Crib notes from the Cannabis Life Conference – Toronto 2017

Fast-track your canna-knowledge with this really juicy cannabis industry crib-notes from the recently held Cannabis Life Conference in Toronto.  These crib-notes were scribbled down by Dallas Goldstone posted via Bongalong on Facebook.

I attended the Cannabis Life Conference this weekend in Toronto (congrats to the organizers) and I’d like to share a few tidbits. This is by no means a complete list — just a few points that I jotted down. You can agree or disagree — I’m just the messenger:


    • The most therapeutic CBD must come from cannabis, NOT hemp-derived cannabis. That is not to say there are not health benefits with hemp-derived cannabis, but it is not the better of the two. CBD has ZERO toxicity.
    • Grow organic only — cannabis grown otherwise can concentrate heavy metals and pesticides that might be in the soil. If you make concentrates, these get further concentrated and that is not good.
    • Isolating single molecules from cannabis (like the pharma’s do) is NOT going to work. You must use whole plant-derived medicines for best results.
    • There is a difference in chemical composition between the buds and the trim — bud is the best to use.
    • Terpenes are the healing substances in many cases.
    • Dabbing concentrates for pain relief is an excellent way to do it … quick and effective … best if ethanol extracted.
    • Rosins made with parchment are toxic and should not be inhaled due to the silica in the parchment. Causes serious lung disease (silicosis)
    • β-caryophyllene and CBD have healing properties and need more research.
    • People can get tolerant to one strain – best to use 3-4 and rotate.
    • SSRIs help with depression, but SSRIs plus cannabis works better. The cannabis adds a level of joy and happiness that the SSRI alone does not induce.
    • Opiates and cannabis are about the same in terms of pain-relieving capacity, but cannabis is far, far safer.
    • Anti-cancer properties of cannabis are real — not something users are saying to promote legalization.
    • Dosing needs to be monitored and we need to get better ways to measure dosing.
    • According to the National Institutes of Health in the US, cannabis is NOT a physically addictive substance.
    • Best to make concentrates from different strains and blend by weight.
    • Cannabis plus some standard therapies for cancer work better together than the standard therapies alone.
    • For all breast cancers, best to start with a 1:1 THC to CBD and monitor progress and then adjust from there if needed.
    • Younger children (<5) tolerate cannabis better than adults. The pleasure center of the brain is not developed in kids this young.
    • There is no relationship between size and sex for dosing purposes; some small women can tolerate more cannabis than large men, kids under 5 better than adults.
    • Opioids can cause androgen deficiency in men – loss of zip and libido.
    • Opioid deaths are 2/3 from prescribed drugs and 1/3 from street … many believe it is the other way around.
    • 4/5 addicts start with opioids, not cannabis — opioids are the gateway drug.
    • Cannabis can help one’s sex life .. enhance the pleasure peak and closeness … strains mentioned that helped some people were sour diesel and buba kush.
    • The 6 effects of cannabis are: physical, sexual, spiritual, creative, mental and mind expanding.
    • Business opportunities moving forward will most likely be in the supply chain, depending upon how the provinces and municipalities implement the new legislation.
    • Cannabis users need consumption spaces/lounges. Colorado did not allow and now they are going back and changing that part of the legislation.
    • Municipalities can potentially greatly impact the legalization process, so be aware of what is happening on that front as legalization unfolds.
    • Ricky Williams, Heisman Trophy winner was there and gave some comments about how cannabis impacted his career (cost him between 5-10 million US dollars) and how it helped him recovery after workouts … typically he would have used ibuprofen … started with 2/day and finally ended up taking 6/day … by 20 he had a stomach ulcer … cannabis did the job without the side effects, but cost him his career in some ways. A real nice gentleman, courageous and a pleasure to listen to.
    • Despite the new proposed Canadian legislation, cannabis advocacy is still much needed as there is still much work that needs to be done in the area of stigmatization of cannabis users, education of the public at large and legislative issues.

The attendance speakers included several cannabis-savvy physicians (both from Canada and the US), some Ph.Ds, other healthcare professionals as well as some long-term users who have a lot of experience.
From a strictly academic viewpoint, I found day 1 better than day two, but both were very enjoyable. My only criticism of the event — some speakers needed a little more time. Would be best to have 2 speaking areas (or fewer speakers) and people could choose what they wanted to listen to, as in commonly done in other conferences. Otherwise, the event was very well done and incredibly affordable. Kudos to the organizers – great job ladies and gents.




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