CAN CANNABIS KILL CANCER IN KIDS?

November 15, 2018 at 4:30 am

TV personality and executive producer Ricki Lake delivers an eye opening documentary on parents fighting for their children’s survival while fighting against mainstream medicine. We have a preview.

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Aired on November 14, 2018.

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>> GOOD EVENING, WELCOME TO
"METROFOCUS."
THANKS FOR JOINING US, I'M JACK
FORD.
CANNABIS, POT, DOPE, REEFER,
WHATEVER YOU CALL IT MARIJUANA
HAS BEEN OFF LIMITS TO DOCTORS
AND RESEARCHERS IN THE UNITED
STATES FOR THE PAST 80 YEARS,
BUT NOW WE'RE SEEING A MAJOR
PUSH NATIONALLY BOTH FOR ITS
RECREATIONAL AND ALSO FOR ITS
MEDICINAL PURPOSES.
IT WASN'T UNTIL RECENTLY THAT
SCIENTISTS HAVE DISCOVERED ITS
POTENTIAL ANTI-CANCER
PROPERTIES.
NOW DESPERATE PARENTS AS YOU
MIGHT IMAGINE ARE TURNING TO
CANNABIS OIL FROM UNDERGROUND
SOURCES IF NOT AVAILABLE
OFFICIALLY MEDICINALLY AS A
POTENTIAL LIFELINE TO SAVE THEIR
CHILDREN FROM CHILDHOOD CANCERS.
THE NEW DOCUMENTARY TITLED "WE
THE PEOPLE" FOLLOWS THESE
FAMILIES THROUGH UNCHARTERED
WATERS AS THEY TAKE THEIR
CHILDREN'S SURVIVAL INTO THEIR
OWN HANDS.
TAKE A QUICK LOOK.
>> I JUST FIND IT STAGGERING TO
ACCEPT THAT WITH THE BILLIONS OF
DOLLARS SPENT ON CANCER RADIO HE
SEARCH THAT THE MEDICINE THAT WE
WERE RELYING ON IS MADE IN
SOMEBODY'S KITCHEN.
>> THE WHOLE DRUG POLICY REFORM
ISSUE IS A HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE AT
ITS CORE.
>> WHY AS A SOCIETY ARE WE
DENYING PEOPLE THE USE OF
SOMETHING THAT I HAVE SEEN OVER
AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN BE
HELPFUL?
>> AND JOINING ME NOW EMMY AWARD
WINNING TELEVISION HOST RICKI
LAKE WHO AMONG HER OTHER MAJOR
ACCOMPLISHMENTS ALSO THE
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF "WE THE
PEOPLE" AND THE DOCUMENTARY
FILM'S DIRECTOR ABBY EPSTEIN.
>> GREAT TO TALK TO YOU.
THANK YOU FOR HAVING US.
>> LET ME START, RICKI, BUT, IF
I MIGHT.
WITH ALL THE THINGS OUT THERE
THAT YOU COULD BE DOING AND
FOCUSING ON AS A FILMMAKER --
AND ABBY, I'M GOING TO ASK YOU
THE SAME QUESTION -- WHAT WAS IT
THAT DREW YOU TO THIS PROJECT?
>> I WISH I COULD SAY IT WAS ME,
BUT IT WAS NOT, IT'S MY NOW
DECEASED BELOVED HUSBAND
CHRISTIAN EVANS.
THIS WAS HIS MEDICINE, HIS
JOURNEY OF RECERTAINLYING THIS
MEDICINE FOR HIS AILMENTS AND
OTHER PEOPLE.
WE STUMBLED UPON THIS LITTLE
GIRL AND WENT ON THIS JOURNEY.
THESE MOVIES THAT ABBY AND I
MAKE TEND TO COME FROM PERSONAL
EXPERIENCE.
IT WAS MY HUSBAND'S PASSION WITH
THIS MEDICINE.
>> GOOD FILM MAKING IS ABOUT
GOOD STORY TELLING.
