The Radicle Manifesto
Since the dawn of civilization, humans have turned to natural medicines for healing. Many such remedies are still used by billions around the world. Yet lack of funding, slow speed, and high cost of clinical trials—not to mention the risk aversion of traditional institutions—stand in the way of legitimate research on these treatments.
Worse still, the small size and strict criteria of traditional trials significantly reduces their relevance to real-world heterogeneous populations. The result is a lack of evidence on natural medicine safety and efficacy that limits their full potential as affordable, accessible treatments for all, while also eroding trust in this massive industry.
No More! Driven by our frustrations with the current ineffective model, and our effort to accelerate our original missions when we established the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative and the Wholistic Research and Education Foundation, we joined forces to co-found Radicle Science. We knew we could plummet the cost and time of research by at least 10x, while still generating rigorous health data, if we;
avoid federal funding restrictions
bypass institutional bureaucracy
eliminate physical infrastructure
run our studies in a virtual, direct to consumer, crowdsourced fashion.
Just as importantly, we saw this as a unique opportunity to bring much needed equity and diversity into medical research.
The unprecedented scale and reach of our studies finally enables inclusion of diverse ethnicities, genders, age groups, behavioral habits, and pre-existing health conditions to move us closer to personalized medicine for the population at large.
At its core, Radicle is a Rebellion against the status quo of healthcare and research...
Radicle Science was borne of our innate belief that there is a better way. We believe it is time to create a world where affordable natural medicines are trusted by patients, recommended by physicians, reimbursed by insurance, and are used as widely as pharmaceutical drugs. At its core, Radicle is a Rebellion against the status quo of healthcare and research and a movement towards democratized, personalized medicines that have the potential to deliver wellbeing for all future generations. That’s the world we are creating, and we want you to join us. It’s not a crazy idea. It’s a Radicle one.
A constant reminder of our radically disruptive approach.
As a B-corp, we are dedicated to uncovering the objective health outcome data behind natural health products to unlock safe, effective and affordable treatments for all. Who we are, how we operate, and how we grow are grounded in shared values that constantly inspire us to make good on our mission.
A big idea, boldly executed by an inspired team, is the best way to transform the world.
Cooperation, rooted in aligned goals, is fundamental to both business success and societal progress.
Open, clear, and factual communication is essential for trust and credibility.
Rigorously collected and analyzed data, not anecdotes, should drive everything from health choices to business decisions.
Applying modern science to natural medicines is what’s needed to unlock safe, effective and democratized treatments for humanity.
Use CBD or cannabis products in the U.S despite little evidence for efficacy or direction for use.
The number of data points collected in a single RADICLE Observation study.
The cost to bring a single, traditional pharmaceutical product to market.