Can this Sacred Plant Help Change Your Conditions of Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Seizures, MS, and More? Below are highlights from Episodes 2, 3 and 4 about the Sacred Plant which has been criminalized by the same government that now has patents on some of the separate qualities of this plant in order to license patent use to some large companies. Read what a wide variety of experts, individuals and families have to say about their experience with this Sacred Plant. Be sure to read all the way to the end of the Highlights for some additional information that may be helpful for you. Share this link with others:
Episodes 2, 3 and 4 The Sacred Plant Partial Highlights
Episode 2 Highlights:
The Sacred Plant Highlights Episode 2 How it fights disease in your body
The endocannabinoid system is an endogenous system in our bodies that produces our own internal cannabinoids for releasing anxiety, pain and PTSD. There is an entourage effect that works to reduce pain.
Dr. Dustin Sulak: this is a system that spans the whole body and allows mind-body health similar to the endorphin system. That system was discovered 20 years before the endocannabinoid system effects. Tylenol has endocannabinoid effects. Anytime you extract a single molecule from a plant as they are in Marinol you can increase the risk of side effects and empower or reduce the efficacy of the treatment. Some of the over the counter cannabis products made with the whole herb are a lot more effective than the individual compounds extracted from the plant. These multitude of compounds work synergistically with each other, enhancing the benefits and decreasing the side effects. We want to use the whole plant and have it remain in the public domain. 70% of our patients have chronic pain and conventional treatment has failed. A lot of them have other conditions like PTSD. Patients are using this medicine to treat pain, PTSD, insomnia and a lot of other symptoms. We have people who have had pain for 20 years and are getting off their medications. It is very commonplace for us to see people getting their lives back.
Dr. Bearman: we have cannabinoid sites everywhere except in the brain stem. This is why no one has ever died of an overdose of cannabis. DEA chief in 1988 said that marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substance known to man. He added it was ‘obscene’ for the government to block this medicine because it was so safe. Cannabis slows down the speed of neurotransmission in attention deficit disorder which goes along with PTSD. I’ve had a number of patients who started using cannabis when they were 14 or 15 and their grades went from Cs and Ds up to As and Bs. There is what is called the entourage effect which is the totality of all the turpines of the cannabinoids acting collectively. Marinol has one cannabinoid in it and is more expensive by prescription and less effective. Cannabis has over 480 chemicals, many of which are therapeutic. One of the main areas cannabis is effective are the connective tissue, immune disorders, complex regional pain syndrome, sympathetic dystrophy. All of these things benefit from the use of cannabis.
Dr. Gerdeman: the unifying theme is the health of the whole animal. The endocannabinoid system is an integrated system of homeostasis that seems to act on just about every physiological system we know to help the well being of the whole organism.
Sayer Ji: it is astounding to me that a plant like cannabis that has an entire system in the whole human body isn’t in mainstream medicine. In the history of medicine in the herbal tradition of a plant that is essential for the functioning of the human organism system.
Patricia Crone: her results showed her cancer was spreading quickly. I was amazed about the number of doctors I asked about something that is of enormous importance to oncology. They had not even heard of it. I went to NYU to see a young doctor who wrote his dissertation on cannabis., Dr. Aggarwal.
Dr. Aggarwal: we discovered the signaling system in the brain that is the cannabinoid system and the plant acts on neurons in the brain according to one article. The neurochemical angle was the first bit of understanding for what cannabinoids were doing and helped validate all how it was involved in pain processing because they are involved in the pain circuits in the brain so you are not always in constant pain as a cannabinoid mediator. We can give cannabis in trials and show that you can reduce muscle spasms.
Mike Adams: it is a full spectrum of molecules and not just one isolated chemical like you get from the drug company; that is why it is not addictive. It seems insane that people will take opioids and think that it is medicine and it’s okay…it’s healthy. But they look upon cannabis as though it is unnatural. It’s all backwards–the opioids are unnatural. They are isolated, concentrated and made artificially. Cannabis is an example of the perfect medicine. The human body never evolved to accept large quantities of isolated, concentrated single chemicals. That is what the drug companies give you–psychiatric drugs, antidepressants, blood pressure drugs and what have you. That is why they are dangerous and addictive and have so many side effects. Your body needs the whole spectrum of molecules to be consumed together. It is important to understand that our system of medicine today is a corporate monopoly. It is controlled by very important companies and is based on greed and intellectual property who have control over specific chemicals that they call prescription medications including opioids.
