This is an excellent introduction to Medicinal Cannabis as a treatment option.
Written by Australian GP Dr Teresa Towpik, this is an easy to understand resource for both doctors and the layman alike.
This book provides a lot of information on how Medical Cannabis works, why it works, so you can see exactly how it may help you. Essential reading for anyone interested in learning about Medical Cannabis as a healing modality.
“I remember my frustration, trying to find a simple guide that could explain step by step the intricate properties of cannabis in an easy to follow and understandable manner. I was reading one article after the other and it wasn’t easy.
In this book, I am hoping to achieve that, an easy step by step guide. I hope that patients as well as doctors find it useful and find the inspiration to further studies.”- Dr Towpik, GP.
About Dr Teresa Towpick
Born in Poland Teresa worked as a junior doctor in a hospital in Glogow, a small town not too far from the German border. Arriving in Australia in 1987, she worked in Fairfield and Liverpool hospital then General Practice from 1993. She worked as a solo GP for a few years, then in a small family practice and later in large medical centres, currently based in Katoomba.
Over the years Teresa embraced different aspects of healing, not only as a doctor but as a patient as well. When going through breast cancer 16 years ago, she learnt about different patient’s attitudes and expectations realising that modern medicine is very much based on evidence. “The absence of evidence is no evidence of absence. We need balance and we need to listen to patients as well”.
Healing occurs on many levels, physical, emotional and spiritual and Teresa sees great potential in cannabis which is an ancient, sophisticated and diverse medicine. She is engaging in further learning, research and the application of cannabis in general practice.
“I am hoping that it will be legalised and regulated soon, so doctors and patients can take advantage of its great healing potential”.
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Medical Cannabis Research
In February 2016 legislation (Narcotics Amendment Bill 2016) to legalise medical cannabis in Australia passed through federal Australian parliament in record time. It was supported by all sides of politics. This means as at 1 November 2016 Australian patients with certain serious medical conditions and under strict controls will be able to access these products through medical professionals.
Cannabis has been used as a medicine since ancient times. In modern history it was used extensively in pharmacy formulations in the early 19th century.
Cannabis used as a medicine has made a resurgence in recent years and is now legal in a number of parts of the world. Whilst anecdotal cases are plentiful scientific studies are still being undertaken to determine the effectiveness in certain disease states. The main ones we are studying below:
Medical Cannabis Research Australia was established in December 2016 by Paul and Sharlene Mavor and Tony Hume.
Paul Mavor is a pharmacist and has practiced for over 26 years in WA and owned a number of pharmacies. He has an interest in the pharmacokinetics of different cannabis dosage forms.
Sharlene Mavor is a medical scientist with majors in Microbiology, Virology and Biotechnology. She has worked in a number of laboratories both in Western Australia and in the UK. Sharlene has a particular interest in different cannabis strains, potency and purity testing and extraction methods.
Tony Hume is an experienced fund raiser and has a diverse background in education, health and philanthropy. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Director’s course and is accredited as a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) world-wide. Tony also is an Independent Director for the Yinhawangka people in the Eastern Pilbara region. He is passionate about positive community impact and making connections in the community to maximise peoples’ opportunities.
Medical Cannabis Research Australia is committed to improve the lives of Australian persons and families by reducing the suffering, prevalence and impact of a variety of diseases through the use of medical cannabis. This will be achieved with a focus on clinical trials and ethical supply of medical cannabis. Research will be conducted to support and promote public awareness for the use of medical cannabis including education for clinical practitioners with new treatment options, both locally and globally for their patients. We aim to educate and advise health professionals, patients, their families and carers in the use of medical cannabis through media, education and fund raising campaigns and further cooperate with government and likeminded organisations in order to advance the research, treatments, equity and quality of life which can be assisted with the use of medical cannabis.
