“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu
Shifting paradigms about social norms engrained in our collective psyche for generations takes time. We have been conditioned to trust that our systems of governance, justice and health are based in truth. When we are confronted with information that contradicts what we have come to believe, it is human nature to resist and defend our position.
Therein lies the conundrum of cannabis. Like a journey of a thousand miles, convincing someone who has been convinced over a lifetime to accept prohibitionist propaganda as truth often takes just one life-changing event. Barring that, it takes one credible piece of information at a time, over time, to make headway.
Education is key – it’s up to those of us who understand the truth to unveil it in a way that it’s palpable to those who are reluctant to let go of the paradigm they’ve believed to be true. Step by step, page by page, conversation by conversation, we can begin to shift the new paradigm of understanding that will eventually become the new normal. Every day, doctors, scientists, patients and survivors are making strides, discovering ways in which cannabis is transforming lives. The more we talk about what we learn, the more likely we can help to reshape public opinion – one person at a time.
Grant Mattos played five seasons in the NFL as a wide receiver for the Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers and Tennessee Titans after attending the University of Southern California. He is also known for his appearance as a contestant on the 22nd season of popular reality show Survivor. Originally from Mountain View, California, he currently lives in Toronto where he teaches yoga and meditation. As an author and speaker, he travels throughout the U.S. educating the public about cannabis and will be joining Dr. Uma in the upcoming Doc & Jocks speaking tour. His first book titled The Fifth Down, a memoir about the compelling amount of courage it takes to keep moving forward in the face-off defeat, will be released later this year. More information is available on GrantMattos.com.
Dr. Uma Dhanabalan MD, MPH, FAAFP is a highly respected physician trained Occupational & Environmental Medicine, is Founder/CEO of Global Health & Hygiene Solutions, LLC with a practice called Uplifting Health & Wellness in Natick, MA. As a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a Diplomat Certified in Cannabis Medicine, she has advocated for cannabis as an “exit drug” alternative to opiates for managing the pain and inflammation that often accompany sports injury. Dr. Uma is a keynote speaker in front of lawmakers in Massachusetts and Washington, DC. And attends several domestic and international medical conferences each year to conduct speaking engagements as a cannabis activist, author and expert. She is currently touring cannabis events throughout the U.S. moderating a panel with pro athletes called “Doc & Jocks.” A schedule of Dr. Uma’s upcoming events can be found on her website.
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