With the legalization of recreational marijuana just around the corner, Vancouver has been ablaze with news, research, and anticipation of what the new legislation means for Canadian cannabis consumers. Many of these exciting and important discussions took place at the 4th Annual Cannabis Hemp Conference and Expo from September 28-30, 2018.
Featuring renowned keynote speakers such as Dr. Ethan Russo, Dr. Perry Kendall, Reid Parr, and Dr. Zamir Punja, the conference explored the potential future roles of Canadian cannabis in a variety of different industries, from healthcare to the environment, politics, marketing, and even cuisine! Let’s take a quick look at some of the exciting panel discussions that took place at the Expo:
Cannabis has long since been known for its incredible ability to provide relief from a myriad of different conditions, both physical and mental. From chronic pain to side effects caused by chemo, to depression and anxiety, cannabis has proven itself to be an effective and multifaceted treatment option that’s capable of eliminating many unpleasant symptoms. In the first keynote on September 28, Dr. Ethan Russo, a board-certified neurologist and Medical Director of PHYTECS, explored the role that the human endocannabinoid system plays in health and disease. Since the endocannabinoid system is present in all organs, it can have a profound impact on physiological processes, including mood, memory, metabolism, and organ functionality, among others.
The cannabis-based healthcare discussion continued with a panel hosted by Dr. Zach Walsh of UBC, Dori Dempster of the Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary, Adolfo Gonzalez of CannaReps, and Dr. Christian Le of Green Earth Medicine, discussing the various successful applications of medical cannabis, from mental health, to pain, to gut health, and more. Other notable healthcare-related sessions included a talk on the therapeutic rationale of CBD by Soheil Samimi and Tori Holmes, an exploration of how cannabis oil can help ease the symptoms of cancer and chemo by Corrie Yelland, a session detailing how to choose the right strain for your illness by Adolfo Gonzalez and Julie Domingo, and a lively panel discussion hosted by survivors of life-threatening diseases who have found benefit in the use of medical marijuana.
Law and Politics
Cannabis controversy is nothing new. Almost as long as there has been marijuana, there has been a flurry of activity surrounding the laws and politics that govern it. The discussion around this issue began on September 28 with a panel discussion regarding the breakdown of cannabis laws by province and the transition to legalization. This was followed up with a talk by Jennifer-Kelly Larry on how branding and packaging will be affected by the heavy regulations in the legalized market. September 29 saw a discussion about the legalization of marijuana in Canada, which highlighted the evolution of the idea, and brought forth ideas about access and gaps in legislation.
If there’s one thing you can take away from the 4th Annual Cannabis Hemp Conference and Expo, it’s that the future of Canadian cannabis is budding and growing like a… well, you know. Thanks to the incredible speakers at the conference, consumers can rest assured that some of the best minds in the industry will use the opportunities ahead to create a better future for Canadians everywhere.