Mike Adams: The greatest menace to that system is open source medicine that ‘grows like weeds’ but that anyone can access and extract that is compatible with the human body without the toxic side effects that you find in dangerous prescription pharmaceuticals. In the system of control of medicine the medical establishment decided long ago that they could not maximize their profits if the people have access to this plant medicine. If you think about what the drug companies do with opioids and other pain killers is they disconnect you from yourself. They block you from being human. They make it so that you don’t feel your pain and you don’t address the symptoms and the causes of the pain and so you become addicted to that chemical in order to continue masking the problem. Because cannabis has such a full spectrum of constituents in cannabinoids, overdosing on it is very, very difficult even if you try to.
Mike Adams: It is very easy to overdose on prescription opioids and other chemical pain killers from the pharmaceutical companies. They are very dangerous and the toxicity of those pharmaceuticals is orders of magnitudes higher than any potential toxicity from something like a cannabis extract. With all the open resource today there are hundreds of different strains and each have medicinal properties and each one is a gold mine of natural medicine and each one has a specific place in a medical context. If we are wise about our economic future, our health future and the future of our freedom then we will embrace cannibals as natural medicine throughout our health care system. We have to prioritize patient healing over corporate profits.
Ty: we have pharmaceuticals that are starting to produce synthetic marijuana products like Marinol and they are trying to mimic the effects of cannabis. I would focus on getting the plant and not the synthetic version which never works better. Here in this country we have more than 500,000 people die in alcohol related accidents. But alcohol is legal. The FDA admits on their website that 100,000 people a year die from drugs they have approved and they are properly prescribed. I have not heard of any deaths on cannabis.
Dr. Frankel: the combination of all the 500 molecules in the cannabis plant give therapeutic value. The most common ailment we have is worrying, nighttime insomnia. I have seen a lot of people take a little cannabis and the worrying goes away. It’s a useful tool in my tool box. 99% of my patients are not coming in to smoke and they have never smoked. They are coming in for the dosed medication. I am seeing sicker patients than I ever saw in my internal medicine practice.
John: the most studied cannabinoids are THC and CBD and THCA, CBN and CBG. Each has specific effects and can be targeted to specific diseases. Cannabinoids are phyto nutrients that boost therapeutic effects that are safe. One of the most pervasive issues cannabis can address is pain which is often associated with inflammation.
Dr. Baruch: in the beginning we didn’t treat pain. People should have to live with chronic pain but on the other side they shouldn’t be over prescribed with drugs. Cannabis is a nice option and there is no reason to suffer from chronic pain or die from an overdose; cannabis is a safe way to treat pain.
Elena suffers from chronic nerve pain. She discovered the sacred plant.
Alex Beckett: we have a statewide initiative that we started with the idea of testing dose amounts for patient and get specific advice from their physician on what they should be taking for repeatable doses. We getting different ratios of CBD to THC and different testing of turpines. They extract using a CO2 extractor which is a clean, green technology. There are no solvents; we test the extract and dilute it. We can put it in a measured spray bottle with a certain ration of CBD to THC in it. We have 2 different CBD strains. One is for seizures and anxiety and the other is for more pain related issues. We are giving this to Elena to grow and we will turn it into the dose extractor for her.
Elena: This is #2 CBD for nerve pain; I use 4 sprays under my tongue and the nerve pain I have had for almost 20 years goes away. It goes from neck down my arms to my elbows and then the fingers. This just stops I in about twenty seconds. I used to take a lot of pain pills that created more problems than the pain. I eventually got off those. There is no high from this, just no pain.
Female patient: I started out using cannabis somewhat recreationally and I knew I had anxiety issues and PTSD and I didn’t want to take a pill that would alter how I felt. Originally I was taking very low THC with high CBD. It help me with everyday functionality and I didn’t need Valium or Xanax. It was great. I was diagnoses with degenerative disc disease and I originally took the vicodin that they gave me. Everyone around me hated me because it altered my personality so much. I brought it to Dr. Frankel’s attention and we discussed taking something different. I am taking a one to one ratio with equal parts including CBD. I have been free of vicodin with minimal pain. I was concerned just because I talk to a lot of other people and I didn’t want to feel ‘loopy’. I wanted to see how I would respond and how my body would react. My anxiety was gone at the same time. This is a 14 to 1 ratio with 1mg of THC and the rest CBD. Every spray is a dose and it goes under my tongue. Doctors give me kudos and in the last 9 months I have lost 90 pounds. It’s a big difference when you get a packet that is your dosing and administration guide. It explains what turpines are and people get excited about this knowledge. This is why we try to make change; there are so many people who don’t have this knowledge. The medicine (cannabis) is available but they are afraid and there is the stigma. There are a lot of people in their 50s and 60s with ailments they didn’t anticipate having. They have the ‘Cheech and Chong’ stigma. We can all collectively change the face of cannabis.
