Australia’s biggest industrial hemp related event, the Hemp, Health & Innovation (HHI) Expo, is to be held on the second and third of December in in Melbourne.
The HHI Expo will be at the MCEC, South Wharf, and feature more than 80 exhibitors showcasing products made with industrial hemp.
A number of high-profile industry personalities will be speaking at the event, including Ben Oakley, who we’ve mentioned quite a few times on HempGazette. Mr. Oakley suffers from Stiff Person Syndrome, a rare and crippling condition that in the case of Ben has responded to treatment with cannabis medicines. Ben has gone on to become one of the nation’s most active medical cannabis advocates.
Among the other speakers:
- Josh Stanley – Director of New Business Development at CW Hemp
- Jesse Stanley – Vice-President of CW Hemp
- Carol Ireland – CEO and Managing Director of Epilepsy Action Australia
- Justin Sinclair – Research Fellow at NICM
- Adam Miller – Founder of BuddingTech and The Medical Cannabis Council
- Dr. Teresa Towpik – Medical Practitioner Medical Cannabis Supporter
- Tim Harding – Australian entertainer & medicinal cannabis advocate
- Andrew Kavasilas – hemp farmer and President of the Northern River Hemp Association
- Professor Ian E. Brighthope – Nutrition and Environmental Medicine
A full list of invited speakers and brief bios can be found here.
The last HHI Expo held in Sydney in January saw more than 7,000 attend and the organisers are hoping for an even bigger turnout in Melbourne.
“Come and look, feel, taste, and experience the excitement of a large number of exhibitors, showcasing everything from Hemp fibres, clothing, bedding, beauty and health products, medicinal hemp products, building materials, hydroponic equipment and supplies for industry and home hobbyists alike, innovative products and so much more,” say the organisers.
Among the most promising medicines made from hemp are those based on cannabidiol (CBD). Various anecdotal evidence and scientific research indicates non-intoxicating cannabidiol could be beneficial in treating a range of conditions, including epilepsy and autism.
Next year, the HHI Expo and Symposium will be held at Rosehill Gardens Exhibition Center in Sydney in May.
Further details on the upcoming events can be viewed here.