The list of speakers included local favorite Dr. William Courtney, and his wife Kristin Courtney. Their topic was medical cannabis use for children, pregnant women and nursing mothers. Kistin Courtney’s background is in research design and she has been studying the effects of cannabis juice on pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Dr. Courtney decried the current practice of rewarding counties with money to “rescue” infants and children from parents who are cannabis patients. He related the experience of an infant that developed brain tumors and was given conventional medical treatment to no effect. When the child was released to hospice care, he was treated with high CBD cannabis and is doing well two years out from being thought incurable.
The Courtneys are both advocates of medical cannabis for all ages. Dr. Courtney said that he had come to believe that if everyone had cannabis in their regular diet, a lot of illnesses would never arise. He described it as a “dietary essential” and said that children should eat it daily in their salad and spinach. The Courtneys believe that dietary cannabis is useful in pregnancy and lactation. Mrs. Courtney used raw cannabis juice during her two pregnancies. She believes that current research in that area is biased and she is working on what she believes is a more scientific study of women using cannabis during pregnancy.
Their two very healthy looking children were with them at the Expo and they each took turns babysitting while the other spoke to the audience.
The 707 Cannabis College has joined forces with the Hummingbird Healing Center and the college will be holding classes in the Eureka area. The Hummingbird Healing Center will appear before the Humboldt County Planning Commission this coming Thursday, July 12, for a review of their operation and renewal of their permit to operate a dispensary.
REDWOOD TIMES PHOTOS BY MARY ANDERSON
1. The 3rd annual Cannabis Expo at the Mateel Community Center attracted a number of vendors, including Thad Horner, owner of High Lifter Pump Service, which sells and services solar and gravity water pumps. The High Lifter was invented at the original Alternative Energy Engineering and has been around for many years. Indoor and outdoor growing aids were part of the Expo and the High Lifter is applicable to many situations where water needs to be pumped from one location to another.
2. Local businesses catering to the cannabis industry were well represented at the Expo. Here Koree Mathais of Trim Scene Solutions interacts with a potential customer. The Medical Marijuana industry supports many subsidiary enterprises designed to meet the needs of patients and providers of medical marijuana.
3. The Hemp Connection brought their entire collection of marijuana related books to the expo. Hemp Connection is one of the oldest marijuana related businesses in Southern Humboldt and a strong advocate for the usefulness of hemp fiber in clothing and accessories.
4. Juicing is said to be one of the best ways to use cannabis as a dietary and/or medicinal supplement. Donna King, former hospice worker and now education director of the 707 Cannabis College, had a booth at the Expo offering advice and counsel about the best way to juice fresh cannabis for use as a medicine.