Hi! Welcome to the 3rd edition of Gloria Indica, our newsletter written and published for Wednesdays and Thursdays, where we train our eyes on cannabis, business and technology. If you’re reading this for the first time, then welcome. Wherever you’re reading this, whenever you’ll be reading this, remember that you can do great things of an extraordinary nature, provided you understand the seemingly ordinary looking events taking place all over the world today.
Watch: Weed The People on Netflix
Weed the People is a medical cannabis documentary film made by Netflix
It highlights kids suffering from rare forms of cancer and their families doing everything in their power to alleviate their kids’ suffering. It is very emotional and also very moving, because you come to realize how lucky all of us, relatively healthy people are, who can shrug off minor health issues before the same issues become chronic later in life. It tells us as to how medical science is still vastly incomplete. Indeed, healthy individuals feel as if science has found the cure to many diseases, however, opening our own eyes, is the fact that only about 5-20% of the world’s diseases currently have a cure, while all the rest, can only be managed, not cured completely.
In short, millions across the world struggle with health issues about which normally healthy people have literally no idea about. Why? Simply because talking about one’s physical or mental health issues is considered as ‘being weak’ or ‘playing the victim’ or any other reason we can think of.
How many diseases are there in the world and how many of these diseases can be cured via drugs?
Based on an approximation, remember – 10,000 diseases and 500 drug-related cures. What about the other 9500 diseases? Yes. No cures. What do people do if they get any one of the other 9500 ‘rare’ diseases? They have to hope. They have to pray. They have to keep looking. Other options, like medical cannabis so to speak. It’s time that modern science and technology caught up to plant-based medicines, one of them being medical cannabis. Because at the end of the day, we just do not know enough, and we must keep studying and learning, like humanity has always done so.
Let’s keep blazing.
Medical Cannabis for a Covid Vaccine
“Even as countries debate over its legalisation, cannabis may have found one more useful application — this time, a potential COVID-19 vaccine. Medical cannabis is already being used to treat chronic pain and depression. Canadian firm ZYUS Life Sciences, which specialises in medical cannabis, has partnered with researchers in the infectious diseases division of the University of Saskatchewan, to develop a potential COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine candidate uses cannabis plants”
“ZYUS said it has tested and demonstrated that the plant-based SARS-CoV-2 protein is recognised by antibodies in the serum of recovered COVID-19 patients, suggesting that plant-based protein, in this form of vaccine, could provide protection from COVID-19 infection”
This news isn’t surprising to us. Cannabis has always, and will continue to be used by millions of people around the world for their medical needs. The coronavirus pandemic is a once-in-a-generation event. If human beings cannot put aside their pre-conceived notions about cannabis now, then when will we? It is time to be practical and treat cannabis as a very useful commodity, with applications in the medicinal, industrial and consumer markets.
Psychedelic Drugs for The Win
“The marketplace for the science of psychedelic drugs is inherently complex—and potentially perplexing—for the average consumer. This is understandable based on the sheer variety of chemicals of interest that psychedelics encompass and the wide variety of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations around the globe that it attracts”
“Entheogenic plants are defined as those yielding one or more chemical substances that, when ingested by humans, produces a “nonordinary state of consciousness for religious or spiritual purposes. Examples would be cannabis, ayahuasca, DMT, ibogaine, and psilocybin”
“Synthetic psychedelic drugs, on the contrary, are those that are construed in a laboratory setting that achieve the same results as their entheogenic cousins. The synthetic psychedelic drugs covered include ketamine, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), and methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)”
Visual Capitalist explains it best here.
We can imagine some readers squirming in their seats as they read about the use of psychedelic drugs. But the thing is you needn’t bother. If you’re a healthy person with no history or family background of health issues, remember that you’re lucky to possess the right genes and the right company of people and circumstances to spend your life in. However, many millions in the world are not so lucky, genetic or circumstances wise. Hence, it is not for healthy people to judge others who take mind-altering substances. These substances when taken in the right doses, tend to help many people and science will ensure that every psychedelic substance is used in the right way.
Keep Blazing. Have a great day 🙂