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Sativex Fails In Cancer Pain Study, GW Pharmaceutical Shares Plummet

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sativex marijuanaMarijuana opponents always try to make it sound like all we need is cannabis derived pharmaceutical products, and that legalizing the entire plant for medical purposes is a waste of time. One product that they point to early and often is Sativex. There’s just one major problem with their argument – Sativex doesn’t work the same as using the entire cannabis plant. That was proven in a recent study, during which Sativex failed to help cancer patients deal with their pain. Per Yahoo News:

An experimental cannabis drug failed to alleviate pain in cancer patients as hoped in a clinical study, sending shares in its British maker GW Pharmaceuticals as much as 21 percent lower on Thursday.

GW, which is developing the drug Sativex for pain in collaboration with Japan’s Otsuka, said the first of three late-stage trials found no statistically significant difference between subjects using its product and those given a placebo.

GW Chief Executive Justin Gover said the findings were both disappointing and surprising, given encouraging results in earlier tests, but the company’s scientists had not given up hope.

Can Sativex help some patients in some fashion? Probably. Is it the end all be all that medical marijuana opponents and members of the pharmaceutical industry are touting it as? Not even close. I’m fine with Sativex being available to people that wish to use it, but it shouldn’t come at the expense of legalizing the entire plant, which helps far more people.

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  1. I do not know which type of brain cancer he had. He also had kidney cancer about 7 years prior & the one doc I talked to said it was that cancer just coming back in a different spot. You can see how to make the oil on youtube. just put “make cannabis oil” in the search this guy does a good job explaining burntmd on youtube Just make sure you always use food grade alcohol NOT ISO or any other form of solvent.

  2. Hi, my mum has brain cancer and we are in the UK and researching use of cannabis oil for my mum. Is there anyway I can find out more about the specificity of the brain cancer and the usage of cannabis oil by your friend who has brain cancer?

  3. LOL….you don’t get it. They can NOT take a component of the plant & make it into a medicine. It is designed to work with all it’s components. What they are trying to do is take away the “high”. they don’t seem to get that after a few weeks of daily use the high fades & you build tolerance. I have 2 people in my life who are still alive because they ate cannabis oil to remove their cancers. One had brain & the other ovarian cancer, neither one has done chemo or radiation. There are thousands of people who are now cancer free due to cannabis oil. Youtube has tons of testimonials.

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  5. James Peters on

    Aspirin, was first discovered in the form of salicylic acid in white willow bark. But this naturally occurring chemical causes severe stomach irritation, which led to the German company Bayer developing an alternative version – acetylsalicylic acid – which was kinder to the tummy. Aspirin is now arguably one of the most successful drugs of all time, and is still being investigated for its potential in preventing or even treating cancer. You could grow the tree and use the bark to make a tea to get the naturally occurring chemical, or buy the pills. I know which I and others would do

  6. James Peters on

    Something else cannabis doesn’t work for. Why do people still believe it can do ”xyz”?

  7. James Peters on

    It isn’t genetically engineered and contains an almost 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD

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