With the inspiration to bring the language of science closer to the community in general, Karina Vergara saw the need to gather the scientific information available, seeking to break down the myths about this plant and inform the scientific community, the political power and the community in general. on the relief medical cannabis brings to many patients. "People like Karina are called to make a difference, because science that is not at the service of people who suffer, but at the service of large corporate interests, betrays the society it should serve," said the director at the event. executive of Fundación Daya, Ana María Gazmuri, executive director of Fundación Daya, who presented the book in the company of Juan Pablo Ríos, advisor to the Cabinet of the Minister of Health, Carmen Castillo, and lawyer Ricardo Garín, author of the book “El Lobby Feroz”.
"The ostensible indifference of doctors towards marijuana can no longer serve as a pretext to keep this drug in the shadows," the back cover of the book "Conscious Cannabis" reads, quoting the AMA, American Medical Association. And that is precisely the great contribution of this book: clearing the way for good sense and humanity to prevail, accelerating the processes that allow the widest accessibility to this therapeutic alternative, "he added.
Together with the solid scientific evidence on the benefits of medicinal cannabis, the book recounts the importance and use that this plant has had throughout history, prior to the prohibition that affects it since the last century, compiling historical data that crosses to civilizations around the planet: since the appearance of the medicinal benefits of cannabis more than five thousand years ago in the ancient Vedas, sacred Indian texts where the multiple virtues of the plant are praised, considering it a "sacred psychoactive", carrier of joy and happiness, to the use of medicinal cannabis in the Middle East and Africa, where the plant was used to treat insomnia, migraines and cramps, as well as more complex diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and epilepsy.
Along with this, his first introduction to the West by the Irish doctor William O'Shaughnessy, author of the first medical study on the subject published in 1843, where he records the successful use of cannabis as an anticonvulsant, after administering it to a 40 day old baby.
Ana María Gazmuri highlighted the importance of the publication, as a way of informing authorities and debunking myths with solid evidence. “This book should be required reading of the Public Ministry, an institution that in a totally incomprehensible and irrational way, has insisted on persecuting patients who use medical cannabis for their ailments, completely betraying the conversations held with them by our organization and others that are dedicated to defending citizens' rights ”, he pointed out.
In addition, he added that almost a hundred years have passed since the prohibition of the plant, a policy that for a century made it difficult to research its therapeutic properties and access to cannabis, thus preventing alleviating the suffering of millions of human beings throughout the world. planet, which constitutes a serious violation of the right of access to health and human rights in general.
For his partPablo Ríos, adviser to the cabinet of the current Minister of Health, who spoke in a personal term, stressed that the book combines the depth and rigor of the investigation of the background collected by its author, with a pen that is easy to read for all audiences, classifying it as "a must read." “I am convinced that many parliamentarians will need it. This book should be in the library of Congress and be distributed to parliamentarians, magistrates, prosecutors and politicians who have a great responsibility in executing the decisions, "he added.
Pablo Ríos stressed that the book should be a fundamental reading in the country's schools, since it does not contain subjective insights in the text, but rather a rigorous investigation of the medical history related to the plant. “I have no doubt that this book can be read worldwide, it has many projections. This knowledge must be present in the citizenry, so that it becomes part of the discussions in an informed way and free of prejudice ... Cannabis is, without a doubt, the medicine of the 21st century, ”he emphatically pointed out.
The closing of the launch of the book "Conscious Cannabis" was in charge ofRenato Garín, lawyer, academic and author of the revealing book "El Lobby Feroz", who pointed out that the policies designed by the Senda in charge of Mariano Montenegro were a kind of communication campaign that did not focus on scientific information or the well-being of patients.
From left to right: Renato Garín, lawyer and author of the book “El lobby feroz”, Ana María Gazmuri, executive director of Fundación Daya, Karina Vergara, author of “Cannabis Consciente”, and Pablo Ríos, advisor to the current Minister of Health .
"Under the command of Mr. Montenegro, the Senda functioned as a sounding board for the discourse of large corporations ... In Chile psychotropics are sold like hotcakes and you cannot grow cannabis in the courtyard of the house with ease," he said. “That is why this type of scientific and literary evidence that the book displays is probably going to collide with a huge wall of corporate interests. To exemplify this, I will tell you a case: in 1999 in the USA an unusual event occurred, when a person who worked for a tobacco company decided to tell the whole truth about that industry on a television program, explaining how in the USA the tobacco industry bought politics, study center reports, laboratories, and universities. All institutions that in exchange for gigantic donations, lent themselves to endorse false information about tobacco and cannabis. The case showed how the tobacco industry had hijacked public policies on smoking and how the tobacco industry financed pseudo-scientific studies against cannabis around the world, to support the position of tobacco, "he exemplified.
“The gigantic corporate industries such as banking, mining, tobacco, pharmaceutical companies capture through lobbying and financing, the public policies of the State. This is what happens in drug policy and drug law in our country. That explains why in Chile remedies with a green star are sold in all pharmacies and cannabis cannot be grown quietly at home ... I celebrate the book "Conscious Cannabis" by Karina Vergara because it will serve to demonstrate that corporate interests are wrong and it will help us to continue drilling, drop by drop, with oriental patience, this wall that corporate interests have built in Chile ”, he concluded.
For her part, the author of Conscious Cannabis, Karina Vergara, made the invitation to read and share the book, as it is based on undeniable scientific information. “Every day it is easier to lie. Politicians or people who have power in the media come out lying, giving biased information that ends up generating partial truths, "he said. “The evidence is, the evidence exists. We know that medical cannabis works: around 300 people a month come to the Foundation who have improved their quality of life thanks to cannabis ”.
Finally, the author called for awareness that by growing a plant at home, you can find relief from many ailments and diseases. “Cannabis is, without a doubt, the medicine of the 21st century. It would be very biased not to recognize that aspect. We are facing a tremendous paradigm shift ”, Pablo Ríos said as a summary of the day and in a personal capacity.