Sometimes it really makes sense to stand over how easily, with deep conviction and almost not with a warning index finger, even the people studied can shed nonsense about something they don't even know about.

On Tuesday, June 14 this year, I gave a lecture on cannabis in Lázně Hodonín. About 75 people came. First I explained to them where it took me to have the audacity to tell them something about the medicinal properties of a plant, when I was neither a biologist nor a doctor. He told them the story of our daughter Martina, who was diagnosed with a progressive form of multiple sclerosis at the age of twenty-seven. An incurable and cruel disease. And also about the devastating effects on her health and body of the drugs she had taken to inhibit the development of MS and its symptoms, and which simply stopped working after fourteen years. And to put it bluntly, if it weren't for the cannabis her husband had grown illegally in the beginning, and after the breakup of their marriage, we wouldn't have lived for almost fifteen years.

I also described to them the whole special history of this plant, how deception of humans achieved its ban, how its research took place in Czechoslovakia and Israel, who carried out it and what their work brought and brings. I have described specific cases of cannabis treatment in Rick Simpson, Corry Yeland, Mike Wiese, Charlotte Figi and others, and played videos of the effects of cannabis in Parkinson's disease, Tourette's syndrome and epilepsy in a child. In the end, I described to them my experience with the pupils of the eighth and ninth grades of primary school here in Týn nad Vltavou. How they sometimes met on a bench in front of our windows and prepared for classes by smoking a joint that traveled from one to the other. That actually started my lecture activity.

I went to school and offered to give a lecture for their older students. And strangely, we agreed. I told those children all the truth about cannabis. I didn't scare them with anything. But I also told them that cannabis quite successfully blocks short-term memory and that is not very suitable for study. That joint to study is about as good as a big rock in a backpack on the back of a marathon runner. But that it is up to them to decide. If they want to study, and thus secure a much better chance for the next life, or if they don't care so much about what they will do for the rest of their lives. The next day, three boys came to thank me for the lecture, saying that he is still finishing marijuana and will see each other only after graduation. 

I gave it to my listeners in the Hodonín spa as an example of the fact that than prohibitions and orders, even with children it is better and more beneficial to have a calm discussion, arguments and lead them to feel their own decision.

I think that lecture was a success. I conclude from the long discussion, which then literally "broke out", and also from the reactions of some therapists the next day, when they regretted that they had not learned about it before, so that they could hear it as well. People asked me if even their problems, which they had been treating for many years and without much effect, would have an effect on cannabis. If indeed, when they start treating them with cannabis, their addiction will not reach the heroin. If they can grow a few plants in their garden. If… If… There was a lot and my wife and I really didn't have time to answer. So I dictated my email address to everyone and answered everyone. 

But there was also an older couple who disagreed with me. He was a doctor. If I'm already resting, I don't know. I also don't know what his mistress did. But they both tried to convince us that we were not doing well. That cannabis is a very dangerous drug and that there is only a strict ban on children, not some persuasion or discussion. According to what they said about cannabis, they didn't really have the most basic information about it. To form their opinion, the constant "informational" massage of the state and the media, to which we were all, and often still are, was probably enough.

What to say. On the one hand, I was pleased with the success of the lecture. On the other hand, I was saddened by the couple. 

"Quiet discussion with children is better and more beneficial than prohibitions and orders"