>> ABSOLUTELY.
>> IT USUALLY FOCUSES ON PEOPLE.
>> YES.
>> ABBY, THAT TAKES ME TO YOU.
IN TERMS OF A LOT OF FOLKS GAVE
YOU INCREDIBLE ACCESS TO MOMENTS
THAT WERE INTIMATE AND PROVOKING
AND VERY DIFFICULT FOR THEM.
SO GOING INTO THIS AS A
FILMMAKER, WHAT WERE YOUR
CONCERNS ABOUT FOLLOWING THESE
PEOPLE IN THESE MOST DIFFICULT
MOMENTS THAT YOU COULD EVER
IMAGINE IN SOMEONE'S LIFE?
>> WELL, TERRIFYING.
IT WAS ACTUALLY REALLY
TERRIFYING.
YOU KNOW, BECAUSE HERE WE ARE
TAKING ON THESE CHARACTERS, YOU
KNOW, CHARACTERS, TAKING ON
THESE CHILDREN AND THEIR
FAMILIES, AND REALLY HAVING NO
IDEA, YOU KNOW, WHO WILL
SURVIVE, WHO WILL DO WELL, WHO
MIGHT GET REALLY SICK.
I MEAN, IT WAS ACTUALLY REALLY
TERRIFYING.
AND I FELT LIKE WE WERE ON THIS
JOURNEY WITH THE FAMILIES.
I DON'T FEEL LIKE WE WERE
DOCUMENTING THEM, LIKE FROM
AFAR.
I FELT LIKE WE WERE LIKE LIVING
THIS WITH THEM AND IT WAS QUITE
A ROLLER COASTER FOR FIVE YEARS.
>> I THINK THAT'S A SIGN OF
GREAT FILM MAKING, THAT YOU'RE
TAKING EVERYBODY, INCLUDING
YOURSELVES, ON A JOURNEY HERE.
SO GIVE ME A LITTLE DESCRIPTION
OF THE HURDLES THAT THESE
FAMILIES ARE ENCOUNTERING HERE
IN TERMS OF -- OR MAYBE A BETTER
QUESTION TO ASK IS HOW WERE THEY
LEARNING ABOUT THE POTENTIAL
IMPACT THAT THE CANNABIS OIL
COULD HAVE FOR THEM AND THEIR
CHILDREN?
>> I MEAN, I THINK IT'S -- I
MEAN, I DON'T KNOW HOW THEY
FIRST HAD ACCESS.
IT'S LIKE IT'S LIKE PUTTING THE
PIECES OF PUZZLE TOGETHER.
FIRST OF ALL, THEY HAVE TO LIVE
IN A LEGAL STATE, MOST OF THE
FAMILIES LIVED IN CALIFORNIA
WHICH THEY WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO
HAVE ACCESS TO THE MEDICINE TO
BE ABLE TO GET A LEGAL
RECOMMENDATION.
>> THEY READ THINGS ONLINE, TOO.
YOU WOULD GOOGLE.
IF YOU GOOGLE CANNABIS AND
CANCER YOU GET A WHOLE TON OF
STUDIES.
>> I MENTIONED THE TWO OF YOU
WHEN WE WERE TALKING BEFORE, MY
DAUGHTER IS A CANCER SURGEON AND
SHE AND I TALKED ABOUT THIS AND,
YOU KNOW, YOU WILL SEE ABOUT
PAIN, HELPING TO DEAL WITH PAIN,
ABOUT USING THIS AS OPPOSED TO
OTHER OPIOIDS AS MEDICINE.
>> NAUSEA.
>> FOR NAUSEA, BUT I THINK
WHAT'S FASCINATING AMONG OTHER
THINGS ABOUT THE FILM IS YOU ARE
TALKING ABOUT THE NOTION OF THIS
DERIVATIVE OF MARIJUANA ACTUALLY
FIGHTING CANCER CELLS.
>> RIGHT.
