At the end of September, I attended the 2019 CannMed conference in Pasadena, California.  Although I’m not a medical professional, I’m constantly working hard to learn more about how cannabis works and what current research is taking place.  I want to ensure that the information I present on my educational tours is up to date and 100% accurate.  At this point, I know more about cannabis, cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system then any of my doctors know.  In fact, whenever I try to discuss my medical cannabis use with them, I’m met with absolute silence.

CannMed is the leading cannabis science conference, showcasing the greatest minds in cannabis science, medicine, cultivation, and safety. With a booming industry expected to be worth $500B by 2028, understanding the complex science of cannabis and its medical benefits for patients in need is how the CannMed conference series was born. Since the inaugural event at Harvard Medical School in 2016, CannMed has become the platform for the leading minds in cannabis to share their latest findings and unveil breakthrough technologies.

I sat through 2 days of presentations given by the leading researchers from around the world.

  • I looked at a LOT of slides filled with chemical formulas.
  • One study showed images of brains before and after cannabis use and offered the result that medical cannabis use is not harmful to the brain but actually demonstrates beneficial help with memory in older adults.
  • I listened to impassioned pleas for more access to cannabis for research purposes.
  • I heard doctors explain how to correctly dose medical cannabis.
  • I listened to doctors describe how cannabis has helped their patients with a multitude of diseases and issues.
  • I sat through a presentation of the first year results of a two-year clinical trial showing how cannabis helped reduce anxiety by 70-80% in study participants.
  • I also was lucky enough to hear Dr. Ralph Mechoulam present how his team succeeded in stabilizing the acid state of both THC and CBD for the first time.
  • Another researcher showed how various cannabis cultivars with different cannabinoid profiles affect the growth of prostrate, breast and colon cancers cells.
  • I heard the results of studies of cannabis’ effect on heart attack prevention and recovery, as well as dramatic evidence of how it helps with traumatic brain injury.

I returned home from this conference filled with awe for the powerful results cannabis provides.  And unending respect for the doctors and researchers who continue to pursue greater knowledge of cannabis despite government roadblocks, public skepticism and the ongoing stigma associated with cannabis use.

The majority of the presentations are now available online at:

Yes, there’s a lot of science but the majority of the presenters do a wonderful job of clearly explaining their research so that it’s accessible to everyone.  I found the following presentations of particular interest:

  • Keynote: “The Chemistry behind Cannabinoid Acids” by Dr. Ralph Mechoulam
  • Keynote: “From The Patient to the Petri Dish and Back – a Glimpse of the Future of Medical Cannabis” by Dr. David Meiri
  • “The Role of Cannabis in Integrative Medicine, Healthy Promotion, and Disease Prevention” by Dr. Dustin Sulak; an incredibly inspiring talk that draws upon his years of experience working with medical cannabis.
  • “Using Cannabis to Treat Chronic Pain in the Geriatric Population” by Eloise Theisen, American Cannabis Nurses Association.

There are many more presentations posted on the website above.  Take some time and listen to a few of them.  You’ll find that there is REAL science taking place with cannabis and multitudes of professionals all around the world working to understand how this ancient medicine works.

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Cannabis Fun Facts

  • Global legal cannabis sales 2018 = approx. $18B
    • Projected to grow to $146B by 2025.
  • US legal cannabis sales 2018 = $10.4B
    • Projected to grow to $23.4B by 2022.
    • North American investors poured $10B into the industry in 2018.
  • Tax Revenue 2018:
    • US = $1.4B
    • CA = $345M
  • Job Creation in US:
    • 260,000 jobs directly or indirectly associated with cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, sales, and support industries. That’s 5 times more than coal and is equal to steel and iron mills. One study projects 330,000 jobs by 2022.
  • Recreational Cannabis legal in 10 states and District of Columbia.
  • Medical Cannabis legal in 23 states and District of Columbia.
  • 14 states have laws regarding possession and use of CBD – and most have lots of restrictions on who can have it and why.
  • Completely illegal (medical and recreational, including CBD) in 3 states – Nebraska, South Dakota, Idaho.
  • Over 24,000 research articles on cannabis listed on National Institute of Health website at
  • Fastest growing age group is 50+, this is up 28% in 2018.
  • Consumers most often report using cannabis for medical reasons.
  • Baby Boomers spend the most each month on average – $95 per month. On average, they spend 53% more than Gen Z consumers.