december, 2019

fri06dec(dec 6)10:00 amsun08(dec 8)6:00 pmAZ Plant Medicine Conference, Psychedelics, Medical Cannabis, CBD, Ketamine & More10:00 am - 6:00 pm (8) MST 260 South Church Ave, Tucson


Event Details


NOTE: There will be NO Cannabis or Psychedelic substances offered at this event or allowed in. This event is for educational purposes only. Tucson Police will be present to ensure we as a conference comply with the law.

ABOUT: The purpose of The AZ Plant Medicine Conference is to educate the public on the benefits, and options available in Plant Medicines including Medical Cannabis & it’s derivatives, as well as Psychedelic medicines. We’ll elucidate the latest research, and discuss how these medicines can help improve lives as well as the risks and contraindications.

The event will educate the general public on the clinical use of these medicines as well as share the latest developments in research & use in clinical settings.

This event will be an overview & education on how people using these medicines can avoid or replace pharmaceuticals, alleviate pain or suffering where other methods have failed & ultimately get well physically, mentally, & spiritually. We’ll also discuss potential risks & contraindications.

While there are multitudes of people using medical cannabis & it’s derivatives, psychedelic medicines & ketamine to beneficial results, most of the population still attaches a negative stigma to these medicines and can views these medicines with suspicion.

We seek to debunk myths & educate open minded people on each of these medicines and offer resources to learn more about them.

Featured Speakers:

The Past, Present & Future of Psychedelic Medicine
Rick Doblin, Founder of MAPS (Multi-Disciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies)
Psychedelic Research has shown us highly promising results for treatment of PTSD, Depression, Social Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Alcoholism & Suicide.

In this fascinating dive into the science of psychedelics, Rick will explain the history of Psychedelic Medicines, Where we are now and how we go forward with drugs like LSD, psilocybin & MDMA. He’ll elucidate how they affect your brain — and show how, when paired with psychotherapy, they could forever change the way we treat PTSD, depression, substance abuse and more.

He’ll also discuss how:

The FDA has declared MDMA & Psilocybin a Breakthrough Therapy, fast-tracking their research. MDMA is now slated for Stage 3 FDA trials, the last set of trials before clinical legalization, potentially as early as 2021.
Some of these medicines increase release of Oxytcin, the bonding hormone in your brain.
Studies show that MDMA can double the efficacy of PTSD therapy from 23 percent without MDMA, to 56% effectiveness with MDMA & up to 68% 1 yr. later.
Sue Sisley

Cannabis as a Treatment for PTSD
Sue Sisley, MD. Director, Scottsdale Research Institute
Dr. Sue Sisley is the Principal Investigator for the first randomized controlled crossover clinical trial in the United States testing the therapeutic potential of marijuana for PTSD. This study is supported by a number of sources, including research in lab animals, fMRI imaging in humans, and anecdotal reports from countless health practitioners and patients.

Additionally, clinical research in Israel evaluating medical cannabis as a treatment for PTSD has been very promising. MAPS’ study will test four strains of smoked marijuana, each containing different concentrations of active cannabinoids, in two three-week stages, as a pharmacological agent to manage PTSD symptoms among 76 American war veterans.

This study is a collaboration between Dr. Sue Sisley MD, and researchers from University of Colorado and University of Pennsylvania.

Joe Tafur

Ayahuasca Shamanism: Where Biology, Emotion & Spirituality Meet in Your Body. PLUS: How Plant Medicines Help to Heal Trauma, possibly through inducing Epigenetic Changes.
Joe Tafur, MD. Founder, Modern Spirit. Author of: “The Fellowship of the River”
Dr. Joe works in both allopathic & shamanic medicine, is focused on connecting the worlds of academic medicine and spiritual healing. In the Amazon, Dr. Joe saw hundreds of people find help for problems that Western medicine was unable to heal.

Drawing from his first-hand experience as a shaman and Medical Doctor, Dr. Joe has learned about the importance of acknowledging the emotional body & its role in disease. Once acknowledged, spiritual approaches can be used to heal the emotional body which, in turn, heal the mind & physical body.

Ayahuasca shamanism & other psychedelic-assisted therapies may be effective (in some cases) because of their ability to induce relevant changes in epigenetic imprints associated with the emotional trauma stored in the psycho-neuroendocrine immunologic network, which Dr. Tafur theorizes is the physiologic manifestation of the emotional body.

Charles Carreon

Staying Legal & Free in Rapidly Changing Times
Charles Carreon, Attorney at Law
U.S. controlled substance law has always been complex, with fifty states and federal law enforcement to keep track of, not to mention the civil rights dead zones at international borders and airports.

Determining what conduct is legal where, and by whom, has become even more complex with the widespread legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes. Further, the proliferation of edibles, extracts, and vape pens, that blend easily among personal items, allow discreet use to go undetected in public venues.

A casual attitude towards possession of controlled substances can become natural to recreational and medical users, which can lead to problems when modern expectations collide with old-time law enforcement. This presentation by Charles Carreon, a former prosecutor, and Federal Public Defender will focus on helping you avoid unplanned interactions with law enforcement, and on how to discreetly assert your constitutional rights to privacy using proper invocations that command police attention, should circumstances require it.

