. "My doctor
said he had never seen anyone take the amount of chemo and radiation I took and gain 20 pounds. It's
not about getting high. I never felt better in my life than when I was eating and juicing it. I was able to
come off of oxygen for four straight months while juicing the plant. I'm in remission. I have another year
and a half before I'm considered cancer-free but I've been in remission for 31⁄2 years,” said James.
A local college newspaper discussed the history of activist Jon Marsh, now a leader in the
cannabis extract movement (http://laverne.edu/campus-times/2014/05/marsh-takes-medicinal-
cannabis-to-new-high). He runs the Facebook group Cannabis Oil Success Stories, which currently has
over 26,000 members (https://www.facebook.com/groups/416702921703509). In the article, Jon
discussed how he began using cannabis to treat Gulf War Syndrome after returning from Operation
Desert Storm. “I can say that after nothing but cannabis for medicine over the past 20 years, my recent
reports from blood work at the V.A. show me healthy as can be,” said Jon. He also voiced his strong
support for using cannabis extracts to treat cancer and other diseases, and is contacting officials from
Bermuda, Haiti, India, and Jamaica about setting up cannabis extract systems. This way, patients from
the United States and the respective countries would have a safe place to use cannabis extract therapy.
Jon also founded The Cannabis Consultants, which seeks to connect interested parties with consultants
from a variety of cannabis-related fields (http://www.thecannabisconsultants.com). The website also
aims to be a database of cannabis oil successes, as well as directly assist with treatment. A project
known as The Fortunate 500 endeavors to treat 500 cancer patients with cannabis extract therapy
(http://www.thecannabisconsultants.com/fortunate-500.html).
A remarkable case shared from The Cannabis Consultants involving lupus remission is seen
below (http://www.thecannabisconsultants.com/lupus-treated.html).
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Many people have posted experiences on Facebook, either on their own pages or dedicated groups
intended for collecting testimonials. A variety of screen captured testimonials are shared below, with
generally no modifications besides minor formatting.
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Alyssa’s husband is Mark Chavarria, a seasoned stuntman who has worked on films including Inception,
Iron Man, Terminator Salvation, Machete, and dozens of other movies and television shows
(http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0154459). In fact, he was even in one of the author’s favorite shows,
Prison Break. An excellent article about Mark’s path to stuntman greatness is found at the Houston
Chronicle (http://www.chron.com/life/article/Stuntman-Mark-Chavarria-put-his-body-on-the-line-
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A July update by Mark’s wife revealed further progress. Mark himself also posted an update on August
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The “I am, literally, living proof” refers to Steve’s battle with pheochromocytoma (diagnosed in 1968), a
very rare cancer which traditionally has a 100% mortality rate within five years for all patients. Steve
claims to have controlled the condition solely with cannabis. “
His original doctor, an expert on this
condition shocked to learn he was still alive, said, ‘In some amazing fashion, this medication has not only
controlled the symptoms of the pheochromocytoma, but in my view, has arrested its growth’”
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Kubby).
This section contains an immense body of experiential evidence that clearly demonstrates the beneficial
properties of cannabis extracts. Lending further credibility to these testimonials is the fact that similar
results have been replicated by formal institutions and respected doctors. In the following sections,
these activities will be explored.
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4. Corporate and Dispensary Operations
It is largely because of the dramatic individual results, along with compelling science, that corporations
and medicinal cannabis dispensaries have become involved in this movement.
Perhaps one of the first dispensaries to use cannabis oil for cancer was the Liberty Bell Temple.
The author recalls talking to the owner or an employee of Liberty Bell back in 2009, while trying to
inform dispensaries of the benefits of cannabis oil so they would consider treating patients with it. The
person on the phone stated that Liberty Bell was already using cannabis oil to treat cancer, and it
seemed they had come upon this knowledge from a source other than Rick Simpson. Liberty Bell
Temple was founded in 2008 in Hollywood, California by Robert Forchion, a bone cancer patient from
New Jersey. In a May 2012 article in The Trentonian, Forchion stated, “
In California, I not only use medical marijuana, but it’s been shown time and time again to shrink the size of my tumors, reduce the
size of their growth, and doctors here have no issues with me using medical marijuana” (http://www.trentonian.com/article/TT/20120508/NEWS01/120509729).
The Med Joint, a non-profit community compassion center in Oshtemo, Michigan, has recorded astounding success with the topical use of oil (http://mijoint.com/testimonials.html). Their website lists a wide variety of remarkable successes, largely through the use of non-psychoactive medicines.
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Synergy Wellness is a California-based non-profit collective specializing in high-CBD medicine (http://synergycbd.com). They feature numerous successful reports on their website, many of which are excerpted below. The “Epilepsy” statement is from the collective, while the other testimonials are from patients themselves.
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The Pot Lab, a non-profit cooperative, produces high-quality organic cannabis extracts and is dedicated to research into their effects. They also produce non-psychoactive extracts such as THC-A (THC-acid) tinctures. A recent survey into effects of their Purified Trichome Tincture revealed the following results:
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A survey conducted by The Pot Lab through social media resulted in the following data surrounding cannabis extract treatment for various cancers.
Compassion Nevada Consulting is an organization helping patients get legal medicinal cannabis cards and acquire medicine. They also teach patients to grow cannabis and use it properly, including in the form of extracts. A recent “I-team” investigation in Las Vegas recounted the story of a mother, forced into anonymity because of the illegal nature of her actions, who eliminated terminal cancer in her young daughter (referred to as Melissa) with oil (http://www.8newsnow.com/story/24657397/i-team-mother- turns-to-pot-to-save-daughters-life). The extract used was produced by two anonymous individuals who claimed they’d seen success with liver, kidney, and lung cancer. Melissa’s mother was told by doctors Melissa would live to a maximum of age three with radiation and chemotherapy. Those options were denied, and after an undisclosed period of time using cannabis treatment, the cancer cells were dead. Adam Sternberg, a cancer survivor and founder of Compassion Nevada Consulting, and who apparently consulted with the above case, stated he has seen extracts “retard and cure cancer”. Adam also stated, “
It is helping diabetics, Alzheimer's, dementia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, all of these, I
swear to God it helps.”
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The Green Solution is a Denver dispensary with rising involvement in using extracts for cancer. Most recently, a February 2014 article on a local ABC News website discussed The Green Solution’s endeavor to raise money for Jonah Allen, a 2-year-old patient fighting inoperable brain cancer (http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/denver-medical-marijuana-dispensary-providing- cannabis-oil-for-toddler-with-brain-tumor02212014). In addition to raising money, The Green Solution is directly subsidizing the cost of the cannabis oil treatment. The dispensary is owned by the four Speidell brothers, who hope Jonah’s case will encourage more research into THC/CBD treatment for cancer, as well as increase assistance to families seeking such treatment.
As of July 21st, 2014, Jonah has been doing very well with his cannabis extract treatment (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROUZK_wIMXc). Doctors said Jonah’s tumor would only grow and he would have to be on chemotherapy the rest of his life. Using cannabis extracts as the sole treatment, Jonah’s tumor has now begun to shrink.
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Epsilon Apothecaries is a California-based research entity doing work with cannabis extracts and various
diseases (http://www.facebook.com/EpsilonCo). It is headed by Dave Mapes, who has been working for
years to perfect cannabis extraction processes. He has also achieved amazing results with patients, and
provided the author with the following statement regarding his observations.
“Generally speaking, my cancer success rate to remission is 80%. To complete cancer "free" status, it's about 60%. This is from the work on 18 stage II-IV cases, including colon, colorectal, liver, kidney, bladder, pancreas, multiple brain types, trip neg breast, prostate, lung, spine. I've worked many individual cases of disease....HIV, hepatitis c, wasting syndrome, etc. Pediatric and adult epilepsy, be it genetic or non genetic, including traumatic brain injuries...success rate is 80%, measured by an 85%+ reduction in observed seizures and 95%+ reduction in documented subclinical activity.
Chronic pain (including neurogenic origins) makes up the largest number of cases I treat, followed by Crohn/colitis, non malignant tumors, diabetes, and dermal disorders. My chronic pain treatment success rate is about 90%, measured by significant and satisfactory improvement of pain levels AND functional improvement (including mental attitude, psych response), as determined by each patient. Neuropathy makes up the majority of pain type and is managed well via my systematic approach. Crohns and colitis are at about 85% success rate, as measured by flare ups and inflammation. Diabetes is going to be part of new studies moving forward, I don't really keep major records of those cases as they're very difficult to examine.
Non malignant tumors are treated VERY well...with nearly 100% success rate, measured by complete disappearance of the tumors.”
One of Dave’s most significant accomplishments is the creation of a free guide about how to produce various types of extracts, including high-THC oils and THC-A tinctures. It is located at EpsilonResearch.com. Dave also runs a THCA Facebook group with Mark Heinrich, as a way to directly help people who have questions about extract production and use
(https://www.facebook.com/groups/wholeplanttherapies).
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Cannabis Outreach Collective is a Portland-based organization specializing in high-potency cannabis extracts (https://www.facebook.com/COC503). It was founded by Frankie and Erin Wallace, who helped
treat Brave Mykayla and have assisted numerous other patients as well. The author stayed with them for several days in early May and can attest to their remarkable dedication and operations. Below is an image from COC’s Facebook page and a picture of the author with the Wallace’s dog Chase.
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River Rock, a Denver, Colorado dispensary, has been leading the field of professional cannabis oil cancer treatment. They have also treated other severe conditions like trigeminal neuralgia, the rare “suicide disease” discussed by Aamann Degarth in an earlier referenced video.
River Rock recently started their Advanced Cannabinoid Treatments program (A.C.T), in which they are documenting the use of concentrated oils, mostly of the high-cannabidiol variety, on many kinds of diseases. According to River Rock, “
One of the most popular testimonials features Jack, a patient with a 40-year history of fighting skin cancer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0h4OHolsGNg). For the most recent decade of this history, he’s had to regularly see a doctor for surgical removal of continually reappearing skin cancer lesions. After a year of being part of River Rock, he talked with Tony Verzura, a proprietor of the dispensary, about a plan to combat his skin cancer. They came up with a complete program that includes teas, tinctures, capsules, oils, and raw juices. Within a month, his skin had improved dramatically. After another two weeks, he went into his three-month regularly scheduled appointment, where normally he would have lesions excised or froze off. At this appointment, for the first time in at least ten years, the doctor found nothing to remove.
Jack’s case is unique because it is one of the only times skin cancer has been treated so effectively with internal treatment. Normally, conditions like skin cancer are primarily treated topically, but Jack’s case demonstrates that even high-dose internal treatment alone can work. However, at the end of the interview, Jack notes he does use small amounts of topical oil for rogue, single spots that appear. He says that by putting the oil onto a bandage and then onto the spot, it disappears in days. He believes cannabis cures cancer and he’s living proof.
The RiverRock A.C.T. Program has been proving to be extremely
effective in fighting cancer, tumors, neuropathy, Crohn's, lupus, MS, fibromyalgia, seizures, rheumatoid
arthritis, auto immune disorders, chronic pain, nerve damage, degenerative bone disease, weight loss,
and more.”
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The next video describes Regina’s experience with potential breast cancer
. Regina discovered a lump in her left breast, which
was initially a soft bulge that gradually became harder. In February 2013, Regina started developing a
smaller, harder lump in her right breast, much closer under her arm. It had concerning signs. Regina
had no health insurance, and thus no way to get her condition examined or treated. A friend of Regina’s
who was a nurse checked her, and also was highly concerned. Regina moved to Denver and qualified for
medical assistance; subsequently, she was examined by a nurse practitioner. A mammogram was
recommended but not taken. Around the same time, Regina had been looking into something for her
health, and found River Rock. She was intrigued by their use of high-CBD oils, and began a program two
days before her appointment with the nurse practitioner. Regina began taking infused capsules in the
daytime, along with juicing cannabis and full-strength oil at night.
After two weeks, Regina then went to her mammogram appointment. She had not checked her
lumps during those two weeks of treatment. When the technician asked to identify the lumps, Regina
felt the lump on her left breast, and it “felt like jelly, it didn’t feel like a lump anymore.” As she felt for
the right side, she couldn’t find anything. The technician took a number of slides through the
mammogram, and an ultrasound was also taken. The technician came back with a doctor, and after
conversing with Regina’s nurse practitioner and doing another ultrasound, the 2cm lump in the right
breast was confirmed as gone. The lump in the left breast was stated as not being abnormal, despite
Regina testifying that it had seemed abnormal initially(going soft to hard to soft, then a little harder,
then gone). Regina feels very fortunate for participating in the high-CBD program and feels great in
general. A December 6th, 2013 follow-up mammogram revealed that Regina is still doing well, with the
doctor saying her breast tissue is “even healthier” when compared to the results of a June mammogram.
