From reefer madness to the image of the zoned out stoner good for nothing but watching TV, cannabis, has had a history of bad stereotypes. For this reason, this month Paradise Seeds is looking at an event that mixes cannabis and sport with groundbreaking medical research.... and blows those lazy stereotypes away.
In May 2016, the Medical Cannabis Bike Tour rides again with the target of funding medical trials, using cannabis to treat cancer, later this year...
This year will be the 5th edition of the Medical Cannabis Bike Tour. For 3 days, approximately 100 volunteers and cyclists will be making a 420 km journey through Southern Europe (Italy and Slovenia), raising money for scientific trials which will be conducted later this year.
Why is this bike ride radical? Probably the biggest cannabis sporting event in the world, the bike tour is funding medical cannabis research that will be donated to science – people, not pharmaceutical companies will profit.
The trials will use cannabinoids (THC and CBD) in combination with anti-cancer drugs to treat brain cancer patients. It will be the first time that cannabis has been used as a first line therapy, and the clinical trials will test the research of a team of scientists based in Madrid. Their research in the lab over the past 15 years has shown cannabis can stop the spread of cancer and can even kill cancer cells.
As it is the 5th year of the Medical Cannabis Bike Tour, we thought we would look back on the history of the bike tour.
Route: Barcelona – Valencia
Paradise Seeds owner, Luc Krol, embarks on an epic coastal cycle ride with good friend, Matej Snail (Snail Rolling Papers). “It started off as a conversation. We both love cycling and we were looking for an excuse to do a long bike ride...” The bike ride attracted a lot of attention and encouragement. The two decided to do it again the year after and this time raise money for medical cannabis research...
Route: Madrid – Valencia
Money raised: 50,000€
Now there are 20 riders – from Holland, Spain, Slovenia and Austria – a support team of volunteers and a cameraman. A tough ride through the mountainous interior of Spain, via the beautiful Serranía de Cuenca national park with arrival at the GrowMed Expo in Valencia. Money raised from the first bike rides funds a researcher at the Madrid lab.
Route: Valencia – Barcelona
Money raised: 100,000€
The MCBT’s profile begins to attract an international audience. The army of volunteers grows larger and the international force of riders grows with entrants from 10 European countries, the USA and Canada. An impressive route through Valencia and Catalunya with arrival at Spannabis. Highlights – a police escort on entry to Barcelona and the mighty Garraf Massif mountain climb!
Route: Maastricht – Amsterdam
Money raised: 100,000€
The MCBT moves to northern Europe. The idea is to start taking the bike tour to a different place each year to help ‘spread the word’ to new regions and people. An excellent ride through Belgium, Holland and Spain. Highlights – Holland’s impressive cycle network and no hills! With GEINO (the Spanish group of Neuro-Oncology) on board to oversee clinical trials, this is a big push to raise enough money to get the trials started... but unfortunately not enough.
Route: Ljubljana – Bologna
Participants: 100 (estimated)
Money raised: 100,000€ (estimated)
Paradise Seeds is again proud to sponsor the event. This year’s sponsorship money is predicted to achieve the 350,000€ needed to begin the clinical trials. Later in the year 40 -50 glioma (brain cancer) patients will be treated with cannabinoids in a handful of Spanish hospitals. We will keep you updated of the progress…
For now however, it’s time for Team Paradise to get pedalling... Medical Cannabis Bike Tour 2016, here we come!