A company named Medical Genomics has sequenced the entire DNA of Cannabis sativa. The work began after founder Kevin McKernan read a 2003 study about the potential for cannabinoids to fight cancer, and the raw sequence was published around August 18th.
We already know marijuana is good for treating glaucoma, arthritis, nausea, pain and has other uses but now, thanks to this, all 400 million bases (A,C,G,T) have instantly become scientific common knowledge. Medical Genomics was created to explore the medicinal properties of naturally occurring plants, and now they and other companies have the raw information necessary to begin that work at the deepest possible level. There are hardly any of us whose lives haven’t been touched by cancer at some point, and the sane majority of us would approve of any step toward a lead pipe ass beating of that particular disease.
There’s another side to this, of course, and that is the fact that the term “hybrid” just took an exciting turn for the complex. Who knows what kind of weed hybrids and chimeras can be developed now that any pot head geneticist (there have to be some) can tinker with the plant’s nature: super weed? THC in apples? A monkey with four asses?
Maybe not that last one.
1. Humanity now knows more about cannabis than it ever has in the past.
2. The more we learn about weed, the more we learn how it helps, and not hurts, us.
3. The more people who know that, the fewer ignorant fools who preach prohibition.
And that’s a win, y’all.
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