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John gets on the good oil

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John Carr is 83 and was diagnosed with aggressive stage 3 small cell lung cancer at the start of April this year.

Further testing saw him given a prognosis of three months to live at the start of May.

John had his first round of chemo before his daughter Danni took matters into her own hands.

New Brighton residents Danni Carr and partner Ash Grunwald say the shock of John’s diagnosis galvanised them into action. ‘As soon as we found out, we got our hands on all the cannabis oil we could,’ says Danni.

‘We read a lot of stuff about cannabis oil because we were told he basically had no hope and that chemo would give him only an extra six months to live.’

Danni says when John was first diagnosed in April, he was coughing all the time, short of breath and needed a lot of oxygen.

Not coughing, not using oxygen

‘Currently, he is not coughing, he’s not using the oxygen, he’s got colour in his face, he’s been really great.’

Danni says that John’s oncologist didn’t know much about cannabis oil but, after a recent examination, wants to find out more. He told John he wants to see him in a few months’ time. When John mentioned that his original diagnosis had him dead in a few months, the oncologist responded, ‘I don’t think so.’

John and wife Sue are currently towing their caravan up the east coast on a road trip to visit Danni and Ash.

Convinced of the benefits of CBD oil, Danni is hosting a screening of High As Mike, a movie about medical cannabis and Mike’s journey of discovery around Australia.

It also showcases the trials and tribulations of patients using and seeking to use medicinal cannabis.

Mike has a brain tumour. As such, Mike’s journey is very much a typical patient journey, looking for answers to life-and-death questions.

This special screening of High As Mike will be held at the Palace Cinemas Byron Bay on Monday July 22 at 7pm.

A portion of all tickets sold will be donated to Breast Cancer Network Australia.

To book a ticket, visit the Fan Force website.

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  1. I wouldn’t be donating to any breast cancer org that doesnt support cannabis, breast cancer cells tend to make more CB1 / THC receptos and die when they get THC..same reason I worry when cancer treated just with CBD …glad he’s improving, may many others have opportunity to feel and get better..

  2. It’s totally irresponsible of the Echo to print anecdotal ‘evidence’ about cancer treatment without consulting a trained medical opinion. Any number of things could be at play including confirmation bias, efficacy of the chemo delivered already, and even spontaneous remission. Of course I wish the family well, but they, like the Echo, should be careful of being too cavalier with treatment advice.

    • Hi Craig, I don’t think it actually says in the article that it is a cure for his cancer.. It simply says there are benefits from using it. Maybe you should go to the screening and check out what’s it all about.
      With love.

    • “Trained medical opinion”, i think you meen ” trained corrupted opinion”, there are thousand reports of cannibis curing cancer, i personally know one of them and read hundreds. Our medical world is ignoring human cases and allowing millions to suffer and die. It’s looks more like genocide, I like to call it menocide. When the medical world directly or indirect cause or allow millions to die.

  3. Well Graig I can only suggest that you do your homework before blasting the Echo as irresponsible, there’s a whole world out their loaded with evidence of the success in cancer treatment attributed to CBD.
    You can start by listening to podcasts on
    Cannabis Health Radio , happy learning Craig.

  4. Last year I was diagnosed with a rectal tumour and my daughter also descended on me with cannabis oils. I had surgery but no radio or chemo. 6 months later tests showed all clear and my surgeon got very interested in cannabis therapy. It turns out our kids are not just useful to help us with our computers.

    • Hey Robin,
      I LOVE this… I am going to read it to my Dad right now. Thank you so much for sharing.
      I hope you and your family can make the screening.

  5. I was diagnosed with bowel cancer last August. A friend told md about the medical cannabis oil so l startec taking it. In october l started chemotherapy l am walking proof as to how much the cannabis oil had helped me while having chemo. I should of lost my hair but havent, never had metal mouth, nausea, or vomitting. I will be staying on the oil even after l finish treatment. My advice more people need to be more open minded. I have be honest with medical staff that l am on cannabis oil. I dont look sick l actually look very healthy.

  6. This good oil should be available as an additional treatment to the mainstream medical profession. It has been used for centuries by non western society. Come on government, make it more widely available.

  7. While the good oil can’t reverse a stroke plus
    multiple micro haemorrages in front parietal
    & occipital regions bialaterally in both
    hemispheres + chronic ischaemic white
    matter along with cerebral amyloid
    angiopathy [caa] & borderline Alzheimer’s
    I’ve found it allows me better balance &
    a somewhat improved memory than earlier
    prescribed medical drugs. The stroke took
    place mid 2017.

  8. Hi my name is Lynne. I am 69yrs. I have had MS for 22yrs and extremely painful uncontrollable Trigeminal Neuralgia. Last February I was diagnosed with stage 4 Lung Cancer. So far, I have no symptoms. Lung biopsy confirmed right lung Adenocarcinoma. The cancer was discovered during an xray for a sore shoulder. This is my sixth month on 25mg/25mg THC/CBD lozenge twice a day. I am a patient of Dr. Bruce Mitchell c/- Metro Pain Group.
    I can no longer afford these lozenges. I pay $487.98 a month plus a $80 consultation fee. Medicare give me a small rebate on the consultation fee but all up I pay $500/month.
    I still take large doses of Tegrol for the pain of Trigeminal Neuralgia but feel I am coping a little better since starting the lozenges (Troche). PET and CT scans show the cancer is slowly growing but I have no symptoms and that is apparently good.
    What I want to desperately know is how can I get CBD Oil in Australia. Everything I read is people on CBD Oil are having good results but never do I read the cost or where to get the Oil from. I see on fb many businesses in America sell CBD Oil but a lot are not to be trusted.
    My question is where do you find this Oil and can I afford it?

      • Danni I to would like information on
        where to obtain CBD oil in Australia.
        After a recent back operation I relied on
        Opioids for pain relief but have read much
        about the purity of CBD oil and its benefits.
        Jane Irving.


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