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Alexis Bortell developed epilepsy at the age of seven, and FDA-approved medications failed to improve her condition. She suffered from multiple seizures per day, and doctors were considering brain surgery.
“Nothing she tried worked,” the suit, filed in the Southern District of New York, states. But when she tried whole plant cannabis oil, she experienced “immediate relief from her seizures.” She uses a strain called “Haleigh’s Hope,” which comes in the form of liquid THC drops she takes twice a day.
“I’d say it’s a lot better than brain surgery,” she said.
Her family moved from Texas to Colorado so she could access the medicine, and she has been seizure-free for two-and-half years. Her father maintains a five-acre farm of plants the family uses to produce her medicine.
However, Alexis cannot travel to states where the plant is still illegal, including Texas, because she cannot bring her medication with her. She says she would like to attend college in Texas but, as it stands, would be arrested for using cannabis in her home state, as well as many others around the country.
“I would like to be able to visit my grandparents without risking being taken to a foster home,” she also said.
The federal government continues to classify cannabis as a Schedule I drug, a category that denotes “high potential for abuse” and “no currently accepted medical use” despite mounting evidence to the contrary. Attorney General Jeff Sessions continues to demonize the plant, and arrests for cannabis remain staggeringly high despite recent legalization efforts around the country.
“As it pertains to cannabis, the (Controlled Substances Act) is irrational and thus unconstitutional,” Bortell’s attorney, Michael Hiller, told Fox 31 Denver. He added that the government has “made a representation that cannabis has medical application for the treatments of Parkinson`s Disease, HIV-induced dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and yet at the same time the United States government maintains that there is absolutely no medical benefit for the use of cannabis. That is of course absurd.”
Bortell is joined by “another child, a military veteran, a marijuana advocacy group and former Broncos player Marvin Washington, who played on the 1998 Super Bowl-winning team,” Fox 31 summarized.
The federal government has already unsuccessfully attempted to have the case dismissed.
Denver attorney Adam Foster represents cannabis businesses and said it’s unlikely the suit will be successful. “Whenever you sue the government, the deck is really stacked against you,” he said. But he also acknowledged the federal government will likely struggle to prove cannabis has no medical value.
Regardless, the suit highlights the ever-growing wave of opposition to the federal government’s continued war on cannabis, especially in light of the increasing number of Americans who find relief with it.
From Blooms Mag
Marijuana – scientific name “cannabis” – performed like a champ in the first-ever placebo-controlled trial of the drug to treat Crohn’s Disease, also known as inflammatory bowel disease.
The disease of the digestive tract afflicts 400,000 – 600,000 people in North America alone causing abdominal pain, diarrhea (which can be bloody), severe vomiting, weight loss, as well as secondary skin rashes, arthritis, inflammation of the eye, tiredness, and lack of concentration.
Smoking pot caused a “complete remission” of Crohn’s disease compared to placebo in half the patients who lit up for eight weeks, according to clinical trial data to be published the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Researchers at Israel’s Meir Medical Center took 21 people with intractable, severe Crohn’s disease and gave 11 of them two joints a day for eight weeks. “The standardized cannabis cigarettes” contained 23 percent THC and 0.5 percent CBD (cannabidiol). (Such marijuana is available on dispensary shelves in San Francisco, Oakland, and other cities that have regulated access to the drug.) The other ten subjects smoked placebo cigarettes containing no active cannabinoids.
Investigators reported that smoking weed caused a “complete remission” of Crohn’s Disease in five of the 11 subjects. Another five of the eleven test subjects saw their Crohn’s Disease symptoms cut in half. Furthermore, “subjects receiving cannabis reported improved appetite and sleep, with no significant side effects.”
The study is the first placebo-controlled clinical trial to assess the consumption of cannabis for the treatment of Crohn’s, notes NORML. All of the patients had intractable forms of the disease and did not respond to conventional treatments. Still, the United States government claims that marijuana is as dangerous as heroin and has no medical use. U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag is waging a war on safe access to medical cannabis in the Bay Area.
