Over the years, a significant amount of research that has brought to light the many medicinal benefits that come hand in hand with marijuana.
As a result, more people than ever before are using the drug to treat and manage a whole host of debilitating conditions including Epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease and MS right through to Cancer, Arthritis, and Anxiety.
This has paved the way for a wider level of social acceptance towards marijuana in mainstream society.
And this week, the media announced that grandparents Barry and Joy Lambert have donated almost $34 million to the University of Sydney for medicinal cannabis research– reinforcing the fact that advocates truly believe that the drug does have a place in the medical world.
Hailed as Australia’s most generous grandparents, there was real pain behind their generosity.
The couple’s four-year old granddaughter, Katelyn,suffers from Dravet Syndrome and relies on the drug to help her to manage her condition. Over the past decade, a significant amount of children have used drug in order to help them to manage the condition effectively.
Dravet Syndrome is a severe from of Epilepsy that is mostly common in children. The condition causes severe and frequent seizures that are potentially fatal if left untreated. And, although a number of traditional medications are available, scientists have found that marijuana is an effective method of treatment.
Mr Lambert has been quoted in a well-known media publication stating: “If you can afford it, why not.
“This is not just for Katelyn, this is for a whole range of various conditions. That’s what the research is about, so doctors will be medically convinced. We’re just doing what’s right.”
This was the largest donation in Australian history and the couple hopes it will go along way for the scientists conducting research into Cannabinoid Therapeutics.
Katelyn is currently using cannabis oil to help her to manage the severity and frequency of her seizures.
Michael Lambert, Katelyn’s father, has been quoted in a well-known media publication stating: “It clears her mind, it’s making her less drowsy, less confused. Raw cannabis is not psychoactive, it doesn’t make you high.
“From the first day she used the drug, she improved. She was more active and she was happier.”
Medicinal marijuana has been proven to help manage the symptoms associated with a wide range of common diseases including nausea, sleep deprivation, chronic pain and severe epileptic seizures.
As a result, a number of governments and states in all corners of the world, have legalised the drug for medicinal purposes.
However, many experts and professionals have stated that far more research is needed that looks at the medicinal benefits of the drug, therefore, donations like this are integral when it comes to legalising medicinal marijuana universally.