2023 Cannabis Science Conference Spring Agenda

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Cannabis Science and Technology, April 2023, Volume 6, Issue 3
Pages: 30-32

Check out the agenda for Cannabis Science Conference Spring 2023!

Editor's Note: This agenda was accurate at the time of publication in early April 2023. Speaker names and specific time slots are subject to change.

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Day 1, April 20, 2023


9:00 a.m.
Low and Ultra-Low Doses of Cannabinoids: Are We Missing the Sweet Spot?
Speaker: Dr. Dustin Sulak, DO, Healer

Fireside Chat Discussion, Analytical Focus

10:00 a.m.
Integrating Risk Management Strategies and Data Analysis to Reduce Microbial Product Failure Rates
Speaker/Moderator: Patrick Bird, MS, Sr. Manager, Scientific Affairs, bioMerieux
Panelists: Heather Krug, Regulatory Programs Branch Chief, Colorado State Public Health Lab; Antionette Duncan, Sr. Director Quality Assurance, Curaleaf; Chris Hudalla, President and CEO, ProVerde Labs; Steve Jetter, Program Analyst for Cannabis and Psilocybin Policy, Oregon Health Authority’s Oregon Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ORELAP); and Shane Flynn, Senior Director Laboratory Proficiency Testing, AOAC

11:30 a.m.
Analytical Track: Electronic Cannabis Delivery System Aerosol Generation and Collection: Challenges, Best Practices
Speaker: Dr. Mark Crosswhite, Principal Scientist, ConsulticX Sciences Corp.

11:30 a.m.
Medical Track: Chronic Exposure to Cannabis sativa Extracts Reduces Adiposity and Improves Metabolic Dysfunction Associated with Diet-Induced Obesity
Speaker: Bryant Avalos, Graduate Student Researcher, University of California, Riverside

11:30 a.m.
Cultivation Track: Cannabis-Specific Plant Nutrition: Express Your Plant’s Full Potential with a Balanced Diet
Speaker: Christian West, Owner/Consultant, Big Earth Consulting, LLC

11:50 a.m.
Analytical Track: Vaping Chemistry of Semi-Synthetic Cannabinoids
Speaker: Robert Strongin, Professor of Chemistry, Portland State University

12:00 p.m.
Medical Track: Precision Cannabinoid Medicine is Here
Speaker: Len May, MCS, Endocanna Health, Inc.

12:00 p.m.
Cultivation Track: Microbes are Multiplying: Finding the Source and A Solution to Your Cannabis Contamination
Speaker: Carly Bader, Manager of Science, Willow Industries

12:10 p.m.
Analytical Track: Non-Targeted Analysis of Aerosol Delivery Systems – Challenges, Considerations, and Best Practices
Speaker: Dr. Mark Crosswhite, Principal Scientist, ConsulticX Sciences Corp

12:30 p.m. Lunch (available for purchase)

1:30 p.m.
Analytical Track: Think Your Lab Testing Is Unbiased?.....You Might Be Surprised!
Speaker: Amber Wise, PhD, Science Director, Medicine Creek Analytics

1:30 p.m.
Medical Track: Raising Awareness: The Implementation of Medical Cannabis and Psychedelics Used as an Adjunct to Standard Therapy in the Treatment of Advanced Metastatic Breast Cancer
Speaker: Jaime Brambila, Founder, Grace Health and Wellness

1:30 p.m.
Psychedelics Track: Cardiovascular Disease Risk Among Cannabis + Psilocybin Co-Consumers
Speaker: Dr. Denise Vidot, University of Miami

1:50 p.m.
Analytical Track: Cannabinoid Extraction Efficiency for Potency Analysis: An in Depth Look of Multiple Techniques
Speaker: Melinda Urich, Scientist, Restek

2:00 p.m.
Medical Track: The Nose Knows: How Cannabis Aroma Is Transforming Medicine and Commerce
Speaker: Adie Rae, PhD, Assistant Scientist, Legacy Research Institute

2:00 p.m.
Psychedelics Track: Quantification of Psilocybin and Psilocin Content Variety in Psilocybe cubensis Strains with LC-MS
Speaker: Sabrina Islam, Undergraduate Student, University of Texas at Arlington

