Majority of Cancer Patients Turning To Cannabis for Relief (Videos)

Cancer, Health, Marijuana

by N.Morgan

 

According to a recent survey conducted by one of the nation’s leading cancer research facilities, if marijuana is legalized cancer patients will choose it as their preferred medicine, over the mainstream medical treatments.

A team of researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, based in Seattle, Wash., surveyed 926 cancer patients and found that roughly 25 percent of them used cannabis as a medicinal therapy in the past year.

The results were published on Monday in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.

The groundbreaking study concluded:

This study of cancer patients in a state with legalized cannabis found high rates of active use across broad subgroups, and legalization was reported to be important in patients’ decision to use.

Cancer patients desire but are not receiving information about cannabis use during their treatment from oncology providers.

A large number of cancer patients report that cannabis helps them with pain, nausea, stress, depression, insomnia and other unpleasant symptoms.

But patients are frustrated by the lack of information they receive from the American healthcare system.

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals lack training and education in cannabis science.

“More than half of active users reported that legalization significantly increased their likelihood of using, and cannabis use was spread across demographic subsets, including age, sex, and cancer diagnosis subsets,” the study finds.

According to the research:

The median age of those surveyed was 58.

74 percent of the patients wanted information from cancer providers and had a strong interest in learning about cannabis during treatment.

24 percent used cannabis as a medical therapy in the past year.

21 percent self-treated with cannabis in the past month.

70 percent inhaled (smoked or vaped) their medicine.

70 percent consumed edibles.

40 percent did both.

75 percent reported their primary use was for physical pain.

64 percent used it for neuropsychiatric symptoms.

“We hope that this study helps to open up the door for more studies aimed at evaluating the risks and benefits of marijuana in this population,” said study author Dr. Steven Pergam. “This is important, because if we do not educate our patients about marijuana, they will continue to get their information elsewhere.”

The American Cancer Society admits that more research is needed on marijuana as a treatment for cancer symptoms.

The organization also concedes that properties in marijuana have the potential to combat cancer cells and be a pivotal force in defeating cancer.

Medical marijuana is legal in 29 states; adult recreational use is legal in eight states. Washington, where the study was conducted, allows both.

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References:

https://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatments-and-side-effects/complementary-and-alternative-medicine/marijuana-and-cancer.html

https://thefreshtoast.com/rx/1-out-of-4-cancer-patients-are-turning-to-cannabis/

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/cncr.30879?systemMessage=Wiley+Online+Library+will+be+unavailable+on+Saturday+7th+Oct+from+03.00+EDT+%2F+08%3A00+BST+%2F+12%3A30+IST+%2F+15.00+SGT+to+08.00+EDT+%2F+13.00+BST+%2F+17%3A30+IST+%2F+20.00+SGT+and+Sunday+8th+Oct+from+03.00+EDT+%2F+08%3A00+BST+%2F+12%3A30+IST+%2F+15.00+SGT+to+06.00+EDT+%2F+11.00+BST+%2F+15%3A30+IST+%2F+18.00+SGT+for+essential+maintenance.+Apologies+for+the+inconvenience+caused+.&

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An Embattled Pharmaceutical Company That Sells the Powerful Painkiller Fentanyl Has Donated $500,000 to Campaign Opposing Pot Legalization, Pro-Legalization Campaign Says ‘We Are Truly Shocked.’ (Video)

Marijuana

(N.Morgan) The shady pharmaceutical company that distributes the dangerous painkiller Fentanyl has donated $500,000 toward defeating a ballot initiative that would make recreational use of marijuana legal under Arizona law.

In the eyes of pot legalization proponents, it’s difficult to imagine a more sinister donor than Insys Therapeutics Inc. It is also more evidence that the pro pot movement have been validated by this latest move by Insys, since they have alleged for many years that the big drug companies want to keep cannabis illegal to corner the market for drugs, some addictive and dangerous, that relieve pain and other symptoms.

Insys currently markets just one product, according to an August filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission: a sublingual fentanyl spray it calls Subsys.