Clinical Studies are underway in several states of Australia
These are largely government sponsored
NSW – terminal cancer – vaporised THC vs THC+CBD
-paediatric epilepsy – cannabidivarin, CBD
-Chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting – THC + CBD
QLD – cannabis oil in paediatric epilepsy
ACT – cannabis for melanoma
Vic – paediatric epilepsy – synthetic cannabidiol
I was totally inspired & compelled to print this amazing story of a full recovery by Kelly, and in the interests to help as many people out there!
This is the minimum of what it takes to defeat this imbalanced cellular behaviour!
Please read & share with those you care about 🙂
My name is Kelly, I’m 52 years old, and I would like to share my amazing story with you.On January 18, 2000, after a severe headache prompted a CAT scan, a 3cm tumor was discovered in the left frontal lobe of my brain. I was 38 years old. My two daughters were ages 15 and 12. Immediate brain surgery was recommended by my surgeon. However, after further discussion, due to slow growth and no adjacent edema, he felt it would not be negligent to postpone surgery and monitor the tumor every 3 months with an MRI. The tumor remained stable for a little over three years then suddenly grew 25%.
On September 4, 2003, when I was 41, on my husband’s 42nd birthday, I had surgery at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles. I spent the next day, our 19th wedding anniversary in ICU. The pathology report came back an Oligodendroglioma grade 2. The surgery was an apparent success and neither radiation nor chemotherapy were recommended. However, since it’s unlikely every cancer cell can be detected and removed, and the nature of gliomas are to grow back over time, it was necessary to continue MRI monitoring every 3 months. Living from MRI to MRI had become our “normal”.
All MRI reports remained stable until November 2013 when my quarterly MRI came back showing regrowth of the tumor. My brain surgeon in Los Angeles recommended 4-6 months of chemotherapy, and if that didn’t work, another brain surgery to go in and clean up the regrowth would be considered. He also gave me anti-seizure medication for auras that had started to manifest as strong unexplainable odors. My doctor described this experience as an olfactory seizure. While researching Charlotte’s Web cannabis oil as an alternative to the prescribed seizure medicine I also found out that cannabis oil was also showing promise as a cancer treatment and could be an alternative to chemotherapy. I was living in a state that did not have legal access to cannabis but my youngest daughter, Jillian, was living in San Francisco where medical marijuana was legal.
When Jillian came home for Christmas she and my husband, Rick, decided it was time for me to make a decision to do something. I wasn’t ready to decide anything just yet. I wanted to have Christmas with my family. The day after Christmas I made up my mind to drive out to California to investigate cannabis oil as a treatment. My husband took an emergency leave of absence from his job. We then put away the Christmas tree ornaments, cleaned the house, loaded up the car, and headed to California. We talked with doctors, met with support groups taking the oil, read articles about successful brain tumor results in Spain and Amsterdam and gathered information wherever we could. We decided to give the cannabis oil a try, especially after we read a paper on a study about the chemotherapy my doctor had recommended. That study suggested patients with tumors like mine appeared to get better at first with the chemo but then the left over tumor cells would mutate and turn aggressive over time.
After many conversations with my husband we decided to commit to a 90-day cannabis treatment protocol. My San Francisco neuro oncologist felt like my situation was not a dire emergency and felt like I could be allowed the 90 days to try this unorthodox treatment, however if that didn’t work, another surgery would be likely. After we had chosen this path incredible healers came forward to help support me through this unknown territory. These healers included one of the best neurological teams in the world. I know I have been incredibly fortunate. I am so very grateful to each person who came forward with his or her special expertise and other gifts to make this treatment possible for me.
After establishing residency in San Francisco, I was able to get a medical marijuana card. The card was for cancer treatment but, amazingly, the cannabis oil has helped me with my fibromyalgia pain, joint pain, and chronic headaches. I had this pain for many years and it was getting worse. I literally have no pain now. My blood pressure had been creeping up over the years and was consistently pre-hypertensive, now it’s consistently on the low side of normal. I have not taken any other medication except the cannabis oil, supplements, and good clean healthy food over the last 8 months.
