Medical Cannabis and Its Impact on Human Health a Cannabis Documentary

… … … it’s truly amazing the number of conditions that respond
favorably cannabis We are looking at an unexcelled wonder plant an herbal medicine that has no comparison It would appear that cannabis and hemp were one of the first plants grown in agriculture we came out of being hunters and gatherers
at about ten thousand years ago and so that’s at least the length of
time a cannabis has been cultivated Cannabis has long been known aas a medicinal plant as a medicinal product the latest studies or the latest findings
are a tomb in china in which the contents of
the medicine bag of a medicine man were discovered one of the things it contained was cannabis The tomb was carbon dated as almost 5000 years old the conventional wisdom which goes to the oral history of
china is that the emperor Shennong wrote
first chinese materia medica and that it contained cannabis He is alleged to have written it in 2637 bc which would be almost 5000 years ago the oldest known copy of that goes back to
some ranging about 100 bc and 100 ad 100 bc and 100 ad the oldest actual written record of the use of cannabis as a medicine is found in the writings of the Indian as in been
India ayurvedic medicine In which that a piece of history is dated eight
somewhere between 1100 bc and 1700 bc Cannabis is found in every major materia
medica that has ever been written that includes the Ebers Medical Papyrus from Egypt It includes the writing of Dioscorides who
was Niro’s Doctor and his materia medica was used for over a
1000 years and it was included in the united states
for pharacopeia from 1854 until 1941 Marijuana has been a medicine for a lot longer
than it hasn’t been a medicine evidence suggests that it was used in northern china for either shamanists purposes or religion or
healing The culture of cannabis as medicine moved across the world india was very big in the use of marijuana
It was from India where W.B. Oshaughnessy who work for the British East India Company picked up cannabis and brought it to the united
kingdom where apparently it was queen victoria’s favorite uh… treatment for
her menstrual cramps. Ultimately it came to the U.S.A in the early part of the
twentieth-century and most of the major drug companies in this country were actually
producing cannabis medicine Up until the beginning of the twentieth
century cannabis was probably the second or
third most commonly used medicine in the world. Cannabis was found in patent medicines
that were manufactured by such familiar names is
Eli Lilly Squibb Merk, Park Davis Smith Brothers you know the Smith Brothers
cough drops It was available
powdered, chopped and whole as tincture.
It was only in 1937 when congress
enacted the marijuana tax act. That imposed levy of the dollar an ounce for the
use of medical marijuana that
was the beginning of the end for marijuana as a medicine
in the united states. it was in 1942 1942 when it was totally removed from the US Pharmacopeia or at least the formulary but up until 1942
physicians could still write prescriptions for cannabis so marijuana has not been a
medicine for sixty eight years in this country, but it has been a medicine in
the world for 3000 years it was the miss conception that use of marijuana lead
to debotury and physical violence and for that reason I guess the investigator would probably be
more conservative than an they are now and that’s hard to believe So was considered the way alcohol was considered in prohibition. So it was prohibited, all uses of marijuana. It
had been used medicinally as well as for recreation as well as for recreation All uses were declared illegal and marijuana was
given the status of a schedule #1 substances. Which means a Substance that is without any recognized demonsterable
Theraputic effect. As opposed to Cocaine which was also and declared legal for
recreational use but still having Medicinal properties. Which is used as a local anesthetic For which it is still used today.
That’s Schedule #2 When the marijuana tax act was passed in
1937 immediately Fiorello LaGuardia who was the mayor of new york established an august body of scientists to
investigate whether the claims that marijuana use was going to increase
mental illness and crime in the united states were valid and the LaGuardia commission report was issued in 1942 and they
concluded that marijuana was a a good medicine and that the claims that it’s use would
increase crime and mental illness was unsubstantiated.
Prohibition can not be enforced for the simple reason the majority of American people do not want it enforced
and are resisting it’s enforcement. That being so the orderly thing to do under our form of government is to abolish a law chich cannot be in enforced a law which the people of the country do not want enforced. So that sentement was repeated in 1962 when
the Nixon marijuana commission of wrote their report. This was in the face of the
admonition by president nixon that they not recommend the legalization of cannabis for recreational use. sufficient There is a Commission that is to make recommendations to me
about this subject….
The recommendation of the commission in its first report is that
we do not feel that private use or private possession
in one’s own home should have the stigma of
criminalization. People who experiment should not be
criminalized for that particular behavior. Every ten years or so our government
has sponsored another look into marijuana as medicine. The last one actually now being 1999 when the Institute of Medicine did it. Every ten
years these august bodies come up with the
same conclusion, that there is medicinal value to marijuana. its adverse effects and its addictive potential gateway drugness are overstated and for some reason every ten years
these reports go… I don’t know if they are ignored, but they certainly don’t seem to
change policy. In 1974 a fellow with glaucoma named Robert Randell was arrested for possession of marijuana. He had found a using marijuana had diminished the symptoms that he was having and it was later found by both Johns Hopkins and the Jule
Styne eye institute of UCLA that this was the only thing that would
preserve his eyesight and the federal government then agreed
to provide Mr. Randell with marijuana for medical
purposes. He had made an agreement, or the government
thought he had made an agreement not to tell anybody about this. Well as soon as it
happened he told as many people as he could and
people begin to apply for this program which is called the IND (Investigational New Drug) program. At one time there were as many as
15 americans to were receiving 300 hand rolled marijuana
cigarettes a month from the federal government There were another 35 people
who were approved for the program. In 1989 the first Bush administration decided that they needed to review this They were concerned that too many people were applying for the
program and if too many people got on it and if too many people got on it the public might get the quote “wrong
idea” that marijuana actually had some medical
value which of course it actually does have some medical value. just prior to that time in 1988 the chief administrative law judge of
the food and drug administration issued a ruling recommending that
marijuana be rescheduled from schedule #1 to schedule #2. In his ruling ruling he found that marijuana was one
of the safest therapeutic agents known to man and he stated that it was safer than
eating 10 potatoes. So I’ve always been very careful about
the number of potatoes I’ve eaten since then. Marijuana was widely used in the
19th century with the treatment of Asthma. and in the 1970’s we found that marijuana has a Bronchodilator Effect. This is because the THC in marijuana. First of all let’s compare and contrast marijuana with the other even more widely smoke
substance in our society tobacco. Tobacco was use more there than any
other smoke substance and marijuana is second only to tobacco. Lucy give me a cigarette will ya honey…. … … … … … You see how easy it is to keep your man happy. Why not give your husband a carton of cigarettes. Smart move He will love them for their mild and smooth taste. He will love you too for thinking of him. … We know that if you analyse the contests of tobacco and marijuana
they are quite similar and the major difference is that tobacco contains nicotine not found in in marijuana and marijuana contains THC and
