Featured Keynote


4:45 – 5:45pm | Main Hall

How to Treat Cancer with Cannabis

Dr. Joe Goldstrich is one of the few physicians worldwide who specializes in helping patients use cannabis to fight cancer. Although there is an abundance of preclinical research showing that cannabis can kill cancer cells, there are a few clinical trials and no definitive guidelines on how to do it. Dr. Joe monitors the world’s medical literature and incorporate the latest preclinical and clinical research into state-of-the-art cannabis therapeutic protocols, applying evidence-based principles learned from a long career in traditional and integrative medicine. (includes Q&A)

At the end of this talk you will be able to:

  1. Identify compelling research that documents cannabis’ ability to kill cancer.
  2. Explore various Cannabis protocols that are currently being used to treat various forms of cancer.
  3. Consider new ways of enhancing traditional cannabis cancer protocols to improve efficacy.

Dr. Goldstrich (“Dr. Joe”) graduated from the University of Texas Medical School in 1964 and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Clinical Lipidology. After retirement, he joined a Medical Marijuana clinic in Oakland, CA in 2013 and saw over 3000 patients in just nine months. He quickly learned how Cannabis provided relief to a wide range of medical conditions. In 2014, after seeing definitive scans demonstrating regression of brain tumors following treatment with cannabis, he has devoted himself to learning to better achieve these results.

Dr. Joe moderated the panel on cannabis and cancer at CannMed 2018, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, chairs the medical advisory board of Ethicann Pharmaceuticals, and is the Chief Science Officer of NSA consulting, an Oklahoma cannabis company.

Learn more about Joe Goldstrich, MD at medicalpot.guide

Featured Keynote


3:45 – 4:45pm | Main Hall

Breaking the Cycle of Opioid Addiction: Supplement Your Pain Management with Cannabis

Speaker, Author and Cannabis Pain Remediation expert, Uwe Blesching, Ph.D. will explore the many ways Cannabis and its derivatives can help those who suffer chronic pain and decrease their dependence on opioids. He will cover side-by-side actual evidence that supports the use of Cannabis for various types of pains with the goal of minimizing use of opioids. (includes Q&A)

At the end of this talk you will be able to:

  1. Make more informed and evidence-based decisions about the use of opioids and/or cannabis in the treatment of various types of pain including a risk vs. benefit analysis.
  2. Identify which types of Cannabis is thought most appropriate for specific types of pain.
  3. Use a step-by-step process for choosing optimal Cannabis-enhanced remedies that will produce and sustain desired pain remediation outcomes.

Dr. Blesching is a medical writer and regular contributor in the fields of the cannabinoid health sciences, mind-body medicine, phytopharmacology, as well as evidence-based illness prevention and treatment protocols. In addition to his life-long passion for Integrative Medicine, his writings are informed by Blesching’s rigorous in depth research and twenty years experience in emergency medicine as a Paramedic for the City of San Francisco. He holds a BA in Humanities from the New College of California; an MA in Psychology and a PhD in Higher Education and Social Change from the Western Institute for Social Research.

He is also author of the following books:

  • The Cannabis Health Index: Combining the Science of Medical Marijuana with Mindfulness Techniques to Heal 100 Chronic Symptoms and Diseases
  • Breaking the Cycle of Opioid Addiction: Supplement Your Pain Management with Cannabis
  • Healing with Cannabis: Dialing in Your Ideal Ratio of CBD and THC.

Workshop Presenter


10:45am – 12:15pm | Cabrillo Room

Your Roadmap to Transition from Pharma to Cannabis Healing

In the real-world proven workshop by Karen Mankins, RN you will discover:

  • How cannabis works in your body and its potential side effects
  • How cannabis can be used with, and often replace, pharmaceuticals
  • Proper dosing for various healing modalities
  • Recommended cannabis products and how to use them safely
  • How to incorporate cannabis healing goals, interventions and vital follow up.

(includes Q&A)

At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Determine which cannabis products to use for various ailments
  2. Determine which pharmaceuticals can be safely used with or replaced by cannabis
  3. Create a practical protocol that will maximize healing benefits from cannabis

In 2013 Karen’s career changed forever when she was approached by a patient’s daughter who had a special request: she wanted her mother to drop narcotics in favor of a natural pain-relieving alternative —medical cannabis. After witnessing her patient’s relief, getting off opioids and other numerous medications Karen’s career marked a turning point. After witnessing her other residents using cannabis successfully and the tremendous need for education, she has started her own consulting business, Restoring Health Naturally. “These have been the most amazing years in my nursing career, I’m witnessing patients’ quality of lives improve every day”.

A member of the American Cannabis Nursing Association since 2014, Karen has become a dedicated medical cannabis advocate. A distinguished leader in her field, Karen has given lectures on cannabis use amongst seniors at the Stanford School of Medicine, Dominican University, the Carmel Foundation, the San Francisco Bay Area Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, Carmel Valley Manor, The Parklane, Maurine church Coburn School of Nursing, Monterrey Rotary, and many other organizations.

