#CannMed2017 Medical Marijuana Conference Attracts Global Industry Leaders, Physicians, Scientists, Politicians, Athletes and Media

The gathering to discuss medicine, legalization, opioids vs. cannabis, pain management, and more

April 9–11 conference will be live streamed including featured speakers, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam (The “Father of Cannabis Research”), Dr. Michael Dor, Dr. Bonni Goldstein, and Former NFL Athletes

WOBURN, Mass. /vi a PRNewswire/Medicinal Genomics (MGC) and Courtagen Life Sciences today announced the complete CannMed 2017 speaker list and schedule, which will also be made available via livestream.

This second annual “Personalized Cannabinoid Medicine Conference” will be held at The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at The Harvard School of Medicine April 9-11, 2017.

Nate Jackson, former NFL wide receiver for Denver Broncos
Ricky Williams is a former NFL running back who played twelve seasons with the New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins, and Baltimore Ravens.
Eben Britton is a former NFL guard and tackle who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears.
Lance Johnston is a former NFL defensive end who played for the Oakland Raiders and the Minnesota Vikings.








A featured panel discussion, Cannabis as Medicine in Professional Sports,

NFL Player Ricky Williams

led by Jim McAlpine and featuring former NFL players, Ricky Williams, Eben Britton, Nate Jackson, and Lance Johnstone.

This year’s CannMed event is drawing international attention as cannabis research and legalization continues to grow exponentially. The CannMed event will kick-off on Sunday, April 9th with tours of the Courtagen/MGC laboratory, followed by a VIP dinner to open the conference, including a musical performance by Tatiana Moroz.


Conference presentations and panels are scheduled to begin on Monday, April 10th at 9:00 a.m. with a featured address via Skype from Dr. Raphael Mechoulam titled The Endocannabinoid System: A Fifty-Year Trip.
This will be followed by Dr. Alexandros Makriyannis speaking on The Endocannabinoid System – A Source for Drug Discovery, Dr. Anton Reiner sharing Use of CB2 Receptor Inverse Agonists in the Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury, and Dr. Mark Scialdone covering Hydrogenated Cannabis Oil.
Late morning presentations will include Dr. Bonni Goldstein sharing her experience on How Patients Benefit from Medical Cannabis, Dr. John Gaitanis addressing A Clinician’s Approach to Managing Uncertainty in Medically Refractory Patients, and Dr. Deborah Malka speaking to Cannabis Therapeutic Use in the Elderly, followed by Kevin McKernan, Chief Science Officer of Courtagen Life Sciences, dialoguing on Portable genomics and the Open Source CNS (Cannabis Nomenclature System).

Cannabis Used in Research Does Not Reflect Legal Markets
Following the lunch break, presentations will continue with Dr. Jonathan Page will present Elucidating Cannabinoid Biosynthesis Using Trichome Targeted Genomics, and Dr. Nolan Kane will discuss Cannabis Used in Research Does Not Reflect Legal Markets.  The session will conclude with Lyn Ulbricht sharing A Mother’s Story: What is the Drug War, Really?
  • The afternoon session will proceed with Dr. Elizabeth Thiele addressing The Role of Cannabidiol in the Treatment of Refractory Pediatric Epilepsy.
  • Dr. Orrin Devinsky will follow with a videotaped presentation on Cannabidiol (Epidiolex) in Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut Syndromes: Preliminary Clinical Trial Results.
  • Dr. Douglas R. Smith will then present Toward Precision Medicine for Cannabidiol Treatment in Epilepsy, and the Impact of Rare Variation in Endocannabinoid System Genes.
  • Immediately followed by Dr. Fabricio Pamplona sharing the Potential Clinical Benefits of CBD-Enriched Extracts Over Purified CBD in Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy.

Make a Film Foundation Gets In On the Cannabis Game
Directors: Sam Raimi (Spiderman Trilogy), Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Ted Melfi (Hidden Figures), and Actors: Johnny Depp, David Lynch, J.K. Simmons, Laura Dern, Penelope Ann Miller, Richard Chamberlain, Jade Pettyjohn, Chad L. Coleman and others.
This year CannMed, along with the Make A Film Foundation, are proud to feature the red-carpet movie premiere of The Black Ghiandola the evening of April 10th from 5:45 – 7:00 p.m. This film was co-written by Anthony Conti, a Walpole, Mass. teen who in January lost his battle with a rare form of adrenal gland cancer for which he was partially treated with medical cannabis.
Tickets are available through the Make A Film Foundation Ticket Site.

Is Cannabis a Solution to the Opioid Epidemic?

