Cannabis on prescription - The future of medical marijuana
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Directed by: Raphaël Hitier
Initial release: 2018
"Cannabis on prescription - the future of medical marijuana" is a documentary film by Raphaël Hitier about marijuana as medicine, and how we are dealing with it in this world. It is a film produced by Arte France, and takes a scientific approach to the subject.
The film starts with stating that the demonization of marijuana was ungrounded, and then heads off for a visit to Colorado where we get to meet Megan, a dispensary customer who comes in to buy medicine for her young daughter who suffers from severe epilepsy. Megan explains how after her daughter was given CBD for the first time, it was also the first time she saw her daughter smile in a long while. She claims that if it wasn't for cannabis, she probably would have died from her disease.
The film takes us on a trip through the long history of cannabis as medicine, showing the viewer how we went from banning the substance to the rise of legalization that is happening at the moment.
The great thing about this film is that Raphael Mechoulam himself explains how he researched CBD back in the 60s, while also showing us a detailed explanation of how our endocannabinoid system works.
We also get a look at how the medicinal marijuana industry is working in Israel, one of the frontrunners at the moment, and hear scientists from countries such as Spain and France speak about how cannabis is treating diseases such as epilepsy, Crohn's disease, and possibly even cancer.
It is hard to say anything bad about the film as it serves its purpose very well. It strictly talks about cannabis as a medicine, leaving the whole recreational side of cannabis use untouched.
In the line of documentaries about cannabis and its potential use as medicine, this film is a good one. However, if you are already familiar with cannabis and have seen some other informative documentaries, it doesn't reveal any new groundbreaking facts.
Perhaps the bad thing is that it is pretty dry and scientific, making it not a very attractive documentary for the masses to watch.
THE BOTTOM LINE
There can never be enough good documentaries explaining the positive sides of cannabis as medicine and the need for further research and legalization. If you are curious about how countries like Israel are working with patients and want to hear the famous Raphael Mechoulam speak, then this film will absolutely be worth your time.