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According to Williams, Lenitiv’s ‘Alert’ and ‘Relax’ CBD capsules are 100% free of THC, the chemical in marijuana that’s responsible for many or most of its psychoactive effects (unlike CBD). The blends are also reportedly formulated with hand-picked terpenes known to help with anxiety, depression, pain management, inflammation, and/or memory retention as appropriate.
Interestingly enough, since Lenitiv Labs was launched last year, another direct-to-consumer CBD oil operation appeared that claimed or insinuated to be selling Williams’ CBD products — an erroneous pretense that was promoted using images and phrases taken from Williams and myself without our permission.
“A credible doctor told me not to stick a needle in myself every day, not to take four pills a day, but to try cannabis,” he commented last spring. “It took about two and a half months to switch over, and I’ve had cannabis in my system every day since–except for about 40 when I was traveling in a country that strictly prohibits cannabis.”
After he was diagnosed in 1999, he soon exhausted every traditional treatment option for pain, stiffness, and other symptoms, Williams said. Then his M.D. mentioned marijuana.
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“I want to always have a vape pen on call, just in case something is about to happen and I need to take it down a notch. That’ll be part of my regimen until the day I’m no longer here.”
On how this work came about, Montel says “The Last Prisoner Project reached out to me and made me aware of Michael’s situation when they found out that Michael tested positive for [COVID-19]. When I started looking into his case, it felt so ignorant that in a state where there are people now making money off of cannabis, how the heck can you keep a person in prison for doing less than the people who are doing it legally now? When you say you have to pay the price for what you’ve done, he’s paid the price tenfold. He’s been in prison for 20 years now. And then you have [Governor Gretchen Whitmer] that says she supports restorative justice but does nothing to prompt the parole board to do what they should’ve done months ago.”
I got the white glove treatment.
When asked about his favorite strains, Williams answered, “I was, and still am a GSC (formerly known as Girl Scout Cookies) and Blue Dream kief fan with the two of them mixed together. I do believe that cultivars have different ratios of cannabinoids and terpenes, and when you start mixing them together, you can find the combination that works for you.”
Williams loves a good hit of kief — he uses his pipe at least once a week. “I stopped consuming flower almost 20 years ago. I like the cleanliness of kief because it doesn’t have some of the other deleterious parts of the plant mixed into it. You’re guaranteed no stems, no sticks, no seeds. But at the same time, kief is probably the area of the plant that holds the most trichomes.”
“Whether it be adult use or medical, I think everybody who gravitates to cannabis, even if they won’t admit it themselves, has an underlying medical reason for gravitating towards [it] instead of alcohol and everything else,” he said during our recent Zoom interview.
Williams began his professional career in the United States Marine Corps. He was the first black Marine selected to attend the Naval Academy Prep School to go to graduate from the US Naval Academy and be commissioned as a Naval Officer. He earned a degree in general engineering and a minor in international security affairs. Over the course of his 22-year military career, Williams earned three Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, and other military awards and citations. Williams was also given a Meritorious Service Award for his positive portrayal of the military throughout the seventeen year run of The Montel Williams Show.
Williams earned his media celebrity status as an Emmy Award winning television personality whom Americans invited into their homes for more than 17 years. Alongside his TV career, he's become an inspirational speaker, author, entrepreneur, and advocate for patients worldwide. At the height of his TV career, in 1999, Williams experienced his first symptoms of MSâ€”a sharp and 24-hour neuropathic pain in his feet and legs. When pharmaceuticals proved ineffective, his doctor recommended medical cannabis as part of his treatment. Ever since, Williams has been using cannabis products as a medication to manage the debilitating symptoms of his MS. Williams became an early advocate of medical cannabis law reform in the US. Back when he started as an advocate, patients were being dragged out of their homes in wheelchairs by the police for using cannabis to treat their pain, and Williams was one of the few high profile voices on Capitol Hill fighting for their rights.
Montel Williams is one of the highest profile advocates for medical cannabis in the country. He has used medical cannabis products to effectively manage the symptoms of his Multiple Sclerosis (MS) since his diagnosis with the disease in 1999.
Over the past two decades, he has worked to pass medical cannabis legislation in key states and led the push for military veterans to access medical cannabis without the threat of losing benefits. When Williams first began using cannabis, there was little research into its medical uses. Williams sought out the latest in cannabis manufacturing technologies and research and worked closely with a formulator to ensure that his medicine was the highest quality available. As founder of Lenitiv Scientific, Williams remains dedicated to delivering high-quality and consistent products to patientsâ€”like himselfâ€”who rely on cannabis as a medicine.