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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.


Hi, I just want to ask if someone has any idea on which marijuana strain would be very effective when it comes with anxiety attacks and sleep disorder?
I've been suffering for almost 2 months now and mostly can't sleep properly at night. I refrain my self on taking meds coz it seems doesn't work for me. So I started reading some alternative way for my problem and came across this article about this strain from https://eu.gyo.green/nirvana-seeds-ak48-auto-nir-48a-fa.html and how it could help you relax but the problem is I don't smoke. But then I also found out that you can also make drinks or tea and even muffin/cake as an option aside from smoking it. Why they can't just simply make a pill out of marijuana if they say it could really be some help? Or maybe there are that I'm not aware of. If this is true I would gladly want to hear any of your experience and thoughts regarding this. Thanks in advance
Posted on September 13, 2018
Alternative medicine are more accepted now a days due to it's promising results unlike pharmaceutical medicine, alternative medicine don't give negative effect such as kidney and liver problems when it comes to long term use. As for my alternative medicine usage, I use medical marijuana. Different strain has a variety of uses and effect depending on your needs. Like this marijuana strain chernobyl http://www.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com/chernobyl/. This strain has a very potent effect on chronic pains like back pain and joint pain and a lot more. Please let me hear your thoughts or personal experience when it come with medical marijuana. Thanks
Posted on August 2, 2018
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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