Two former company employees pleaded not guilty last month to federal charges related to an alleged kickback scheme to get doctors to prescribe Subsys.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit late last month against the company alleging Insys hawked the drug to doctors for off-label prescribing, saying the company’s “desire for increased profits led it to disregard patients’ health and push addictive opioids for non-FDA approved purposes.”

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid significantly more potent than heroin that can cause overdoses, especially when it’s used to cut the supply of illegally sourced drugs.

During his autopsy,it was found the musician Prince died from an accidental Fentanyl overdose in April.

Insys made its very generous contribution to the anti-legalization campaign group Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy on Aug. 31, according to information posted online by the Arizona secretary of state’s office.

Advocates for the marijuana legalization initiative Proposition 205, which is up 10 percentage points in a poll released Wednesday by the Arizona Republic, condemned the donation.

J.P. Holyoak, chairman of the initiative-backing Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, said in a statement that “we are truly shocked by our opponents’ decision to keep a donation from what appears to be one of the more unscrupulous members of Big Pharma.”

Holyoak continued: “Our opponents have made a conscious decision to associate with this company. They are now funding their campaign with profits from the sale of opioids – and maybe even the improper sale of opioids.

We hope that every Arizonan understands that Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy is now a complete misnomer. Their entire campaign is tainted by this money. Any time an ad airs against Prop. 205, the voters should know that it was paid for by highly suspect Big Pharma actors.”

From 2011 through at least last year, Insys also sold a second product: a generic equivalent to Marinol, a synthetic version of the cannabinoid THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which the Food and Drug Administration allows for treatment of cancer and HIV-related symptoms like nausea and loss of appetite, which cannabis advocates say the raw plant material can treat without a corporate middleman.

Insys said in its August filing it has no plans to resume those sales, though it is preparing a similar drug.

Marijuana legalization supporters state legal access to cannabis, which does not cause overdose deaths, could help combat overuse of medicine that serves as an on-ramp to potentially life-destroying addictions.

Johns Hopkins University researchers concluded in 2014, after studying the effects of state medical marijuana laws through 2010, that “medical cannabis laws are associated with significantly lower state-level opioid overdose mortality rates.”

Presently, 25 states have laws allowing residents to use marijuana as medicine, though the plant remains a federally illegal Schedule I substance, which is defined as having no accepted medical value.

The Obama administration had permitted states broad leeway to regulate sales of marijuana for recreational or medical use, despite federal prohibition. President Trump has not addressed the issue, but during his presidential campaign said he would follow the same guildlines.

Arizona voters legalized medical marijuana in an initiative that won by about a 4,000-vote margin in 2010, and supporters of this year’s legalization initiative expect the ultimate vote to be close again, perhaps the closest of the five states – including Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada and California – that also will consider joining the four pioneering pot legalization states and the nation’s capital in November.

Pro-legalization campaign spokesman Barrett Marson says if the other side has any shame they will return Insys’ donation, which is far and away the largest received by opponents to date.

Fentanyl Maker May Have Just Caused Marijuana Legalization To Jump Forward

The irony that an opioid maker may have just jump started cannabis legalization is huge, get the facts on how Insys just got schedule 2 approval, click here https://cannabis.net/blog/news/fentan…

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References:

https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-09-08/fentanyl-maker-donates-big-to-campaign-opposing-pot-legalization

https://cannabis.net/blog/news/fentanyl-maker-may-have-just-caused-marijuana-legalization-to-jump-forward

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCac90FGCTwkj5gRGYE6fy0w

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Washington Defies DEA – Will Conduct Cannabis Research (Video)

Health, Marijuana, Uncategorized

(N.Morgan) At the beginning of this month, the DEA revealed its complete ignorance and enslavement to Big Pharma, by refusing to reclassify marijuana, which will stand at a Schedule 1 drug. This means, according to their classification system marijuana has “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”

The decision came as a shock to many who had expected the agency to recognize the 21st century body of scientific evidence on cannabis’ medicinal value, and the real-life stories of people cured with this plant.

It has been widely documented online and by the Free Thought Project  the various examples of children suffering from constant epileptic seizures, who, after receiving CBD treatment (an extract of cannabis), experience a dramatic reduction in seizures and gain a quality of life like never before.

