Cannabis and Traumatic Brain Injury

Potential Medical Cannabis Benefits for People with Traumatic Brain Injury and Cognitive Disorders

Free Symposium Hosted by Headway of WNY

Headway of WNY is hosting a free educational symposium, Medical Cannabis: A Promising Therapy for TBI and Other Cognitive Disorders? on Wednesday, February 6, from 8 a.m. to noon at the University at Buffalo Center for Tomorrow, located at 101 Service Center Road, Amherst, NY (North Campus, Flint Road entrance, off Maple Road).

Dr. Laszlo Mechtler, medical director, Cannabis Clinic at DENT Neurologic Institute will discuss up-to-date information about the current state of medical marijuana, including legal aspects and common misconceptions.

A panel of experts from PharmaCannis, a local medical cannabis dispensary will be part of the symposium, along with a health and wellness fair. The symposium is ideal for people living with the after-effects of a traumatic brain injury, cognitive disorder or chronic health condition, as well as for caregivers, medical professionals and wellness specialists.

As part of its community outreach activities, Headway of WNY addresses current topics through its educational programs. “The Medical Cannabis symposium is an opportunity for experts to share information for attendees to learn more about possible alternative therapies for people with traumatic brain injury and cognitive disorders,” said Ronald Fernández, RRDS, CRC, LMHC, director of Headway of WNY.

Dr. Mechtler is a professor of neurology and oncology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is currently involved in several clinical trials regarding neuroimaging research for traumatic brain injury and migraines, as well as brain tumors. Dr. Mechtler is a leader in the fields of neuroimaging, headache medicine, medical cannabis and neuro-oncology. The DENT Cannabis Clinic has nearly 6,500 patients certified through the New York State Medical Marijuana Program.

Pre-registration for the symposium is strongly encouraged by January 31. To register, email support@headwayofwny.org or call 716-408-3100. The symposium includes breakfast.

Headway of WNY is a not-for-profit agency and an affiliate of People Inc.. It provides support groups, trainings, and educational programs to survivors and caregivers of brain injury. For more information, go to headwayofwny.org or call 716-408-3100.