When we arrived in San Francisco, my husband, Rick, became my Angel from Heaven. He took on my full time care, and I made him my legal caregiver so he could pick up my medicine at the dispensary if I was not able. He bought a good juicer and began juicing all organic non-GMO veggies every day. He prepared almost all of my organic gluten free meals and took me out for a walk and fresh air daily. Our temporary home was across the street from the Golden Gate Park so we walked through the park down to the beach daily during my treatment. I began calling the park Grandmother GG, because I felt so nurtured in her abundance, and this daily ritual in the beauty of nature was, I believe, a major contributor to my healing. We got a machine to create pure alkaline drinking water. I had an arsenal of cancer fighting supplements, foods, and daily practices to work on my physical, spiritual and emotional health.
The plan was to do the Rick Simpson cancer treatment protocol of 60 grams of highly concentrated cannabis oil over a 90 day period, the higher the THC the better for killing tumors. My 90 day MRI was scheduled for April. I had not reached a gram a day by that time and was concerned that the MRI results wouldn’t be what we were hoping for. Indeed the report showed no change in the main tumor’s regrowth; however, there was a smaller inoperable tumor, in the cingular gyrus that we had been monitoring since my first tumor surgery ten years prior that was completely gone. We were amazed and it gave us the encouragement we needed to continue the cannabis protocol. To get to the amount of a gram of oil a day took months of building up my tolerance. I had very physical challenges and setbacks during this process such as seizures, middle of the night walks, tremors, convulsions, nausea, frustration, lack of appetite, and many tears. I finally reached a gram a day and eventually up to two grams a day on the final two weeks before my second MRI at the end of August.
In August, eight months after beginning the cannabis treatment, my MRI was reviewed by a leading Radiologist, my Neuro Oncologist, and my world renowned Brain Surgeon, and it was concluded that all that was remaining of the tumor regrowth was scar tissue. I will have another MRI in December. Because these tumors are chronic and tend to grow back, I will always be living MRI to MRI, but the key word here is that I am living …and in great health with a great immune system. I was not left with my immune system compromised by chemo and radiation, which is the standard protocol for these types of tumors as well as other cancers.
By eating healthy food and walking every day we both lost a needed 35 lbs. I never experienced the dreaded “munchies” that some get on this medicine.Smoking marijuana is reported to have an appetite stimulating effect. I wasn’t smoking it but was ingesting it in a capsule, so it had a much different effect for me. When I built up a tolerance to the THC, even though I was ingesting large amounts, I did not get an intense “high” like what would happen if a person were smoking it. For me, it produced a deep sense of well being. I have read other peoples testimonies on their experiences of ingesting large amounts of cannabis oil. Most people just fall sleep. I felt more restless and needed to walk.
Since concentrated cannabis oil with a high THC content is necessary to kill tumor cells it concerns me that the main talk in several states is to legalize CBD oil only. That is great news for seizures patients but denies treatment options for cancer patients, plus THC has so many other health benefits that shouldn’t be ignored.
Below is a list of other modalities I was using for healing:
Food is medicine.
Cancer thrives in an acidic environment so foods rich in alkalinity are key. Cancer also feeds on sugar. I drank alkaline water from a Kangan water machine, fresh juice consisting of various organic vegetables (mainly Kale, carrots, beets, celery, ginger, turmeric) daily, along with a diet that consisted mainly of gluten free, organic, and non-gmo foods and very little sugar.
Supplements are medicine too.
Supplements that I have found to support me in the fight against brain cancer were green tea, coconut oil, vitamin D3, CoQ10, selenium, omega 3, garlic, cannabis oil, turmeric with black pepper, B vitamins, certain types of mushrooms, olena, apricot kernels, black seed oil, and boswellia, to name just a few of the supplements I was taking.
Other Healing Modalities.
In my opinion, having a positive attitude, a heart filled with gratitude, prayer/meditation, and yoga/exercise were are all essential parts to my healing process. I also worked on releasing bound up emotional density which can eventually manifest into dis-ease. I also walked at least 3 miles almost every day.