>> NOT JUST A MASK OVER YOUR
PAIN OR YOUR NAUSEA, BUT
ACTUALLY FIGHTING CANCER CELLS.
>> KILLING THE CANCER CELLS AND
NOT THE HEALTHY CELLS.
LIKE THAT'S --
>> I DON'T WANT TO GIVE AWAY THE
WHOLE FILM, I WANT PEOPLE TO
WATCH IT.
JUST TELL A LITTLE BIT ABOUT
WHAT THIS RESEARCH IS
SUGGESTING.
>> WE WENT TO ISRAEL AND IN
ISRAEL THEY'RE LEADING IN THE
SCIENCE.
>> WHAT ARE THEY FINDING?
>> YEAH, WE WENT TO THE
UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM AND WE
REALLY TALKED TO THE TOP, TOP
CANNABIS SCIENTISTS AND THEY
SHOWED US THAT, YOU KNOW, WHAT
THEY'RE REALLY INTERESTED IN IS
THIS MECHANISM CALLED APAPTOSIS
WHICH IS PROGRAMMABLE CELL
DEATH.
ESSENTIALLY WHEN THE BODY HAS
CANCER IT'S BECAUSE THE IMMUNE
SYSTEM CAN'T DETECT THE CANCER
CELLS AND CAN'T SEND THE SIGNAL
TO THOSE CELLS TO SELF-DESTRUCT.
SOMEHOW AND THEY DON'T KNOW HOW,
BUT THE CANNABIS AT LEAST IN THE
TEST TUBE AND IN SOME ANIMAL
MODELS SEEMS TO TRIGGER THIS
PROGRAMMABLE CELL DEATH.
SO THE CANCER CELLS COMMIT
SUICIDE, BUT THE HEALTHY CELLS
ARE INTACT.
>> AND THEY ARE ABLE TO PINPOINT
THE DIFFERENT STRAINS FOR THE
SPECIFIC CANCERS.
SO THIS STRAIN OF CANNABIS WORKS
FOR PROSTATE CANCER, BUT DOESN'T
WORK FOR BREAST CANCER.
THEY ARE NOW FIGURING OUT WHAT
WORKS BEST FOR WHICH CANCER.
>> SO THERE ARE PEOPLE NOT
FAMILIAR WITH IT, JUST GIVE A
QUICK SENSE OF WHAT WE'RE
TALKING ABOUT WHEN WE'RE TALKING
ABOUT CANNABIS OIL AS OPPOSED TO
SORT OF THE PSYCHO ACTIVE
SMOKING THING THAT EVERYBODY IS
TO SOME EXTENT FAMILIAR WITH.
>> WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WHOLE
PLANTS.
IT'S NOT JUST CBD.
THEY TALK A LOT ABOUT EPILEPSY,
BUT WITH CANCER, TUMOR SHRINKAGE
YOU NEED THE WHOLE PLANT.
IT'S IN A CANNABIS OIL EXTRACT.
>> A LOT OF PEOPLE I THINK WHEN
THEY HEAR ABOUT THE MOVIE THEY
ARE LIKE, OH, THESE LITTLE KIDS
ARE SMOKING POT.
THERE IS NO SMOKING POT.
>> REEFER --
>> THAT'S WHAT I THINK WE HAVE
TO CHANGE IN OUR MINDS AND IN
THE CULTURE IS THAT WHEN YOU
HEAR CANNABIS, YOU KNOW, YOU
DON'T IMMEDIATELY GO TO LIKE A
ROLLED SMOKING JOINT BECAUSE
THIS MEDICINE IS BEING INGESTED,
IT'S BEING TAKEN IN PILLS, IN
EXTRACTS AND SUPPOSITORIES,
YEAH, I MEAN, THIS IS -- IT IS
STILL SMOKED, YOU KNOW, AND
SMOKING IS HELPFUL FOR CERTAIN
CONDITIONS, ESPECIALLY PEOPLE
WHO NEED A VERY IMMEDIATE ONSET
OF PAIN RELIEF, BUT, NO, FOR THE
MOST PART, I MEAN, THESE ARE
LIKE -- IT'S LIKE A BOTANICAL.