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2uND41_LTE)
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A retired Denver Broncos football player named Jace told his story in January 2013 of how cannabis
medicine worked to alleviate his trigeminal neuralgia
. Jace’s football career ended after an on-field injury,
when a lineman fell on his left shoulder and ripped out all the cartilage from the socket. Jace later fell off
a crane from 12 feet high, landing on the right side of his face. The injury caused massive damage, and
reconstructive facial surgery was required. He recovered within 40 days and returned to work
remarkably fast. However, Jace then began to experience chronic head pain. He couldn’t function, yet
was trying to act like it wasn’t there. He desperately needed to find some way to improve his quality of
life. Many doctors did not want to take his case on. Everything he was trying, including powerful
narcotic pain pills like fentanyl and dilaudid, were not working. The doctor gave Jace a
transcutaneous
electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit to help with trigeminal neuralgia, which apparently had
originated from the crane fall. The unit provides electrical stimulation to nerves, a practice that can
reduce pain. When Jace first began using cannabis extract medicine, he found the pain relief to be
miraculous. He describes his experience as such,
“The first time I took those [CBD/THC pills] I ripped that TENS unit off the back of my neck, it’s on my
nerves anyway, but it relaxed me so much it took care of my pain I didn’t feel like I needed it on. And no
narcotic has ever, ever given me that effect.” He says although the last five years have been miserable,
the last two or three months have been great since starting the cannabinoid regiment, and he has his
life back.
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2Fe4ssYg7A)
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A patient named Gary refused chemotherapy for Stage III colon cancer, having been through the ordeal
before, and decided to research alternative healing methods
. He found compelling evidence on the use of
cannabis for cancer, and decided to pursue the route. Gary and his wife found River Rock, and he began
a 90-day treatment program. The treatment worked incredibly well internally, with Gary feeling better
than he had in ten years. Gary also tried cannabis oil topically for a skin cancer on his head, and in about
two-and-a-half weeks, the lesion fell completely off. Underneath was clean skin. Discolored, swollen
ankles also completely resolved, after ten years of presence. While no further medical tests for the
colon cancer have been run since Gary began this treatment, him and his wife clearly see the powerful
benefits experience so far, and have no doubt in their minds this is curing his cancer.
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HsvNkEbbf0)
A patient named John used a River Rock preparation known as “Priva Pills”, which contain CBD, THC, and
cannabinol (CBN), to combat a wide variety of diagnoses, including autism, and chronic shoulder, neck,
and back pain (
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dzel_WcItU4)
. From 11 to 19, John was drugged
heavily for his mental condition, at one point being on seven medications. At 19, he got off all the
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medications, but endured neuropathy and nerve damage in his feet as a result of the drugs. His
stomach lining had also deteriorated heavily, affecting his appetite. His sociality also declined. One of
his friends introduced him to cannabis, and using it substantially improved all his symptoms. He then
advanced to learning about cannabidiol, and began ingesting high quantities of CBD sourced from River
Rock. With it, he was able to avoid using any post-operative narcotics or other drugs after a spinal
surgery, which is impressive because of the usual severity of such post-operative pain. The video does
not explore the effects on autism extensively, but it is clear John is doing better overall.
The next patient discussed, Josh, has Behcet’s disease, a condition which he describes as a combination
of multiple sclerosis and lupus (
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fNRcEPfxLI)
. Josh also has an
extremely rare disorder known as Stevens-Johnson syndrome, which interferes with his ability to take
medications, and more directly causes cell death, leading to separation of the epidermis from the
dermis. As Josh put it, “Instead of having an allergic reaction, you lose your skin.” Thus, the condition is
very life threatening. Despite the danger, he has tried virtually every potential autoimmune
pharmaceutical available, all of which only made his condition worse. Years-long steroid use also
thinned out his bones. Even cutting-edge treatments like interleukin blockers did nothing, and caused
horrific side effects.
Currently, Josh has managed to control his diseases using almost 100% cannabis products.
Every day, he consumes a good balance of THC and CBD. Consistent ingestion of cannabis is finally
controlling his disease successfully, and every doctor Josh has seen, including those from NYU, Johns
Hopkins, and University of Colorado, agree his current state is an absolute miracle and the only
explanation is his cannabis usage.
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A patient named Steve endured years of pain and addiction as a result of numerous complications from
many surgeries, apparently initially stemming from a gastric bypass surgery
. Steve was on extremely heavy dosages of narcotics,
including fentanyl. Through the use of medicine from River Rock, he was able to get off narcotics in 30
days. He uses a combination of cannabis oils and juices from indica and sativa strains. He refuses to
take narcotics now because of the complications.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oduv97XCv0U
A July 2013 video featured Wade, who suffered from paralysis mainly on his right side from several
strokes experienced during surgery (
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqzJhepDmIs)
. Through the use
of RockBudder, River Rock’s special type of cannabis butter, Wade’s paralysis began to disappear, until
he was able to gain the majority of movement back in his hands. The effectiveness of cannabis extracts
for paralysis is especially exciting, but unlike other conditions this is an area with comparatively little
experience. Once cannabis oil becomes globally available, testing it extensively on paralysis cases will be
immediately necessary.
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Karen is another of River Rock’s successfully treated cancer patients
. In April 2011, Karen was diagnosed with Stage III
breast cancer in her left breast. She went through eight treatments of chemotherapy, and endured
several surgeries. In February 2012, Karen found out the cancer had become metastatic, spreading to
the breast bone, hip bone, liver, and lymph nodes, apparently thus making it Stage IV. Karen learned
about cannabis oil therapy from her son, and eventually met Tony, who told them about the Advanced
Cannabinoid Therapy program. On May 1st, Karen had her first appointment with River Rock and began
high-CBD treatments. Karen tracked her progress with CA-15 cancer antigen tests, and noted that once
she incorporated the cannabinoid treatments with traditional treatments, the blood tests dropped
significantly. Towards the middle of the A.C.T program, Karen states her CA-15 score was 25, and under
30 is the baseline for a normal person. The blood tests have remained below normal, and she’s moving
away from traditional treatment. She will remain on the cannabinoids for another 3-6 months to see
how she feels. Interestingly enough, when talking to her oncologist about cannabis extract medicine,
the doctor thought healing cannabis oil was called, “Angel Tears” (mistaking it for Phoenix Tears). Karen
explained to her doctor the sophistication of modern cannabis extract programs, and the doctor said she
could continue this treatment. She also asked if it would be necessary to sign something for refusing
further treatment, but the oncologist said doing so wasn’t necessary, as she was progressing well.
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0INZDzUfL4o)
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Karen provided an update in an October 16th, 2013 video
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSy2gvIHMs0)
River Rock has other videos available on their “Learn” page, found here:
http://www.riverrockcolorado.com/learn.php
Harborside Health Center, the largest dispensary in the United States, supplies cannabis extracts for a wide variety of uses. The owner, Stephen DeAngelo, is one of the most well-known U.S. activists, and has fought directly against the Federal government to continue providing cannabis medicine. He appears in Run From the Cure 2, the sequel to Rick Simpson’s original documentary, discussing extract medicine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv8yxuv6e1w). In a clip from the trailer, he made the
. She reported the cancer was completely gone as
determined by PET scan. “I killed Stage IV cancer by using River Rock’s A.C.T. Now program, and the
nutritional support that I gathered for myself.”
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following statement, “
Stoney Girl Gardens is a medical collective operating out of Oregon (http://gro4me.com). They were briefly mentioned in the Vice.com interview of Brave Mykayla’s family, and appear alongside Mykayla in the following Australian interview as well (http://au.news.yahoo.com/nsw/video/watch/20712196/cannabis-success-for-young-cancer-patient). Stoney Girl is run by Mike Mullins and Jenifer Valley, the latter of whom overcame terminal thyroid cancer with cannabis extract treatment. They have provided cannabis extract medicine to many patients, including Mykayla. On the Australian news shows, Mike stated, “Oh absolutely this does cure cancer, we see it daily. We’ve seen it in hundreds of patients. The children respond extremely well.”
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We have skin cancer patients who are coming to Harborside every week. They
take the oil, they put the oil on their lesions, the lesions stop growing immediately.”
Aunt Zelda’s is a California-based organization that provides cannabis extracts and consults with patients on optimal healing protocols (http://www.azcannaoil.com). It is headed by Mara Gordon and Stewart Smith. They are particularly dedicated to proper dosing and testing of extract medicines. The author has spoken with Mara and Stewart at two conferences about the success they’ve seen with cannabis extract medicine against cancer and other diseases. The quality of their work has attracted significant attention, most notably from Ricki Lake, former talk show host and star of the original 1988 Hairspray film. Ricki is currently producing a documentary called Weed the People, which examines the use of cannabis extracts to treat cancer, particularly in children (https://movies.yahoo.com/news/how- cannabis-can-save-cancer-striken-kids--an-intro-to--weed-the-people---by-ricki-lake-165741433.html).
The specific patients examined include Sophie Ryan and Chico Smith, who have optic pathway glioma and rhabdomyosarcoma - respectively. Both children have responded extremely well to cannabis extract therapy, which seemingly greatly enhanced the anti-cancer effects of the concurrent chemotherapy while reducing side effects.
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The project can be followed and supported at https://www.facebook.com/weedthepeoplemovie. Sophie’s case appeared in O’Shaugnessy’s, a journal dedicated to cannabis medicine
(http://www.beyondthc.com/cannabis-vs-glioma-another-encouraging-anecdote). Sophie’s doctors have now officially admitted that cannabis extracts are responsible for the progress. Dr. Jeffrey Hergenrather commented on the case, saying it reminded him of one of his child patients who beat brain cancer with cannabis extracts, but used no complimentary chemotherapy (http://www.beyondthc.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Evaluating-Cannabis-Oil.pdf). This same patient is described in a HuffingtonPost.com article in the Doctor and Team Operations section.
A June 24th, 2014 update by Tracy Ryan, Sophie’s mother, describes the amazing progress of Sophie and other children. The update is shared in its entirety below, due to the importance of each detail.
“Sophie has been on high concentrated THC and CBD cannabis oil at a gram a day since she started chemo in October of 2013. We worked her up to that dose slowly and the only side effects she ever had was a little sleepiness that completely went away as she acclimated to the oils. Now her only side effect is hunger which is amazing since the chemo can affect her appetite.
When we give Sophie her medicine we separate them into 4 doses and give them 3 hours apart. The experts that we work with believe that by separating the THC and CBD it allows the THC to attach to the CB1 receptors, and the CBD to attach to the CB2 receptors without competition which results in better absorption. We truly believe that THC plays a huge part in killing her tumor, and she has continued to be on approximately a 2:1 ratio of THC to CBD. The results we are seeing are just
incredible!
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Sophie’s tumor has surpassed everything that doctors told us was possible with chemo alone, and we are only at month 9 of a 13 month chemo protocol. Because of the amount of shrinkage we are seeing we truly believe we’ll be able to quit chemo after her next set of scans in 2 months.
On top of the amazing shrinkage we have seen, Sophie has also continued to gain weight and has a great quality of life despite having chemo once a week with short breaks from time to time. Her hair is growing back, she is advancing developmentally, and despite the need for frequent blood transfusions she is otherwise really happy and healthy. We truly, truly believe that we will completely get rid of this tumor, and Sophie will not have to live with a mass in her brain for the rest of her life.
Because of the amazing results we are seeing not only with our child, but with many other children whose families we are now close to, I am refocusing my life on being an advocate for treating pediatric cancer with cannabis. I am seeing children get sent home to die when chemo and radiation didn’t work, and cannabis completely ridding their bodies of tumors. It’s like watching miracles every day of my life, and being a part of this movement has been the most rewarding experience of my life!! I tell people that I am living a dream that was spawned from a nightmare. I went from not knowing if my child would survive to being a witness to the most beautiful of miracles. I thank God every day for giving us this miraculous plant. I just pray that our government will soon open its eyes so everyone who needs to use this medicine can do so without fear of prosecution.
In the video below you will see the tumor from September 2013 on the left and June 2014 on the right, as explained by the neurologist.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNdU06rEghI”
Sophie’s case has attracted the support of Stephen Amell, who plays Oliver Queen/Green Arrow in the CW show Arrow (http://comicbook.com/blog/2014/07/07/stephen-amell-raffling-off-arrow-statues-for- charity). Stephen raffled off Arrow statues to raise money for the Ryan family. DC Comics stepped in to provide more statues as well. As time of publishing, Stephen’s work has raised over $98,000.
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Firebird Touch Therapy is a holistic therapy business in California, headed up by Robin Swan (http://www.facebook.com/firebirdtouchtherapy). She wrote the foreword for a book called Taking Control, the story of one woman’s endeavor to heal her husband naturally of invasive bladder cancer (http://www.amazon.com/Taking-Control-Journey-Alternative-Healing-ebook/dp/B00J4FXFG8). Robin discusses a woman with breast cancer for whom no traditional therapies worked, including chemotherapy, radiation, diet, and herbs. After being sent home to live out her remaining time, the woman began using cannabis oil as a last resort. In just a few months, she was pronounced cancer free for the first time in twelve years.