Wrapped in Universal love, all of the above, along with prayers, love, support, good intentions, good wishes, and all around good vibes, has made all the difference in the world. The support I have received from my family and friends has been nothing short of amazing! Everyone has been totally and openly onboard and generous with their on-going support which means so much to me.
The evidence is rapidly stacking up on the healing properties of the Marijuana plant. I’m excited for the future of Medical Marijuana and I feel a strong responsibility to spread this information. I hear so many misconceptions about this amazing medicinal plant that I feel a need to tell my story to anyone who is interested and my prayer is that it will be received with an open mind and a compassionate heart.
Many Blessings to All
CBD is short or Cannabidiol which by all scientific accounts
appears to be the ROCKSTAR of the Cannabinoid world.
It is the most predominant Cannabinoid in Hemp and is
endowed with many beneficial properties.
In its patent (#6,630,507) titled CANNABINOIDS AS
ANTIOXIDANTS AND NEUROPROTECTANTS^ the US
Government makes many impressive claims about CBD
including the following: “Cannabidiol (CBD), a
naturally-occurring constituent of the industrial hemp
plant, promotes and supports the nutritional health of
One of the properties of CBD is that it is anti-psychoactive
which means that unlike THC, the Cannabinoid found
abundantly in Marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive and may
be consumed safely as a dietary supplement.
It simply is not possible to get “high” or
intoxicated by consuming Industrial Hemp food products.
It is safe or the whole family.
THE ILLEGAL MIRACLE part 1 from Elixinol CBD Hemp Oil
(NaturalNews) Obama’s war on humanity just took another great leap toward totalitarian despotism with last week’s DEA decision to deny petitions seeking to reclassify medical marijuana as a non-schedule I drug. This decision means that any person possessing natural CBD (cannabidiol) compounds derived from hemp leaves, including CBG, CBN, CBD-A and other similar molecules from cannabis, can technically be charged with felony possession of a schedule I drug.
The CBD industry vehemently disagrees with the DEA’s current stance on both CBD and medical marijuana, and so far the DEA’s efforts have focused on CBD manufacturers, not end users who possess the natural substance. CBD is also reportedly exempt from the DEA’s criminalization scope if it is derived from hemp seeds or mature stalks rather than leaves. This is a key point to understand, as you’ll see here.
It’s also key to understand that the DEA’s assertion that CBD is a Schedule I Controlled Substance has already been successfully challenged at least once. Via New Cannabis Ventures:
[T]he DEA has taken the position that CBD is a Schedule I Controlled Substance as defined under the CSA. Without an express provision under the CSA, it is questionable whether the DEA has any sort of authority to take this position. But more importantly, in the case of Hemp Indus. Ass’n v. DEA, 333 F.3d 1082 (9th Cir. 2003), the DEA attempted to initiate rules and interpretations concerning certain cannabinoid constituents of marijuana that were not expressly set forth under the CSA or the DEA’s own regulations (at the time), and the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals struck down its efforts, stating that: “[t]he petition requesting that we declare the rule to be invalid and unenforceable is GRANTED.” Hemp Indus. Ass’n v. DEA, 333 F.3d 1082 (9th Cir. 2003). In short, an agency – such as the DEA – is not permitted to change a legislative rule retroactively through the process of disingenuous interpretation of the rule to mean something other than its original meaning.
Regulatory lunacy: Is the DEA smoking crack?
The DEA’s decision to maintain the Schedule I listing of medical marijuana (and its constituents) is rooted in a combination of sheer scientific lunacy and a totalitarian police state Obama regime that doesn’t want people to have access to natural medicinal substances which work better than Big Pharma’s toxic drugs.
The logic used to justify the denial of the petitions is just mind boggling. If you care to wade through the ridiculous, contorted reasoning of the criminal government cartel that’s protecting Big Pharma’s interests, click here for the federal register reply.
It states, among other absurd reasons, that medical marijuana cannot be accepted as therapeutic because:
• It has no therapeutic use whatsoever. (A ridiculous lie.)
• Its chemical constituents are never quite the same. (Because it’s from a plant, not a synthetic chemical factory.)
