Medical Marijuana: Everything You Always Wanted To Know But Were Afraid to Ask

Are you cannabis curious? Here’s your chance to purchase our exclusive summit presentations and learn from top experts, patients, and advocates in the cannabis and functional medicine communities who answer your questions about cannabis –dosing, the endocannabinoid system, edibles, testing, therapeutic use for conditions ranging from autism, anxiety, cancer, insomnia and much more.

  • Hear from both integrative medicine and cannabis experts
  • Get answers to how medical cannabis can help common health issues
  • Be part of the shifting paradigm in healthcare

Featured Speakers

Meet Your Hosts

Holistic Cannabis Summit Host - Donna Shields

Donna Shields, MS, RDN, Cannabis Culinary Nutritionist

Donna is a former faculty member at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, cookbook author, and recipe developer. She has worked as a health communications advisor for numerous food brands both as a consultant and corporately. Currently based in Boulder, Colorado, the epicenter of both the cannabis and natural foods movements, Donna mingles with the key players in both worlds. She is a contributor to the exquisitely photographed The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook.

Holistic Cannabis Summit Host - Laura Lagano

Laura Lagano, MS, RDN, CDN, Integrative Clinical Nutritionist

Laura is an integrative clinical nutritionist with a private practice lovingly referred to as Nutrition in My Kitchen. With advanced training in functional medicine, Laura is positioned to become one of the first certified RDNs with the Institute of Functional Medicine. Boasting years of experience in food, nutrition + wellness communications, as well as in health curricula and continuing medical education development, Laura possesses a unique combination of science and communications savvy.

It takes a village of patients, marijuana growers, policy makers, edible producers, healthcare professionals, and all the cannabis curious people out there to create a new holistic healing paradigm. Share our vision for lifting the stigma about cannabis and empowering all health + wellness practitioners to incorporate medical cannabis in their healing toolboxes. Let’s move the conversation forward together!

  • Hear from both integrative medicine and cannabis experts
  • Get answers to how medical cannabis can help common health issues
  • Be part of the shifting paradigm in healthcare


I am a physician, trained in traditional medicine, and practicing in Texas. … I feel that this is the first “breach of the wall” of ignorance and prejudice against marijuana in Texas, and that other actions will follow in the future, allowing the citizens of the state to enjoy their God-given liberty to do with their bodies as they see fit. I have never been satisfied with the standard answers and the status quo that keeps up way below our potential, sick, and tired. I look forward to learning all I can from you so that I might put that knowledge into practice to help others with use of cannabis and its derivatives.

Keith D, MD
Amarillo, TX

Good morning! I’m so excited about this summit as this is an area I am interested in educating myself further. As an RN whose employment has mainly been based in critical care hospital settings, I look forward to this education over the week. I have taken many classes in nutrition, integrative medicine & functional medicine (with the Institute of Functional Medicine) I am hopeful that at the end of the summit I will be more clear in my direction of helping others with the medicinal uses of cannabis. Thank you so much for presenting this. I’m looking forward! I’m hopeful that there will be resources for those that would like to practice with medicinal marijuana & where to find the best go to people & places to learn & heal.

Gina L.
Registered Nurse

Ladies, thank you so much for your time. What you are doing is very inspiring! It’s such an honor to be collaborating with wonderful thought leaders like yourselves. Really inspiring.

Bianca G.

Hi I am 60 years old. I would want to drink the tea for my multi-level disc degeneration. I have read up quite a lot about this herb. I know it helps for cancer and other diseases. Blessings!

South Africa

Donna’s recipe contribution to “The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook” hit the right blend of nutritional know-how with contemporary flavors. She’s a nutritionist who understands cannabis, therapeutically and in the kitchen.

Robyn Griggs Lawrence, Author
The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook

The importance of plant-based medicine is emerging from the consciousness of humanity. … I am old enough to have seen the emergence of the allopathic paradigm as the be all and end all. Now I am witness to Mother Earth reclaiming the wellbeing of her children. … At 70, the adventure is just beginning.

Joan B.
New Hampshire

Thank you for your good work and assistance to everyone. We are most grateful!

