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Join us at this timely and important Conference

The Healing Power of Cannabis:
Medicinal Uses,  Preparation & Organic Cultivation

September 15 & 16, 2018
with several post conference intensives offered on Monday

We are still adding classes to the schedule; check back May 15 for finalized schedule and the rest of the class descriptions.  

2018 HEALING POWER OF CANNABIS CONFERENCE:
Session Summaries

We are continuing to add descriptions. Check back regularly! 

Donald Abrams, MD

KEYNOTE: National Academies of Sciences Report: Known Knowns and Known Unknowns:
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine published The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research in January 2017. The 16-member writing committee on this rapid turnaround project meet monthly in Washington DC from June through December 2016, reviewing over 10,000 abstracts to create the document. Dr. Abrams, a member of the committee, will share insights into the work of the committee and review the major findings emanating from the report. The committee’s recommendations regarding how to best proceed with a national agenda to better facilitate medicinal cannabis research will be reviewed.

Cannabis in Cancer Care:
Cannabis is a valuable agent in the treatment of people living with and beyond cancer. Despite a paucity of data generated in randomized placebo-controlled trials due to the barriers in conducting research into the therapeutic effects of cannabis, most accept the fact that the plant is useful in the treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, appetite stimulation and pain. Many cancer patients also find various preparations of THC or CBD-rich cannabis to be useful for sleep, anxiety and/or depression. Despite an increasing body of preclinical evidence – in vitro and animal studies- suggesting possible anti-tumor activity of cannabinoids, there have not yet been any conclusive studies demonstrating that cannabis or its components are active against cancer itself.

Rochelle Baca, Herbalist

Cannabis Infusion Medicine Making (TWO SESSIONS)
In this class, we will explore the benefits and usages of CBD, CBDa, THC and THCa topical and internal oils. We will make a Sacred Plant Cannabis Medicine stove-top oil infusion and discuss how to make a Solar infusion. We will also go into ailments we have helped treat and heal. There will also be time for a Q&A.

Cannabis Tincturing Medicine Making
Explore the benefits and usages of CBD, CBDa, THC and THCa tinctures.. We will make a Sacred Plant Cannabis Medicine tincture. There will also be a discussion on how to make THC and CBD tincture using the stove-top method. We will also go into ailments we have helped treat and heal. There will also be time for a Q&A.

Intensive: Medicinal Preparation of Sacred Plant Medicine
Rochelle Baca is well known throughout the country for her high quality medicinal cannabis preparations. In this Intensive, Rochelle will demonstrate how to create Cannabis Medicine for both internal and external use. Using hands on demonstrations, she’ll teach participants how to make tinctures, infusions, teas, and salves. She’ll also share how to make some of her favorite Medicinal edible preparations. We will discuss the treatment of different illnesses using Cannabis Medicine and how to incorporate it for enhanced well being in your everyday life. Also included will be a lively discussion on Cannabis’s psychoactive and non-psychoactive constituents in our medicine making. The importance of correct dosages and how to calculate the amount of constituent per dosage will also be covered. Participants will get hands on experience making a number of different products and will also receive handouts, recipes, samples, and take home a creation made in class.

Stephanie Boucher, Certified Clinical Herbalist

Intensive: Preparation of High-Quality Cannabis Products for External & Internal Use (This Intensive is Full)
In this intensive, we will delve into how to create the most effective cannabis medicine in your own home kitchen. We will gain an understanding of the phytochemistry of the plant and its implications for proper extraction and infusion, explore different remedies from around the world, discuss the benefits of combining with other herbs, and learn how to accurately dose finished products. Participants will get hands on experience making a number of different products, including infused oil, salve, tincture, and edibles, as well as take home recipes and a few of their creations. 

Hailey Cohn, Satori Foods

CBD Infused Confections
In this workshop, Hailey will share her expertise in creating divine tasting herbal medicine.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore several different herbal infusions with coconut based CBD oil and create medicinal ‘treats’ with those infusions.  Hailey will also share how ingesting CBD with different types of foods can support one through times of illness.  Each participant will leave with 2 truffles and some CBD infused recipes.

CBD Infused Foods
Explore a variety of different foods made medicinal by adding Cannabis in some form. From oil infusions in dressings, to butters and honey for baking and savory treats, we will have lots of fun creating, learning, and also tasting! We will talk about why eating and drinking cannabis can be helpful. Each participant will leave with recipes and a small treat from class.

