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


ST. JOHN'S - 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.

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 urologist.

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
treatment. He said he hasn't received any chemotherapy or radiation

"I have known Paul for long time. ... 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."

TC Media first told Morrissey's story in September 2013 when he said
at stage four 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

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."  
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