Watch Dr. Olga DeSanctis, MD and Faraz Sachedina in exploring the fundamentals of medical cannabis such as plant types, cannabinoids, products, and intake methods. Learn more about how and why cannabis works within the human body, with a special focus on neuropathic pain.

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Dr. Olga De Sanctis, MD

Dr. Olga De Sanctis joined Harvest Medicine in 2017 as a practicing physician and cannabis consultant. In 2019 she was promoted to Medical Director and continues to support patients to better health with medical cannabis therapies.  Prior to her outstanding work at Harvest Medicine, Dr. De Sanctis owned and managed a large Family Practice, Calgary, Alberta for 28 years. Dr. De Sanctis graduated from Concordia University Montreal, Quebec with a BSc Honors Biochemistry. She went on to complete her medical degree from the Cummings School of Medicine (formerly University of Calgary Medical School) and a fellowship in Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa Medical School. Dr. De Sanctis also has certifications from the Medical Cannabis Institute, Post Graduate Institute for Medicine and CanREACH Primary Pediatric Psychopharmacology Mini-Fellowship.

Faraz completed his medical training in Europe, USA and Canada, bringing a vast array of experiences from different perspectives to his repertoire. In December 2020, he also completed the Michener Institute Cannabis Education Certification. Recently appointed Vice President, Medical Clinic Operations at Harvest Medicine, Faraz Sachedina has continually shown his dedication to patients and their continuity of care. Faraz is passionate about sports & rehab medicine and how medical cannabis has been shown major benefits in the recovery side of therapy. After being involved in research with the US fencing team, sports nutrition and traumatic brain injury, Faraz has switched gears, including a research approach, in adjunct to key partnerships within the medical field to help provide resources to this growing therapeutic field.

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Faraz Sachedina

The Calgary Neuropathy Association appreciates the support provided by the team at Harvest Medicine in giving this presentation and allowing us to share it with you. Please feel comfortable accessing their many online resources:

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  • Agenda 1:57
  • Neuropathic Pain 3:37
  • How Is Pain Felt 6:42
  • Classifications of Pain 8:53
  • Mechanisms of Neuropathic Pain 10:39
  • Endocannabinoid System 11:11
  • Types of Cannabinoids 12:23
  • Cannabinoids and Endocannabinoids 13:31
  • CBD 14:16
  • THC 14:59
  • Endocannabinoid System 16:48
  • Why is CBD Non-Impairing 17:16
  • Interference With Inflammatory Cascade 21:31
  • CBD and Anandamide 22:35
  • Recap 23:59
  • Global Task Force 26:55
  • Neurohormone Deficiencies 27:55
  • Endocannabinoid Deficiency 28:17
  • Cannabis and Neuropathic Pain 28:53
  • Practical Applications 29:51
  • The Entourage Effect 31:41
  • Cultivars/Strains 32:25
  • Main Categories 34:25
  • Forms of Products 35:07
  • Pharmacokinetics 37:18
  • Intake Methods 38:37
  • Cannabis Safety 40:47
  • Side Effects 42:50
  • Contraindications 44:15
  • Recap 46:25
  • Medical Vs. Recreational 48:23
  • Conditions 53:18
  • Connect With Us 54:01
  • References 54:35

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