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New Strain Of Medicinal Marijuana Announced

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director April 9, 2010

    First Unveiling of New Strain To Redefine The Medical Cannabis Industry

    New Released Scientific Data Supports Medicinal Value, U.S. Government Ignores Scientific Data

    Next week’s Patients Out of Time (P.O.T.) conference in Rhode Island features numerous speakers and interesting topics, but the announcement by Harborside Health Center of the development a new Cannabidol-centric strain of cannabis I suspect will be of great interest to patients, medical providers and cultivators.

    I think it also a shining example of why the Drug Enforcement Administration should not bust and harass laboratories contracted or operated by cannabis wellness centers that test and analyze cannabis that is sold into the medical collective for the very reason that these forensic labs provide necessary patient information regarding potency, purity and medicinal effects based on plant strain.

    Oakland, CA – The availability of a new type of medical cannabis strain will be presented for the first time by Steve DeAngelo, who has been featured on CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and The New York Times as Executive Director of one of the nation’s top model and non-profit medical cannabis dispensaries, Harborside Health Center in Oakland, California.

    DeAngelo will announce the availability of this type of non-psychoactive cannabis that has been lab tested with California strains with CBD (Cannabidol) at the 6th Annual National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics on Friday, April 16th at 12PM Noon at The Crown Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, Rhode Island.

    Conference information can be found at: www.medicalcannabis.com

    For three decades, DeAngelo has been an engaging speaker as he cuts through the stigma, and delivers the true facts about cannabis. His exciting and important presentation will include results of the first large scale analytical study of California’s medical cannabis supply, which revealed that one of the most medically efficacious cannabinoids—CBD—has been bred out of plants grown primarily for psychoactive effect. Only within the past year have CBD-rich cannabis varieties been identified, thanks to an analytical chemistry lab that DeAngelo helped launch.

    Recent research has demonstrated that CBD is effective in slowing or reversing a number of different types of cancer; as well as other serious illnesses. In response to the shortage of CBD rich cannabis varieties, Harborside has initiated a program to identify such strains, and encourage growers to propagate them. Because CBD modulates the psycho activity of THC, some patients respond better to varieties of cannabis which couple low THC levels with high CBD levels, because they enhance medical efficacy while reducing or eliminating psycho activity. This is particularly true for cannabis-naïve patients, who have no prior experience with it, prior to receiving a recommendation from their doctor. “Ultimately, there will be greater demand for CBD-rich cannabis, than there is for cannabis that just gets you high” predicts DeAngelo. “Only a small percentage of people enjoy the psycho activity of cannabis, but almost everybody can benefit from its medical properties”.

    The 6th Annual Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics is the only one of its kind in the United States for health professional to learn about the many benefits of cannabis therapeutics. Medical professionals can receive their CME (Continuing Education) credits for attending this forum through the University of California, San Francisco.

    The New York Times: “Harborside Health Center, a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif., is looked upon as a model of how others could operate.”

    Contact : Gaynell Rogers/Media Relations

    415.298.1114

    mcmcgaynell@gmail.com

    130 Responses to “New Strain Of Medicinal Marijuana Announced”

    1. Paul says:

      This is amazing to hear! Finally, a strain of cannabis with a low THC to CBD ratio! Less of the high, more of the benefit. I am DEFINITELY interested in finding out more about this new strain as well as trying it out. Can’t wait to compare and contrast between others! Very, VERY exciting!

    2. SM says:

      “Only a small percentage of people enjoy the psycho activity of cannabis, but almost everybody can benefit from its medical properties”.

      — The latter portion of this statement seems truthful, but the former I call into question. I would strongly disagree with the notion that very few people enjoy the psychoactive aspect of cannabis, be it for medical or recreational use, based on my personal experiences with a wide set of each type of user. It can be a stumbling block for those initially seeking treatment or seeking it for psychological reasons and I am all for the advancement of this field of medicine in general, but let’s not forget that this is also a struggle for the basic rights and freedoms that we, as Americans, have (or should have). We should not be so hasty to prove our medical point that our overall point is lost or worse, contradicted, and that is the freedom to choose what to put in our bodies according to our beliefs and not those of our federal government.

      If cannabis is not to be feared and misunderstood/spun further then we cannot allow ourselves to paint it in only the specific light that helps our cause today.

    3. ckdk30 says:

      Awesome a new strain……… IT’S ONLY SCIENCE……RIGHT?

    4. Rhayader says:

      The Dutch have something like this in their medical marijuana program called “Bediol”

      http://www.cannabisbureau.nl/en/MedicinalCannabis/

      It has a 7.5% CBD content, and only 6% THC (compared to <1%CBD and 12-19% THC for their other strains). Like Allen said, it just goes to show that allowing marijuana to exist legally has enormous benefits. Great stuff.

    5. DB says:

      This is great! This could very well be the holy grail of cannabis medicine that my wife and I have been searching for to treat her tourette’s. She can’t handle the psychoactive effect of THC, but if the CBD’s can help her, then we’d love to try this new strain!

    6. Dude says:

      IF our government really cared about the health and well being of the citizens THEY would be funding this research, instead of wasting $18 Million per year on Drug Free Communities(DFC) grants that perpetuate the “War on Drugs”….That’s right your tax dollars go to fund community organizations that oppose anything other than the government lies.$100,000.00 a year to pass on the governments Bullshit. Check it out here………..
      http://www.ondcp.gov/dfc/grantee_map.html

    7. Brandon says:

      Help support cannabis research in California by donating to the Tax Cannabis 2010 campaign. You can donate here
      http://www.taxcannabis.org/page/outreach/splash/april20/

    8. Nick Adams says:

      Some how I feel that more people like to get high than De Angelo is predicting.

    9. dtb says:

      wow pot that doesn’t get you high… just what we’ve always wanted… NOT! What a terrible idea. We who use it medicinally as an antidepressant & pain reliever LIKE to feel the psychoactive effects of Cannabis. It elevates my mood, takes my back & PUTS IT AWAY FOR THE DURATION. I feel like this is just another one more way for “THEM” (the infamous THEM/THEY) to dictate HOW we can feel in the privacy of our own homes. Not cool. Not cool at all. While i respect the efforts of NORML & its constituents, i feel this is not necessary, the breeding out of the psychoactive compound(s) that give Cannabis its glorious worth. Thank you nevertheless for the furtherance of Science & Medicine where this issue is concerned.

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