There’s been a lot of positive attention on medical marijuana lately due to Sanjay Gupta‘s publicly revealing the “big secret”: cannabis used medicinally is a safe, effective treatment for many common ailments, illnesses, and diseases. And that includes even relatively rare diseases like Dravet’s Syndrome!
While we appreciate the mainstream interest, it’s important that the tireless researchers and activists who have been working for years to get medicinal cannabis recognized properly by society get properly recognized themselves. So, I’m hereby nominating Granny Storm Crow for the Nobel Prize for Medicine for 2018, based on the work she’s done to collect and categorize all the scientific and medical cannabis research. By then, I hope humanity realizes the stupid mistake it’s made by stigmatizing cannabis and harming millions of people in the process, and attempts to right this terrible wrong.
The rest of this post is the note from Granny Storm Crow herself, explaining the recent changes to the latest version of her List. Thank you, Granny!
– Old Hippie
Well, it has finally happened! The List is just too darn big for some e-mail accounts to handle.
So I have reluctantly divided the List into 4 parts — The “Natural Cannabinoids and Conditions” is the largest part, and will be of the most use to the majority of you since it contains the more recent studies. A few older, but useful, topics appear in this section, such as “Storage” and “History”. Topics that have “Pre-2000 Studies” are marked with an asterisk (ASTHMA*), to alert you that older studies do exist.
The studies in the “Synthetics” will be of more interest to those in the medical professions. However, when a synthetic compound is useful for a certain condition, the study will be added in that section in the “Natural Cannabinoids and Conditions”, as well as in the “Synthetics”. While “The Endocannabinoid System” provides an overview of how the cannabinoids affect virtually all of our body’s functions. Cannabinoid studies are coming out at an ever increasing rate, and frankly, it was getting hard to navigate through all those studies. The List has to change with the times!
And the times are changing! Two states have legalized cannabis, and others are considering it! At no time, since before the 1930s, have so many people supported medical use of cannabis! CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta has publicly changed his stance on cannabis and admitted to having tried it! And that same week, CNN ran a story about a child finding relief from severe epilepsy with a “high CBD” cannabis extract. The facts about cannabis being a safe and effective medicine for many conditions are slowly trickling into the mainstream media! We can speed up that trickle of information to make it into a flood! The medical facts about cannabis speak for themselves, but it is up to us to get those facts to the public!
Each one of you knows someone who could benefit from the information in this List — a relative, a friend, or co-worker. It takes only a moment to forward the List to them, and it may change their life!
Your doctor, unless he is an exception, has not educated himself about cannabis. Send him a few abstracts to get his interest! (The Post Office delivers mail without a return address — you can even stay anonymous!) And our politicians are worst of all! One activist described talking with our politicians as like “talking to teenagers who had never heard of cannabis”! That they are so profoundly ignorant about even the most basic facts about cannabis, and yet are in charge of making our laws on it, is mind-boggling!
We have the facts on our side. All we need to do is speak the truth clearly, and repeatedly, until cannabis is fully legalized! The prohibitionists have spread their lies for the last three quarters of a century, but their lies cannot stand up to the truth that we possess. And as my Grandfather said, “If the truth won’t do, then something is wrong!”
– Granny Storm Crow