Quote: Originally Posted by SLM
I'm really glad this child is ok, I truly am. There really is nothing more frightening than the prospect of losing your child especially when that child is so young.Quote has been trimmed, See full post:
I've also no doubt about the benefits of canabis, I think the pain management capabilities are fairly well established, at least as I understand it, in the medical community.
Having said that, this is what I see when I read the article.
The story I read is actually quite different than the title of the article suggests. The titles states that the "pot" cured the cancer and that the father gave the treatment to his son to treat the cancer. What I read in the article is that the father gave this to his son to ease the symptons of the chemo (lack of appetite) and that it contributed to his recovery. In other words the contribution can be interpreted as helping to diminish the nasty side effects of the chemo.
So, the actual contents of the story are not quite as sensational as the title implies. That bothers me because it continues this trend I keep seeing in the media of taking relevant, newsworthy stories and issues and blowing them out of proportion. There is no doubt in mind that there are some people in this world that would take that headline verbatim. In fact, I'd bet real money on it. Really, as the contents of the article point out, the evidence is anecdotal at best that it played any real part in treating the actual cancer....
Indeed... the Australian news sources here have a slight twist to them like US news sources, in that I noticed there's a bit more bias in headers and sometimes how a news report is actually reported.
Indeed, the title does imply that weed cured the cancer..... which would be a bit of an exaggeration..... but I think it's safe to say that marijuana in this particular case did save this child's life.
Yes the continued medical procedures cured the cancer and in the long term, saved the kids life, but as reported in the article, due to the other medications that this child was on, he wasn't eating, had seizures, a blood infection and was so weak that he couldn't life his head off a pillow..... I'd say that without the father changing the medication his son was on and moved him onto a pill based on Marijuana's elements, I think it's pretty safe to say that his son wouldn't have survived long enough to make it through the rest of the treatments, as he simply wouldn't have enough energy to do so, due to last of eating & all the other side effects he had to battle.
With the use of the marijuana, he began to increase his appetite, which is very important to maintaining energy to get through the rest of the cancer treatments and it removed the other factors like the side effects from the other medication.
I agree that there is no basis to claim Cancer was cured by just marijuana in this case..... but I strongly believe that it did help save his life, and that is what should be looked into.
Not a cure for cancer, but a substitute for some of the medications currently being used in cancer treatments. If it is found that there are benefits to using marijuana based products in these type of cases and it is shown that the side effects are minimal or non-existent, then I think it should be used.
But again, clear, unbiased studies are required to prove one way or another.
I wouldn't suggest using this one case or any other few cases like it as proof & evidence to use it without question and to legalize it just because of those one or two cases..... but it does justify
further study & investigation.
Quote: Originally Posted by earth_as_one
Both your articles use the words "may".
A compound found in cannabis may stop breast cancer spreading throughout the body, US scientists believe.
Cannabis chemicals may help fight prostate cancer
You are drawing conclusions prematurely. Even the BBC article admits that if this cannabis compound proves an effective cancer therapy, its presence is insufficiently concentrated in marijuana to have a significant effect.
Yes, and Advil MAY
cure your headache.
Quote: Originally Posted by alleywayzalwayz
Marijuana doesn't cure anything. I've been around the marijuana culture a long time and I can tell you that all it does is a) make you stupid if consistently used, b) detract your motivation, c) attempts to fill a void in your life or medicate depression, which is in fact just ignoring your problems instead of getting to the root of them so you can find a true cure.
Being around the "Culture" isn't the same as 1st hand experience, is it?
I've been around the "Culture" of drinkers and I could say the same as the above towards that "Culture" and then some.
The difference is that I also have 1st hand experience in drinking to know wtf I'm talking about.
Making typical assumptions like the above makes about as much sense as me telling women what they go through during child birth.
I was diagnosed with Depression, as it runs in my family. I was on anti-depressants for over a year..... I haven't been on any anti-depressants, nor have I had to suffer through their side effects for about 5 years now and going..... I no longer suffer depression either.
Because I decided I had enough with the side effects from pills that didn't solve anything. The Anti-depressants I was on are what truly masked what was going on in my life, they made me lose any motivation I had left, and my mood and emotions were worse then when I wasn't on them. I switched to marijuana, because I didn't have to worry about the side effects from the pills, the physical pains in my back from how tense I was went away, I could sleep decently through the night and wake up rested and with energy, my mood instantly changed to a more positive one, conflicts in my life were no longer daunting and I could handle them through clear decision making..... and most importantly of all, I was able to take a step back, look at my life, look at the things that were causing the problems in my life that the pills were masking, and I could formulate a logical and practical plan of action to remove or correct those things in my life.
I no longer even smoke pot on a regular basis, I've gone for months without any and still feel perfectly fine.... I know how to handle my life & the situations around me that would have typically sent me back into depression, I no longer take any medication what-so-ever for depression and I feel a hell of a lot better now about my life then I ever did growing up or in the last few years when I was suffering through depression.
If I didn't take the actions I did, I'd be like my dad and others in my family.... I would still be taking those pills for the rest of my life, I'd still be masking the problems in my life & ignoring them, I'd probably still be in the rut I was, I'd still be suffering through the side effects like headaches, migraines, pains in my back and unpredictable mood swings, and I'd still be dishing out piles of money for medication a month, that did nothing but make the situation worse.
Because I wasn't just suffering through the problems of depression, I also had added on top all of the side effects of the pills, the cost of those each month and how I was to afford them, and the fact that they weren't making anything better..... sometimes worse.
This thing is now, I don't have to buy anything for months on end..... as far as I'm concerned, my depression no longer exists, I'm living a happy life & I'm doing the things I want to do. The only time I do smoke pot these days, is mainly on weekends when I want to relax with my friends who drink..... or when I have a hard time sleeping at night.
My experience is just one among millions around the world. I again, am not saying pot is a be-all cure for anybody suffering through depression, nor am I saying that pot can cure cancer..... but it is worth further study and review to see what it actually can do to benefit some people in certain situations with certain medical problems.
To just dismiss pot as you did is quite ignorant and doesn't help anybody in anything.
What's the worst that can happen from further studies?
This isn't crack we're talking about.