John: states that have approved cannabis see painkiller deaths drop by 25%. We will show how cannabis can help one of the biggest epidemics today which is the opioid epidemic. As we saw in episode one there has been a political and economic motivation to keep the Sacred Plant illegal. The patients are the ones suffering while the pharmaceutical companies are making billions in profits.
Patricia Schwartz is a scientist and a patient who suffered for years from bladder infections. In 1991 I developed a bladder condition and various medications were tried along with various tests. He tried electro cauterization where you drink a gallon of water and then they strap you to a table and put electrodes on your bladder. It was horrible and it was effective for about 6 weeks and then it was back to square one. I was desperate and the rest of my health was falling apart; I couldn’t sleep, I had PTSD, fibromyalgia.
John Schwartz, professor of theoretical physics at Californian Institute of Technology. I work on various mathematical aspects which is far removed with concerns of biology and medicine. I am interested in this because of Patricia’s serious medical issues. She had to drop out of graduate school in physics for awhile.
Patricia: we traveled to Colorado in the summer and the 100 mile stretch through Utah was awful for me because that is the one nerve in your body that you cannot ignore. It just takes over your brain and we had some terrible drives through Utah. Finally someone told me about the cannabis and I noticed when I had to go I could put it off. Then I started to notice ‘now I am actually going..’ and then one day I noticed ‘that felt good.’ That was the first ‘satisfying pee’ I had in 4 years and now every time I go it’s so nice to be able to go again. Even now years and years later I am still marveling how wonderful this is that it all works. I lived my life knowing where every bathroom was in every super market because I couldn’t even go to buy milk without having the urgency of having to go. It made my life hell. When I was released from ‘hell’ then I could think of things other than how I was going to handle my pain that day. I went back to school and finished my PhD and made a big website and was going to get a grant and then I found out there could be a fine of up to 250,000 under the ‘drug-free workplace laws.’ As scientists we are dependent on funding for our group and the young people who are coming in and we have to have a good relationship with Washington.
John Schwarz: even though I am not an expert it is clear the government is obstructing the objective scientific study of this field. As a scientist that is something I should object to even though it is outside my expertise and that may be an advantage because I can make it clear that I have no vested professional interest in the subject. I am just standing up for the proper respect for scientific truth.
John M: Patricia was able to turn her health around with a huge risk to her scientific career. There are so many people who could be using this medicine. In California it is estimated there are 30 million people who could benefit from this medicine. How many prescriptions would not be written for toxic pharmaceutical drugs? Millions of Americans are prescribed narcotics every day, even children. Opioid drugs are very addictive and many victims turn to street crimes when they are unable to fill their prescriptions. How could it be that these drugs that kill people every day are legal but the Sacred Plant is not?
Amber : about 106,000 people die annually from prescription medications. I wonder how many people have died from cannabis? I have yet to find a death of someone from taking cannabis. But we are talking 106,000 people dying annually from these ‘legal medications.’ That alone should wake us up as a country. This is an epidemic. I still remember standing in the morgue in Broyard County, Florida and I was standing in the freezer just surrounded by bodies. The mortician was telling me that almost every body there was the result of oxycontin overdose…legal oxycontin. Just look at all the lives that are lost to these addictions. What surprised me the most in my career is the babies that are being born addicted. That is when I realized this epidemic had turned into more of a nightmare.
Amber: I was in E. Tennessee Children’s hospital and they had to double the nursery in size to deal with all the babies that are born addicted to prescription medications. They have inherited the addictions from their mothers who couldn’t kick the habit. Some of these people just went in because they had back pain or anxiety. They were not told thoroughly by their doctor of all the side effects. Because of some people’s brain chemistry, when they take an oxycontin to kill their pain the become addicted to it almost instantly. Something about prescription medication, especially prescription anti depressants is that these medications are just a band aid and symptom relievers. They are never really getting in and fixing the core root of what is going on. That is not a medicine; a medicine should be something that cures what is wrong with you and not something that you become dependent on, become addicted to or go into withdrawal trying to get off it.
