Pubdate: Wed, 18 Jun 2008
Source: Province, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2008 Canwest Publishing Inc.
Author: Russell Barth


In your story "Medicinal pot not harmful" (June 17), Jean-Paul 
Collett of UBC says: "People only turn to cannabinoids after they 
have tried something else. At this point, you can't take it as a first choice."

This just shows how biased "traditional" medical services are.

A plant that has been used successfully for 5,000 years is considered 

But the "standard" pharmaceuticals that pot users are trying to avoid 
have only been around 100 or so years.

It should be noted that Marinol and Cesamet have absolutely no 
cannabis in them.

They are synthetic mimics of cannabis, which is why they are so 
poorly received.

Sativex does contain cannabis, but only certain compounds, not the 
whole plant medicine. Which is why recent testing has shown it to be 
less than effective.

Recent science out of Germany shows how cannabinoids stimulate the 
body's production of TIMP-1, which helps healthy cells resist cancer invasion.

Russell Barth,

Nepean, Ont.
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