Lowe pushes medicinal ganja use for midlife crisis

Lowe pushes medicinal ganja use for midlife crisis

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Leading research scientist and entrepreneur, Dr Henry Lowe, says that studies on cannabinoids (chemicals from ganja) show that they help to improve moods and relieve anxiety, and address several other issues related to midlife crisis that affects men and women.

“Tremendous potential exists for research and development, to determine how medical ganja products can be developed and used to relieve a variety of health problems related to midlife crisis”, Dr Lowe told a public lectured, titled “New Wines into Old Skins; the Current and Future Uses of Medical Marijuana” hosted by the Jamaica Midlife Health Society (JHMS) at Eden Gardens, Lady Musgrave Road, Kingston on Tuesday.

Midlife Crisis is a very serious episode in the lives of hundreds of millions of people all over the world.  It usually occurs between the age of 37 and into the 50s, and is an extremely stressful time for patients, spouses, family members, friends and others who interact with and care for the sufferer.

Two of the major symptoms of a midlife crisis are depression and anxiety, which often times can be chronic.

Dr Lowe also stated that medicinal ganja offers huge opportunities for Jamaica’s economic revival and, if properly acted on, can transform Jamaica into a worldwide hub for Research and Development and product innovation.

“If these actions are taken, Jamaica could join many countries such as Israel Canada, the UK and certain states in the USA, in benefiting from this US multibillion dollar market which is new and rapidly emerging,” he said.

In summary, Dr Lowe, said that Jamaica could:

Become the hub for research and development for medical ganja;

Implement medical ganja as a significant impact for driving Health Tourism here;

Use the opportunity to apply medicinal chemistry techniques to modify and synthesize related ganja medicinal products such as Sativex and Marinol, which are significant medicinal agents on the market;

Develop the necessary standards, dosage and quality control, which are desperately required, which could be done in collaboration with Jamaica’s scientific and medicinal community;

Create and market nutraceuticals from ganja for local and export purposes; and, develop products from ganja for a variety of medications.

He pointed out that, Jamaica has already set the stage with the first commercial development of a product from ganja – Cannasol.

Dr Lowe says the Government should move decisively to "remove the smoke from ganja”

“We have all been too focused on the smoking and legalization issues. We need to be positive and establish a clear policy decision going forward, including an unambiguous strategy on how the medical Marijuana system will actually be established and will work,” he said.

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