By Paul Fassa
What if all along there was a safe and effective plant based medicine that could treat and maybe even reverse COPD, as well as many other non-curable, chronic, health complaints?
What if this potent plant had been purposely suppressed only to become yet another “forbidden medicine” from nature’s bountiful and inexpensive pharmacy?
What if that plant was Cannabis?
The ancient 5,000 year old healing system from India known as Ayurveda has been using cannabis as medicine for thousands of years. In fact, contemporary Ayurvedic doctors still prescribe cannabis to treat a wide array of diseases including asthma.
References to cannabis use as a medicine in Chinese culture date back to sometime around 2,800 BC. It was listed in the Pen Ts’ao medical pharmacopeia and compendium of the legendary Chinese Emperor Shen-Nung.
By the 19th century cannabis as a medicine had been well established around the world.
“During the 19th century more than a hundred papers on the clinical application of cannabis appeared in the world’s medical journals. Physicians found cannabis to be effective in the treatment of virtually all the ailments that it was diagnosed for by the ancients, as well as numerous other medical problems.”  [1a]
Feds Say Cannabis Is Not Medicine, while Holding the Patent on Cannabis as a Medicine 
What is COPD?
For those who are unfamiliar, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is an umbrella term used to describe a group of distinct, often overlapping obstructive lung diseases that include: chronic bronchitis, asthma, bronchiectasis, and emphysema. All forms of COPD are characterized by chronic breathing difficulties, varying degrees of excess mucous production, as well as cumulative lung tissue damage from chronic inflammation.
It’s the 3rd leading cause of death (by disease) in the United States. Depending on your source, 12 to 14 million people have been officially diagnosed with COPD. Experts estimate that in reality there likely is an equal number of people who have COPD but don’t know it (undiagnosed). Shockingly, the number of COPD cases has risen by 41.5% since 1982.
The Jeff Waters COPD Cannabis Oil Success Story
In the 2009 photo (right) Jeff Waters weighed a hefty 189 lbs. He was on 15 pharmaceuticals including: COPD drugs, high blood pressure meds; drugs for depression, anxiety, aggression, high cholesterol, insomnia and pain. Jeff laments: “I was on every COPD and pharmaceutical known to man!”
Jeff had suffered with repeated bouts of bronchitis; one of those attacks was severe enough to land him in the ER where he was officially diagnosed with COPD, at only 36 years of age by an emergency room physician in late 2008. At a follow-up visit with his family physician it was reaffirmed that he indeed had stage 2 COPD.
There are 4 stages of COPD.
Jeff was hit with more bad news. In addition to COPD, he found out that he was “Alpha- 1,” a rare hereditary, genetic deficit officially known as alpha-1 anti-trypsin deficiency. People with this disorder lack an enzyme that helps protect the lungs from damage. 
Then to top off the previous misery, Jeff was diagnosed with hemochromatosis, an iron overload disease. Although hemoglobin is an essential molecule in the blood necessary for the transport of oxygen from the lungs to all body tissues too much can actually damage the organs. 
By 2013 Jeff had progressed to full blown, stage 3 COPD. He was advised that his lungs were irreversibly scarred and that there was no cure for the disease, which would eventually kill him. At this point in his illness, climbing a flight of stairs was impossible and the simplest tasks like showering and shaving were nearly impossible. Merely walking required that Jeff have a steady supply of oxygen with a rescue inhaler handy.
Out of the blue, in March 2013 Jeff had a severe, life threatening, allergic reaction to his blood pressure medication, although he had been taking that very medication for years. He was rushed to the hospital, where ER doctors noted the allergic reaction had caused pneumonia, and a jaw infection.
Note: Pneumonia can be a death sentence for COPD patients especially in the later stages.
While hospitalized, Jeff’s medical situation became even more complicated when he contracted the dreaded MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). All told he spent 28 days in the hospital’s ICU (intensive care unit), where he was put into a medically induced coma and was literally teetering on the thin red line between life and death. Amazing grace – just plain luck or both sent the grim reaper packing, enabling Jeff to check-out of the hospital alive.
As soon as Jeff was back in the comfort and quietude of his home, he resolved to find a new and effective way to beat COPD- no matter what it took and regardless of the odds. He wanted his life back on no uncertain terms and was determined to make it happen.
He knew all too well, first hand that Big Pharma medications, while somewhat effective for symptom management were hastening his decline and depressing his spirit.
The machinery looks good, the technology seems nice, the stainless steel is shiny, everything smells like isopropyl alcohol; I mean they are the greatest salesmen in the world. We’re going to go look back at this century and we’re going to laugh eventually, but we’ll cry first. This is one of the most barbaric periods. It’s going to be called the Dark Ages of Medicine. –Dr Richard Shulze, N.D., M.H
As fate would have it, Jeff was once again thrust into another proverbial fight for his life. He rolled up his sleeves, hedged his bets and ventured way off the beaten track in search of an elusive COPD alchemical elixir. Jeff’s heroic quest demanded that he spend long hours in front of his computer screen intensively researching all the seemingly fruitful avenues that might lead to a resolution of his COPD death sentence.
