Medical Cannabis and Cancer, a Call for Compassion.

Below is a story of  a woman who’s husband is now very pro Medicinal Cannabis.  After finding out she was essentially allergic to the usual pain killers, Opiates, (the morphine family of drugs) the doctors were left scratching their heads as to how to help make her comfortable in her fight against the big C.  I am aware of  a single Neuropathic pain patient getting fast tracked for the legal Medical Cannabis product, Sativex after finding out they could not tolerate Opiates, however this woman suffered a few years ago before Sativex was available.   Even now, if a cancer patient was in agony, it is doubtful they could jump through the hoops to get Sativex in time, and who would pay for it? at 1300 per month, most patients couldn’t afford it, and Pharmac/MOH isn’t going to spend potentially tens of thousands of dollars on a patient who is going to die anyway. So what is the solution? a packaged prepared product readily available for prescription… Imagine if a standardized Cannabutter was able to be dispensed and prescribed in the little 5gram tubs you get at hotels etc, or a cheaper alternative to Sativex that could be placed under the tongue for an identical effect?
My wife died in 2011 of metastatic breast cancer, she was 40.  She had all the conventional treatments, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormone therapy and surgery.  During this time we discovered she was allergic to morphine. She had 5 operations during this period and doctors tried every pharmaceutical flavour of morphine they had to no avail.  Morphine would make my wife very sick and it did not take the pain away.
In the nearly 5 years we were going through this we kept asking the doctors if there was anything else she could take for the pain and they insisted they were trying everything they could. No one told us cannabis could be used for pain relief.  It got to the point towards the end where we were out of options – conventional medicine had nothing left to offer my wife for her pain.
In desperation I began searching the internet for natural pain relief remedies and that’s when I came across information about cannabis oil. I discussed it with my wife and her GP and my wife decided she would try it.  As her primary care giver this is what I observed during her last days:
She was in alot of pain and very fatigued, she could not get any quality sleep. When she did fall asleep the pain was so bad that it would wake her up 10 – 15 minutes later and this become her cycle.
Being with someone you love as they go through this on an ongoing basis is heart wrenching.  The patient becomes very stressed and unable to relax and there is nothing you can do for them.
When we finally got the cannabis oil and administered it (one capsule a day) there was an tremendous change.  When she fell asleep she would sleep for 2-3 hours before the pain would wake her up again.  No-one could believe it but we all witnessed it.  She became less stressed and was able to relax, she also started to get her appetite back.  Unfortunately she passed away 10 days later.
What I find very difficult to understand is why none of the many doctors, nurses, and specialists we saw in the nearly 5 year period ever mentioned cannabis to us, they all knew my wife did not respond favorably to morphine and I’m fairly certain now that most of them would have known about the potential benefits of cannabis.
My wife was a wonderful person who worked hard and contributed much to our society during her life, she is much loved and is dearly missed by many – medical cannabis should have been an option and I hope in the near future it will be.  Some people are suffering needlessly.
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  1. If you want the cure you’ll have to find it yourself. Big pharma is hardly going to kill their golden goose.

  2. Another great post SLB

    It just seems that Dunne, Key & Big pharma have built a huge wall of misinformation around this country. Many other countries are now allowing & promoting the medicinal use (natural raw drug; Cannabis) for the many who can benefit from it, BUT here they still effectively promote ‘Reefer Madness’. & ‘its just an excuse to legalise ‘marijuana’ B-S etc. (ie more fear & scaremongering).
    I also asked my GP.. he knew of sativex, but seemed totally unaware of any other developments, on the topic !

    “Kia Kaha !!”

    to use the analogy; ‘the Berlin Wall IS falling’ (of cannabis law reform) & it will reach these shores sooner or later.


  3. Bill

     /  29th April 2015

    This piece out of a article that Chris Fowlie wrote recently sums up the medical Cannabis situation and obviously Peter Dunne doesn’t receive this information
    For example, the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of California, San Diego — established by the California Legislature to answer the question of whether cannabis has any therapeutic value and funded with $8.7 million to do so — has now all but completed the most comprehensive studies into medicinal cannabis ever conducted. After seven completed clinical trials between 2002 and 2012, with five studies already published and two more pending, “Every one of the studies showed a benefit” said lead researcher Dr. Igor Grant. “It is intellectually dishonest to say it has no value whatsoever, because it’s just not true.”


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