Crafting Cannabis: A Modern-Day ‘Lorenzo’s Oil’


Unsatisfied with traditional medicine, this scientist developed a cannabidiol oil to remedy the brain seizures of her child. In the 1992 critically-acclaimed movie Lorenzo’s Oil, Augusto and his wife Michaela set out on a mission to find a treatment to save their child after doctors prove incapable of treating their son’s rare disease. They persisted, ultimately developing a therapy containing two specific long chain fatty acids, isolated from grapeseed oil and olive oil, that proved successful in halting their son’s steady decline. LORENZO’S OIL, from left: Nick Nolte, Zack O’Malley Greenburg (in bed), Susan Sarandon, Gerry Bamman (front), 1992, © Universal/courtesy Everett Collection This modern tale of invention is a similar one about a young boy named Macario, suffering from seemingly untreatable conditions. In today’s evolved culture, however, the oil is from cannabis. It wasn’t expected to be this way. Crafting Cannabis: A Modern-Day ‘Lorenzo’s Oil’

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