Martin A. Lee is an award winning journalist and author who as well as cannabis has written about fascism, media fairness, drug policy and the social history of LSD.
Most people in the cannabis industry know Martin as the founder of Project CBD, a respected educational cannabis nonprofit that promotes and publicises research into the medical uses of CBD and other components of the cannabis plant.
In this episode, Martin shares how back in 2008, as one of the few journalists attending the early International Cannabinoid Research Society symposiums, he was fascinated by the preclinical studies showing the therapeutic potential of CBD in a host of health conditions.
However, on returning to California, he realised that only high THC cannabis was available to patients with no mention made of CBD.
And so began his hunt for CBD-rich cannabis cultivars. His quest was eventually rewarded with the discovery of about six varietals, which Martin and a small group of other CBD enthusiasts began giving away to patients, dispensaries and growers in California.
And so in 2009 Project CBD was born, without which the Stanley Brothers probably wouldn't have known to grow a CBD-rich strain of cannabis in Colorado, the world may not have heard about how CBD reduced the seizures of Charlotte Figi, and the current global CBD phenomenon quite possibly would not have been born.
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