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What if Cannabis Cured Cancer? (2011 Documentary)

What If Cannabis Cured Cancer - 2011 Recommended Documentary

This documentary is filled with great information for those people who are just learning about cannabis

“Using original and archival footage,”WHAT IF CANNABIS CURED CANCER” presents highly convincing evidence that this forbidden herb has healing properties beyond any other plant on the planet— interacting as it does with the body’s own “endocannabinoid system” to keep us fit and disease-free. “WHAT IF CANNABIS CURED CANCER” explains how we are all born with a form of marijuana already in our bodies, and when pot is consumed, the “endocannabinoids” inside us—along with any cannabinoids we ingest—fit together like a key in a lock, thereby promoting the death of cancer cells without harming the body’s healthy cells. A powerful and eye-opening film about the future of cannabis—and perhaps even the future of medicine. Narrated by Emmy-winning actor, PETER COYOTE.

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FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST “I recommend an excellent documentary film, ‘WHAT IF CANNABIS CURED CANCER,” by Len Richmond, which summarizes the remarkable research findings of recent years about the cancer-protective effects of novel compounds in marijuana. Most medical doctors are not aware of this information and its implications for cancer prevention and treatment.”- ANDREW WEIL, M.D.”

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Over 100 Studies Confirm Cannabis Cures Cancer

In case you’ve missed it, cannabis has been touted as a cure for cancer for a long time now, but only in recent years have the general public began to take this information on board and investigate for themselves. Governments don’t like the use of this language that makes such claims about cannabis. Cancer is one of the biggest industries in the world so cannabis is a direct threat to the big pharmaceutical companies’ profit margins. Here are over 100 studies that confirm cannabis as a powerful medicine against cancer…

PubMed ( is a free resource developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine® (NLM).

Cannabis kills tumor cells

Uterine, testicular, and pancreatic cancers

Brain cancer

Mouth and throat cancer

Breast cancer

Lung cancer

Prostate cancer

Blood cancer

Skin cancer

Liver cancer

Cannabis cancer cures (general)

Cancers of the head and neck

Cholangiocarcinoma cancer


Cannabis partially/fully induced cancer cell death

Translocation-positive rhabdomyosarcoma


Cannabis kills cancer cells


Thyroid carcinoma

Colon cancer

Intestinal inflammation and cancer

Cannabinoids in health and disease

Cannabis inhibits cancer cell invasion

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The Scientist – Cannabis Documentary

The Scientist Documentary

“The Scientist” is a documentary that traces the story of Nobel price nominee Dr Mechoulam

In 1964 Professor Raphael Mechoulam was on a public bus carrying 5 kilos of premium Lebanese hashish in a plastic bag to his laboratory at the Weitzmann Institute in Rehovot. That noticeably fragrant bus ride turned out to be a fateful one, as Mechoulam used his haul to discover the psychoactive component in Cannabis, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It was a discovery that had eluded scientists for decades.
Twenty years later, Mechoulam ascertained that THC interacts with the largest receptor system in the human body, the endocannabinoid system (ECS). He then found that the human brain produces its very own Cannabis – a chemical that they named anandamide after the Sanskrit word ananda, “bliss”.

Though still unknown to most researchers and medical professionals because of the worldwide prohibition of marijuana, the importance of the endocannabinoid system is growing daily. It has been called the “supercomputer that regulates homeostasis in the human body.” Because receptors are found throughout the brain and in every major organ, this system is thought to be involved in most disease state. This is one reason that Cannabis treats so many varied illnesses. Mechoulam has been investigating this compound longer and more thoughtfully than any other scientist. He has unearthed Cannabis’s role in treating seizure disorders, schizophrenia and PTSD, plus its impact on other functions that govern human health, such as the rapidity with which an infant bonds with his mother. He has been awarded numerous scientific prizes and is universally acknowledged as the “father of cannabinoid medicine”. Despite these accolades, Mechoulam’s name isn’t known outside of a small group of researchers.