2:10 p.m.
Analytical Track: Hide and Seek: New Standards and Methods to Help Quantify Impurities Found in Cannabidiol Derived Phytocannabinoid Products
Speaker: Dr. Kirk Hering, Senior Manager, Process Exploration, Cayman Chemical Company

2:30 p.m. BREAK- Coffee/Networking in Exhibit Hall

3:00 p.m.
Analytical Track: Expanded Multiresidue Method of 327 Pesticides in Cannabis Inflorescence Reveals High Pesticide Levels in 92% of Illicit Samples Compared to the Canadian Licensed Cannabis Market
Speaker: Dr. David Blais, Laboratory Manager, Health Canada

3:00 p.m.
Cultivation Track: Remote Driver the “Makes Sense” Solution to Lower CapEx and OpEx Costs
Speaker: Frank Cirolia, BSEE, Systems and Applications Engineering, Advance Energy

3:00 p.m.
Medical Track: Results from the First NIH Funded Population-based Study of Medical Marijuana (PANEL DISCUSSION)
Speaker/Moderator: Dr. Joe Thompson, MD, MPH, President and CEO, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
Panelists: Teresa Hudson, PharmD, PhD, Assistant Dean for Health Services Research;Professor of Psychiatry UAMS College of Medicine; Tony Goudie, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, UAMS College of Public Health

3:20 p.m.
Analytical Track: Exploring the Evolving Landscape of Cannabis Compliance in Michigan: A Four-Year Study
Speaker: Josh Smith, M.S., CSO & Lab Director, ABKO Labs, LLC

3:30 p.m.
Cultivation Track: “In the Future, I Print My Grow Room” A Review of 3D Printed Construction Technology
Speaker: Matthew Tugg, VP, Hero Buds

3:40 p.m.
Analytical Track: Risk Assessment and Toxicological Evaluation Program for Cannabis Terpene Concentrates Intended for Inhalation
Speaker: Willie McKinney, PhD, DABT, President, McKinney Regulatory Science Advisors, LLC

4:00 p.m.
Analytical Track: GC-MS Analysis of Delta-8-THC from Cannabidiol Conversions
Speaker: Richard Sams, PhD, Scientific Director, KCA Labs

4:00 p.m.
Psychedelics Track: Psychedelics in Asia: Taboo or Early Adopter?
Speaker: Dr. Aimon Kopera, Doctor of Medicine, Geneomics Global


4:00 p.m.
Medical Track: Using Cannabinoids to Reduce Daily Opioid Milligram Equivalent (OME) in Palliative Care Patients with Chronic Pain: Case Reviews
Speaker: Eloise Theisen, Chief Nursing Officer, Leaf411

4:20 p.m.
Analytical Track: The Chemistry of Volatile Sulfur Compounds in Cannabis: From Discovery to Applications
Speaker: Iain Oswald, PhD, Principal Research Scientist, Abstrax Tech Inc.

4:30 p.m.
Psychedelics Track: Preparation and Analysis of Psychoactive Alkaloids and Their Metabolites in Multiple Matrices Using HPLC-UV
Speaker: Melinda Urich, Scientist, Restek Corporation

4:40 p.m.
Analytical Track: Examining the Chemical Behavior of Cannabinoids and Terpenes in Cannabis sativa L.
Speaker: Antonio Junior, Cannabis Researcher, University of Maryland E.S.

5:00 p.m.
Poster Sessions and Opening Night Reception

Day 2, April 21, 2023


9:00 a.m.
MDMA/Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy: The Path to Potential FDA Approval
Speaker: Dr. Sue Sisley, MD, President of Scottsdale Research Institute (SRI) and President/Founder of Field to Healed Foundation

10:00 a.m.
Analytical Track: TBD
Speaker: TBD

10:00 a.m.
Medical Track: Impending Federal Cannabis Regulation: Scientific Lessons from Other FDA Centers
Speaker: J. Preston Campbell, PhD, Venebio Group, LLC

10:00 a.m.
Psychedelics Track: Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy from an Integrative Medical Clinic Perspective (PANEL DISCUSSION)
Panelists: Dr. Alison Draisin PsyD, LMHC, AIMS Institute; Dr. Emily Whinkin, ND, AIMS Institute; Dr. Jade Stefano ND; and Madeline Turner LMHCA, AIMS Institute

10:30 a.m.
Analytical Track: Punch Know Grow: Early Detection of Hop Latent Viroid (HLVd) in Cannabis Plants Impacts Plant Health and Profitability
Speaker: Maria McIntyre, bioMerieux, Inc.

