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Cure for cancer may be in Marijuana – Deputy Premier Pickering

- Opposition Leader Hon Fahie supports merger of western and eastern medicines
As an active medical practitioner Dr Pickering expressed confidence in the possibilities of a major breakthrough with the properties in cannabis. Photo: VINO/File
Honourable Fahie on the other hand, said that he comes from a background with a familiarity with natural medicines in China, “We have to find how to let the western medicine coexist with the eastern medicine and we have to find how to embrace it,” he said. Photo: VINO/File
Honourable Fahie on the other hand, said that he comes from a background with a familiarity with natural medicines in China, “We have to find how to let the western medicine coexist with the eastern medicine and we have to find how to embrace it,” he said. Photo: VINO/File
Dr Pickering said, “Dr Sanjay Gupta the medical correspondent on CNN only this week made a pitch for the United States to get full force behind the research that is being done with the cannabis plant.” Photo: Internet Source
Dr Pickering said, “Dr Sanjay Gupta the medical correspondent on CNN only this week made a pitch for the United States to get full force behind the research that is being done with the cannabis plant.” Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI: Which will it be? The medicinal proprieties in cannabis or the western style type of medicine? Those were two opinions shared with cancer survivors, on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at the Dinner Gala for the 20th Anniversary of the British Virgin Islands Cancer Society.

On the floor with the topic in brief were Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr the Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) and Leader of the Opposition, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

Marijuana for medicine?

As an active medical practitioner Dr Pickering expressed confidence in the possibilities of a major breakthrough with the properties in cannabis, “as I was grumbling there I wasn’t being facetious,” he said as co-host of the evening’s activity Mrs Angelle A. Cameron was not comfortable repeating what she heard the Deputy Premier said, “The Ganja plant will eventually hold the answer to solving a lot of these problems.”

“Some of you laugh but obviously you are not paying attention,” Dr Pickering told the applauding audience. “Dr Sanjay Gupta the medical correspondent on CNN only this week made a pitch for the United States to get full force behind the research that is being done with the cannabis plant,” he said.

He urged persons not to get confused, “There two major components of the cannabis plant are THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol). THC is what makes you high, it has nothing to do with the medicinal value of the plant and the research that is being done now, there are like twenty-five different drugs that are being developed from the plant,” Dr Pickering said.

“If you pay attention you will see that the treatment for epilepsy that previously could not be treated is now being treated with one of the extracts from CDB,” he said.

Early diagnosis of cancer

However, Dr Pickering gives the brighter side of the over 50 cases of cancers diagnosed in the Territory, “The cancers are being diagnosed much earlier… the research is much more advanced and people are taking opportunities to be tested and therefore be treated,” he said.

The Doctor said the more research that can be done, the more people will bring attention to the disease, “The more push we get from the private sector, the more treatments will be evolving and twenty years from now, some of you are going to sit in the room and say what was cancer? What was that thing they were talking about a couple years ago?” the treatment would have evolved he said.

Hon Fahie on the other hand, said that he comes from a background with a familiarity with natural medicines in China, “It is time we see cancer die,” he said, “We have to find how to let the western medicine coexist with the eastern medicine and we have to find how to embrace it,” he said.

While noting that most medical doctors don’t like to hear that, Hon Fahie said “We have to find how to embrace it because no matter what religion you are, one thing holds true is that the bible says that everything that a man needed was already provided… So that tells me that whatever cure is needed is already here and that tells me that cancer is not only a sickness but it is a business and one that we have to shut down,” the Opposition Leader said.

“And to shut it down we have to open our minds for policies, open our minds for laws… allow the eastern medicine to coincide with the western medicine and I could almost guarantee that we would save a lot of our lives,” he said.

