The study is in its early stages but the Déi Gréng deputy said that it leaves the door open for the future successful treatment of tumours. “We still have a long way to go but, motivated by positive results, my research team is optimistic. Further experiments are now being made in a special laboratory in the Netherlands,” he said.
The doctor, who is funding much of the research himself, is now appealing for financial support from the community in order to continue the research. He has also started a petition to legalise hemp for medicinal reasons in Luxembourg.
Dr Colombera made waves last year when it emerged that he had been prescribing hemp in its plant form to treat patients of terminal and acute illnesses. The act, which is not permitted by law, led to him being questioned by police.
Since then, the minister has tirelessly campaigned to place pressure on the Luxembourg government to consider legalising the hemp plant in order to further medicine and prevent suffering in patients.
He said: “The time has come and especially in Europe and the U.S. the signs are pointing towards hemp decriminalisation and hemp medication. Luxembourg has a significant role to play as a central hub with strong partners from Israel, California and Great Britain.
“The interest of the patient must be in the top priority. We must do everything we can. We need every assistance in financial, but also in idealistic form! Every Euro and every working hour of a volunteer is used to write socio-medical hemp history in our country! The time for optimal development of hemp in medicine is right now.”
You can make a donation to the hemp research fund by transferring money to the following account: CCP LU 46 1111 3104 1414 0000 with the description “tumour experiments with Luxembourgish hemp“.
For more information visit www.ufcmed.org.
Published on 11/02/2011 by News352