about 60 other THC like substances called Cannabinoids not found in tobacco but there are other a lot of other
particulars are shared in common and these include carcinogens such as Benzo Pyrene the most potent of the
carcinogens and considered to be responsible for a large
precentage of human cancers. Benzopyrene is found in 50 percent higher concentration in
marijuana smoke than in the smoke from a comparable quantity of tobacco. This has been shown by 3 separate
groups of chemical investigators so the expectation is that if you smoke marijuana enough in and on a
regular basis you would encourage similar risks to smoking
tobacco. So what are the major health risk for
tobacco emphysema which I prefer to call COPD which is the new term. Which consists of cronic emphysema.
You can have significant imparement of lung function without emphysema
it could just be air ways disease. Because we can’t separate out the
2 components of COPD emphysema and the airways
component we lumped in together so that COPD COPD is the 4th leading cause of
death in the U.S. and the world and will become the 3rd leading
cause in 2020 it is a very important diseas. About 120000
americans die each year from COPD. probably the best evidence for separating or best method for separating out a patient with COPD from someone else is to look at
the rate of decline in lung function. I shouldn’t say the best it’s the probably the most informative. But it’s more difficult to do because you have to make
measurements every year for a number of years. The slope of rate of loss of lung function over time. We did that. We actually measured lung function every year in marijuana smokers up up to 8 years. We found that the slope of the decline in lung function is almost
identical in the marijuana only smokers compared to non-smokers. Where it was accellerated in
tobacco smokers. Just one other piece of evidence that marijuana is not a risk factor for the
development of COPD. I’m convinced of that. and the other major health consequence pulmonary health consequences of tobacco
is lung cancer. Cancer is the 2nd most common cause of
death in the U.S.A. and lung cancer is most common form of cancer. The major risk factor for lung cancer is tobacco smoking. About 160000 Americans die each year of lung cancer. so the question that came to my mind was whether or not there was any evidence that marijuana would at least
qualitatively share some of these health risks with those of tobacco. That was the rationale for initiating our studies back in the
1980’s What is the evidence that marijuana smoking habbitual marijuana smoking can lead to lung
cancer(?) With respect to the development of lung cancer We found We found no evidence of any increase
risk of lung cancer ocurrance, In association with marijuana smoking
alone. The marijuana smokers if anything had a reduced risk for developing lung cancer. Not a significant reduced risk
but a reduced risk less than 1 fold. So that means reduced. Whereas the tobacco smokers had markably increased risk. Those that smoked more than 2 packs a day had a 20 fold increase in risk.
That is 2000 percent. Those that smoked from one to two packs a day had an 8 fold risk. 800 percent. 800 percent. So that contrasts with no risk, no increased risk, if anything a slightly reduced risk for smokers of marijuana THC actually has a anti-tumor effect. These are studies that were done both
experimental animals and in cell culture systems and for
different kinds of cancer. For lung cancer, breast cancer, thyroid cancer, prostate cancer gliomas which is brain cancer. That the development and growth of the tumor is suppressed by THC and the mastastiees are also
suppressed. So how could that be(?) well THC impares
protein synthesis and it’s what we call Antimitogenic anti-proliferative which means those tumor cells don’t readily proliferate in the presence of THC. There are also There are also antiangiogenic. So they interfere with the growth and
development of new blood vessels are necessary for it to spread. and they also are Proapototic.
What is a Proapototic (?) It is programmed cell death so when cells age there is a mechanism whereby the
cells die. It is a non-necrotic death and the die off of
old cells and we get rid of them before they have an opportunity to
develop mutations that would lead to cancer. So enhancing a Proapototic effect diminishes
the risk of the cells become cancerous. So marijuana or THC turns out to be Proapototic Those appear to be the mechanisms that might
account for these antitumoral effects of THC. we decided to do our own case control study. Funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse which is a major funding agencie for marijuana research. This is the largest study ever conducted on this subject. It was very well
designed. We used the los angeles tumors Registry to identify and rapidly ascertaine all the cases of lung cancer head neck cancer
cancer that were diagnosed in the LA county
system and of course by the time we got to some
of them they had already died or were too sick but we got to it. Over sixty percent of them who agreed to participate and were able to participate and we administered
this questionaire. Then we match them to controls same age, socioeconomic status, within the
same neighborhood using an algorythm which USC developed for this. So we could match comparing apples with apples. WE then administered this detailed questionnaires.r Also In molecular we got … smears so we could look at DNA to look at genetics to look at lung cancer. So, what we did was too recruit smokers. Heavy smokers of
marijuana at least a joint a day for a week and it
ended up that the average smoker of marijuana who we recruited smoked about 3 joints a day for about 15 years. and we also required that they smoked that much for
five years but the average they smoked 15 joints for fifteen years so that’s=
about 45 to 50 Joint years. A Joint year is the average number of joints smoked times the number of years smoked. Over the study population was I think between 35 and
59 … Of course we thought that they have to be teenagers in the early twenties at the
time of the marijuana epidemic which
you know was in the in the mid 1960’s. Prior to that time very few people
used marijuana after that time it just mushroomed up to 1979. Represented the apex that means the active use in society. that is why we chose those age limits and so would be find (?) for any category of cannabis use
including heavy use (defined as more than 10 joint years) we look at 10, 20,30 years. For every category of marijuana use the ratio was less than 1 which means reduced risk. it was not significantly reduced but it was reduced. The compensatables were not that wide … so there was
no evidence, we control for all accumulated factors of such economic status
in common, tobacco smoke …. same time we did a similar study on
tobacco smokers there was a huge effect from tobacco. … … … … … … … … …
… … … … … So. I am a cancer doctor and everyday I see patients with cancer
who have nausea from their chemotherapy or their
cancer losses appetite pain depression insomnia my experience over the past thirty years
of being an oncologist is that there’s one medicine that I could
recommend to patients that can take care of all those problems. Instead of writing 5 different
prescription drugs all of which have side effects and addictive potential. I can tell my cancer patients to
try marijuana to take care of any combination of those symptoms. The first study that I really wanted to
do was in patience with the so-called AIDS wasting syndrome which was
something we saw before the availability of antiretroviral drugs and patients with HIV infections just wasted away. They lost weight they got
diarrhea and fevers. Dronabinol delta 9 THC became
available to help those patients increase their
appetite. When we prescribe those patients dronabinol in the early 1990’s they said “you know this is
okay but I really prefer to smoke real cannabis because when you take cannabis by mouth either as delta 9 THC or eating in fact baked products the absorption is very slow and variable so
it takes about two and a half hours for peak to be reached and the peak level in
the blood is quite low and it stays in the body for quite a long time
as well. Also when taken by mouth the delta 9 THC becomes
converted by liver to another psychoactive metabolite. people that take dronabinol or take cannabis baked products often get more zonked (tired)