Workshop Presenter


9:15 – 10:45am | Oceanview Room

Cannabis 101: The Plant, Your Body and How It All Works

During this dynamic workshop, Medicinal Cannabis Expert Liz Rogan will share how the Cannabis plant can provide unrivaled relief for a variety of symptoms and conditions. You will discover the most effective ways to use Cannabis plant and its many extracts to treat specific health conditions. This is a rapidly expanding field and you will receive the latest evidence-based research from which to make informed decisions. (includes Q&A)

At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Determine how CBD & THC work and address various ailments.
  • Identify the therapeutic differences between Cannabinoids and Terpenes.
  • Determine the proper dosing and methods of ingestion for maximum results.
  • Identify how the entire cannabis plant can be used therapeutically

Liz Rogan is a powerful and engaging speaker who has been assisting cannabis business owners and educating the general public about the use of cannabis for the past 15 years. She is the founder of The Cannabis Business Council of Santa Barbara County. Her organization acts as a liaison between government, community and cannabis business owners to effectively and fairly implement new and ongoing city and county cannabis regulations.

Doctors, Oncologists and other medical professionals consult with Liz on customizing cannabis treatment programs to treat individual’s with various health problems that could benefit from the use of cannabis.

Workshop Presenter


10:45 – 11:45am | Main Hall

Cannabis Kitchen: How to Make Your Own Delicious Infused Edibles

We are excited to have the Cannabis Chef, Matthew Vieth, join us for a very special workshop on Cannabis and the Culinary Arts. Turn your love of cooking and Cannabis into an art form and learn how to make delicious Cannabis-infused edibles and meals!

Some of the Cannabis culinary techniques you will learn include the correct Cannabis oil breakdown, decarboxylation, the benefits of infused butter versus oil, how to store your infusion, and how to make Cannabis calculations when cooking for consistent proper dosing.

And, you will receive at least three mouth-watering Cannabis-infused recipes. (includes Q&A)

At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Determine what type of Cannabis products are ideal for preparing edibles and meals.
  2. Identify the “Do’s” and “Don’t” when making infused-dishes.
  3. Create multiple delicious edible treats and meals with consistent dosing.
  4. Find recommended online resources for an endless variety of infused edibles and meals.
  5. Determine the best way to store your home-made edibles and infusion ingredients for maximum shelf-life

Chef Matthew Vieth is a Private chef and caterer born and raised in Santa Barbara, Ca.

He is Le Cordon Bleu trained and uses mostly Santa Barbara Farmer’s Market for his produce and locally sourced Ingredients. Matthew has been infusing food and confections with Cannabis for years and is excited to share his Cannabis culinary knowledge including his favorite recipes.


Workshop Presenter


1:45 – 3:15pm | Oceanview Room

CBD: What Every Consumer Needs to Know for Maximum Therapeutic Benefit

This session explores the basics of Cannabidiol (CBD). There are so many CBD choices today and the trouble is that not all CBD is created equal. Many people spend hard-earned money on products with little medicinal value. Ultimately, with any products being marketed as CBD oil—it’s vital to know what exactly we are buying, where it’s coming from, what’s in it and its potential therapeutic value. (includes Q&A)

At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Determine CBD best practices for maximum desired therapeutic results.
  2. Interpret CBD product labels to ensure you are actually buying CBD.
  3. Identify how CBD is derived (hemp vs. cannabis) and which source is most effective.
  4. Identify the many benefits of CBD and how it works in your body

Robbin Lynn has spent the past decade specializing in helping people understand and navigate all the latest methods for realizing the maximum benefits cannabis has to offer. She is a Certified Cannabis Specialist (CCS) and a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA). Robbin’s main expertise of the cannabis plant is from a biochemical point of view: what compounds are present and how they interact with the human endocannabinoid system. She is expert in CBD and highly skilled in cannabinoid therapies and products, their safe use and proper dosing and she is passionate about sharing that knowledge.

Through helping more than 7,000 people (most over the age of 50), she imparts cannabis knowledge in simple to understand terms to facilitate safe use for maximizing desired results. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, International Association for Cannabis as Medicine, American Cannabis Nurses Association, Association of Cannabis Professionals, Americans for Safe Access, NORML and Oceanside Advocates for Safe Access.

Workshop Presenter


11:30am – 1pm | Oceanview Room

Cracking the CBD Code: The History, Science and Technology

This session takes a deep dive into the history of Cannabis and the role it has played in society since 10,000 BC. It will define where we are today with CBD technology and what the future looks like for healthcare including chronic illness, pain, emotional issues, performance and preventative self-care.

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:
a) Debunk the myths and untruths reported in the media.
b) Understand the history and science of CBD and its potential.
c) Identify technologies and products to look for in the future.
d) Explore innovations and research in progress related to CBD.

Will Kleidon is the Founder and CEO of Ojai Energetics. He is an award-winning pioneer and futurist of the Cannabis industry. He is known for cracking the CBD code by creating the most effective and clean CBD rich hemp products on the planet. He has also collected one of the most interesting executive boards in the world, including famous athletes, doctors, and well-connected members of the entertainment industry.