Along the way, he discovered many anecdotal success stories from those who were using alternative healing solutions for a long list of what modern medicine would categorize as hopeless and incurable diseases. Yet amazingly, many of these ‘terminally’ ill patients were finding various degrees of success with these unorthodox methods.
Jeff confided: “The hospitalization actually got me started on my quest to find a better way to treat my disease! You see my lungs were in such bad shape I had to be put on a vent and the doctors there said the COPD inhalers were increasing my risk of pneumonia and advised me to drop all my rescue inhalers and nebulizer treatments because I might not survive pneumonia again!”
Eventually, Jeff connected up with a wide range of COPD and alternative healing support groups via social media sites like Facebook and a few others. That’s around the time he discovered the healing powers of cannabis oil. He was able to chat online, one on one with real people who were struggling to heal all types of “incurable” diseases from cancer to epilepsy to Crohn’s and many more. They were all using cannabis oil medicinally.
He soon discovered to his utter amazement, the majority of those who were using cannabis oil medicine to treat their condition were actually improving. In fact, there were many reports of cures. And many more reports of significant health improvements beyond anything offered by mainstream medicine and Big Pharma.
Encouraged, Jeff decided he was going to get his hands on some cannabis oil to see if it would work for him.
The bevy of drugs that Jeff was taking prior to cannabis oil include: Sprivia, Proair, Symbicort, Advair, Albuterol via nebulizers; Lisiniprol, Prozac, Risperdone, Ventolin, Ativan, Loratab, Amitripilyne, oxygen, and a statin drug for high cholesterol. Despite the incredible number of Big Pharma medications Jeff was on, his condition had steadily worsened.
Jeff was fed up with pharmaceuticals: “I definitely did not receive the benefits of healing from pharma like I have with cannabis oil. I appeared to decline on pharma! The side effects I noticed from pharma is my eyesight is very bad, teeth issues and I was my prone to get pneumonia and infections,” Jeff asserted.
Amazingly, after only 2 short months of using the oil, Jeff no longer needed oxygen, discontinued all pharmaceutical medications, and started walking 2-5 miles per day, even doing some jogging. Jeff stated at that point in his recovery, “…lungs feel great and my breathing is fabulous. I have my life back.”
This photo of Jeff was taken in September 2014, after 9 months of cannabis oil, a healthy diet, and regular exercise. Jeff now weighs a more appropriate 142 lbs. compared to his previous weight of 189 lbs.! His blood pressure has normalized, he sleeps well and equally important he is still totally off all Big Pharma drugs! In short Jeff got his life back!
Jeff attests, “Most of my symptoms are not an everyday issue anymore! My symptoms of COPD used to control every aspect and decision in my life. Cannabis is a natural bronchodilator, so results are pretty immediate as far as opening up the lungs for improved breathing, as well as for lung pain! I have been on the full extract cannabis oil now for around 9 months.”
He adds: “Now my inhalers and nebulizers collect dust in storage and I sold my oxygen concentrator and I walk every day and occasionally jog.” He continues, “I no longer set limits on what exercise or anything else I can do!”
The Proof of a Cure is Found with the Patient, Not in a Lab Study
Although Jeff cannot say with certainty, based on COPD medical tests, that he has actually cured or reversed his COPD structurally. However, he can say unequivocally that his life has completely turned around since he started cannabis oil therapy, changed his diet, began exercising, and ditched all Big Pharma drugs. For sure, COPD symptoms and related distress are no longer center stage in Jeff’s life. Jeff says when he has the resources to validate his recovery from COPD vis-a-vis medical testing he will.
Bottom line: Functionally Jeff is operating at the level of a person without COPD. Jeff confidently reiterates: “I can tell you that my body tells me something different has occurred! I am no longer dependent on pharma drugs and oxygen.”
Jeff’s COPD Protocol
Jeff has been using a particular type of cannabis oil known as FECO (Full Extract Cannabis Oil) made with 190 proof, food grade alcohol (organic is best if possible) and organic cannabis strains consisting of mostly buds, shake and or trim. The specific cannabis strains that are extracted to make Jeff’ potent cannabis oil are: OG Pineapple Kush, AK47 and Blue Dream.
Each cannabis strain has a unique healing profile based on several constituent factors such as the quality of its terpenes, the amount of THC, CBD and so on. In fact, specific cannabis strains have been documented to work well for specific health conditions. The cannabis oil Jeff uses is 67% THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and .5%CBD (Cannabidiol).  [5a]
Indica and Sativa Marijuana Classification
When researching cannabis, one can easily be confused and overwhelmed by unfamiliar terminology along with the growing array of cannabis oils and other cannabis products found online. For example, hemp seed oil, although a very nutritious and beneficial oil that’s legal and readily available in many grocery and most health food stores, is not to be confused with the THC rich, medicinal cannabis oil Jeff and others have been using successfully to treat serious illnesses.