Bridget Conry, Champlain Valley Dispensary

The State of Medical Cannabis in New England: An Educational Panel featuring Champlain Valley Dispensary, Maine Wellness & TBD
In a state of constant evolution, the cannabis industry is often faced with new rules and regulations. As a medical cannabis patient, it can be overwhelming to attempt to monitor relevant regulatory changes, which is why licensed dispensaries from around New England have been assembled to provide an overview of the medical cannabis program in the region. Everything from reciprocity to shared best practices in the industry and the introduction of adult use cannabis and its effect on the medical program will be explored. Attendees from all backgrounds are encouraged to come ready to learn and with questions!

Cottage & Commercial: An Unexpected Synergy
Through an interactive presentation and open communication, Ms. Conry will take attendees on a virtual tour through commercial product development and the rigorous product testing that she oversees at Champlain Valley Dispensary on a daily basis. Along with the analysis of product creation, will be a discussion regarding the regulations that are woven into the medical cannabis industry in Vermont. With the flood of both cottage and commercial cannabis in our communities, the differences in the production and manufacturing of the two must be understood in order to provide the best products to the patients seeking symptom relief. In her exploration of these differences, Ms. Conry will consider the pros and cons of both methods of production while also making a case for the synergistic nature of the two.

Buzz Ferver, Perfect Circle Farm

Growing Cannabis Organically for Medicinal Use
We will cover all the basics for how to grow your own high-quality medicinal cannabis. Topics will include: Plant history, needs and requirements, soil preparation, seed selection, cloning, harvesting, drying, and other essentials knowledge for growing healthy and vigorous plants.

INTENSIVE: Growing Cannabis Organically for Medicinal Use
Experience four hours of in-depth overview of cannabis cultivation, harvest and drying.
Topics will include: Plant history, plant needs and requirements for vigorous growth and flowering, soil preparation, organic amendments, weed control and cover cropping, seed selection, cloning, harvest timing and strategies, drying, processing and more!
We will discuss the current legal scene in Vermont and around the country, review the permit requirements, and foreshadow the likely future of cannabis growing in Vermont and elsewhere in the US. This class will spend some time in classroom and then a short trip out to Buzz’s farm to spend time with the growing plants. Field observations are an essential part of understanding any plant.

Eleanor Kuntz, Ph.D.

Canndor Herbarium: Why & How of Herbarium Establishment
Historic and modern uses of herbarium resources and how the Cannabis community can benefit from the establishment of such a resource. One of the major jobs an herbarium is to define “type specimens” and establish consistency of naming. The importance of name consistency and cultivar standard creation is a primary topic due to its critical function in setting standards that other types of medical and botanical research can rest. On the medical side, this allows for a deeper understanding of medicinal use and allows medical practitioners to deepen their understanding of how variation in plant material (and its underlying chemistry) affect positive or negative prognosis. On the botanical/farming side, the herbarium aids in appellations establishment and the development of best agricultural practices for the industry. And perhaps most fundamentally, the herbarium is one way to help contribute to the conservation and cataloguing of the immense amount of diversity seen across this group of plants.

Current State of Cannabis Genetics
How much do we know relative to other crops and medicinal plants? This talk strives to outline why we should care about the current state of genetics, and what is going on in the genetics community. A summary of what we know so far and what is on the horizon. Looking at the big picture with highlights of specific research.

Jody Noe, MS, ND

INTENSIVE: Cannabis Cancer Care: Prevention, Treatment and Management
Dr. Noe’ is a licensed naturopathic physician with over 23 years experience and has been a practicing herbalist for over 30.  She currently serves as adjunct faculty to the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine in Connecticut and is the founder of the Integrative Oncology Clinic at UBCNM.  Prior to this, she served as a senior staff physician at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a founding board member of the Naturopathic Oncology Association and a founding member of the Society of Integrative Oncology.  Dr. Noé has been using Cannabis medicines since the 1980’s.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her teachings.  Her current practice, Natural Family Health & Integrative Medicine in Connecticut, has a predominance of patients with cancer using integrative strategies to treat and heal from cancer with naturopathic, herbal and Cannabis being the strategic targeted therapies to achieve this affect. In this Intensive, Dr. Noe will take participants through the journey of what turns on a cancer to development and what targets it to die and how to prevent, treat and manage it.  We will dive deeply into the appropriate natural integrative therapies with Cannabis therapy being the main focus.   Intensive will include numerous case studies, handouts, and time for Q & A.  All levels of interest and experience welcome.
Clinical Uses of Cannabis as Medicine
This class is designed for all levels although we will be focusing on cannabis for clinical interventions including PTSD, anxiety and depression, chronic disease and cancer therapies. The class will discuss species specificity and delivery methods as part of the cannabis prescription. Q&A to follow in the class discussion at the end of the lecture.