Interestingly enough, Robin herself is an incredible testament to the healing power of cannabis. In early July 2014 Robin suffered a terrible dog bite from a pitbull, which opened her wrist and nearly tore off her pinky. She needed 17 stitches and was told she would have permanent nerve damage. Four days after the accident, a surgeon friend remarked that an infection was setting in on the pinky. Robin then applied cannabis oil and manuka honey to the cuts, and the infection was gone the next day. Within 23 days, Robin is reporting no nerve damage and very little radial nerve blockage. The image below dramatically demonstrates the accelerated healing delivered by the cannabis oil preparation.
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The author posted about this on Facebook, which yielded the following responses:
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Yuppie provided the author with a picture of his thumb and the drill bit which inflicted the damage. The picture was taken two months after the injury, and reveals absolutely no residual scar tissue.
Shamanic Healing is a California-based cannabis organization dedicated to producing the highest- quality, spiritually-enhanced cannabis medicines. Their cannabis oil extraction process can require up to six months or more, and all edibles are organic, gluten and dairy free. Shamanic Healing has observed powerful healing effects from their oils. From their information sheet: “Our extracts and raw plant materials have been proven time and time again to cure unknown blood diseases that were deemed ‘untreatable’ by dozens of specialists over a 20 year period, reduced seizures in children from 10 a week to one or two a week in the first month, put Stage 3 & 4 cancer as well as a very severe case of Psoriasis into remission, and much more!” The organization takes pride in being a holistic and organic provider of rare cannabis medicines and health knowledge to all patients in need.
Heavens 2 Betsey is a California-based collective specializing in home delivery of cannabis medicines. It was founded by Jennifer Rex-McCray in 2010. Jennifer helps patients use cannabis extracts for cancer and has written about the subject on her blog.
“We are seeing an increase of chronically ill patients joining our collective looking for relief or even a cure. The success stories and evidence of patients healing is overwhelming and the proof in the science is hard to deny.
Patients are finding reduction and cell death in tumors, even reporting remission from using highly
concentrated Cannabis Oil along with other natural supplements.
Depending on the type and aggressiveness of the cancer, the aim is for patients to ingest approximately 1-3 grams of highly concentrated oil a day. Patients choosing cannabis therapy work up to taking large doses of the concentrated essential oils of Cannabis.” (http://heavens2betsey.com/cannabis-therapy-
for-the-treatment-of-cancer).
Another post on Heavens 2 Betsey details a woman’s experience helping her grandmother fight Stage IV breast cancer, which had metastasized to her lungs and throat
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(http://heavens2betsey.com/spreading-awareness-through-research-not-selfies-my-grandmothers-
battle-with-breast-cancer). Doctors said chemotherapy could manage the cancer and maybe shrink it, but the cancer would eventually kill her. The patient’s granddaughter helped her grandmother get started on a combination of concentrated oils, high-CBD lozenges, tinctures, edibles, topical, and vaporized oils. When chemotherapy was completed after a few months, the patient was placed on estrogen blockers and anti-nausea medications, while continuing the oil. Shortly after she underwent a new scan, which surprised the doctors – the largest tumor, around her esophagus, had disappeared completely and small nodules remaining in her lungs appeared reduced in size. Doctors declared the patient in remission. The patient’s granddaughter now fights to raise awareness of cannabis’ legitimate anti-cancer potential, and her passion is clearly articulated through her writing.
Myriam’s Hope is another female-led California collective that was started to provide seriously ill patients with the highest-quality, lab-tested extracts (http://myriamshope.com). The organization’s owner, Diana, started it after her mom was diagnosed with Stage IV glioblastoma on January 14th, 2013, one of the most aggressive brain cancers. She did six weeks of radiation and eight months of chemotherapy along with cannabis oil, but in the last couple months has only been on oil. A holistic doctor recommended cannabis oil. From the moment extract treatment began, Diana’s mother began getting better, and MRIs have continuously shown tumor shrinkage. Blood count test results have also been favorable. Below are several testimonials from the Myriam’s Hope page and the owner’s personal page.
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Rimidya is a cannabis extract production company dedicated to the highest quality and consistency of extracts (http://www.rimidya.com). The company was founded by Taras Wybaczynsky, who was stimulated to bring pharmaceutical-grade quality to cannabis extracts because of his own experience (http://420insight.com/spotlight/startups/medical-cannabis-start-up).
own personal disease. I was diagnosed 17-years -ago with metastatic prostate cancer. This product has
“My motivation came from my
allowed me to be the longest-lived metastatic prostate cancer patient at the medical facility I am
involved with.” He also recounted his observations with other diseases. “The results of both topical and
ingestion of our product have been astonishing with psoriasis, pain, neuromuscular and neoskeletal
pain, and so much more.” The author met Taras and his associates, Felicia and Andrew, at the Eighth
Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics. Previously, the author went to school with Andrew at the
University of Maryland, College Park.
Three prominent publicly-traded corporations involved in the cannabis extract movement include GW
Pharmaceuticals, Medical Marijuana Inc., and Cannabis Science. GW Pharmaceuticals, as discussed in
the Overview of Supporting Science section, is conducting clinical trials of cannabinoids for epilepsy and
brain cancer, and holds a patent on using cannabinoids to treat brain cancer. They use the most
traditional distribution channels and are working closely with the FDA to gain approval of their extracts
for various conditions.
MMI currently produces a wide variety of cannabidiol-based products, along with traditional
THC-infused medicines for registered patients in Colorado. Subsidiaries of MMI include Dixie Botanicals,
HempMedsPX, Phytosphere, and others.
MMI’s CBD concentrates are unique because of their source - industrial hemp, which is legal and
commonly used for clothes and textiles. The industrial hemp source differentiates these extracts from
high-CBD oils distributed by organizations like River Rock and the later mentioned Realm of Caring
Foundation, who derive their oils from non-hemp cannabis strains. The cannabinoid profile of industrial
hemp oil is much different, and because of their relatively limited use, there is not enough research or
experiential evidence to say whether hemp concentrates can affect diseases in the same ways as non-
hemp high-THC and high-CBD cannabis oils.
Based on the author’s conversations with parents of epileptic children using MMI products and
the following documented experiences, it is clear the hemp CBD products are delivering some kind of
benefit. However, it is also clear that either industrial hemp oil in general or MMI’s incarnation of
industrial hemp oil is significantly inferior to traditional cannabis extract medicine. The results, while
still better than pharmaceuticals, are not on par with non-hemp oils.
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Moreover, there have been claims by the former head of Dixie Science, Tamar Wise, that MMI
products are fraudulent and composed of low-quality hemp paste (
. Dixie responded to the claims by providing lab tests assuring
quality and questioning Ms. Wise’s motives (
http://dixiebotanicals.com/lab-certified-quality/)
. At this
time, the author has seen no concrete evidence proving Ms. Wise’s claims. In addition, a parent the
author spoke with had Real Scientific Hemp Oil (RSHO), an MMI product, independently tested to
confirm cannabinoid content. However, this test and other available ones only indicate cannabinoid
content and not pesticide or solvent residue, so contamination possibilities cannot be entirely ruled out.
After analyzing several testimonials, a final statement on this issue is presented before moving forward.
First, the parent who provided the author with the independent test personally explained the
results she is observing with her son. With RSHO, he has eliminated the vast majority of
pharmaceuticals and reduced seizures by 90%. Previous treatments included neurontin, keppra,
depakote, klonopin, tegretol, zonegran, lyrica, brain surgery, and several other pills. Currently, the
seizures are almost entirely controlled with just RSHO and phenobarbital.
A website called Hope4Harper.com describes the experience of a young girl with CDKL5
Disorder, who is using RSHO to control her seizures. So far, addition of RSHO to the current regiment of
depakote (an anticonvulsant drug) has substantially reduced Harper’s seizures. An October 17th, 2013
update provided the following seizure record (
http://www.beyondthc.com/dixie-
elixirs-unfit-for-human-consumption/)
http://www.hope4harper.com/high-cbd-hemp-oil-week-
4-and-harper-dancing/).
Week Prior to Starting Product: 64 Seizures Week 1 Using Product [RSHO]: 28 Seizures Week 2 Using Product: 0 Seizures
Week 3 Using Product: 17 Seizures
Week 4 Using Product: 11 Seizures
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As the record shows, Harper’s seizure count dramatically decreased after the first week of treatment and then rose again on week three, but decreased over 35% between then and week four. Compared to her seizure count the week before treatment, her average seizure count through week four is now 78.1% less. The cause of the temporary reversal in progress is unknown - because the data is so limited, there has not been enough time to identify a trend. However, based on the initial seizure count reduction and other positive changes, the mother feels strongly that the medicine is working well.
An update on November 18th, 2013 indicated that Harper’s seizures had started to increase again, but still remained below pre-RSHO levels. Other benefits like improved interaction and feedback continued (http://www.hope4harper.com/2-months-on-industrial-hemp-cbd/). A December 14th conversation between the author and Harper’s mother indicated the seizures have started to decline again, but still are not completely eliminated.
A man named Brad Mossman, who helps distribute MMI’s legal industrial hemp CBD products through his website PlantOfRenown.com, recently invited anyone in the South Jersey area to come directly to his house and try CBD Vaporization (Vape) Oil for pain relief. Like the Real Scientific Hemp Oil, this CBD extract is derived from industrial hemp. Vaporizing CBD oil offers numerous benefits, including fast-acting pain relief. The effects of ingesting any kind of oil take time, but with vaporization, the effects are nearly immediate. There are also seemingly no downsides to vaporizing CBD – there is no psychoactive high, no smoke irritating the lungs, and the benefits of CBD are still delivered. For long- term use and treatment of serious disease, there’s no doubt that oral ingestion is the preferred method, but CBD vaporization may prove to be a useful adjunct therapy. The author recalls lung cancer patients in the past who vaporized and ingested THC-rich cannabis oil to positive effect.
Brad has posted three videos of people who’ve taken him up on his offer to try the CBD Vape Oil for pain. The first video, posted October 5th, 2013, features Raymond, a 73-year old man who describes his experience less than five minutes after taking three puffs of CBD oil from a vaporizer pen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZozqcwaR1w). As a result of several surgeries and teaching school in a fungal-infested building, conditions have surfaced which create pain all over his body, “from head to toe.” Upon arriving to Brad’s house, he had pain in his joints, back, and knees. After the three puffs, he feels more relaxed, lethargic, and has much less pain. Some pain remains in his urinary tract, but he feels that may dissipate as well. Raymond has spent tens of thousands of dollars on pharmaceuticals, and seen dozens of healthcare providers, with little lasting benefit. Based on the results of just a few inhalations of CBD oil, it’s likely that his pain could be completely eliminated if he began a more complete program.
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Another video posted the same day details Sue’s experience with the CBD Vape Oil
. Sue’s conditions include limited mobility, three
different kinds of arthritis, and multiple surgeries. After trying the oil, she didn’t need to use her cane or
braces, and feels “100% better” between yesterday and today. The video was taken on her second trial
of the oil, as she came back for more after her positive experience. Each time, she only took two puffs
of the CBD oil. Within five to ten minutes, she began to feel beneficial effects. The points of pain felt
better. After seven years of dealing with pain, Sue says she finally feels hopeful. She says nothing else
she has tried has worked, including an $800 analgesic cream.
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5quw_8su1Hc)
https://www.facebook.com/crazycleanapparel) that makes clothing for people in the Narcotics Anonymous program (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKYlg7LjB3k). Todd himself is a recovered addict and has pain issues. Having been formerly addicted to drugs, Todd wants to avoid narcotics, but still needs an effective way to deal with pain. He has a sciatic nerve problem, resulting in pain in his lower back and down his leg. This pain affects his daily life and sleep, with average pain levels
The third patient story, also published October 5th, features Todd, the owner of a company called Crazy
Clean Recovery Apparel (
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between 4 and 6. After taking three puffs off the CBD Vape Oil, he felt it within minutes, and the sciatic nerve pain almost completely went away. Todd feels comfortable with this because of the near non- existent THC content – he feels it’s just like how he drinks hemp milk and eats hemp seeds. As with the other patients, he reports no high.
As these testimonials indicate, several people have experienced legitimate benefits from MMI’s
industrial hemp oil products. This shouldn’t be surprising, given that lab tests have confirmed high
levels of CBD. However, there remains the possibility that Ms. Wise’s contamination allegations are
true. Such contamination is one explanation of why this isn’t working as well as traditional cannabis
extracts. Another explanation is that industrial hemp oil in general, whether from MMI or not, simply
cannot achieve the same results as traditional cannabis extracts. Once proper research can be
conducted, these questions will be answered through scientific methods. Research and proper controls
will not only illuminate these answers, but help prevent any further real or potential abuse by
corporations like MMI.
The author believes that industrial hemp oil may turn out to be a supportive adjunct therapy or
function well as a preventative, but no evidence suggests it is optimal for primary treatment.
