DOES “PROJECT KNOW” REALLY KNOW?

I came across the following article while browsing the internet this morning.

medicinal values of cannabis

Copyright : Brian Goodman

http://www.projectknow.com/3-outrageous-marijuana-miracle-cures-exposed/#comment-275394

The title of this article suggests it exposes claimed “Miracle” cures of Ebola, Cancer and Anxiety from the use of marijuana.

The truth is there is no shortage of charlatans that would have you believe there are miracle cures for everything from weight loss to addictions using a plethora of therapies and treatments.

These fraudulent claims should not take away from the actual progress made in the treatment of these conditions, including the true medicinal values of cannabis therapies.

This article is another example of how many in the drug rehab industry put out negative and misleading information on cannabis without full disclosure. Also, links within this article lead you to their services for cannabis addiction therapies.

While the article claims “modern marijuana research is still in its infancy”, there have been thousands of well researched articles written on the benefits and medical applications of cannabis. Current clinical evidence supports the use of cannabis as an effective therapy for many conditions.

In my practice, I do not use the term “cure”. We strive to manage conditions with the goal of reducing or eliminating disease symptoms. Most medical professionals will not use the word cure as it does not accurately represent typical outcomes.

The article cites claimed cures for Ebola, Cancer and Anxiety.

While I have never dealt with Ebola and I am not familiar with research into the use of cannabis as a therapy for it, I am very familiar with the use of cannabis in the treatment of cancer and anxiety.

I am an Internist and cannabis specialist practicing in Santa Monica, CA for 10 years. Prior to that, I practiced Internal Medicine and served as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA for 14 years. I added cannabis therapies to my standard therapies and have found it to be very useful for numerous conditions.

There is no doubt that cannabinoids do kill cancer cells in vitro and in live persons. There are a number of formal trials in Israel and elsewhere and I believe we are now beginning to see CBD/THC as adjuvant therapy for cancer. The conclusions of these trials include longer survival and decreased metastases. I have no issue in advising using cannabis for both symptom relief as well as for it’s anti-proliferative effects. A number of my patients who are off chemotherapy have tumors go into remission while on cannabis without any other therapy. Some of the results were dramatic and these patients are currently doing very well. If I had cancer, I would follow any rational Allopathic chemotherapy regimens as well as using CBD and THC.

To say that cannabis is not helpful for anxiety is just ignorant.

CBD is the most effective anti-anxiety medicine I have ever seen in my 37 years of practicing medicine. There are some patients whose anxiety is greatly helped by THC, but this is a minority. It’s also correct that THC will often trigger anxiety. At the same time, it is rare for CBD in very low doses to not greatly help anxiety.

If you have anxiety and/or mood disorder, you may find great benefit from CBD rich cannabis.

Finally, while repeating myself, this article needs significant clarification. The folks running this website are in the rehab business. It is rare to see such false and negative comments anywhere other than at drug rehab. There is an obvious conflict of interests that should have been disclosed.

Author
Allan Frankel, MD

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