Chapter 43 “the scramble for immunity: thank you cannabis”

The other totally effective immunity source against Virus # 26 was cannabis and not simply a puff for a novice. As with measles and chicken pox it took time to complete the research on this rather strange anti-viral tool but through the preliminary research and anecdotal evidence what we did know as the outbreak of Virus # 26 spread globally was that consumption of cannabis on a daily basis at a minimum potency rate was the key. The quantity had to be in the 90-gram range per month of which 60 parts had to be THC and 40 parts CBD. For hashish the monthly consumption needed to be 23 grams. And the consumption had to have been for at least a year or so.

Most progressive physicians knew that cannabis products strengthened the immune system generally speaking but were taken aback at the fact cannabis was a Virus # 26 killer. Somehow and some way the endocannabinoid system was activated by the cannabis to attack and kill the virus. The synthetic cannabis produced by Big Pharma offered no immunity. The cannabis consumed had to have both CBD and THC in it. Hemp seed oil was ineffective as it only had CBD with a miniscule component of THC although it was relatively easy to convert a hemp farm into a cannabis farm

Demand shot up and supplies were cleaned out in countries and states where cannabis was legal but for many it was a desperation buy and too late as the cannabis must have been in your system for approximately a year. So as the mortality rate increased demand for cannabis decreased but there was a sufficient supply in the system to supply current users and those with enough money to isolate for a year and consume cannabis daily.

The general response after several months of political bickering was to nationalize cannabis production and import vast quantities of cannabis product. Jamaica, Pakistan, India, Mexico, Morocco and Columbia narcos became very wealthy through the exports of hashish and cannabis. Yesterday’s drug lords became respectable businessmen. Homegrown outdoor cannabis was generally weaker in temperate climates and not sufficiently powerful to offer Virus # 26 immunity unless the strain was a potent one which growers quickly caught on to, The result was that cannabis was the new gold rush and farmers finally regained their rightful stature as vital to society’s survival.

The regular pattern in the First and Second World was to create a national rationing programme. Present your card at a cannabis rationing station and off you went.

Those whose chip in the shoulder indicated that they had had measles and chicken pox were unable to purchase unless it was for a family member.

The upstanding Canadian corporate elite hightailed it to their summer retreats to isolate and consume cannabis for a one-year period. Being used to privileged treatment they managed quite successfully to bribe “the right people” for a one-year supply.

Third world countries had a higher measles and chicken pox infection rate so supply issues were not as big of an issue as they were in the developed world. The Perry Como sweatered Bill Kruger and his highly pickled wife Mitzy immediately dropped their measles and chicken pox vaccination obsession and against all of their ethics spread around enormous amounts of their Foundation money to cannabis grow-ops. There is money in them thar hills! That’s all the Krugers were ever after.

Although Virus # 26 killed millions at least everyone knew what was going to save their bacon and it wasn’t social distancing, handwashing and not touching your eyes, mouth or ears. Believe it or not it was a plant that had been used in medicine for over 5,000 years.

The cannabis magic bullet had some interesting effects on demographics in the First World. The measles and chicken pox afflicted seniors were in their 60’s and 70’s and there were not many of them left! The cannabis consumers could be split into medical users and recreational users. The recreational users were in the 18-50-year-old age bracket but the majority of those were in their twenties. Medical users could be any age. Society was split between youth and a declining tranche of baby boomers.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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