Category Archives: Cannabis News

The latest information on the MMJ industry

Big Pharma Interrupted

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Big Pharma Interrupted  –  their profits are threatened by whole plant based cannabis medicine. The pharmaceutical industry is against legalizing the plant on the basis that it fails to protect the safety of children.  If that concern had a miniscule of truth to it, the industry would NOT prescribe their harmful psychotropic drugs to children.

The largest pharmaceutical market in the world is the U.S. – representing 35% of the global market.  Those states that have adopted a medical cannabis policy are witnessing a significant drop in prescription drugs including those for pain and for symptoms associated with chemotherapy – two very lucrative money making conditions for Big Pharma).

The pharmaceutical industry is the largest industry raking in massive amounts in revenues at the expense of people suffering from acute health challenges to life threatening diseases.  In fact, the Washington Post published specific results for reduced prescriptions including painkillers, anxiety, nausea, psychosis, sleep disorders and depression  in those states with a medical marijuana law.

What is the pharmaceutical industry doing about a plant that can reduce their revenues by at least $4 billion annually?  This industry is spending an obscene amount of money to discredit this plant as harmful, untested, dangerous and of no use, unless it is of pharmaceutical grade.

Just Say NO to prescription drugs!

Licensed Producers buying Cannabis News Sources

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When you want to know something about the emerging medical and recreational cannabis industry, where do you turn to for unbiased, current and up to date correct information?

Who owns the online Cannabis News?

Leaf Science has been bought out by ‘a group or web of companies with questionable ethics’ and Leafly was bought out by Privateer Holdings a closely connected corporation to Tilray, one of Canada’s Licensed Producers (LP). Who is Lift.co associated with? My guess is the Tweed – Bedrocan conglomerate.

Why should this matter?

This matters because the information espoused by these so called “newsgroups”  are subjectively tainted!

This author has asked each of Canada’s Licensed Producers (LP’s) “Can you supply a full fingerprint of each strain you are selling because the regulated percentage of just THC and CBD is useless …?”  To date, NO response has been received by any of the LP’s contacted.

Also, the LP’s in Canada have been stockpiling their inventory (evidence is through Health Canada’s website) which is further evidence that the THC reported in their strains are no longer accurate since THC degrades to CBN within six months.

Buyers BEWARE!

United Nation’s 1971 Symposium on Cannabis

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In reviewing the minutes to a 1971 United Nation ‘symposium’ discussing the research surrounding the chemistry and biological activity of cannabis, the following is an extraction that is noteworthy:


Cannabis research at the Division of Narcotic Drugs, United Nations, Geneva is mandated with the primary function of internationally coordinating cannabis research in order to avoid unnecessary duplication of effort.


The emphasis of this international research was “to elucidate the effects of the compounds responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis in man, to quantify the constituents or their metabolites in biological fluids, to determine their toxicity and side effects and to correlate these data with the social effects of the drug.”


At the  large number of new and unpublished cannabis research: 


The Symposium revealed that a large amount of knowledge had been accumulated on the chemistry of cannabis and the synthesis of the cannabinoids and their metabolites. The report stated that there still remains some uncertainty as to how much THC is absorbed by smoking, to give the biological high. It concluded that THC and cannabis of known potency can be used with confidence in large scale clinical trials. It was determined that within the next few years (by 1975 ?), the clinical data will shed new light on the two basic questions of the UN “How dangerous is cannabis?” and “What should we do about it?”

In other words, the United Nations 1961 Single Convention on Drug Control, vilified this plant without corroborating evidence that supported its placement as a dangerous drug.

 

Synthetic THC to treat Cannabis Use Disorder???

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According to ClinicalTrials.gov Nabilone is being used in “clinical trials” as a cure for “cannabis use disorder”. (RUFKM)?

Nabilone, (a.k.a. Cesamet owned by Valeant Pharma)  is a synthetic or lab made form of the cannabinoid THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in cannabis. Coincidentally, this lab based form resembles the street based synthetic THC known as “spice”or “K2” and is being sold as an incense. K2 or Spice is NOT a natural form of anything, least of all, cannabis. Anything made in a lab, such as spice/k2 is dangerous.

The scientist credited with manufacturing synthetic THC in a lab is – John W Hoffman, PhD,  a retired Clemson University chemist whose initials, JWH, is linked with the synthetic cannabinoid JWH-018, a.k.a. Spice.