Boots on the Ground Plant Medicine
This class will be a discussion on the evolution of cannabis as a plant medicine in my experiences of over 45 years. We will talk about different applications and uses over this time span, what has changed and what has not.

Chris Kilham, Founder of Medicine Hunter, Inc.

Ganja Road
From the Siberian Altay to today’s modern dispensaries, cannabis the medicine has traveled far.  Satisfying a broad range of needs via the Human Endocannabinoid System, cannabis demonstrates versatility and a multitude of benefits. Its psychoactive and homeostatic powers promote health through happiness, refreshment, inner nourishment, and inspiration. We’ll romp across history and follow cannabis on its path.

Ethan Russo, MD

Cannabis Roots: A Neglected Herbal Resource
The roots of Cannabis sativa have a long history of medical use stretching back millennia. However, the therapeutic potential of cannabis roots has been largely ignored in modern times, with only a few studies examining the composition of cannabis root and its medical potential. Active compounds identified and measured in cannabis roots include: triterpenoids friedelin (12.8 mg/kg) and epifriedelanol (21.3 mg/kg), alkaloids cannabisativine (2.5 mg/kg) and anhydrocannabisativine (0.3 mg/kg), N-(p-hydroxy-β-phenylethyl)-p-hydroxy-trans-cinnamamide (1.6 mg/kg), various sterols such as sitosterol (1.5%), campesterol (0.78%) and stigmasterol (0.56%), and other minor compounds including choline and neurine. Of note, cannabis roots are not a significant source of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD) or other known phytocannabinoids. Further research is required to study the active compounds identified in cannabis roots and explore their potential therapeutic applications.

Cannabis Dosing & Administration
Cannabis has been employed medicinally throughout history, but its recent legal prohibition, biochemical complexity and variability, quality control issues, previous dearth of appropriately powered randomized controlled trials, and lack of pertinent education have conspired to leave clinicians in the dark as to how to advise patients pursuing such treatment. With the advent of pharmaceutical cannabis-based medicines (Sativex/nabiximols and Epidiolex), and liberalization of access in certain nations, this ignorance of cannabis pharmacology and therapeutics has become untenable. In this presentation we will endeavor to present concise data on cannabis pharmacology related to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD) et al., methods of administration (smoking, vaporization, oral), and dosing recommendations. Adverse events of cannabis medicine pertain primarily to THC, whose total daily dose-equivalent should generally be limited to 30 mg/day or less, preferably in conjunction with CBD, to avoid psychoactive sequelae and development of tolerance. CBD, in contrast to THC, is less potent, and may require much higher doses for its adjunctive benefits on pain, inflammation, and attenuation of THC-associated anxiety and tachycardia. Dose initiation should commence at modest levels, and titration of any cannabis preparation should be undertaken slowly over a period of as much as two weeks. Suggestions are offered on cannabis-drug interactions, patient monitoring, and standards of care, while special cases for cannabis therapeutics are addressed: epilepsy, cancer palliation and primary treatment, chronic pain, use in the elderly, Parkinson disease, pediatrics, with concomitant opioids, and in relation to driving and hazardous activities.

Danielle Saad, DO

Cannabis & Lyme Disease
COMING SOON!
Case Studies: Pediatric Seizures to Dementia
COMING SOON!

Kevin Spelman, Ph.D.

Home Extractions of Cannabis: Efficiency of Cannabinoid Yield
Herbalists regularly extract plants to make medicinal tinctures. In many ways Cannabis is just yet another medicinal plant for extraction, but cannabinoid extraction also offers some valuable lessons for extraction of other medicinal plants. We did a series of experiments on cannabinoid extraction comparing percolation against different maceration times, and generated some interesting data that challenges the dogma around extraction of medicinal plants.

The Terpenes of Cannabis
While much of the medical community is learning about the cannabinoids, the Cannabis industry itself has been enamored by the terpenes, specifically the mono and sesquiterpenes, with good reason. Many of the terpenes are known to be psychotropic, alter pharmacokinetics and potentially enhance the pharmacodynamics of the cannabinoids. The current understanding of chemovars, is arguably about terpene profiles rather than cannabinoid profiles, and these profiles offer a better understanding of indica vs. sativa differences than supposed speciation.

Dustin Sulak, DO

Endocannabinoid Physiology
Join Dr. Sulak for a tour of endocannabinoid physiology in the various tissues of the body. This presentation will cover the basic components of the endocannabinoid system (ECS), how the ECS works to promote homeostasis and healing, how to modulate the ECS with herbs, drugs, and lifestyle practices, and health conditions associated with ECS dysfunction. This essential material provides a foundation for understanding the therapeutic potential of medical cannabis and sheds light on our capacity for healing.

