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Old 05-13-2013, 10:15 AM
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Default Medical Cannabis cruel hoax or twenty-first century miracle?

I thought you might like to see this letter written by my friend, Dr Andrew Katalaris. Of particular interest is his interest in CBD. This is in Australia.

Medical Cannabis – cruel hoax or twenty-first century miracle?

It is now almost eighty years since the introduction of the Marijuana Transfer Tax Act. With the partial relaxing of the prohibition in recent years, research has produced some remarkable findings. For the relief of spasm and pain cannabis has shown a safe and reliable effect, but it is in the area of cancer medicine that cannabis shines. Medical authorities around the world conducted surveys of cannabis smokers, expecting to find smoking cannabis caused cancer in an analogous manner to tobacco use. To their surprise cannabis users had reduced rates of cancer. Initially, these findings were suppressed but medical scientists then demonstrated the mechanism by which the cannabinoids exert this effect, through the process of apoptosis. Apoptosis is a unique physiological form of cell death, in which the affected cell actively extrudes its intracellular fluid, with the remnants engulfed by immune cells. It is a precisely targeted process unlike necrosis, which affects all adjacent tissue, causing inflammation. Further, the cannabinoids induce tumour specific apoptosis across a wide range of tumour types. This can be convincingly demonstrated in tissue culture and has been confirmed in animal models, both in tumour susceptible animals and with tumour implants in normal animals. There have been numerous anecdotal reports of people being healed of extensive cancer, using concentrated hemp oil. Rick Simpson has done much to publicise this.

The senate inquiry into the medical uses of cannabis is due to report on 14th May. During testimony there I described a breast cancer sufferer, having her third relapse with tumour invading the nerves of her arm, causing paralysis and disabling neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain results from injury to nerves and responds poorly to opioid drugs. Cannabis has long been recognised as excellent for this type of pain so Rick Simpson oil was provided. At that time I was aware of the internet reports of cures, but they seemed too good to be true. The patient’s response was dramatic and she remains well a year later. Similar cases are being reported and documented. Most recreational cannabis used to prepare the oil has been bred to maximise THC and minimise cannabidiol (CBD), as CBD inhibits the psychotropic effect of THC. However, CBD offers some unique advantages in cancer medicine. THC and CBD are equally potent in inducing apoptosis, but whereas 50mg of THC is a substantial dose with significant inebriation, CBD can be given at gram doses without noticeable effect on the patient, but with an accelerated anti-tumour effect. Licensed hemp crops could be a ready source of medicinal CBD. CBD is not illegal by itself and is not even listed in the poisons schedule. However, as the hemp crops have trace amounts of THC, this will appear in the extract, which will then be deemed to be a prohibited drug, despite having absolutely no abuse potential and exceptional medical value. The NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner has been presented with a formal request to exempt CBD rich hemp oil from prohibition, to facilitate pilot studies and then larger scale testing. My strong position is that hemp extracts should be treated as herbal products, subject to quality control, but not impacted by the allopathic drug evaluation system.

The incidence of cancer is generally increasing, as the complex contamination of soil, water and air increases. As Fukushima continues to spew plumes of radiation, contaminating the northern Pacific and beyond, this cancer epidemic will get worse. This article is a plea for support. CBD could be a greater game changer in medicine than penicillin was. Current chemotherapeutic drugs cost tens of thousands of dollars a month and generally confer little survival advantage and major toxicity. CBD therapy can save countless billions of public money and more importantly immeasurable pain, suffering and loss of life. I urge you to contact Minister Skinner’s office and express support for this amendment.

Dr Andrew Katelaris MD
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:15 AM
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We're this fight just limited to what hemp and cannabis can replace in pharmaceuticals again we would have an easy win I think? But HEMP can replace steel, wood, oil and much more. Our doctors are an example of a failed medical system, don't hate on them, EDUCATE them!!! They mean well, but are mired In a system that won't allow them to know more (very intentionally)
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