The Cheeba Cannabis Academy, powered by Cheeba Africa, has partnered with Carol’s Oil to launch a ‘first-in-Africa’ Medical Cannabis Roadshow. The two-day educational event for medical and healthcare professionals will be presented in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town during November 2021. It has been added as a practical component to complement the Academy’s existing Medical Professional Cannabis online courses.
Last year, the Academy launched the country’s first Medical Professional Cannabis training course with their US partner Medical Marijuana 411, the global leader in online Medical Cannabis training. The course is accredited for 20 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points by the HPCSA (Health Professions Council of South Africa) and is also accredited in several US states. The offering comprises the online Medical Professional Cannabis course and the two-day in-person seminar which is accredited for 14 CPD points by the HPSCA. This means that South African medical practitioners can now gain a total of 34 CPD points through their attendance of Cheeba Cannabis Academy’s full training Medical Cannabis package.
According to Trenton Birch, CEO and Co-founder of Cheeba Africa, the training roadshow provides a unique opportunity for a variety of South African physicians to learn from and engage with leaders in the Medical Cannabis field. Birch says, “We are proud to have partnered with the incredible team from Carol’s Oil to put together a compelling introduction and overview presented by top experts who are at the frontlines of the specialised field of Medical Cannabis. More and more patients are curious and interested in whether Cannabis could be included in their treatment plans. This is an opportunity for GPs, psychologists, dietitians and other healthcare providers to increase their knowledge so that they are equipped to meet this new demand.”
Recently, medical Cannabis activist and Cheeba Academy lecturer, Kwanda Mtetwa (aka Cuban Zulu) became the first South African to receive a legal prescription for the medical Cannabis he needs for pain management after sustaining injuries in a road accident. He receives his prescriptions through the medical Cannabis cultivator CBD Full Spectrum who make use of the Section 21 provision set up by SAHPRA (South African Health Products Regulatory Authority). Cannabis pharmaceutical products that are not yet registered by SAHPRA may be obtained under Section 21 of the Medicines Act by authorised medical practitioners for their patients. This paves the way for many more South Africans to take a completely legal route, expertly facilitated by their doctor, to using Cannabis as medicine for a wide range of ailments and medical conditions.
Sharon Price, founder and owner of Carol’s Oil has collaborated with the Academy and developed the curriculum for the two-day Medical Cannabis Roadshow. With over a decade of Medical Cannabis experience, she will also be a presenter at the event, and says, “The course has been designed to provide a solid foundational knowledge of Cannabis as an effective medical intervention for a variety of pathologies, with the goal of reframing the prohibitionist stigma which has erroneously cast Cannabis as a recreational drug with no medical use. Participants will learn how to identify a safe and efficacious medicinal Cannabis product and how to incorporate medicinal Cannabis into an efficacious treatment protocol, as well as correct dosage. They will also gain practical knowledge of how Medicinal Cannabis interacts with common chronic diseases and how to effectively synergize Medical Cannabis treatment with the patient’s diet.”
Medical practitioners will also gain insights into the long history of Medical Cannabis, the current legal framework in South Africa and what Medical Cannabis can and can’t do for their patients. Durban-based Dr Carmen James, an integrative medical doctor and health coach, is another presenter at the upcoming Medical Cannabis Roadshow who will be sharing her expertise on the human Endocannabinoid system. She says, “Like many medical practitioners I have experienced frustrations at some of the limitations of conventional treatments and I have first-hand experience that learning about what Medical Cannabis can do significantly expands our abilities to help our patients and promote health and wellness. With a new legal landscape in the country, which follows what is happening across the world, we can expect that our patients will increasingly expect us to be informed, educated and capable when it comes to including Medical Cannabis in treatment protocols.”
The two-day seminar is designed as an interactive learning experience so that participants will have opportunities to engage with the experts, present their burning questions and have conversations that increase knowledge and build practical skills.
The Medical Cannabis Training Roadshow presented by Cheeba Cannabis Academy and Carols Oil and Medical Marijuana 411 will take place at the following locations:
Date: 12-13 November
Venue: The Capital Pearls – Umhlanga
Date: 19 – 20 November
Venue: The Capital on Park – Sandton
Date: 26 – 27 November
Venue: The Capital on Orange – Cape Town
Costs: R7 850 per person:
The online Medical Professional Cannabis CPD Course (20 CPD points /+-20 hours) and two-day Medical Cannabis Seminar (14 CPD points /14 hours);
Lunch and refreshments are included in the costs.
Overnight hotel packages are available when booking for the seminar.
Certificate of attendance