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What If Cannabis Cured Cancer?

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Regrettably, Len Richmond, producer of this film won’t allow me to share it with you.  Fair enough.  I do understand his point of view.  You can buy his DVD at his website:  It is a film worth watching.

Written by Peter Reynolds

May 2, 2011 at 7:42 am

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  1. Hi peter, hope your well, have not watched the video yet its on my bookmark of things to do later. but we already know that cannabis inhibits progress of cancer and reminds cancer cells to die so it has the potential to cure cancer if used in the right way and with the right strains.

    the problem with cannabis curing all these problems is the government loosing all its hard earned cash from tablets and the pharma companies and the government do not wan’t people being well and living for longer, they want the economy to stay working.

    I think I read some where that the pharma companies make up a large slice of America and british economy and this great plant has the potential to wipe that out to the point of meltdown recession.

    so america being america and Britain being sheep will want to tax it, NHS it Pharma it before they let people have it on the same grounds as opium and other tablets made from plants through your doctor on prescription which you will have to pay for unless you on benefits

    Look what the EU have been doing for the last 6 years and now they have taken control of the natural medicine system, see where its going!!. anyway speak soon and have a great day.


    May 2, 2011 at 8:37 am

  2. Peter, this
    is the organisation that has just got more than half a million signatures in the past 4 days to protest the regulation of herbal medicines.
    Unfortunately, I can’t find anything about cannabis on their site.
    Would it be interesting to see how they reacted to an approach by Britain’s cannabis law reform party?
    As it’s a global thing, I would hope that organisations in other countries would be interested in ‘lobbying’ them.

    Thanks for posting the above: I thought I’d seen it, but I only recognised bits.


    May 2, 2011 at 10:16 am

    • Interesting to see if this will effect Sativex, since all that is, is a “herbal medicine”.


      May 2, 2011 at 11:27 am

      • Good point. Sativex is nothing more than cannabis tincture, with flavouring.
        But I suppose it’s undergone testing, like a ‘pharmaceutical drug’, in order for it to be approved for prescription.

        So why are the govt continuing to insist that cannabis has no therapeutic value, when one of its bodies has approved its medicinal use? They really don’t know their arse from their elbow, do they?


        May 2, 2011 at 12:06 pm

      • I think Sativex is a disaster for the movement to legalise cannabis (THC). They have invested millions in to packaging up a drug that we could grow for free. They have signed a $50 million distribution deal that would be meaningless if Cannabis was legal. It’s very, very bad. The people that really need it and could benefit greatly from HELPING THEMSELVES will have to pay a company just for a bottled up version. It is not in the interest of business for people to be in a position to help themselves.

        Lindsay Butler

        May 2, 2011 at 1:23 pm

      • I’m not so sure of that, Lindsay: I think the pharmaceutical industry may have shot themselves, and the government, in the foot by producing Sativex.

        It isn’t a synthetic of any of the major cannabinoid compounds, or even an extract of one or several of them – it is an alcoholic extract of all of the compounds in the female flower.

        By licensing what is, basically, tincture of cannabis, the government has admitted that cannabis has therapeutic value, although Cameron megaphones the opposite view whenever he gets the chance.

        Tincture of cannabis was probably the most common form of the medicine in the days before it was prohibited, and when anyone who wanted to could have grown the plant for their own medicinal or recreational use.

        I would be interested in seeing what would happen if the Drug Equality Alliance supported a case of someone who had been bust for producing and possessing tincture of cannabis produced the same way as Sativex is (ie, a more dilute version of Rick Simpson’s hemp oil).


        May 2, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      • You have the nub of the issue PJ.

        Peter Reynolds

        May 2, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      • I remember you discussing it several weeks ago on this site.


        May 2, 2011 at 7:03 pm

  3. I have just looked on UKCIA at Derek’s exchange with Len Richmond, the writer and director of this film, and now understand the vitriol in your recent run-ins with him, Peter!


    May 2, 2011 at 1:41 pm

  4. Interesting Peter, but can’t help it is an American video. America is a Country with one of the biggest drug problems. However, I do agree with the comments about the control which the Pharmaceutical Industry has over health care, and they do not come to equity with clean hands either. I know how much they dictate prices to hospitals etc. and certainly in the UK.

    However, given that many of the drugs used to control epilepsy paid for by the Government directly through free prescriptions to people at risk like me, if Cannabis was such a wonder drug, and grown so easily and inexpensively then the Government would leap at it as it would save the NHS a fortune.

