Photos: Exploring the applications of weed at the Cannabis Hemp Conference and Expo

At the Cannabis Hemp Conference and Expo (CHCE), a two-day event which began yesterday and will be underway until 8 p.m. this evening, hundreds have gathered to engage in important dialogue about cannabis and its various applications for improving overall health and wellness.

AMANDA SIEBERT

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You might call it a conference focused on ‘higher’ education.

At the Cannabis Hemp Conference and Expo (CHCE), a two-day event which began yesterday and will be underway until 8 p.m. this evening, hundreds have gathered to engage in important dialogue about cannabis and its various applications for improving overall health and wellness.

Between keynote speeches from author Graham Hancock, educator Chris Kilham, Dr. Ethan Russo, and hemp expert Anndrea Herman, cooking classes with Mary Jean ‘Watermleon’ Dunsdon, make-your-own topical workshops, and a variety of panels detailing everything from activism to patient care, the sheer number of specialists at the CHCE easily makes it one of Canada’s most comprehensive cannabis-oriented conferences.

While some attended to learn more about the plant’s medicinal applications, others were able to network with industry members about business practices, while more still learned quickly that using cannabis doesn’t necessarily mean getting high: CBD-only products including oils, topicals, tinctures and capsules had a massive presence at the expo, and in speeches and panel discussions.

Despite ongoing frustrations with regard to cannabis prohibition, attendees, speakers, and vendors were in good spirits, and the feeling at the conference was one of excitement and hope for the future. (Perhaps you could contribute that to the free samples, but we’re giving everyone the benefit of the doubt.)

If you couldn’t make it to the conference, take a look at the images below to get an idea of how broad the range of topics, products, and speakers was, and stay tuned for follow-up stories.

Checking out MJ Creams and Green Buds and Hash, a series of books by local activist Dana Larsen. Credit: Amanda Siebert
Medigreen offered various CBD-infused products, including water, oils, and this rapid CBD patch for pain. Credit: Amanda Siebert
Equal-part CBD and THC tinctures, CBD-only teas, disposable vaporizers, and raw cannabis sugars were available at the Wealthshop booth. Credit: Amanda Siebert
Wealthshop offered a line of CBD-only teas. With just trace amounts of THC, these teas don’t cause any psychoactive effects. Credit: Amanda Siebert
Another CBD-only line of edible products was available through Green Era Nutraceuticals, a Victoria-based company specializing in baked goods. Credit: Amanda Siebert
Popular among medicinal users, oils provide an option for those who aren’t interested in inhaling combustibles. Nu offers a CBD-only variety, a THC-only variety, and a 1:1 concentrate. Credit: Amanda Siebert
Nu offers the same concentrations in capsule form. Credit: Amanda Siebert
Checking out Cannalife Botanicals, a Squamish-based company specializing in salves, oils, topicals, and more. Credit: Amanda Siebert
Graham Hancock kicked off the day on Sunday. He spoke first about how he wrote the entirety of ‘Fingerprints with the Gods’ while stoned, before discussing what led him to quit cannabis for three years. Credit: Amanda Siebert
Conference founder Salimeh Tabrizi filled the gaps between speakers and provided opportunity for feedback from the audience. Credit: Amanda Siebert
Anndrea Herman spoke to the importance of the other cannabis plant: hemp. A consultant with Ridge International Cannabis, Hermann discussed industry updates and the utilities of hemp. Credit: Amanda Siebert
A speech by Dr. Natasha Ryz was all about cannabis and gut health. She discussed the ways cannabis can benefit patients who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease, including Chrohn’s disease and Colitis. Credit: Amanda Siebert
Martin A. Lee of Project CBD, where he says he and his team work to ‘translate science [about cannabis] to English.’ Credit: Amanda Siebert
Vancouver’s own Mary Jean ‘Watermelon’ Dunsdon and her mother, Mary, taught conference go-ers how to make infused spinach ‘puff’ pastry and cashew ice cream. Credit: Amanda Siebert
Dunsdon says if you’re using shake for your infused baking, do not exceed one gram of shake per person per dose. ‘It’s better to not be high enough than too high. You don’t want to ruin cannabis for someone for the rest of their life.’ Credit: Amanda Siebert
Ice cream required a different method of decarboxylation. Credit: Amanda Siebert
Keynote speaker Dr. Ethan Russo discussed the human body’s endocannabinoid system as a gateway to health. Credit: Amanda Siebert

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