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OCTOBER 2-4, 2018

Quebec City Convention Centre, Canada


Principal Scientist and Government Advisor, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada

“Nutritional and medicinal components of Cannabis sativa (hemp, marijuana”
On the value of various compounds derived from this remarkable plant.


Dr. Ernest Small is a principal scientist with Agriculture Canada, the country’s national department of agriculture, and an adjunct professor at Ryerson University in Toronto. He specialises on the evolution and classification of economically important plants, dealing particularly with food, forage, biodiversity, and medicinal species. He has authored about 400 journal publications and 15 books, including three volumes and more than 40 papers on Cannabis. He frequently advises governments on legislation concerning plants. Dr. Small selected the marijuana strain that was officially employed in Canada for 13 years following the legalization of medical marijuana in the 1990s, and employed to treat over 100,000 patients.

His classification of Cannabis has been adopted by numerous countries as the basis of regulations governing hemp and marijuana cultivation. He has received several professional honors, including: election as a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London; the G.M. Cooley Prize of the American Association of Plant Taxonomists for work on the marijuana plant; the Agcellence Award for distinguished contributions to agriculture; the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal for contributions to science; the George Lawson Medal, the most prestigious award of the Canadian Botanical Association, for lifetime contributions to botany; the Lane Anderson Award, a $10,000.00 prize for science popularization; and appointment to the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest recognition of achievements.


Nutritional and medicinal components of Cannabis sativa (hemp, marijuana)

Canada has become the world’s leading producer of hempseed. Hempseed oil is of very high nutritional quality because it contains high amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids, mostly the essential fatty acids, as well as the metabolically important  GLA. Moreover, the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids is considered optimal for health. Hempseed protein is also excellent in quality. Canada, the first industrialized country to authorize use of recreational marijuana, has become the world centre of investment in the rapidly expanding legal cannabis industry. Marijuana is best known for the euphoric “cannabinoid” THC, which may be medically effective for treating mood disorders, pain, appetitite depression, and other conditions. The related CBD is a non-euphoric compound which also may be medically effective for a range of disorders, notably for psychological stresses and epilepsy. Terpenes, which can be both toxic and therapeutic, are widely suspected of modifying the effects of the cannabinoids.


Le rendez-vous international sur les ingrédients et aliments santé qui se tiendra du 6 au 8 octobre 2020 au Centre des congrès de Québec au Canada. Propulsé par l’expertise du Québec en matière d’alimentation santé, BÉNÉFIQ est un lieu de synergie incontournable pour tous les scientifiques et industriels de ce secteur en constante effervescence.
Une initiative de l’Institut sur la nutrition et les aliments fonctionnels (INAF)


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