“The Scientist is a documentary that traces the story of Mechoulam from his early days as a child of the Holocaust in Bulgaria, through his immigration to Israel, and his career as the chief investigator into the chemistry and biology of the world’s most misunderstood plant.

“When Darwin finished his ideas on evolution he put them in a drawer for 20 years because he feared what the Church would say,” says Zach Klein, the writer, producer, editor of The Scientist. “Mechoulam was never vilified because he is such a great scientist, but the world has been slow to understand his findings because of the demonization that Cannabis suffered since the beginning of the war on drugs.”

Klein first met Professor Mechoulam when researching the ways Cannabis reduces the symptoms of chemotherapy that his mother was experiencing while being treated for breast cancer. That led to his first documentary, Prescribed Grass, which aired on Israeli television in 2009 and prompted health officials in that country to launch what is today the world’s largest state-sponsored medical marijuana program.

The Scientist was produced in association with Fundación CANNA, a non-profit research foundation focusing on the study of Cannabis and its compounds. Please visit for further information.

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Making Peace With Cannabis – TED Talk

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. This TED talk explores human beings’ dynamic relationship with the cannabis plant and what recent developments might mean for our health and well-being.


Zach Walsh, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Psychology and Co-Director for the Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science and Law. Zach is a clinical psychologist and a researcher who studies drugs in human behaviour.

His research team are interested in who uses drugs and what drugs they are using, why they use them and what the consequences for their mental health are.

Speaking on what the difference is between recreational and medical cannabis use he explains:

“it raises some really important issues about just how porous the barriers can be between well-being, health and pleasure but I don’t think there’s a really easy answer”

“There are people out there who have conditions that respond very well to cannabis based medicines and they might still use cannabis a lot of the time because they like the way it makes them feel.” adding

“There are also people who might not think of themselves as medical users but they get substantial symptom relief are from using cannabis. People with back pain smoke a joint before they go to bed and find they can get through the night with a good sleep undisturbed by pain even though they’re having a bit of a flare-up. But for a lot of people it is clear cut they have serious and severe symptoms and illnesses that they treat effectively with cannabis and cannabis based medicines and they don’t like the feeling. It’s an unwelcome side effect for a lot of people it’s both they treat very legitimate symptoms using cannabis medicines. And maybe they like some of the other aspect as well but whether it’s recreational or therapeutic or both what we do know is that a lot of adults in Canada choose to use cannabis. They weigh the costs and the benefits and they make a reasonable and rational choice to use cannabis”

Zach explains “We have this complex and conflicted fearful relationship with this ancient plant” and goes into how society got to this point in such a relatively short space of time.

Zach compares our last decades of anti-cannabis mentality to the long history of Cannabis starting in Asia “that’s where our best estimates of early human use of cannabis come from, several thousand years ago in Asia and whether they use words medical whether was spiritual whether it was just for fun I don’t think we really know. It’s an ongoing debate.”

“by some estimates cannabis was the first cultivated plant, you could say that cannabis in human beings grew up together.”

“even as recently as just a little over a hundred years ago Queen Victoria was using cannabis extracts offer therapeutic purposes.”

Zach and his team published a study looking over 600 medical cannabis users from across the country. The 600 users have serious conditions like cancer, aids, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, chronic pain. What they found was that people are using cannabis for three primary reasons – to help sleep, to reduce pain and alleviate anxiety, things that so many of us seek treatment for.

“there’s new studies coming out all the time and the rate of discoveries are accelerating rapidly. What this might mean a more broad sense is that in the coming years and decades we may have access to some the very same medicines that our ancestors used
effectively for millennia.”

“it might also mean that we might be able to start to address some of our mental health concerns using our gardens or greenhouses and I think that in itself could be tremendously empowering. It could also help us to reduce the tremendous environmental cost
of producing and disposing of tons and tons of pharmaceutical product into our land and water.” finalizing with “I think it means that the drug talk we’re gonna have with our kids will be a lot more fact-based and straightforward than the drug talk that many of us got as kids”