Kyle Turley almost lost his life to opioid addiction. Many professional athletes suffer from this kind of addiction as they are prescribed many of these medication for pain. This is a major issue in the NFL.
Kyle: I had a 20 year addiction to pharmaceutical medications because of trying to climb a mountain (in professional football). I can attribute my significant decline, cognitively and socially in my personality directly after major concussions. I had a diagnosis of pre-onset Alzheimer’s. I was constantly forgetting things and hand tremors were constant. All of these issues were related to what I did to my brain playing football. Since making the 100% commitment to cannabis where I take zero prescription medications whatsoever. It has been a night and day difference in living. I have more control over my life and I am more balanced and focused than I have ever been. Twenty kids die every year in youth football and it’s a guarantee due to the lack of attention given to certain injuries. There are injuries in sports. There are certain things that medicine is needed for. You can recover from sports injuries like breaks and dislocations and torn ligaments through many natural, homeopathic avenues. Cannabis is a main component of that.
Kyle: I was never one to abuse the medicines that were given to me. But at the end of the day I realized that I was on a 20-year addiction of ‘one of these a day, one of these a day, one of this and that a day. At the end of it all I was taking a daily cocktail that amounts to something chemically that is interacting with my body in many negative ways as each of these have side effects. When you interject that especially in sports that have no logical issues then you have real problems. We are seeing that in football and in other sports/ there is the constant repetitive head trauma that creates the disease that we now know of as CTE. How do you fight against that? You fight against that by giving it medicines that are worse that trap it and control it until it has enough energy with things that are going bad around it to ‘break out of its cell’ and erupt like a volcano. Or you can give it a medicine that can calm it down so you can deal with it and learn to cope and compromise situations. I have so much more ability to do that now than I ever had because of cannabis. If I had had cannabis, known of it used it as a medicine the way I do today, if I had done that when I first started playing football in my opinion I could have defeated everything that interrupted and interfered with my career. And I would likely be retiring just now from playing football like Peyton Manning. We were in the same draft class.
Kyle: I can only add my story to this conversation in hopes that one day we can have a dispensary next to Walgreen’s so that everyone in the general public can go to the store and see the lines of what I see now. What is see in the lines at Walgreen’s versus the dispensaries is that these people are dying in the Walgreen’s line and living in the dispensary line. I choose to live and cannabis is going to allow me to do that much longer than the choices that I was given prior to being given cannabis. This is speaking about a medicine that will save many people. As we know cannabis was not illegal in this country until there was the tirade and rampage against it at the same time as the birth of the pharmaceutical industry.
Brian McKernan. We are dealing with an opioid epidemic around the country. This is in the press all over the country every week. I find it a bit perverse that we are willing to dose patients with a drug that might deal with the pain issues but cause substantial addictions down the road, gastro intestinal issues and all kinds of chronic medical issues in patients who are chronically dosed with opioids. And yet the political community, not necessarily the medical community, is in some ways unwilling to look at cannabis as an alternative solution. All the evidence so far indicates it is a far less risky compound to use. There is Kyle Turley; the opioids almost killed him and he is making a big case out there waving his hands to all those professional athletes and people who are addicted to opioids that here is a potential way out. And please, medical community and politicians, listen. People are struggling with this opioid problem and we all know it so let’s do something about it.
Dr. Eric Ruby: I am a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society and when medicinal marijuana came on the ballot in 2012 I urged them to educate the physicians about marijuana to make sure our patients could know as much as possible about marijuana. The Massachusetts Medical Society made a full court press distributing pamphlets with information and the ballot question passed 63% to 37% in Massachusetts. I think again that they are making a mistake by not educating physicians and educating patients. That is really what needs to happen. My wife and I were asleep and we received the phone call no parent ever want to get. They asked if we knew someone named Ethan Ruby and we said yes that is our son. They were calling from the NYPD and he is here in the emergency room of Bellevue Hospital and he has been hit by a car. I think you need to come here now.
