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Essentials of the practice of Cannabinoid medicine (AACM workshop)



TRAINING: Thursday, May 8, 2014
    11:00a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
    Patients Out Of Time Conference 2014
    Portland University Place Hotel

TEST: Sunday May 11, 2014

This is a satellite to the Patients Out of Time Conference, May 8-10, Portland, OR
  • Learn History of Cannabis Use
  • Learn about endocannabinoid system
  • Learn how to be an effective cannabinoid medicine specialist
  • Develop skills in talking to the media
Doctors and patients are taking a leading position to end the misinformation, and stigmatization caused by our current punitive and discriminatory drug policies. We are building a movement to professionalize the use of cannabis and to marginalize those physicians practicing minimalist medicine.

We are supportive of those who call for more research, health oriented strategies, and widespread drug policy reform. The irresponsible waste of dollars and resources, and the devastating loss of lives and liberty caused by current drug policies needs to end.

We need to build on thousands of years of historical use and over 20,000 basic science studies. As cannabinoid medicine clinicians we are aware of the medicinal value of cannabis. Learn more about the science and clinical application of cannabis and cannabinoids.

This training will prepare you for the AACM certification exam on May 11.


See you at Patients Out of Time in Portland!

The Eighth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics
The Endocannabinoid System and Age-Related Illnesses

Jointly sponsored by Patients Out of Time and the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine

The conference is right in Downtown Portland, near the Willamette River. Thursday Workshops, Thursday night poolside reception, and Friday Conference will be held at the Portland University Place Hotel, and we have the great opportunity to hold the Saturday Conference at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine just a few blocks away.

Events run from May 8th to May 10th, 2014. The conference officially kicks off with a reception Thursday night starting at 7:00pm—after the preconference workshops. Registration packets, with syllabus, may be picked up at the reception. The registration table reopens at 7:30am Friday (and will remain staffed throughout the conference), and the welcome address begins promptly at 8am. The final Q & A ends at 4:30pm Saturday, May 10th.

Conference Agenda
Conference Faculty

Friday Night Benefit Dinner - Register

Dinner will be held on a magnificent three-tier cruise boat on the Willamette River. There will be a dance floor, fresh locally sourced Pacific Northwest cuisine, music, and a live auction. Tickets are $125 ($100 of which is tax deductible). Departure details to come with the ticket—transport will be available from the hotel to the embarkation site.

All registrations gain attendee full entrance to the conference on Friday and Saturday, entrance to the Thursday night reception, breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday, and a conference syllabus. Additional benefits vary by registration type. After April 14th, all registration fees increase by $50. Please register early for increased preference for main conference room seating. There will be a simulcast overflow room available.

  • MDs– $470 full, $260 day pass
    Cost includes CMEs, and UCSF CME registration fee. Grants attendee priority seating in main conference room
  • Health Care Professionals– $350 full, $200 day pass
    Cost includes contact hours. Grants attendee priority seating in the main conference room.
    Special $100 discount available to ACNA Nurses — Not a member? Join here!
  • Public– $235 full, $145 day pass
    Grants attendee seating in the main conference room on a first-come basis, or the simulcast room
  • Student– $125 full
    Grants attendee entrance to the main conference room (space allowing) or the simulcast room.
  • Day Pass grants entrance to attendee for either Friday or Saturday conference.
  • Media registration is also available. Please send us a few words on your medium and publication to laramie@medicalcannabis.com. Media registrations are limited.

Three pre-conference workshops will be offered on Thursday, May 8th, each geared toward a specific audience. There will a reception for workshop presenters and attendees on Wednesday evening (time/place TBD).

