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Higher Education (18+)
A Five Course Menu Masterclass in Cannabis Science
Minors are strictly prohibited.
Join North America’s leading cannabis scientists and researchers for an evening conference filled with amazing talks, a delectable meal and entertainment. Embark on a five-course culinary experience, paired with a five-course masterclass diving into the science of cannabis including the latest research into recreational and medicinal use. Hosted by Jay Ingram, Author, science broadcaster and former host of Daily Planet, and Orsha Magyar, CEO of NeuroTrition, immerse your brain and your taste buds into an evening of learning, food and fun.
Each of the five courses has been scientifically crafted to emphasize specific terpenes (organic compounds) as well as points from each researcher’s talk -- turning each bite into a flavourful science lesson. Oh, and did we mention: live music with a band full of scientists and a melt-your-mind dome show? Illuminating, entertaining, and the perfect form of higher learning!
$149 per person
Includes tuition, entertainment, five-course meal, two drinks, all gratuities. Vegetarian option available - see your ticket to request in advance
Jay Ingram | Author, science broadcaster and former host of Daily Planet (Discovery Channel)
Jay Ingram was co-host of Discovery Channel's science show, Daily Planet for 16 years. Jay has written fourteen books, three of which have won Canadian Science Writers' Awards and several have been on the bestseller list.
Jay is an engaging, provocative speaker who can address complex, scientific issues in non-technical terms, making them interesting, relevant and accessible to a wide range of audiences. Join Jay and North America’s top cannabis researchers for Higher Education: a five-course conference feeding both mind and soul!
Orsha Magyar | CEO of NeuroTrition
Founder and CEO of NeuroTrition. Orsha is at the forefront of a Brain Food Revolution, helping people understand 1) the connection between what they eat and how they think, feel and perform, and 2) how everyone can feed their brain, no matter who they are or where they're at.
Five Courses with:
Ziva Cooper | Research Director, UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative
Dr. Ziva Cooper is the Research Director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative in the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. Her current research involves understanding the neurobiological, pharmacological, and behavioral variables that influence both the therapeutic potential and adverse effects of cannabis and cannabinoids.
Dr. Cooper served on the National Academies of Sciences Committee on the Health Effects of Cannabis that recently published a comprehensive consensus report of the health effects of cannabis and cannabinoids. She is President of the International Study Group Investigating Drugs as Reinforcers, a Board Director for the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, an Associate Editor of The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, and is on several Editorial Boards of journals including Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research and Journal of Cannabis Research.
Dr Rebecca J. Haines-Saah | Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
Dr. Rebecca Haines-Saah is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. She's also the co-lead for the O’Brien Institute for Public Health’s, Population Health and Prevention Interest Group.
Trained as a Health Sociologist, her research focuses on adolescent mental health and substance use, particularly cannabis, through the lens of a critical public health approach that prioritizes harm reduction, social justice, and the lived experiences of persons that use drugs and/or live with mental illness. Rebecca is well known for her role as Kathleen Mead on the Canadian television series Degrassi Junior High.
Dr. Kim Hellemans Chair, Department of Neuroscience, Carleton University
Dr. Kim Hellemans is the chair of the Department of Neuroscience at Carleton University and studied the biological basis of drug addiction during her training at Cambridge University and University of British Columbia prior to taking a position at Carleton University. She has received several prestigious teaching awards that recognize her passion and dedication to university teaching, including the Provost’s Fellowship in Teaching Award and the Capital Educator’s Award.
Dr. Hellemans studies cannabis use in student populations and is involved with the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction.
Dr. Matthew Hill Executive Director, Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids
Dr. Matthew Hill is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Cell Biology and Anatomy and Psychiatry at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary. Dr. Hill is the Executive Director for the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids and the Past President of the International Cannabinoid Research Society.
Dr. Hill’s research studies how the brains own version of THC ("endocannabinoids") regulates brain circuits regulating stress and emotion, and how dysfunction of this system contributes to psychiatric illness. Dr. Hill has regular engagement with the media and has been featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Scientific American, Vice News, CBC News and Radio.
Dr. Ryan Vandrey Associate Professor, Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Ryan Vandrey is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins University Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit. Dr. Vandrey’s research focuses primarily on the behavioural pharmacology of cannabis (marijuana) and includes controlled laboratory studies with adult research volunteers, clinical trials, web-based survey research, and natural history studies with patient populations using cannabis/cannabinoids for therapeutic purposes.