10:30 a.m.
Medical Track: Cannabis in Palliative Care
Speaker: Kathleen Sanders, RPh, Pharmacist, My Therapy Management

11:00 a.m. Break - Coffee/Networking in Exhibit Hall

11:30 a.m.
Analytical Track: New Cannabis and Hemp Proficiency Test Program Provides True Performance Insight
Speaker: Danielle Lenoir, Project Manager, Signature Science

11:30 a.m.
Medical Track: The Potential of Machine Learning Applications to Provide Insights on the Role of Medical Cannabis in Treatment of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Using the Cannabis-Responsive™ Biomarker Database
Speaker: Itzhak Kurek, PhD, CEO, Cannformatics, Inc.

11:30 a.m.
Cultivation Track: Hop Latent Viroid Shares a 19 Nucleotide Sequence with Cannabis sativa COG7
Speaker: Kevin McKernan, Medicinal Genomics

12:00 p.m.
Analytical Track: Proficiency Testing: Is It a Joke or Does It Add Value? (PANEL DISCUSSION)
Speaker/Moderator: Julie Kowalski, PhD, Program Chair
Panelists: Susan Audino, PhD, Science Advisor, AOAC International, CASP and Principal, S.Audino & Assoc, LLC; Shane Flynn, Sr. Director, Laboratory Proficiency Testing, AOAC International; and Julia Bramante, CO Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)

12:00 p.m.
Medical Track: What Happens When You Smoke Cannabis? An Integrative Understanding Rooted in Ayurveda, Dentistry, and Clinical Experience
Speaker: Adhithyan Krishnan, M.A.P., R.A.D., Founder and Chief of Science, AK Aveksha

12:00 p.m.
Cultivation Track: The Danger of the 2018 Farm Bill
Speaker: James Schwartz, BSN, LNC, CEO, CascadeHigh

12:30 p.m. Lunch (available for purchase)

1:30 p.m.
Analytical Track: Quality Assurance and Safety in Cannabis, Psilocybin, and Hemp (PANEL DISCUSSION)
Moderator: Kim Stuck, The Canna Consortium
Panelists: Kelly O’Connor, Sales Director, Key Accounts, Columbia Laboratories; Rocco Iannapollo, Director of Business Development, Cannabis Kitchen Supplies; Chris Gardella, CTO, Thompson Duke; and Jeremy L Sackett, QA Manager, Columbia Laboratories

1:30 p.m.
Medical Track: Medical Cannabis 101: The Use of Cannabinoids in the Outpatient Primary Care Setting
Speaker: Dr. Michael McKenzie, MD, Michael J. McKenzie, MD, PA

1:30 p.m.
Cultivation Track:Endophytic Bacteria and the Rhizophagy Cycle: The Expanded Soil Food Web
Speaker: Jeff Lowenfels, Author: Teaming with Microbes Series, Lord of the Roots

2:00 p.m.
Analytical Track: Standardizing and Data Sharing for the Future of Testing and Quality Control (PANEL DISCUSSION)
Speaker/Moderator: David Vaillencourt, MSc, CEO and Founder, The GMP Collective Panelists: Darwin Millard, Chief Science Officer, 14th Round/Final Bell, Vice-Chair ASTM Intl D37 Cannabis Subcommitee; and Kelly O’Connor, Sales Director, Key Accounts, Columbia Laboratories

2:00 p.m.
Medical Track: Cannabis and Spinal Cord Injury: A Patient’s Perspective
Speaker: Jeremy Robbins, MS, Cannabis Patients PNW

2:00 p.m.
Cultivation Track: Floral Hemp Production in North Dakota
Speaker: Avery Shikanai, Graduate Student, North Dakota State University

2:30 p.m.
Film Screening: Unprescribed
Filmmaker/Presenter: Steve Ellmore, The Unprescribed

3:30 p.m.