Seminar discusses medicinal marijuana use

Hosted by Corcanna Group, a Kelowna company, at the Holiday Inn Express on Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.

  • Oct. 3, 2014 2:00 p.m.

The Corcanna Group will host a seminar about the medical treatment value of marijuana at a seminar called “Cannabis is Medicine, Truth, Facts, and Knowledge Seminar & Fundraiser” on Saturday in Kelowna.

The Corcanna Group is a Kelowna-based company that facilitates research and development groups, and the advancement in the science of cannabis and hemp plants and their strains as medicines.

One of the biggest challenges proponents of medicinal cannabis face is the stigma attached to the use of marijuana in any capacity. Corcanna says Canadians have long been told that marijuana is a drug that’s sole use is to get high, and but the company says that’s simply not true.

More and more physicians are prescribing it for a myriad of ailments and chronic conditions, and the results are nothing short of miraculous.

A local example of this is the Williams family from Summerland. Their daughter, Kyla, has gone from having upwards of 100 seizures a day, to almost none.

Most recently, her EEGs have shown improvement and her family and physicians accredit this to her use of medicinal cannabis oil. Kyla’s grandfather, Chris Neussler, is a retired constable with the RCMP. Had you asked him four years ago if he could have ever imagined himself one day becoming an outspoken and passionate spokesperson and advocate for access to medicinal cannabis, he would have absolutely said no.

Neussler will be one of the speakers at the seminar, along with David Hutchinson from the THC Bank, Dr. Zach Walsh with the UBC Department of Psychology, Dr. Chris Spooner with Integrative Cancer Care, and Dr. Kevin Kanerva with the Do No Harm Clinic.

Also, local resident Chris Pearson will be sharing his story about his wife being diagnosed with terminal cancer and given just a few weeks to live, but is still alive today which she credits to medicinal cannabis oil. The speaker portion of the seminar runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Kelowna, with an opportunity for attendees to ask any questions they may have from 4 to 5 p.m.

There will also be information booths will be set up, and a table for the Williams family for them to share their story as well as launch an online silent auction to raise money for a foundation they have set up in their daughter’s name called “Kyla’s Quest.”

Corcanna Group is also sponsoring the Kelowna premiere of local documentary filmmaker Adam Scorgie’s latest film “The Culture High ” at the Grand Ten Theatre in Kelowna, 7 p.m., also on Saturday, with a portion of the ticket sales to be donated to Kyla’s Quest

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