Background

For thousands of years the plant species Cannabis sativa L. has accompanied mankind in various applications or uses. For example, in the Middle East more than 3000 years ago, the Asirios named it qunnabu when it was used in certain rituals, azallu if it was used as a medicine and gan-zi-gun-nu if it was used to "free their minds". A wide range of applications are shown by Cannabis sativa L. plant. While Cannabis sativa subspecies with low or null psychoactivity (also known as Hemp) has been grown worldwide during a hundred of years for industrial purposes, subspecies Cannabis sativa Indica and Cannabis sativa Sativa possess a promising potential as treatment for various diseases.

During the decade of the 1930s a movement emerges from the most conservative wing of American politics, with the of prohibiting Cannabis sativa L. use, based in false psychological prejudices about its consumption. In the years that followed, and moved by a huge economic interest, they were joined by the petrochemical industry, who were looking to move hemp industry as raw material provider (e.g textile and construction materials) to brand new plastic industry.

After about 30 years of persecution, the campaign to ban the many uses of Cannabis sativa (i.e. recreational, medicinal and industrial) reaches the entire world in the decade of 1960. In the early 1970s, Chile follows this trend and restricts its cultivation, processing and various uses.

Today, strong evidence is conferred to Cannabis sativa regarding its medicinal, social, and ecological potential. However, Chilean legislation has not progressed at the same pace. In September 2014, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a multinational body composed by experts in drug policy, published a report that includes revealing realities and quotes as follows: “criminalizing people for the possession and use of drugs is wasteful and counterproductive. This strategy is harmful to people’s health, stigmatizes vulnerable populations, and contributes to an exploding prison population. Ending criminalization is a prerequisite of every genuinely health-centered drug policy”. In the same report the commission establishes several recommendations to move towards a new and effective drug control strategy, which manifests the need to decriminalize the use of substances, with special urgency in legalization and crop regulation of Cannabis sativa and coca leaf (Erythroxylum coca).

Sciences for Cannabis foundation is born from the need to acquire high quality scientific/cultural technical tools that allow us to demonstrate the multiple benefits associated to Cannabis sativa  plant, and also to detect the flaws in its many applications areas, in a way to establish the right measures for regulation.

Mission

To support training to healthcare professionals that understand the need to consider a holistic approach in these matters.
To undertake scientific research related to Cannabis Sativa, share the results in scientific publications, and spread the knowledge to the general public.
To establish ourselves as a national and international authority on matters related to Cannabis Sativa and its derivatives.
To encourage the restoration of Hemp industry in Chile at small and large scale.

Principles and Values

Vision

The end of prohibitionism is imminent. In the near future, all substances will be legal and their use regulated by the State. We will contribute to reaching this point , by providing arguments based in scientific evidence and by generating relevant local knowledge on the subject, as well as the direct introduction of proposals for changes in the public policy. Our priority is Cannabis sativa with emphasis on its medicinal and industrial uses.

Goals

Play the role of an educator of the Chilean and global society about the medical, social, and industrial uses of Cannabis sativa.

Generate knowledge related to the Chilean reality of Cannabis sativa consumption, in order to address the issues of the use and abuse of substances derived from this plant.

Innovate and develop biotech related to the use and production of industrial hemp.

Incorporate scientific evidence into the current discussion between the executive and legislative powers regarding the public policy on the use of narcotic substances.

Build an Analytic Laboratory for research on cannabinoids with the required competences necessary to certify quality and safety of Cannabis sativa vegetable matter and its derivatives.