The next corporation, Cannabis Science, is noteworthy for its work with skin cancer. On April
6th, 2011, they issued a press release announcing they had physician’s documentation confirming the
successful treatment of basal cell carcinoma resulting from the application of topical cannabis extract.
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http://www.cannabisscience.com/index.php/news-media/news-archive/196-cannabis-science-provides- physician-s-documentation-that-confirms-successful-treatment-of-skin-cancer
Cannabis Science is now working with The Phoenix Tears Foundation and New Colombia Resources to conduct trials of cannabis extracts for skin cancer in Colombia (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-colombia-resources-inc-enters-into-a-collaboration-
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agreement-with-the-phoenix-tears-foundation-for-research-and-development-of-a-cannabis-based- medicine-to-treat-skin-cancer-in-colombia-2014-05-09). This partnership will hopefully prove the efficacy of cannabis extracts against at least one form of cancer once and for all, leading to further research.
The Phoenix Tears Foundation, headed by Janet Sweeney, was inspired by Rick Simpson and is aggressively trying to raise awareness of cannabis’ anti-cancer potential. To this end, they have launched The Phoenix Five project, an initiative to treat and document five patients with advanced cancers or tumors. Witnessing cannabis extract therapy from start to finish is the most powerful indicator of this medicine’s potential. The results will ultimately be shared in a documentary titled Illegally Healed, but currently two incredible patient updates have been released.
Glenda Diltz was diagnosed with Stage IV colorectal cancer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cD_cWTQzlTI). As she went through the oil treatment following apparently failed chemotherapy, she could feel her body healing and her energy returning. She felt normal again, her hair came back, her energy came back; it was like night and day. Unfortunately, complications led to Glenda’s passing, and it is tragic she was not able to begin cannabis extract therapy sooner.
David Adkins was diagnosed with a spinal tumor stretching from the second thoracic vertebrae to the ninth. After seven weeks on cannabis extract therapy, the tumor disappeared. As David stated, “It does
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work. It’s not just that it makes me feel better, it’s taken care of the problem, the tumor’s gone. We never did a biopsy to know whether the tumor was cancerous or non-cancerous, but either way it didn’t matter because it was growing in a spot that was going to paralyze me or kill me, and they can’t find it now. So... there’s no doubt that it works. Not only do I feel better, I see the results on the MRIs.”
The biotechnology research organization Emerald Bio is aiming to develop cannabinoid drugs to fight cancer. The CEO, Johan Pontin, casually alluded to the fact that cannabis extracts were already being used to eliminate cancer in humans in a January 2014 Boston Globe article (http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2014/01/28/mass-puts-medical- marijuana/yr3vIP7R8sjIGQ3aqkdkPO/story.html). A segment from the article states,
“Pontin, who applied for a license through an offshoot company, says it’s not just a chance to ease the pain of a couple of hundred cancer patients. It’s a chance to develop new drugs that might actually cure cancer itself.
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That’s right. He says that caregivers in Rhode Island who’ve been working with marijuana for years have beaten back cancer with highly concentrated oils derived from cannabis.
‘There was an 80-year-old patient with esophagus cancer,’ he said. ‘Today, she is 91 years old and totally cancer-free. Even the insurance company couldn’t believe it.’”
An international biotechnology company called Nuvilex, Inc. published a press release on February 3rd, 2014, announcing plans to develop live-cell encapsulation therapies that utilize cannabinoids to treat cancer, via their subsidiary Medical Marijuana Sciences. (http://www.nuvilex.com/latest-news/89-
nuvilex-to-use-proprietary-cell-in-a-box-technology-to-develop-marijuana-based-cancer-treatments). Dr. Mark L. Rabe, Chairman of a Nuvilex subsidiary’s Scientific Advisory Board, stated, “Reputable
scientific journals contain numerous reports that confirm the anti-cancer properties of cannabinoids. Initial trials have also documented the effectiveness of treating pancreatic cancer using the Cell-in-a- Box(TM) live-cell encapsulation technology. When taken along with the fact that Medical Marijuana Sciences' parent company, Nuvilex, owns the exclusive worldwide rights to utilize this technology in developing cancer treatments, we believe that Medical Marijuana Sciences is in a unique position to develop cannabinoid-based treatments for cancer that will set it far apart from others in the medical marijuana arena.”
A May 9th, 2014 press release announced Nuvilex/MMS will work with the University of Northern Colorado to further develop their encapsulation technologies (http://www.medicalmarijuanasciences.com/latest-news/129-nuvilex-signs-agreement-to-study- development-of-cannabis-based-cancer-treatments).
These corporate and dispensary activities contribute very compelling information to the overall cannabis extract movement. It is because of these innovative organizations that availability of cannabis
extract medicine has substantially increased, allowing more people access to the medicine they need
now.
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5. Doctor and Team Operations
Several doctors have been mentioned throughout this report, including Dr. Robert Melamede. Dr.
Melamede was significantly involved in the skin cancer treatment project of Cannabis Science. He also
has been a leader in endocannabinoid research, and his ideas are gaining more support as new studies
are conducted.
In the fields of cannabinoid research, there are many doctors who are especially notable. Dr. Donald
Tashkin of the University of California at Los Angeles conducted a notable study concluding that even
regular, heavy smoking of cannabis does not lead to lung cancer.
"We hypothesized that there would be
a positive association between marijuana use and lung cancer, and that the association would be more
positive with heavier use," he said. "What we found instead was no association at all, and even a
suggestion of some protective effect." The original study and a Washington Post article are found
below:
http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/15/10/1829.short http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/25/AR2006052501729.html
An August 2009 study by researchers at Brown University found that long-term cannabis smokers were about 62% less likely to develop head and neck squamous cell carcinoma than non- smokers. The original study and a Fox News article are found below: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19638490 http://www.foxnews.com/story/2009/08/26/smoking-marijuana-regularly-may-reduce-risk-some-neck- head-cancers
It is frankly amazing that just smoking cannabis seems to offer significant protective effects. Despite the fact that smoking is extremely inefficient and delivers only small amounts of cannabinoids relative to orally ingested extracts, it still seems to protect against cancer in limited circumstances. Of
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course, for serious protective effects, and most certainly for actual treatment, ingestion of extracts is required.
Other major researchers include Dr. Sean McAllister, Dr. Manuel
and Dr. Raphael Mechoulam. All of their works have contributed greatly to medicinal cannabis
discussed next, they have not directly treated patients with cannabis oil and do not necessarily believe
Guzmán, Dr. Donald Abrams,
knowledge. However, unlike Dr. Robert Melamede, Dr. William Courtney, and Dr. Jeffrey Hergenrather,
that cannabis extracts can cure cancer in humans. It is the author’s hope that these researchers will
eventually understand the true importance of their work, and benefit immensely from the intensely
detailed research they put their lives into.
One of the most important doctors utilizing cannabis extracts in medicine is Dr. William Courtney. His
work is very unique because he works primarily with juiced cannabis. Cannabis juice is derived from
whole cannabis plants, which can be juiced in the same ways as other vegetables. The experiences of
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his patients have demonstrated that juicing may be even more effective than cannabis oil, although the
practice is certainly less efficient.
Dr. Courtney’s work was first detailed extensively in the documentary Leaf
she overcame several autoimmune disorders through cannabis juicing. Kristen’s history of disease
. It primarily tells the story of his wife Kristen and how
started when she was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at 16, and diagnosed with a lupus
condition known as interstitial cystitis (long-term chronic inflammation of the bladder wall). It resulted
in her being bedridden for four years. She was on over 40 medications, including methotrexate, along
with potent anti-inflammatories, painkillers, antibiotics, and steroids. Doctors said she probably would
not make it to 30, that she would never have children, and all they could do was try to make her
comfortable with massive doses of opiates. Kristen became aware of Dr. Courtney’s work and began
juicing every day. Within four to six weeks of following this practice, her back pain was gone, she didn’t
need pain pills, and felt better than she had in years. The treatment apparently induced remission of
most major disease symptoms, and Kristen now has a child and is living a normal life.
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa0nLdVJiIg)
Dr. Courtney believes the benefits to juicing are twofold. Cannabis juice is non-psychoactive, as the
cannabinoid content appears primarily in the forms of THC-acid and CBD-acid, the non-decarboxylated
forms of THC and CBD. Due to a lack of psychoactivity, juicing allows people to intake much larger
quantities of cannabinoids than with traditional cannabis oil.
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In addition to Kristen’s amazing recovery, Leaf details the story of Amber, a 2-year old diagnosed
with brain tumors. With treatment, Amber was given only a 10% chance to live. However, even after
surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, her tumors continued to grow and multiply. The doctors then
sent the baby home to comfortably die. The parents began to accept that the illness had taken her.
Thankfully, they learned of juicing cannabis, and began juicing the fan leaves of cannabis plants. Amber
was given a shot-glass of the juice every day. Within a month, the family reported that a CAT scan
showed the brain tumors reduced in number and size. The baby is no longer on hospice, although
whether there was complete resolution of the cancer is not addressed in the documentary.
Leaf is also notable for discussing cellular mechanisms by which cannabinoids regulate the body.
As discussed in the Overview of Supporting Science section, the endocannabinoid system regulates
many aspects of the body and helps maintain homeostasis. Dr. Courtney explains that one of these
mechanisms is providing post-synaptic feedback. That is, when a cell sends a message to another cell,
the receiving cell can send a message back to the transmitting cell generally indicating success or failure.
The concept is similar to acknowledgement and negative-acknowledgement (ACK and NAK) messages
used in computer networking, wherein receiving terminals let sending terminals know whether the
previous message was received correctly. In biochemistry, it may be that endocannabinoids fill this role,
and if cellular communication is impaired, cannabinoids (either endo or phyto) can correct it. This would
explain why cannabinoids are effective against so many conditions, most of which likely arise from
miscommunication between cells or some kind of cellular imbalance. While much of this is theory, the
concepts perfectly explain the experiential results observed. Furthermore, a December 2012 study
titled The evolution and comparative neurobiology of endocannabinoid signaling describes how an
endocannabinoid called 2-AG mediates retrograde signaling at synapses in the nervous system of a leech
species, and postulates “an ancient role for cannabinoid receptors as axonal regulators of neuronal
signaling” (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23108540).
Dr. Courtney’s observations were explored further with the publication of a Huffington Post article in
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/01/cannabis-for-infants- brai_n_2224898.html). He describes an 8-month old patient who had a large, centrally located, inoperable brain tumor. The father attempted to procure cannabis treatment for the child, and by doing so, was successfully able to avoid chemotherapy and radiation. The parents began putting a 3.8% CBD
early December 2012 (
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oil on the baby’s pacifier twice a day, and within two months a dramatic reduction was observed. The pediatric oncologist then allowed the parents to continue without traditional therapy since evidence was showing success. By 8 months, the tumor is essentially gone and normal brain architecture has resumed.
(http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/parents-choose/50b663372b8c2a5d91000184)
An extensive Huffington Post Live segment features interviews with Dr. William Courtney, Brave
Mykayla’s parents, and Jason David, the father of a child named Jayden who has Dravet syndrome
. Jayden’s
story is examined alongside Charlotte Figi in a segment below. At the end of this video, Dr. Courtney
recounts another patient who went through traditional therapy of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation,
yet was still sent home on hospice after the failures of those treatments. The patient began juicing just
the leaves of cannabis plants, and now two years later is alive with no trace of the tumor. While not
stated, it’s possible the referenced patient is Amber, the young girl from Leaf.
Katie Marsh was inspired to juice cannabis because of Dr. Courtney. She suffered with
rheumatoid arthritis for five years, which progressively became worse over time. Sitting down, climbing
stairs, and even holding a fork correctly became extremely painful tasks. Her energy level also
plummeted. After discovering cannabis juice and beginning a juicing regimen, Katie says she is now
about 90% better, and believes the residual symptoms would be gone if she had more leaf to juice. She
achieved this drinking only a few ounces of cannabis juice per day in a smoothie, but would prefer eight
ounces if feasible. Extensive details of Katie’s experience, and some other remarkable juicing
testimonials, are found in her book Juicing Cannabis for Healing
(http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LWCY196).
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An excerpt from an article Dr. Courtney wrote was shared by Epsilon, an organization previously
discussed in the Corporate and Dispensary Operations section. It details the use of raw cannabis
extracts to treat epileptic conditions.
Dr. Jeffrey Hergenrather is a former emergency room physician, President of the California Cannabis
Research Medical Group, and one of the first licensed doctors to treat patients with cannabis. The
author met him at the Eighth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics in May 2014. The
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Conference was partially sponsored by the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, and
hundreds of doctors attended to earn CME credit. Dr. Hergenrather presented in the doctors’
workshop, and his presentation was very similar to one he gave to the Laytonville Garden Club on June
15th, 2014 (http://www.willitsnews.com/marijuananews/ci_26091909/cannabis-physician-presents-
treatment-successes-at-laytonville-garden). He described the dramatic success observed with many
conditions, including irritable bowel disease, Alzheimer’s, and many forms of cancer. The effectiveness
against IBD and Alzheimer’s was dramatic and many patients refused to return to their original
medicines after using cannabis.
