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Meet Our Educator Team

Curious About Cannabis Certified Educators consist of passionate scientists, clinicians, and industry experts that have demonstrated a commitment to sharing knowledge and promoting critical thinking. The Educator team works together to develop and launch engaging and thought-provoking educational opportunities and expand the Curious About Cannabis course library.

Founder and Lead Instructor

Jason Wilson MS

Jason Wilson is a biologist, educator, and science communicator with a passion for sharing his general curiosity about the world with others. He is the author of Curious About Cannabis: A Scientific Introduction to a Controversial Plant and the educational children's book, A Toadstool's Treasures. He is also the host and producer of The Curious About Cannabis Podcast and the Isn't Life Curious? podcast. Besides teaching, Jason also provides scientific advisory services for companies and institutions, often assisting with the development of research and development laboratories intent on working with natural products, like Cannabis sativa.

Certified Instructor

Alisia Ratliff

Alisia Ratliff, the CEO of Victus Capital Ventures and licensed project management professional, is a technical conference speaker, esteemed author, and ambitious entrepreneur. Holding a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of North Florida and possessing over fourteen years of leadership experience expanding over several industries; Alisia uses a breadth of technical knowledge to guide investors’ company start up endeavors. She effectively manages technical and executive teams cross-departmentally to success while simultaneously overseeing all cannabis business operations including but not limited to supply chain, manufacturing, laboratory operations and product formulation. Alisia’s unique leadership style and perseverance to overcome adversity has defined her professional purpose. She strives to advise her clients on what not to do in the early stages of their project, help them avoid repeating failed business models and implement sustainable business strategies no matter the ever-changing regulatory environment and marketplace.

Certified Instructor

Anthony Smith PhD

Anthony Smith received his PhD in Molecular & Cellular Biology from Oregon State University at the Linus Pauling Institute where he specialized in biochemistry, metabolism and nutrition. Currently Dr. Smith teaches about phytochemistry, pharmacology, and analytical chemistry at John Patrick University. Prior to focusing on teaching, Dr. Smith worked in natural products and biomedical research while serving as a leading international authority on aging, lipoic acid and vascular disease. He also founded Kenevir Research, a Cannabis biotechnology and analytical testing company that was later acquired, and has spent much of the past decade operating laboratories and developing analytical methods designed to investigate the potency and purity of Cannabis and cannabinoid infused products . All in all Dr. Smith brings over 15 years of natural product research, quality assurance, product development, GMP manufacturing, FDA & regulatory experience and analytical chemistry expertise to our team.

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Anna Schwabe PhD

Anna Schwabe PhD is a researcher and educator with expertise in Cannabis genetics and biology. She is an established presenter, grant writer, and has published primary research spanning several disciplines, including genetics, conservation, and education. To compliment her scientific research and academic achievements, she is also an artist who is certified in botanical illustration. She serves as a consultant for the Agricultural Genomics Foundation, Advisory Board Member for Agricultural Genomics Foundation, Scientific Advisory Board member for Bace Health, an Affiliated and an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Northern Colorado, and an Associate Lecture Professor at the University of Colorado. She is passionate about Cannabis science and facilitating consistency in the cannabis industry.

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Kevin Spelman PhD

Dr. Kevin Spelman has over 20 years of experience in clinical phytotherapy, and another decade in research. He has held laboratory, faculty and clinical positions at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Université de Paris as a Marie Curie Research Fellow, the University of North Carolina (UNC), National College of Natural Medicine, Bastyr University and the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH). He is an avid proponent of education in botanical medicine, having trained physicians in course work, mentored naturopathic students in clinical rotations and medicinal plant research, and he co-founded the first Master of Science program in Clinical Herbal Medicine.

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Kyle Boyar

Kyle Boyar is a Cannabis researcher with a diverse background in neuroscience, microbiology, and analytical chemistry. Kyle has spent the past decade participating in Cannabis science, having worked with SC Labs, Medicinal Genomics, and Tagleaf LIMS before entering his current position as a Research Associate for the UC San Diego Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research.