The DEA’s continual denial of the infinite potential of medical cannabis is cruel and borderlines criminal.

In a review of the evidence, U.S. government’s own National Institutes of Health, researchers concluded:

Based on evidence currently available the Schedule I classification is not tenable; it is not accurate that cannabis has no medical value, or that Information on safety is lacking.

As Justin Gardner reported: The good news is, hardly anyone really cares what the DEA thinks. Civil disobedience is happening all over the country as individuals and even state governments recognize the injustice of cannabis prohibition. In a heartening example, one brave Georgia lawmaker admitted that he goes to Colorado to secure medical grade cannabis and brings it back to treat sick children in his own state.

Shortly after the DEA’s decision was released, Washington state – which legalized the recreational and medicinal use of cannabis – announced perhaps the boldest act of defiance yet.

The News Tribune reported:

Washington state is moving ahead with its plans to allow scientific research of marijuana, sidestepping federal rules that critics say have hampered study of the drug for decades.

The state has a new marijuana research license that will allow laboratories to grow marijuana for scientific study. State officials expect to start accepting applications for the new license by January.

The DEA claims they “don’t have enough research” to say cannabis has medicinal value, but their own impossibly strict regulations have smothered research for decades. So Washington has taken the lead and is directly addressing this disingenuous claim by paving the way for more research to be conducted.

Sam Méndez, the executive director of the Cannabis Law & Policy Project at the University of Washington School of Law, states: “It can take up to two years just to get the federal licenses in the first place, because the process is so long and onerous.”

And, when a researcher finally does get a federal license, the only place they can get research-grade cannabis is from the University of Mississippi. Further, when discoveries are made about the medicinal properties of cannabis, they cannot be applied to state-level systems.

Washington’s state licensing program will bypass these ridiculous road blocks, and will make pave the way for private research facilities to conduct research as well as state universities. Research-grade cannabis can be sourced from within the state from a variety of qualified producers.

“The state Liquor and Cannabis Board is now setting up a scientific review panel to scrutinize applications for the new marijuana research license, a first step toward opening the door to applicants”, said board spokesman Brian Smith.

The scientific review panel — made up of officials from Washington State University and the University of Washington — will evaluate the quality of proposed research projects, as well as whether applicants have the expertise and facilities to carry out the work.

After developing rules to govern the application process, the LCB expects to start soliciting applications at the start of 2017, with the first licenses to be issued sometime after that.

On the issue of cannabis, Washington gets full commendations for the rare act of “legislating” freedom by allowing recreational use of cannabis, and for breaking tyrannical barriers to a research on a plant with such medical promise.

It will soon join Israel as one of the world’s leading areas of medical cannabis research, and open the door for a thriving multi-million dollar industry which also serves the benefit of humanity.

References:

Justin Gardner

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/dea-refuses-reschedule-cannabis/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3358713/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1yBKRuGpC1tSM73A0ZjYjQ

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/politics-government/article96791752.html

https://www.merryjane.com/news/israel-the-epicenter-of-cannabis-research-and-innovation

The Feds Continue To Spread Misinformation About Marijuana (Video)

Health, Marijuana, Uncategorized

 

 

(N.Morgan) For many years, the debate has raged as to whether marijuana has any valuable medicinal purposes and if it can not only help treat, but cure some of the diseases running rampant through our society. Some claim it has cured their Cancers. Others say it helps to treat their Epilepsy seizures, which I can say I’ve witnessed this personally, through someone close to me. And yet, the feds still lie about it uses and classify it in a category that is inappropriate and false. Big pharma wants to keep this valuable medication out of the public’s hands and continue to poison us with medications they will approve, even if they are proven to be deadly.

 

 

 

Via AlterNet (Please follow the link to read the entire piece):

 

 

 

In her latest blog post, US National Institute on Drug Abuse director Nora Volkow claims that “science should guide marijuana policy.” But if the nation’s top anti-drug doc truly believes that facts, not ideological rhetoric, ought to shape America’s drug policies, why does she feel the need to keep distorting the truth about pot? Writes Volkow: “Besides being addictive, marijuana is cognitively impairing even beyond the phase of acute intoxication and regular use during adolescence may cause a significant, possibly permanent IQ loss.”

