Byron Underground Film Festival 2021: CBD Nation – Australian Premiere & Panel Discussion

Byron Underground Film Festival 2021 at Byron Theatre: CBD Nation (Australian Premiere)

Please note: This event is General Admission (no allocated seating).
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BUFF is proud to partner with The Hemp Embassy to present the Australian Premiere of CBD Nation, a powerful new documentary which features the world’s leading experts in the field of contemporary cannabis medical science revealing how the non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) is transforming lives across the world.

The Australian Premiere screening of CBD Nation will be followed by a discussion panel with local experts from health, law and industry about the Australian context of this fast-changing issue. Guests include Michael Balderstone (Hemp Embassy), and Dr Jamie Rickord, director of Ananda Clinics to discuss the medical, political and business opportunities of the shifting legislation.

CBD Nation

The United States is home to 5% of the world’s population, but consumes 75% of the world’s prescription drugs.

With record levels of anxiety, PTSD, depression, autoimmune conditions and cancer, the rate at which pharmaceuticals are being prescribed has never been seen before. Between 1999 and 2017, nearly 400,000 Americans died from opioid overdose, as we now pace at 130 more deaths every single day.

Are the drugs we are consuming at record levels actually helping us?

Director/Producer David Jakubovic examines the highest levels of real research and evidence behind the safest known, therapeutically active medicine humanity has: cannabis. Over the last several decades, the US government quietly published numerous studies and reports revealing cannabis as a safe, non-addictive, effective treatment for depression, nausea, tumor reduction, glaucoma, opiate withdrawals, epileptic seizures, and many other conditions. In 1999 the US Department of Health filed patent number 6,630,507 for the use of cannabinoids – compounds found inside the cannabis plant – as a useful treatment for many diseases.

CBD Nation features the world’s leading experts in the field of cannabis scientific research as they dive deep into the science of how and why cannabis works for so many conditions, and why one, non-psychoactive cannabinoid in particular, cannabidiol (CBD), is being credited for giving many a second chance at life.

The film also follows the emotional stories of several patients who bravely took control of their own medical journeys to significantly improve their quality of life.

It’s not a movie about weed. It’s not a movie about stoners. It’s not a movie about hippies.

It’s a movie about science. The stunning science of medical cannabis.

The Byron Underground Film Festival is one of Australia’s newest film festivals, focusing on innovative, experimental, independent and ground-breaking cinema from around the world.

As one of the only regions of the country which has remained relatively Covid-19 free over the last year, we are looking forward to celebrating the cinema experience without the risks associated with holding in-person events in major cities.​

Byron Bay and the nearby Gold Coast has recently become the centre of much activity in the Australian film industry. The festival has tapped into this growth through our celebration of new independent cinema culture. As a popular travel destination, we plan to position our festival as an attractive option for the festival circuit which filmmakers, critics, distributors and audiences can visit without the risks of Covid.

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This is a Covidsafe event.
For the health & safety of all, signage & sanitising stations are set up throughout the venue. We ask that you adhere to all covid guidelines while attending the theatre.

 The Byron Theatre and Community Centre is a registered CovidSafe business.

6.00pm – Venue doors open / Events Bar open
6.30pm – Theatre doors open
7.00pm – CBD Nation + Panel Discussion
10.00pm – Event concludes