In terms of treating cancer, Dr. Hergenrather said he’s had good results by placing concentrated
Not all tumors are sensitive to cannabinoids. Hergenrather said common lung cancer, and some thyroid and breast carcinomas do not appear to
cannabis oils on carcinomas. The article summarizes, “
respond well to cannabis treatment.
Cancers that have responded, he said, are: neuroblastomas; certain types of breast cancer;
hepatic, renal, pancreatic cancer; colorectal, cervical and prostate cancers; Hodgkins, Non-Hodgkins, and Mantle cell lymphomas,; some leukemias; skin cancers, and sarcomas.”
Dr. Hergenrather appeared alongside many other doctors in the 2010 documentary What if Cannabis Cured Cancer?
Dr. Dustin Sulak, who the author also saw speak at the Eighth Clinical Conference, is the Medical Director of Integr8 Health in Maine (http://integr8health.com). His clinic treats over a thousand patients and Dr. Sulak lectures nationally on the endocannabinoid system. Mara Gordon of Aunt
Zelda’s, discussed previously, shared one of his excellent posts on her blog (http://www.azcannaoil.com/introduction-endocannabinoid-system). Dr. Sulak describes the endocannabinoid system as “perhaps the most important physiologic system in establishing and maintaining health.” He goes on to describe how cannabinoids “promote homeostasis at every level of biological life, from the sub-cellular, to the organism, and perhaps to the community and beyond.” Cannabinoids are found at the intersection between body systems, and facilitate communication
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between different cell types. Fighting cancer is mentioned as a method of homeostatic maintenance as well.
Both Dr. Sulak and Dr. Hergenrather were discussed in a previously shared Vice article (http://www.vice.com/read/desperately-seeking-cbd).
Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, who discovered THC in 1964, recently called for clinical trials of cannabis
extracts for cancer (
http://www.prweb.com/releases/Research-Cancer/Cannabis-
Extracts/prweb11564012.htm)
. He was joined by United Patients Group and Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, a
2014–
15 Clinical Fellow in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.
Dr. Mechoulam’s full statement is as follows:
“There are many anecdotal reports on the use of cannabis and various cannabis extracts for the
successful treatment of various cancers. However until well planned clinical trials have been conducted
and positive results have been published I do not believe that cannabis in any form will be widely
accepted as a cancer treatment. Hence I strongly suggest that such trials should be planned and
undertaken as soon as possible.”
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Dr. Manuel Guzmán, whose research proved cannabinoids kill brain, skin, and pancreatic cancer cells, is
also advocating for clinical trials. On the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines website,
Guzmán stated, “There are still many unanswered questions around the potential for using cannabinoids
as anticancer drugs, and it is necessary and desirable that exhaustive clinical studies are conducted to
determine how cannabinoids can be used, other than for their palliative effects, to treat cancer
patients” (http://www.cannabis-med.org/index.php?tpl=faq&red=faqlist&id=274&lng=en).
Further calling for research into cannabis and cancer, and decriminalization specifically for that
purpose, is the Green Party in Wales (http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Gren-Party-Wales-
calls-decriminalisation/story-20564358-detail/story.html). Party leader Pippa Bartolotti stated,
“I have recently read through some 37 peer reviewed papers all of which come to one startling conclusion — that the non-psychoactive (known as CBD) component in the readily grown cannabis plant has the ability to destroy cancer cells.
The remarkable medicinal properties of cannabis should not be overlooked just because it is easy to grow in your own backyard, and the patent isn’t under the control of multinational corporations.
It really is unsupportable that those who have already discovered the benefits of CBD should be treated as criminals in this country.”
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One of the most well known and popular testimonials regarding cannabis extract medicine is
that of Charlotte Figi. Her story was told on Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s documentary Weed, which premiered
August 11th, 2013.
Shortly before the documentary aired, Charlotte’s story was published on CNN
(http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/07/health/charlotte-child-medical-marijuana/index.html). Charlotte’s parents learned about the potential for cannabis in treating Dravet syndrome apparently from Jayden David’s story (the CNN article simply states that Matt Figi found a video online of a California boy with Dravet successfully being treated with high-CBD oil, and that boy is most likely Jayden).
At the time when Charlotte’s parents began to consider cannabis, Charlotte’s condition had deteriorated dramatically. She could not walk, talk, or eat, and was having 300 grand mal seizures a week. Such seizures affect the entire brain. No combination of powerful pharmaceuticals or rigid dietary changes, such as putting Charlotte on the ketogenic diet, had any effect. When Charlotte was 5, the Figis learned there was nothing more the hospital could do. That’s when they pursued cannabis extract treatment. Paige Figi, Charlotte’s mother, purchased 2 ounces of high-CBD cannabis for $800, and a friend produced oil from the material. From the very first dose, Charlotte’s seizures stopped. As the CNN article states, "‘When she didn't have those three, four seizures that first hour, that was the first sign,’ Paige recalled. ‘And I thought well, ‘Let's go another hour, this has got to be a fluke.’' The seizures stopped for another hour. And for the following seven days.”
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After their initial positive trial with cannabis oil, Paige learned of the Stanley brothers, a team of
individuals specializing in growing high-CBD cannabis. The Stanley brothers consist of Josh, Jesse, Joel,
Jon, Jordan, Jared, and J Austin. They started the Realm of Caring Foundation, a non-profit organization,
to provide children and adults with cannabis for severe conditions. The Stanleys began providing
Charlotte with oil, and even named a strain after her – Charlotte’s Web.
At the time of the CNN article, Charlotte was 6. This is just one year after the hospital told the Figis
nothing more could be done. With the use of high-CBD oil, Charlotte’s seizures dropped substantially.
Where she used to have 300 grand mals a week, she now has only a few very minor seizures each
month.
“Today, Charlotte, 6, is thriving. Her seizures only happen two to three times per month, almost solely in her sleep. Not only is she walking, she can ride her bicycle. She feeds herself and is talking more and more each day.
‘I literally see Charlotte's brain making connections that haven't been made in years,’ Matt [Figi] said. ‘My thought now is, why were we the ones that had to go out and find this cure? This natural cure? How come a doctor didn't know about this? How come they didn't make me aware of this?’”
Charlotte’s case was discussed in the May 2014 issue of Epilepsia, which confirmed Charlotte’s dramatic reduction in seizures has persisted for 20 months and she has been successfully weaned from other antiepileptic drugs (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24854149).
Another patient with the same condition as Charlotte, and whose story prompted her family to
pursue cannabis therapy, is Jayden David. He and his father Jason have appeared on numerous media
outlets to share Jayden’s story. In the Dr. Courtney Huffington Post Live video mentioned above, Jason
David joined in to elaborate upon Jayden’s experience.
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Jayden is currently 7 years old. He had his first seizure at 4 months old. Christmas morning was his first
seizure. For four-and-a-half years, he had at least one seizure every single day. Twelve different
medications were attempted and none worked, not even the experimental ones. Jason began giving
Jayden high-CBD oil in a base of coconut oil. Shortly after, his condition improved dramatically – where
Jayden was once often stuck in a wheelchair, he is now running around, playing, and “being a child
again.” Jason gets his medication from Harborside Health Center, arguably the most advanced
medicinal cannabis facility in the country. At a news conference at Oakland City Hall, Jason made a plea
alongside Harborside’s owner, Stephen DeAngelo, to allow the continued distribution of cannabis
medicine. It was also at this conference Jason revealed Jayden had endured 45 ambulance trips in his
lifetime, and hasn’t been in an ambulance since starting CBD oil medication.
(http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Oakland-s-Harborside-pot-club-fights-feds-3702632.php).
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Getting back to Realm of Caring, it is important to note that Charlotte Figi is not their only success story.
Another of their patients, Landon Riddle, was using high-CBD oil for leukemia. Dr. Sanjay Gupta also
examined this case, but for some reason it was cut out of the Weed documentary and only made
available online (
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk9NQxWElXg).
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Dr. Gupta and Sierra Riddle, Landon’s mother, described the severity of Landon’s condition. At 2, he
was diagnosed with leukemia. Doctors immediately started intense chemotherapy, but said even with
that, he only had around an 8% chance of living 24-48 hours. As Gupta stated, “The chemo made him
violently ill. He was in intense pain, he suffered nerve damage in his legs, and he went 25 days without
eating.” Around the clock, he was on a wide variety of pharmaceuticals and painkillers. Sierra then
learned about medicinal cannabis, and found Realm of Caring. As soon as they began the oil, Landon’s
blood platelet count improved substantially, returning to a healthy level. At the end of the video, Dr.
Gupta states Landon has been off chemotherapy for three weeks, and that Sierra stated Landon’s cancer
was in remission.
In September Sierra was reported to Human Services by a doctor for refusing further chemotherapy to
Landon (
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/30/marijuana-over-chemo_n_4017985.html)
. The
law technically requires that even after remission, children continue undergoing chemotherapy to
ensure the cancer is completely gone and doesn’t return. This chemotherapeutic practice is not entirely
wrong, nor is the practice of reporting parents to Humans Services if they are relying on a truly
ineffective treatment. However, when a treatment like cannabis oil has so strongly indicated to be
effective in general, proven to be effective in the patient’s individual case, and the use of chemotherapy
has resulted in unbearable side effects, it is nothing short of evil to require further chemotherapy
treatment. At the very least, the results are more than enough to substantiate continued use of non-
toxic, side-effect-free cannabis extracts, with chemotherapy at the ready in the case of failure. It is also
of note that Brave Mykayla is required to continue with chemotherapy as well
(https://www.facebook.com/BraveMyKayla/posts/212591228870849).
As of July 2014, Landon has been removed entirely from chemotherapy and is only using
extracts. A post from Landon’s page summarizes the progress.
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Realm of Caring hosts many other stories on their website, divided into adult and child sections (http://theroc.us). Zaki Jackson is another notable Realm patient, diagnosed with Doose syndrome (http://theroc.us/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=3:zakis-journey&Itemid=281). Unlike Charlotte Figi’s Dravet-based seizures, Zaki’s epileptic activity is characterized by high-frequency, short- duration, subclinical seizures. An EEG prior to starting CBD showed subclinical seizure activity every 10 seconds during the day, and 2 to 3 times more frequent at night. Despite trying 17 pharmaceuticals, the ketogenic diet, acupuncture, chiropractic, cranial sacral therapy, energy work, and other herbal treatments, nothing worked. Because of the extreme frequency of his seizures, Zaki has had literally hundreds of thousands of seizures in his lifetime, and has experienced side effects from medications like cramping body pains, hair loss, bone loss, abnormal weight gain, aggression, and more. The night before CBD oil was first started, Zaki had 200 seizures. The night he started, he didn’t have any. On October 1st, 2012, three months into CBD oil treatment, Zaki had another EEG. The 24-hour test showed only 12 subclinical seizures the entire time, an amount which normally would occur in only two minutes. As the testimonial ends, “He is almost off of pharmaceuticals. He is happy, healthy, at the time of this writing 9 months seizure free, enjoying being a boy, scaring me on his bike and skateboard! It is fantastic. He has an opportunity at life now.”
An October 23rd, 2013 article described the celebration of Zaki’s one-year anniversary of being seizure free (http://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/10-year-old-is-seizure-free-after-one-year-of- cannabis-oil/Content?oid=2779991).
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Another story features Emily, who was diagnosed with a catastrophic form of epilepsy known as
infantile spasms at six months of age
(http://theroc.us/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=11:emilys-journey&Itemid=276)
(http://theroc.us/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=12:jacobs-journey&Itemid=275)
medications and a special diet (likely the ketogenic diet), nothing helped. Emily’s mother learned of the
. She had
between 300-400 seizures a day at worst (her average was 50-100), and even with 14 attempted
success Charlotte and Zaki experienced with Dravet and Doose syndrome, and was encouraged to try
CBD treatment for Emily. With little time to prepare, Emily’s family moved to Colorado with the help of
Realm of Caring. The post on Emily ends as such:
There are several other successful stories on RealmOfCaringFoundation.org. Jacob’s experience is very
similar to others – he had a severe form of epilepsy, endured hours-long seizure activity, and responded
extremely poorly to all pharmaceuticals
. Jacob’s
mother describes how she found Realm of Caring and what her experience was below:
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Realm of Caring has experience treating cancer as well. The Stanley brothers reportedly provided CNN
with their anti-cancer work, but the news organization refused to air it. One of their most remarkable
cancer patients is Susan, who was diagnosed with lobular breast cancer in August 2007
(http://theroc.us/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=9:susans-journey&Itemid=278). A double
mastectomy led to a brief remission until it recurred as metastatic Stage IV breast cancer in 2011.