• All the “experts” don’t accept it as a useful drug… because all the “experts” are Big Pharma whores, of course. By definition, the FDA only considers people to be “experts” when they are owned by Big Pharma. From the federal register document: “The HHS indicated that medical practitioners who are not experts in evaluating drugs cannot be considered qualified experts…” In other words, all holistic medicine experts and naturopathic doctors are disqualified from rendering expert opinions on medical cannabis.
• All the clinical evidence of marijuana’s efficacy doesn’t count, according to HHS and the FDA, because they don’t like the way the studies were structured. From the federal register document, “FDA and HHS concluded that these studies do not ‘currently prove efficacy of marijuana’ for any therapeutic indication due to limitations in the study designs.” This dismissal of studies is how the FDA rigs everything. It simply rejects all the science it doesn’t like by claiming the studies are flawed.
• State laws that validate medical marijuana’s efficacy in treating many health conditions are all rejected by the corrupt federal government cartel which claims: “HHS pointed out that state-level ‘medical marijuana; laws do not provide evidence of such a consensus among qualified experts. ”
• Cannabis can’t even be studied for any effectiveness in treating disease, according to government. “The HHS concluded that the currently available data and information on marijuana is not sufficient to allow scientific scrutiny of the chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, and effectiveness.”
In other words, THE GAME IS RIGGED!
It’s all a racket to protect Big Pharma’s financial interests
As is now obvious to everyone, the federal government is a criminal cartel. It’s run by criminals, enforced at gunpoint and structured to protect the interests of Big Business while crushing liberty, knowledge and freedom of the People. (As a bonus, Obama also deliberately incites race wars across America’s inner cities to spark chaos and hatred that’s exploited by opportunistic politicians.)
Marijuana poses an enormous threat to Big Pharma precisely because it is therapeutic against so many health conditions. Not only can medical marijuana help treat certain symptoms related to cancer, but its extracts such as CBD are extremely useful for treating epilepsy, seizures and various neurological disorders. The evidence is not only clear on this point, it is overwhelming!
Yet the DEA continues to ridiculously define CBD as a Schedule I Controlled Substance, even though CBD has no psychoactive components and cannot be “abused” like recreational drugs. The DEA’s refusal to reschedule CBD to a non-controlled substance is nothing short of a quack science racket to protect a criminal cartel that’s run by the government itself.
The DEA, in other words, is the gunpoint enforcement branch of Big Pharma.
What’s the solution? Congress needs to act. “The perhaps-legitimate confusion and concern expressed by these federal and state agencies about CBD can largely be cured by an act of Congress,” writes New Cannabis Ventures. “And the solution is the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, which amends the CSA to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of ‘marihuana.'” (http://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/134)
Catch-22: It’s all rigged against natural medicine to deprive the People of affordable, safe remedies
The DEA’s current statement that “Marijuana has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States” is a deliberate catch-22. The kicker here is the “currently accepted” qualifier on the claim. Accepted by whom? By the government itself, of course, which automatically disqualifies all evidence of the therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana (and its constituents) precisely because the so-called “experts” are all Big Pharma monopolists.
Under this government regime, there will never be any accepted therapeutic use of medical marijuana because the gatekeepers who decide on such matters are all on the payroll of the drug companies. Like everything else in government today, the racket to deny access to medical marijuana is nothing but a monopolistic criminal cartel that enforces its pharma monopolies at gunpoint, threatening, arresting and incarcerating anyone who attempts to bring natural medicine to the world.
CBD oil manufacturer raided at gunpoint in California
As a striking example of the kind of medical tyranny now being brought upon those who try to sell therapeutic CBD oil, the DEA conducted armed raids on a California CBD manufacturer in June. Via MedicalJane.com:
While federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration looked on, police officers in Santa Rosa, California coordinated raids on a half-dozen properties associated with a local cannabis oil producer on Wednesday morning, prompting an immediate outcry from the cannabis community statewide…
One of the organization’s founding patient members was arrested and charged with felony for manufacturing a controlled substance by chemical extraction (a law created for meth labs); and is being held on a $5-million-dollar bond in Sonoma County jail.
