Hi! Welcome to the 21st edition of Gloria Indica, our newsletter written specifically for Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you’re reading this for the first time, then welcome. This is our newsletter when we tend to focus a bit more on the cannabis, business and technology narratives blazing across the world of ours today. It’s time to step up the blazes against the peddlers of bad logic.
Let’s start blazing.
Solving Coronavirus’ effect on the Human Body with Cannabis
While conspiracy theories abound with respect to the ‘origin’ of the coronavirus (it was ‘manufactured’ in a Chinese lab or the Chinese want to kill everyone or something along these lines), the peddlers of bad logic conveniently forget the fact that human history has faced equivalent or more severe pandemic outbreaks (like the ‘Black death’ that swept Europe in the middle of the 14th century killing approximately 75-200 million people – was this ‘manufactured’ in a lab as well?) before, and therefore we’ll reiterate the fact that just like people believe human beings were ‘created’ or ‘evolved’, similarly nature intended a new virus to ‘evolve’.
Like human beings ourselves who swept the world from a corner in Africa, the virus has swept around the world. Similarly the cannabis plant evolved in one location at least 28 million years ago and then swept throughout the world (thanks in part to human beings) and is now found all over the world. Medical cannabis researchers all over the world are attempting to try and use cannabis’ compounds to treat people infected with Coronavirus. Quoting from the Hindu Business Line below:
“Researchers at the Dental College of Georgia and Medical College of Georgia (MCG) have found a way to utilise Cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical in the marijuana plant. According to researchers, CBD can be used to reduce the effect of cytokine storms, triggered by overly-activated immune responses. These storms are especially seen in critically-ill Covid-19 patients. Their study was published in the Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine.”
Far too often cannabis skeptics dismiss the uses and benefits of the cannabis plant without making enough time to read the scientific literature (bless the time and efforts of the scientists and researchers of the world) that’s already available on the internet in the thousands, cited by research institutions and scientists all over the world. Of course, on the internet the trick lies in finding the right information.
“According to the researchers, CBD can cause an increase in the levels of a natural peptide called apelin, which is known to reduce inflammation and whose levels are dramatically reduced during a cytokine storm. The researchers noted in their study that CBD has the ability to improve oxygen levels and reduce inflammation. The compound also helped reduce the physical lung damage in their laboratory model of deadly adult respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS.”
All too often, scientists deplore the state of scientific awareness in mainstream society today which is conflicting because it’s not as if people don’t know about science. It’s the fact that many people do not apply scientific reasoning in their day to lives, the result being that the peddlers of bad logic often try to use emotional arguments to sway the debate in their favour, something that’s utterly not required.
Let’s keep blazing.
Masters in Medical Cannabis Science
Full-fledged Cannabis legalization always starts with medicine.
The peddlers of bad logic may dismiss cannabis owing to sheer mental laziness, but they cannot stop the passions and the zeal of doctors, scientists and researchers worldwide who want to help millions of patients all over the world suffering from diseases for which modern science still does not have cures. As we’ve mentioned before, healthcare is one of the most inefficient markets ever. Humanity still does not have a cure for thousands of diseases (many are called ‘rare’ diseases, the patient size not being ‘lucrative’ enough for pharmaceutical companies to tackle – who will tackle this problem then? Can’t we use a widely available plant?) and in some cases, existing medications do not cure, but can only ‘manage’ the issue leading to severe side-effects.
Medical cannabis can help in bridging this gap to a large extent. The biological relationship between human beings and cannabis is that important. The University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy offers a 2 year course in medical cannabis science and therapeutics as they seek to build a new generation of doctors and healthcare providers who can prescribe and help people dose on medical cannabis. Quoting from them:
“Coursework is designed to accommodate students with and without a background in science or medicine, and faculty are dedicated to making courses interesting and accessible to all students, regardless of academic background. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
- “Apply knowledge of basic and clinical sciences to identify appropriate candidates for medical cannabis therapy and determine appropriate dosing and administration.”
- “Apply knowledge of basic science and drug development to assure safe and effective design, development, and manufacture of medical cannabis products.”
- “Identify areas for future research related to science, health effects, and policy of medical cannabis, and describe the challenges associated with such research.”
- “Identify, analyze, and advocate for emerging issues related to medical cannabis and health.”
- “Participate in health-policy decision making processes related to medical cannabis”
Way to go, University of Maryland.
Let’s keep blazing.
Tripping for the Mind
It is prudent to reason that human beings trip all the time.
For instance, what’re thoughts, emotions and feelings? In scientific terms they’re just electrochemical processes, neurons whizzing one way and another in the brain, while the rest of the biological ‘machine’ tries its best to relay data and information from one place to the other, whatever’s required for us to survive and thrive. In a sense, biochemical algorithms are the drivers of our human body, therefore if jolts of electricity are what’s driving everything ultimately, aren’t we tripping all the time? We just don’t feel it really well.
For instance, when we’ve very absorbed in doing something we really like, like a movie or engaged in playing a physical sport or video game or deeply absorbed in a book, the feel good factor – isn’t that us tripping, a state of flow so to speak. Using psychedelics then would mean that we could feel (in a degree of ‘control’) our electrical signals very deeply, so deeply that once under control, we can actually use them to trip on any thing we like.
Let’s keep blazing.