The Thursday Lecture
Thursday December 5, 2019 4:00pm
Presenter:Elke Chimal
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella

Revolution from Nature – the green gold: For more than 30,000 years, cannabis was reputably regarded as the most important useful and medicinal plant for mankind.  However, at the beginning of the 20th Century, its abuse as a recreational drug resulted in cannabis being criminalised in most parts of the world.  Today, and based upon current research, cannabis is achieving a positive comeback – increasingly being celebrating for its incredible postulated potential for new medicine.


There is a spectrum of utility to regard in terms of cannabis products.  So far, only two cannabinoides with medicinally useful properties have been identified and these have minimal side effects.  The primary reason for this is that human bodies produce these cannabinoides naturally – and therefore there is little risk of addiction.  However, the natural production of these cannabinoides may be insufficient to meet the needs to address requirements – and supplements can be useful to support the treatment of illnesses and/or reduce suffering.  Research suggests that this can apply to medical issues involving the brain, joints, stomach, digestion, muscles, skin or heart.  


So, what about cannabis products?  The most commonly available product on the market is CBD Oil.  The quality/’power’ of this product is variable – and it may be illegal in some regions/countries.  Other methods of use involve liposomes which have a much higher potential – along with legally-obtainable pills and creams.

Elke Wagner (Dipl. Hh-oec): Elke was born in southern Germany in the state of Baden-Wurettemburg, the capital of which Stuttgart.  Her professional career started with an apprenticeship in Business Administration at a local energy supplier company. Later, she studied Social Economics at the University of Hohenheim where she worked in the President’s team for a number of years.


Early on, she knew that the Non-Profit Sector would be her passion – and she had also discovered the pre-hispanic healing traditions of Mexico.  While spending the last 25 years in fundraising for German-based Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) specialised in F2F, her main thrust in life has been to support and encourage philanthropic endeavours that benefit mankind as a whole.  Nowadays, promoting holistic medicine – informed by multiple study and exchange visits between Europe and Mexico – is her main occupation.


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