Canada’s Recreational Cannabis Market Could Hold Key to Future Medicines

Article by Tyler Nyquvest, Business in Vancouver via Richmond News

Canada’s recreational cannabis market could hold key to future medicines Research and development at leading Canadian cannabis companies could refocus approaches to medical treatment Tyler Nyquvest / Business in Vancouver Brandon Bartelds smokes three joints at once while attending the 4-20 annual marijuana celebration, in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday April 20, 2018. In less than a month, Canada will become the first industrialized country to legalize recreational marijuana. Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The legalized cannabis market in Canada could hasten western adoption of plant-based medicines, opening up new frontiers in health care, advocates say.

“I feel that cannabis is the first step toward a lot of our issues in health care and mental health,” said Salimeh Tabrizi, clinical counsellor and organizer and founder of the 2018 Cannabis Hemp Conference and Expo. “With the public perspective changing, there is a lot more room for other plant and fungi medicine coming through.”

The conference, slated for September 28–30 at the University of British Columbia’s Chan Centre and Nest, is in its fourth year. As event capacity and interest has grown, it has begun to shift its focus to the possible effects a mature recreational market might have on the development of medicine and treatments.

New to the conference this year is the exploration of research and treatments with ayahuasca, psilocybin, DMT and other plant medicines and psychedelics.

Ayahuasca is a brew made out of various plant-based ingredients that induces hallucinogenic, emotionally charged episodes that have been regarded as a catalyst in spiritual reconciliation and healing of past mental traumas, both known and unknown to the user. Psilocybin is the naturally occurring psychedelic compound produced by more than 200 species of mushrooms that generates mind-altering effects.

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