Interview with renowned Cannabis researcher Melanie Dreher

Listen to the half hour interview here


APRIL 24, 2019

DEAN BECKER: The failure of drug war is glaringly obvious to judges, cops, wardens, prosecutors, and millions more now calling for decriminalization, legalization, the end of prohibition. Let us investigate the Century Of Lies.

DOUG MCVAY: Hello, and welcome to Century of Lies. I’m your host Doug McVay, editor of

Well, this week we’re going to hear an interview with Melanie Dreher, PhD. She’s also a registered nurse and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. It was such an honor to have the chance to sit down with her and to get this interview, and I hope you folks enjoy it. Before any ado can possibly be furthered, let’s get to it.

Could you tell me who you are and what you do?

MELANIE DREHER, PHD, RN, FAAN: Melanie Dreher, and I am Dean Emeritus at Rush University, and I’m a cannabis researcher, four decades of cannabis research.

DOUG MCVAY: Doctor Dreher, there is so very much that I could be asking you about, and in so little time. Just, well, what inspired you? This is probably a big question, too, but I’ll do it. What inspired you to make cannabis, I mean, I don’t know if saying making cannabis your career is the right way to say it. What inspired your interest in this plant?

MELANIE DREHER, PHD, RN, FAAN: Oh, it was purely by accident. I was a graduate student at Columbia University. My professor decided to send me to Jamaica to do an ethnographic study and recruit subjects for a medical study.

And it was 1969. It was when Neal Armstrong first set foot on the moon, and 400,000 of my best friends were in Woodstock, which is where I really wanted to be. And, I ended up on a mountaintop, having no experience with cannabis, never having been to Jamaica, and not knowing how to do ethnography. So I was perfectly qualified for a career as an ethnographer in cannabis research.

And that was the beginning. And, from there, we — my first study there was really looking at the amotivational syndrome, which was a very popular concept in the early Seventies, suggesting that cannabis use made people lose their interest in productive activities, drop out, drop out of college, not being able to finish simple tasks, et cetera.

And the reason I selected that as my doctoral dissertation was because I had just spent the summer before in Jamaica where men and women were using cannabis to help them work harder.

So, something was going on here, and it warranted a cross-cultural study. So I ended up doing a study of rural farmers, and sugar cane workers, and the nice thing about studying sugar cane workers is that their productivity is measured in the tons that they cut, because that’s how they get paid.

And, after a year of — I’m sorry, yes, actually two years working with cane cutters and measuring their productivity, and getting to know them as people in a certain context, I discovered that actually there was no difference in their productivity. So whether they smoked cannabis or whether they didn’t, men were working hard.

But if they believed that cannabis was helping them work harder, that was a good thing.

So, while I was there, I also discovered that women were preparers of cannabis tea and medicines that they would give to their families and children, in many ways, to help the children work harder. They made sure that children had a cannabis tea before they went to school, and especially if they were taking a test, they wanted their children to be able to concentrate. And they did that by preparing them tea.

So I did a tiny study that was then published in an education journal on whether the children who had cannabis tea performed better academically than children who didn’t have the tea. And, the result that, and I’m not — wasn’t sure we’d get this result, but in fact, the children who performed better in school were the tea drinkers.

And, I think, one of the good things about doing this ethnographic work is that you come out of the laboratory and study natural behavior in its natural context, and understand why cannabis was working in this instance.

And certainly the mothers and fathers who cared enough to make sure that their children would partake of their, you know, limited, little store of cannabis, were also the mothers and fathers who made sure their children had clean uniforms to wear, and pencils, and notebooks to go to school with, and that they were actually attending school more often.

So it was, cannabis tea was part of a complex of good parenting. Interestingly, we asked the teachers ahead of time which children, they did not know whether the children were getting tea or not. We asked them which children they thought would be getting the tea.

And of course, the teachers were representing middle class, they disapproved of giving cannabis tea to children, and got it completely wrong. The children that they thought were the high performers were indeed the high performers, but they were not the children that they thought were drinking tea.

So, it was an interesting little study that then led on to working with mothers, and a few women had actually begun smoking, which was out of sort of the cultural order of Jamaica.

And at that time, the United States was still reeling from the thalidomide event, and were very interested in the substances, the teratogenic factors of all substances that women were using during pregnancy.