than people who smoke because when you smoke you don’t get that second metabolite. and so when you smoke you get a very rapid peak in the blood of in two and
a half minutes as opposed to two and a half hours. people can really control the onset
of the activity and how long it lasts better if their
smoking rather than taking a pill or eating a baked product. So, our first study that we hoped to do in the early 1990’s was to show that smoked cannabis was better
than dronabinol in increasing appetite in patients with
AIDS wasting syndrome. I tried twice to get cannabis from the government because
they’re the only legal source of marijuana for clinical trials. Both times I failed and then went to Allen Leshner who at the
time was the head of the national institute on drug abuse and he explained
to me infact that the government NIDA the national institute on drug
abuse has a congressional mandate only to to study substances of abuse as
substances of abuse. So my requests have marijuana to study
it has the potential therputic agent could never be granted by the government. because congress says you can only study these substances as substances of abuse and not as treatments for disease. In 1996 the terrain changed
when we got HIV drugs that actually work and we didn’t see the wasting syndrome
anymore. but these drugs were broken down by
liver by the same pathway that metabolizes some illegal substances and there was a report in the literature of the patient dying from ecstasy overdose.
It was one of the aids antiviral drugs that they took and ecstasy at the same time. So I said haha little light bulb went off
that may be I should study to see if it’s safe for patients on the aids antiretroviral
drugs to smoke cannabis. So I submitted that grant to the government
and that work within thier schema because I was looking to see if it was harmful With that application I finally
succeeded and got a million dollars and 1400 government (marijuana)cigarettes to study in patients with HIV. Now these
patients didn’t have the wasting syndrome anymore but the endpoint of our study was is there a change in the amount of the
aids virus in the blood stream after 21 days of exposure to
either 3 government cigarettes a day or three dronabinol capsules or 3 placibo capsules. We looked at the change in the HIV virus and
it didn’t change at all. We also look at the interaction between canabinoids either smoke more oral and the amount of
AIDS drug in blood stream that didn’t change clinically
significantly either. We also knew that people were concerned
that marijuana might have an impact on the
immune system that could be negative and we look at that very carefully in
these HIV patients and found no evidence of any negative affect and perhaps some have a benefit in the immune system in patients smoking even more than taking the capsules. My opinion the whole plant is medicine that nature provided. It’s the best medicine. It is truly amazing the number of conditions that respond
favorably to cannabis. The #1 condition is pain. Cannabis is useful again relieving people’s pain and is particularly effective in relieving
pain from connective tissue disorders. Arthritis, Fibromyalgia,
systemic lupus, reflex sympathetic dystrophy. A whole host of
conditions that we don’t really understand very well, people seem to get good relief from cannabis. People are able
to decreased the amount of opiates that they’re taking and in some instances to
stop taking opiates entirely for pain control. The first modern research that was done cannabis was done in 1949 demonstrate its usefulness in treating
epilepsy. I have a number of people who don’t have epilepsy when they
use cannabis regularly. The founder of modern medicine is a Physician named
Sir William Osler. Who was prominent around the turn of the nineteenth or twentieth century, wrote
the first textbook of internal medicine and in that textbook he said the cannabis was the most
effective medication for the treatment of migraine headaches and I certainly
have a number of people with migraines that get substantial relief or even prevention of
migraines by consumption of cannabis. other conditions that common respond
favorably to marijuana include depression, helps people with sleep, helps with
appetite. It is also very good training GI symptoms, nausea, diarrhea, it is excellent for treating Crohn’s
disease. We did a little study of people with
crohn’s disease and found that many of them were able to stop using steroids to
stop using other medications that they had taken for
their cronies that they have less diarrhea they had less abdomenal
pain. it was true miracle for them. There is a list here of conditions that was originally developed by doctor Tod Mikuriya. Who is a pioneer in terms of medical marijuana. He actually work for the national
institute of mental health and his job was to give out grants for doing studies on cannabis. he thought he was there to find out how cannabis was useful to treat medical
conditions. NIMH thought he was there to hand out
grants to see how dangerous it was. This was a
marriage made hell and needless to say he did not stay with NIMH for very long. Cannabis is seen as a protecting agent and we have found that it has provided benefits for people
with multiple sclerosis. it treats the pain in
their muscle spasm but more importantly people who were placed on Sativex the tincture of cannabis in early studies in great britain have
remained on it for years and years and rather than progress the
multiple sclerosis has stayed the same. Suggesting that cannabis may not only be effective in
reducing the symptoms but also in slowing the progression of
disease. it is helpful when dealing with anxiety of people that have alzheimer’s
disease. It is helpful in dealing with the muscle spasms that are associated with
parkinson’s disease. When it comes to psychological illnesses
cannabis is useful not only treating depression which are already mentioned
about also bipolar disorder which is depression and mania. It is useful in treating (ADD) attention
deficit disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder
there was a study done at the Max Plank Institute in Germany. A few years back that demonstrated it
was used for reducing fearful memory so that might
suggest white is used for alleviating PTSD. This is
extremely important at this time when we have so many people who are serving multiple
tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. the pentagon has projected that at least
a third of these people and I think that is a very conservative
estimate will come back up with the symptoms
of PTSD. Matter of fact in regards to PTSD of both the Israeli government and the
Croatian government have given their troops cannabis for treatment of PTSD. The list just goes on and on. Many many conditions cause pain
serious conditions … spondylitis which can actually turn you over or make you bend over in a crippled position. People who have failed back surgery. People who have herniated disks, who have chronic dislocated shoulders. All of these people get relief from cannabis and they find that the cannabis provides
that relief with fewer side effects than the opiates do. Another thing that is sort of counter intuitive
is in the treatment of asthma. You may have seen the ads for Advair
states both the bronco dialator and anti-inflammatory. Well so too is cannabis. This is why ther were numerous marijuana cigarettes on the market in the 1920’s for the
treatment of asthma specifically for at the treatment of asthma. So as I pointed out by holding up this list the a list of conditions for which cannabis is useful is extremely lengthly. That’s a quick overview of some of the
conditions that cannabis is useful in treating. Most people tend to take cannabis at
least in the evening some people take it more often than that and the reason is that many of these
conditions interfere with sleep and then there are some people who just have
sleep problems, have insomnia difficulty. Cannabis is very useful assisting people
and going to sleep. Now if they have difficulty staying
asleep in addition to smoking or vaporizing or using it sublingually they should also use it as an edible or
drink it because it will kick in 45 minutes into their sleep and it will be affective for about 5
