Australian Philanthropist Donates MORE Money to Cannabis Research
Author – Max Richardson-Davis
Edited by Noah Persin & Jon Russell
Australian millionaire Barry Lambert is at it again with another donation to cannabis research. After we previously reported that Lambert and his wife Joy had donated $33.7 million to the University of Sydney (Australia) for medicinal cannabis research, Lambert is now giving even more. On Dec. 28th, 2016, Lambert donated an additional $3 million to the cause. This time, the donation was made out to a university in the United States .
Thomas Jefferson University, the Philadelphia-based medical college, received the generous donation to better understand the role the cannabinoid CBD can play in a variety of conditions, with a special focus on Dravet’s Syndrome. Thomas Jefferson University, according to its website, the University’s vision is to, “We will re-imagine health, health education and discovery to create unparalleled value and to be the most trusted healthcare partner.”
Thomas Jefferson University launched a medical cannabis research program earlier this year in May 2016. According to the school’s blog on May 27, 2016, “The Institute of Emerging Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University announces the creation of the Center for Medical Cannabis Education & Research (CMCER), which will provide expert-developed, unbiased information and guidance to clinicians and patients about the medical uses of marijuana and cannabinoid focused-therapies. This pioneering endeavor will serve as an educational, academic, and research resource for both healthcare professionals and the public on the subject of medical marijuana.”
According to Stephen K. Klasko, M.D., MBA, President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University, “Understanding and researching new cutting-edge methods for the treatment of disease is a fundamental goal, and Jefferson is proud to be among the first of its kind to offer resources and support for the revolutionary expansion for medical marijuana.”
As you may recall from our first article, the reasoning behind the donation is as simple as it is deeply personal to the Lamberts: their granddaughter has daily seizures due to Dravet’s Syndrome. They are donating to prove that not only is CBD a great aide to those suffering from Dravet’s Syndrome, but to also conjure enough evidence to prove CBD should be considered a medicine as opposed to an illicit substance.
The rare form of epilepsy affects electrical components of the brain of those suffering, often leading to multiple seizures a day. Their granddaughter Katelyn, as applied by her parents, has been using hemp-based CBD oil daily to combat her seizures. Currently, this action is illegal under Australian law.
With the donation comes an even more robust cannabis research facility at Thomas Jefferson University. Due to the graciousness of Lambert, the school created the Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp.
When asked about the donation, Lambert wasn’t shy to share his feelings. “We have directly experienced the miraculous life-saving benefits of medicinal cannabis-derived from hemp. We are confident that working under modern U.S. regulations, TJU and its innovative, scientific approach will prove to the medical profession the benefits and safety of medicinal cannabis for a broad range of illnesses, not just childhood epilepsy.”
Charles Pollack Jr., director of the university’s Emerging Health Professions institute, was quoted as saying, “We are extremely grateful to the Lamberts for the bold and visionary gift, which will have an immediate impact on our research and education efforts.”
In turn, this mark the first medical cannabis research center in the United States, a sign that cannabis normalization is well under way. The program’s focus will be to continue focusing on the therapeutic and medicinal properties of cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant. A first focus will be on the medicinal effects of CBD, a commonly used cannabinoid for sufferers of epilepsy.