Originally published on the Daily Beast.
Marijuana Fights Cancer and Helps Manage Side Effects, Researchers Find
Mounting evidence shows ‘cannabinoids’ in marijuana slow cancer growth, inhibit formation of new blood cells that feed a tumor, and help manage pain, fatigue, nausea, and other side effects.
We have answered the question, What cures all cancer?… Cannabis therapeutics.Now I have another question; What is the cause of all cancer? Show me the science.Today we know the cause of all cancer… sugar. And today we have the science.
Scientists reveal the relationship between sugar, cancer
A nine-year joint research project has led to a crucial breakthrough in cancer research. Scientists have clarified how the Warburg effect, a phenomenon in which cancer cells rapidly break down sugars, stimulates tumor growth. This discovery provides evidence for a positive correlation between sugar and cancer, which may have far-reaching impacts on tailor-made diets for cancer patients.
How It Works
There is a plentiful supply of research articles and personal testaments that show the efficacy of cannabis effecting cancer remission. However, only a few point to the mechanism by which the cancer cells die. To understand this better we need to know what metabolic processes provide life to the cells.
There are two structures in most cells that sustain life; one is the mitochondria, and the other is the endoplasmic reticulum. The mitochondria primarily produces adenosine triphosphate (ATP) that provides the necessary energy. The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is a loosely bound envelope around the cell nucleus that synthesizes metabolites and proteins directed by the nuclear DNA that nourish and sustain the cell.
Let us look first at tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and observe that THC is a natural fit for the CB1 cannabinoid receptor on the cancer cell surface. When THC hits the receptor, the cell generates ceramide that disrupts the mitochondria, closing off energy for the cell. Disruption of the mitochondria releases cytochrome c and reactive oxygen species into the cytosol, hastening cell death. It is notable that this process is specific to cancer cells. Healthy cells have no reaction to THC at the CB1 receptor. The increase in ceramide also disrupts calcium metabolism in the mitochondria, completing the demise to cell death.
The other cannabinoid we know is effective in killing cancer cells is cannabidiol (CBD). The primary job of CBD in the cancer cell is to disrupt the endoplasmic reticulum through wrecking of the calcium metabolism, pushing calcium into the cytosol. This always results in cell death. Another pathway for CBD to effect cancer cell death is the Caspase Cascade, which breaks down proteins and peptides in the cell. When this happens the cell cannot survive. Again, these processes are specific to cancer cells, no normal cells are affected. To top it all off, CBD disrupts the IL-1 gene, inhibiting growth and spread of the cancer.
The Entourage Effect
The most important concept in cannabis therapeutics is the entourage effect. In this path to healing, multiple agents act to efficiently eliminate cancer cells. We know that THC is more potent when CBD is present (and vice versa). We know that THC and CBD are more potent when terpenes and flavonoids are present. This is called whole plant entourage. We can compare entourage treatment with synthetic single cannabinoids to see the clinical difference. To ensure the most efficient and effective treatment for cancer 1:1 THC:CBD from whole plant is recommended.
Green Haze marijuana plant
From Paul Armentano for Alternet:
Legal cannabis access is associated with numerous favorable public health outcomes. Here are just a few of them.
FEWER OPIOID DEATHS
Changes in the legal status of cannabis is associated with significant reductions in opioid-related mortality. Data published in 2014 in JAMA Internal Medicine reports that medical cannabis regulation is associated with year-over-year declines in overall opioid-related mortality, including heroin overdose deaths. Specifically, medicalization states experienced a 20 percent decrease in opioid deaths as compared to non-medicalized states within one year. This decrease climbed to 33 percent by year six. Other studies have separately linked the establishment of both dispensaries and adult use retailers with reductions in opioid deaths. Traffic fatalities involving opioid-positive drivers has also fallen in states that have implemented medical marijuana laws.
FEWER OPIOID-RELATED HOSPITALIZATIONS