Two pioneers of medicinal cannabis – and the co-founders of CBD medicine Charlotte’s Web – will fly into Brisbane in August where they will address the Australian industry at the United in Compassion (UIC) Symposium.

Joel and Jesse Stanley were instrumental in exploring the benefits of CBD and other non-THC cannabinoids before launching Charlotte’s Web, a medicine inspired by Charlotte Figi who struggled with catastrophic epilepsy.

Joel Stanley

News of their attendance comes as early-bird rates to attend the event end on June 30.

Charlotte, and the pioneering work of Joel, Jesse and their five brothers, attracted worldwide attention in 2013, with their exploits regarded as the catalyst for challenging – and changing – public perceptions of cannabis, igniting research and reforming regulations.

UIC founder and director Lucy Haslam said she was “ecstatic” the brothers will attend the symposium.

“These guys are all that is great about the role of cannabis suppliers who actually deliver for their patients,” she said. “Having Jesse and Joel here will serve as a huge reminder as to why we actually have a medicinal cannabis industry.”

Despite soaring interest in their CBD medicine, and in Charlotte’s story, the Stanley brothers continued to give their tincture away to thousands of patients through the non-profit The Realm of Caring, with thousands of people moving to Colorado to obtain the medicine.

Jesse Stanley

As production neared its capacity, the brothers turned their mission into a business and, in 2014, Charlotte’s Web the company was born.

Joel is currently chief executive of AJNA BioSciences, which is working towards developing the world’s first FDA-approved full-spectrum botanical psychedelic drug and other plant medicines to address mental health and neurological disorders.

Jesse, meanwhile, as chief executive of Stanley Brothers USA, is focused on the beneficial uses of the whole cannabis plant, with all cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes working together with other functional botanicals for targeted wellness outcomes.

The symposium takes place at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from August 11 to 13 with early-bird tickets still available until the end of the month.

Cannabiz members also benefit from an exclusive discount. To save A$100 on a three-day, non-member, pass ($990 until June 30 and $1,235 from July 1), enter the code CANNABIZ when making a booking.

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Steve has reported for a number of consumer and B2B titles over a journalism career spanning more than three decades. He is a regulator contributor to health journal, The Medical Republic, writing on...

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