Various surgeries, including the mastectomy and removal of ovaries, along with chemotherapy, left
Susan with broken legs from falls, complete kidney failure, blood clots, and fluid build-up around the
heart and lungs. After failure of these treatments, doctors wanted to try a new chemotherapy, which
Susan apparently refused (it is unclear whether chemotherapy was used concurrently, but implied it was
not).
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In June 2012, Susan began cannabis treatment. After less than four months, a PET scan showed
her cancer was “completely inactive” – smaller in one area and gone in another. In March 2013,
another scan showed continued inactivity and further areas of complete remission.
Another brief cancer-related testimonial from Realm of Caring is Michelle
(http://theroc.us/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=8:michelles-journey&Itemid=279). While
her regimen is not fully explained, it is clear cannabis extracts have worked to some significant extent.
Michelle also uses cannabis oil for scoliosis and fibromyalgia, which she suggests is strongly preferable
over Lyrica, as it made her lethargic.
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Since the release of Dr. Gupta’s documentary, nothing short of a revolution has begun. Families from
across the country are coming to Colorado for access to high-CBD cannabis oil, the last chance for their
children. And their hopes are paying off. Charlotte, Jayden, Zaki, Emily, and Jacob are not outliers.
Most cases are showing dramatic, miraculous improvements. Dr. Margaret Gedde, a Colorado Springs
physician, is tracking several patients of Realm of Caring. She recently authored a paper titled “Whole
Cannabis Extract of High Concentration Cannabidiol May Calm Seizures in Highly Refractory Pediatric
Epilepsies,” which reported the results of high-CBD treatment in several patients.
Other doctors are taking note of these amazing results and demanding immediate action. Dr. Francis
Filloux, the top pediatric neurologist at the University of Utah, along with two colleagues have come out
in support of high-CBD medicine (
hemp-colorado.html.csp).
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http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57118270-78/utah-marijuana-
“‘I would like to express my strong belief that [cannabidiol]-based oils (referred to here in Utah as Alepsia) should be available as soon as possible to Utah children with severe epilepsy. The substance is not psychoactíve or hallucinogenic, it contains less THC than do other materials that can be legally purchased in Utah, and it has absolutely no abuse potential,’ declared Francis Filloux, chief of the U.’s Division of Pediatric Neurology, in a letter shared Tuesday with Utah’s Controlled Substances Advisory Committee.”
Growing support is also coming from politicians. Gage Froerer, a state representative from Utah, is fighting to import high-CBD cannabis oil into his state to help children (http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/56968773-78/epilepsy-utah-isaac-sintz.html.csp). He recently said momentum is building to legalize this form of cannabis, although there are some concerns within the Utah legislature about conflicts with federal law and potential long-term health consequences of cannabis oil use (http://www.standard.net/stories/2013/11/20/froerer-predicts-cannabis-bill-will-pass). Nonetheless, the support in Utah has been accelerating quickly and it is likely that some kind of reform will be implemented.
Jennifer and Jacob Welton, the parents of Zander Welton, have filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona to ensure uninterrupted, continued access to high-CBD cannabis oil (http://abcnews.go.com/Health/parents-file-suit-son-medicinal-marijuana-extract/story?id=20740614). Zander has cortical dysplasia, and until he was given high-CBD oil, no previous treatments had worked to control his seizures. As the ABC News article reports,
“Prior to the treatment, the 5-year-old had received many other kinds of medication and had undergone two brain surgeries in an effort to alleviate the severity of his seizures. Doctors had removed part of his hippocampus and his left temporal lobe, but his seizures persisted. According to the Weltons, Zander's doctor said their final option to alleviate his seizures was to remove the left hemisphere of his brain. The procedure could have left him paralyzed or in a vegetative state, so they decided to try the cannabis oil option first.
Zander was put on cannabidiol oil, or CBD, in September after he qualified for a medical marijuana card. There are approximately 40 minors in Arizona who qualify for a medical marijuana card.
According to court documents, the Weltons noticed an improvement in Zander's symptoms after being treated with medical marijuana. Welton confirmed that after treatment Zander no longer had 8- to 10-minute seizures daily that would cause him to stop breathing and turn blue. Instead, in the seven weeks since Zander had been taking medicinal marijuana, Welton said he had only two seizures and each only lasted a few minutes and he didn't stop breathing.
In addition, Zander has been able to communicate more and has started to shake his head signifying when he doesn't like something.”
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A November 2013 episode of The Doctors, a syndicated talk show, featured a discussion between Dr. Travis Stork, Paige Figi, and Dr. Orrin Devinsky. Charlotte’s story was recounted, and Dr. Stork passionately implored the audience to understand how amazing her turnaround was.
The use of cannabis extracts for epilepsy is not limited to the United States, nor to high-cannabidiol oils. In Australia, a young girl named Tara O’Connell has been using THC-acid tincture to treat Dravet syndrome (http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/desperate-parents-turn-to-medical-marijuana- in-lastditch-effort-to-improve-their-childrens-lives/story-fni0fit3-1226799787147). THC-A is the unheated, non-decarboxylated form of THC, and is non-psychoactive like CBD. Before treatment, Tara was having up to 60 seizures a day. Her mother stated, “She was dying, she could barely walk or talk, was unable to toilet herself and slept a similar cycle to a newborn. Over a year, Tara’s condition improved dramatically – her seizures stopped, she no longer needs a wheelchair, and a recent neuropsychological assessment said her overall cognitive performances were “significantly improved on those documented 12 months ago.” A Melbourne Child Neurology doctor, Lindsay J. Smith, said Tara’s improvement was “nothing short of miraculous” (http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/2041114/mother-holds-hope-for-trial-as-support-grows).
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Tara’s mother is also using the tincture for her son Sean, who was diagnosed with a less severe epileptic condition. He is now seizure free and exhibiting other improvements. The producer of the extract Tara and Sean use is Tony Bower, who supplies more than 400 people around Australia (http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/2055844/marijuana-grower-says-medical-trial-is- needed/). Tony has endured legal troubles for illegally growing cannabis, and in 2013 he spent six weeks in prison for the charge. Like many doctors and researchers, Tony wants formal medical trials, and even has a page on his website dedicated to such research (http://www.mullawaysmedicalcannabis.com.au/clinical.html).
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The situation in Australia was bolstered strongly by the case of Dan Haslam, whose story was widely
popularized in a June 15th, 2014 article (https://au.news.yahoo.com/sunday-
night/features/a/24234836/marijuana-the-illegal-medicine). Dan is the son of a former drug squad
detective, Lou Haslam, who has completely changed his stance on the medicine since his son’s
experience. In fact, the Tamworth community and senior police officials have all been supportive. At
24, Dan was diagnosed with bowel cancer. It was soon discovered there were over 40 tumors in his liver
as well. Dan began using cannabis to fight the side effects of chemotherapy, which was quite effective.
Instead of taking a week to recover from chemotherapy, it only took him a day.
Dan then began looking into cannabis oil as a cure. He found a video of someone who claimed
they healed themselves of terminal adenocarcinoma with cannabis oil, and then began making it. Dan
In a nutshell, the oil unlocks receptors on the cancer site and then the immune system recognises it as a cancer because at the moment it’s sitting invisible to my immune system. I know
stated, “
people say there [are] no clinical studies but there is evidence to suggest that it can treat my cancer and I am going to give it a go and we have to have faith in it." Interestingly enough, this same “immune recognition” theory was postulated by Rich Eatwell, a cancer patient in the Facebook testimonials subsection above.
The Sunday Night article goes onto describe the experience of Cooper, a child epilepsy patient. Cooper
has both a severe form of epilepsy and cerebral palsy. After his parents ran out of traditional options,
they decided to try cannabis oil, and immediately saw results. Cassie Batten and Rhett Wallace,
Cooper’s parents, were initially reported to the Department of Human Services for administering an
illegal drug. However, doctors were so amazed by Cooper’s progress he began receiving cannabis oil in
the hospital. With the oil, his seizures had dropped from hundreds a day to two or three.
Unfortunately, Cassie and Rhett’s appearance on Sunday Night (a popular Australian news
program) led to a raid on their home in July, where police took Cooper’s medicine
(https://au.news.yahoo.com/sunday-night/features/a/24496566/cannabis-oil). Despite the toll this has
"It needs to be in the public eye, it needs to be investigated more, tests, more formal tests need to be done, other than
taken on the family, Rhett said he didn’t regret speaking about Cooper’s success.
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what’s been done in the states, and other countries. Australia needs to catch up on that and the right measures need to be put in place,” stated Rhett.
An April 26th, 2014 article in The Toronto Sun described the case of Mia Wilkinson, who suffers from a
rare epileptic disorder called Ohtahara syndrome (http://www.torontosun.com/2014/04/26/medical-
marijuana-gives-epileptic-child-new-lease-on-life). The condition is typically fatal within two years of
being born; in fact, Mia experienced her first seizure just 29 minutes after birth. Mia eventually began
suffering 100 seizures a day. Her parents were eventually told by Mia’s neurologist that nothing more
could be done, and were almost ready to give up after seeing their daughter in another medically-
induced coma. As a last resort, they asked their doctor if they could try cannabis oil. Given that all
pharmaceuticals had failed, he agreed. Within one day of trying cannabis oil, there were drastic
changes, including a cessation of Mia’s seizures. An EEG showed the oil had “calmed her raging brain.”
Doctors said the EEG was comparable to someone with a benign form of epilepsy, after just one day.
Mia is now down from 100 seizures a day to seven in the past eight months, and has also gone from
being completely speechless to using multiple words.
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An April 12th, 2014 WashingtonPost.com article examined several families from Northern Virginia
resorting to cannabis extracts to treat their children (http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/northern-
va-families-move-to-colorado-to-get-medical-marijuana-for-children-with-
epilepsy/2014/04/12/859b65a6-bf60-11e3-b195-dd0c1174052c_story.html). Jennifer Collins, a teenage
epilepsy patient, experienced up to 300 seizures a day. After beginning cannabis oil (likely high-CBD),
Jennifer’s seizures have “all but stopped.” Moreover, Jennifer says she feels a lot better – she can focus
more, does better on school tests, has better memory. The cannabis extract’s effectiveness is clearly
extending beyond seizure control, which alone is potentially life-saving. Another patient’s mother, Dara
Lightle, saw her daughter Madeline experience a drastic reduction in seizures. Moreover, “unbelievable
anger, kicking, and screaming” were replaced with reading, and all other drugs besides cannabis oil were
discarded. Before-and-after EEGs showed drastic differences.
Colorado is not the only destination for medical cannabis refugees
(http://www.wcsh6.com/story/news/health/2014/05/20/bringing-seizures-under-control/9358465).
Cyndimae Meehan is a Dravet patient whose family moved to Maine for access. Her parents originally
used cannabis oil they got from a friend, which led to a three-month seizure-free period. Upon running
out, the seizures returned, and Cyndimae’s neurologists suggested the family move to Maine.
Reintroducing the medicine has once again produced stunning results.
July 30th articles on both Yahoo Health and DailyMail described the case of Nettie Raenetta
(http://www.yahoo.com/health/infants-life-was-saved-by-cannabis-mom-claims-93327499772.html).
Nettie was born with hydrocephalus, a rare genetic disorder causing buildup of water instead of brain
tissue in the skull (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2710488/The-mother-toddler-sent-home-
hospital-die-claims-daughter-making-miraculous-recovery-thanks-CANNABIS.html). Within weeks of
birth, she developed epilepsy, cerebral palsy, partial blindness, and other delays. She suffered from five
different types of seizures. Rachael Garner, Nettie’s mother and a certified pharmacy technician,
turned to CBD oil after Nettie was diagnosed with two strains of pneumonia and doctors said she would
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die within days. While aware of CBD’s benefits beforehand, Rachael had not tried it in light of her
state’s prohibitive laws. Rachael was sent a special CBD formulation by Stephen Carmen of Carmen CBD
Oils (http://carmencbdoils.weebly.com). The formula consisted of 25% pure CBD and 75% organic hemp
seed oil. Within 24 hours of the first dose on July 2nd, 2014, Nettie began experiencing a remarkable
turnaround, such as cooing for the first time in her life and smiling when being picked up, instead of
scared. She has also remained seizure free since her first dose. The author spoke with Rachael, who
described other benefits like Nettie being able to hold her head up independently for short periods of
time. Speaking with Rachael was very emotional, and her feelings perfectly represent the true
desperation and urgency that parents experience when trying to treat their sick children with a simple
plant-based, yet illegal, medicine. In The Daily Mail article, Rachael stated, “There is no doubt in my
mind Nettie would be dead today if it wasn’t for Carmen CBD Oils reaching out to me to help.”
An August 3rd, 2014 article outlines Sara Estrella’s positive experience with cannabis oil, which her
parents produced at home apparently with the Magic Butter machine
(http://newjersey.news12.com/news/shawnea-and-ernie-estrella-of-franklin-say-medical-marijuana-
brought-back-daughter-s-ability-to-speak-1.8954329). Brain surgery and seizures had left Sara unable to
speak at the age of 5. Her parents, Shawnea and Ernie, say that the oil restored Sara’s speech after 17
years of silence and led to a reduction in seizures.
