The Greater Crime is Criminalizing Cannabis: Magnus Ambrose
A chat with Magnus Ambrose brings to mind the one-of-a-kind TV series that features Africans who have traversed continents in search of that magical opportunity of a lifetime- Daring Abroad. For seven years, Magnus literally paused his professional life and conducted “illegal” clinical trials to test the efficacy of cannabis in treating melanomas and other types of cancer. This venture was daring in many ways, most notably is the risk involved therein given the magnitude of the penalties that are associated with what he was doing. It is also interesting to note that Magnus does not have a medical background, making this venture “out of his scope” or “abroad” for him in many ways.
So why did he take the risk and has it been worth the effort?
To begin with, the entire cannabis industry would not be where it is today were it not for the sheet guts and courage of its founding fathers. (Light a candle in honor of Prof Robert Mechoulam who recently passed on). These are people who have challenged norms and stereotypes to ensure that the world reconsiders the biased and falsified view of cannabis.
Magnus took a chance on cannabis, betting his bottom dollar on an “illegal” medical cannabis program while hoping that one day, the world will resonate with his convictions and efforts. For Magnus, the motivation was personal as he had himself been diagnosed with cancer and his only hope of cure was a treatment that was illegal – medical cannabis.
In this brief interview, Magnus walks us through his 7 year daring journey as he conducted cannabis clinical trials with dozens of cancer patients, both young and old from across the globe.
My Cannabis: What stirred your interest in medical cannabis?
Magnus: My own cancer experience while I was living in Greece. I developed melanoma and going by what I had witnessed I knew that I might not have much longer to live. I had a young family and the thought of leaving them scared me.
I got access to some cannabis oil from my networks and within five weeks the cancer had cleared out. In a nutshell, that set me off on this journey.
My Cannabis: Tell us about your “underground” studies.
Magnus: I began my private research in 2014 where I set up a cannabis cultivation and extraction facility. I used hybrid cultivars with ultra strength genetics to extract the cannabis oil that I used to run cancer trials on human subjects, both children and adults.
Once I was done with the research I released the fully tested samples plus an Open Patent application for ‘extracting living medicines.’ I went ahead to challenge the UK Supreme Court from denying the public access to life saving medicines. I also released the work to the police and they sent two police officers to raid my property. I was to be subjected to the crown court for openly admitting to cultivating cannabis illegally and supplying it internationally. But after nine months I was offered a compromise which was in the form of a caution.
After several objections I eventually signed the caution and my case was dropped without any fines, penalties, or incarceration.
What’s my take from this experience?
Doing the ‘right’ thing is not always legal, but it is always ‘Right!
My Cannabis: Did any of the results catch you by surprise?
Magnus: There was this woman that used to smoke a lot of tobacco cigarettes and had been diagnosed with a lung tumor. Her doctors in Greece operated on her to remove a biopsy, literally opening up her chest because that’s standard procedure for biopsy removal in Greece. When they came back to the woman with the results and wanted to schedule her for another surgery she declined. She could not believe that all the surgeons had done in the first surgery was to remove a biopsy!
I started her on cannabis oil and in five short weeks the tumor had disappeared. What was most astonishing was the fact that she never stopped smoking the tobacco cigarettes, even during the treatment. But still she responded very well to the cannabis oil treatment.
My Cannabis: Has medical science begun to catch up with your underground trials?
Magnus: Here is the first scientific paper that confirms what I already knew over a decade ago.
And I sent fully tested samples to many of the most powerful people in the World 4-years ago. It’s a shame that they blew me off really, and I only feel sorry for the untold numbers of people that have lost their lives since this point.
My Cannabis: What’s next for magnus?
Magnus: I am now available to travel again for consultation, and I am actively seeking connections with the researchers and scientists that are preparing to run their RCT’s soon. Once understood, these plants will turn medicine on its head when we start to treat the ’cause’ of our problems with natural molecules, rather than treat the symptoms with evil synthetics and the destructive side effects that accompany them.
It was a great pleasure to have this conversation with Magnus Ambrose, Cannabis Consultant at Organic Technology UK. We applaud his efforts in advancing medical cannabis science.