So I was able to get the March of Dimes to fund a small study, looking at the — at the effects, the neonatal and perinatal effects of cannabis exposure during pregnancy. And we used thirty cannabis using women and thirty non, and they were matched for age and parity, and socioeconomic status.

And that study also engaged the Brazelton Neonatal team from Harvard, and they helped administer that schedule, to look at children’s neurological and behavioral — babies, neonates, neurological and behavioral performance.

And counterintuitively, one day, the children — babies, in both groups, were non-differentiated. I mean, we didn’t — we could not find anything that would distinguish the exposed babies from the non-exposed babies on the Brazelton Scale.

At one month, the exposed children performed significantly better on every variable of the Brazelton Scale. And we were very surprised. We didn’t think we’d ever get anyone to publish it. In fact, Pediatrics did publish it a little bit later, in 1995, and interestingly, we got no pushback at all. I thought there would be letters coming in, how can you say this doesn’t make a difference. It was totally silent.

It was not until 20 years later that all of a sudden this became an important study. But in the meantime, pregnant women who use marijuana found this study, and they used this study, and it got, you know, circulated among other pregnant women. So it did have an enormous impact.

Frankly, that little study is probably — made us rockstars among cannabis users today and advocates of cannabis. It was very well conducted, we worked hard, we got it right.

And once again, by looking at this behavior in context, as opposed to the laboratory, we could see that differences between the two samples that had nothing to do with age or parity or socioeconomic status, but really how they functioned economically, where most of the smoking mothers, or the using mothers, were not in conjugal unions. They were self-supporting.

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Facebook group for healing cancer with Cannabis

See also: Healed by Cannabis

Sharing some interesting comments found on a prostate cancer support group website:

…it is a closed facebook group. You have just to request to join: CKC

There you can search for prostate cancer protocol or post a request to Donavon Vizina, who created the group (he healed himself from advanced cancer, after have been sent home to die since chemo didn’t work anymore after a recurrence, with cannabis oil. )

Take note that he will start with a 3:1, but if no improvement, he will move to a 1:1.


hormone positive or not.

If the cancer is not hormone positive then THC oil alone should be fine. If the cancer is hormone positive follow the instructions below as to both cannabinoids THC and CBD.

Ok, for this cancer we will use THC and CBD separate

(if posible) . By dosing CBD first by 2 or more hours prior to THC we will hope to do the following:

. Reducing inflamation

. Suppress the ID1 gene (mets)

This will hopefully allow THC to do a better job at A-apoptosis (programmed cell death) .

Ps. If the oils are a ALL IN ONE, are the cancer is non hormone positive, then simply follow the THC side of this schedule.

The oil(s) should be prepared by warming and mixing with a carrier oil as shown below :

Batch 1

THC (olive oil)

THC (coconut oil)

Batch 2

CBD (olive oil)

CBD (coconut oil)


.fill a pan with water

.bring to boil on stove

.place a cloth in pan of water

.place a (small) sterile glass jar in pan

.turn stove top down to ‘3’

.Mix in equal parts ( cannabis oil and appropriate carrier oil) and stir thoroughly until one … let cool a little, then you have a couple of options…

.Suck back into a syringe…they come in many different sizes so pick one (or more) beforehand depending on your dosing needs. You can dose directly from this, or put it into a dropper bottle to dose from, or put it into size 00 vegie capsules … it depends on your individual dosing needs.

OR …

.Suck back into small disposable syringes for suppository use.

Allow to cool before serving.

*PLEASE NOTE!!! The reason that we use EQUAL PARTS is ….

When it comes to dosing it is easier to figure out how much more one needs to take once it’s mixed into one oil… Everyone has their own ratios.. here we preach 1:1 with a carrier.

And please VERY IMPORTANT when you WARM AND MIX with a carrier at equal parts with your cannabis oil you will now need to double the dose of the oil(s) … So, if you were taking 3 rice grains straight oil (no carrier ) .. once WARMED AND MIXED you will now need to take 6 rice grains to equal the dose of the oil straight.

Now that we have our oils WARMED AND MIXED we will now move to dosing … for this cancer we will cover a few methods as to hit it from a few angles.