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In light of these successes, primarily those in the United States, the Epilepsy Foundation has called for
both increased medicinal cannabis access and research
(https://www.epilepsy.com/newsfeeds/press_release/1002788).
“The Epilepsy Foundation supports the rights of patients and families living with seizures and epilepsy to
access physician directed care, including medical marijuana. Nothing should stand in the way of patients
gaining access to potentially life-saving treatment. If a patient and their healthcare professionals feel
that the potential benefits of medical marijuana for uncontrolled epilepsy outweigh the risks, then
families need to have that legal option now -- not in five years or ten years. For people living with severe
uncontrolled epilepsy, time is not on their side. This is a very important, difficult, and personal decision
that should be made by a patient and family working with their healthcare team.”
The press release also stressed the need for unbiased clinical trials, stating further research will
establish more about the safety and efficacy of various extracts.
The Michigan Cannabis Cancer Project is an endeavor to provide Michigan residents with high-
quality cannabis oil specifically for treating cancer (http://www.michigancannabiscancerproject.com).
The vast majority of medicine has been donated free of charge to patients. The Project was founded by
John Roberts, who works with other oil producers like Gersh Avery and Michael McShane. Gersh’s work
was discussed earlier in this report.
Michael is a patient who became involved after trying to find a way to more effectively treat his
recurring skin cancer (http://www.cureyourowncancer.org/michael-mcshanes-story-beating-squamous-
cell-carcinoma-skin-cancer-with-cannabis-oil.html). In the late 1980s, he was diagnosed with HIV, which
subsequently led to many bouts with cancer. For years Michael fought these cancers with surgery,
chemotherapy, and radiation. In June 2011, the cancer on his face returned in a spot where it was
previously removed with surgery. Although initially skeptical, Michael gave cannabis oil a chance. “I got
Simpson oil and started putting it on and after ten days, ten days I saw it. The cancer started to break up
before my eyes. It looked like a big white callous, and it started to fragment and break up. I was crying. It
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was unbelievable.” In an August 2011 Detroit CBS News article, Michael’s dermatologist Dr. Ali Moiin
said the cancer cells had decreased up to 60 percent after two months, and said the results warranted
scientific study into cannabis extracts for skin cancer (http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2011/08/29/skin-
cancer-patient-says-oil-from-medical-marijuana-is-a-cure). An article a month later confirmed all visible
signs of cancer were gone, and Dr. Moiin was no longer recommending surgery
(http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2011/09/13/skin-cancer-patient-says-medical-marijuana-oil-saved-him-
from-surgery). However, Michael was disappointed with his doctor’s reaction, and Dr. Moiin refused to
speak to the media any further. As a Facebook friend of Michael, the author has personally witnessed
his extraordinary dedication. Even in the face of homelessness he has never given up helping others as a
caregiver. This never-give-up spirit is shared by those Michael works with.
The Michigan Cannabis Cancer Project also runs Cancer Patients Rights, which advocates for freedom of
patients to use cannabis extract medicine. A page on the site details the story of Laura DeVille-Sherman,
who turned to cannabis oil after being diagnosed with cancer for the third time
(http://www.cancerpatientsrights.com/success-stories.html). In this case, it was Stage IV bone and liver
cancer metastasized from breast cancer, with so many tumors present the doctors stopped counting.
Laura was told to get her affairs in order. Instead, she worked up to a gram a day of cannabis oil, and a
PET scan eventually revealed no cancer. While a couple shadows remained on a CAT scan, the
difference was lifesaving. The only side effect was the amount and “wonderful quality” of sleep Laura
experienced, which is generally a part of the healing process. The author spoke with Laura, who
confirmed that a July 2014 scan revealed she is cancer free.
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On the About Us page of the main Project site, it is claimed that nearly a hundred patients have been
treated to remission with about a 70% success rate
(http://www.michigancannabiscancerproject.com/About-Us.html). Most of these patients were Stage
IV cancers with metastases.
An August 12th, 2014 video details the work of the Michigan Cannabis Cancer Project
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3Q5Ink5Zhw). Included are statements from the Project’s
leaders and testimonials from patients.
John Roberts, pictured below with Laura, was raided in late 2013 for his work
(http://www.newreviewsite.com/articles/JOHN-ROBERTS--amp--the-Cannabis-Cancer-Project/1355).
Despite this, John continues to press on, and in the article describes further successes he has witnessed
with cannabis oil treatment. Also revealed is that John himself beat liver cancer with oil.
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The Vitamin Cannabis team in Colorado has done exceptional work. Kyle Marsh, the leader, detailed
their work in a documentary called Vitamin Cannabis, released in September 2010
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMvMEwpCaOA). Kyle learned about the potential for cannabis and cancer from Rick Simpson, and his team of growers began producing cannabis oil to see if Rick’s claims were really true. Kyle happened to have a 60-year old uncle at the time with some form of cancer. Doctors had not identified what type of cancer it was yet, and Kyle’s uncle was essentially told to wait until it got worse, so it would be more easily identifiable and then treated with radiation. Meanwhile, Kyle and his team had just begun producing cannabis oil, which they refer to as Phoenix Tears in honor of Rick. Kyle told his uncle about cannabis oil, and he watched Run From the Cure. He then decided to use Phoenix Tears instead of traditional treatment.
A notable aspect of Kyle’s operations was the remarkable effort put into measuring out doses and establishing proper treatment regimens.
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The rigid classifications allowed Kyle’s team to better track results, and they began testing the oil on
people. One glaucoma patient substituted their $600/month eye drops for oil capsules and reports no
need for prescriptions after one month of treatment. As Kyle’s uncle continues treatment, his condition
progressively improves, until his once debilitating pain is gone. He decides to move onto the Super C
pills. A month after doing so, a cancer specialist determined his cancer is gone.
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One of the most science-oriented groups involved in the cannabis extract movement is Bud Buddies,
founded in 2002 by Jeff Ditchfield. Jeff also ran The Beggars Belief, a Dutch-style cannabis café. Due to
the United Kingdom’s harsh cannabis laws, Jeff experienced six police raids on The Beggars Belief and
numerous arrests. This never stopped him from helping others, but it did force him to relocate to Spain.
Jeff’s well-rounded experience is evidenced by his lectures at The Royal College of General Practitioners
and John Mores University, as well as his appearances on several television stations and radio programs,
including Parliament TV and BBC1.
When Jeff moved his organization from the UK to Spain, he also switched his focus to helping cancer
patients. His treatment regiments for fighting cancer are largely based on continuously growing
experiential evidence and the work of
Dr. Manuel
Guzmán.
To publicize the very real struggles patients go through to simply access an effective medicine,
Jeff is currently producing Project Storm. This documentary follows six terminal cancer patients,
including two children, as they use cannabis extracts to heal. Jeff describes Project Storm as follows:
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“Project Storm is a documentary following the lives of 6 UK terminal cancer patients who have all been told there is nothing more that their doctors can do for them, however the brave individuals didn’t accept this devastating news and they started to research alternative therapies and their journey led them to Bud Buddies and ‘Project Storm’.
Our protocols for the project have been drawn up based on the research of Professor Manuel Guzman and his team at Madrid University who are pioneers in the research into cannabinoids and cancer, I’m very much looking forward to meeting them again at Madrid University next month.
Films like ‘Run from the Cure’ have inspired thousands of people but we wanted to make a documentary ‘in real time’, all the participants in the film started on the oil around Christmas last year, this isn’t a film to ‘prove’ that cannabinoids ‘kill’ cancer, it is the story of the 6 people in the film and their journey.”
“For me the evidence of cannabis oil sending cancers into remission is far from anecdotal and we have many cases of its success, however I don't consider that any one individual has ever been 'cured'. I much prefer the term 'treatment' to 'cure', if the oil truly was a cure then a person’s cancer would go into remission and not return but it is obvious that there is a daily need for a 'maintenance dose' to keep cancer in remission.
Your choice of strain depends very much on the cancer you are treating. Many conditions such as lung cancer respond well to high THC oils, however, if you are treating Gliomas or any form of brain tumour then we have found that a 1:1 THC/CBD strain is the most effective.
The University of Madrid research indicates that the most effective combination of cannabinoids to treat Gliomas is a 50/50 THC/CBD ratio, this combination was found to be more effective against Glioma cells than either THC or CBD on their own.”
The full trailer for Project Storm can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah3Y4_ahm5I. Donations to support the film’s completion are needed and can be made through Project Storm’s website at
The above is taken from an interview Jeff had with Mel Thomas, which he provided to the author. In
this interview, Jeff also answered the question of whether the anti-cancer effectiveness of cannabis
extracts is merely anecdotal, and offered some insight into what strains work best for which cancers.
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http://projectstormthefilm.com. Below are several images from the film, including
renowned Spanish researcher Guillermo Velasco, one of Manuel Guzmán’s partners.
A documentary called “Canada’s New Oil Men” details the work of those remaining in Canada, who had
learned from Rick Simpson the full benefits of cannabis oil (
. After Rick left, several people remained to carry on his work. A filmmaker named Chris
Harrigan produced a documentary to tell the story of one such person, Daren McCormick.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mInW-
MF8RAA)
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In the video, Daren describes many of his experiences treating others with cancer. Many people would
come to him for help, and all Daren asked in return for providing medicine was to know the results. He
stated there was “never a failure”, although there was no indication whether this statement meant all
patients were cured or just improved somehow. However, a specific reference to the treatment of skin
cancer is made. Daren says that in Halifax, he provided less than 1mL of oil to a man with skin cancer.
The man applied it to the skin cancer with a bandage, and in four days, the cancer was gone.
At the end, filmmaker Chris Harrigan states that Daren has recently been sentenced to three
years in prison for his technically illicit activities. Chris feels indebted to Daren for treating a friend, and
wants to help Daren and all the others who have been unjustly persecuted for trying to save others.
One of the most well known cannabis oil producers was Ronnie Smith, who worked with a variety of
individuals throughout his oil making career. Ronnie often went by the alias Roland A. Duby and was
arguably the most bold and daring persona in the movement. For at least six years, he publically
advertised through all forms of social media that he would send a full treatment’s worth of oil to anyone
in the United States for $2,000. He included his phone number, which somehow he never needed to
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change, in every post. Ronnie frequently sent free cannabis oil to patients in need, including several the
author personally referred who had no other options. Before becoming a cannabis oil distributor,
Ronnie was Jack Herer’s personal assistant for four years, and helped edit the 2007 edition of The
Emperor Wears no Clothes. In an October 2012 Facebook post, Ronnie recounts how he got involved
with cannabis oil (https://www.facebook.com/notes/roland-a-duby/what-the-hell-did-i-
do/501436303207704).
“My name is Ronnie Smith. I was Jack Herer's personal assistant for 4 years and I edited the 2007 edition of his book. While living with Jack, I found out I had cancer, and I had lumps in between each knuckle and a lump hanging out my rear. ...
I was growing pot at the time with Jack and his wife and my job was to make the bubble hash from the trimmings. While making the hash I would eat a spoonfull on occassion, and I did that four or
five times a day for a couple months. I noticed after a month that the lumps between my knuckles got softer and after 2 months, they were gone. Jack said that he wrote in his book about a college study where they killed cancer in rats with THC in the 70's. His wife googled the article and in the search, she found Rick Simpson and the story about the oil. This was 2006, and we called Rick, and Rick turned out to be a big fan of Jacks, so Jack had him on the Jack Herer TV show every week. Rick said he needed someone in America to make oil and I volunteered. He sent me referals for 3 years before he got stuck in europe. by 2010 I had cured over 200 people. I decided to run for Sheriff and make the cure available for free to anyone in my county.”
Ronnie appeared in an April 2013 interview, where he discussed his experiences and
observations from years in the movement (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFKo8yz8yjA). By this
point, he claims to have cured over 300 people of various cancers with a 75-80% success rate. This
particular video conveys Ronnie’s personality and intelligence very effectively.
Ronnie passed away in early April 2014. His passing was a great loss to the cannabis community and the
world at large. Ronnie was a friend of the author and it is tragic he will not get to see the ultimate fruits
of his labor. However, his work will forever live on, and his uniqueness will not be forgotten.
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he opens for Doug Stanhope can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtGWui7i8DI.
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Ronnie was also a skilled (in the author’s opinion) stand-up comedian. A 2005 performance in which
6. Concluding Discussion
The amount of evidence supporting the effectiveness of cannabis extract medicine is staggering. As has
been shown, people from all walks of life have used many types of cannabis extracts to eliminate
various types of cancer and completely control or eliminate a multitude of other diseases.
The versatility of cannabis extracts is impressive. High-THC oil, high-CBD oil, juiced cannabis,
industrial hemp oils, and raw cannabinoid therapies have all demonstrated remarkable effectiveness.
