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    MediCannaCon: the Ojai Medical Cannabis Conference on May 4, 2019

    The Cannabis plant has a long history of medical use. China’s first surgeon used it almost 2000 years ago for anesthesia after tincturing it in wine. In India, it was used for gastrointestinal pain and the pain of childbirth, and in the Islamic world as an analgesic. In 1996, California voters approved Proposition 215 – the Compassionate Use Act – legalizing the use, possession, and cultivation of cannabis by patients with a physician’s recommendation.

    Today, a growing number of patients are prescribed Cannabis by their physician or they are self-medicating, now that Cannabis purchase is legal in California for adults. Practitioners and patients alike need to know the benefits, side effects, and contraindications of the many types and preparations of medical Cannabis.

    Margaret Peterson
    David Bearman

    The up-to-date, evidence-based information they need will be available at the Ojai Medical Cannabis Conference – MediCannaCon, for short — on May 4 where two physicians, a pharmacologist, and a registered nurse will speak on a range of topics.

    Presented by the Ojai Herbal Symposium and Sespe Creek Collective, the conference is intended for health professionals as well as those of the general public who would like to be informed by the latest science on the subject of medical cannabis. The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Avenue.

    The faculty includes David Bearman, MD, speaking on “Cannabis in Health and Disease;” Margaret Peterson, MD, explaining “The Human Endocannabinoid System;” James D. Adams, PhD, of USC School of Pharmacy addressing “Medical Uses of Full-Spectrum Cannabis” and “The Entourage Effect of Cannabis;” and Susan Marks, RN, BSN, PHN, discussing the “The Safe and Effective Cannabis Patient Experience.”

    Jim Adams Photo by Rondia
    Susan Marks

    The Ojai Medical Cannabis Conference is proud to be able to offer 5.5 Category 1 Continuing Education Units for Licensed Acupuncturists. Registration is $125 online in advance until May 3 and $145 at the door on May 4. 

    For information and registration, visit or call 805-646-6281.

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