to 6 hours. There are a number of was of administering cannabis. Smoking and vaporizing cause the chemicals to get into the body upstream of the liver. So you have unmetabolized cannabinoids that are going to the brain. Now this doesn’t mean that when the cannabinoids
go to the liver that they are inactivated but it means that they’re different
85 percent of the cannabinoid is metabolize on its first pass to
liver. The other thing is that when it goes to the brain immediately
by the respitory route of administration the effect will be in 15-30
seconds. Whereas if we wait for it to go through the GI Tract to deliver it will take 45 minutes before
its effective. Now each one of those routes of
administration is going to give you a slightly different mix of chemicals because when you smoke it you are oxygenating the chemicals that are in there. So when you are vaporizing the cannabinoids that are behind where the flame is you’re also burning them right at the junction. So that smoked marijuana is not identical
to vaporizing marijuana. With the vaporized marijuana all the
volitalized oils will be vaporized by the time you get to 340 degrees C … You will have removed or been exposed to about 70
percent fewer irritants then when you smoke it. It also has a somewhat different odor
it doesn’t have the characteristic classic burn rope odor it has more of a nutty odor. Now when you eat marijuana you’re going to have metabolized
85 percent of cannabinoids. People who eat it talk about having a body high as
opposed to mind high. That is because you are being exposed to
different combination of cannabinoids. Now some people have found that an
under the tongue spray which is what Sativex is, SAtivex is analcohol extract of the
whole plant which combines extracts from two plants one that is high in THC for it’s theraputic value and another that is high in CBD to keep down the euphoria. When you spray it under the tongue it will be
effective in about 15 minutes But it will go to the brain first before going
through the liver. On the other hand there are many people in canada where
Sativex is legal that find that they still preferr cannabis to Sativex Now sativex is prescribed in canada and it appears as though the british government and or the
spanish government might also approve sativex in the near future for sale as a pharmaceutical in their country. The US food drug administration (FDA)found
that Sativex, basically liquid marijuana was safe enough to be tested on
americans and they approved a phase 3 clinical study, phase 3 just means
human beings, in december of 2005 to determine whether or not this under
the tongue tincture spray was useful in intractable pain of people with cancer. This study did not gets started until
2007 and still on going. There have been numerous studies with
cannabis and tincture of cannabis and pain that have shown it is useful in releaving pain. We talked about under the tongue we’ve
talked about smoking talked about being vaporization. There’s also these synthetic delta 9 THC that can be taken orally just like edibles. … The main problem with edibles is that it’s hard to tell whether you’re going
to get a dose that is going to just deal with the therapeutic needs that you have whether it’s going to give you euphoria
or whether it is going to give you disphoria you need to have the regular supply so that you can be fairly certain that you’re going
to take the amount that will be the therapeutic dose and not an amount that will
give you dysphoric side-effects. Lastly the …. who are healers in southern mexico and central america have used tincture of cannabis as part of their therapeutic … for at least 200 years.
The topical application of tincture of cannabis is useful particularly on the small joints the fingers and toes in dealing with pain associated with
arthritis and the reason for this is that cannabis is both an Analgesic, a painkiller and anti-inflammatory and we know this not only from the
evidence that we have but also from thousands of studies have
been done around the world with mainly with animals and sometimes tissue
culture. International Cannabinoid research society’s
been around for about 20 years and the have conferences each year the last three
days in which researchers from all over the world talk about the results they have gotten doing basic science studies. Any drug that a doctors considering
recommending or prescribing they need to balance off the therapeutic effects with
the side-effects. When you talk about the treatment of
pain for many people the opiates are very effective pain
killers but for some people the opiates cause confusion they make it
difficult for them to concentrate difficult for them to drive they don’t enjoy playing with their kids
and their grandkids it causes them constipation. with cannabis for many of those people they find
that it certainly does not give them constipation and does not cause them confusion provides them with sufficient relief
from their pain that they can go about their activities
of daily living they can drive their car without the interference and more importantly they can have fun
they can play with their children they can play with their grandchildren. I wouldn’t necessarily say that
across the board cannabis is to be used instead of
opiates but I would say that for many people it
can be used to instead of opiates and for others it can be used in
conjunction with opiates and they can use a lower dose of the opiates and hopefully have fewer side effects. Now any theriputic agent that we know of has some side effects and marijuana is no exception. The main side-effect to the use of marijuana is from smoking it and that is cough. So that can be completely avoid by easting it or drinking and it can be largly avoided by vaporizing it. One of the things that is talked about a lot is that you can have a panic reaction and that is possible it most commonly occurs in people who are novices users. Particularly if they’ve been exposed to plant that is very high in THC. Another thing that people sometimes have is paranoid thinking police are after them. I’ve noticed that this is not nearly used common since it has become legal
becausethe police are not after them and so it may not be paranoia that people were experiencing but an exaggerated perception of reality and one of the things we have lost as a result of the propaganda miss information that is
spread about cannabis is the fact that it has legitimate
therapeutic value and we have discouraged research. We have a dramatic discouraged research
in this country and numerous other countries including england israel spain germany are far ahead of us in terms of quantity of research they are doing on the
medicinal value of cannabis. This is particularly alarming in these economic times when we certainly
could use the economic stimulus and boost that would come from having pharmaceutical cannabis
available in the country as it is now in Canada and possibly soon will be england and spain. Jefferson said that this country would be in dire straits if
we have laws that interfered with what we put into our own
bodies. Are we not in control of our own bodies? If the people let the government decide what foods they eat
and what medicines they take, their bidies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who love under tyrany
Quote- Thomas Jefferson Make the most of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.
Quote- George Washington … … Marijuana is a medicine that patients themselves can grow. For people with cancer who may be
facing thinking about the end of their life to
be able to grow a plant in work in the garden and
produce their own medicine is very empowering. Something that I think does a patient a lot of good. Marijuana is illegal and the government does not sponsor this kind of research. In view of the fact that large
numbers of people are using marijuana medicinally I think
it’s a shame that there is no investment in this kind of
research. I think that there is a very bright future for medical cannabis in this country. I grew up around drugs but to me drugs are a good thing. I walked into
building everyday almost of my first 18 years that had a 13 foot tall sign that said Drugs… my father was a
pharmacist and we sold medication. As far as I am concerned medication is helpful to people I don’t think that medication has personality and sits on
the self until you prescribe it for somebody. It has beneficial use and has side effects and should only be used
when necessary. … … … … … … …

