Children and CTE in Sports a Focus at Pittsburgh World Medical Cannabis Conference
By Andrew Hard
On April 21, the World Medical Cannabis Conference and Expo will be taking place in Pittsburgh, PA. The conference is dedicated to the medical science of cannabis and is expected to bring cannabis industry advocates, patients and executives all under one roof.
With the Pennsylvania governor having signed the state’s medical marijuana program into law almost exactly one year ago and the state working to get their medical cannabis program up and running, this conference comes at a perfect time for the city of Pittsburgh. The conference should facilitate an educated discussion among medical cannabis professionals not only as to the state of Pennsylvania but on a national level as well.
Additionally, with political figures like U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions seeming to take a hardline stance against medical marijuana, with statements asserting that its use for medicinal purposes “has been hyped, maybe too much” -- it has become even more important that the public be made aware of the health and wellness benefits of cannabis and that continued education is provided to get the word out.
During the World Medical Cannabis Conference and Expo many topics will be discussed around the medicinal purposes and the potential benefits of all cannabis. Some of these topics include:
Children and Cannabis – During a panel on Saturday, April 22, at 12pm on the Main Stage of the conference, families of young medical cannabis patients will come together to tell their stories about how they discovered that using cannabis could help treat their children who suffer from debilitating conditions.
“I am grateful to have this opportunity to share my daughter Harper’s story during this conference,” said Penny Howard, panel participant and mother. “I want to reach other families who may be struggling to find ways to help their children. Medicinal cannabis did absolute wonders for my daughter who suffered from terminal CDKL5 epilepsy for her entire life, and whose story literally helped legalize Brazil after a family there found her Facebook page. Harper’s brain is now being researched in Pennsylvania as the first-ever CDKL5 research donation.”
Penny Howard’s daughter sadly lost her battle to the disorder in January, 2016, but the family is a firm believer that they had a chance to truly know their daughter due to their discovery of Real Scientific Hemp Oil, a legal substance derived from cannabis that contains a substance called cannabidiol (CBD).
The Howards made the decision to donate Harper’s brain and skin tissue to CDKL5 research in hopes of advancing a better understanding of the disorder and bring about a treatment that would help other children with CDKL5. Today, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine are utilizing Harper’s donation to aid their research which focuses on the causes of CDKL5 and any potential treatments. Harper’s brain is also being studied at the University of Pennsylvania.
Sports and Cannabis – This topic will have a large presence during the conference with two panels scheduled on the Main Stage (Friday, April 21, at 2pm and Saturday, April 22, at 4pm). During these panels, one topic of discussion will be the critical issue of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE facing professional athletes. CTE is a degenerative brain ailment that has been found in many professional athletes.
This ailment was discovered by Pittsburgh’s Dr. Bennet Omalu, who many may remember was portrayed by Will Smith in the movie Concussion, when he conducted the autopsy for Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster. Since then the concussion-related disease has been found in the brains of several former NFL players.
One company who hopes their research may eventually help treat CTE using research focusing on CBD or CBD-like molecules is Kannalife Sciences, a bio-pharmaceutical and phyto-medical company.
“Kannalife is the only company in the country that has garnered a licensing agreement with the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) for two indications: Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE) and secondly for traumatic head injury, known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE),” said Dr. Stuart Titus, CEO of Medical Marijuana, Inc. Medical Marijuana, Inc. owns 16.7% of Kannalife Sciences and Dr. Titus serves as a member on the advisory board for the company. Bennet Omalu once served on Kannalife’s advisory board himself as well.
Kannalife’s laboratories are located in-state at the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center in Doylestown, Pa., and Kannalife has also partnered with doctors and researchers at Temple University in order to further their research.
Dr. Titus is a featured speaker at the Pittsburgh conference and available to speak with interested parties about the US government’s so-called 507 patent and cutting-edge research on using medical marijuana to treat CTE.
For more information on additional topics being highlighted at the conference please visit the website at: https://www.compassionatecertificationcenters.com/conference-overview/.
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