Hello all, (open letter to “Save Cannabis” email thread)
I do occasionally follow the “Save Cannabis” threads, but mostly I get way too depressed seeing all the fighting.
For any of you who know me, I am about the medicine of cannabis; dosable capsules/extracts – mostly rich CBD with one coming out in a couple of weeks that is 26:1 CBD:THC.
There is medicine, great medicine, in cannabis, but the stores and docs have truly blown it.
Anyone serious with regard to the medicine should consider the best cannabis medicine:
1. The entire future is dosable and mostly Cannbidiol based. Again, I am not referring to social cannabis use; just medical with the collectives not only to not promote, but often do their best to ignore.
2. Doctors have been equally guilty opening cheap clinics where the “card” but no patient education is promoted. I got a recent rec from one of the beach front docs. The really sad part was that there were really a few sick older patients there because they just don’t know there is anything better. Do you really think a 70 y/o patient who has never smoked before, wants to smoke? Of course not. So, they try drinks, edibles and often become toxic. Shouldn’t they at least hear that CBD is what they need?
3. GW Pharma and Sativex, a cannabinoid extract made in England and already distributed in six countries, will be in the US within two years. This is real medicine. You know what is in it and how much to try and then you can repeat the same dose. As in #2, it is all rich CBD.
4. Can you imagine Sativex landing in the US and someone holds up a rice krispy treat in one hand and a bottle of Sativex in the other;??? we will all look like morons.
5. When a group of us is standing around smoking and say to some “ney-sayer” that we are medicating, I always state that I am just getting ripped. Medicating? Really? Please.
6. So, the collectives and nearly every doc should share in this responsibility. They each bred one another in sort of a “southern style”….if you know what I mean.
So, what should we do? At the very least, people involved need to STOP FIGHTING WITH EVERYONE. Pick your battle, whether legalization or medical and keep our arguments cogent.
I think it is ok to state that the collectives sprung up as mostly social cannabis stores because that is what people either wanted or THOUGHT they wanted. Legalization in my opinion does not fully equal “medical cannabis”. I do believe, or certainly hope, that as the cities, state and feds have to face REAL MEDICINE, the medicine issue will get resolved, but it might not happen with just “legalization”; we will have to incorporate that ancient notion of “science”.
What SHOULD happen, but will never happen on it’s own, is that every doc and collective president/”owner” should ask themselves what they are REALLY doing. If it is social, fine, but don’t claim it to be medical. At least there is honesty. At the same time, all need to look into HOW they can represent the incredible cannabis medicine in a more professional way. If not, they should all close until we have a Ballot initiative that passes; which means working together.
Whatever we do, let’s all not forget that it is the medicine that supposedly got us here; why not truly focus on it going forward.
Allan I Frankel, MD