Certified Instructor

Codi Peterson PharmD

Dr. Codi Peterson is a clinical pediatric pharmacist with a passion for educating about cannabis as medicine and the critical importance of the endocannabinoids system. Codi is enrolled at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy where he is obtaining his MS in Medical Cannabis Science & Therapeutics. He is the President of the Medical Cannabis Student Association at UMB, an active member of the International Society of Cannabis Pharmacists, as well as the Association of Cannabinoid Specialists. With his extensive pediatric experience, Codi is poised to bring a new and needed perspective to the cannabis space.

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Linda Klumpers PhD

Linda Klumpers, PhD is a clinical pharmacologist with a PhD in Clinical Pharmacology of Cannabinoids who has been studying cannabinoids in humans since 2006. She is the founder of Cannify, a Cannabis education and research company, is a lecturer, researcher, and Chief Science Officer for Anebulo Pharmaceuticals. Learn more about Cannify at www.cannify.us

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Cannify

"Cannify was founded in 2016 by a neuropsychopharmacology scientist, Dr. Linda Klumpers. A few months later, with a small international team of scientists, we began developing an online educational information tool – the Cannify Quiz. It translates complex cannabis science to simple reports, customized for personal symptoms and characteristics.

Around the world, many people and organizations constantly express opinions about the risks and benefits of cannabis and cannabis related products. As objective scientists, we attempt to translate for you the available cannabis related complex scientific data to unbiased, simplified educational information that anyone can understand. We hope the information available on Cannify will help you decide for yourself, even if you are not a scientist."

Check out our "Cannabinoid Pharmacology Basics" course developed in partnership with Cannify and taught by Dr. Linda Klumpers!


About Linda Klumpers, PhD


Linda Klumpers, PhD has over 13 years of experience in cannabinoid research and management consulting. She began studying cannabinoids in humans in 2006 and her research includes agonist-antagonist interactions, pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic (modeling) studies, and bio-equivalency studies for various administration forms. Dr. Klumpers founded Tomori Pharmacology and BIRD Life Science Consulting. Tomori Pharmacology operates as Cannify, which offers educational materials on cannabis science and a quiz to guide patients and clinicians on science-based cannabis product decision-making. She also serves as a consultant for Verdient Science and has previously consulted for A.T. Kearney Management Consultants. Dr. Klumpers earned a M.Sc. in Neuroscience from the University of Amsterdam and a Ph.D. in Clinical Pharmacology of Cannabinoids during training at the Leiden University Medical Center.






Medical Cannabis Mentor


Medical Cannabis Mentor is an educational company featuring courses and methodologies developed by Joe Dolce, author of Brave New Weed and a medical cannabis patient, under the guidance of Dr. Junella Chin, DO. Dr. Chin has treated over 10,000 patients in California and New York with medical cannabis. The materials are based on over 23,000 published scientific studies plus hundreds of hours of interviews with the finest researchers and clinicians working today.

Curious About Cannabis offer's most of Medical Cannabis Mentor's courses at the Curious About Cannabis Learning Center including their Cannabis Therapeutics, Cannabis Science and Therapeutics for Pharmacists, and Counter Intelligence courses.

 

About Joe Dolce



“There is so much confusion about what medical cannabis is and how to use it. That's why our mission is 'Education Before Medication.' The goal is to separate myth from fact and to bring professionals and patients up to speed quickly. Our materials are based on the latest research and data from the world’s leading scientists and clinicians..


I was introduced to medical cannabis while writing Brave New Weed (Harper Wave, 2016). The reporting led me into the laboratories and offices of the above mentioned scientists and clinicians. Learning about medical cannabis and the body’s endocannabinoid system caused me to rethink everything I had been taught about the plant in specific and plant medicines in general. It redirected the course of my working life.

In the years since, I’ve seen firsthand how it can be used to help people suffering from chronic illnesses (pain, stress, insomnia) and from disruptive diseases like epilepsy or MS. I’ve met war veterans who use it to eradicate some of the harrowing memories associated with PTSD or cancer patients who use it to ameliorate the nausea caused by chemotherapy. Medical cannabis is not a panacea, but it is therapeutically broad and safe.

