Colorado girl, suing feds over medical marijuana, encouraged by recent FDA approval

kdvr.com

DENVER — For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug derived from cannabis.

The move is being celebrated by those who depend on marijuana to relieve pain and even stay alive. One of those individuals is Alexis Bortell, 12, of Larkspur.

Alexis has epilepsy and requires a cannabis medication to prevent seizures. She was forced to move from Texas to Colorado for treatment.

“I usually black out. I don’t remember [the seizures],” Alexis said.

Since the age of 7, Alexis has suffered daily seizures until coming to Colorado and starting a doctor-recommended THC hemp oil regiment.

She consumes THC three times a day. She said she hasn’t had a seizure in three years.

“The THC really helped,” Alexis said.

THC is different from the newly FDA-approved CBD. While THC creates a high, CBD does not. For Alexis and others, CBD does not help.

The Bortell family is continuing its fight to get THC approved by the federal government. The family says it is encouraged by the recent progress.

“I think it’s great baby steps,” Alexis said.

The Bortell’s lawsuit, now in the hands of an appeals court, argues Alexis cannot travel across state lines with her medication and is not allowed to visit federal property. That includes national parks and even post offices.

Oral arguments in the Bortell case are expected in the summer of 2018. The U.S. Department of Justice did not reply to calls seeking comment.

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DHEA – another cannabinoid? Yep.

Written by Mango Chutney, a friend of this blog:

One year ago my physician prescribed a variety of vitamins and supplements based on blood tests. One of them is DHEA, which I understand is a precursor to testosterone and estrogen. It’s been one of those cutting edge kind of supplements for a long time now. DHEA’s own precursor is one of those popular Omega-3 fatty acids–DHA.

The body can make DHEA from DHA, but it can’t make DHA–it has to get it from food–that’s part of the rage for fish oil, or flax seed and flaxseed oil or a number of other Omega-3 sources.

If I remember the science correctly the Standard American Diet (SAD) is thought to be out of balance with too many Omega-6 oils and not enough Omega-3s. So supplementation with fish oil or flaxseed oil, since they are high in Omega-3s, is thought to help the body in a variety of ways, primarily because of the biggest job the “-3’s” are supposed to do–to help reduce inflammation. The inflammation can be in the arteries and bloodstream or anywhere, I guess. Who wants inflammation? –especially in the cardiovascular system?

So I was googling DHEA since I take it already. I found out that it’s banned by the International Olympic Committee because it’s supposed to enhance athletic performance. (What athlete wouldn’t want to reduce inflammation?) Although the ban is controversial since most people consider it to be a natural substance.

I’ve been buying my DHEA from my doctor, but when I ran out I tried to buy some at the local Natural Grocery chain store, which has a pill and potion section that puts Whole Foods to shame. When I couldn’t find it there a helpful clerk gave me an info sheet explaining that it’s their store policy not to sell DHEA. So I turned–where else?–to Amazon, and before long I was restocked with it.

Continuing my research, I stumbled on a reference to DHEA and endocannabinoids–the body’s own cannabinoid system. It was in a scientific article by none other than the world’s premier cannabis researcher, Dr. Rafael Mechoulam. In it, he refers to DHEA as one of the endocannabinoids because he and his team found that it uses the same cannabinoid receptor sites that marijuana’s active cannabinoids attach to. That was the big surprise for me. Who thought you could buy an endocannabinoid on Amazon?

Mechoulam was investigating its role in cancer, prostate and breast cancer specifically, and found that DHEA could discourage the spread of those cancers. Yea for DHEA! –I’m sure it’s no cure, probably just an influence in the right direction, but we can use all the help we can get. Some people claim that cancer is a disease resulting from, or related to chronic inflammation.

But on the other hand, some popular medical sites warn against DHEA use because they fear it could encourage prostate and breast cancer since it’s a precursor to testosterone and estrogen. But I suspect that such advice is just a scientific hunch. In Mechoulam’s actual research he found the opposite happening. Somebody should tell those other sites.

Anyway, it was just interesting to see Mechoulam calling DHEA an endocannabinoid. That happens in the second sentence of the abstract to this article–after that, I’m lost:

DHEA and EPEA activated cannabinoid CB 1 and CB 2 receptors in vitro with significant potency, suggesting that they are endocannabinoids.

Cannabis Saves Life Of Judge That Once Jailed People For Using It

“When Bench was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, which can result in a slow and painful death, his life was saved after realizing the benefits of cannabis in treating his disease. Now, Bench has made it his life’s work to wake people up to the “70 years of lies” the US government has told the citizens about marijuana.”

By Mike Robinson for Mike’s Medicines

Now here’s a new twist. The very same judge, Doug Bench, who used to put away those with minor marijuana offence without any qualms,  came forward about how Cannabis saved his life in order to help the people of Florida and beyond learn the truth about prohibition. The success stories regarding cannabis are seemingly endless, and the medicinal properties of this plant when properly administered have proven to to have a tremendously positive effect on our health, so much that the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry could eventually be partially replaced – especially many of our prescription drugs.
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Cannabis: One of the most thoroughly studied plants ever

David Bearman, M.D., Executive VP of the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine, details the research priorities for cannabis, one of the most thoroughly studied plants of all time

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Cannabis is one of the most thoroughly studied plants of all time. Its documented medical use goes back to the first known material medical, the Ping Ts’ao Ching, dated by Chinese oral tradition to be written in 2637 BC. At the turn of the 19th to the 20th century, cannabis was the third most common ingredient in physician prescriptions and over-the-counter (OTC) medications, after opium and alcohol. Cannabis was in the USP (United States Pharmacopeia) from the 1850s to 1942.
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Canada Becomes Second Country in World to Legalize Marijuana

From AP/Reader Supported News

Excerpt: “Canada’s Senate gave final passage Tuesday to the federal government’s bill to legalize cannabis, though Canadians will have to wait at least a couple of months to legally buy marijuana as their country becomes the second in the world to make pot legal nationwide.”

A woman celebrates National Marijuana Day in Ottawa. Canadian lawmakers voted Tuesday to legalize cannabis. (photo: Chris Roussakis/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman celebrates National Marijuana Day in Ottawa. Canadian lawmakers voted Tuesday to legalize cannabis. (photo: Chris Roussakis/AFP/Getty Images)

20 June 18

anada’s Senate gave final passage Tuesday to the federal government’s bill to legalize cannabis, though Canadians will have to wait at least a couple of months to legally buy marijuana as their country becomes the second in the world to make pot legal nationwide.
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