Dr. Ruby: When Ethan was injured he was given a variety of opioids and many pain killers. My perception was that he became a different person; he was moody and we were concerned that he was going to end his life. This is what the pharmaceutical industry and the doctors have to offer us. Luckily he was able to realize that cannabis helped his central neuropathic pain and within a few months he weaned himself off these expensive FDA and DEA approved narcotics and opioids into a medication he could not overdose on. He could not cause respiratory depression with it and it made him happy. Is it a bad thing to have patients happy? When he told me all this I said if he got arrested the penal system is not all that wheelchair friendly in Massachusetts and he was going to have to move to Colorado which he did.
Dr. Ruby: When I gave my story to one of the Globe reporters about ‘Massachusetts walks again and one of the spinal cord injuries he actually sent the reporter out to Ethan’s home out in Denver. He appeared on the front page of the Boston Globe about three days later with his story about how people who really needed relief had to move to another state. This story is not over and spinal cord injury needs to be cured or made better. Neuropathic pain needs to be cured or made better. Cancer therapy and all the variety of different elements need to be worked on. Unfortunately it is going to be called crowd sourcing instead of clinical trials. People are going to realize they can cure many of their problems without having to go to their doctors and the pharmaceutical companies are going to realize they are losing a tremendous amount of their population because nobody is buying their toxic drugs that cause liver, kidney and bone marrow problems and cost our insurance companies a fortune. I don’t think there is a significant downside to making medicinal cannabis. I think the downside is personal autonomy and a slap in the face to anybody who wants to tell his government “help me; I have a problem and you are supposed to help me. I am not supposed to be the victim. And, right now that is what is happening.
John M: many doctors and researchers also believe the answer lies in cannabis, the sacred plant that could replace the expensive and addictive pain medications that are destroying so many lives and tearing apart so many families. Perhaps that is why the government and the pharmaceutical industry have gone to such effort to keep the Sacred Plant out of our hands. That time is over and we give this information free and we need to educate and fight the stigma that cannabis is a dangerous drug. This is propaganda and now you have seen and heard from scientists, doctors, researchers and patients that cannabis is a medicine and it is a medicine that we need to reclaim for more people who needlessly die from prescription medicine overdoses and chronic diseases.
Patricia Crone–oxydodone–side effects are stomach problems, liver damage, and even death. It is much more dangerous than cannabis. It is not being used or developed and a lot of people may be dying as a result. I am a skeptic by profession and I know there are fake cures out there. It is shown that cannabis has tumor shrinking properties. National Cancer institute reports that cannabinoids may slow cell growth and shrink tumors while protecting normal cells. That is the potential we all want to have developed. This is a government sponsored institute. If they promise they would cure me I would accept the radiation. But they don’t. it is prolonging life at a cost. I will ask my oncologist, Dr. David S about my situation.
Dr. S: we have spoken about this before and it is not a cure-all.
Patricia: I am very keen to avoid whole brain radiation. I really enjoy working.
Dr. S: there would be some drop off with your efficiency the way you work.
Patricia: and that is permanent?
Dr. S: it can be but most people are quite functional.
Patricia: I am talking about being able to do the work I am doing which is a great part of my life.
Dr. S: there might be some change in that.
Patricia: how long does the full brain radiation delay the problems of the onset of the tumors. At the moment I am not symptomatic. If it is cancer related I will probably be in a couple to three months?
Dr. S: let me see if I have a report. Right now they are small spots. I terms of where to go from here; radiation is probably more effective at buying time when there are smaller and fewer tumors.
Patricia: I want to delay by a month and then I want ask if you know about this study regarding cannabadoil inhibiting lung cancer cell invasions and metastasis
Dr. S: I don’t know the study; this is sort of in animal models. A lot of things that seem to work in animal models don’t work in humans so that is about all I can say.
Patricia: this is from the National Cancer Institute. I want to look into this and try it. You don’t smoke it; you make it into a highly concentrated oil and eat it.
Dr. S: I am not sure where you get it.
Patricia: that is my problem. How much am I risking by making this experiment?
Dr. S: it’s really hard to tell.
Patricia: I have an awful lot to lose.
Dr. S: I wish I could say that you don’t have to worry about that. As you know you do.
Patricia: I don’t really know what else to
Dr. S: so your plan is to do what you want for a month? And then decide about the radiation?
