CANNABIS CURES?

April 17, 2019 at 4:45 am

Can medicinal marijuana save lives? Actress and cannabis advocate Ricki Lake joins the conversation.

Aired on April 16, 2019.

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>>> POT, REEFER, WHATEVER YOU
CALL IT.
NOW WE'RE SEEING A PUSH FOR
RECREATIONAL AND ALSO FOR ITS
MEDICINAL PURPOSES.
IT WASN'T UNTIL REASON REPLY THE
ANSWER CANCER PROPERTIES WERE
DISCOVERED.
IT IS A POTENTIAL LIFE LINE TO
SAVE CHILDREN.
THE DOCUMENTARY ENTITLED WE THE
PEOPLE CHARTED THESE FAMILIES
THROUGH UNCHARTED WATER AS
PARENTS TAKE THEIR CHILDREN'S
SURVIVAL INTO THEIR OWN HANDS.
>> I FIND IT STAGGERING THAT THE
BILLIONS OF DOLLARS SPENT ON
CANCER RESEARCH, THAT THE
MEDICINE THAT WE'VE RELIED ON.
>> THE WHOLE POLICY FORMATION IS
IS THE 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 AGAIN TO BE HELPFUL.
>> JOINING ME NOW, THE EMMY
AWARD WINNING TELEVISION HOST
RICKI LAKE, AMONG HER OTHER
ACCOMPLISHMENTS THE DIRECTOR.
>> GREAT TO TALK TO YOU.
THANK YOU FOR HAVING US.
>> SO LET ME START, RICKI, IF I
MIGHT, WITH ALL THE THINGS YOU
COULD BE DOING AND FOCUSING ON
AS A FILM MAKE HE CAN, WHAT DREW
YOU TO THIS PROJECT?
>> I WISH I COULD SAY IT WAS ME.
IT WAS NOT.
MY NOW DECEASED HUSBAND.
IT WAS HIS MEDICINE, HIS JOURNEY
OF RESEARCHING IT FOR HIS OWN
AILMENTS AND OTHER PEOPLE.
WE FILMED WITH A LITTLE GIRL AND
WON'T A JOURNEY.
THESE MOVIES THAT WE MAKE TEND
ON COME FROM PERSONAL
EXPERIENCE.
MY HUSBAND'S PASSION WITH THIS
MEDICINE.
>> IF YOU WANT TO TALK GOOD B
GOOD FILM MAKING, BITS GOOD
STORY TELLING.
IT USUALLY FOCUSES ON PEOPLE.
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 THAN YOU COULD HAVE EVER
IMAGINED.
>> IT WAS TERRIFYING.
HERE WE ARE TAKING ON THESE
CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES AND
HAVING NO IDEA, YOU KNOW, WHO
WILL SURVIVE, WHO WILL DO WELL,
WHO MIGHT GET REALLY SICK.
IT WAS TERRIFYING.
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 LIVING THIS
WITH THEM AND IT WAS QUITE A
ROLLER COASTER FOR FIVE YEARS.
>> THAT'S A SIGN OF GREAT FILM
MAKING.
I MENTIONED THE TWO OF YOU.
MY DAUGHTER IS A CANCER SURGEON.
WE TALKED ABOUT THIS.
WE TALKED ABOUT DEALING WITH
PAIN, NAUSEA.
>> I THINK WHAT'S FASCINATING
AMONG OTHER THINGS, YOU'RE
TALKING ABOUT THE NOTION OF THIS
DERIVATIVE OF MARIJUANA ACTUALLY
FIGHTING CANCER CELLS.
NOT JUST A MASK OVER YOUR PAIN
OR NAUSEA BUT ACTUALLY FIGHTING
CANCER CELLS.
>> AND NOT THE HEALTHY CELLS.
>> I DON'T WANT TO GIVE AWAY THE
WHOLE FILM.
I WANT PEOPLE THE WATCH IT.
TELL A LITTLE ABOUT WHAT THIS
RESEARCH IS SUGGESTING.
>> IN ISRAEL, THEY'RE LEADING IN
THIS SCIENCE.
>> WE WENT TO THE TACKION IN
HAIFA AND THE UNIVERSITY OF
JERUSALEM AND WE TALKED TO THE
TOP, TOP CANNABIS SCIENTISTS.
THEY SHOWED US, WHAT THEY'RE
REALLY INTERESTED IN IS THIS
MECHANISM WHICH IS PROGRAMMABLE
CELL DEATH.
SO ESSENTIALLY, WHEN THE BODY
HAS CANCER, THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
CAN'T DETECT THE CANCER CELLS
AND CAN'T SEND THE SIGNAL TO
THOSE CELLS TO SELF-DESTRUCT.
SOMEHOW, THEY DON'T KNOW HOW.
BUT THE CANNABIS, AT LEAST IN
THE TEST TUBE, IN SOME ANIMAL
MODELS, SEEMS TO TRIGGER THIS
PROGRAMMABLE CELL DEATH.
SO THE CANCER CELLS COMMIT
SUICIDE.
THE HEALTHY CELLS ARE INTACT.
>> AND THEY COULD FIND FOR
SPECIFIC CANCER.
THIS WORKS FOR ONE KIND OF
CANCER OR ANOTHER.
>> SO A QUICK SENSE OF WHAT
WE'RE TALKING ABOUT WHEN WE TALK
ABOUT CANNABIS OIL AS OPPOSED TO
THE PSYCHO ACTIVE SMOKING THING
THAT EVERYBODY, TO SOME EXTENT,
FAMILIAR WITH.
>> WE'RE TALKING ABOUT WHOLE
MANTLES.
NOT JUST CBD.
THEY TALK ABOUT EPILEPSY.
BUT WITH TUMOR SLINKAGE, YOU
NEED WHOLE PLANT THE EXTRACT.
WHEN THEY HEAR ABOUT THE MOVIE,
THESE LITTLE KIDS ARE SMOKING
POT.
THERE IS NO SMOKING.
>> THE WHOLE REEFER THING.
>> THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE TO CHANGE
IN OUR MINDS AND THE CULTURE.
WHEN YOU HEAR CANNABIS, YOU
DON'T IMMEDIATELY TO GO A ROLLED
SMOKING JOINT.
>> IT IS VERY COMPELLING ON SO
MANY LEVELS.
A VERY PROVOCATIVE FILM.
IT TOOK A LOT OF YEARS.
YOU CAN TELL YOU PUT A LOT OF
EFFORT INTO IT.
>> THEY WANT YOU BACK AGAIN.
WE'RE GOING TO START YOU BACK
AGAIN.
>> THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
>> GREAT WORK.

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