November 3, 2016 – Americans for Safe Access – NC is hosting the next seminar in their continuing education series, “Taking the Pain out of Aging,” on Monday, November 7th, from 6:00 – 8:00pm at the Golden Empire Grange in Grass Valley. The discussion will focus on using cannabis to treat the “Big Three” conditions that plague senior citizens – Cancer, Alzheimer’s and Arthritis.
The Center for Disease Control predicts that every sixty-six seconds, someone will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, one in three people will contract cancer, and half of the population will experience some type of arthritis in their lifetime.
The presenters hope that this class will offer patients another health care alternative either as a supplement to their current treatment or as a stand alone option for patients who cannot tolerate traditional medications.
ASA – NC Chair, Patricia Smith, will share her knowledge of medical cannabis gained from working directly with thousands of doctors and patients over the past four decades.
Some of the topics Smith will discuss include whether cannabis can really be a medicine when it doesn’t have FDA-approval, safety concerns, roadblocks to research, and how cannabis works inside the body to combat disease – in this case, cancer, Alzheimer’s and arthritis.
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The program will also feature Forrest Hurd, a father who was forced into becoming a medical cannabis authority when his son developed a rare form of epilepsy that did not respond to traditional medications. Hurd will deliver a brief Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) because understanding this vital system is key to understanding how cannabis creates homeostasis by balancing our internal bodily functions.
Yvonne Watcher, a medical cannabis caregiver, will share her experiences caring for hospice patients and one in particular as he progressed through the later stages of Alzheimer’s Disease.
ASA – NC’s next class will be held on December 5. The topic will be “Taming Autism,” a condition that now effects one out of every 68 children.
This event is open to the public. It is being offered free of charge as part of ASA – NC’s public service commitment. The Golden Empire Grange is located at 11283 Grange Court, off La Barr Meadows about 1/4 mile from McKnight.