100 thoughts on “Medical Cannabis and Its Impact on Human Health a Cannabis Documentary

  1. Unfortunately revolutions only happen after a strong build up of public opinion. It is obvious among users that cannabis can be very beneficial to mental and physical health. So why aren't things speeding up?
    Its because of us, no one else. Soo many people know how good cannabis is and wish it was legal, but we are too frightened to admit it to the innocent folks that have not tried it before. We feel they will look down upon us if we speak up.
    Good people have been fed soo much negativity regarding cannabis that we are scared we will be looked upon as criminals or degenerates.
    Just like anything worth fighting for, its up to those that KNOW BETTER to take the stand for the greater good.
    If your sitting there complaining or wishing of something to happen. It wont, if it does it will just take a lot longer. Like after more and more people suffer, die or commit suicide. There is too much hate being spread about, but the biggest thing i hate is how soo many of us are good people, but do nothing.
    Instead of complaining, how bout we all just grab some balls and come clean to everyone about how great it is. Join your local community supporting awareness. Create a community if there isnt. Tell your friends, tell your family without fear of bad judgement. If I get judged badly for something I believe is truly good, I can live with that. Sooner or later someone will support you and its that awareness and support that creates change.
    So cannabis is awesome but its illegal… What are you gona do about it?

  2. Every Stoner, Every single one of us…..Must kick it And smoke weed everyday, and smoke out those who don't have it….can you see the world I saw in my Imagination?

