Pubdate: Sat, 18 Jan 2014
Source: Telegram, The (CN NF)
Copyright: 2014 The Telegram
Author: Barb Sweet
Referenced: Run from the Cure:


A St. John's man suffering from prostate cancer that had metastasized
is crediting marijuana oil treatment with putting him on the mend.

"It makes me feel 20 years younger, that's what the marijuana oil
does," said Paul Morrissey, adding he shovelled snow for three hours
during the recent blizzard and blackout with no problems.

"There was pretty ferocious wind and snow. I came out of it looking
like a walking popsicle. However after all that work and so forth I
was in excellent condition. Even without cancer, I wouldn't suspect
I'd last that long or do that well."

Morrissey's prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood levels have improved
dramatically and there has been some regression in his lymph nodes and
abdomen, said his family physician, Dr. Randy Hart, who was given
permission to speak about his patient's case.

Hart can't say if the unorthodox treatment helped.

But Morrissey's PSA levels dropped nearly 10 times from their previous
level -- down to 3.3 from 29.5.

"Now whether it's the marijuana oil, I can't comment on that," Hart
said Friday.

"There certainly has been a major improvement in his situation. And I
am delighted for him, delighted overall."

Hart said when Morrissey first mentioned the marijuana oil to him, he
was skeptical and implored him to embark on conventional treatment.

Morrissey did agree to go to an oncologist and was also seeing a

Morrissey said he did take pill medication for roughly a month and an
injection prescribed by his oncologist, but is so convinced the oil
was what helped him, he has discontinued the course of conventional

He said he hasn't received any chemotherapy or radiation

"I have known Paul for a long time. aE& He is a spiritual guy," Hart
said, adding the oncologist's prescribed medication may have
contributed to lower PSA levels.

"He did receive some conventional treatment, but he did have a really
good response. From my perspective, there was a huge improvement. We
should all be open to listening to people. But there is no way I could
say with any certainty the hemp oil had anything to do with it."

The Telegram first told Morrissey's story in September 2013 when he
said at Stage 4 prostate cancer, he was putting his faith in the
marijuana oil treatment.

At the time, Morrissey said he'd put medical treatment off for a year
and was frantically trying to source the oil.

The cancer was then spreading to his back and lymph nodes, but
Morrissey said it was because he could only source a small amount of
the oil in Toronto and hadn't obtained enough to cure the disease.

But soon after the story ran, he said he was able to find a supply not
in this province, but on the mainland, which has cost him less than
$4,000, Morrissey said Friday.

Morrissey insists his PSA levels plummeted because of six weeks on the
marijuana oil.

He was sold on the controversial marijuana oil treatment after
watching a video by Rick Simpson of Maccan, N.S., called "Run from the

In the video, Simpson claims the marijuana oil is nature's miracle and
that he gave it away to about 5,000 people for free until he ran into
legal barriers.

Simpson asserts medical, legal and political authorities and the
pharmaceutical industry are ignoring the cancer epidemic and the
potential of the oil.

Morrissey said that on his way to Toronto in December 2012, he stopped
in Maccan and spent five hours with Simpson and some others featured
in the video, which suggests marijuana oil as a fix not only for
cancer but various types of pain and a range of diseases such as
glaucoma and diabetes. The video also provides instructions for making
the oil.

"Four people in that house had cancer," Morrissey said last fall.
"They cured themselves."

The oil is taken orally and doesn't produce a high, Morrissey insists.
Some claim rubbing it on skin cancer lesions as a cure.

On Friday, Morrissey renewed the plea he made last fall for a clinical
trial on the marijuana oil to prove what he thinks is its medicinal
benefit for others.

"I'm OK with my cancer. I will be fine," he said. "But there are a lot
of people out there who are dying."

Cannabis or marijuana products and their derivatives are illegal and
fall under Schedule II of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. 
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