Lunch & Learn looks at CBD and cannabis

Medical cannabis researcher and author Michael Backes will return to Maui for another Lunch & Learn presentation from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Leis Family Class Act Restaurant, on the second floor of the Pa’ina Building at University of Hawaii Maui College in Kahului.

His presentation, “Understanding CBD & Medical Cannabis,” will highlight the most recent research on medical use of cannabidiol and other medicinal cannabinoid compounds. The $20 event fee includes a hot buffet lunch and class materials. Register at Seating is limited.

CBD, or cannabidiol is a compound produced by certain cannabis varieties. Unlike THC, CBD does not produce euphoric effects. While CBD has recently gained public attention, there is great deal of misinformation about its legal status and health benefits. During his presentation, Backes will explain how CBD and other cannabinoids interact with the human endocannabinoid system. He will also dispel many of the myths and claims about CBD commonly encountered on the internet, according to an announcement.

“With 4 million patients using medical cannabis nationally, and some 22,000 registered patients in Hawaii, understanding how cannabis therapy works is more important than ever,” said Backes. “Chronic pain, migraine headaches, PTSD, epilepsy and dozens of other conditions can be safely and successfully addressed with cannabis, but it’s also important to understand it’s not a cure-all and not all cannabis plants or products are created equal.”

Backes is the author of “Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana,” an inside look at the most effective varieties of cannabis for specific conditions.

He also founded Cornerstone Research Collective, the nation’s first evidence-based medical cannabis dispensary. He currently serves as Curriculum and Training adviser for Maui Grown Therapies in Kahului, and is a member of its Science & Medical Advisory Board.