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The Endocannabinoid System & Human Health
Jessica Knox, MD will briefly describe this system before diving into the principles of functional and integrative endocannabinoid care and orienting attendees to a variety of tools that can be used to promote endocannabinoid health, from cannabis to meditation and beyond.
Dr. Knox is one of four physicians in her family. She is a board-certified preventive medicine physician with four years of clinical experience in cannabinoid medicine. From her undergraduate work at Harvard to her MPH and MD degrees from Tufts University, Dr. Knox has excelled.
She is co-founder and CEO of the American Cannabinoid Clinics, which aims to deliver precision cannabinoid medicine to patients; and co-founder of ADVENT Academy, which develops comprehensive training for healthcare professionals in the endocannabinoid system. Website
Straight Talk Surrounding CBD: Separating Facts from Fiction
Paul Armentano, Deputy Director of Norml (The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), will discuss the rise in CBD’s popularity and provide an objective perspective regarding what’s new, and what’s true in the world of CBD.
Armentano is author of The Citizens Guide to State-By-State Marijuana Laws (2015), and co-author of Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? (2009,) which was licensed and translated internationally, and author of Oaksterdam University’s required reading: “Emerging Clinical Applications for Cannabis and Cannabinoids,” which summarizes studies on the safety and efficacy of cannabis among different patient populations.
Cannabis Use Among Seniors: Strategies for Success
Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Eloise Theisen, of Radicle Health Care will offer practical information for those seeking relief from chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and to improve sleep.
Eloise will discuss dosage, potential drug interactions and how to avoid side effects.
Timothy Byars, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Radicle Health Care, will provide an update on the local cannabis industry and political climate as well as product safety and the current controversy surrounding vaping.
Panelists Share Their Medical Marijuana Journey
Linda Jacobson, founder and managing director of the consulting firm, EldersTogether, will moderate as panelists share the following:
— Their process for discovering correct dosage
— Did they have guidance from a healthcare provider or other
— Telling family or their physician of their usage
— How do they obtain their medicine and method of use
— Adverse effects and, if so, how handled
How do cannabis topicals work to relieve pain for seniors?
Didi Davis, co-founder of Sweet Releaf, cannabis topicals for pain management, will explain the science of how the body absorbs cannabis through the skin.
Davis dives deeply into the science and benefits of topical cannabis pain therapy. She will include explanations of how and why it actively blocks pain, the best uses of this non-psychoactive form of cannabis delivery, what types of chronically painful conditions it helps, who benefits the most from localized pain relief and how to get the best results.
Sweet Relief website
Frank Lucido, MD and Maria Mangini, PhD, FNP, known as the “Dynamic Duo,” will address this club’s next general meeting. Their talk will include a brief description of the endocannabinoid system, cannabis benefits and potential side effects as well as an overview on methods of use and dosing for all ages and sizes.
Dr. Lucido has been serving the East Bay community since 1979. Since 1996, he has included medical cannabis consultations in his practice. Recently he has been seeing pediatric patients for medical cannabis use.
Maria Mangini completed her doctorate in Community Health Nursing at UCSF, where her research centered on drug use and policy. She has 31 years of experience in Family Practice and Women’s Health. Website
Michael Oda, Ph.D. will address the issue of chronic pain and its treatment using transdermal delivery of cannabinoids. He will describe a revolutionary new approach showing how pain can be reduced and often eliminated without the use of toxic chemicals, but instead using our body’s natural processes for delivery of cannabinoids directly to the site of pain.
Dr. Oda is a recognized expert in drug delivery mechanisms. He has published over 60 peer reviewed articles and is formerly a Scientist and Principal Investigator at UCSF Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute.
He received his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology form UC Davis and received his post-doctoral training at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has over 30-years of experience in biochemistry research.
Linda Jacobson, eldercare consumer advocate, will discuss recent scientific research findings on the efficacy of cannabis in the prevention and treatment of cognitive impairment.
Hear how clinicians help people at different stages of dementia use cannabis and how cannabis may fit into the care and feeding of the brain.
Robert Cole, MD is an Associate Medical Director of Hospice of the East Bay.
Dr. Cole will give an in-depth overview of our body’s endocannabinoid system and provide many answers for those curious about the potential applications of cannabis to many medical conditions that affect seniors.
Mara Gordon, a pioneer in medicinal cannabis globally was our March guest speaker.
Her background as a process engineer helping Fortune 500 companies create intelligent software, has enabled Mara to take a rigorous scientific approach to medical cannabis. Mara is the Director of multiple companies in the US, Canada, and Australia, including North Bay Credit Union (NBCU).
Along with being the founder of Aunt Zelda’s, Mara is the co-founder of Calla Spring Wellness and Zelda Therapeutics, and most recently TOP|The Oil Plant
Mara has been the keynote speaker at numerous conferences around the globe, and holds board positions with Gabriella’s Kitchen, CannPal, Fundacion Daya, Patients Out of Time. Her wealth of experience and dedication to understanding the science behind cannabis has proven a valuable asset to GABY’s mandate of creating innovative wellness products.
February 12, 2019
Fred Gardner, editor of O’Shaughnessy’s, a journal in which cannabis clinicians report their findings and keep up-to-date on relevant scientific and political developments, will summarize the most exciting clinical findings reported this year.
Gardner, a former editor at Scientific American, will address recent reports on a range of topics, including cannabis as an alternative to opioids, cannabinoids as anti-tumor tools, and the future of medical cannabis research. O”Shaughnessy’s
January 8, 2019
Sara Payan, nationally recognized and award-winning cannabis educator, public policy advocate, writer, and consultant will be the Rossmoor Medical Marijuana Club’s guest speaker.
Her work as a consultant for many large health care organizations such as Kaiser, and UCSF, and over 10,000 hours of hands-on experiential medical cannabis patient research, enables her to provide us with excellent guidance in navigating cannabis dosage.