Cannabis: A Solution to the Opioid Epidemic
The United States is in the midst of an opioid addiction crisis, with over 100 overdose deaths daily, and countless lives ruined. Despite numerous initiatives attempting to curb irresponsible prescribing, drug diversion, abuse, and overdose, the problem continues to escalate every year, and an effective solution is desperately needed. Dr. Sulak will present the evidence that shows cannabis can potentiate the analgesia of opioids, improve the safety of opioids, prevent opioid tolerance and dose escalation, and treat the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. He’ll provide practical treatment strategies for helping patients use cannabis to reduce and discontinue opioid use, along with data and narratives demonstrating the success of his patients in Maine.

Tammi Sweet, M.S., LMT

Cannabis & Pain
Chronic pain affects 80 million people annually. Understanding the pain pathway allows us to intervene at multiple levels with a myriad of interventions. Opiate overuse stems from people not understanding other options for pain relief. Cannabis has been used successfully to treat chronic pain, especially neuropathic pain. We will explore the pain pathway from the origin at the source, all the way up to recognition in the brain. From here, we will discuss the latest findings in pain research, the methods to interrupt the pain pathway (including cannabis, lifestyle, and other herbs!), how these methods work, and finally, their indications and contraindications for use.

Understanding the Healing Power of Inflammation
Inflammation is one of our primary defenses in the body and is a major cause/contributing factor to all illness and disease. How can this be so? Take an in-depth look at the entire process. Understanding the process will help you make informed decisions concerning when and if you need to alter the process. We will look at how and why inflammation is beneficial, when it is not beneficial, and how to interrupt the process of chronic inflammation. Cannabis is an AMAZING anti-inflammatory agent and once we understand the process of inflammation, we will spend time discussing all the ways cannabis interrupts chronic inflammation.


John Woytowicz, MD

Integrative Medicine Approaches to Pain and inflammation:
The best clinical outcomes to reduce pain and inflammation are the results of a broad integrative approach. Working with patients to incorporate interventions with  nutrition, supplements, exercise or movement, meditation, and life style modification lead to a better quality of life.  Join me for an enlightening discussion and presentation.

Clinical Applications of Cannabis in Chronic Disease
Medical cannabis is part of effective strategies to treat chronic illness: chronic pain and muscle spasm related to vertebral injury and inflammatory joint disorders, an array of gastrointestinal symptoms, and neurodegenerative diseases. Let’s review the evidence –based literature and discuss effective strategies in the treatment of chronic disease.

2018 MCC POST CONFERENCE INTENSIVES

On Monday, Sept 17, following the conference there will be four in depth intensives offered. Each intensive will be four hours long and provides participants with the opportunity to delve into subjects in greater depth and detail.  Two sessions of two intensives each are being offered so that particpants can sign up for two Intensives if they wish.  Sessions are held from 8:30 ~ 12:30 and from 1:30 ~ 5:30.

There is an additional $45 cost for each of the Intensives.

Intensives generally fill up quickly, so register in advance to avoid disappointment.


 8:30 ~ 12:30:  Session I INTENSIVES

1.  Preparation of High Quality Cannabis Products for External and Internal use with Stephanie Boucher. (SORRY, THIS INTENSIVE IS FULL. PLEASE INQUIRE TO BE ON THE WAIT LIST.)
In this intensive, we will delve into how to create the most effective cannabis medicine in your own home kitchen. We will gain an understanding of the phytochemistry of the plant and its implications for proper extraction and infusion, explore different remedies from around the world, discuss the benefits of combining with other herbs, and learn how to accurately dose finished products. Participants will get hands on experience making a number of different products, including infused oil, salve, tincture, and edibles, as well as take home recipes and a few of their creations.

2. The Dance of Inflammation, Pain & Cannabis with Tammi Sweet.
Join herbalist Tammi Sweet on a deep dive into the biochemical world of inflammation and pain and the gifts of medical cannabis.  People come to cannabis especially for help with pain and inflammation so it can be useful to understand these processes in the body in some detail as well as how the plant’s properties interface with them.

We will cover the mechanisms of action of these cascading pathways in a fun and digestible manner.  You can expect to leave with knowledge and understanding about cannabis including the constituents, CBD, THC, terpenes and other cannabinoids and how they work.  We will also cover lifestyle, herbal and dietary interventions that can help with pain and inflammation and offer invaluable contributions to any protocol for health.  With this information, you will be able to begin the journey of working with this complex and gifted plant in the formulation of teas, tinctures and oils to assist your family, clients and yourself in a variety of conditions.