  3. Cannabis shall be removed from CSA "Schedule I", and placed in "CSA Subchapter I, Part A, §802. Definitions, paragraph (6)", appended to the list "distilled spirits, wine, malt beverages, or tobacco", where it will STILL be the least-toxic in the category [by several orders of magnitude].  

    In other words, EXEMPT from CSA scheduling.

    Anything short of THAT is UNACCEPTABLE.

  4. why does the whole world have a love affair with getting high? weed, booze, coke, pills, heroin, speed, LSD,  etc.

  5. The Internet sure has changed a lot of things, and I miss the time prior to it's mass adoption, but it's the reason Cannabis laws are changing…
    It's been a blessing for treating my M.S. along with LDN.
    This Country was founded by some awesome men.

  6. Come to me when you confront your innermost fear's on cannabis. Come to me when you invoke demonic entities on salvia. Take heed as thou know knowest not…

  7. Come to me when you confront your innermost fear's on cannabis. Come to me when you invoke demonic entities on salvia. Take heed as thou know knowest not…

  8. Spread the truth of this amazing ancient plant of healing. This only way to achieve legalization is through education. People need to understand that The Partnership for a Drug Free America is funded by alcohol companies. What a sick money game. What about all the jobs and money that can be made through legalization and taxation? They don't care about that. There ties are directly linked with the prison unions, alcohol companies and the pharmaceutical companies. And both these industries will lose money as a result of legalization. But who cares. These industries are some of the most corrupted industries on the planet. Prision population is growing bigger every day. Alcohol and pharmaceutical drugs kill thousands of people every year. Cannabis has killed zero. If this is not corruption than i don't know what is. The common man is just no concern to our government anymore. Very sad. Our only hope is to work as one voice in order to alter this pattern of corruption. Only then will full legalization, taxation and job growth become possible. 

  9. Funny that 67 (atm) Big Pharma, FDA, Politicians and other new world order operatives watched and disliked this video.

  10. I take Meformin 500 two times a day.  Oh the stomach problems this drug causes me.  The worse is diarrhea.   I wonder if weed would soothe my stomach issues?

  11. The powerful Liquor Industry was responsible for all the negatives about this miracle  plant………. 

  12. I don't care what any of you fuck-wadds say, this medicine marijuana shit is just an excuse for every dirty fucking drug user to suck and bitch and moan like the pussies they are to try and get high easier
    It in no way helps the health
    no one needed it before, and we don't need it now
    fuckin loser pussies

  13. when i use cannabis ,im motivated to work without getting tired,and i can also go on for weeks without craving.

  14. ImperialRadioYT aether you have written that for effect or you are simply an ignorant Lemming who believes the hype your government spurts out. Cannabis was needed in the past like only the past 10,000 years and the Chinese used it regularly for all sorts of ailments. you have no idea what you are saying, so i actually feel sorry for you for the future as well as now, as when Medicinal Cannabis is the main treatment for 100s of different conditions you will obviously stay ill as you will never use it to help you, your ignorance is not even your fault it is what you have chosen to belive, maybe you should actually try some that way you will have a better view. the sad thing about this is that you are not alone in your ignorant views, to many people believe the propaganda but times are changing for the better you will be in a minority soon. poor little boy

  15. The effects of alternative medicines needs to be shown and expanded more as shown in this video. Medicinal marijuana is a great source of medicine to help prevent AND cure diseases. Breakthroughs like this for alternative medicines, While the Government is still restricting it are hurting millions of people suffering from Chronic Pain, PTSD, Epilepsy, and so much more. We are just keeping the problem contained with these prescription pills and doing damage to our livers at the same time. This way has almost zero negative side effects that are substantial. We have a nation that needs to stand together to push forward the legalization of this. 

  16. One of the best things I ever did for myself was to stop smoking weed.feel better,clear headed,and I have even more money in my pocket

  17. Please consider signing this. Together we can save lives! 
    This isn't about recreational use its about a medicine. A medicine that has been proven to help with so many diseases. It can literally save lives. People don't have to die, or suffer from cancer…

  18. Shame on you Imperial! What about people with cerebral paresis who stops shaking when using this ? What about people who suffers from epilepsy reducing their seizures from 1000 to 1 per day ?! Shame on you for not knowing, shame on you for spreading lies, shame on you for not caring about other people, SHAME ON YOU FOR IGNORING YOUR OWN BEST MEDICINE, SHAME ON YOU WHEN YOU SUFFER FROM A HORRIFIC DISEASE, SHAME ON YOU FOR NEGLECTING HISTORY AND SHAME ON YOU FOR COMING HERE TO SLANDER  PROFESSIONALS THAT DEAR TO STATE THEIR KNOWLEDGE ! And shame on me fr using caps, but shame on you for forcing me !

  19. I quit drinking and smoking cigarettes when I was introduced to marijuana. I found it to be much more pleasing, safe, and with literally none of the bad side effects caused by the other 2. And when I say I used to drink I mean A LOT. I've been to the darkside and back I know first hand that alcohol is much much worse. I have a good job and I'm living proof that weed isn't a gateway drug. In fact it was the opposite for me. It helped me clean up my act and made me a better person. Never done any drugs and never will. It's such a shame that this plant is illegal while alcohol is out there destroying lives, people are getting addicted to pain killers, and cigarettes are the number cause of preventable death. Makes absolutely zero sense.

  20. I love this video. I can't tell you how many times I have told people to watch it, then watch it again. There's so much to learn from it.