Ty: Pharmaceutical companies do have a fantastic business model. If you look at without a conscious. They are publicly traded companies and they only have one job–their one job is to maximize shareholder profits because they are publicly traded. Their job is to make money and if they can make money by selling drugs that then create more symptoms then they can create another drug to treat then they have an endless, perpetual cycle of future revenues. That is why the pharmaceutical companies make more money than the oil companies. When you combine the revenues of the pharmaceutical companies, they make way more money than the top oil companies.
Highlights Episode 3: Treating Epilepsy, MS, Breast Cancer…Use of plant in Israel.
Emily was 5 months old when she got her vaccination shots and had her first seizure that lasted for 45 minutes. The hospital put her on Phenobarbital and sent her home. She had another seizure a week later. She has had seizures that have lasted over an hour and they had to put her basically in a coma state. There are alternative treatments like biofeedback, neurofeedback, parasite treatments. You name it. Many treatments failed. I bought CBD oils and the problem was consistency problems. The challenge was there was a parent gave something to his child. There is a science behind this and you have to be consistent and maintain conditions. Now she is almost medication free and she is talking, running and jumping. Her learning and appetite have improved. She mo longer has seizures every day but about once a week. We control them at home and don’t go to the hospital. For us out of everything we have tried this has helped her the most.
Ty: our medical system, the say it works in treating disease is not working. This is the cannabis plan; it is effective at treating MS and stops epileptic seizures.
John: Cannabis has been prohibited in the US for the last 80 years so research has been outsourced in Spain, Italy and Israel.
Dr. David Bearman: cannabis has 480 compounds in it and over 100 are cannabinoids, many which have therapeutic value. We have research going on in Spain, Italy, Germany, Israel and the UK.
THC is the active compound found in The Sacred Plant and isolated by Dr. Rafael S in Israel.
Dr. Rafael S: I went to the police and picked up 5 kilos of hashish. NIH (US) supported my work and I applied for grants every three years. Most of the work on cannabis was supported by NIH (US). We were surprised there were are the THC, the psycho active, and the cannabadoil. We tried to the find a compound in the brain that binds to the receptor. In the brain and in our body there are more than 200 compounds that are the same and the body makes many similar compounds.
John: our own NIH funded the research in Israel. Dr. Baruch: I thought cannabis was nothing important; I was head of anti-drug abuse in Israel. I had a patient who called me and thanked me for letting me die in dignity. That was a turning point for me. We decided to grow cannabis and decide on the standards. We started getting medical cannabis and then we started doing the research. We didn’t have any dispensaries and I finally allowed dispensaries to open.
John: in the US cannabis is legal in some districts. We have a dispensary in Tel Aviv and it is the only one in Israel and it is only for medical cannabis and a patient needs a license and ID to come inside and take the monthly dosage.
Shirley: I was diagnosed with MS 10 years ago. I heard about cannabis from my friend and I saw the research they have on MS with cannabis. It was a life changer for me and it helped me to feel like a normal human being, sleeping better and fewer spasms. For now I am not taking any medication and I only use cannabis. I can’t function when I have the MS symptoms. I take the cannabis and I can function and be a full mother. I take the CBD pill and function much better during the day.
My dad broke his ribs and was getting addicted to morphine and we went this route with medical cannabis.
Naomi: in 2008 I had breast cancer and did the chemo and radiation. My life did not return to normal and my life quality was so low. They new migraines could be helped with cannabis. My blood tests are completely different and everything is healthy and calm. I am the person I always to be and I am so focused and ‘on earth.’ At first I had major fatigue with the cannabis. Now I wake up energized. The edema is much better and not painful. Something is happening in the body. I used to take 5 to 7 medicines. I stopped all of it and I’ve been able to lose 10kilos when I couldn’t lose any weight before.
Cannabis is a present for everyone and it is unfair that people can’t get it. My cancer is gone and feel that everything inside is good and it feels healthy inside.
Dr. Raphael in Israel: there were a lot of stories about using cannabis in epilepsy.
Mother of epileptic daughter: We found high levels of cannabadoil helped epilepsy. We have to go through 5 to 12 medications for epilepsy. Medications would often send her to intensive care. I dot medical cannabis and I finally got to the neurologist I am with today and we are doing the medical cannabis. She used to have dozens of small seizures daily and 3 to 10 serious seizures. The small seizures stopped. The big seizures were there. We tried the vaporization when the seizure started and it stopped the seizure. The vaporizer does nothing bad to her. The oil and vaporization worked great. The body builds a tolerance to a strain and so I change the strains and it works to change every so often. I think the whole plant has to work together. It’s a delicate game. We learned so much through the research and there is a group of parents who share information.
