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Czech Republic: International conference to discuss cannabis and science

The ninth edition of the International Conference 'Cannabis and Science' will take place on Wednesday 24th April from 9 am at the Brno Observatory and Planetarium. The conference is under patronage of the Director of the St. Anne's University Hospital in Brno Ing. Vlastimil Vajdák.

Cannabis is a topic that arouses emotions among the professionals and public. The conference Cannabis and Science will offer a scientific view of this issue. Lectures and discussions on research, cultivation, cannabis legislation and the use of cannabis in medical practice will be attended by many experts.

Lumír Hanuš will share his many years of experience in cannabinoid research. Among the Czech experts, Professor Richard Rokyta, the father of neurophysiology and founding member of the KOPAC patient association, will also be present, as will Professor Alexandra Šulcová, a pharmacologist from Brno.

National Drug Coordinator Jindřich Vobořil will present the upcoming plans for changes to cannabis legislation. He will be joined by Jitka Götzová from the Food Safety Department of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic to discuss CBD and HHC.

A two-member delegation of experts from Israel will visit Brno for the conference, namely the President of the International Association for Cannabinoid Therapy (IACM) and neuropsychopharmacologist Ilya Reznik and together with him Nirit Bernstein from the prestigious Volcani Institute of Agricultural Engineering.

Professor Anna Rozkowska and Katarzyna Woźniczka will come from Gdansk, Poland to give a lecture. "In collaboration with her, our Cannabis Facility is developing a detection method for analyses of secondary metabolites in flowering plants, where the plants do not need to be dried first," explains the conference organiser, Dr. Václav Trojan, head of the hospital's cannabis facility and researcher at the International Clinical Research Centre (ICRC).

St. Anne's University Hospital in Brno is a pioneer in the field of cannabis treatment. It is also unique in the sense that last year almost 400 patients came for pain treatment with cannabis. "The largest percentage of our patients are people with back pain, arthritis or rheumatism," says Radovan Hřib, MD, head of the FNUSA Pain Management Centre.

The ICRC is one of the few subjects in the Czech Republic that has a licence to grow cannabis for commercial purposes. Scientists grow the plants in controlled conditions, regularly regulating light, heat, humidity and carbon dioxide. "This way we can ensure that the products contain the same amount of active substances. In addition, cannabis has the ability to draw in and concentrate all the elements of substances from the substrate, including harmful ones. We have this under control in our cultivation facility as well," adds Trojan.

The International Clinical Research Centre is a joint facility of the St. Anne's University Hospital in Brno and the Faculty of Medicine of Masaryk University.

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