Corinne Malanca : A Resource for Researching Medical Cannabis
MMJ Advocate : Corinne Malanca, San Francisco, CA
What a wonderful person this woman is! She was brought into this space after cannabis-infused coconut oil extended her father’s life past the two weeks the doctors had given him and has now dedicated her passion to connecting patients and curious onlookers of all backgrounds to education on cannabis. She’s extremely intelligent, compassionate, and she firmly believes that education is the key to opening your eyes to the benefits of medicinal cannabis!
Can you tell us about your current work in the space?
I co-founded (with my husband John Malanca) United Patients Group, the leading international online resource for medical cannabis information and education. We offer up to date information, guidance and education, in addition to CME courses in cannabinoid therapeutics. We help people navigate the tangled web that this industry can be by avoiding the pitfalls that may come their way. Another arm of our company is marketing, advertising, and branding for companies who are trying to further their reach into the medicinal cannabis community.
When was your interest first piqued by the cannabis plant?
When my father (pictured above) was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer with a tumor on his brain stem. After exhausting all traditional treatments, he was given two weeks to live, was wasting and on full-time oxygen. My husband and I immediately went into medical research mode and the first statistic we stumbled on was that 40% of cancer patients die of complications of malnutrition before they die of their cancer. We felt that if we gave my dad some form of medical cannabis, then we could ignite his appetite and he could then pass peacefully.
We got the OK from his Kaiser Permanente oncologist here in California and we started administering ⅓ of a coconut oil infused cannabis capsule under his tongue at 10:00 am every day. My father made a turnaround in 24 hours; After one week he was off his oxygen machine and eating like a teenager. During this time we had continued our medical education while building our company, United Patients Group. After 6 months of giving my dad ⅓ of the capsule, he said to us, “Maybe I have a chance, maybe I should try the FECO oil.”
We agreed and added one tiny drop of this oil – 4:1 ratio THC:CBD (far less than the industry suggests) under his tongue before bed. He continued to improve day by day. At the 9 month mark, he was cancer-free! It has now been 4 + years and 5 scans later, “No Evidence of Recurring Disease.”
We got the OK from his Kaiser Permanente oncologist here in California and we started administering ⅓ of a coconut oil infused cannabis capsule under his tongue at 10:00 am every day. My father made a turnaround in 24 hours; After one week he was off his oxygen machine and eating like a teenager.
What were you doing before becoming a part of this industry?
I was raising my children while being involved in the music industry. I was largely involved in publishing, at which time I became a Grammy member.
What’s the most touching story you’ve heard from someone you’ve encountered in your work?
The most? There are SO many! I can’t even begin to tell you how many remarkable stories come my way with the people that we work with. A woman in her early 40’s (wife and mother of 2) came to us for guidance. She was given 6 months to live with lung cancer with brain and bone mets. She found our company through my dad’s published story and wanted to duplicate his regimen. She now refers to my father as her “HERO”, she was cancer free at 5 ½ months.
What do you wish people would know about the cannabis plant?
That it’s harmless and that it was legal here in the United States up until about 70 years ago. It was used legally as medicine before prohibition; There’s plenty of studies and there continues to be more and more surfacing. Gosh! I could write a thesis on this question! I’d like patients to know that cannabis works well, even alongside traditional treatment. Many believe that they have to choose between traditional treatment and cannabis treatment and that’s simply not the case.
What words do you live by? Is it a quote? A mantra?
Again, I could go on and on, but one in particular that I’d like to mention is: “Anything is possible!”
What part would you like to play in moving this industry in a positive direction?
Education. Our goal is to continue to educate internationally. We feel that if lawmakers, policy makers, and physicians in the medical community chose to partake in some of the available education that is out there, even if they are non-believers themselves, then they would be able to make a more educated decision on how to move forward with their patients’ treatment plans. Many of these states, as you know, are drafting laws and legislation without knowledge of what is needed. You are hearing about states legalizing CBD-only because of it being non-psychoactive, when numerous pharmaceuticals are in fact very psychoactive. Why is it ok that pharmaceuticals pass, but not a natural plant? States that are only legalizing CBD are only supporting a minute fraction of the patients who need cannabis treatment. Even in the epileptic community, CBD doesn’t help all patients; Sometimes they need a touch of THC to get the relief needed. Cancer patients definitely need both CBD and THC and so I believe that education is of the utmost importance.
States that are only legalizing CBD are only supporting a minute fraction of the patients who need cannabis treatment. Even in the epileptic community, CBD doesn’t help all patients; Sometimes they need a touch of THC to get the relief needed.
What trait does one need to do great work in this space?
You need to leave your ego at the door, yet have thick skin! There are many egos and it can sometimes be a little cut-throat. With that said, we have been lucky enough to work with some amazing people and organizations around the world. These people have similar values for work ethic, quality medicine and patient care.
There’s not many people who want to help each other in this industry and if we were really willing to help each other out, I feel we could propel this industry forward as a community much more efficiently.
What is your message to the CannaEffect community?
I would say that there’s always hope! Please, get educated. United Patients Group is here if you have any questions
And this goes to anyone out there that has any questions about cannabis or is looking for education on the topic! Reach out to CannaEffect and Corinne Malanca in our comments section below.