Dosing :

6:00am CBD (sublingual) olive oil

8:00am THC (sublingual) olive oil

10:00am CBD (orally) coconut oil enteric caps

12:00am THC (orally) coconut oil enteric caps

2:00pm CBD (sublingual) olive oil

4:00pm THC (sublingual) olive oil

6:00pm CBD (orally) coconut oil enteric caps

8:00pm THC (orally) coconut oil enteric caps

How dosing should go for hormone positive

Start the above dosing as a 3:1 (high CBD) . As the treatment progresses build up to the following as a 3:1 (THC 60-80mgs) (CBD 180-240mgs) daily. When you reach this amount of each and have been there from 1-2 months with no good results, then start working the THC side up to make this a 1:1 (thc/cbd) .

Suppositories can and should be worked into this protocol as well.. they can be used at any time because they hold no high . We often advised to try and get at least two suppositories in a day for cancers like this.

TOPICAL : a topical solution is also a good idea for this cancer directly above the prostate. Once the topical is completed with all the mixtures in it you want to add 10% of that total weight and DMSO.

The topical should contain THC, CBD if possible, the base of the topical should either be coconut oil or emu oil.

Hint: warming the topical and the surface area of the skin above the prostate where the topical will be will help the body to absorb the topical deeper and more effectively. To warm the area simply use a hot moist rag once the area is hot and the pores or open should take about 1 to 2 minutes wipe the area dry and immediately applied to topical.

CannaTea : a cannabis yea should be consumed as well, made from cannabis flower. Teas in general for this cancer can be a great idea .


A related comment found at this article debunking cannabis cancer treatment:

Well actually in my personal experience as I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer which apparently travelled to my brain then to my nodes on top of new growths in my lungs. I did have my brain tumor removed by my neuro surgeon and left the hospital the very next day. I had been on marijuana oil for 2 weeks before my surgery. I have religiously taken this oil for 7 months now and my new growths disappeared along with the cancer in my nodes. On top of that my old cancer in the lung is still shrinking. I have never suffered at all like most people do with cancer and have not had to endure the effects of chemo or radiation of which my sister who was a non believer suffered. Because of my latest diagnosis she now believes because I’m proof. I have my oncologists reports to fully back my claim that marijuana definitely is the cure and I am just one human who chose to step outside the square and take responsibility for my own well being. We need drs, but we don’t need pills. My father also diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer in 2001 is still with us 17 years later recently turned 81 because we convinced him to give the oil a go. He has had no other treatment for his cancer

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Getting my 90 year old Dad off Oxy, and on CBD

Study Finds Medical Cannabis Safe for Managing Pain in Elderly Patients

After six months, medical cannabis significantly improved pain and quality of life for older adults with minimal side effects. More than 93 percent of 901 participants reported their pain dropped from eight to four on the 10-point scale. Quality of life upgraded from “bad” or “very bad” to “good” or “very good” in approximately 60 percent of patients. More than 70 percent of patients reported experiencing moderate to significant improvement in their condition.

Safety and Efficacy of Medical Cannabis in Elderly Patients

[Medical Cannabis] is a well-tolerated treatment with improvement noted in chronic pain, sleep, neuropathy, and anxiety in patients ≥75 years of age.  [Adverse effects] that resolved on dosage adjustment were noted in 13% of patients.

Friends, to my great delight, my mother has finally become willing to pursue use of CBD to replace the heroin (Oxycontin) my beloved (soon to be) 90 year old Dad has been taking for years, after a herniated disk caused chronic pain.

Mom told me last week that my Dad was ‘slowing down at an alarming rate’, which broke my heart. Later that day, it hit me like a lighting bolt out of nowhere: IT’S THE OXY! Of course there will be decline in old age, but heroin will take down a 20 year old in no time, what is it doing to our parents? 

I’ve compiled a bunch of information for my Mom to share with her doctor to get approval, and found a couple options from a local CBD shop to begin our journey. Please enjoy:
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Study Finds Bees Don’t Just Love Cannabis — it Can Also Help Save Their Dying Populations

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Shamani Joshi

Humans aren’t the only ones who seem to gravitate towards the marijuana plant. Turns out, even bees love the buzz, but for a slightly different reason. A new study by researchers at Cornell University published in the journal of Environmental Entomology finds that bees are super attracted to the cannabis plants because they can’t get enough of its sweet, sweet pollen. This study supports the results of a similar one conducted by Colorado University last year and opens up options for scientists to save the depleting bee population around the world.