These medicines have been administered in topical, oral, vaporization, and suppository forms. A general
trend has been made clear - cannabis extracts derived from high-quality starting materials and
administered properly in the necessary quantities can achieve miraculous healing results.
One of the true original goals of the cannabis extract movement has been to secure clinical
testing of cannabis oil to prove its effectiveness definitively. As mentioned, Rick Dwyer tried to take this
route many years ago, but unfortunately nothing came of those efforts.
It is unfortunate that no true clinical trials have been carried out since the release of Run From the Cure
and the initial pleas for such trials. Why have they not been done? While the answers can only be
speculated upon, there are some possible explanations. First, cannabis is, for the most part, a globally
illicit drug. Its research is heavily restricted in the United States and moderately restricted in many other
parts of the world. Of course, there are many countries where cannabis laws are laxer, so the illegality
of cannabis cannot totally explain the lack of trials.
There is a widespread lack of knowledge regarding the extensive therapeutic potential of
cannabis extracts, and most research has just focused on human smoking, animal, or culture studies.
Writing a research paper on the ability of cannabinoids to inhibit the growth of cancer cells is likely an
easier process than arranging a long-term study of cannabis oil on cancer patients. In many parts of the
world, high-quality cannabis is expensive, which creates a prohibitive barrier to studies. Another
significant barrier to research, perhaps even the greatest, is the general public sentiment regarding
cannabis extract medicine. More insight into the nature of this sentiment will be revealed in further
discussion.
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Although there have not been any true clinical trials, many other scientific merits have been
met. A multitude of peer-reviewed, scientific papers demonstrate that endocannabinoids,
phytocannabinoids, and synthetic cannabinoids can all kill cancer cells. They do this through a wide
variety of mechanisms, such as prompting ceramide-induced apoptosis through receptor-dependent
and independent means, changing gene expression, inhibiting angiogenesis, stopping metastasis,
reducing cellular respiration, slowing proliferation, modifying enzymes, and more. Studies show that
cannabinoids work against virtually every specific cancer cell type, like breast, brain, colon, kidney, liver,
leukemia, lymphoma, prostate, pancreatic, skin, and more. In addition, the November 2013 study in
Case Reports in Oncology proved the anti-leukemic effects of cannabinoids extend to humans in at least
one case.
Furthermore, studies indicate cannabinoids exert beneficial effects on nearly all major diseases,
like autoimmune disorders, heart disease, Crohn’s, diabetes, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, multiple
sclerosis, and more. These widespread effects are theoretically possible because of the
endocannabinoid system. Research has shown the ECS modulates many critical functions of the body,
developed very early in evolutionary history, and is possibly the chief regulator of systemic homeostasis.
Admittedly understated, all disease ultimately results in a disruption of homeostasis. When perfect
homeostasis is achieved, disease can’t exist – the states are mutually exclusive. Although only
conjectural, the theory conveniently explains why cannabis extracts seem to work against nearly any
kind of disease with such astounding success and resolution.
Replication is another scientific merit that cannabis extracts have achieved. Many purported
alternative cancer treatments have been shot down because only the original creator supposedly
observed results, or upon further inspection, unacceptable risks were observed. This is not the case in
the cannabis extract movement. First, the man who arguably launched the movement, Rick Simpson, is
by far not the only person to have achieved results. In fact, his work now pales in comparison to the
hundreds of others who have used or adapted his techniques, and the scientists and caregivers who
have gone even further with high-CBD oil and juicing. The initial claims of cannabis eliminating cancers
have been replicated time and time again. From the very first people who took Rick up on his challenge
to put oil on a skin cancer and see what happens, to multiple doctors reporting cancer remissions in
major journals, it just keeps happening.
There is no doubt cannabis extracts have saved lives and resulted in disease remissions. It is
practically impossible that all of these case reports and relevant scientific findings are coincidences or
falsifications. Many cases exist where people used cannabis oil with or without traditional
chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery and achieved success. In fact, the achievements alongside
traditional treatment have sometimes been even more remarkable than those without it. Child patients
like Brave Mykayla, Sophie Ryan, and Landon Riddle have reduced chemotherapy side effects to nearly
nothing, while also eliminating the cancers much faster than expected. Other patients like Stan Rutner
and Joanne Crowther endured chemotherapy and radiation, only to be told they were still going to die.
With cannabis oil treatment, they were healed. Then there are people who beat cancer without any
conventional treatment, like Dr. Courtney’s 8-month old patient for brain cancer, Corrie Yelland for anal
canal cancer, Dennis Hill for aggressive prostate cancer, Joe Crowe for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, David
Triplett for skin cancer, Michael Cutler for liver cancer, and more.
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Despite the gravity of just these few cases, they are still only a small piece of the total patient
data that exists. To maintain some semblance of brevity, not all testimonials have been included. More
importantly, there are so many patient experiences that simply have not been recorded. Not everybody
is willing to put their personal medical information online, even anonymously. Another compounding
factor is the fact that cannabis is federally illegal. People have taken legitimate legal risks by sharing
their experiences, especially caregivers. The courage these individuals have demonstrated in the face of
overwhelming adversity, from law enforcement, society, and the diseases themselves, is nothing short
of heroic.
Conversing with the general public about this reality, including government and nonprofit
officials, is difficult because of the magnitude and initial absurdity of the claims. Telling someone that
cannabis, a psychoactive plant that people use to get high, can effectively eliminate many kinds of
cancer obviously comes off ludicrous. As if that truth didn’t make things hard enough, claiming extracts
work against nearly any major disease basically seals the deal on the status of the proponent’s sanity.
Due to the sheer level of disbelief in such possibilities, people have been generally unreceptive
to higher-level healing claims. The author, over his six years of being in this movement, has observed a
surprising lack of interest from mainstream organizations. Most news reports that have spoken about
cannabis healing cancer do so in a very matter-of-fact fashion, without realizing the grander implications
of what they are talking about. Furthermore, many cured patients have had alarming, dismissive
reactions from their doctors, rather than elated, supportive ones. Thankfully, there are hundreds or
perhaps thousands of doctors across the world who strongly support cannabis extract medicine and are
working to further its advancement.
The urgency of making cannabis extract medicine available for use and research cannot be
understated. The evidence has demonstrated undeniable potential, and therefore immediate action is
warranted. Treatment of terminal cancer patients with cannabis extract medicine could begin tomorrow
if the right people took action. In the span of two or three months, how many of them would be cured
or have improved dramatically? It is so easy to prove this. With full legalization in Colorado and
Washington states, what is to stop some collective action to treat an entire hospice center with donated
oil and observe the results? It wouldn’t even be that expensive compared to the costs of traditional
treatments. Proof could be gathered even faster if skin cancer patients opted to try this before radiation
or surgery, as topical results are usually achieved much faster than internal treatments. If the results are
proven, cannabis therapy will instantly spread across the entire world. The rapid dissemination will be
driven by desperation and pain, for people who are in pain or dying cannot wait for relief. Every single
instant is pure agony and hell. Those who are not in pain can easily say, “We’ll wait a couple years for
more research on cannabinoids, then we’ll try some approaches in humans, then in ten years we could
have a suitable treatment for this group, etc.” Those are unacceptable notions to someone on the brink
of death.
It’s not like these cure-level results will magically stop being replicated once applied in a clinical
setting. In fact, the results should be even better, since the cannabinoid medicines administered would
be of the highest quality. Many people have observed transformational healing results with only
relatively imperfect oils. Cannabis oils extracted with laboratory-quality equipment will certainly be
better than those formulated by individuals in their homes or backyards.
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Another element driving urgency is the law. People trying to save their own or their childrens’
lives are being unfairly persecuted by law enforcement. The case of Landon Riddle was mentioned, and
also of important note is Benton Mackenzie, an Iowa patient with terminal angiosarcoma cancer
(http://reason.com/blog/2013/09/30/terminal-cancer-patient-in-iowa-entire-f). Benton was growing a large quantity of cannabis for his treatment, which is required for an integrative approach of cannabis oil ingestion and juicing. His property was raided, and Benton spent 42 days in jail until he was released over concerns about how much his medical treatment might cost the prison.
On July 9th, 2014, Benton was found guilty of marijuana manufacturing and conspiracy, after undergoing a trial in which he was barred from even telling the jury he had cancer (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/09/benton-mackenzie-guilty_n_5572445.html). Thankfully, as of July 22nd, 2014, Benton has been able to temporarily relocate to Oregon for cannabis extract treatment, including a combination of juicing and oils (http://www.oregonlive.com/marijuana/index.ssf/2014/07/medical_marijuana_in_oregon_be.html).
Benton’s progress using extracts to treat his disease is briefly summarized below:
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It should be apparent that the current course of medicine is not correct. People regularly go bankrupt paying for medical treatment and endure unbelievably terrible side effects. A trend the author has observed over the past six years is the toll that traditional pharmaceuticals, chemotherapeutic and non- chemotherapeutic agents alike, take on people. They cause tremors, headaches, nausea, pain, mental fogginess, constipation, stomach aches, and more. A 2003 article in the journal Drugs stated,

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12887262). While this paper’s purpose is not to discredit traditional therapy, it is probable that many traditional treatments are far less effective than cannabis extract medicine.
While the experiential evidence has revealed much about how to use cannabis medicine, there is so much more to learn. What strains work best on what diseases, what are the best dosing regimens, what are the best extraction techniques, what individual cannabinoids are most effective on what diseases, etc. The role of nutrition is also immensely important. Recently, the importance of Omega-3s for optimal functioning of the endocannabinoid system has been explored. An October 2010 study in Nature Neuroscience reported that nutritional Omega-3 deficiency abolished endocannabinoid- mediated neuronal functions in mice (http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v14/n3/full/nn.2736.html).
Issues such as endocannabinoid system disruption are one of the possible explanations in cases where cannabinoid treatments have failed. Other explanations include improper source material or using oil derived from a bad extraction technique. While this report almost exclusively examines
Neurotoxic side effects of chemotherapy occur frequently and are often a reason to limit the dose of
chemotherapy” (
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successful cases, there have been many instances where people were not entirely healed or died during treatment. In some cases cancers have returned, like in Cash Hyde. Other people have not been able to totally eradicate their cancers, with some persistent remnants remaining. Some could only slow or stop cancer growth. And for many, it seems that continuous cannabinoid treatment is required. For example, the author has observed that diabetic patients, in order to avoid using insulin, must stay on cannabis extracts. Could permanent healing be achieved with a full integrative approach of juicing, nutrition, and balanced cannabis oil treatments? Possibly, but even if some people need to take cannabinoids all their lives, the only side effects are systemically beneficial, and with high-CBD oils there is no psychoactivity. It may be that one day every human will take some form of non-psychoactive cannabis.
While cannabis seems to work effectively against an incredible number of diseases, there are
likely certain conditions or infections which cannabis cannot work for, and perhaps some people who for
some reason won’t respond to the therapy at all. It is unlikely that a true panacea exists, but cannabis is
the closest we have. Through research, all questions of effectiveness will eventually be answered. For
now, sick and dying patients must be given access to the highest-quality extracts presently available, so
that many of them will have hope for future life.
Even if just 1% of the claims in this report were true – that cannabis oil can mitigate severe
forms of epilepsy, cure skin cancer, reduce severe chronic pain without opiates, control inflammation,
manage diabetes, mitigate Behcet’s disease, etc. – those truths would demand immediate action. If
cannabis worked better than pharmaceuticals for just one ailment, it would still warrant immediate
application. But as has been shown, the effects of cannabis extract medicine are more profoundly
beneficial than anyone ever thought.
It is important to finish by underscoring what must be done next – secure immediate testing of
this medicine in terminal cancer and/or skin cancer patients. Whether this effort is lead by dispensaries,
individual growers, corporations, or someone else, it doesn’t matter. This needs to happen now. Lives
are at stake every single second. With the evidence presented in this report, there is no excuse not to
take action. So let’s do it.
“If I’m telling the public anything that’s a lie, well why don’t somebody come and defraud me; why don’t
these medical doctors stand up and put me in my place. And I’ll tell you why they can’t do that, because
I’m telling the truth and they know that.” – Rick Simpson
“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.” – Samuel Johnson
“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is
the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act
is to act.” – Deitrich Bonhoeffer
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Kevin Booth, director of American Drug War 2: Cannabis Destiny, used to work with Bill Hicks, a
comedian of great stature. Kevin lost Bill to pancreatic cancer on February 26th, 1994, when Bill was
only 32. This event doubtless inspired much of the grander themes of American Drug War 2. A verse
Hicks authored, to be released after his death, ended with the quote:
"I left in love, in laughter, and in truth and wherever truth, love and laughter abide, I am there in spirit."
It is the author’s ultimate hope that the truth of cannabis extract medicine prevails, so love and laughter
can be the driving forces of this world, rather than despair and pain. With cannabis medicine, the
cancer that ended Bill’s life will no longer be a torturous hell to millions of others, and the dreams of
peace he most certainly had will be realized.
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