John & Sharon B.
United Kingdom

I am very excited about your summit. My whole life I have been thinking about cannabis and its healing properties but I could not find any answers or even information about that. Now I can and will learn everything you and the wonderful teachers are offering us. Thank you, thank you and again thank you!

Hermine W.

Thank you for including me. I subscribed to The Holistic Cannabis Network because my father was recently diagnosed with extensive small cell lung cancer that has metastasized to his liver and bone marrow. We have decided to pursue the option of cannabis oil to hopefully help cure his cancer. We live in a state where medical marijuana is illegal and we are having to “go underground” if you will. I’m also a registered nurse who is very interested in expanding/furthering my career to include the use of medical marijuana. I am also an advocate for the legalization of medical marijuana in all states so it can be used by anyone that has a condition that has been proven to be helped by the use of cannabis.

Leah J.
Registered Nurse

I decided to subscribe to Holistic Cannabis Network because I am a neurologist, with postgraduate studies in epilepsy in Chile and Australia, and currently I am working in Fundacion Daya ( I work with adult patients and I am starting my clinical experience in refractory epilepsy but I am very interested in the clinical use of cannabis extracts in all the different neurological conditions including autism, migraine, neuropathic pain, insomnia, cerebral palsy, restless leg syndrome, etc. Thank you very much for your support and it is a big honour for me to be a part of your great network.

Gisela K., MD
Santiago, Chile

• I am interested in natural and alternative remedies and cures to illness, disease, cancer, and all other maladies…Essentially, this is about freedom. I am not a smoker or user of cannabis, but I want access to plants and their byproducts that can heal…This weed is a gift of nature and the universe…How free are we when we can’t access a plant, a weed? … I’m grateful for you two starting the HCN – and looking forward to learning more at your summit.

Natalie M.

I wanted to take a moment to let you know that I love that you’re doing this. This topic fascinates me for so many reasons. I’m training to be a health coach. … My mother, who I always knew as anti-pot, got a prescription to help her with full body arthritis that had plagued her for months…So, first my mother, then the influx of dispensaries, which made me think that I need to apply this to my health coaching practice, and then I learned about the summit. Maybe I will be THE health coach with the cannabis expertise. I have the idea to offer my health coaching services to dispensaries, demonstrating that marijuana can be part of a holistic healing protocol…I’ve been promoting the summit since I learned about it yesterday. My mom registered. Fellow students and alumni of my health coaching program have shown interest and registered. I’m going to let my neighbours know about it. I’m likely going to buy the Summit even though I’ve put a moratorium on US spending until the exchange rate improves. This one feels like the most useful for my practice.

Andrea T.
Toronto, Canada

I joined the summit because I know that cannabis has healing benefits and I wanted to learn more. I’m so glad that the tides are changing. Looking forward to the summit.

Amy W.

There are so many disorders, diseases etc., that could be helped or cured with cannabis and I do want to keep up with all that’s available and will be. Thanks for your time and what you’re doing.

Leslie L.
North Carolina

I joined because I’m studying naturopathy and want to be well informed about all alternative treatments. Thank you for creating this network!

Feride B.

Within the past year I’ve become very interested in medical marijuana as I’ve had friends with cancer. Our outdated marijuana laws in this nation are starting to change but much more needs to be done. Thank you for your work!

Stan R.
Urbandale, IA

I’m just getting started out learning about the particular industry of medical marijuana. I can’t wait to learn more about it through your resources.

Caley VC

I have been researching med cannabis and I am convinced that it is the only way to help my wife with breast cancer. We are very alternative people and live in the middle of 200,000 acre national park. After seeing our daughter pass away from breast cancer and the barbaric treatment that so call modern medicine used we would never go down that road.

Terry P.

I appreciate your getting information out to the public and I hope your summit will discuss the need for cannabis medication to be treated as REAL medicine, with dose measurements, just like all other medications. … If we want cannabis to be taken seriously and used as medication it must be treated as real medication. Thank you!

Rebecca C.
Olympia, WA

I joined the cannabis network because I believe in the health benefits cannabis has to offer as well as it’s other benefits.  Also how it can be a sustainable resource for many uses.  I would like to learn more about cannabis medical uses that I can educate my clients with. Thank you very much for the resource!

