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May 19 forum on medicinal cannabis as an alternative to opioids
Medical professionals, vendors at showcase
 
Published Tuesday, May 15, 2018 7:32 am
by Herbert L. White

A Charlotte forum is touting medicinal marijuana as an alternative to opioids.

CBD: 101 – Natural Approaches to Symptom Management and Pharmaceutical Substitution will be held May 19 at 6824 Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road. The forum is sponsored by Harvest the Good, a Charlotte-based nonprofit that advocates for the use of medicinal cannabis and hemp. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, and proceeds go to HOPE, a nonprofit support group for families of children with a disability or medical condition.

“People with chronic illnesses, they are speaking in general to a crowd of people about this topic,” Harvest the Good founder Sharon Wright said.

The forum includes medical professionals and parents who tout the benefits of CBD, or cannabidiol oil, to manage pain. Speakers include Dr. James Taylor, founder of Integrated Hemp Solution in Southern Pines, N.C, and and Kelly Whitt-Helms, a licensed physical therapist and founder of Full Circle Pediatric Therapy in Indian Trail.

“This gives people a chance to get up close and personal to professionals who are well-versed in these particular types of treatment options,” Wright said. “These people are speaking to the need that parents have with children with these disabilities.”

Cannabis proponents tout the benefits of CBD, which is extracted from marijuana plants, as an aid for alleviating depression, chronic pain, and deeper sleep. Although CBD is harvested from marijuana plants, it doesn’t provide a chemically induced high. It is legal in 29 states where medicinal and/or recreational marijuana is legal, and 17 other states, including North Carolina, have laws that restrict the level of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, as well as its use.

Wright said the public response to last year’s inaugural forum was such that organizers added new speakers and vendors to the lineup as well as new partners.

“I was encouraged by the fact a Charlotte-are nonprofit that serves the needs of parents that have children with developmental disabilities stepped out and wanted to co-host an event that serves their specific parents as well as provide an opportunity for the general community,” she said, “whether it be parents of children with disabilities that are living with autoimmune illnesses, chronic disease, and cancer.”

For information, email htgcclt@gmail.com.

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So proud of the efforts happening in North Carolina. Keep spreading the mission - patients in the state THANK YOU!
Posted on May 17, 2018
 
potentially unfounded claims of efficacy
Posted on May 16, 2018
 

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