Justin and Gilbert started an initiative called Project Marijuana (P.Mari) to help the general public (especially in Asia) to navigate around the misconceptions of the cannabis plant and to educate its potential medicinal values/ benefits. There are 3 major components to the initiative:
- General education, facts and updates on the cannabis industry
- Cannabis derived products currently available globally
- Setting up an industry standard in rating products
Due to the restrictive global drug policies of the last century the cannabis sativa plant didn’t receive much positive attention. Recently, the potential of cannabis and hemp is being rediscovered – in the medical field as well as within many other industries like plastic, textile or construction as a sustainable alternative. Nevertheless, with a gap of about 100 years in progression and complicated legal frameworks, hemp and cannabis related industries and the link to the divers processing industries are underdeveloped. Science is still suffering from the remaining stigma attached to the plant, which complicates obtaining permits and funding for research.
However the limited and often restricted research already show that cannabis can be used for a variety of ailments and conditions, including
- Easing nausea and vomiting.
- Stimulating appetite in chemotherapy and/or AIDS patients.
- Reducing eye pressure in glaucoma patients.
- Managing chronic pain.
- Treating gastrointestinal illnesses.
Recent research has also suggested that some of the compounds in marijuana may have beneficial qualities for patients suffering from a variety of other conditions, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer, brain cancer, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, insomnia, and even asthma.
The currently non-profit initiative is funded solely out of pocket by Gilbert and Justin but is becoming increasingly difficult due to the situation with COVID 19. They will need your help to move things forward.