Medical marijuana expert returns for presentation

Michael Backes

How and why medical cannabis helps to manage medical conditions will be explained by researcher and author Michael Backes when he returns to Maui for his first “Lunch & Learn” presentation of 2019. His presentation, “Introduction to Medical Cannabis,” will be 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, 310 Kaahumanu Ave. in Kahului.

This presentation is designed for those who may be considering medical cannabis for themselves or a loved one. Backes will explain how and why cannabis works to manage a range of symptoms and conditions, different methods of administration, and the differences and similarities between THC, CBD and other therapeutic plant compounds. He will also explain the conditions that qualify patients to use cannabis legally in the Aloha State. A $20 registration fee includes a hot buffet lunch and class materials. Register at

“As we enter 2019, Hawaii has nearly 24,000 registered patients who are finding relief by using cannabis,” said Backes.

“What’s especially exciting is the number of patients who have reduced their reliance on prescription opioids by using cannabis to help manage their chronic pain. Cannabis is a very safe and effective botanical remedy that is, unfortunately, still misunderstood by many conventional medical practitioners.”

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