The conference will continue on Tuesday, April 11th with Dr. Michael Dor speaking on Israel, Leading a Process: From Illegal Substance to Potent Medication followed by Amir Golanand‘s A Personal Story.
  • Dr. Dustin Sulak will answer the question, Is Cannabis a Solution to the Opioid Epidemic?
  • Dr. Jeffrey Hergenrather will round out the morning with Assertions vs. Evidence, Kindly Check Your Assertions at the Door.
  • Late morning presentations will include Dr. Debra Kimless sharing Case Presentations of Cancer Patients Treated with Low Dose Cannabis Oil Alone or in Combination with Conventional Therapy.
  • Dr. David Meiri will follow with insight on Matching an Effective Cannabis Strain Extract for a Specific Subtype of Cancer.
  • Mara Gordon will present on the Comparison of the Anti-Tumor Efficacy of a Whole-Plant Extract vs. Pure THC in Preclinical Models of HER2-Positive Breast Cancer, followed up by Sean McAllister speaking on Cannabinoids as Antitumor Agents: Moving Toward the Clinic.
  • Following the lunch break (which will include a panel discussion featuring attorneys Valerio Romano and Michael D. Cutler, with Dr. Bonni Goldstein, on How to Legally Recommend Cannabis to Your Patients), Dr. Sara Jane Ward will share her experience with Cannabinoids as Medicine: Pain and CNS Injury.
  • Dr. Kent Crowley will then speak to the Impact of Standardized Cannabis Therapy in Chronic Non-cancer Pain with or without Opiate Use, followed by Dr. Jordan Tishler addressing Cannabis for Pain Management and Opioid Use Reduction.

Cannabis as Medicine in Professional Sports

The afternoon will include a featured panel discussion, Cannabis as Medicine in Professional Sports, led by Jim McAlpine and featuring former NFL players, Ricky Williams, Eben Britton, Nate Jackson, and Lance Johnstone. Dr. Perry Solomon and Dr. David Nathan will also share their medical experience and knowledge on the topic.
The conference will conclude with Dr. Staci Gruber presenting, It’s Not Easy Being Green: Assessing the Impact of Medical Marijuana on Cognition, Mood, Brain Function and Related Measures, Dr. Ryan Ravenelle sharing Automation Solutions for High Throughput Pesticides Analysis in Cannabis Labs and Dr. Christopher Hudalla speaking to Cannabis Contaminants: Practical Considerations vs. Regulatory Requirements.

How to Legally Recommend Cannabis to Your Patients

Growing marijuana

Poster presenters include:

  • Mary Kathryn Dahlgren: Life is a Highway: Assessing the Residual Impact of Heavy Recreational Marijuana Use Without Acute Intoxication on Driving
  • Penny Daugherty, RN, OCN: Navigating Patients through the Maze of Information and Mis-Information about Medicinal Cannabis
  • Dr. Uma V. A. Dhanabalan: Cannabis: The EXIT Drug
  • Dr. Michael Hufford: Vaping’s Past as Medicinal Cannabis’ Prologue: How the FDA’s Expectations of Respiratory Drug Delivery Create Parallel Challenges for the Vaping and Medicinal Cannabis Industries
  • Ashley Marie Lambros: Snap, Crackle, and Pot: Exploring the Use of Marijuana Concentrates and Dabbing
  • Samantha Miller: Data-Driven Product Development in Cannabis Therapeutics
  • Dr. Ilya Reznik: Cannabinoids-based Medicine as a Pivotal Model for Personalized Integrative Care
  • Dr. Markus Roggen: Optimization and Modulating Composition of Cannabis Extracts for Medical Application
  • Savino Sguera: Understanding Cannabis Data: Analysis to Analytics
  • Dr. D Robert Sievers, Dr. Lia Rebits, and Xuno Gil De La Madrid: Delivery of Cannabinoids to the Bloodstream via Inhalation of Dry Powder Aerosols or Sublingual Absorption of Dry Powder Compressed Wafers
  • Rosemary T. Smith: Blunting the Pain: The Impact of Three Months of Medical Marijuana Treatment on Pain, Quality of Life, and Cognition in Patients with Chronic Pain
  • Marco Troiani: Terpenes and Terpenoids of Cannabis: A Medical Review
  • Denise A. Valenti, OD: Acute Marijuana Use: Functional Findings of Retinal Ganglion Cell Impairment
  • Daniel Wang: Beyond Schedule I or II: On the Development of Cannabinoid-Based Drugs Appropriate for Less Restrictive Scheduling under the Controlled Substance Act

CannMed 2017 conference registration is still available for individuals who would like to attend the event. For those who may not be able to attend in person, registration for live streaming is now available for $149.
For additional details or to register for CannMed 2017, visit http://www.cannmedevents.com/.
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Medicinal Genomics Corporation applies state-of-the-art life science technology to cannabis plant genetics, and was the first company to sequence the cannabis genome. Our products, based on Next Generation DNA Sequencing technology, help growers, dispensaries, and safety testing laboratories characterize and understand the quality of medicinal cannabis. Medicinal Genomics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Courtagen Life Sciences, Inc. For more information, please visit http://www.medicinalgenomics.com/


About Courtagen Life Sciences, Inc.
Courtagen Life Sciences, Inc. is a CAP/CLIA certified molecular information company focused on the diagnosis of a range of neurological, endocrine, and functional disorders associated with the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems, including the endocannabinoid receptor system. Courtagen operates a sophisticated Next Generation DNA Sequencing, bioinformatics, and clinical interpretation business that helps physicians reveal the genotype to phenotype relationships of various diseases, which may be treated with a range of therapies, including pharmaceuticals and medical cannabis. For more information, please visit http://www.courtagen.com/



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