First US Clinical Study Assessing Hemp-Derived Cannabinoid Supplementation In Recovery From Traumatic Brain Injury Begins In Colorado

COLORADO:  The Flowering HOPE Foundation and Clover Leaf University have just announced sponsorship and collaboration on the first US clinical study to be approved to investigate plant-derived cannabinoid supplements in recovery from brain injury. 

The study will analyze quantitative EEG brain activity and a cannabinoid-sensitive salivary biomarker in 40 subjects with mild traumatic brain injury and controls who currently take hemp-derived botanical supplements on a regular basis (i.e. phytocannabinoids). The study is recruiting adults age 18 to 55 to participate in the year-long trial. 

Jason Cranford, Founder of the Flowering HOPE Foundation, a Colorado registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the medicinal use of plant-derived cannabinoids, called phytocannabinoids, described the motivation for sponsoring the study: “We hope to provide scientific support for the benefits of the natural plant-based compounds contained in hemp and move a step closer towards the unrestricted availability of non synthetic cannabinoid therapeutics.”

Cranford is a pioneer in the emerging cannabis industry with more than 25 years experience in cultivation, extraction and formulations. His know-how allowed him to breed a unique hemp strain selected for a blend of phytoterpenes and phytocannabinoids designed to alleviate treatment-resistant epilepsy in children without psychoactive side effects. The resulting strain, called Haleigh’s Hope, was formulated into a supplement offered by the FHF (2013). 

The FHF has partnered with Clover Leaf University to study brain injury. The President and Founder, Chloe Villano, received accredited approval for CLU in 2013 by the Colorado Department of Higher Education’s Private Occupational School Board. Villano is a pioneer in the cannabis and hemp industry and prioritized brain injury for the study.

“This historic study is the first of its kind and it is a privilege to work with the Flowering HOPE Foundation to address the problem of brain injury and collaborate with a neuroscientist who understands the brain endocannabinoid system, such as Dr. Cooper. There are currently no effective treatments for traumatic brain injury or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, but phytocannabinoids may be a good candidate, based on the established science of anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective mechanisms. Clover Leaf University is excited to take the lead in clinical studies that will improve and save lives,” said Villano.

The lead neuroscientist responsible for the study,  Don Cooper, Ph.D, is President of Real-Time Diagnostics Ventures Inc. He has published 45 peer reviewed papers on neuronal memory formation/plasticity and has studied brain cannabinoids since 2000, when he received his first NIH grant. 

“I never thought it would take almost 20 years from when I started working on the brain cannabinoid system to have the first approved clinical study on phytocannabinoids and brain injury. We have convincing preclinical data showing that phytocannabinoids are neuroprotective and may be critically important for restoring neuronal function after brain injury,” stated Cooper.

For more information contact the study Clinical Coordinator at TBIstudy@protonmail.com.

Pro Athletes to Discuss CTE and Cannabis At New York Trade Show & Conference

NEW YORK: A number of high profile professional athletes will discuss sports and cannabis on a panel at the upcoming Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) on June 16, 2016 at the Jacob K  Javits Convention Center.

According to event promoters, pro athletes from the NFL and NHL will provide frank insight on how legally using cannabis has helped them manage pain, become less reliant on prescription painkillers, and not affect their playing performance.  This thought-leadership panel “CTE, Concussions and CBD;” will feature: Charlie Adams, formerly Denver Broncos and Houston Texans; Eben Britton, NFL guard and tackle for Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears and current free agent; Riley D. Cote, former professional ice hockey player with the Philadelphia Flyers; and former Denver Broncos wide receiver Nathan Ross “Nate” Jackson.

Joining the cannabis sports discussion will be Heather Jackson, CEO of Realm of Caring, a non-profit and advocacy group that provide support services and resources to those using cannabinoid products.

“In talking to many NFL players, I have heard a reoccurring theme, and that is ‘protect the shield.’   The NFL will now have an opportunity to protect their players, and I consider that a much more valiant effort.  Research into CTE will help all neurodegenerative disorders, so a project like this is exciting to me personally and professionally,” added Ms. Jackson, of Realm of Caring.

“CTE, Concussions and CBD,” thought-leadership panel is part of the comprehensive educational agenda that is presented at CWCBExpo NY.   Conference delegates can participate in Add-On Workshops, June 15, that provide all-day education on business, career and investment fundamentals.  There will also be over 70 sessions with vetted industry experts and pioneers in the 2-day conference (June 16-17) that includes a headlining keynote speaker, the thought-leadership panels, regulatory updates, NY dispensary and includes session tracks focused on Creating Your Business, Running Your Business, High Finance, Opportunities, and Trends in High Growth Areas.  On Friday, June 17, the thought-leadership panel at CWCBExpo NY will be “Industrial Hemp: Made in America,” spotlighting this plant that can transform the agricultural and manufacturing landscape.

