Food as Medicine

Medical Nutrition Therapy

140. Cannabis: Weeding Fact from Fiction

Monday, October 22
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

Patients are using and asking about cannabis and related products with greater frequency, especially as marijuana has been legalized by an increasing number of states. This session will provide an overview of the evidence-based appropriate medical use of cannabis, including what conditions it is helpful for, administration methods, and dosing. This session will also address how to discuss cannabis use with clients and members of the medical team.

Planned with the Committee for Lifelong Learning

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 6020 - Counseling, therapy, facilitation skills
  • 5420 - Complementary care, alternative therapies
  • 2010 - Botanicals, phytochemicals

Zachari Breeding, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

Zachari Breeding, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND is a registered, licensed dietitian and professional chef in Philadelphia. He is the owner and executive chef for The Sage: Nutritious Solutions, a personalized nutrition and off-site catering company. He holds lectures nationwide, both at the University and corporate levels, on a wide array of nutrition-related topics. Zach holds experience as the vice-chair of the Committee of Lifelong Learning, chair of the Cystic Fibrosis Nutrition sub-unit of the Medical Nutrition Practice dietetic practice group, and former chair of the Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition member interest group. Zach serves as the delegate for the Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley regions and acts as a public policy ambassador for the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. He is also a contributing author to Food and Nutrition Magazine and the Stone Soup blog.


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Bonnie Johnson, MS, RDN


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Janice Newell Bissexx, MS, RDN

Janice is a Holistic Cannabis Practitioner, culinary nutritionist, cookbook author, speaker, and End-of-Life-Doula. Her mission is to help clients find relief from anxiety, pain, insomnia, chemo-induced side effects, IBD, autoimmune diseases, and many other ailments through the use of medical cannabis.

Her cannabis journey began in 2016 when her dad turned to medical marijuana after traditional treatment for his chronic pain and discomfort caused severe side effects. The transition from debilitating pain en route to the dispensary to the words "Wow, I'm not in pain!" minutes after his first dose was astounding. It was at that moment that Janice decided to change her career focus and pursue education on the science behind the health benefits of cannabis. One year later, she became certified as a Holistic Cannabis Practitioner through the Holistic Cannabis Academy.

Janice's new passion is to reduce the stigma surrounding cannabis by educating others on the safe use of cannabis for treating a wide variety of debilitating conditions.


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