by Eric Vengroff, Financial Analyst

As someone who attended York Mills Collegiate Institute in the 1970’s, it should suffice to say that I’ve had a deep appreciation for the entertainment and recreational value of cannabis for many years.  The unmistakable perfume of Mexican whatever wafted through the halls and stairwells regularly.  So admittedly, I have historically been a skeptic when it comes to the medicinal use of cannabis.  However, after attending numerous seminars, speaking with dozens of patients and medical professionals, meeting with product developers and industry mavens who possess much deeper knowledge of the pain relieving, symptom fighting, curative and healing power and potential cannabis, CBD, and various derivatives, my eyes have been opened, and I’m a skeptic no more.


As the recreational cannabis industry expands in certain U.S. states, and Canada, some have postulated the end of the medical space, as those that find medicinal benefit will get it, through products available in the recreational market,  This may be an oversimplification of both their argument and the outcome, especially as some of the long-deferred academic research into cannabis starts to report on their findings and gain traction in the academic community.  Even without formal academic research, anecdotal and empirical evidence continues to mount in examples such as opioid addiction clinics switching or augmenting opioid users’ consumption of opioids with cannabis and showing reduction or outright elimination of opioid use.  There is a lot of work to do.


This brings us to the one-day forum ‘Cannabis Meets Healthcare’, specifically designed for the medical community at this year’s O’Cannabiz Conference & Expo at Parq Vancouver Casino and Resort, taking place this coming Sunday, December 9, 2018.


This is exclusive ticketed event, not open to the general public, is aimed at professionals looking to expand their knowledge regarding the medical application of cannabis in the current environment.  There will also be ample opportunity to network with other healthcare experts and professionals at breakfast, lunch and cocktail reception.

Here is a look at the schedule:


8:00 – 8:30 am Networking Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 am Kevin Hall, International Cannabis Solutions
Opening Remarks
9:00 – 10:00 am Dr. David Ostrow
New opportunities and challenges in community-based therapeutics researchAs a triple Boarded (Adult Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine [ASAM] and Cannabinoid Medicine [AACM]) physician-scientist, he is currently focused on the care of patients with co-morbid major psychiatric, substance use, and chronic medical conditions.
10:00 – 10:20 am Coffee Break
10:20 – 11:20 am Dr. Joseph Rosado
Baby Boomers: Why this is the fastest growing demographic of medical cannabis usersPresently, Dr. Rosado is the Medical Director at Coastal Wellness Centers in Ormond Beach, FL and is providing Therapeutic Cannabis (Medical Marijuana) recommendations and Suboxone Therapy; and volunteers once a month at Shepherd’s Hope Community Clinic, in Longwood, FL.
11:30 – 12:30 pm Dr. David Hepburn
Overcoming the Stigma of Medical-Cohost of the nationally syndicated radio show Wisequacks.-Cohosted the Oprah Winfrey Network show Buyologic

-Author of “The Doctor Is In(sane)” which was nominated for several book awards.

-Syndicated columnist to more than 100 newspapers across the United States and Canada.

12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 pm Dr. Ira Price
Cannabis as a tool to treat the Opioid CrisisDr. Price founded Synergy Health Services, the first clinic in Ontario dedicated solely to evaluating patients for the use of Medical Cannabis. Synergy is Now a leading the way in Wellness, providing patients and clients natural alternatives to opioids and other pharmacological therapies.
2:40 – 3:40 pm Hilda Gan
Defining impairment/cannabis in the Work PlaceHilda is unique among consultants, combining over 20+ years of HR expertise with business acumen and business owner experience. She approaches business by seeking strategic and practical solutions that keep the value of people and the bottom line in perspective.
3:40 – 4:00 pm Coffee Break
4:00 – 5:00 pm Judge Shelli Hayes (Retired)
The Opioid Crisis from a Judicial perspectiveJudge Shelli Williams Hayes (Ret.) is CoFounder, owner, Chief General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Tetrasol LLC , a formulation, manufacturing and development company specializing in new technology involving the manufacturing of water dissolvable THC and CBD.


The cost of the event is $375 CDN.  Click HERE  to register.

The information and opinions presented here are that of the author and do not represent the thoughts and opinions of this website.  The analyst owns but does not represent any of the companies listed in this article but receives compensation the O’Cannabiz Conference & Expo. Readers are urged to do their own research and due diligence and should seek advice from an independent financial advisor before making any financial investment.

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