CMCR Medicinal Cannabis & Cannabinoid Science 2023 Symposium

Exploring the Entourage: The Therapeutic Potential of Minor Cannabinoids, Terpenes, and Flavonoids

The Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR) is hosting a virtual, two-day symposium on October 12-13, 2023 highlighting the state of science in medicinal cannabis research. Whereas the majority of current research focuses on delta-9-THC and cannabidiol, the 2023 CMCR Symposium will highlight emerging clinical and translational research on the "other" constituents of cannabis (minor cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids) and the entourage effect. The symposium will kick off with keynote addresses from the 2023 CMCR award recipients and will be followed by a series of scientific talks covering clinical and translational aspects of medicinal cannabis research alongside panel discussions of changes to the federal landscape related to cannabis research, use of minor cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids in the community, and accessing novel constituents of cannabis for clinical research.

Virtual Event
October 12-13, 2023
8:00AM-12:00PM PDT



Click here to REGISTER for this free two day symposium.


Agenda at a Glance

Day 1: Thursday, October 12, 2023
Welcome from the CMCR Director, Igor Grant, MD
2023 CMCR Symposium Awards (8:00 - 10:00 AM)
CMCR Special Lecture (10:00 - 10:30 AM)
Panel 1: Update on Federal activities affecting cannabis research (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Poster Session (12:00 - 1:00 PM)

Day 2: Friday, October 13, 2023
State of the Science Lecture Series - The Entourage: Minor cannabinoids, Terpenes and Flavonoids (8:00 - 10:05 AM)
Panel 2: Use of minor cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids in the community (10:05 - 10:55 AM)
Panel 3: Lectures from Linda Hill, MD, MPH and Tom Marcotte, PhD (11:00 - 11:45 AM)
Closing Remarks from the CMCR Director, Igor Grant, MD (11:45 AM - 12:00 PM)

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Igor Grant, MD, FRCP(C) Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, UC San Diego
Tom Marcotte, PhD Professor of Psychiatry, Co-Director, Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, UC San Diego
David J. Grelotti, MD Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Medical Director, Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, UC San Diego
Steve Gust, PhD, Advisor to the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research
Doris Trauner, MD
Professor of  Neurosciences, UC San Diego
David Shurtleff, PhD
Deputy Director, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), NIH
Cassie Taylor, PhD
Botanical Products, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, US Food and Drug Administration
Matthew Strait
Deputy Director, Office of Diversion Control, US Drug Enforcement Agency
Ziva Cooper, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, Director of the UCLA Center for Cannabis and Cannabinoids, UCLA
Patrick Still, PhD Program Director, Basic and Mechanistic Research Branch, NCCIH, NIH
Ryan Vandrey, PhD Professor, Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Sara Jane Ward, PhD Assistant Professor of Neural Sciences, Center for Substance Abuse Research, Temple University
Andrea Tomko, MS Dalhousie University
Jonathan C. Arnold, PhD Professor of Cannabinoid Pharmacology, Deputy Academic Director, The Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics, University of Sydney
Sherry Yafai, MD Providence St. John's Medical Center
Bonni Goldstein, MD Medical Director, CannaCenters
Michelle Sexton, ND UC San Diego
Dale Gieringer, PhD, California NORML

View more details about the 2023 Speakers here.



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The poster session will take place on Thursday, October 12, 2023 from 12:00PM-1:00PM Pacific Time

Each person selected to present a poster will be assigned a breakout room linked to the symposium conference portal. In the breakout room, presenters will be able to engage in a discussion with other conference-goers “live” about their research. Presenters will be asked to forego the traditional poster format and instead prepare a brief Powerpoint-style presentation to facilitate discussion.

To further enhance this discussion, those selected to present an abstract will also be required to provide a pre-recorded, 5-minute Powerpoint-style lecture about their research. As such, all persons selected to present a poster will have an oral presentation at the 2023 CMCR Symposium. Your pre-recorded lecture will be uploaded to the conference website one week prior to the event and will be archived alongside the other presentations in the conference on the CMCR website after the conference.

If you are interested in presenting during the Poster Session, please make note of the following timeline:

Deadline for Abstract Submission – August 31, 2023 at 11:59PM Pacific Time

Notification of Abstract Acceptance – September 7, 2023 Pacific Time

If Accepted, Deadline for Submission of the Pre-recorded Lecture – September 28, 2023 at 11:59AM Pacific Time

Poster Session – October 12, 2023 from 12:00PM-1:00PM Pacific Time

Persons interested in presenting at the poster session will first be required to submit a structured abstract of no more than 400 words describing the background, methods, results, and conclusions of their research. Abstracts from interested persons must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 31, 2023 at 11:59PM or they will not be considered for the poster session.  

With your abstract acceptance letter, we will send you a Powerpoint template that you may use as a guide to present your research. We will also send instructions on how to pre-record your lecture and how to upload this pre-recorded lecture file to the CMCR Symposium Conference portal.



Please direct questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to seeing you at the 2023 CMCR Symposium!