 

Or, more than likely, it may not. In fact, the very study Volkow relies on to make this questionable claim was publically repudiated in a 2012 review published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. That review suggests that socioeconomic differences, not pot use, are responsible for dissimilarities found among former teen marijuana users and non-users. In fact, once economic variables were factored into the assessment, the analysis reported that cannabis’ actual effect on IQ was likely to be “zero.” As for Nora Volkow’s allegation that pot is addictive, well, a bit of context is necessary. Do a minority of people who experiment with cannabis at some point in their lives exhibit symptoms of drug dependence? Yes, about nine percent do so, according to the National Academy of Science, Institute of Medicine.

 

But this percentage is similar to that of anxiolytics and is far lower than the dependence liability associated with other substances like alcohol (15 percent) and tobacco (32 percent). So concludes the Institute in its report “Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base”: “[A]lthough few marijuana users develop dependence, some do. But they appear to be less likely to do so than users of other drugs (including alcohol and nicotine), and marijuana dependence appears to be less severe than dependence on other drugs.”

 

 

How Many People Have Fatally Overdosed On Marijuana? (Video)

Health, Marijuana, Uncategorized

(N.Morgan) There’s been a ton of negative propaganda in regards to the harmful effects of marijuana. A recent report released states there have been NO overdoses due to marijuana use for 2014 or 2015. Many people try to argue that marijuana is a “gateway” drug, which I’ve always found interesting, since most teens first experiment with cigarettes and alcohol. No one ever discusses that part of this issue. Can marijuana impair driving? Yes, however, just as with alcohol, this too can be monitored and regulated.

 

Here’s How Many People Overdosed on Marijuana Last Year

Marijuana has been used for thousands of years by many different cultures for medical relief, as we are seeing today, many people are turning back to marijuana to treat all sorts of ailments, from Cancer to PTSD. Another argument is that you can’t get the healing properties without the psychotropic effects, such as getting high, which is also false.

CBD is one of over 60 compounds found in cannabis that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids. Of these compounds, CBD and THC are usually present in the highest concentrations, and are therefore the most recognized and studied.

CBD and THC levels tend to vary among different plants. Marijuana grown for recreational purposes often contains more THC than CBD.

However, by using selective breeding techniques, cannabis breeders have managed to create varieties with high levels of CBD and next to zero levels of THC. These strains are rare but have become more popular in recent years.

When one brings up the statistics of alcohol abuse and the fatalities involved with its consumption, people get defensive and say, well, it’s legal. Yes, alcohol is legal, and easily accessible in our society. It’s seen as a good time and something we can drink daily to relax after work. This year, the substance has aided in killing Americans at a rate that hasn’t been seen in roughly 35 years according to the Washington Post.

Reports state that more than 30,700 Americans died from alcohol-induced causes in 2015. This number does not include those who died as a result of alcohol related deaths like drunk driving or other accidents. If it did, the number would be close to 100,000.

According to a 2006 report in American Scientist, “alcohol is more lethal than many other commonly abused substances.” The report goes on to also mention:

Drinking a mere 10 times the normal amount of alcohol within 5 or 10 minutes can prove fatal, whereas smoking or eating marijuana might require something like 1,000 times the usual dose to cause death.

But it may not be fair to say that marijuana doesn’t have downsides because clearly it does. It’s speculated that it can cause brain developmental challenges in people under the age of 25 who smoke regularly, as it affects grey matter and it can of course also lead to drugged driving which can also be dangerous. But are the dangers as bad as alcohol? And can we truly compare therapeutic values? What about when we look at pharmaceuticals?

Here are 2 graphs presented by the National Institute on Drug Abuse:

Reviewing the reported cases in the US, we see that prescription drugs prescribed by a doctor, as well as pain reliever addictions, have led to a combined 42,000 or so deaths in 2014. This is even more than alcohol! Strictly from a statistics point of view, prescription drugs, while having value in other areas, come with a great number of downsides and also happen to be the biggest business. Is there a conflict of interest in handing out these drugs when the ability to make money is attached?