  • Doctors—The American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine (AACM) and the Society for Cannabis Clinicians (SCC) will hold an an introductory course on cannabinoid medicine with a certification exam. — RegisterMore Information
  • Nurses—The American Cannabis Nurses Association will present a 6 hour core curriculum on cannabis nursing with a certification exam. — RegisterMore Information
  • Lawyers—New this year! Panels of lawyers from around the country will discuss topics such as medical necessity defenses, child welfare, expert witnesses, and drug testing. This workshop is CLE pending. — RegisterMore Information

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What's New

Alabama: Considering a medical marijuana law.
   HB642 - The Michael Phillips Compassionate Care Act of Alabama

Arkansas: Considering a medical marijuana law.

Florida: Medical marijuana petition drive underway.

Idaho: Considering a medical marijuana law.

Indiana: Considering a medical marijuana law.

Iowa: Considering a medical marijuana law.

Kansas: Medical marijuana petition drive underway.
   Marijuana Bill Reaches House
   Cannabis Compassion and Care Act

Maryland: 21st State to pass a medical marijuana law.
   Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a bill on April 14th that establishes a medical marijuana market in Maryland.

Minnesota: Considering a medical marijuana law.

Missouri: Considering a medical marijuana law.
   HOUSE BILL NO. 1670 - An Act relating to the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes
   Cottleville Mayor Don Yarber hopes Missouri legislature passes medical marijuana law

New York: Considering a medical marijuana law.
   Medical Marijuana Bills Introduced

North Carolina: Considering a medical marijuana law.
   North Carolina Medical Cannabis Act

Ohio: Considering a medical marijuana law.
   HB 214

Pennsylvania: Considering a medical marijuana law.
   HB 1393

South Carolina: Considering a medical marijuana law.

South Dakota: Medical marijuana petition drive underway.

Tennessee: Considering a medical marijuana law.

Texas: Considering a medical marijuana law.

Wisconsin: Considering a medical marijuana law.
   The Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act

Featured Recipe - Glycerine-based Tincture by Leanne Barron

You need to use food grade U.S.P glycerine, this can be relatively hard to find inexpensively but a gallon lasts a LONG time.

Glycerines have a shorter shelf life than alcohol based tinctures and while they can sit on the shelf I refrigerate mine. Vegetable glycerine has nearly no impact on blood sugar or insulin and is very low in calories (4.3 per gram). It's sweet taste makes the tincture more palatable than the alcohol based tincture and is a suitable substitute for those concerned with alcohol consumption.

Add the amount of cannabis that you desire for potency. I added 6 oz of roughly trimmed (finger trimmed the leaves off) cannabis to 1 gallon of glycerine. For your personal preference add more cannabis or less depending on desired potency. I blend mine, using a coffee grinder, blender or if you are lucky enough to have a Vita Mix. Make sure there is no other product matter in whatever you use. I use a clean basting brush to clean out my Vita Mix when I am done powdering my cannabis.

Place in a crockpot on low. Some crockpot's low settings are too high so you may not be able to use yours. A "Keep Warm" setting if you have it is the best choice. Too hot, and you are killing the properties you are trying to extract, you want the mixture to be as warm as possible without boiling, I left my tincture like this for 24 hours. I have heard people leaving the tincture from anywhere from 4-6 hours to 3 days. You can try the tincture at intervals to decide when you are done. REMEMBER that glycerine tincture retains heat VERY WELL, do not burn yourself!!

If you do not have a crockpot you can place the herbs in a clear, sealed jar in a warm, sunny spot and accomplish the same thing over 4 weeks. Some people make their "sunshine tinctures" over 2 weeks. I do not feel that is long enough, especially in colder weather. Some leave them in the sun for up to 12 weeks. I have never seen a need to go that long myself. Shake each day to mix the herbs in.

When ready to strain use cheesecloth and a strainer to extract the cannabis debris, the THC has been extracted and the tincture is ready to use. The best way to store is in a glass amber bottle. A good place to obtain a large bottle for the bulk of your tincture is a brewery store that has supplies to make wine or beer. I also obtained a few small amber bottles with eye droppers for convenience. It takes a lot longer to strain glycerine than it does alcohol, the tincture will drip when strained instead of flow.

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