Weed the People Review
Many years ago, I heard about a little girl named Sophie Ryan who was diagnosed with Cancer at the tender age of 7 months. Her story was shared thousands of times on Facebook. Being a Medical Cannabis advocate I was drawn to her story. Not only am I a Mother, and a Grandmother I felt that these kinds of stories needed a bigger audience. I have watched her parents emotional journey to cure her daughters Cancer. When I heard that they would be featured on Weed the People I knew that it would be the documentary that would change peoples perceptions and STOP THE STIGMA. No one prepared me for the mixed emotions I felt. I cried when I saw the pain that these children felt, I got angry seeing how hard it was for parents in non legal states, but the worst part was how some people were taking advantage and selling them low grade oil. For those who do not know, in order to kill off Cancer cells you need a Cannabis formula that has high levels of THC in it. One formula that was made famous is Rick Simpson Oil (which is referred to as RSO) Rick Simpson was a Canadian working in a hospital. He was exposed to toxic fumes after using a potent glue. In 2003, three suspicious bumps appeared on his arm. His doctor agreed that the bumps appeared to be cancerous and a biopsy was taken. The results were basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer and Simpson decided to find a more natural way to treat his Cancer. His story has been shared millions of times on Youtube. Called Run from the Cure is the Rick Simpson Story.
Weed the People
The documentary brought up several points that need to be addressed. According to this article: Chemotherapy kills 50% of patients They also talk about the additional Cancers that patients get after. But when you take your children to hospital you are not given a Cannabis option because not enough Oncologists are getting on board yet. And then there is the subject of drug dependence as it happened to one of the patients in this documentary. One parent in the movie said it is crazy to think that we develop drugs for Cancer but the cure is being made in a persons kitchen. But one consultant said, not everyone is making a quality oil with the right levels of THC to kill Cancer cells. They showed 3 samples and two of them did not smell right, one was actually made with rubbing alcohol. When you are fighting Cancer, your liver is working overtime and can not handle any additional toxins. Not only are the parents of these children struggling with the Cancer diagnosis, they are spending $3,000 a month for the oil only to find that some of the sources were selling an inferior product. Here in Canada, I spoke to someone who is very well known in the Cannabis industry. They offered classes on Cannabis oil and have trained hundreds of people. They have now chosen to stop because of feedback they got from a person being treated for Cancer who bought an inferior oil from a “friend”. One student decided to make the oil with LESS than the required amount of Cannabis and was offering it to people with Cancer at a lower cost. When the patient went to the doctors, their scans came back worse than previously. It was SHOCKING to hear that someone would sink that low to charge large sums of money, and not give them the medicine that they need to fight a life or death battle with Cancer. But the general public would not know. There is also an increasing problem regarding the promotion of products with CBD and THC levels. Many “budding” entrepreneurs are not testing their products for potency. Gummies, chocolates, cookies and even oil is being misrepresented as most individuals do not send their product to a lab for testing. When they “state” the levels of potency THC and CBD, they are relying on the information from the seed company and not from a true lab test. But the “actual levels” will depend on growing conditions and quality of the seed. I met one company who was making fudge and they sent the raw product to the lab and the finished product to get an exact percentage of THC and CBD. Medical patients are the ones who need to demand this information in order to treat their medical conditions Especially Cancer.
I checked the Canadian Cancer Society website and this is how they respond to Cannabis as a treatment or cure:
We believe that there is currently no conclusive and reliable evidence that cannabis products, like cannabis oil, cannabinoids or cannabis extract, can treat or cure cancer. In the face of insufficient evidence of their effectiveness, the Canadian Cancer Society does not advise Canadians to use cannabis products to treat or cure their cancer.
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