Before diving into this new world, I founded one of New York City’s most highly regarded Presentation & Media Training companies. I was editor-in-chief of Details magazine and a contributing editor at Gourmet  in addition to writing for T: The New York Times Magazine, New York, Rolling Stone, Travel & Leisure, Departures, Leafly, and many others.

My understanding of the healing power of medical cannabis was borne from experience. I became a patient several years ago when I was hit with a chronic pain condition that no other medication, prescription or over the counter, could treat. Medical cannabis did the trick.

No one should suffer unnecessarily. This is why I decided to share what I have learned with as many people as possible.”

Medical Cannabis Mentor, Founder & CEO
Brave New Weed, author, Harper Wave
Joe Dolce Communications, President & Founder
Star Magazine, Editor-in-Chief
Details Magazine, Editor-in-Chief
Vogue, Senior Editor
Harper’s Bazaar, Senior Editor
New York University, MA Journalism
Northwestern University, BA Social Psychology/Communication Studies


 

About Dr. Junella Chin, DO


“I was a patient before I was a doctor.


When I was 15 I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, an auto-inflammatory disease of the spine that causes my back to ache from arthritic and shooting nerve pains.

I spent my teenage years cycling through conventional treatments—epidurals, narcotics, muscle relaxants, acupuncture, physical therapy–but the pain was unrelenting. By the time I got to med school in San Francisco I was having a hard time standing for long periods of time in the OR. One of the attending physicians noticed my discomfort and asked me about it. I told him I had AS but that I couldn’t take the heavier meds while I was doing rounds or in a four-hour hip replacement surgery because they made me drowsy and foggy.

He handed me a bottle of tincture. “This is marijuana,” he told me, “but it won’t make you high.” He didn’t call it CBD oil. He just said it’s a different type. It smelled like wet grass and dog.

I had never tried marijuana. I’m from the Bronx and marijuana conjured images of dropouts and gangsters. I was probably the only pre-med at Cornell who had not experimented with it.

“Put a few of the drops under your tongue before bed,” the doctor told me. “My HIV and AIDS patients say it helps them with all sorts of pains.”

I tried my first dose on a Friday night. It made me feel slightly altered, but it was not dissimilar to how I felt after my first glass of wine. By Monday I knew it was working.

Even though California had legalized medical marijuana in 1996, I didn’t dare tell anyone I was using it myself. I didn’t want to jeopardize my young career. But once my health was restored I decided to learn more. I knew how frustrating it was as patient to say the words “I’ve tried everything and it didn’t work,” but now I was hearing it from the other side of the desk. I wanted to offer my patients an alternative.

Eventually I blended medical cannabis into my integrative medicine practice. I never announced it; patients found me. Parents of kids with epilepsy, people in pain, migraine sufferers, cancer patients on chemotherapy. Word spread. “You can be honest with Dr. Chin,” patients would tell friends and colleagues. "She’ll help you use it in conjunction with your prescriptions. You won’t have to lie.” In ten years, I treated over 10,000 patients in the Bay Area and Los Angeles with medical cannabis.

In 2014 my husband, also an integrative physician, and I moved our family back to New York for personal reasons. This has allowed me to encourage doctors on the East Coast to explore medical cannabis as a treatment modality. The endocannabinoid system still isn't taught in medical school, but I believe everyone benefits when healthcare providers educate themselves. It's better to offer patients quality, science-based information as an alternative to what they might pick up on the street.

That’s why the idea of “Education Before Medication” is so important. A self-administered education program like our gives patients confidence to experiment on their own and providers the medical foundation to guide them.”

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Touro University, San Francisco, California
Nutrition, Biochemistry, Cornell University
Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Women’s Research, Columbia University
Medical Acupuncture, Harvard University
Hollywood Heart, Board of Advisors to non-profit dedicated to serving at risk teens with HIV/AIDS
Osteopathic Cranial Academy, Executive Board Member
Director of Education, Association of Cannabis Specialists

Dr. Chin’s 2019 book: Cannabis & CBD For Health and Wellness

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