18 Responses to “Cure for cancer may be in Marijuana – Deputy Premier Pickering ”

  • wize up (05/11/2018, 12:22) Like (22) Dislike (3) Reply
    Virgin Islands High Grade?!
  • Eagle Eye (05/11/2018, 12:50) Like (29) Dislike (16) Reply
    This is what happens when you is a follower and not a leader.
    • Big pharmaceutical (05/11/2018, 20:12) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
      They should be try for Crime against humanity. Doctors also. Radiation therapy for cancer treatment common sense will tell you they are trying to kill their patiemt but they don't care its the most expensive treatment let the insurance pay.. CIA inject Bob Marley with cancer cell. Kill him slowly in the end they took 15 million dollars from Bob Marley for two months of therapy treatment and all kind of fake medicine and he still died. . These people will pay for their sins
    • Strange (05/11/2018, 20:18) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      Why isn't a sick cancer patient with no hope give Ganja a try. Nothing to lose. Another possible cure is barley, this is found in Beer..Nothing is wrong with patients be willing for trying something different. .
  • Graviola (05/11/2018, 13:39) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    Weed may be good but we to plant up the place with soursop. I personally would take at least 5 trees for my yard so I can have some shade while fighting cancer
  • wize up (05/11/2018, 14:06) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    action speaks louder than words and far more attention have to be paid to the causes that adversely continue to affect all who call this territory home: I understand the value of money but have a concern with the primary focus being given to those who simply passes thought our territory for a few hours: lip service not correcting the issues but keep the faith
  • Gelato (05/11/2018, 14:33) Like (14) Dislike (4) Reply
    Just get on with it a legalize for personal amounts and medical as well. CBD and the big pharmaceutical have known this for decades but choose to suppress as more money in treatments and not a cure! Just like fusion energy (re: Tesla) was suppressed so that the Arabs and big oil could rape and pillage the world for oil. The terepenes and other compounds all have medicinal as well as relaxing properties. Why mess with nature? All I can see is big business and the elitists benefiting from this as a new economic sector. Decriminalize NOW! No more taxation without REPRESENTATION!
    We are tired or the rhetoric every election cycle then ayo go back like crabs in their holes only to come out when a vote is needed or there is money to derive from being on the inside track. Let’s see whom are bold enough to say they are for it and get the ball rolling. Same as the other relevant legislation (consumer protection, public finance management, whistle blowers protection, FOI..and I can go on...) that’s been bogged down by this Government. Action is what the electorate want and need no more LIP SERVICE! Are we resigned to be followers at the back of the pack or are we leaders/pioneers? BVI wake up and see how far we have fallen in regards to being a proactive and inclusive society that we once were. Successive leaders have failed miserably to advance this territory and have just kept the status quo which is buckling as we speak.
  • BRAD BOYNES (05/11/2018, 16:02) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    The good doctor should have spent his career developing this grand idea. Would have probably make good discovery on the matter and save lives. It's not too late. Give it a shot and less talk.
  • Windy (05/11/2018, 16:44) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Stop cancer before it starts. One major cause of cancer are pollutants. Believe me the BVI are a big source of airborne pollution. The fires at Coxheath and Pockwood Pond. Not to mention the incinerator which is a huge pollutant as it has no anti pollution equipment at all. Never purchased !
  • vi (05/11/2018, 17:37) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    The actual plant can be grown for the people who uses it for medicinal/recreational use and the CBD oil can be used for persons preventing/fighting cancer, Decriminalize and find a tax on products, make it happen
  • what's new (05/11/2018, 20:03) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    The oppressed are the blessed. Rasta been saying for yrs. Its the healing of the Nation.. The powers keep oppressing the truth and truth messengers. Jamaica was blessed with Wealth in Ganja like Saudi Arabia been blessed with oil...Picko is right with this one but does he has the courage, the fight in him.. The world don't want you to know that Israel and India are the two healthiest nations on planet and its the only nations that Use Ganja as a medicine in their hospitals. India in their rural hospitals and Israel in all government hospitals. Why America not fighting Israel?
  • facts (05/11/2018, 21:27) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    Pico on to something
  • SMH (06/11/2018, 07:10) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Start by freeing all thoes who in jail for weed
  • All of a sudden (06/11/2018, 12:10) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    All of a sudden weed good for cancer because election coming up. Just so he could have the young people's attention and possibly get him votes. Think your brains big. All the time it was big bad and illegal. Set of crooks.
  • Sincerely (06/11/2018, 14:06) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    He doesn't sincerely mean this. He is just tying to appear to be the 'Cool politician" because election is near. Don't fall for it. It is only a political tactic for votes geared towards the young people, because he knows that he has already lost the older members of the public.
  • Truth (07/11/2018, 11:02) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I was saying the same thing, he was in for 8 years and he wait till now to talk about the benefits of weed, u bro must have gi u some ah wah. THIS IS ONLY A POLITICAL GIMMIC, ITS ELECTION TIME,and that sad, that all this time u and marlon aint speak out about nothing, now u trying to say something u think the people want to hear, but its time to go your time is up. keep stepping.


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