Do more drugs than are needed enter our society? The obvious answer is yes, when you look at how often drugs are not only wrongly prescribed, but are also the first option to fix something fickle before we even look at the potential behind lifestyle changes.

Public Demand

Although the public in North America in general seems to be pushing for the legalization of marijuana, it is still opposed heavily. Some groups include the pharmaceutical lobby, who would lose big in profits, as well as police unions who would lose federal budget for the war on drugs. You can begin to see our society runs less on common sense and more on political and monetary rigidity with groups all working against each other in their own interest.

But to be honest, legalization is a whole other topic, because I believe it is not quite as good as people hype it up to be.

Some challenges that would come in include who controls marijuana growth, the quality of what is made available, and the manipulation of that product.

Interestingly enough, among all 2016 presidential contenders, Democratic hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is the only one who outright supports the legalization of marijuana. As of now the substance is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, up there with heroin and LSD. (which is a whole other topic of discussion)

In closing, shouldn’t it be up to the consumers whether or not marijuana is legal? Shouldn’t marijuana be an option for the those are ill and tired of the mainstream medicines that have been proven to cause addiction and death and typically leave the patients with more unpleasant symptoms than the disease they are fighting?

References:

http://video.beforeitsnews.com/heres-how-many-people-overdosed-on-marijuana-last-year_d714238e7.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/12/22/americans-are-drinking-themselves-to-death-at-record-rates/

https://www.americanscientist.org/libraries/documents/200645104835_307.pdf

http://www.thecannabist.co/2014/11/17/marijuana-young-brain-study/23251/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/marijuana-deaths-2014_56816417e4b06fa68880a217

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/12/29/report-heres-how-many-people-fatally-overdosed-on-marijuana-in-2015/

http://www.leafscience.com/2014/02/23/5-must-know-facts-cannabidiol-cbd/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvixJtaXuNdMPUGdOPcY8Ag

Woman Arrested For Small Amount Of Marijuana Dies In Jail After Guards Deny Her Prescription Medicine

Marijuana, Police State, Politics

(N.Morgan) A woman died in jail, from lack of medical care. The guards refused to giver her medication she needed. She was in jail for a small amount of marijuana. She was left to die, unattended, by sadistic, jail guards. This is a continual problem in the prison/jail system. When will enough be enough? Even if these people are in jail. they still have rights! I would also point out, she was a non-violent offender and shouldn’t have been there anyway.

Two sisters returning to Kansas from a trip to Colorado were pulled over on Monday for speeding. After being stopped, the Kansas police officer found a small amount of marijuana in the car. As will surely happen to many people in the near future, the sisters purchased marijuana legally in Colorado but made the mistake of bringing it across state lines.

The officer arrested the sisters, named Brenda Sewell and Joy Biggs, and put them in jail. While in jail, Sewell was unable to take her medications. She had the pills in a daily pill container rather than in their original prescription bottles. County officials say they were unable to determine what each pill was, and, because of this, could not allow Sewell to take her medications. She’d been taking medicine for hepatitis C, fibromyalgia, and thyroid problems for over a decade. On Wednesday, after being off her medications for two days, Sewell fell ill in her jail cell. She was reportedly foaming at the mouth before passing out. Biggs and another inmate alerted authorities of the emergency while trying to revive her. According to Biggs, jail authorities responded slowly to the emergency. Sewell was eventually transported to the hospital where she was soon pronounced dead. Her distraught family now wants to know why authorities took so long to respond to an obvious health emergency in their jail.

How can these sort of crimes go unpunished and unaddressed? Is this about the marijuana or somethig far more sinister?

 

 

 

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Nancy Grace States “People On Pot Shoot, Stab And Strangle Each Other” (Video)

Marijuana, Politics

(N.Morgan) Nancy Grace has to be one of the most ignorant, uneducated people when it comes to marijuana. She must have watched Reefer Madness and took it seriously. She actually said ,”People on pot shoot,stab, and strangle each other”.

Mason Tavert, founder of Marijuana Policy Project, handled Mrs. Grace well and stated the facts of how marijuana works and the low risks it possess. Even with her constant interruptions, he still made his points well and made her look ignorant.

 

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