Exploring Medicinal Cannabis: An Experiential Learning Day (Melbourne)


More patients are interested in whether medicinal cannabis is right for them. Doctors and pharmacists need to be able to give patients the best advice. I know a bit about cannabis but how do I get better informed?

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About the event

The International College of Cannabinoid Medicine (ICCM) and acnem are pleased to present a one-day interactive and practical learning experience for medical practitioners and pharmacists focused on medicinal cannabis. An overview of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and cannabis is provided as pre-seminar learning. At the seminar, you will learn about: the minor phytocannabinoids and terpenes, new and upcoming medicinal cannabis products including hemp-based food products, how to prescribe when you’re starting out, how those in the Emerald Triangle (US) have categorised cannabis flower according to aroma and how science backs this up, what’s happening in the hemp and cannabis industries, and how you might become involved in this growing area of healthcare. We also have some fun and practical group activities throughout the day including learning how a vaping device works, stepping into the shoes of a Ganjier (cannabis sommelier) and testing your knowledge with Cannabis Product Trivia. 

Who is this Seminar For? This seminar is for doctors and pharmacists; you may know nothing about cannabis or be more knowledgeable but you want to learn more. This event is capped at 50 participants.

What Do Participants Get? 

  • Up-to-date and novel information about medicinal cannabis and the industry
  • Practical, interactive experience
  • Learn about how you could become involved in a rapidly growing healthcare sector 
  • Networking with your peers
  • Ongoing Education: all participants receive free ICCM membership for one year (value US$395)

Event Details

  • MELBOURNE: Saturday 10th of September 2022; Time: Registration 9AM; Start 9:30AM; Close 4:30PM; Networking Drinks 4:30-6:00PM;
    Venue: Creative Cubes Carlton, 333 Drummond St, Carlton, VIC, 3053


Investment: $395 AUD; 20% discount for acnem members using the promotion code ACNEM


For those with no knowledge on the basics of medicinal cannabis, access will be provided to 2 x 30-minute videos online on the Endocannabinoid System and an Overview of Medicinal Cannabis which should be viewed before the seminar.    


Time TopicSpeaker
9.30-10.15Welcome and Introduction to ICCM.  Entourage or Rock Stars? The Minor Phytocannabinoids and Terpenes. Prof Kylie O’Brien
10.15-10.45Medicinal Cannabis Products: What’s Here, What’s New and What’s Coming to the Australian Markets Anthony Vinaccia 
10.45-11.30How Do Vaping Devices Work? Presentation followed by: Group Activity: Examination of Vaping Devices and Associated Products Ean Alexander (Melbourne, Distillate Vaping Devices)
George Haralambopoulos (Melbourne, Flower Vapes)
11.30-12.00Starting Out as a Prescriber: A Doctor’s Journey. Dr Mihindu Jayasuriya (Melbourne)
1.00-1.45Experiential Knowledge of the Growers and Intersections with Science: Typing of Cannabis Cultivars according to Aroma & Terpenes      Kevin Jodrey/Jean Talleyrand/ John Adams (US) 
1.45-2.15Group Activity: Ganjier (Sommelier for Cannabis) Experience: Typing of Cannabis Cultivars according to AromaGroup Activity
2.15-2.40Foods From Low-THC CBD Hemp
Andrew Kavasilas 
3.00-3.30Group Activity: Cannabis Product Trivia Contest  Facilitator: Prof Kylie O’Brien
3.30-4.15Cannabis from a Patient’s Family Perspective Cannabis in Epilepsy
Industry Changes: Hemp 
Industry Changes: Merging of Medicinal & Lifestyle Cannabis
Carol Ireland (Epilepsy Action Aust)
Charles Kovess (President, Australian Industrial Hemp Alliance)
Gary Mackenzie (Founding Director, CEO Releaf Group Ltd
4.15-4.30Panel Q&A. Closing Remarks.  Panel

Note: program is subject to change if necessary 

COVID SAFE MEASURES: Note that any operational state or federal health department health orders existing at the time of the events will be followed. Mask-wearing will not be compulsory at these events unless mandated by state health departments. Delegates are encouraged to follow sensible hygiene practices.      

REFUND POLICY: Cancellation up to 2 weeks prior to event: full refund. Delegates may transfer their ticket to another colleague.    

Participants are responsible for their own accommodation and travel costs. In the unlikely event that the seminar is cancelled, participants will be responsible for any costs incurred.

What Doctors said about our Brisbane Event

It was amazing. The venue and food were great. I loved the botanical focus and learning about the terpenes and other aspects not just the CBD/THC.
I appreciated the practical demo of how to set up a vape with cannabis flower – wouldn’t have had a clue without that!
I would highly recommend it – I thought it was well put together and made me consider doing more prescribing even maybe doing a half day which I never would have considered before.

Dr. Nicole Nelson, QLD

It was an interesting day and I feel a lot more confident with being able to explain how to use a vape to a patient now as I’d had zero idea before!
Also great to know about the different cultivars to keep trying for patients if they don’t respond initially.

Dr. Tracy Johns, QLD