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It seems like there’s another over-the-top headline about cannabis every other day, from studies proclaiming it is, in fact, dangerous, to those that claim cannabis can cure just about everything.
One popular story floating around right now sounds plausible. There has been a preventative vaccine for Hepatitis B for years, and now researchers at the Wyoming Institute of Technology have announced what they believe may be a breakthrough discovery: a hepatitis C vaccine based on cannabis.
According to a report published on the Institute’s website, a female intern working with the research team reported anecdotal personal experience to the team that inspired them to investigate further. She believed she had cured herself of hepatitis C by vaporizing a particular strain of cannabis she had bred herself, called “Chunky Crimson.”
Further tests reportedly revealed that the intern was not, in fact, cured, but her progress was so impressive that the team decided to do a full study that included a suppository as well as oral treatment with a very high success rate.
It sounds so promising, but the Wyoming Institute of Technology (not to be confused with the Wyoming Technical Institute) is a satire website, not unlike The Onion.
With so little reliable reporting on cannabis news, and with mainstream media often overlooking incredibly fascinating cannabis-related stories, there should be no surprise that misinformation is abundant.
Remember the outrage back in January when the Feds raided a legal Colorado dispensary? It proved to be unnecessary, as there had been no raid (though there have been enough federal raids in legal medical marijuana states to make that idea credible).
There were also tales of fatal overdoses which were later cited by law enforcement in media interviews. On the other side of the scale, there was the story of how the governor of Colorado was going to release cannabis-related prisoners and expunge their records.
Then there’s the still semi-viral story about a young man in Texas facing the death sentence for a third cannabis offense. That story is clearly a send-up of the tragic, true tale of the 19-year-old Jacob Lovoro, sentenced to up to life in prison for cannabis-infused brownies.
While cannabis does present a possible cure and a definite treatment option for a wide range of conditions, federal laws will have to change before full-scale research can be conducted. In the meantime, we can all breathe easy knowing no restrictive state law will require shoving your medication up your rectum.
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