It should be noted that in 2007, Valeant Pharma acquired the commercial rights to nabilone in the United Kingdom and other EU markets at a cost of $14 million. http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20070215005880/en/Valeant-Pharmaceuticals-Acquires-Rights-Nabilone-United-Kingdom

“The DSM – (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) is said to be the standard classification of mental disorders used for clinical, research, policy, and reimbursement purposes in the United States and elsewhere. It therefore has widespread importance and influence on how disorders are diagnosed, treated, and investigated. Since its first publication in 1952, DSM has been reviewed and revised four times; the criteria in the last version, DSM-IV-TR, were first published in 1994. Since then, knowledge about psychiatric disorders, including substance use disorders, has advanced greatly. To take the advances into account, a new version, DSM-5, was published in 2013.”  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3767415/

Has CBC been misinterpreted as CBD as a result of Gas Chromatography?

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With all the hype about the cannabinoid – CBD or Cannabidiol, would it come as a surprise to learn that those in control, have made a very important error?

In the US, the federal government has historically emphasized and funded only research on the potential harm associated with “marijuana” use. In fact, from 2008-2014, the National Institute of Health (NIH) spent an estimated $1.1 BILLION on marijuana research that emphasized abuse and addiction. Yet, the US government has routinely and consistently filed patent applications on every health benefit that cannabis possesses.

The US government (DEA, NIH, etc) determined that gas chromatography was a useful and  objective method for separating cannabinoids in a sample to determine its potency. In addition, since their scientists determined that the only other important cannabinoid worth studying was CBD or cannabidiol, they have misled the virgin cannabis patients with their faulty information.

New information obtained from reliable sources show that using gas chromatography can incorrectly show CBC as CBD (cannabichromene as cannabidiol)!!!

http://blog.restek.com/?p=8759

To further your understanding about cannabinoids in cannabis as well as the different chromatography testing methods that can identify the cannabinoids in your medicine, please click the following book image:

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Cannabinoids for Pain

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GW Pharma Limited (United Kingdom) and Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. Limited (Japan) have filed an International Patent Application for specific “Cannabinoids for the Treatment of Neuropathic Pain”!

The English Abstract is as follows:

“The present invention relates to cannabinoids for use in the treatment of neuropathic pain. Preferably the cannabinoids are one or more phytocannabinoids of: cannabigerol (CBG), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabidivarin (CBDV) or tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV). More preferably the phytocannabinoids are isolated and / or purified from cannabis plant extracts.”

This patent claims that it is a novel discovery, however, in the book “Cannabinoids and Terpenes: The Medicinal Benefits of Cannabis“, Ryder Management along with many other patients of medical cannabis, have known this for years.

Cannabigerol (CBG) versus Cannabidiol (CBD)

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In the above book “Cannabinoids and Terpenes“, the writer used “thin layer chromatography” (TLC) to identify the cannabinoids in the indica  strains used to make “Rick Simpson Oil” (using grain alcohol) to treat terminal liver cancer.

Surprisingly, where the author expected to see CBD on the test plates, the TLC organic chemistry test kit plates, or chromatograms, identified no CBD BUT did show CBG, THCV and of course THC.

The DEA has used thin layer chromatography as a method of identifying where the cannabis confiscated originated from.

It should be noted that up until recently, the literature on cannabinoids reported that strains with no CBD but high indications of CBG are classified as hemp plants.

In trying to obtain the truth on health remedies, it does become frustrating when the government whom we rely on for truth, report contradicting information from that which one discovers solely from the pursuit of knowledge and truth.

Genetically Modified Pot?

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Under the MMAR (Canada’s old Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations), it allowed patients in Canada to choose their medicine. After all, are we not masters of our own domain? Able to determine what our body needs? When did we give that up, if we did?

The above “thin layer chromatography” (TLC) chromatogram (a.k.a. bud footprint) clearly identifies more than just THC in three bud samples tested  (including a sample of BC Bud). These are buds grown under the MMAR regulations, when patients in Canada had a choice and could choose their medicine.

Compare being Masters of our own Domain, above,  with what Health Canada has regulated, below:

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LP Pot (pot from Licensed Producers), is the second chromatogram and shows three samples from Licensed Producers’ pot, under the MMPR. Please take a minute to compare the two chromatograms, both shown above.

LP pot, second example, only shows THC and in a very strange way. Genetically altered?

The question that needs an answer is this:

Are patients in Canada guaranteed that the Health Minister has not again sold out out health to genetically altered cannabis cultivars to and from Big Pharma?

Why is Canada’s Health Minister Outraged over SCC Unanimous Ruling that Allows Consumption of Cannabis?

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Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that restricting Medical Cannabis to just dried herb “violates the right to liberty and security in a manner that is arbitrary and hence is not with(in) the principles of fundamental justice.”

This ruling has the Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose,  “outraged”.

The Minister is quoted with stating:

“Let’s remember, there’s only one authority in Canada that has the authority and the expertise to make a drug into a medicine and that’s Health Canada,” she said during a press conference.

