Barry Lambert, an Australian banking magnate and philanthropist, donated $3 million to Thomas Jefferson University's Center for Medical Cannabis Education and Research (CMCER). The Center was launched this summer as a part of The Institute of Emerging Health Professions. CMCER has two main goals: to discover and study the medicinal properties of cannabis and to educate physicians and pharmacists who are going to work with medical weed.
Although Mr. Lambert says he has never tried cannabis himself, the businessman had a chance to see how beneficial medical weed could be with his own eyes. His granddaughter, Katelyn, was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome―one of the cruelest forms of epilepsy. The girl suffered from harsh, repetitive seizures and spent most time of the first years of her life in hospitals. The worst thing about Dravet syndrome is that it usually cannot be treated with the traditional epilepsy drugs.
When nothing helped their little girl, the Lamberts used their last option―medical cannabis. Katelyn's father, Michael Lambert, obtained hemp-derived oil from Denmark risking his freedom. The results surpassed their wildest expectations. Katelyn is now almost completely free from her merciless seizures and can live as a normal five-year-old girl.
Seeing what a miraculous effect medical cannabis had on his granddaughter pushed Barry Lambert to start helping universities in Australia and the U.S. to study the medicinal properties of weed. Mr. Lambert donated large amounts of money to scientific centers that are focused on medical marijuana research.
It is noteworthy that Katelyn is not the only kid who was able to combat Dravet syndrome with the help of medical cannabis oil. The most famous girl who managed to defeat this ruthless form of epilepsy by using medical weed is Charlotte Figi. With the help of cannabis oil, the Figis were able to reduce the number of Charlotte's seizures from up to 300 a week to less than five a month. Later, marijuana breeders from the Realm of Caring Foundation created a special high-CBD strain called Charlotte's Web.
Last year, Mr. Lambert donated $26 million to the University of Sydney so they could launch a marijuana research center. Now the center is named in honor of its main financial supporter―the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics.
Jefferson University's CMCER was also renamed after receiving Mr. Lambert's generous donation. Now the establishment is called The Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp.
According to the director of the Jefferson University's Institute for Emerging Health Professions Charles V. Pollack Jr., the university will spend this money on further research of different medical cannabis treatment strategies.