Moving Beyond the Stigmas with THC Towards Total Healthcare: A Physician’s View On Medical Cannabis

13:50 - 14:20, Osgoode Ballroom East
Dr. Uma Dhanablan



Cannabis has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. We have only started to stigmatize this plant over the last century. It is known to help with inflammation, seizures and pain as well as many other ailments. Recent developments have shown that cannabis treatments can be extremely beneficial in treating cancer, epilepsy, autism, chronic diseases, and many other conditions. We all have an Endocannabinoid System in our bodies, but sadly most of us do not understand what is does for us. The Endocannabinoid System as a mechanism for drug interaction is widely unexplored and the true potential for positive impact on human health is unknown.

This presentation will provide a physician’s view on medical cannabis, delivered by a Cannabis Therapeutics Specialist trained in Family Medicine and Occupational & Environmental Medicine. Drawing from over 30+ years of experience in both research and patient care, this presentation will highlight the need for better therapies and a new focus on total health care ( It is time to move beyond the misconceptions and misinformation associated with this healing plant. It is time to increase education and reduce incarceration, and to learn more about the healing properties of cannabinoids and other medicines in cannabis. Let’s move beyond the stigmas associated with THC towards total health care.