“Marijuana has never gone through the regulatory approval process at Health Canada, which of course, requires a rigorous safety review and clinical trials with scientific evidence.”

As a result of this SCC ruling, the charges for trafficking in cookies against Owen Smith, have been dropped.

Why on earth is the Health Minister outraged?

Looking back at what Health Canada has accomplished has revealed the following:

Health Canada (HC), in 2004, fired three of their scientists that spoke up against genetically modified food products.  Dr. Shiv Chopra, one of the scientists that was fired by HC, has gone public with what goes on at Health Canada. He has revealed that HC requires their (the scientist’s) approval on products without even allowing information on what they are approving. Dr. Chopra has even written a book entitled “Corrupt to the Core: Memoirs of a Health Canada Whistleblower” http://www.amazon.com/Corrupt-Core-Memoirs-Health-Whistleblower/dp/097319457X

The Health Minister wants us to remember that they are the only ones with the authority to approve what Canadians are allowed to be prescribed as medicine.

How many people are aware that prescription medicine is the fourth leading cause of death in Canada?  http://commonground.ca/2012/01/prescription-drug-deaths/

Earlier this year, an investigative reporter, Joachim Hagoplan, published “The Evil of Big Pharma Exposed”  http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-evils-of-big-pharma-exposed/5425382 

The above report is very thorough with respect to how Big Pharma came to be and who they are.

Why in the world would Canada’s Health minister be “outraged” over the SCC ruling of allowing the consumption of medical cannabis?

Could it be that consuming this herb has the ability of not only curing cancer but is more effective than any prescription drug available from Big Pharma?

If the Minister of Health is outraged over a plant that is more effective than any prescription drug on the market, why is she the Minister of Health? Clearly, her mandate is preserving profits over patients.

Doctor’s In Ontario told Medical Marijuana is an Insured Service

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The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) (the board that governs Doctors in Ontario) published their new policy on Marijuana for Medical Purposes (MMPR) dated March, 2015. This is a welcome policy change since their previous position was stated as not in support of marijuana and advised Ontario doctors to “proceed with caution”.

What is interesting with their policy change is with respect to their definition of the medical document that a patient requires to access medical marijuana from an on-line approved Licensed Producer.

According to their website, it is their opinion that the “medical document authorizing patient access to dried marijuana to be equivalent to a prescription.” 

This is an extremely important definition!

Their new Policy further states:

Prescriptions, together with activities related to prescriptions, are insured services. Accordingly, physicians must not charge patients or licensed producers of dried marijuana for completing the medical document, or for any activities associated with completing the medical document, including, but not limited to: assessing the patient; reviewing his/her chart; educating or informing the patient about the risks or benefits of dried marijuana; or confirming the validity of a prescription in accordance with the MMPR.”

Since the College issued their Policy on MMPR, Sun Life Canada was the first insurer to cover cannabis for a student attending the University of Waterloo.

CBD Oil and Hemp Oil

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Cannabis flower or bud, showing glandular trichomes

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many “active” cannabinoids that are produced in the glandular trichomes of the cannabis flowers (often referred to as “buds”). CBD is non-psychoactive but studies show that this cannabinoid enhances the positive effects in THC, the cannabinoid that gets you “high”. CBD also possesses a large number of medicinal benefits.

There are many opinions on whether the genus Cannabis (Cannabaceae) consists of one or more species. Cannabis strains grown for fiber and/or seed production, commonly known as Hemp, are differentiated from strains grown for medical and recreational use.

We are lead to believe that hemp is often mistaken for its cannabis cousin, however hemp is grown for fiber and/or for seed production. CBD is NOT a component of hemp seed or fiber (which is produced from hemp stalk). Hemp oil, produced from hemp seed, does contain a very low level of CBD, which is usually less than 25 parts per million (ppm). CBD extracted from cannabis flowers are usually up to 15 percent (150,000 ppm).

The hemp retail market in the US is growing at an alarming rate and there are unscrupulous public companies that are selling CBD hemp oil at astronomic prices. To state that hemp oil is medicine is incorrect, although hemp oil is a very valuable daily dietary essential.

Cannabinoids, including CBD, produced in the glandular trichomes of cannabis flowers is a natural and valuable medicine. However, the government criminalized cannabis and has included it as a controlled substance with little to no medicinal value.

Cannabis, including both medicinal and industrial hemp, are environmentally friendly, nutritionally and medicinally beneficial and contain too many natural resources that threaten or make it impossible for powerful corporate giants to compete with.

It is criminal to see giant public corporations misleading the public by selling and promoting CBD hemp oil as a medicinal product.

The non-profit organization Hemp Industries Association, produced a position paper on the misbranding of CBD extracts and Hemp Oil. Please click the following link to read this paper: Hemp Industries Association Position Paper

Buyer Beware!