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Olivia Newton-John Uses Cannabis Instead of Morphine

Last week some of the greatest minds in science and medicine descended upon Portland at the Cannabis Science Conference. One of the only cannabis conferences that brings together doctors, scientists, athletes, and stars like Grease and Xanadu legend Olivia Newton-John. After two full days of speakers, exhibitors and networking, we could write a novel with everything we learned. But here’s a bite-sized version of some highlights. 

CBD & CBG – Bonni Goldstein, MD

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Dr. Bonnie Goldstein is an expert in cannabinoid therapy and the Medical Director at Canna Centers in Los Angeles. According to their website, “Canna Centers offers medical evaluations to patients who wish to incorporate the use of cannabis in their treatment regimen.” She discussed how CBD and lesser known but equally important CBG interact with our Endocannabinoid System (ECS). 

– CBD can be alerting in low doses, and sedating in higher doses, making it great for all day use and bedtime use.

– In addition to interacting with our CB1 and CB2 receptors, CBD has approximately 65 known targets of action in the body. This means it interacts with a variety of receptors, enzymes, ion channels, and transporters, impacting functions like metabolism, serotonin production, insulin resistance, cholesterol and more.

– In her Pediatric work, Dr Goldstein has used CBG to help children with autism.

– Many mechanisms of CBG overlap with CBD, and she states that it is a neuroprotective agent (neuro = brain).

Read more about Dr. Goldstein’s work: 



Cannabis for Women – Dr Rita McQuire

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Dr. Rita McGuire is an OB-GYN based out of Chicago and involved in Doctors For Cannabis Regulation, Ladies for Cannabis, and CBD product company Wakanna. She is a strong advocate for women’s health and wellness. 

– Only 13% of medical schools teach about the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

– The ECS interacts with our endocrine system (hormone regulation), making  cannabis beneficial for women in particular in a variety of functions:

– Fertility
– Menstrual pain
– Morning sickness
– Labor pain
– Breast milk production: breast milk is high in anandamide, an endocannabinoid that mimics THC
– Endometriosis
– Menopause
– Anxiety and depression
– Libido

– Jamaican study on women who used cannabis during pregnancy: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1957518

Read more about Dr. Rita: http://drritamcguire.com/

Plant Medicine – Olivia Newton-John and Amazon-John Easterling

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John Easterling is an Amazonian herb expert with almost 30 years of rainforest plant medicine experience. He and his wife, singer and actress Olivia Newton-John have been using cannabis for pain management during her 3rd diagnosis of cancer (Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer). Thanks to natural plant medicine, Olivia Newton-John has successfully weaned off of antidepressants and morphine. Her cancer markers have been going down and the only pharmaceutical drug she is on is estrogen blockers. 

Read more about ONJ’s experience with cannabis: 


The Unified Theory of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) – The Knox Doctors

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The Knox family of physicians – Dr. Janice Knox, Dr. David Knox, and their two daughters, Dr. Jessica Knox and Dr. Rachel Knox – is pioneering and championing the field of endocannabinology, a burgeoning medical discipline rooted in the science of the endocannabinoid system. Their clinical work harnesses the power of cannabis and botanical medicine in conjunction with other foundational lifestyle therapies to revolutionize health care as we know it. They are the founders of the American Cannabinoid Clinics where their mission “is to deliver precision Cannabinoid Medicine to every patient looking for a personalized approach to healing.” The AC Clinics have licensed physicians in 19 states, and offices in Oregon and Washington states. 

– Our ECS regulates vital functions of our bodies, reminding us to relax, eat, sleep, forget, and protect
– ECS dysfunction can be caused by emotional stress, poor diet, genetics, aging, prescription drugs, and chemical insult
– There are a variety of ways to modulate the ECS: Endocannabinoids, Exocannabinoids, Cannabimimetics
– Endocannabinoids are the cannabinoids our bodies naturally produce (like anandamide)
– Exocannabinoids are the cannabinoids produced outside of our bodies, like the phytocannabinoids produced by the cannabis and hemp plants
– Cannabimimetics are substances and practices that mimic the effects endo/exocannabinoids have on our bodies. These include:
– Substances like foods, herbs, spices, essential oils
– Practices like exercise, massage, meditation, and acupuncture

The Unified Theory of the ECS: ECS trained clinicians, coaches, and teachers, ECS aware policy makers, ECS aware retailers results in Better Services or “Services with Purpose.” Engaged consumers, ECS aware scientists, ECS aware cultivators, ECS aware manufacturers results in Better Products or “Products with Purpose.”

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War on Cannabis, Communities of Color, and Sports – Dr Sue Sisley

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Sr. Sue Sisley is the President and Principal Investigator at Scottsdale Research Institute in Arizona, working on the only FDA-approved randomized controlled trial in the world examining safety/efficacy of whole plant marijuana in combat veterans with severe post traumatic stress disorder PTSD. She works as Independent Medical Director for medical cannabis license holders in 17 different states from Hawaii to Florida to New Jersey. Her other areas of current IRB-approved research include supervising studies evaluating cannabis for pain & opioid substitution.

Her work includes putting cannabis flower through the entire FDA process so that someday insurance companies will be forced to pay for cannabis just like they pay for other pharmaceuticals. Through her work on pain and opioid substitution she works with many former and current professional athletes, pushing for organizations like the NFL to allow cannabis for pain management. Topics she covered included how the war on cannabis disproportionately affects communities of color and how this is evident in professional sports organizations, primarily the NFL. 

She moderated a panel of professional athletes who are advocating for cannabis use in sports and have since gotten into the business of cannabis including:

Riley Cote – former professional NHL ice hockey player
Cliff Robinson – former professional Portland Trailblazers NBA basketball player
Anna Symonds –  USA Rugby Women’s Premier League athlete
Marvin Washington – former professional NFL football player

All of these athletes are using cannabis for their pain management and are advocating and urging current professional athletes to stand up and fight for their right to use natural alternatives for their pain management. They are part of an organization called Athletes for Care “uniting athletes as one voice to advocate for research, education, and compassion when addressing important health issues. They are the only non-profit organization empowering legendary athletes from every sport to use their influence to improve global standards of health, safety and quality of life.”

Learn more about Sue Sisley and Athletes For Care:



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