LOS ANGELES – The 3rd annual CannMed conference took place last week at The UCLA Luskin Conference Center at The University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). Sponsored by Medicinal Genomics (MGC) and DASH, a digital currency, the three-day event brought together over a thousand scientists, clinicians, and business leaders in an atmosphere of collegiality and cooperation unlike most other events in the cannabis space.
Rather than focus on business or policy, CannMed lets the world’s top medical cannabis researchers present their latest findings on the efficacy of treating a variety of conditions with cannabis, clinicians share case studies and other information collected while treating patients with cannabis, and industry leaders reveal how they are adopting new testing methods and technologies to create products that move the industry forward and improve people’s lives.
A modest exhibit hall contained booths for 20 or so companies, including Papa & Barkley, Advanced Nutrients, Tikun, DASH, Medicinal Genomics, and other sponsors of the event. The section also included a wholly unique area where large poster boards displayed summaries of cannabis-related research, allowing attendees to take as much time as they needed to absorb often complex information. The researchers themselves were often there to answer questions, as well.
The backbone of this medical conference, like all medical conferences, is the individual presentation of recent cannabis research, panel sessions discussing recent research, and plenty of time to stand, or sit, around discussing recent research. Medical-research nerd heaven.
Organized by the ‘father of cannabis research,” Dr. Raphael Mechoulam—Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the researcher who in 1964, with Yechiel Gaoni, discovered the endocannabinoid system and key active components of cannabis—CannMed feels right at home smack dab in the middle of a bustling college campus. A serious conference for a serious school, subject-matter took a back seat to the rigorous standards of its curating process.
“At CannMed Events, we take our speaker selection process very seriously,” show organizers appropriately warn. “All of our invited presenters, abstract presenters, poster presenters, and panel moderators were approved by our advisory board based on their topics’ scientific merit and originality. Presentations that serve only to promote products or companies have no place at CannMed Events. It is because of these high standards and approval process that we truly believe the education platform at CannMed 2018 features the greatest minds in cannabis research.”
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Published: October 30, 2018
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