  21. Im not going to sit here and advocate pot but I feel like Bone Thugs had it right when they said if reefer really makes you happy then blaze it hell ya hell ya. I mean shit Aleve and common pain killers sold in stores can fucking kill you so yeah weed should be in the health section under pain relief next to medical vaporizers. But it has been shunned mainly because of the profits. If they legalize it they will tax it to death and fuck with it then it will have additives probably as bad as tobacco now. For this reason we should just stick to growing the shit ourselves. Just make it legal to grow and smoke end of story. It's no worse than alcohol or tobacco for sure. 

  22. What about the GMO and all that shit our lovely government dumps into the atmosphere everyday? Uncle sam knows best right? (snickers) Seriously though get a vape cause smoking anything can hurt you bad. Your throat your lungs ect. ect. If you are going to get high do it the right way people. Im all for edibles and no Im not talking about underwear people come on damn! lol j/k

  23. The US is a great country but if there is something I SERIOUSLY dislike about it is its fucking corrupt FDA and pharma companies which want nothing more than to keep the public sick so that they can make money. Fuck, weed is like nature's miracle, medicine herb which comes in different potencies and presentations and has the potential to generate huge profit and heal people when sold in its natural form and the fucking FDA doesn't want it out cause they know its bad for business. I have anxiety issues like most other people and guess what? I took weed a couple of times and it was AMAZING, I could control my thoughts and focus to the point that I could eliminate the toxic thoughts troubling me. The ONLY time I had trouble with it is when I smoked a strain of weed that was too strong and I was just beggining. Beyond that, it gives me sleep, makes me creative, makes me wanna exercise, think positively, and the list goes on and on. I have no worries weed will become legal some day and when it does hell, probably even cancer will be cured.

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  25. Internet censorship is a myth too? 😛 Just by chance the most idiotic poster is seen below?  yea right!

  26. For those of you looking for the topic 28:26 he starts to talk about medical marijuana for pain, depression, insomnia etc.

  27. US govt in bed w/big pharma   –    when will people wake up?   we should have access &  the benefits of cannabis

  28. Great documentary! Nice to see a Cannabis doccy with the right focal point – medicinal research and applications..

  29. For me marijuana is made from GOD and it is very good to our body because it is natural medicine and there's a lot of health benefits, but you should use moderately. everyone have a choice "NATURAL or CHEMICAL" so for me i choose natural marijuana. I do smoke tobacco but maximum 5 sticks a day because obviously it's bad and I was prove it to myself the tabacco is more addictive than marijuana, I was stop using cannabis many years ago and it's so easy to stop than tabacco. So I wish no more tabacco soon only cannabis.

  30. All uses were prohibited! Straight deception! Hopefully, the #predictiveprogramming of refer madness lifts entirely, so many can heal naturally versus the dangerous big pharma way!
    I'm so disgusted with westernized medicine! God's word does say: have no confidence in man!
    Psalms 118:8 – [It is] better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
    And by experience, YES! I trust only in The Lord for healing. If it is His will, so be it! Meanwhile, I praise him in the meantime!
    Glory to God! He must increase, but i must decrease! John 3:30 KJV

  31. I jumped thru hoops to get my medical card because I have bad neck and back pain. Also, arthritis etc. I used high content CBC in all forms as a trial.
    It did not relieve much pain at all…. (maybe 5%) if that- That was 95% CBD and almost no THC. I tried another blend (with THC) and I HATED IT. Gave me panic attack and freaked me out. Had a headache for literally 4 days.
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  33. These pot heafs are insane. Cannabis isnt good for you whatsoever it contains large amounts of heavy metals. Basically be responsible dont smoke large amounts it will fuck u up. Keep it illegal fucken potheads need to die

  34. Heavy metal, doing good sir, how about your self? … My family originated out of Scotland to Dublin to America …

    Imperial, you talk alot for a person with no face … Trolling are ye? …

  35. Dr.Donald Tashkin knows that cannibis cure, so why is he not using cannibis oil on his face. Cannibis oil cures skin cancer within three weeks or less. It needs to be applyed once a day on the cancer spots. As the oil begans to kill the cancer spots turn black it mean it is working. I now a woman who just cured her brain and lung cancer in eight months with cannabis oil. She was told by her doctor that cannibis does not care and if she did not go on chemotherapy and radiation that she would be dead in four months. hehehe we proved him wrong! The prohibition of marijuana is nothing short of special interest groups such as big pharma, DEA, the medical industry, in the lobbyists who work for these agencies have managed to keep marijuana illegal. When marijuana is legal these companies will lose billions of dollars behind one little miracle plant that someone can grow in their house to heal their ailments. cannabis cures people and is saving lives.

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  37. Kratom also has many health benefits,and now the media is demonizing it,just like they did with cannabis,and are trying to ban it.Smh.Lets keep every God given natural subtance legal,goverments have no right to tell us what we can put in our bodies.

  38. The only surefire way medical cannabis would be 100% legal nationwide would be. If a GMO marijuana plant can be created/cultivated with ONLY the medicinal components. All the THC completely stripped out. It could be mass produced and easily bypass any legal restrictions. Eventually that could be sold OTC without a prescription. I'm sure Monsanto,Syngenta or any big GMO company can make it happen.

  39. the founding fathers were PRO marihuana, than came selfish, thirsty for money anslinger, nixon, reagan, bush to destroy the country, and thru their strong propaganda the rest of the world

  40. Incredibly informative with some real "stars" from the medical field who offer their wise opinion on this apparent controversy. There is no doubt, Cannabis has bonafide medical efficacy on a plethora of ailments.