Featured in Cheddar, Forbes, Money, Entrepreneur, LA Times and a regular keynote of the Cannabis Forum and Bevnet, Kleidon is a subject matter expert when it comes to the art, science and technology of the Cannabis business, history of hemp and what it means to our future.

Will studied permaculture in Australia and achieved the second highest nationally accredited certification in Permaculture Design.

After searching for a CBD rich hemp oil for a personal need in 2014, he couldn’t find one that was made without synthetic fillers, had third-party batch testing results and used organic ingredients.


Workshop Presenter


8:30 – 10am | Cabrillo Room

Medical Cannabis and Your Health: From Improving Your Day to Saving Your Life

During this informative seminar, Medicinal Cannabis Expert and Health Consultant, Stacy J. Shymansky will outline how Cannabinoid Therapy is used to alleviate symptoms of chronic health conditions. Stacy will also share heartfelt real-world stories of how Medical Cannabis clients have found profound relief from various health conditions. (includes Q&A)

At the end of this workshop you will be able to:
a) Determine how Cannabinoids work through the body to provide relief of chronic mental conditions
b) Identify the variety of Cannabis delivery methods and how best to utilize them effectively to improve your daily life
c) Understand Cannabinoid Therapy is currently being used to alleviate symptoms of chronic conditions.

Stacy J. Shymansky is the Founder and CEO of Medicine Women Consulting, LLC an integrative approach to health care, combining cutting-edge alternative therapies with Personalized Cannabinoid Protocols. Treatment Plans include Software-based Meridian Energy Analysis (MEA), Full-Body Health Cleanses, Micronutrient Diets and Plant-based Enzyme Therapy.

Stacy leads Medicine Women’s team of specialists that include Medical Doctors, Naturopaths, Medical Cannabis Experts, Nutritionists and select Alternative Health Practitioners. These integrative teams evaluate health issues and design the ideal protocol to promote personal healing and rejuvenation.

Stacy credentials include (MCE) with Patients out of Time —an Internationally recognized Cannabis Medical Organization; Associate Member of the International Cannabis Research Society. (ICRS); Cannabis Consultant and Supporting Member of the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine. (AACM); Representative for Americans for Safe Access, (ASA) —a National Patients’ Rights Organization based in Washington, DC

Workshop Presenter


1:00 – 2:00pm | Main Hall

Medical Cannabis: Healing Mind, Body and Spirit

Michael Scott is a documentary filmmaker who walks his talk in that medical Cannabis literally saved his life! Overweight (nearly 400 lbs) and suffering from an enlarged heart, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, narcolepsy and a cancer scare, he found relief and healing in plant medicines, particularly medical Cannabis. In this exciting multi-media presentation, he will be sharing video segments from leading Cannabis presenters as well as documented stories of how Cannabis has profoundly improved and saved lives. Much of the video being shared has never been shown before. (includes Q&A)

At the end of this workshop you will be able to:
a) Identify documented ways Cannabis has improved and saved lives
b) Identify how Medical Cannabis is helping our service men and women
c) Identify how Medical Cannabis treats mind, body and spirit.

Michael started his Television and film making career in the early ’80s, completing multi-degrees of higher education in tv and film production. Michael has been a visual artist most of his life he was not involved or interest in politics or medicine. Life-threatening illness and the awareness of how cannabis could help humanity changed Michael’s path. Michael has grass root lobbied for human rights, ran for state legislative office several times, and has dedicated his life’s work to a worldwide understanding and legislation of Cannabis.

Several years ago, Michael created Project Positive Change, a nonprofit working to create positive media and educational material. Michael’s starting his Positive Change Tour traveling across the US and Canada to share with our service men and woman how this wondrous plant can help them and their families. Please find more information here: positivechangetour.org

Workshop Presenter


1:00 – 2:30pm | Cabrillo Room

How to Grow and Prepare Your Own Organic Medicinal Cannabis

Seth is a living example of how Medical Cannabis can be a life-saver. Diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 18, he has suffered through many surgeries and blood transfusions as he unlocked the miraculous therapeutic benefits of Medicinal Cannabis. He is a powerful inspiration on finding strength in face of life’s greatest challenges. The generosity of his authentic sharing of hard-earned Medical Cannabis therapies will touch your heart and change your life. (includes Q&A)

At the end of this workshop you will be able to:
a) Grow your own medical cannabis for maximum therapeutic benefits
b) Identify the risks of using non-organic Cannabis and how to avoid them
c) Prepare various Medical Cannabis derivatives and identify which ones work most effectively for various ailments.

Seth is the passionate and dedicated founder of one of Northern California’s oldest Medical Cannabis cooperatives. Since 2005 dispensaries have sought him out for help in supplying seriously ill patients with predictable and affordable Cannabis derivatives. Therapeutic effects of microdosing without the high. Most importantly, he is living proof that self-healing is real in that he continues to successfully treat his own serious condition with specifically prepared organic Medical Cannabis preparations.

(This activity is not part of, nor endorsed by the Santa Barbara Veteran’s Memorial)