12:30 ~ 1:30 Lunch Break

 

1:30 ~ 5:30:  Session II Intensives

1.  Cannabis Cancer Care: Prevention, Treatment and Management with Dr. Jody Noe’, MS ND.
Dr. Noe’ is a licensed naturopathic physician with over 23 years experience and has been a practicing herbalist for over 30.  She currently serves as adjunct faculty to the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine in Connecticut and is the founder of the Integrative Oncology Clinic at UBCNM.  Prior to this, she served as a senior staff physician at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a founding board member of the Naturopathic Oncology Association and a founding member of the Society of Integrative Oncology.  Dr. Noé has been using Cannabis medicines since the 1980’s.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her teachings.  Her current practice, Natural Family Health & Integrative Medicine in Connecticut, has a predominance of patients with cancer using integrative strategies to treat and heal from cancer with naturopathic, herbal and Cannabis being the strategic targeted therapies to achieve this affect. In this Intensive, Dr. Noe will take participants through the journey of what turns on a cancer to development and what targets it to die and how to prevent, treat and manage it.  We will dive deeply into the appropriate natural integrative therapies with Cannabis therapy being the main focus.   Intensive will include numerous case studies, handouts, and time for Q & A.  All levels of interest and experience welcome.

2. Growing Cannabis Organically for Medicinal Use with Buzz Ferver of Perfect Circle Farm.  Includes field trip to farm.
The intensive program is four hours of in depth overview of cannabis cultivation, harvest and drying. Topics will include plant history, plant needs and requirements for vigorous growth and flowering, soil preparation, organic amendments, weed control and cover cropping, seed selection, cloning, harvest timing and strategies, drying, processing and other essentials knowledge for growing healthy and vigorous plants.  We will discuss the currant legal scene in Vermont and around the country, review the permit requirements, and foreshadow the likely future of cannabis growing in Vermont and elsewhere in the USA.  The class will spend some time in classroom and then travel to Buzz’s farm, ten minutes from the conference location, to spend time with the growing plants. Field observations are an essential part of understanding any plant.  Buzz has been growing small scale commercial CBD Cannabis at his Perfect Circle Farm in Berlin since it became legal in Vermont.

 

Don’t miss this unique learning experience! It is the goal of this timely and important conference to aid our health care providers and medical professionals, herbalists, growers, and consumers in making responsible, effective and educated decisions regarding the medicinal application of Cannabis. The Conference will focus primarily on medicinal applications, organic cultivation and preparation of high quality medicinal Cannabis products.

Held at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, VT

Tuition: $325 Regular Registration.
  • On site lodging available. Within walking distance to several fine restaurants, the Hunger Mountain coop, and several grocery stores.

We Expect this Conference to fill up, so register early to reserve your place

The Speakers

Over 20 workshops being offered with several post conference intensives held on Monday. Over 15 presenters including
Donald Abrams, MD; Ethan Russo, MD; Eleanor Kuntz Ph.D; Kevin Spelman, Ph.D.; Dustin Sulak, MD; Jody Noe, MS, ND; Rochelle Baca, Herbalist; Tammi Sweet, MS, LMT; and more to be announced!

Dates: September 15 & 16, 2018

Location: Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT

Cost: $275 Early Bird (Prior to May 30) / $325 Regular Registration

Snail mail:

Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center
Attn. HPC
P.O. Box 420
East Barre, Vermont 05649

802-479-9825
sagemt@sagemountain.com

Register Now!

TUITION: $325.
You can register online, or by downloading the Registration Form (link to form) and mailing your check made out to MCConference along with registration form to: Sage MT, P.O.  Bx 420, East Barre, VT 05649 or by credit card by calling the Sage MT office:  802.479-9825.  If we miss your call, leave your number and we’ll call you back.  

In Association with Jane Bothwell & The Dandelion Herbal Center.
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Contact Sage Mountain

  • Sage Mountain Herbal Education Center : PO Box 420, East Barre VT, 05649
  • Telephone : (802).479.9825
  • Email : sage@sagemountain.com
  • Office hours : Mon, Tues & Thurs 10:30 - 3.

 

Contact The Science & Art of Herbalism

The Science & Art of Herbalism : P.O. Box 572, Waitsfield, VT 05673

Telephone : 802-595-9360

Email : herbs@rosemarygladstar.com

Office hours : Monday through Thursday 10-4pm