The Medical Cannabis Bike Tour Foundation is a non-profit organization. We fund independent research into medical cannabis and support the legal rights of medical cannabis users. We do this by using a sporting event to promote our message.
The event began in 2012 with just two riders. In the years since it has grown massively and in 2016 over 80 riders and volunteers took part. Over the years, we have taken the tour to Spain (twice), Germany/Holland/Belgium and Slovenia/Italy.
In the past four years, we have raised 350,000€ in sponsorship money which is used to fund independent clinical research by a team of scientists based in Madrid. The money raised will help to fund ground breaking clinical trials into the use of cannabinoids (THC and CBD) as a potential cure for cancer patients.
The Medical Cannabis Bike Tour supports:
1) Medical cannabis research. We fund independent studies by doctors and scientists who are combining cannabinoids with existing anti-cancer drugs (see our news section for updates on the research program).
2) Legal rights. Working with ICAM (International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines), we support legal efforts to achieve equal rights for medical cannabis users at The European Court of Human Rights.
3) Medical cannabis awareness. Through our bike ride we are challenging popular misconceptions about cannabis, creating public and media awareness and bringing attention to our cause.
Why sport? Because it is a great way to challenge preconceptions people have about cannabis. It is also a great way to unify people. The bike tour is proud of its membership, with participating riders from all over Europe and North America. We are truly an international force!
Why medical cannabis? Cannabis has been used as a traditional herbal treatment throughout history. Today, there is much anecdotal evidence to suggest that cannabis assists with a range of medical conditions and scientific research suggests cannabinoids can prevent tumour growth and kill cancer cells.
Why isn’t more scientific research being done? The Medical Cannabis Bike Tour began as a result of this frustration. We believe the plant’s legal status in Europe is holding back comprehensive research. We knew it was time to take this issue into our own hands.