Mother: legally we are not allowed to take the oil or vaporization out of the house. There is no THC in what is used in the vaporization. Nobody every questioned the morphine usage and taking the children anywhere. Cannabis is the right plant for so many things.
Grower: you can trust the plant and you can never overdose.
Parents: our baby had seizures and they took an MRI and they found serious damage in his brain. He was given an addictive medicine that cause medical weakness. This was the first of 10 to 11 medications that didn’t work at all or would stop working. He was hospitalized 2 months. Now his epilepsy is considered non-responsive to medication. We saw something on TV about cannabis and epilepsy. We met a doctor who is doing research with cannabis with children here in Israel. He still has a couple of minor seizures a day. When he was hospitalized he had them one after another.
Dr Kramer: there is anywhere from 20% to 100% improvement with the cannabis. Most of them failed with surgery, and up to 10 drugs.
Parents: his muscle tone changes. What is the overall effect of all the cannabinoids together. We have 2 kinds of oil and the CBD is the anti-epileptic. THC is used as one drop when he is in distress; this is not used everyday. He gets 5 drops of the CBD under his tongue. There are no other medications. Giving him medicines was a horror show. There used to be 4 medicines at a time. It was so stressful that it would cause seizures. There are no harmful side effects. It is like acupuncture; if it doesn’t work there isn’t a problem caused by it.
Dr. Kramer: We hope the data will be considered by colleagues in other countries.
John: you have seen a federal program in Israel. The medical cannabis in Israel is reg8lated and safe. Here in the US the patient must fend for himself.
Patricia Crone: now I am making this oil and you have to sift and evaporate and you end up with a tiny amount of oil. We do this outside. Can the police burst into my house because I am doing this. You try anything. There is so much damage from whole brain radiation. So I am making capsules from the oil. I eat this. I am risking jail in order to save my life? That is pretty weird. It is hard to make the same size of capsule.
John: when I see people like Patricia I am outraged. How can the laws deny sick people access to medicine that our own government has filed a patent on the compounds of the Sacred Plant. They can profit from licensing it but people like Patricia are denied access to cannabis and must break the law to save their own lives. Demand more clinical research.
Partial Highlights Episode 4:
Dr. Jahan Marcu, PHD molecular biologist: what is great about cannabinoid receptors is the CB1 receptor that is the most protein in the human brain and there are lots of targets you can hit. So brain cancer made of brain cells that contain a lot of cannabinoid receptors are great targets to apply those drugs to.
Gregory Gerdeman PHD–neuroscientist, asst. prof of biology: a lot of things happen in cancer cells that are not normal. There are cell cycles going all out of whack and they express genes they don’t normally express and the CBC receptor seems to be turning on a lot of tumors. Now a lot of endocannabinoid signals act on the cancer receptor cells by initiating a ‘suicide program’. It becomes a cell death signal in the tumor. How effective this will be in different stages of cancer is complex as not all cancers are alike. But the amount of pre-clinical work, animal cell culture work with cancer and there are compelling survival patient’s stories.
Dr. Wiliam Courtney-cannabis researcher and physician: the cells in the immune system’s job is to determine the normal cells. If it sees an abnormal cell it destroys it by rupturing the cell membrane so the cell dies. It destroy cancer cells, displastic cells, but when a tumor comes up that tumor ‘looks like you.’ The immune system sees it as ‘part of me’ and the tumor is growing and growing. It looks as though the cannabis comes in and helps the immune system refocus and say ‘that is not me.’ I like to call cannabis a homeostatin because it helps homeostatis at the cell level and refines the ability of cells to distinguish the ‘non’ cell and it’s gone.
Dr. David Bearman, physician and cannabis expert: there is no question that cannabinoids kill cancer cells. We have seen that in tissue culture and we have seen that in mice. The UCSF under Shawn McCallister has done studies and it has specific impacts at the cell level that they are aware of. We know that it helps to promote cell death for cancer cells and leave healthy cells untouched. It interferes with the ability for the cancer cells to metastisize. It interferes with vasculization of the blood supply to the tumors. The potentional this has in treating cancer.
Chris Wark: your immune system is what keeps you well. Unfortunately most of the treatments for caner destroy the immune system. Most chemotherapy drugs destroy your immune system which makes you even more vulnerable.
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