2017 Medicinal Cannabis Conference Presenters
Arcata, CA
The 2017 Medicinal Cannabis Conference presenters are international, national and local experts who will utilize substantiated research and experience to advance your knowledge base on Cannabis to the next level. Growing details, clinical pearls and the current research on cannabis  will be their focus.

Ethan RussoEthan Russo, MD

Ethan Russo, MD, is a board-certified neurologist, psychopharmacology researcher, and Medical Director of PHYTECS, a biotechnology company researching and developing innovative approaches targeting the human endocannabinoid system (“ECS”). The PHYTECS team pioneered scientific understanding of how the ECS regulates physiological functions including immunity, pain, inflammation, mood, emotion, learning, memory, metabolism, appetite, weight, sleep, embryo development, neuroprotection and stress responses.
Previously, from 2003-2014, he served as Senior Medical Advisor and study physician to GW Pharmaceuticals for three Phase III clinical trials of Sativex® for alleviation of cancer pain unresponsive to optimized opioid treatment and initial studies of Epidiolex® for intractable epilepsy. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (Psychology) and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, before residencies in Pediatrics in Phoenix, Arizona and in Child and Adult Neurology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He was a clinical neurologist in Missoula, Montana for 20 years in a practice with a strong chronic pain component. In 1995, he pursued a 3-month sabbatical doing ethnobotanical research with the Machiguenga people in Parque Nacional del Manu, Peru. He joined GW as a full-time consultant in 2003. 
He has held faculty appointments in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Montana, in Medicine at the University of Washington, and as visiting professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences.  
He is currently Past-President of the International Cannabinoid Research Society, and is former Chairman of the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the American Botanical Council. He is author of Handbook of Psychotropic Herbs, co-editor of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutic Potential, and author of The Last Sorcerer: Echoes of the Rainforest. He was founding editor of Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics, selections of which were published as books: Cannabis Therapeutics in HIV/AIDS, Women and Cannabis: Medicine, Science and Sociology, Cannabis: From Pariah to Prescription, and Handbook of Cannabis Therapeutics: From Bench to Bedside. He has also published numerous book chapters, and over thirty articles in neurology, pain management, cannabis, and ethnobotany. His research interests have included correlations of historical uses of cannabis to modern pharmacological mechanisms, phytopharmaceutical treatment of migraine and chronic pain, and phytocannabinoid/terpenoid, /serotonergic and /vanilloid interactions.

“Cannabis Roots, a Neglected Herbal Resource”
“Herbal & Nutritional Approaches toward Optimized Endocannabinoid Tone”


jeffery-h-mdJeff Hergenrather, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Hergenrather is a general practitioner specializing in cannabis consultations since 1999.    His medial experience includes 26 years in emergency medicine and private general practice that includes use of cannabis as medicine since 1977.   He continues in an active consultation practice in California that includes telephone and on-line consultations in using cannabis for medical problems.

Dr. Hergenrather’s practice, research, and teaching focus on the medicinal uses of cannabis through a wide range of conditions and age groups.    He is a founding member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians developing educational programs and clinical studies with physician members of the Society.    He is a member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) and the International Association for Cannabinoids in Medicine (IACM).   He serves on the scientific advisory committee for the IACM.   Additionally, Dr. Hergnrather has worked with local governments in creating safe access to cannabis medicines. Solo private practice – Sebastopol, CA

President of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians
Member of ICRS since 2003
Member of IACM since 2005
Member, Scientific Committee, IACM, 2013


“Medical Marijuana 2017- In the Medicine Cabinet”
“Developing a Treatment Plan”


christian-leChristian Le, MD
Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician and Green Earth Medicine Founder Dr. Christian Le has been a Board Certified Internal Medicine physician with over 25 years of experience in providing allopathic medical care to acutely hospitalized patients.
He evolved his work to include Integrative and Functional Medicine approaches that honors the use of complementary healing techniques and focuses on the use of natural medicines and techniques for treating illness.
Dr. Le has been a Cannabis researcher and specialist since 2005 and is devoted to using Cannabis and other natural medicines to help his patients find true Wellbeing in Body, Mind, and Spirit.

“Cancer Therapy Using Cannabis: Success, Failure and Lessons Learned”
“Treatment of Common Mood Disorders Using Cannabinoids and Terpenes”


Dustin SulakDustin Sulak, DO

Dr. Dustin Sulak is an integrative medicine pioneer with a focus in osteopathy, mind-body medicine, and medical cannabis. Dr. Sulak received undergraduate degrees in nutrition science and biology from Indiana University, a doctorate of osteopathy from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed an osteopathic rotating internship at Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Sulak is the founder of Integr8 Health, an integrative health practice with 3 locations in New England that treat over 18,000 patients with medical cannabis. His clinical practice focuses on treating refractory conditions in adults and children with an individualized, health-centered approach. Dr. Sulak is also the founder of, a patient education portal for optimizing the therapeutic effects medical cannabis.

“Cannabis for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention”
“Cannabis: A Solution to the Opioid Epidemic?”