    Have you sent this video to 10 Downing Street, or indeed your own MP, as I am about to. I would be interested in the response your receive compared to mine.

    I also noticed that a number of the Doctors in the commentary were also users of Pot, so were the many people who claimed that it had solved their issues (it would appear) through euphoria.

    Chris R

    May 2, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    • Oh Chris, your belief in the government’s common sense or care for public health is charming but naive. The evidence for the medicinal benefits of cannabis is overwhelming but it threatens Big Pharma, probably the biggest political lobbying force in the world. The pharmaceutical companies are falling over themselves to develop cannabinoid medicines but in a form that they can patent. Unfortunately for them, all the evidence is that the beneficial effects come from the whole plant and that the reductionist approach of isolating individual compounds doesn’t work.

      Peter Reynolds

      May 2, 2011 at 3:18 pm

      • Agreed, it would be devastating to the Pharmaceuticals industry and that si BIG Business, as I well know having worked with a Cancer Teaching Hospital, run by BUPA not NHS, but surely the money saved by Government in dishing out free prescriptions- they would be legalising the use or indeed extractions of the plant tomorrow.

        With the speed which you returned your reply, makes me wonder whether you did actually watch the video (nearly 40 minuets long) to make a rationalised response.

        Why is that the (would be) Doctors refer only to the exracts of the plant whilst you are claiming that the whole leaf needs to be used. Afterall it is cheaper to use a whole plant as opposed to creating derivatives.

        I do not trust Government(of whichever colour); come to that the likes of big business as Glaxo, Smith Kline Beeching etc, but if such a substance could be generated to replace prescription drugs as the ones I take for epilepsy, and it is near free to process, why haven’t any of the Governments internationally not jumped at it. Surely the loss in income from patented and licensed substances, would be outstripped many fold,by a free, readily available and fast growing plant, therefore saving a Bankrupt NHS, indeed Government a fortune.

        I acknowledge that our Government and the big Pharmaceuticals walk near arm in arm, but if the savings claimed are so significant then the Government would jump at it. ((Rather like Jumping Jack Flash (ack. Rolling Stones)).

        As an aside, did you ever get a response to open letter to No 10 ?

        Chris R

        May 2, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      • Chris, I first watched the video several months ago.

        The doctors don’t only refer to extracts.

        The prohibition of cannabis is hugely complex and bound up with international treaties and completely improper and illegitimate pressure from the US DEA. It will take courage and zeal to permit wide use of medicinal cannabis, not something that I see in our political elite. The only way it will happen is by shaming them, forcing them through the courts, huge financial pressure, US agreement or bribery.

        All the responses I’ve had from No. 10 are already published here.

        Peter Reynolds

        May 2, 2011 at 4:56 pm

      • He responded fast because he posted it, he saw it before he shared it with you.

        Now, the pharma companies FUND election campaigns through donations or sponsorship. If the torys lose such sponsorship they won’t be able to afford to spread lies and get elected again. That is all the torys are concerned about, winning the next election. Screw peoples lives.


        May 2, 2011 at 5:01 pm

      • I think what Peter means, when he says “the whole plant”, Chris, is the complete medicine cabinet of the several hundred compounds in the resin of the female flower, not single isolated ones, like THC or cannabidiol.

        Quite a lot has been learned recently about the efficacy of the main compounds, but the minor ones presumably have therapeutic value also, the nature of which, in most cases, has yet to be discovered.

        By consuming ALL of these compounds, the medicinal/health benefits are greater, because there are a lot more agents acting on a wider range of diseases.


        May 2, 2011 at 5:32 pm

  5. I appreciate that you want to share my film, “What if Cannabis Cured cancer” with everyone, however, with a film like mine, I have to pay actors (union rates with unemployment), payments for rights, payments to the editor who has a mortgage, payments to labs, payment to musicians, not to mention payments to publicize the film after it’s made. One of the reasons people pass my film on to politicians and their parents is because it looks professional. Illegal downloads have almost destroyed the record industry – can independent films be far behind? People will pay a doctor to treat them for cancer but not pay a filmmaker who gives them information that will keep them out of the doctor’s office. PLEASE SUPPORT FILMMAKERS AND BUY THEIR DVDS SO THEY CAN CONTINUE TO MAKE FILMS! THANKS. (

    Len Richmond

    May 2, 2011 at 9:51 pm

  6. I got sent this link, you’ve probably seen it though:

    Crikey this substance is so toxic.


    May 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm

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