420 with CNW – Upcoming Documentary Will Explore Medical Cannabis Science

August 18, 2020 15:28:44

Despite being illegal at the federal level, the state-legal cannabis industry has come quite a long way. As people shy away from pharmaceuticals and look towards more natural alternatives, more and more funds are being invested in researching marijuana and its effect on the human body. Next month, a documentary from Mad Machine Films will offer an in-depth look into the modern science behind cannabis, from the trailblazing scientists who pioneered cannabis research to all the lives that have been changed by the curative power of cannabinoids.

Directed by David Jakubovic, the film will be available in North America via multiple viewing platforms on August 25. It will feature various leaders of the medical cannabis movement, ranging from scientists and activists to patients. This includes Steve DeAngelo, the co-founder of Harborside Health Center in Oakland, one of the first and the largest medical cannabis dispensaries in the country.

CBD Nation brings you the real science that decades of U.S. government-sponsored misinformation have hidden from public view. Watch it, and learn why cannabis may just be the most valuable medicine ever discovered by human beings,” he said during the press release for the documentary.

The documentary will also feature Israeli organic chemist Dr. Raphael Mechoulam who is widely considered the father of cannabinoid research. He and a team of scientists were the first to isolate, describe, and synthesize delta-9 THC, the chemical responsible for cannabis’ infamous high. He says that although cannabis has been known to have medicinal properties for more than three decades, the plant couldn’t be used to its true potential until the stories of patients whose lives were changed by medical cannabis gained mainstream attention. Mechoulam is now the President of the Center for Cannabinoid Research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

“We published our findings thirty-seven years ago: cannabidiol (CBD) blocks epileptic attacks in patients. What happened? Nothing for thirty years. Nothing happened until desperate parents like those in this film did their own research and found that cannabidiol can help children with epilepsy. But epilepsy is just one of many conditions that we know cannabis medicine can treat. If the world chooses to not look at all of the science, it is not ignorance, it’s negligence.”

The film’s main stars will be the patients and families who fought for access to medical cannabis and ultimately set the ball rolling for the medical cannabis industry. Teenager Rylie Maedler, for instance, was diagnosed with a rare degenerative bone disease called aggressive giant cell granuloma that caused tumors that ate away at the bones of her face when she was 7. She is the only person with the disease whose bones have regenerated, and she has CBD to thank for that.

“I hope that U.S. doctors, educators, and politicians see this film because I’m living proof that cannabis and CBD have a place in modern medicine.”  The documentary will be available in North America on August 25 via video-on-demand platforms and streaming services including Amazon and iTunes. Watch the trailer on YouTube.

Analysts think cannabis companies like The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (CSE: WTER) (NASDAQ: WTER) will be hoping that the documentary triggers heightened interest in the benefits of cannabis compounds for both health and wellness.

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