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The Academy of Cannabis Education (ACE) is a nonprofit organization, recognized as a tax exempt, 501(c) 3 educational organization.
The Mission of The Academy of Cannabis Education is to educate health care professionals, patients, caregivers, and the public about the scientific basis for the therapeutic and medical use of cannabis and additional issues related to patient health and care.
The medical community is discovering what many of us have known for a long time. That cannabis is powerful medicine that can be used in the treatment of everything from arthritis pain to the side effects of chemotherapy. Therein lies the challenge – how should we take advantage of this natural medicine? ACE recognizes and addresses the need for science to provide the foundation for medical and therapeutic use of cannabis.
Our dedication to science has its roots in the cannabis reform movement of the late 20th and early 21st century, and the role and importance of scientific research in defending patients and advancing reforms in public policy and law to address their medical needs and civil rights.
Our expertise can be evaluated through our work and its adherence to academic conventions and scientific standards. Our story, though, is best understood in terms of our commitment to patients and their care – a commitment that has animated, in the words of Robert Randall, our involvement with the issues of cannabis law reform.
Bob Randall was the first person in the United States to receive medical cannabis from our federal government. Many of us are inspired by Bob Randall’s contribution to advancing the field of medical cannabis, and some of us are inspired as well by our work with Bob on these issues throughout our careers. Getting a legal supply of cannabis to treat the symptoms of his Glaucoma was not enough for Bob – he dedicated his life to securing access for all patients.
Bob Randall was one of the first advocates for medical cannabis; he was also one of the first educators. Along with Alice O’Leary Randall, Bob founded the Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics. Bob and Alice taught a lot of us how to do it, how advance the interests of patients, and what we learned was how to use science to a convergence of interests between patients, medical professionals, and policy makers.
This is one of the most important stories about medical cannabis, but by no means is it singular or unique. Another important story is the discovery of the endogenous cannabinoid system, but for now let us just note one major reason why that discovery is so important. This scientific discovery provided proof that validated the accounts of patients about the medical effects of cannabis, accounts that had often been dismissed as the wishful thinking of drug abusers.
Our story consists of these stories, the stories of medical cannabis users and their efforts to receive care, the challenges they faced, and how their experience is now affecting medical and therapeutic practices throughout our public health system.
As you learn and understand the science of medical cannabis it becomes clear that in addition to its efficacy in many areas, one of its most useful attributes is to provide a new channel of therapeutic action to treat patients who have been unresponsive to contemporaneous treatment strategies.
The story of the Academy of Cannabis Education will continue the story of how science improves and enhances our society’s ability to provide effective health care for every individual in our community.