Absurd restrictions on CBDs make it clear the federal government is a criminal cartel at WAR with the American people
The obvious upshot of all this is that the DEA, FDA and HHS are all branches of a massive criminal cartel that has occupied the federal government at the highest levels. This criminal cartel protects the monopolies of corporate giants who bribe lawmakers and politicians on a routine basis. And now, one of the worst criminals in U.S. history is being heavily promoted by democrats to attain the White House: Hillary Clinton. If you believe in decriminalizing medical marijuana, don’t vote for Clinton! She’s the most treasonous criminal corporate sellout ever to seek the office of the presidency.
In order to maintain this criminal racket, every branch of government criminalizes natural medicine in order to incarcerate those who attempt to commercialize and distribute it. The bigger goal in all this is to keep people sick, financially destitute and dependent on a failed health care system that generates hundreds of billions of dollars each year for pharmaceutical interests while destroying liberty, natural medicine and public health.
Plus, the cancer industry is a multi-billion-dollar medical scam that would be economically gutted if medical marijuana were widely available for cancer patients.
Ponder that last statement for a minute and realize that in order to protect the financial interests of Big Pharma, this corrupt government regime known as the Obama administration (and the Bush regime before that) is willing to criminalize natural medicine, imprison medical marijuana manufacturers and deprive millions of Americans access to real, therapeutic relief from serious medical conditions and symptoms. This is all being deliberately done to protect the profits of the pharmaceutical drug cartels that function as medical monopolies thanks to FDA gunpoint enforcement.
All you people who are “anti-gun” should seriously rethink your position, by the way. If anybody needs to be stripped of the right to own guns, it’s government regulators. Yet gun control laws seek to concentrate all guns in the hands of the government… the very group now using guns to intimidate and terrorize natural medicine producers across America. The whole point of so-called “gun control” is to disarm the public and grant the government a firearms monopoly, after which absolute tyranny would immediately ensue.
You are living in a medical police state, dear readers. And the federal government as it operates today is absolutely no different from a Mexican drug cartel… complete with all the medical kidnappings, gunpoint enforcement, imprisoning of political enemies and all the rest. Wake up and smell the bulls–t being fed to you by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and CNN.
Do you really think they would criminalize marijuana if it were no threat at all to the profits of Big Pharma?
This entire war on hemp emerges from the fact that medical marijuana is so powerful and effective that is poses a very real threat to the long-term profits of the pharmaceutical industry.
If marijuana didn’t work — as HHS and DEA ridiculously claim — it would be no threat at all, and there would be no concerted effort to block its commercialization and legalization.
The very fact that the feds are pushing so hard to criminalize this substance is all the proof you need that IT REALLY WORKS.
Remember: The federal government lies about everything. Unemployment statistics are a lie. Campaign promises are a lie. The fiat currency money supply is a lie. Obama’s ransom payment to Iran is being covered up with lies. The FDA’s “approval” of pharmaceuticals is all based on medical lies and scientific quackery. The CDC’s vaccine “science” is a lie. The EPA’s climate change narrative is a massive lie. There isn’t anything the federal government says that isn’t either an outright lie or a deception of some sort.
The only way to counter all this is to end the federal government regime that now imprisons us all and denies us the freedom to access natural medicine. Our best shot at this right now is to elect Donald Trump and hope they don’t execute him before he can gut the regime. (He’s gonna need our help, however. Get ready, “Second Amendment people” as Trump jokes…) In the long run, however, the only real pathway to freedom for humanity is going to be the global collapse of criminal government cartels, to be replaced by some other system altogether.
“As it stands, the only hope for a less restrictive national marijuana policy is for the DEA and FDA to come to terms on whether cannabis is medicine or for Congressional leaders and the President of the United States to stop pussyfooting around and pass legislation that liberates the leaf once and for all,” reports High Times.
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