In late December 2017, the WHO (World Health Organization) issued a statement from its Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD): "Recent evidence from animal and human studies shows that its use could have some therapeutic benefit for seizures due to epilepsy and related conditions. Current evidence also shows that cannabidiol is not likely to be abused or create dependence, such as for other cannabinoids (such as Tetra Hydro Cannabinol (THC), for instance)." Now that the WHO's own Expert Committee on Drug Dependence is heading for a final meeting in June to finalize its decision on CBD and review other whole-plant cannabis products for medical purposes, the FDA has been put into a position where it's forced to conduct a public survey for input on marijuana's medical efficacy and safety.
Teen Girl Develops Leukemia After Gardasil Vaccine – Life Back to Near Normal After Mother Gives Her Cannabis Oil
Hayley Willard was one of the first to receive a Gardasil vaccination at 15 years of age in Newfoundland, Canada in 2010. Up until then, she was a very active extroverted person who was actively involved in figure skating competitions. Her mother Dana explained that Hayley was a healthy, enthusiastic daughter until Gardasil came into her life, although she had minor short-lived adverse reaction from vaccinations before. But after her Gardasil shot she was showing signs of autoimmune issues. Her energy level decreased, she was easily fatigued and looking pale. Then she became sluggishly lethargic with low energy, began gaining weight, was having migraines, and other symptoms. She complained that she was not feeling right and beside herself. Her skating became erratic and she injured herself while practicing. Cysts were discovered in her ovaries, an area that was never an issue with Hayley before. She began having anxiety attacks that were unusual for her and inexplicable. None of the doctors would even imply that the Gardasil vaccine had anything to with her condition. They wanted to prescribe antidepressants instead. But Dana was intuitively suspicious and began researching on the side effects of Gardasil and other vaccines. She soon began realizing it wasn’t a coincidence that her health issues began immediately after Hayley’s HPV vaccination. Her immune system had been compromised severely. Many reported adverse events that Dana discovered from the HPV vaccine included what Hayley was experiencing, often even worse. But the worst event occurred in 2013 when Hayley was diagnosed with leukemia.
Big Pharma Stands to Lose $18.5 BILLION if Marijuana is Legalized Nationally: Is this Why the Current Administration is Attempting to Halt the Progress of Medical Cannabis?
A 2017 study on medical cannabis by NewFrontier Data looked at the economic impact on the pharmaceutical industry if medical cannabis were to become legal nationally: "In our latest study, From Prescription to Recommendation: How Cannabis Could Disrupt the Pharmaceutical Industry, our data analysts have found that if medical cannabis were legalized nationally, pharmaceutical expenditures on the top nine conditions commonly treated by medical cannabis could fall an estimated $18.5 billion between 2016 and 2019." Could the powerful pharmaceutical lobby be behind the current administration's efforts to try and crack down on legal cannabis in states where it has become legal? How else can the disinformation currently being published by the current attorney general be interpreted?
The most recent study of cannabis’ protection against fatty liver disease was reported in the journal Liver International on January 18, 2018, with the title "Cannabis use is associated with reduced prevalence of progressive stages of alcoholic liver disease”[ALD]. The study was a cooperative endeavor involving several medical schools in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Johns Hopkins in Maryland. The researchers used data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. They found 319,514 ALD cases aged 18 or over, and broke this massive number into four progressed phases of ALD (alcohol liver disease) and three cannabis groups according to exposure frequency, which revealed 90.39 percent didn't use cannabis; 8.26 percent were non-dependent cannabis users, and 1.36 percent were dependent cannabis users. The research results showed that among heavy drinkers and alcoholics, those who used cannabis had “significantly lower odds” of developing liver disease (ALD) characterized by alcoholic steatosis (AS), steatohepatitis (AH), fibrosis, cirrhosis (AC) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), leading the authors to state: “Our findings suggest that cannabis use is associated with reduced incidence of liver disease in alcoholics."
Medical Cannabis and Other Natural Potential Life-Saving Remedies for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
The pharmaceutical remedies for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), which may seem to help at first, are side effect nightmares that most COPD sufferers abandon upon discovering other more natural solutions. Pharmaceuticals also usually fail to stop the progression of COPD into the later stages that demand oxygen tanks as ones' partner for life. There are several natural options existing that can make life less miserable for COPD sufferers. One option is medical cannabis. It’s too early to tell if cannabis can completely cure one with COPD, meanwhile it serves to relieve the anxiety of not breathing well while simultaneously restoring normal breathing and providing relief by dilating bronchial tubes and healing lung tissue. One of the pioneers who helped forge medical marijuana legislation in Oregon, Dr. Phil Leveque, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 90, has prescribed cannabis for over 5,000 patients and stated for the record: “Marijuana is one of the best bronchodilators, much better than any other class of drugs. For these respiratory diseases, [asthma and COPD] marijuana can be life-saving." Holistic doctors and health practitioners have successfully used other natural remedies for COPD, and they are reviewed in this article.
