Dr. Fisher was interviewed by Madeline Colli of Cannabis Science and Technology magazine for an article posted on September 1 titled, Whole Plant Medicine Is the Future. For the interview, Dr. Fisher provides a brief overview of her accompanying analysis, Transitioning to 21st Century Medicine: The Promise of Whole Plant Medicine, and what she hoped to achieve by writing it. To this question, she replies,
But I think the current healthcare system is failing a lot of patients. As a game theorist and researcher, I’ve seen how the system has evolved, and I understand why it generates the outcomes it does. A good friend once told me that it’s useless for a consultant to tell someone they have a problem unless she can also tell that person how to fix the problem. My purpose for writing this article is to tell people what the problem is, why it exists, and how to fix it.
Dr. Fisher participated in a panel discussion at CBD Expo West in LA. In addition to Dr. Fisher, other panel participants included
- Host Keioko Beati, Director Of Education & Outreach at Coral Cove Wellness Resort Jamaica, Cannabis & Fungi Education for Wellness Speaker
- Co-panelist Chris Claussen, Chief Innovation Officer @ Leiio Wellness
- Co-panelist Peter Holzworth, Global Strategy Officer at BackBone IQ
Panelists discussed how the cannabis and psychedelics industry would evolve. Panelists agreed there’s tremendous potential for both industries to address health and wellness needs as well as provide recreational benefits. Also, while Mr. Holzworth stressed the need for standards, Dr. Fisher warned that standards should not be established prematurely, since anything put in place “just until we get more information” will invariably end up being difficult to change when the time comes.
The 2021 Virtual Cannabis Research Conference was held on August 3- 5. Dr. Fisher participated in a panel discussion that was hosted by Ruth Charbonneau, Associate Director, The Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis & Hemp.
The discussion was titled, “Law and Regulation and its Role in Cannabis Research.”
Other Panelists included:
- Andrew Cole, Customized Audit Solutions and Compliance at BSI
- Deborah Miran, Consultant at DMiran Consulting, and Former Maryland Medical Cannabis Commissioner
The panelists discussed such issues as
- How cannabis is unique relative to other agricultural and pharmaceutical products
- Why standards, consistency, and good manufacturing processes are important and how to bring them to the cannabis industry
- How to enable small providers and product variety to flourish in the industry
The Cannabis Conversation Podcast, hosted by Anuj Desai, is a discussion with industry leaders to help cannabis businesses grow through learning and collaboration. Dr. Fisher was the guest on Episode #121. The topic of the discussion was: How Do You Fit Cannabis into Western Medicine?
The heart of the discussion was led by a few important questions. Why doesn't cannabis fit into the traditional paradigm used in Western medicine? Specifically, Ruth and Anuj discussed how the general approach of Western Medicine is to use synthetically created therapeutics with a single active ingredient. The use of whole-plant cannabis extracts is inconsistent with this paradigm. Next, why are physicians are so reluctant to prescribe cannabis for their patients? Lastly, there was a question of clinical research: the use of real-world data, rather than more traditional randomized controlled trials, can be used to establish cannabis efficacy in patients.
Hear the full discussion here:
Dr. Ruth Fisher has joined forces with CannDynamics, Inc, to create the Medical Cannabis Fundamentals certification courses. We are pleased to announce the availability of the first course: Medical Cannabis Fundamentals - Basics. The course includes dozens of video lectures combined with text and quizzes. If the student sufficiently passes a course, they will be provided with a certificate suitable for printing and framing.
Once purchased, the student will maintain access to the courseware materials for a full year. They may take and retake the quizzes as many times as they need until they are sufficiently passed, and lectures may be watched and rewatched as often as desired. See why this course is already gaining acclaim from industry professionals.
Join host Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man as he interviews Dr. Ruth Fisher on the Mar 13, 2021 podcast episode of The Cannabis Enigma Podcast. The episode titled, "Can medical cannabis survive adult-use legalization?" can be heard here:
You can also read a transcript of the episode here, but I recommend listening to it. Dr. Fisher gives some very precise answers to some great questions about the market dynamics involved when states first adopt medical cannabis, then they eventually transition to recreational cannabis. Spoiler: the medical users get hosed!
Don't miss Dr. Fisher's appearance on the Soul D'Licious Infused podcast, Episode #32. Her segment titled, Cannabis Newbies can be heard below. Topics include:
- the dynamics of cannabis in the healthcare industry
- what newbie patients need to know
- how the endocannabinoid system works with the rest of the body
- why physicians don't normally prescribe cannabis
- conditions and medications that are contraindicated with cannabis and why
We think you'll really like this one!
Thanks to Alissa Merrill and Jimmy Young for featuring Dr. Fisher on their Cannabis Live Chat channel.
Posted by Pro Cannabis Media, this episode's summary is:
Everything you ever wanted to know about weed as a medicine is in the Medical Cannabis Primer by Ruth Fisher PHD. She talks about weed as a medicine in her book that includes the ratio of THC and CBD from this amazing plant and how to use it responsibly. This is part of the Cannabis Chat live series of programs produced by Pro Cannabis Media. Alissa Merrill from Flowerandtonic.com and Jimmy Young from Pro Cannabis Media.
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