More than sixty people attended the symposium. We explored the possible practical uses of cannabis as well as the dangers. The feeling all around was that it was a valuable public service. Many people in the audience were cancer or chronic pain patients. I was glad they could hear this. Included below are remarks from the librarian instrumental in helping us put this together. Thank you, Ruth Shafer.
Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner.
The program was great. I had zero negative feedback.
I would say that all the speakers were well prepared and knew their topic. Usually when there is a panel of four, we have one panelist who standouts as better or worse than the rest, but not in this case.
I think the balance of the doctors to patient was very good, but his presentation was essential for closing the circle.
I wish I had some criticisms to share, but honestly, it was very well done.
As for future programs, let me know what you are thinking about and I will see if it fits with the "bigger picture" of programs.
thanks for all you work, it paid off.
ps I am also glad I was there, and also glad there were no real issues for me deal with....
Public Services Manager
Vancouver Community Library
The 4 March meeting of COORS was a prelude to our 24 March symposium, "Marijuana: Fact or Fiction". Since pain is a primary focus of our study of cannabis, Dr. Jim Hutt gave us an inspired psychological perspective. I reviewed how pain pathways work and how cannabinoids influence the perception of pain. Blaine Chatterton gave us his insight as a chronic pain patient. Alton Chung talked about his experience as a story teller, walking people in and out of pain by story. It was another powerful meeting that can make us all better healers. On 11 March, the Howard Prize meeting featured Dr. Martha Rich and three terrific student presenters. I was very impressed. It is heart warming that the Howard Prize continues to inspire students, inspire dentists, and raise money for charities. I am proud that Dr. Rich values her time in the COORS study club. Next month the Northwest Gnathology study club joins us for our April meeting. In May, the Clark County Dental Society and Northwest Gnathology joins us for our visit with Terry Tanaka.