What if Cannabis Cured Cancer?
A film by Len Richmond [...]
2629 Main Street #116
Santa Monica, CA. 90405
$19.95 plus shipping
1 hour, narrated by Peter Coyote
While this position-paper film summarizes how and why cannabis became illegal, it goes beyond history to portray how cannabis works in the nervous system and, most importantly, research leads on its possible uses in treating a huge range of diseases.
After identifying the fact that the human nervous system has receptors for some of cannabis's plant chemicals, the film lists a huge number of healthy, normal human biological processes that are influenced by the naturally occurring endocannabinoids that our body produces. But when dysfunctions in this system happen, a large number of diseases can occur. In some cases, this dysfunction can be corrected and the diseases treated by stimulating these receptors with cannabis. If this begins to sound too scientific and confusing, What if Cannabis Cured Cancer? uses many helpful and clear graphics to clarify the ideas for the non-scientist.
While the title emphasizes cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, AIDS/HIV, menopausal cramps, schizophrenia, central nervous system diseases, and other illnesses make an appearance too. Current research is investigating these leads, and the ? mark in the title stresses that so far these are hot leads, not solidly established facts yet. As for why these leads are not being avidly followed, the DEA, politicians, Government agencies, and the pharmaceutical companies take their editorial lumps.
This film should be shown to civic groups and community organizations, church groups, voter groups, health organizations, and in secondary schools and universities. City and university libraries should acquire this, and public TV stations would serve their publics well to broadcast it. Most importantly, it could well tip the balance away from well-meaning but ill-informed anti-cannabis populace toward an informed pro-cannabis electorate.
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Northern Illinois University
Co-editor of Psychedelic Medicine