The Cannabis Health Summit was a major success this past weekend. Over two days, twenty medical experts discussed the benefits of cannabis therapy as well as the obstacles our community needs to overcome if we want to establish a legitimate medical industry.
Nearly 28,500 viewers tuned in over the course of the two day summit, learning from doctors, nurses, authors, and advocates. Cannabis Reports was incredibly proud to be a sponsor of this inaugural event and we hope to provide coverage of the Cannabis Health Summit in the future.
Below are a list of the speakers and their topics, starting from Dr. Sunil Aggarwal on Saturday morning, and continuing all the way through Joel Stanley on Sunday afternoon. To Max Simon and the Green Flower team, fantastic job making great cannabis information available for the public.
Dr. Sunil Aggarwal: How the Endocannabinoid System Really Works (Saturday)
The first speaker, Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, is a physician, scientist, and professor at the University of Washington, as well as an advocate for the healing properties of interdisciplinary cannabis therapy.
Dr. Aggarwal spoke on the the personal relationships that are naturally developed around cannabis healing, including his own experiences with the plant. You can learn more about Dr. Aggarwal’s work with cannabis and patients at www.cannabinologist.org.
Donald Land: Why Cannabis Strains Affect People Differently (Saturday)
Donald Land is the chief scientist at Steep Hill Labs, and a professor at the University of California at Davis. Land has been studying cannabinoid chemistry for years, and is a central authority on the physiological effects of cannabis in our systems.
During his presentation, Land went over many of the different cannabinoids and also explored the effects that terpenoids have on our systems.
Cannabis science is very sparse and still misunderstood, but fortunately there are researchers actively working to demystify cannabis. Steep Hill Labs is an industry-leader when it comes to cannabis testing, and they will continue to research and develop the best processes for testing cannabis.
Dr. Dustin Sulak: Create a More Effective Cannabis Dosing Strategy (Saturday)
Dr. Dustin Sulak reinforced the importance of making cannabis approachable for everybody. Dr. Sulak provided strong anecdotal evidence for cannabis healing as he discussed the improvements of his patients trying cannabis therapy. Dr. Sulak is a physician based in Maine, and has helped nearly 20,000 patients improve their health. You can find out more at www.healer.com.
Seibo Shen: VapeXhale Demo (Saturday)
Seibo Shen, founder of VapeXhale, is a good friend of the Cannabis Reports community. Shen created VapeXhale to satisfy a personal need for a more diverse vaporizer. We have covered the flagship product, the EVO, in our blog on cannabis accessories.
Steve DeAngelo: The Unspoken Wellness Benefits of Cannabis (Saturday)
Steve DeAngelo is a staple in the cannabis industry. He has founded several cannabis organizations, including Harborside Health Center in Oakland, California. Harboside is considered the prime example of a responsible and sensible retailer.
DeAngelo has been a speaker and advocate for decades, and his dispensary is the second largest tax-paying entity in Oakland.
DeAngelo’s story is best laid out in his book, The Cannabis Manifesto. At the Cannabis Health Summit, he touched on his narrative during the presentation, but focused more on the general approach we should be taking to cannabis healing and acceptance.
DeAngelo called for the cannabis community to work extra hard in 2016 to push cannabis reform forward.
The Scientific Panel with the Morning’s Speakers (Saturday)
After lunch, the first four speakers got together to talk about the endocannabinoid system, the healing powers of terpenoids, cannabis research, and the obstacles standing in the way of cannabis legislation.
The underlying theme of the panel was that while more scientific research is necessary, there is still a need to get the basic information out.
The misinformation circulating through the media rarely brings up positive healing, but these doctors and scientists are working hard to make sure that cannabis science be distributed to more people.
Bryan Krumm: Cannabis, the Perfect Treatment for PTSD (Saturday)
Bryan Krumm is an Albuquerque clinical nurse practitioner who specializes in therapy for patients suffering from PTSD. His presentation covered the science of the endocannabinoid system and how whole plant cannabis extracts may be the most effective medicine for PTSD and conditions with similar symptoms.
Krumm stressed that cannabis healing is only effective if you are measuring your medical responses and know what you are consuming. You can learn more about PTSD healing at www.harmonypsych.org.
Dale Sky Jones: How to Talk about Cannabis to Unfamiliar or Skeptical People (Saturday)
Dale Sky Jones is the executive chancellor for Oaksterdam University in Oakland, California. She is a passionate advocate for legitimate cannabis and has long been championing a positive cannabis future.
Her speech focused on the next steps that the community must embrace if we want to achieve that positive future. You can find out more about Dale Sky Jones on the Oaksterdam University faculty page.
Uwe Blesching: Why Do Some Patients Heal, While Others Don’t? (Saturday)
Uwe Blesching, author of the Cannabis Health Index, presented the evidence for mind-body medicine to be more firmly applied to the healing process. Blesching has compiled the scientific studies that show proof of the medical efficacy of cannabis.
During his presentation, he suggested the relationship between our mental and physical states can determine our healing. This approach to cannabis therapy is often breezed over in conversation, and yet, the science continues to build up in support of mind-body medicine.
Jordan Tishler: Can Cannabis Solve Our Intimacy Problems (Saturday)
Dr. Jordan Tishler is a physician out of Boston Massachusetts. Tishler’s medical consulting group, Inhale MD, has helped thousands of patients gain access to medical cannabis.
In his presentation during the first day of the Cannabis Health Summit, Dr. Tishler examined the medical potential for cannabis to treat issues with sex and intimacy.
