The Back Story
I’m Jeremy Kossen, a writer, journalist, and founder of KannaWise.
Just a few years ago, I would have never expected I would become involved in the medical cannabis industry. In fact, I was highly skeptical of cannabis as medicine.
However, I had several friends who served in combat and were affected by PTSD. They shared with me their struggles with conventional, popularly prescribed pharmaceuticals.
They described the toll these “approved medications” had on their physical and emotional health. And, how they found relief — and got their lives back — using cannabis therapeutically.
So, I started to do my own research on cannabis, and began sharing this research through my writing. However, I was surprised to find:
- On the one hand, there is a vast amount of preclinical data — in the lab, observational studies, anecdotal research — suggesting cannabis is an effective medicine. Likewise, cannabis has been used as medicine for thousands of years.
- On the other hand, rigorous clinical research is limited.
How could this be?
Cannabis is a Schedule I drug in the U.S. — and, because of international drug treaties, it is highly controlled drug in most of the world. Governments consider Schedule I drugs as having “high potential for abuse, and no known medical value.” This classification creates significant barriers to researching cannabis in the same way we study other drugs.
Bizarrely, it’s easier to study heroin than it is to study cannabis!
Unfortunately, there are good intentioned people on both sides of the cannabis debate relying on information that is just not very good. The dissemination of bad information — flawed or biased data — provides a huge disservice to the public and to patients.
It’s no wonder why so many people are confused. Who knows what to believe?
Our goal is to fill in this huge knowledge gap and educate the public in a reliable and objective manner — by fairly presenting balanced research.
At KannaWise, our goals are as follows:
- Educate Patients and the Public: Develop courses with respected scientists and researchers and provide these courses to the public — including patients, medical professionals and legislators.
- Be an Objective Source: Being an objective source of information that clearly identifies what we know and what we don’t know about cannabis. Identifying the research that exists and translating this research from esoteric, scientific jargon, into digestible, easy-to-understand formats. This way, people can draw their own informed conclusions about cannabis.
- Promote Research: And, finally, by promoting and advancing ongoing research.
We hope you’ll join us on our mission!