Since I posted the letter that has spread further than I ever expected, I have received a few private responses on Facebook. They have all been touching and meaningful, and I appreciate everyone who has reached out to me. However it was today I received the most significant one.
I was reached out to by Amy Mathias, digital community engagement coordinator at the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. It brought a tear to my eye reading:
"Your story is more common than most people think and we are here for you to lean on. You can find information on our website: www.braintumour.ca.
Thanks so much for helping to raise awareness about brain tumours. The more awareness we can raise about brain tumours, the more effectively we can fight this disease."
While it is significant in all areas at least in helping manage treatment, in the brain there is more potential than anywhere for it to have direct effect on cancer.
Further in that conversation, I got a piece of news that wasn't just touching, but very exciting. I spoke to Amy about how I believed there was hope in relationships with cannabis and brain cancer, and found out I was far from the first to voice that! It's been heard to the point where:
"We are also watching the news on medical cannabis and heard loud and clear from the brain tumour community that this is something of interest, that people want to hear more about this. We are holding a conference in October, and the keynote speaker will be talking about this."
To be clear...
The keynote speech at the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada conference coming in October is speaking about medical cannabis.
Finally the community is really opening to the potential significance of cannabis and brain cancer. While it is significant in all areas at least in helping manage treatment, in the brain there is more potential than anywhere for it to have direct effect on cancer.
THC changes the growth rate and patterns of your neurological cells. The plant as a whole has a much broader spectrum of active chemicals, and there is more and more evidence of a synergistic effect. With the level of effect clearly measurable within the brain, and the amount of people with brain cancer talking about successful treatments, or at least asking, this has to be pursued further.
Something that I can't help but be frustrated with is the amount of potential research and development lost to prohibition. Ever since a false mythology that began in USA with an increase in Mexican immigrants spread into the world, it has been demonized.
This movement, lacking in education but thriving in propaganda, has cost us a century of research. It has cost lives!
Prior to that hemp was a large industry, and marijuana was present all over pharmacies. Since then, there has been a lack of research on it. If it hadn't been for the money and fear-mongering powered drive in those days, pushing it away, it could have continued to develop in the role it had way back then.
This movement, lacking in education but thriving in propaganda, has cost us a century of research. It has cost lives! This is a fact, the drug trafficking that would never have existed without prohibition cost lives in many ways. But. BUT... what if this whole time we really have been blinding ourselves against another tool in the fight against cancer?
That is another level of drive for me to push this movement. It is a reminder, no, proof that I am not just helping myself, but a larger group facing the same kind of challenges.
We need your support. Cancer as a whole is one of the greatest curses on us as a species, on the whole modern world. I would never seek to elevate brain cancer patients above those suffering from any kind of serious illness, but we do know it is one of the least-understood forms of cancer to this day.
And, as I just said, one with perhaps the most direct relationship with cannabis.
Help us open further this new avenue of research. Keep building this hope. Keep on pushing for legalization!