Mary Lynn Mathre: The Incredible Safety of Cannabis. Why this Plant Will Not Harm You or Society (Saturday)
Mary Lynn Mathre is a nurse and author with a lot of experience in cannabis. As the President and Co-founder of Patients Out of Time, Mathre works directly with cannabis patients and sees first hand the medical efficacy and potential for healing. You can find out more about Mary Lynn Mathre at www. PatientsOutofTime.org.
Constance Finley: The Entourage Effect: Why THC and CBD Work Better Together (Saturday)
Constance Finley is the founder of Constance Pure Botanicals, a cannabis company making oils that emphasize the synergistic properties that cannabinoids have within our bodies.
In her presentation, Finley discussed in great depth the relationships between different cannabinoids and the effects they have when applied together. Finley also discussed several scientific studies that point to the efficacy of whole plant extracts as opposed to a single compound like THC or CBD.
Amanda Reiman: Cannabis as a Better Treatment for Addiction (Sunday)
Amanda Reiman is the manager of law and policy for the Drug Policy Alliance, one of the leading advocacy groups for a more legitimate cannabis community.
For her Cannabis Health Summit presentation, Reiman discussed the potential of cannabis in combatting addiction and addictive behaviors. Core themes included mindfulness, and the knowledge that harm reduction is more important than demanding abstinence.
Mara Gordon: How to Treat Cancer with Cannabis (Sunday)
Mara Gordon, founder of Aunt Zelda’s, took the opportunity to discuss the way in which cannabis can help relieve cancer symptoms. One of the key aspects of cannabis healing is to know exactly what medicine you are taking, and in what dosage.
Gordon showed that if we want to move forward as a community, we need to universally start demanding more consumer safety and industry transparency.
Dr. Deborah Malka: How Each Ingestion Method Affects You Differently (Sunday)
Dr. Deborah Malka, a California cannabis physician, presented on the different effects that can be brought on by various methods of cannabis consumption. Dr. Malka has many years of experience guiding patients toward the cannabis therapy methods that are right for them.
There are risks and benefits to all types of cannabis use, which is why it is important to know the differences between smoking, vaporizing, ingestion, sublingual application, topical, or raw consumption.
Martin Lee: CBD: A Medical Marijuana Game-Changer (Sunday)
CBD has changed public perception on the healing properties of cannabis, but unfortunately there is still a lot of work to be done for everyone to have an accurate understanding.
Alison Ettel: Cannabis for Pets (Sunday)
Alison Ettel, the founder of TreatWell, presented valuable information on safely and effectively providing our pets with cannabis therapy. Ettel described the proper methods for dosing pets with cannabis medication, pointing out that pets actually absorb cannabinoids differently than humans do.
TreatWell is devoted to safe cannabis therapy for pets, and Alison Ettel very graciously provides information to anyone curious about cannabis and pets.
Ask the Experts Panel with Max Simon (Sunday)
After the lunch break, Max Simon hosted another “Ask the Experts” panel featuring Mara Gordon, Dr. Malka, Martin Lee, and Alison Ettel.
The panel discussed the efficacy of CBD and other cannabinoids, as well as the differences between hemp extracts, and extracts from the resinous flowers of cannabis.
In turn, panelists noted the importance of each patient being their own advocate and understanding techniques for proper dosing. Another important theme was the need for transparency and accessible lab tests.
Jesce Horton: Minority Cannabis Business Association (Sunday)
Jesce Horton is the cofounder of the Minority Cannabis Business Association and a member of the Portland, OR cannabis industry. The MCBA is a new organization working hard to bring more minorities and women into the cannabis industry.
Horton explained the importance of diversity in the fledgling cannabis industry, and maintained that education and accessibility should be the foundation of the cannabis movement.
Nurse Heather: Cannabis as a Tool for Spiritual Growth and Healing (Sunday)
Nurse Heather, of Cannabis Nurses, is an advocate for cannabis as a plant that can promote well-being on all levels. Nurse Heather began doing research on cannabis as a medicine when her own personal experiences were inadvertently relieved by the plant.
A core theme of her presentation was that cannabis helps the total health of a patient: mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Heather Jackson: Cannabis for Seizures and Epilepsy (Sunday)
Heather Jackson, Executive Director of The Realm of Caring, offered expertise on cannabis for seizures and epilepsy. After treating her son’s seizures with cannabis, Jackson began researching and spreading awareness of the medical benefits for children with severe epilepsy and debilitating seizures.
Jackson also reaffirmed the necessity of patients having reliable access to quality medicine, and also having the tools to determine the most effective delivery method and dosages for their personal needs.
Dr. Gregory Smith: Cannabis for Arthritis and Inflammation Issues (Sunday)
Dr. Gregory Smith provided insight into the efficacy of cannabis for arthritic symptoms and chronic inflammation. He offered that an effective treatment strategy involves tracking reactions to dosing without any negative effects.
Cannabidiol has been shown to be very effective for cannabis inflammation, and finding the sweet spot begins with understanding that cannabis is a very safe medicine.
Joel Stanley: Quality Control: Get Clear on What Constitutes Clean, Safe, and Effective Cannabis (Sunday)
Joel Stanley, of CW Botanicals, believes that the safe and reliable future of cannabis medicine starts with the community demanding higher standards.
Knowing where the medicine comes from and how it has been tested throughout the production process is important for administering consistent cannabis therapy.
The Future of the Medical Cannabis Discussion
All of the experts that participated in the Cannabis Health Summit continued to impress the importance of knowledge and consistent information throughout the cannabis community.
As clinical cannabis science becomes more readily available, it is important that these types of medical summits be hosted so that myths are shot down, and important information is not ignored.