Taft D., RD
Asheville, NC

Congrats on all of your hard work. I am looking forward to your organized event! My experience in CA has been most challenging in finding standardization in CBD tinctures for example. Seems the lack of regulation has provided for products on the market that hold varying amounts of THC even while stating CBD only. A few years ago I was searching for CBD tinctures for my special needs son. I was excited by the benefits in seizure reduction as well as neuronal regeneration. … Looking forward to your informative session.

Suzanne P.

This is particularly relevant for me right now as my husband is battling leukemia and we are looking for all the integrative techniques that we can find to help him. Look forward to attending!

Tracey V.
Physical Therapist, New York, NY

I joined Holistic Cannabis Network because I have two nieces with seizure disorders that have exhausted all modern medicine choices…I also have a nephew who had testicular cancer and several friends with cancer. My son suffers from ticks, ADHD and anxiety. He is the one who has educated me so far on cannabis and the medical benefits. He himself has seen the difference it can make. As a Certified Health Coach I have been searching for the direction I feel I need to take my health coaching business. When I came across your summit and your certification program I knew this was what I needed to do. I am so looking forward to your summit and enrolling to become certified.

Jackie B.
Certified Health Coach

I just signed up. Can't wait to hear the presentations! I live in Colorado and just started my own practice so am very excited to expand my knowledge on this. There is just so much unknown so it's great to be introduced to credible resources.

Jennifer M., RDN

Dear Pioneers, I am a UK citizen resident in England. I am a certified Naturopathic Nutritionist interested in furthering the cause of Natural Medicine along with widening my own knowledge...I have survived three major cancers never taking chemotherapy which I instinctively refused and later, after training, refused on principal. The course you offer sounds amazing…I believe that medicine is at last recognising the power of natural techniques of healing. I have also trained in some other natural disciplines, but none so exciting and all- encompassing as I believe this would be…

Di P.

I joined for credible and ongoing current information...for myself and to help disseminate and educate. I live in a relatively backward state (GA) that is slow to see things like this, so I can at least spread the truth. Thanks for doing this. It's so important!

Lynne T.

Thank you for the informative emails. I am looking forward to listening to the cannabis summit in April.

Julie M., RDN, LD
Cambridge, OH

We urgently need to know what form, what dose and where we can access medical cannabis in Queensland Australia for our loved one who is dying from pancreatic cancer...or more accurately I should probably say he is dying from all the poisonous chemo that he has had!...God Bless for educating people about this wonderful natural medicine.


I am enjoying your videos, especially The Scientist which showed a small intervention for people with Alzheimer’s towards the end…I’m glad I found you, keep up the good work. I’d be happy to hear back if you can address any of these questions.

Garuth C, PhD
United Kingdom

I subscribed because I want and need more information. The folks in the shops are very nice but due to my health history I want/need more info than they can give me. Around dosing, brands, best method of use, etc. I'm happy I found you folks. Thank you.

Lakewood, CO

I get emails from DailyGood, KindSpring, etc because most of the news is sensationalism and depressing…I have always believed that cannabis is way better than alcohol and many other drugs…I truly hope this movement on legalizing marijuana comes into place - all across the board! Again, I truly believe alcohol is way more damaging in many ways…I have been a member of Drug Policy Alliance and the Marijuana Policy Project…I wish you all the best in your endeavors and thank you for being there! We need all the 'champions' we can get!

Kathy K.
Akron, OH

Congrats on all of your hard work. I am looking forward to your organized event! A few years ago I was searching for CBD tinctures for my special needs son. I was excited by the benefits in seizure reduction as well as neuronal regeneration. Looking forward to your informative session.


Looks great, Laura! Looking forward. Was nice to see you at Functional Forum.

Maya S.K., MD
Neurologist, Bronx, NY

I participated in your summit earlier this year. Awesome summit!! I can’t say enough about how wonderful the speakers were. That was a great introduction to your work. I also have your cookbook. I thought the book was great. I am so busy running my companies I feel I have neglected all the potential useful knowledge I am still learning. I read, The Disease Delusion [by Holistic Cannabis Summit luminary Dr. Jeffrey Bland]

Robert M