Well, we made it! Tango and I completed one-half of our cross country adventure on Sunday when we arrived in Trinidad, California. We are enjoying the hospitality of our friends Bunny and Ed Subkis. This view of the Pacific Ocean is not far from their home. In the distance is Patrick’s Point.
The conference in Portland was really excellent. I made some new friends, got a chance to catch up with some friends from the past, and learned a great deal about the endocannabinoid system. This relatively new discovery–a receptor system in your body that mimics cannabis and is enhanced by its use–could revolutionize medicine. I’m not one for hyperbole but, honestly, the ongoing formal research (mainly international, in Spain and Israel) and the reports coming out of states that have legalized medical access are simply phenomenal. Cannabis is curing cancers, treating dementia, dramatically increasing the longevity of patients with ALS and, as most have heard, reducing seizures in young children.
How I wish our federal government would find the courage to embrace this exciting new knowledge. Is there hope? Perhaps. A news report states that federal drug agencies are ramping up the federal production of cannabis next year. Total production will expand from 21kg a year to 650kg! A sizable increase. Such a silly waste of money. I met plenty of growers last week who could provide the federal government with any strain of cannabis they could possibly want. There are none so blind as those who will not see. ❧