I had a great learning experience during Day 1 of the Cannabis Life Conference, where I was taken on an informative journey, exploring cannabis as an alternative medicine. The venue was Evergreen Brick Works, which had beautiful foliage throughout the grounds, as well as a farmers market to explore. It was refreshing to go around the corner for a quick puff in between speakers and take in the gorgeous weather and scenery.
What I loved most about this industry event was that its main purpose was to destigmatize the negative views of medical marijuana and create an opportunity to socialize while learning about cannabis culture. It was intriguing to listen to informative speeches from well-known people in the industry(such as Ricky Williams- Retired NFL Running Back and Heisman Trophy Winner, Jodie Emery-Activist/Cannabis Culture, and Angelina Blessed- Muaythai Fighter/Blessed Edibles, just to name a few) that shared their expertise and research on a variety of topics such as:
- Am I illegal? (Navigating your way through policy and legalization)
- THC/CBD (Best applications and practices)
- Lets talk sex (“Fucking with cannabis”)
- Exercise and recovery (Understanding your body and its relation to cannabis)
- Applications in cancer treatments
- Lifestyle and creativity (Mindful cannabis -destigmatization and designing a new culture)
- The Cash Crop? (How to raise capital in the new cannabis world)
This was one event that definitely had something to take away for everyone, whether you were in the canna industry or just a medical patient. Although I didn’t attend every presentation, I did learn a lot from the few speakers. The one thing I learned that shocked me is that if you take Advil for 5 days in a row it increases your chance of heart attack by 50%, which is a great reason to go for plants over pills! I was also informed about the subject of exercise and recovery, with the fact that Cannabis isn’t a performance enhancing drug, it just helps aid body recovery. Weed doesn’t make you lazy; being a lazy person makes you lazy (LOL). Another approach to aid recovery is Floating, where you’re submerged in a sensory deprivation tank filled with room temp water and a thousand pounds of salt so you’re literally floating. I’ve tried it before and can definitely vouch for it.
My favorite presentation was on the topic “sex and cannabis” since I love both subjects. Unsurprisingly, I found out that sex is better when medicated. There’s actual scientific research that proves women get wetter when medicated. What a time to be alive! It was suggested that topicals such as medicated lubricant provide greater stimulation, and that a specific mixture of thc and cbd might increase chances of multiple orgasms in women! The highlight of my day was when I had the chance to meet with Antuanette Gomez (International Speaker on Tantra, Cannabis and Psychedelics), founder of Pleasure Peaks. She organizes all-inclusive Cannabis couples retreats that allow you to let go of the ego and get in tune with your body and partner, since cannabis acts as a tool to release stress/anxiety. Antuanette is also Chairwoman of Women Grow Toronto, and organizes monthly networking events to connect and inspire women in the industry.
Aside from the speakers there were also quite a few vendors with interesting things to buy (from small craft businesses to national licensed producers). They had a variety of vendors selling/promoting everything to do with cannabis, including ‘weed vending machines’ from Vendit.ca, CBD oils from Hempmed, as well as edibles and dispensary reps. I had the chance to pick up a sexy silky robe as well as leggings from Chronic Canvas; If you like unique ganja attire you should check them out @chronic_canvas. Alas, I missed day two of the conference, when the “cheeseburgler” himself, Randy from the Trailer Park Boys, and Sam the Caveman made an appearance. Nonetheless, I had a great time and I’m glad I got to get pictures at the Weedmaps picture booth (shout out to @WeedmapsCA for the swag!). Now that Cannabis is emerging as a popular medicinal alternative and about to be legalized in Canada, there’s so much more to learn, and I’m definitely looking forward to attend this conference again!