IT'S NO DIFFERENT THAN ANY
BOTANICAL, YOU KNOW, DRUG OR
MEDICINE.
>> SO WHAT DID YOU FIND, THEN,
IN FOLLOWING THESE FOLKS ON
THEIR JOURNEY?
BECAUSE I THINK PEOPLE LISTENING
TO US WOULD SAY, WELL, WOW, WE
SHOULD BE ALL OVER THIS IN TERMS
OF RESEARCH AND PUTTING RESEARCH
MONEY INTO THIS AND EFFORTS AND
RESOURCES BECAUSE THIS SOUNDS
LIKE I DON'T WANT TO SAY A
SILVER BULLET, BUT PRETTY CLOSE.
WHAT DID YOU FIND WERE THE
OBST
OBSTACLES.
>> IT'S A SCHEDULE 1 DRUG SO THE
GOVERNMENT SAYS THAT IT'S --
THERE IS NO MEDICINAL VALUE, YOU
KNOW, THEY STOP ALL THE FUNDING.
IT'S REALLY, REALLY DIFFICULT.
AND YET THEY HOLD A PATENT FOR
THIS.
SO HOW CAN IT BE BOTH, YOU KNOW?
THE GOVERNMENT IS THE SCHEDULING
IS DEFINITELY A BIG OBSTACLE.
THE STIGMA IS A HUGE OBSTACLE.
I THINK THAT, YOU KNOW,
PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES AND
EVEN DOCTORS ARE NOT REALLY
COMFORTABLE.
>> YOU KNOW, GOD MADE ALL THE
PLANTS AND THIS IS A PLANT, THIS
WAS PUT ON THIS PLANET, WE
CO-EVOLVED WITH THIS PLANT, WE
HAVE AN ENDO CANNABINOID SYSTEM.
THAT WAS FASCINATING.
>> TO LEARN ALL THAT.
>> YES.
>> IT MAKES TOTAL SENSE, YES.
>> WELL, YOU KNOW, I THINK IT'S
THE POWER OF KNOWLEDGE.
WHEN WE LEARN WE ARE ABLE TO
UNDERSTAND.
AGAIN, IT'S A MARVELOUS FILM,
"WE THE PEOPLE," IN CASE PEOPLE
DIDN'T GET IT, A PLAY ON WORDS,
THE FIRST THREE WORDS TO THE
PREAMBLE TO THE UNITED STATES
CONSTITUTION.
>> SOME PEOPLE DON'T LIKE IT
BECAUSE THEY THINK IT'S
MISLEADING.
>> I THINK IT'S GREAT.
>> I THINK FOR US THE TITLE
MEANT ABOUT THIS IS OUR RIGHT.
THIS IS A HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE.
>> IT MAKES PEOPLE TALK SO FOR
WHAT YOU'RE DOING, MAKING PEOPLE
TALK, IS OF VALUE.
IT'S JUST A VERY COMPELLING ON
SO MANY LEVELS FILM AND A VERY
PROVOCATIVE AND THOUGHTFUL FILM.
IT TOOK A LOT OF YEARS, YOU CAN
TELL YOU PUT A LOT OF EFFORT
INTO IT, BUT IT'S GREAT WORK BY
BOTH OF YOU.
>> IT BEATS THE TALK SHOW.
>> WE WANT YOU BACK AGAIN.
WE ARE GOING TO START A
MOVEMENT.
>> SUCH A PLEASURE TALKING WITH
YOU.
>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.
>> THANK YOU.
>> GREAT WORK.
>> AND A REMINDER FOR YOU FOR
MORE INFORMATION ON THE
DOCUMENTARY "WE THE PEOPLE"
VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT
METROFOCUS.ORG.

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