Jeff and many others in the know strongly advise medicinal cannabis oil users to avoid any cannabis oils made with toxic solvents like Naphtha, isopropyl alcohol, or any butane cannabis products. The reason seems obvious. Herbalists the world over for centuries have been safely making tinctures, salves and medicinal extract oils from plants, herbs and berries etc. with high proof, food grade alcohol. Adding additional toxicity to a medicine by using a non-food grade toxic solvent is an unnecessary and foolish risk factor that can easily be avoided.
Key words and terms to look for when researching cannabis oils: Organic, whole plant extraction from buds, trim and or shake made with a food grade, high proof, alcohol solvent. Most importantly, you want your cannabis medicine to have all the healing components this amazing plant offers. What you really want is synergy or ” the entourage effect” which ONLY the whole cannabis plant offers.
According to the United Patients Group, a resource for alternative medicine: “Whether you smoke it, eat it, vaporize it, or ingest it as an oil, the medicinal cannabis you put in your body contains many chemicals that work together to make you feel better. Of course THC and CBD are the major healing compounds, but there are hundreds of other chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. The interaction of these chemicals is called ‘ the entourage effect.’ ” This group also reiterated that Dr. Sanjay Gupta recently stated, “cannabis has 480 identified chemicals. Sixty-six of these are cannabinoids (the group that includes THC and CBD). But there are many other compounds found in the plant, including cannabigerols, cannabichromenes, nitrogenous compounds, amino acids, ketones, and terpenes, among others. While the effects of each individual compound are not yet understood, one thing is clear: The whole is more than the sum of its parts.”
Cannabis oil is essentially a highly concentrated and potent tincture that is made from cannabis plant material and a solvent. After the solvent has extracted all the medicinal components from the plant material, the solvent is then evaporated away until only the extracted concentrated cannabis oil remains.
Cannabis Oil Dosage
Jeff recommends newbies start by eating one pin head size dose of cannabis oil squeezed from a syringe. It can be put on a cracker or placed under the tongue, put in an empty capsule or even rubbed onto the gums.
He then advises to slightly increase the dose every four days or so as tolerance allows, until a dose is reached that’s comfortable, ameliorates symptoms, and encourages and enables you to push beyond current COPD limitations to confidently do things that you haven’t been able to do in quite a while.
Jeff sums it up: “My protocol is simple. I ingest a couple of small dabs of FECO cannabis oil daily, along with a wholesome diet – minus nutritionally deficient and often toxic processed food, and daily exercise. This protocol equals real healing. One of the most beneficial exercises I can recommend is simply walking!” Jeff’s current dosage is a half gram of Cannabis oil divided into two doses, one for the AM and the other taken in the PM.
Note some COPD patients are having excellent results with a combination cannabis protocol that includes, eating the oil, vaping (vaporizing) cannabis and/or using cannabis oil suppositories, which by the way mitigates or completely eliminates the THC high. Since each person is unique, he or she will ultimately through trial and error need to find the exact protocol that works best for them. Just remember that a nutritionally dense, whole foods based diet and exercise is foundational for real healing.
Emotional healing is also crucial for a complete recovery. For example, in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) emotions play a large role in health, disease and healing. 
COPD effectively rendered Jeff unable to work. Consequently he lost his health insurance. The result is that he is now saddled with over 300k in medical bills stemming from his 2013 hospitalization.
Yet, ironically because of his miraculous recovery, Jeff now has important work that he feels compelled to do.
“I am now healing and sharing my story to everyone that listens. I need help to get my story out there. Your donations will be going to purchase equipment to make quality educational videos to help the sick and dying! No donation is too small please help me to help others!” – Jeff Waters
Jeff is also contemplating starting an online radio show, so he can reach out to more people with COPD and hopefully help them turn their lives around like he did. Please consider donating to Jeff’s “Go Fund Me site”.
Jeff reports,“Many FB members are reporting the tightness in the chest gone, breathing is easier, lungs are clear, no more rattle or wheezing, as well as drying up of mucus! Most have either dropped or cut back on Big Pharma COPD meds!
Because Jeff has found cannabis oil to be an amazingly effective, plant based, holistic medicine, he believes with all his heart and soul that cannabis medicine should be legal and available to anyone who could medically benefit from it. He also advocates that patients’ should have the right to grow their own medicine.
It was Ronnie Smith AKA “Roland A Duby” who introduced Jeff Waters and many others to the healing benefits of cannabis oil. The late great Ronnie Smith Cured 300 people of cancer with Cannabis Oil! Watch a great video about Ronnie Smith below:
Paul Fassa is a contributing staff writer for REALfarmacy.com. His pet peeves are the Medical Mafia’s control over health and the food industry and government regulatory agencies’ corruption. Paul’s valiant contributions to the health movement and global paradigm shift are world renowned. Visit his blog by following this link and follow him on Twitter here.
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