Jeff Raber, PhD

Dr. Jeffrey C. Raber received his B.S. in biochemistry from Lebanon Valley College, PA and subsequently a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Southern California with an emphasis on developing new synthetic methodologies useful in pharmaceutical drug discovery and development efforts. Dr. Raber studied plant phylogenetics of the RuBisCO enzyme while in college and was named to the USA Today 1997 All-USA College Academic Team for his research accomplishments in this area. While at USC he was awarded the Harold and Lillian Moulton Fellowship for his efforts on the construction of novel heterocycles and peptidomimetics utilizing a proprietary boron-based multicomponent condensation reaction. Since graduate school Dr. Raber has pursued various entrepreneurial endeavors highlighted by KinetiChem where he guides the development and commercialization of a novel continuous flow chemical reactor technology being at the forefront of the area of process intensification. Dr. Raber initially joined KinetiChem as the Chief Chemist and quickly became the Vice President and eventually the President and is currently on the company’s Board of Directors. Dr. Raber has numerous peer-reviewed publications, has lectured around the world and is an inventor of multiple patented technologies. Driven by a desire to make a positive contribution to society while creating American jobs Dr. Raber founded The Werc Shop in 2010, an independent laboratory focused on botanical analysis, product development and sustainability with an initial emphasis on serving the unmet public health and safety needs within the medical cannabis community. Dr. Raber’s background as an accomplished scientist, patented inventor and seasoned executive provide him with a unique perspective and skillset useful in assisting state and local regulators in the construction and implementation of effective regulatory solutions for the safe and sustainable introduction of medical cannabis products to qualified consumers.

“Product Diversity in the Medical Cannabis Arena”
“Regulatory Compliance and Analytical Testing”


Mindy Bumgarner, M.SMindy Bumgarner, M.S

Mindy Bumgarner, M.S. has been studying plants and plant medicine for almost 20 years. After receiving a B.S. in Botany from Humboldt State University followed by a M.S. in horticulture from Purdue University, she has worked in multiple sectors of horticulture, plant conservation, and industry.
Currently, Mindy is the sales manager in northern California for a major horticultural supply distributor. In an industry filled with hype,  advertisements promising high yields, and laws that cause manufacturers to be less than truthful on their labels, it is very difficult to decipher which products do what, let alone which ones are safe in an industrial setting of medicine production. Mindy has always had a  passion for organics and has spent the past five years learning the rules involved in organic production, from both the standpoint of a farmer, and a manufacturer.

“Efficient Growing Systems”


tammiTammi Sweet, MS, LMT

Tammi Sweet, a passionate and energetic teacher, brings 28 years teaching experience into the classroom. Her amazement and wonder of the human body and how it works shines through as she presents the material in ways people can understand and utilize. She loves integrating the wisdom of the body with all aspects of living. Presently she co-directs her Herbal Program at Heartstone Herbal School, and teaches Anatomy and Physiology and herbalism at Herbal schools and conferences throughout the country. Her learning of the body has come through many paths including traditional Master’s level college studies in Neurobiology, teaching College level Anatomy & Physiology, Massage School, Yoga Teacher Training, Herbal studies, collegiate athletics and most importantly, an ever-growing love of understanding who we are in relation with this wonderful home we call the earth.

“The Physiology of Inflammation: When, Where and How Cannabis Helps”
“The Physiology Pathway for Pain, Cannabis and the Endogenous Cannabinoid system”


Jane Bothwell, Herbalist

“Herbal Allies”

Gillian Levy & Susan Cleverdon, Herbalists

“Herbal Kitchen”


Brie Malarkey, Herbalist

A self-taught herbalist, mother, and entrepreneur, Brie Malarkey is the founder and CEO of Sun Breeze Inc, a state of Oregon licensed. cannabis seed-to-sale company from Southern Oregon. Sunna Ra Acres her medicinal herb farm in Shady Cove, Oregon grows cannabis and other medicinal herbs side-by-side as nature intended. Her dispensaries, Breeze Botanicals in Gold Hill and Ashland,
Oregon were the first Oregon state licensed retailers and focus on plant medicine that is, cultivated and wildcrafted, or indigenous to Southern Oregon, including medical cannabis. Her product company, Sun God Medicinals, works to blend herbal allies with cannabis to help people address specific symptoms. By displaying and blending herbs in symptom relief categories like sleep aids, digestive aids, mental ease, muscle ease the company works to demystify medical cannabis and other medicinal herbs that work synergisticly with cannabis. Sun Breeze Inc works hard to support the regions farmers, food producers, wildcrafters, and artists, through their commitment to local agriculture and ethical economic growth.

“A Business Like No Other: Lessons from an Oregon Cannabis Entrepreneur”


Kevin Spelman, Ph.D.

Kevin Spelman, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized expert on the molecular biology and clinical therapeutics of botanical medicines. A past National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow and Marie Curie research fellow in the European Union, he has published 27 scientific papers and 6 chapters and been involved in clinical work for 2 decades. Past research has included the molecular biology of cannabinoid receptors, brain and ovarian cancer, as well as clinical investigations, immunological studies and chemical analysis on various medicinal plants. He was also the first researcher to identify cannabinoid-like molecules in the plant genus Zanthoxylum. International research has included the analysis of nutrient levels in teenage women in West Africa, working with children with neurological disorders in Central America and researching medicinal plants active against malaria in Paris. He has been an academic pioneer in professional and competent clinical herbal medicine co-founding the first masters of science degree in clinical phytotherapy and being a founding faculty member of the first bachelor’s degree in herbal medicine. He is an adjunct assistant professor at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, an adjunct professor of botanical medicine at National College of Natural Medicine and a distinguished lecturer at Maryland University of Integrative Health.
He has advised the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine and provided expert testimony to the Maryland House of Delegates and the Maryland Senate, as well as advised multiple companies on new product development, as well as the Jamaican government’s Scientific Research Council. He is currently a natural products industry consultant specializing in pharmacology,  new product development, laboratory and cGMP issues and research initiatives.

“What’s New in CBD”
“Beyond Cannabis: Medicinal Plants that Activate the ECS”



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