Filmmakers Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake spent the last six years working on the documentary, Weed the People, which looks at medical cannabis treatment for childhood cancers.
The film takes the audience into the homes and hearts of five families who decide to use medical cannabis to treat their children, in some cases alongside chemotherapy, while other parents choose to use medicinal cannabis exclusively after traditional medicine failed.
Executive director, Ricki Lake became interested in medical marijuana when her late ex-husband, Christian Evans, began researching CBD for relief from chronic pain and depression. Sadly, Evans committed suicide in 2017.
Director Abby Epstein and Executive Producer Ricki Lake at New York Premiere of ***Weed the People (Photo by author)
Weed the People looks beyond weed-activism and the politics surrounding it and takes a deep dive into the science behind medicinal cannabis through interviews with a series of authoritative physicians and researchers, including cannabis pioneer Mara Gordon, who specializes in the development of cannabis extract treatment protocols for seriously ill patients. These experts are interspersed with the compelling stories of ordinary families who are seeking the best for their children while having to face off with the US government’s backward laws on medical cannabis.
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Meanwhile in related news…
A group of Australian researchers will conduct the first clinical trial to determine whether cannabis kills brain cancer cells in living patients.
Participants in the Australian study will take medical THC for three months along with their regular treatment. Ideally the THC will slow the growth of cancerous cells in addition to killing them and preventing regrowth, say the researchers.
“The standard treatment for a brain tumor is basically surgery, chemotherapy and radiation,” said Dr. Janet Schloss from Endeavor College of Natural Health. Dr. Schloss hopes the trial will improve the patients’ overall quality of life.
“I deal with people suffering with cancer on a regular basis, and I see the loss of hope. This trial means the world – not just for me, but for patients,” said Dr. Schloss.