  41. I 'died' & was with the TEACHER ~ THC-A HEALS ~ ADVANCE HUMANITY ~
    FOR ROUTER #08FX08003374;
    ~ YOU CAN 'PUSH' ME, but I "STOMP" BACK ! ~
    You want me to stop posting about 'making' GOLD or about my 'brain' HEALING ?
    ~ FOOTBALL players need to be "eating" THC-A that protects and heals the brain, not INTOXICATING.
    I was addicted to pain killers from emergency disc removal in my neck. Stopped cold turkey and drank to relieve pain. This is why I wrecked.
    This has become a "SPIRITUAL FIGHT" !…/ Okay, I am going to try telling everyone why I push so hard to legalize growing. I don't care if you believe me. I already have been ahead of science.
    What I need is to have CANNABIS be my main diet, eat no meat. I have seen this in "meditation".
    Everything I have listened to has been right so why stop ?
    I received a registered 5.5 brain injury on 08-30-2008.
    I not only know WHO I am, but "WHY" I am !
    I am from a LONG LINE of HEALERS Black Elk is my great great grandfather.
    ~ HEAL EARTH ~ On 08-30-2008 I had the worst motor bike wreck with no helmet on to survive in MONTANA. I died 3 times in life flight. It crushed my chest breaking all my ribs many times, putting ribs into both lungs. I was in an 87. day coma, waking with a registered 5.5 brain injury. I was told that THC saved my brain from lack of oxygen. Smoking MARIJUANA is opening my airway to accept oxygen. But the biggest is that MARIJUANA is HEALING my brain
    ~ It is THC-A that gives my brain what is needed to MAKE new CELLS.
    ~ MARIJUANA was used to make HEMP illegal.~
    ~ It can HEAL humans, humanity, economy, EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE ~ CARBONS are killing clouds. HENRY FORD proved that "oil" fuel exhaust made them in 1927. That is why he made 60,000 cars run on HEMP fuel in 1942, with 0 carbon output.
    It has been EARTHS health !
    HEMP takes 4 times the CARBONS to grow than trees.
    HEMP revitalized the SOIL.
    HEMP puts off more OXYGEN than trees.

  42. and less then ten potatoes over one cannabis cigarette potatoes have acids in the outside layer that can cause severe liver damage so Yea study that again please to update that information I also know a lot more on cannabis then you guys right now I have have done my own research legally and it can cures cancer and also a lot of other things you have to use live subjects though because it's a body immune system super herb and it does not have any harmful effects the thc is naturally produced in your body so you shouldn't call it a mind altering substance because it is also naturally produced in your brain

  43. READ THIS SCIENTIST it's over all a substance you should consider it to be similar to your nucleus so similar in fact THC is actually produced naturally in the human brain so get over it. It is a second nucleus like instructing cell that instructs the cells and protects the body from harmful infections and diseases and helps level out the chemicals in the human brain for mood stabilization a top instructor not only in one area that's right. it should not be illegal any were except in any jail house or prison because of fire Hazard's.

  44. fucking beautiful music at the beginning absolutely beautiful 😅💘💘💘 so heart warming 🎵🎵🎵🎶🎼

  45. Finally… After decades of bad publicity, many states have legalized marijuana for medical use. If you have a qualifying condition such as chronic pain, migraine, or other debilitating symptoms, you can get a medical rec online at

  46. OK fellow cannabis advocates, friday night (shabbath) again, and time for our Ganja – bible quiz! Question – Why do rastafaris and other islanders call cannabis "Ganja"? ……. Answer: from Genesis 2:8, we learn that "Yahweh Elohim planted a garden eastward, in Eden, and there he put the man whom he had formed." The clues are in the Hebrew original terms. The Hebrew word for Garden is "Gan", and the rastafari interpretation of Yah's name is "Jah". Put them together and what do we get? "Gan Jah", (ganja), or the "garden of Yah"! Enjoy your weed, it was grown in the garden of Yah!


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  52. If you have a government-issued birth certificate, the government owns you. The politicians, at their whim, can have anyone incarcerated. They pass laws to take OUR FREEDOMS and enrich themselves at our expense. They have been controlling "WE THE PEOPLE" since the first bully took, by force, what was not his. Force is the enemy of reason. The Lord GOoD giveth and greedy men taketh it away. Happy is the way of the Lord.

    "To be governed … is to be watched, inspected, directed, indoctrinated, numbered, estimated, regulated, commanded, controlled, law-driven, preached at, spied upon, censured, checked, valued, enrolled – by creatures who have neither the right, nor the wisdom, nor the virtue to do so. "
    – Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

    "The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold, and critical industrial metals like LITHIUM — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world".

    Afghanistan is now our second longest war. The war against the American people was waged by Jackson and continues to this day. They come but to kill, steal, and destroy. Why are we at war now? Control of OIL in Iraq and Syria and the same reason the Russians wanted Afganastan. Minerals!! The INSURGENTS will receive little for their share. INSURGENTS who refuse to comply will be neutralized. Our GOVERNMENT works only for the FEDERAL RESERVE and CORPORATE GREED (Wall Street). When NATO and the US get involved, people and their wealth are destroyed.

    "There are a lot of people who lie and get away with it, and that's just a fact". Donald Rumsfeld
    "I can't tell you if the use of force in Iraq today will last five days, five weeks or five months, but it won't last any longer than that". Donald Rumsfeld
    Force is the enemy of reason

  53. snitches plea deal fine paying pussy muthafuckas crooked cops magistrate judges crooked docs lawyers attorney's etc careers fucking ending not no got damn criminal nor one of those categorical pussy muthafuckas

  54. "Safer than eating 10 potatoes"!!! a little bit STUPID statement to make because potatoes are not unsafe even if eaten in large quantities. Im not saying that cannabis is not safe but the comparison he made is really bad. 😛

  55. Big Pharma is scared to death of canabis this is why they lobby to keep it illegal! But at this point I think the people are winning!

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