For a growing number of Canadians for whom conventional medicine has proven ineffective, medical marijuana has become a ray of hope in relieving pain, anxiety and other chronic conditions.
More than 100 people learned some of the basics about medical marijuana at a special information session hosted by Metroland Media Toronto at the Ontario Science Centre recently.
Those in attendance heard from experts and were able to speak with a broad variety of service providers, including licensed medical marijuana providers and producers such as Bodystream, Canadian Cannabis Clinics, Aphria, Tweed and Mettrum.
While the session offered time for visitors to learn more from individual providers, the highlight was a panel discussion featuring pain and addiction medicine specialist Dr. Lionel Marks de Chabris, Dr. Danial Schecter of the Cannabinoid Medical Clinic, Janet Yale of the Arthritis Society and patient Jane Bradford, who has found relief for pain through cannabis oil.
Marks de Chabris noted that cannabis has a long and varied medical history dating back thousands of years. It wasn’t until the 20th century, in fact, that the plant became vilified and outlawed for racial and political reasons.