Ellen Diamond

Ketamine & NeuroGenesis: A New Way to Change Your Mind
Ellen Diamond, PhD., and Kevin Nicholson, CEO. of Ketamine Wellness Center
Depression, anxiety, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are more and more common in today’s world, with estimates of 33% of the US population suffering from one of these disorders. There are a variety of treatments available for depression, anxiety, and PTSD, ranging from traditional psychotherapy to prescription mood stabilizers, and SSRIs.

However, many people find that these treatments are not providing adequate relief and in some cases make their symptoms much work up to and including suicide. In the last 18 years, studies are showing positive results for a treatment using ketamine infusions in treatment-resistant mood disorders.

Ketamine is a completely legal FDA-approved anesthetic drug that is used daily in hospitals and emergency rooms across the country. This presentation will expand upon physicians’ understanding of the off-label use of ketamine in treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, and anxiety.

Mikel WeisserCannabis Legalization and Decriminalization in the State of Arizona

Mikel Weisser, Executive Director, AZ NORML.

Mikel Weisser will examine the history of attempts to legalize or decriminalize cannabis in the State of Arizona. Mikel will also provide a historical perspective on the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act and where it stands today.

Mikel will detail where we are currently in the State of Arizona regarding adult-use legalization and his talk will culminate in a review of the 2020 Smart and Safe Arizona Act and how you can get involved in efforts to legalize cannabis in the State of Arizona. A Q & A session will follow Mikel’s talk.

Kate HawkeAre We Ready for Legal MDMA, Psilocybin, Ketamine, and the Psychedelic Medicine Renaissance?

Kate Hawke, Psychotherapist, Trauma Expert, Founding Member of the International Energy Psychology Conferences

FDA Stage 3 clinical trials for MDMA use in therapy are now in process with good preliminary results. This is the final stage before potential legalization as a prescription medicine. Other psychoactive medicines are also showing promising results and could be available soon as well, dramatically changing the therapeutic landscape.

With these therapies, we will have new tools to deal with the roots of traumatic stress at a societal level, but we must proceed with integrity, top-quality research, and great care at each step.

Building on Dr. Doblin’s talk, Kate Hawke will discuss how psychedelic therapy is progressing in AZ and as a worldwide movement, and what this might mean for you and the people you care about.

She will cover:

Current uses & future plans that include these potent medicines in mental health systems
How you can seek help for yourself or your loved ones
Challenges that mental health professions will need to navigate once these medicines become legal
How trauma treatments are can be combined with psychoactives for maximum healing results
What we know about the risks and benefits of medicinal, ceremonial, & recreational use
David YrigoyenArizona Medical Cannabis Card Program:​ How You Can Qualify for Your Card. Plus: The Astoundingly Wide Array of symptoms Medical Cannabis can help you with!
David Yrigoyen, Co-founder Natural Healing Center of Tucson

Did you know that Cannabis has shown to help you with symptoms of:

Severe or Chronic Pain, Migraines, Arthritis, Seizures, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscle Spasms,

Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, PTSD, Crohn’s, Hepatitis C, Alzheimers, Nausea and Cancer as well as several other illnesses?

This is just a partial list and many others illnesses and research indicates that Cannabis may be able to treat an enormous variety of other ailments where other methods have failed. How can Cannabis treat such a wide variety of ailments?? Because Your amazing Body was born with the endocannabinoid system already installed which is why Cannabis can work for you at all.

David will discuss how Cannabis works in your body, the latest research in efficacy, and how you can move forward and get your card if it’s right for you, as well as contraindications and risks with Medical Cannabis.

Peyote Way Church, Matthew Kent, Annie ZapfThe Sacrament, the Church, the Spirit Walk and Sustainable Peyotism
Matthew Kent & Annie Zapf of Peyote Way Church
Learn about the history, the lifestyle, the process and the personal aspects of engaging with the Holy Sacrament Peyote at the Peyote Way Church of God in southeastern Arizona.

The Spirit Walk is the prescribed manner of partaking of the Holy Sacrament Peyote for Church Members. Spirit Walks can help you reach an awareness of the presence of the Holy Light within and provide a time of introspection and examination of conscience.

They’ll also discuss how they came on this path, the over 40-year history of the church, legal aspects of religious use of the Holy Sacrament Peyote, and their vision for Sustainable Peyotism. The presentation will include vivid visualization of the Sacrament, the Church, its history and its corporation of ritual labor, Mana™ pottery. Join us for an informative discussion!

How Psylocibin Mushrooms Change Your Mind: Pharmacology & Theraputics,
David Robertson, DO. Doctor AZ Department of Corrections
Dr. Robertson graduated from medical school at the young age of 50 and found his calling in Correctional Medicine. He has worked for the AZ Department of Corrections for the last ten years.

Observing the inmate population over that time, he has realized that many of the “criminals” aren’t really “criminals” at all and that their crimes often involve the manifestations of PTSD and/or childhood trauma.

His talk will be towards the pharmacology of psilocybin and its impending therapeutic uses.


6 (Friday) 10:00 am - 8 (Sunday) 6:00 pm MST


Tucson Convention Center

260 South Church Ave, Tucson

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