Featured exhibitors participating in CWCBExpo NY include Amercanex, Apeks, Cannabis Career Institute, Carp Law, Clover Leaf University, Conviron, Forever Flowering Greenhouses, Gradujuana, Helderpad, HighNY, Hiller, PC, Incredibles, International Cannabis Association, Labscape, Jane, Medicine Man, MJ Freeway, MJIC, Nexus Corporation, Potbotics, The Cannabis Co Operative, Transcend Lighting, True Leaf, and many others.  CWCBExpo NY is also partnering with leading advocacy groups, associations, and media partners including the Marijuana Business Association and MJNewsNetwork.com.

Discounted conference rates are now being offered for advance registration.  For more information on the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo in New York, June 15-17, (CWCBExpo in NY) visit: http://www.cwcbexpo.com/new-york-expo.    For sponsoring or exhibiting information contact the CWCBExpo sales teams at sreuter@leexpos.comor click here:

Registration is Open for 3rd Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition June 15-17, 2016

NEW JERSEY: A majority of US states are poised to transition from cannabis prohibition to some form of regulated legal markets for recreational and medical cannabis this year, making the 3rd Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) in New York a must attend event to learn about and see the latest innovations that will move the industry forward.

Taking place June 15-17, 2016, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, NY, CWCBExpo’s ideal Northeast location taps into the country’s’ biggest financial, media, manufacturing, entrepreneurial and healthcare markets. CWCBExpo NY will offer an unparalleled learning agenda with subject matter experts in banking, pain management, healthcare, investing, regulations, law, emerging markets, and product development fields participating.

CWCBExpo NY attendees will gain the knowledge and tools needed to succeed in this hyper growth and dynamic industry including in-depth Add-On Workshops on June 15th that cover:

  • “Open or Purchase a Cannabis Industry,” a six hour certification program offered by Clover Leaf University
  • “Cannabis Growth Capital Conference and Investor Fair,” connecting investors with leaders in the cannabis public markets as well as up and coming private companies.

A bonus Add-On Workshop will take place the day after CWCBExpo NY, Saturday, June 18, with an all-day session on “Grow a Bright Future with a Green Collar Career: Don’t Miss the ‘Green Rush’,” presented by the Cannabis Career Institute.

The Conference Program on June 16-17 includes a headlining keynote speaker, thought-leader panel discussions, regulatory updates, NY dispensary owners, and specially crafted sessions in key business tracks focused on Creating Your Business, Running Your Business, High Finance, Opportunities, and Trends in High Growth Areas, including Industrial Hemp: Made in America and a CTE, Pain Management and Concussions panels.

“There has never been a better time to start a business or grow an existing one in the legalized cannabis market.  This year is a tipping point for the industry and the CWCBExpo in New York will provide you with the best curated education, connections and products to get a competitive start and flourish,” said Dan Humiston, President of International Cannabis Association and Educational Director for CWCBExpo.

In addition to two days of full educational programming and the in-depth Add-On Workshops, CWCBExpo NY will also feature an exhibit floor (June 16-17) with suppliers in the industry showcasing cutting-edge products and services to marijuana cultivators, entrepreneurs looking to enter the market, dispensary owners, medical professionals, investors, and providers of professional services.  An Exhibitor Product Theater on the show floor will spotlight the latest products and services being introduced to the market.

An evening fundraiser, Fashion and Food on High, will offer another opportunity for networking and celebrating the industry. Taking place on Thursday, June 16th, at the Copacabana in Times Square, this special event will spotlight the growing hemp lifestyle and create awareness for advocacy groups promoting the health benefits of industrial hemp and cannabidiol extracts.

Featured exhibitors participating in CWCBExpo NY include Amercanex, Apeks, Cannabis Career Institute, Clover Leaf University, Conviron, Forever Flowering Greenhouses, Gradujuana, Helderpad, HighNY, Hiller, PC, Incredibles, International Cannabis Association, Jane, Medicine Man, MJ Freeway, MJIC, Nexus Corporation, Potbotics, The Cannabis Co Operative, Transcend Lighting, True Leaf, and many others.

CWCBExpo New York is also partnering with leading advocacy groups, associations, and media partners including Coalition for Access Now, Realm of Caring, B2B Wholesaler, Cannabis Business Times, Cannabis Enterprise, Cannabis Financial News, Cann Media-mg Magazine, Hail Mary Jane, Marijuana Business Association, Marijuana Policy Project, Marijuana Venture, and Women Grow, to name a few.

Discounted conference rates are now being offered for advance registration.  For more information on the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo in New York (CWCBExpo in NY) visit: http://www.cwcbexpo.com/new-york-expo.    For more information on sponsoring or exhibiting contact the CWCBExpo NY sales teams at sreuter@leexpos.comor click here:  http://www.cwcbexpo.com/request-for-exhibit-information/