Category Archives: Cannabis

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.

Profits before Patients and the duplicity of Health Canada

Thanks to Rick Simpson, I now have a profound respect and understanding of the cannabis plant. In addition to many hours devoted to researching the history of this plant, along with testing various strains using a thin layer chromatography (TLC) kit, I am appalled and somewhat frustrated with how Health Canada seems to think that they can insist patients needing medical cannabis will simply rollover and buy cannabis where they dictate. In other words, Ontario needs to take a lesson from those in BC. Stand up and fight for your rights!

Although the constitutional challenge over the right to grow our own plant medicine is presently undecided and therefore, no law presently exists, if our right to grow is taken away, patients will be denied the right to juice this medicinal plant!

Indica Skunk with THC, CBG (Cannabigerol) and THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin) as dominant cannabinoids

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It might come as a surprise to many that contrary to the literature, many indica skunk strains we tested, show a higher ratio of the cannabinoids CBG and THCV over the much touted CBD cannabinoid.

What does this mean?

As medical cannabis patients, we must become more discerning and particular when choosing the specific strain of medical cannabis that works best for our individual and unique needs.

The cannabinoids in cannabis work in a synergistic capacity and we should not accept a simplistic standardization that, although facilitates the pharmaceutical industry’s method of monopolistic distribution, ultimately limits what this plant could otherwise offer us in terms of full homeostasis.

In Canada, the ministry that thinks they own our health, has basically handed control of the cannabis plant over to corporate bankers. These suits who were promised a large return on investment, are allowed to use approved pesticides on a plant that was previously grown organically by most approved growers under the old system.

Furthermore, the new licensed growers/producers are also only required to disclose the percentage of only the THC and CBD cannabinoid content, as if those are the only two cannabinoids that exist.

Other Countries have a misconception that Canada is advanced with their new MMPR legislation. Nothing can be further from the truth. Health Canada is selling the patients who need the medicine to big corp who only want to make money through control. Without the right to grow, patients will lose their right to juice, a life saving remedy for numerous disorders.

Define: Pathophysiology

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Define: Pathophysiology

  1. Pathophysiology or physiopathology is a convergence of pathology with physiology. Pathology is the medical discipline that describes conditions typically observed during a disease state, whereas physiology is the biological discipline that describes processes or mechanisms operating within an organism.

Where did science go wrong? We are told that anything connected with our liver, our life saving organ, has us being advised to get the end in order.

Consider the following from NCBI:

“Acetaminophen-induced acute liver failure (ALF) is a complex multiorgan illness. An assessment of the prognosis is essential for the accurate identification of patients for whom survival without liver transplantation (LT) is unlikely.” Click the above NCBI for the full report.

The above is the advice to medical doctors. As the patient, you’re told to get your affairs in order, because, without a transplant, you are a gonner.

Wait one minute!

Our liver is the largest organ in our body, and is the only organ with the ability of regenerating itself.

What came before pharmaceutical medicine? What came before what we know as conventional medicine or allopathic medicine?

Herbal or plant based medicine practiced by our aboriginal forefathers. This includes traditional native healing in the Americas; Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda in China and India respectively and all which are the oldest recorded medicine.

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

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?

The Need for a Cannabis Paradigm Shift

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Thomas Kuhn coined the phrase “paradigm shift” in 1962.

In 1964 Dr Raphael Mechoulam, an organic chemist from Israel, managed to obtain samples of the illegal substance called marijuana. From those samples, he isolated and elucidated the psychoactive constituent in the “marijuana” plant called THC (delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol).

We then learn that everyone of us has an endogenous cannabinoid system (aka endocannabinoid system) complete with cannabinoid receptors. What does this mean? The cannabis plant is able to work with our bodies system to enable it in achieving homeostasis. In other words, the pot plant is the top plant that can help us achieve ultimate health.  You can’t make this stuff up!

At the time that they were building the pharmaceutical industry, they demonized the biggest competitor, the pot plant.

This is why a paradigm shift is of the utmost importance.

Liver Cancer in Adults and Cannabinoids

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Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), also known as liver cancer,  is reported to have a high mortality rate and has no adequate treatment. However, Allopathic Practitioners still use their “cut, poison and burn” methods of medical care.

Fortunately, thanks to the many proponents of natural health, science has recently disclosed their discovery of our endogenous cannabinoid system and how we all carry cannabinoid receptors  (the endogenous cannabinoid system is also called the endocannabinoid system for short). In addition, the phytocannabinoids that are unique to the cannabis plant, have the ability of using the signals of our cannabinoid receptors in our bodies to activate our endocannabinoid system back to a homeostasis state i.e. the phytocannabinoids help our bodies regain a level of optimal health.

If the above sounds too far fetched, is it not more far fetched as to why a medicinal plant was demonized and criminalized to the extent it was in the first place?

For a scientific explanation of how the cannabinoids in cannabis can cure liver cancer (HCC), do review this and other articles.

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!