The study found that the taller the cannabis plants are and the larger area they cover, the more bees will flock to that farm, with taller plants attracting 17 times more buzz than the shorter ones. What’s even cooler is that there are 16 different varieties of the marijuana plant that could support these bee populations. But even as bees seem to love the cannabis plant, they can’t actually get high off it since insects aren’t known to have any cannabinoid receptors.

These findings are kinda confusing when you consider that cannabis neither has a nectary taste nor the vibrant colours that generally catch the attention of bees. However, the bees are more into the male plants that usually grow alongside the flowering female ones that produce the bud you put into your bongs, but have no psychoactive properties. This study is especially crucial given that bees are responsible for the cross-pollination of flowers that furthers the growth of the fruits and vegetables we need for survival. Except, thanks to pesticides, habit destruction and climate change, the bees seem to be buzzing off, something that the marijuana plant could help put a stop to since they also don’t generally use too many pesticides, nor require too much water for their growth.

But what’s even better about these canna-bees is that they bring with them immense industrial potential. Israeli cannabis technology company PhytoPharma International developed a natural cannabinoid-dosed honey that allows bees to fuse THC and CBD into their honey by an IP-protected pollination process. Now if that’s not worth the buzz, we don’t know what is.

New Canadian Study Says Marijuana May Prevent The Coronavirus

According to a study being conducted at Canada’s University of Lethbridge, scientists are now theorizing that certain marijuana strains could possibly prevent COVID-19 infection.Researchers at the Calgary college have studied over 400 strains of weed and have concluded that at least a dozen strains aided in preventing the Coronavirus from finding a host in the mouth, intestines, and lungs.The study’s head researcher Dr. Igor Kovalchuk said, “A number of them have reduced the number of these (virus) receptors by 73 percent, the chance of it getting in is much lower. If they can reduce the number of receptors, there’s much less chance of getting infected.”

Researchers were able to identify 13 CBD extracts that are able to change ACE2 levels, an enzyme previously linked to COVID-19 infection. The data also suggested that some strains were also able to control serine protease TMPRSS2, which is another protein necessary for COVID-19 to enter host cells and spread throughout the body.

If peer-reviewed and more research is actually done on the subject, the study could be performed in the form of mouth wash, gargle, inhalants or gel caps, according to Kovalchuk.

from the source

Here is the abstract from the study

With the rapidly growing pandemic of COVID-19 caused by the new and challenging to treat zoonotic SARS-CoV2 coronavirus, there is an urgent need for new therapies and prevention strategies that can help curtail disease spread and reduce mortality. Inhibition of viral entry and thereby spread constitute plausible therapeutic avenues. Similar to other respiratory pathogens, SARS-CoV2 is transmitted through respiratory droplets, with potential for aerosol and contact spread. It uses receptor-mediated entry into the human host via angiotensin-converting enzyme II (ACE2) that is expressed in lung tissue, as well as oral and nasal mucosa, kidney, testes, and the gastrointestinal tract. Modulation of ACE2 levels in these gateway tissues may prove a plausible strategy for decreasing disease susceptibility. Cannabis sativa, especially one high in the anti-inflammatory cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD), has been proposed to modulate gene expression and inflammation and harbour anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Working under the Health Canada research license, we have developed over 800 new Cannabis sativa lines and extracts and hypothesized that high-CBD C. sativa extracts may be used to modulate ACE2 expression in COVID-19 target tissues. Screening C. sativa extracts using artificial human 3D models of oral, airway, and intestinal tissues, we identified 13 high CBD C. sativa extracts that modulate ACE2 gene expression and ACE2 protein levels. Our initial data suggest that some C. sativa extract down-regulate serine protease TMPRSS2, another critical protein required for SARS-CoV2 entry into host cells. While our most effective extracts require further large-scale validation, our study is crucial for the future analysis of the effects of medical cannabis on COVID-19. The extracts of our most successful and novel high CBD C. sativa lines, pending further investigation, may become a useful and safe addition to the treatment of COVID-19 as an adjunct therapy. They can be used to develop easy-to-use preventative treatments in the form of mouthwash and throat gargle products for both clinical and at-home use. Such products ought to be tested for their potential to decrease viral entry via the oral mucosa. Given the current dire and rapidly evolving epidemiological situation, every possible therapeutic opportunity and avenue must be considered.