Panel: Deepening the Understanding of Cannabis as a Medicine

Deepening the Understanding of Cannabis as a Medicine: In this panel speakers will discuss new exciting projects and initiatives that are deepening our understanding of cannabis as medicine. 

Speaker Bios

Stephen Corn MD

Dr. Stephen Corn is an award winning physician, researcher, inventor and faculty member at Harvard Medical School.  His invented technologies are used throughout the world and the free educational website that he co-founded is utilized in over 40 countries.  Dr. Corn has been named “Champion in Health Care” and has received awards for “Excellence in Clinical Innovation” “Teamwork” “Operational Efficiency” and “Leadership & Innovation.”  Dr. Corn has been a distinguished guest on XM Radio and was featured on CBS News Boston and San Francisco.  Dr. Corn has also donated technology appraised at over $6 million to Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Women & Infant’s Hospital, Brown University.  




Michelle Sexton

Dr. Michelle Sexton is a Naturopathic Doctor, herbalist, educator and clinical Cannabis researcher. Dr. Sexton completed a postdoctoral fellowship focused on the endogenous cannabinoid signaling system (eCS) in the Departments of Pharmacology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Washington. On an award from the National Center for Complimentary and Alterative Medicine (NCCAM) Dr. Sexton's completed a clinical study measuring novel immune markers in Multiple Sclerosis and the effect of Cannabis use on these markers. Dr. Sexton is passionate about and skilled in lecturing on the biochemistry and pharmacology of the eCS, the phytochemistry of Cannabis and the clinical intersection of the two. It is her specific passion to educate care providers on how to help guide patients in its' rational use. Dr. Sexton practices clinically and is research faculty at Bastyr University Research Institute. She previously owned a company that provided chemical analysis of Cannabis varieties grown in Washington State. She is a technical advisor to the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia on the development of a Cannabis monograph. Currently she is dividing her time between Washington, California and Texas (where her grandchildren live!).

Roy Upton

Roy Upton, RH, DAyu is the founder, executive director, and editor of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP). Roy is also co-founder and past president, of the American Herbalists Guild (AHG), and serves on botanical expert advisory committees of AOAC International, the American Botanical Council, NSF International, and the Lloyd Library and Museum.

Roy has been working and practicing professionally as an herbalist since 1981. He is trained in Ayurvedic, Traditional Chinese, and Western herbal medicine and has also studied and worked extensively with Native American and Caribbean ethnobotanical traditions. As an integral part of his work as an herbalist, Roy spends a great deal of time defending the rights of people to access herbal medicines and to see herbal medicine integrated into the fabric of both our homes and health care systems.

In addition, Roy is the staff herbalist for the California-based herbal supplements company, Planetary Herbals, is a member of the Standards Committee of the American Herbal Products Association, and is an internationally recognized lecturer and author of numerous popular and peer-reviewed scientific publications.

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