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Video Transcript: The Anti-Cancer Properties of Cannabis
Ty Bollinger: One thing. And thank you for sharing all that about hemp, cannabis, because that’s kind of a little bit of our hidden history. People don’t realize that. They think—they hear the word marijuana, which is actually a slang for the hemp or the cannabis plant, and they think, “Oh, you must be a pothead.”
Dr. Patrick Quillin: Yeah.
Ty Bollinger: Right? They don’t realize the thousands of medicinal and therapeutic uses for this plant. And so I think that’s really important for people that are watching to know that this is a medicinal plant. And so, thank you for sharing in those details.
Dr. Patrick Quillin: It’s an industrial plant. I mean, instead of—one of the beauties of hemp is you don’t have to, there’s no insect that will eat the plant, and so you don’t have to spray it. And so, instead of cutting down trees to make paper, we could grow hemp and use that to make paper. You can use it to make materials, canvas, clothing; it’s an industrial material. It’s a nutritive material, and it’s a medicinal substance.
Ty Bollinger: And you mentioned the DEA study at UCLA. The first study that I’m aware of was back in the early 70s. Also at the behest of the DEA and the National Institute of Health. And they found that it cured other types of cancers as well, mitigated other types of cancers. So it’s really fascinating that we have this plant that people think if you smoke it you’re going to get cancer, but really it protects against cancer.
Dr. Patrick Quillin: It’s not a gateway to more drugs, it’s a gateway to health. And I’m not, you know, I’m not smoking it, I’m not using it. I think it should be legalized and available, and taxed and regulated, so that we have standardized concentrations of it.
If you compare it to the 280 billion dollar a year drug industry, and according to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, at least 100,000 Americans die each year from the on-label use of prescription drugs. Find me the deaths from cannabis.
Ty Bollinger: They’re not there.
Dr. Patrick Quillin: They aren’t there. No.
Ty Bollinger: And when you look at, on the flipside of the coin, people that have been healed from cannabis. We were just over in the UK and London. We interviewed a man that was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and he used cannabis. Unfortunately, there it had to be illegally black market, because that’s illegal in London as well. And he…
Dr. Patrick Quillin: I thought they changed it from Schedule 1 to Schedule 3?
Ty Bollinger: It’s still—I don’t think it’s as big of a prison sentence.
Dr. Patrick Quillin: Probation type thing?
Ty Bollinger: If you get caught. It’s lower. It’s like a misdemeanor. But it’s still against the law.
Dr. Patrick Quillin: Well on that subject, Ty, if you think about it. America has more incarcerated people than any other county on Earth. We’ve got 315 million people, and 2.2 million in prison. And half of those people are in prison for non-violent drug offenders, and 17,000 are in there for marijuana use. That’s ridiculous.
Ty Bollinger: It is.
Dr. Patrick Quillin: We pay $55,000 a year to keep somebody in jail for this? That makes no sense.
Ty Bollinger: For growing or smoking a plant.
Dr. Patrick Quillin: So, I’m hoping that rational thought comes to modern medicine, that the government officials employ rational thought as part of regulations, and that Americans get healthier. And the best ideas, you don’t have to go to the doctor or hospital if you take care of yourself. And that’s what this “Welcome to my pharmacy” is all about.
Ty Bollinger: I love it, Patrick. Well thank you for sharing with us today. This is fascinating. I mean, I know that this, I’m going to get a flood of emails after this airs saying, “We want more of Patrick Quillin.”
Dr. Patrick Quillin: It’s a pleasure. Thanks for being here.
Ty Bollinger: Thank you.
Dr. Patrick Quillin: Thank you Ty.