Introduction to Medicinal Cannabis: An Easy Guide for Doctors and Patients (hard copy)- Review
Feb08

Introduction to Medicinal Cannabis: An Easy Guide for Doctors and Patients (hard copy)- Review

 

 

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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We Support Medical Cannabis Research Australia
Aug02

We Support Medical Cannabis Research Australia

Medical Cannabis Reviews & The Hemp Happy network supports the Research, Political Canvassing, Seminars, Activities and the ongoing Education from the “Non -For-Profit”

Medical Cannabis Research

Australia

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:

Multiple Sclerosis

Epilepsy

Nausea in Cancer Chemotherapy and AIDS patients

Pain Relief in Terminal Cancer patients

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder patients

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.

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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.

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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

Activities include:

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Is CBD Oil good for me?
Nov02

Is CBD Oil good for me?

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

aging bodies.”

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


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THE ILLEGAL MIRACLE part 2 & 3 >>>

 

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Marijuana Passes Full Legalization In Washington
Oct12

Marijuana Passes Full Legalization In Washington

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These are very special times that we live in today!!!

Yup-it’s true!

Unless the US federal government steps in, Colorado will soon have a regulated industry for recreational marijuana.

Like Colorado, Washington state also passed a voter’s initiative to legalize marijuana with 55 percent of the vote. Now both states are looking to each other to try to implement the will of the voters.

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If you’ve taken a recent trip to Seattle, its easy to spot people openly smoking marijuana near tourist destinations like the Space Needle. Much like Colorado, police have pretty much stopped busting those with less than ounce.

A local named Aaron told us in and interview, “Officially people aren’t supposed to smoke marijuana in public.” But he said, “It doesn’t stop anyone that much right now.”

In Seattle, visiting the world-famous farmers’ market called the Northwest Cannabis Market will show you a vast market filled with vendors selling medical marijuana and even a marijuana smoking room, similar to a wine tasting room at a winery.

“Colorado is a huge inspiration for us. We truly learn everything there,” Cannabis Market owner George Patterson said.

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In Washington, medical marijuana isn’t as big or well-regulated as medical marijuana is in Colorado, but this small victory is a pivotal moment for cannabis enthusiasts everywhere. Large signs for brand new dispensariesare are now hard to miss in some Colorado neighborhoods. Many dispensaries in Washington don’t even have signs yet, and are run by word-of-mouth. Now more than ever is the time to get on-board the Green Revolution. Enjoy growing plants, and helping out your local community by selling legal buds and smoking them as much as you like and wherever you like once you are growing unlimited supplies of killer herb. Check out my affordable growing tutorials located in my Complete Marijuana Grow Guide.

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While Colorado has designated money for legalized pot for education purposes, Washington expects billions primarily for health care.

Washington’s marijuana revenue will also go to education, research and substance abuse prevention. The intent of the new law is designed to take marijuana out of the hands of illegal drug cartels and bring it under a tightly regulated, taxed system like alcohol.

Washington has even already set a limit for driving under ‘cannabis intoxication.’ According to recent laws, a driver’s blood should not have more than a THC concentration of 5.00 nanograms per milliliter. Colorado is still wrestling with the issue. That’s quite a stir in Frankie’s Sports Bar in Olympia where people can go buy a beer and openly smoke marijuana. Frankie Schnarr owns what could be the first of many marijuana bars in Washington.

“I don’t mind a guy coming up here, toking a pipe or cigarette. But I don’t want a big bong over there and 15 guys getting stoned,” Schnarr told us.

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With bars and markets already catering to the marijuana user, some people in Washington hope the state will position itself as a tourist destination for cannabis connoisseurs.

Until next time,

Stay Green, and continue your support for legalization, and thanks for all the help and supporting our mission to spread and promote cannabis awareness! We’re winning the legalization fight!!!!!!!

Peace brothers and sisters,

-Ryan

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CBD chaos ensues as corrupt, criminal government says all cannabis molecules are Schedule 1 drugs
Aug16

CBD chaos ensues as corrupt, criminal government says all cannabis molecules are Schedule 1 drugs

logoCBD chaos: DEA’s refusal to reschedule marijuana molecules just the latest protectionist racket from the criminal corporate cartels running the corrupt U.S. government

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(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.

This does not mean, however, that the DEA won’t assert imagined authority to attempt to criminalize makers of CBD products which are derived from cannabis.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Sources for this article include:
http://hightimes.com/news/laws/dea-denies-pe…
http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016…
http://www.medicaljane.com/2016/06/15/breaki…
http://www.dea.gov/druginfo/ds.shtml

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Medical Marijuana Reduces Suicide in States With Legal Access
Jul24

Medical Marijuana Reduces Suicide in States With Legal Access

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A STUDY SUGGESTS THAT LEGALIZING MEDICAL MARIJUANA LOWERS OVERALL SUICIDE RATES BY ALMOST FIVE PERCENT

The study conducted by The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany, the same firm that recently found that legalizing medical marijuana was associated with fewer deaths on the highways, is titled “High on Life? Medical Marijuana Laws and Suicide,” reports Christopher Shea at the Wall Street JournalThis study is by no means new, and was almost completely ignored when first released. However, as more states decide to allow medical access to cannabis, more statistics become available to reinforce these findings.

depression medical marijuana“Using state-level data for the period 1990 through 2007, we estimate the effect of legalizing medical marijuana on suicide rates,” says the IZA Discussion Paper from January. “Our results suggest that the passage of a medical marijuana law is associated with an almost 5 percent reduction in the total suicide rate, an 11 percent reduction in the suicide rate of 20- through 29-year-old males, and a 9% reduction in the suicide rate of 30- through 39-year-old males.”

“Estimates of the relationship between legalization and female suicides are less precise and are sensitive to functional form,” according to the study’s authors, D. Mark Anderson, Daniel I. Rees, and Joseph J. Sabia.

”Could marijuana use help individuals cope with the negative shocks to happiness that, according to Hamermesh and Soss (1974), lead to suicide?” the study’s authors ask. “Alternatively, could marijuana use magnify the impact of SLEs [stressful life events]?”

While the majority of epidemiological studies have found that cannabis use is positively associated with both the symptoms of depression and suicidal ideation, according to the study, “any association between marijuana use and outcomes such as these could be driven by difficult-to-observe factors … or simply reflect self-medication.”

A recent review of the literature, according to the study, noted that “the majority of studies for affective outcomes [such as depression and suicidal ideation] did not adequately address the problem of reverse causation as a possible alternative explanation for any association observed.”

In other words, rather than increasing the likelihood of suicide, it seems that previous studies haven’t sufficiently examined the possibility that the association between cannabis use and those who commit suicide is due to those already suicidal choosing to self-medicate with marijuana.

“The current study avoids the problems of reverse causality and unobserved heterogeneity at the individual level by examining the relationship between the legalization of medical marijuana and completed suicides,” the study’s authors note.

It is also quite possible that the reduction in alcohol use due to medical marijuana legalization, noted in IZA’s previous study, plays a major factor in the reduction of suicide in states which allow its use. Previous research shows as well that there is a strong connection between the consumption of alcohol and suicide-related outcomes. According to the study’s authors, this “raises the possibility that medical marijuana laws reduce the risk of suicide by decreasing alcohol consumption.”

“Although 16 states have passed medical marijuana laws, and others are considering legalization, very little is known about the effects of these laws,” the study’s authors conclude. “Policymakers weighing the pros and cons of legalization should consider the possibility that medical marijuana laws may lead to fewer suicides among young adult males. However, the exact mechanism through which suicides are reduced remains a topic for future study.”

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