Last weekend, the New Year rang in with smiles and tears of joy for an Oregon couple accused of child neglect over a legal medical marijuana harvest and a mother’s mental health. Kitrina’s daughter, Kaylynn, was returned home by Oregon Child Protective Services, the day before the Holiday weekend. The only reason Kaylynn was returned home was because Kitrina Nelson fired her court appointed public defender, Cole Sahleen. Like hundreds of other families who have told their stories to Health Impact News, Kitrina found that the court appointed attorney wanted her to play along while he made a pretense of advocating for her. Regardless of her limited knowledge of the law and court proceedings, and with a little guidance from the judge, who expressed surprise at the crowd of people that showed up to view the court proceedings, Kitrina successfully represented herself and cross examined her own case. After more than 3 hours of testimony and evidence, Judge Hung ruled that the state had no case against her, and that Kaylynn was to be returned home. Russ Belville documented the exuberance of emotion from the family upon hearing the ruling: "The sight of an average American family collapsing in each other’s arms weeping tears of joy for the return of their one-year-old daughter/cousin/granddaughter after 10 weeks of state captivity was the greatest holiday miracle I’ve ever experienced." Serra Frank reports: "Once again, I personally witnessed that an educated parent is the most powerful person in a courtroom!! Mama Bear roared and CPS ran around in circles! Justice and logic won the day...." Billy Fisher from the Fight for Lilly Foundation concluded: "Once a parent can see past the intimidation of the unknown in the court system, they can do anything. But it matters how you stand! I am so proud of Kitrina. She stood. She fought. She won. They have to Bring Kaylynn Home!"
Government Attempting to Clamp Down on Medical Cannabis States While Allowing Opioid Pain Killers to Flow into Black Markets
While other nations are allowing medical allowances for cannabis or beginning to see the potential for cannabis applied medicinally, here in the USA dark clouds are forming federally that threaten existing medical marijuana states. Meanwhile, the real drug epidemic of opioid painkillers goes not only unhampered, but encouraged by the same dark clouds in Washington, D.C. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has hampered legal action against pharmaceutical drug trafficking while the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment that protects medical marijuana states is in jeopardy. A recent 60 Minutes investigative report with a former DEA whistleblower reveals the likely motive behind the recent attacks against medical cannabis and the proliferation of the opioid pain killer epidemic.
War on Drugs: Government Approves Patented Synthetic THC but Still Classifies Natural Cannabis as Dangerous and Illegal
The pharmaceutical industry is pulling out the stops lobbying government officials and influencing those that are inclined toward prohibition, to protect not only their synthetic THC interests but also their vast exclusive pharmaceutical market. Increased cannabis use is intruding on the pharmaceutical industry's turf. It has been implied and most of us could see it coming, but on November 22, 2017, it became official. The DEA placed synthetic THC, Dronabinol, the medicinally powerful compound that creates the high in marijuana, as a Schedule II controlled substance, yet whole plant cannabis remains as a Schedule I controlled substance. The most basic irony is the idea of synthetically creating one compound of a natural plant and making it legal for medical applications while banning the plant from which it was copied synthetically, even making its use illegal. Unfortunately, this is business as usual with the pharmaceutical industry.
Raymond and Amelia Schwab didn't know what to expect when they went into a Kansas courtroom on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. The Colorado couple has been fighting to get their children back since the Department for Children and Families (DCF) seized custody of them in April 2015. During that time, they have been told that their parental rights would be terminated, that their children would be returned home, and everything in between. It has been an emotional roller coaster, and 5 of their 6 children have been in foster care for more than 2 years. (Their oldest son was 19 when his younger siblings were taken and therefore avoided foster care.) Raymond Schwab, an honorably discharged Navy veteran, and his wife Amelia took to Facebook Live with an update for thousands of their followers, many of whom have been praying for their children to be returned to the family. The update was a mixture of good news and bad news - the children are supposed to be returned home, just not immediately. They were told that the children should be home by Christmas.
Two years ago, a woman with two children was celebrating her renewed life after cannabis oil had taken her out of her deathbed from terminal Crohn’s disease. She had undergone 16 surgeries and several toxic pharmaceuticals, one dangerously experimental. The doctors had finally given up. Shona Banda’s health had worsened until she was bedridden and “waiting to die,” until she started using cannabis oil. The results were miraculous. Shona Banda became a medical cannabis advocate in her home town of Garden City, an hour from the Colorado border, in a dangerous state, Kansas, for that type of activity. After surviving a terminal illness by using cannabis, she was arrested in 2015 and faced a potential sentencing of 30 years in prison. Her son was taken into custody by CPS. Her trial dragged on for two years before she survived the legal system by accepting a second plea deal arrangement earlier this month, August, 2017, despite her initial feeling that she could win the case.