An open letter to the medical community:
Here’s a question: If you think you’ve inadvertently stumbled upon a cure for a disease that was previously thought to be incurable, what would you do? Share information? Certainly.
On the other hand, what if you were wrong? What if the “cure” turns out to be a pipe dream? Well then you are a target for ridicule and derision.
With that in mind, let’s go. I will tell you my story, and you will be the judge.
The condition in question, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is currently considered a life sentence without early or parole. I am 75 years old. After smoking cigarettes and a pipe for 28 years, I was diagnosed with COPD at the age of 45. I had tried to quit smoking several times without success, but this diagnosis gave me the boost I needed and I was finally tobacco-free.
Too late, unfortunately.
During those years and for years thereafter, whenever I caught a cold or an insect of any kind, it turned into debilitating bronchitis causing me to take time off from work etc. The two inhalers prescribed for me were used four times a day and kept the disease going. hard pressed most of the time.
During my smoking period, I also used marijuana, not quite daily, but often. And then my “dealer” (an archaic but descriptive term) moved and for five or six years – with recreational pot still illegal and not so easy to acquire – I didn’t smoke anything. A few years later in 2001, my cannabis needs were met, and I started smoking almost every day, as I always do, for creativity, pleasure, relaxation and sleep.
Every two years my doctor Kaiser ordered a lung exam. On May 12, 2012, I had my last lung exam. I no longer had COPD. The technician said she was surprised at the results, as was I. I mentioned that a diagnosis of COPD was considered eternal. She just shook her head and, with a look that said ‘you got me’, told me to stop the inhalers.
Now my lifestyle hadn’t changed at all. There was no addition or subtraction from an environmental or other point of view. I hadn’t moved. I still do the same job, almost 30 years now. The only major change in my life was smoking marijuana on a daily basis. It took me a while to make the connection, so absurd was the idea that smoking anything could to tend to my airways. But, for the life of me, I can’t think of any other explanation. It took me almost 10 years to smoke marijuana after quitting, but I believe the marijuana cured my COPD.
After making the connection, my pulmonary technician, who would call periodically to check on my condition, checked himself again. I shared my theory with her. She listened, but I don’t think she heard. I eventually told several more about it, including my GP, my blood technicians, and a few flu shot technicians – all without seemingly any follow-up. So, it is now time for this letter.
Marijuana is a fairly complex plant, with over 400 chemical components – 80 identified, as of July 9, 2009, unique to the cannabis plant – of which only two are fully understood, cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The reason for the lack of understanding is due to its placement (thanks Richard Nixon) on Schedule 1, alongside heroin, LSD, mescaline, etc., on the government list, which makes the research difficult for most testing labs.
I recently called President Biden to urge him to use his executive powers to suppress him. I did not have any answer. But that could change soon anyway. This is primarily a Democratic push for legalization. But now Representative Nancy Mace, RS.C., along with five other Republican officials as co-sponsors, has proposed the States Reform Act, which would end the federal ban and leave regulation to individual states.
Now, to dispel any false narrative, marijuana smoke has never killed anyone. You can search for it. However, marijuana can harm a developing brain, up to the age of 25. A 10-year California study of 65,177 marijuana smokers found that they did not die sooner than non-smokers. Study indicates that smoking marijuana causes bronchitis. If this were true, with my history of bronchitis, I certainly would have suffered from it in some form over the past 20 years. I do not have. A 2012 Harvard study showed no adverse effects on the lungs from moderate marijuana use.
Marijuana has already been shown to treat glioblastoma multiforme, a form of brain cancer, as well as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, Crohn’s disease, glaucoma, migraines, fibromyalgia, pain, nausea, PTSD, etc. Why not COPD? Well, you might think you’re inhaling smoke, which is counterintuitive to say the least. But we really don’t know the full story of what’s in the smoke. It is not particulate matter, like smoke from a forest fire.
Who can say if it has respiratory tract healing properties or not. Well, me, for one. But I am not a researcher. I’m just a guyâ¦ who is healthier today than 20 years ago. I can’t prove that the marijuana cured my COPD, I just know it’s true. Let the research expand and seriously continue. There may also be a COVID-19 solution.
So this is my story. Now you are the judge.
– Michael J. Haworth / Vallejo