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  • About Michele Ross, PhD

    Neuroscientist. Author. Cannabinoid Medicine Leader.

    Dr. Michele Ross is Founder and Executive Director of the Denver-based cannabis research & education 501c3 nonprofit IMPACT Network.

    As a neuroscientist, she was frustrated by the lack of education on the endocannabinoid system both doctors and scientists received, despite medical cannabis being used by millions of patients nationwide. In 2013, she founded the "Endocannabinoid Deficiency Foundation," now known as IMPACT Network, with the mission to drive clinical research on cannabis for women’s health.


    Dr. Ross is both a cannabinoid medicine researcher and a cannabis patient. After being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, neuropathy, and chronic pelvic pain, cannabis was the only thing that reduced her symptoms and allowed her to return to work. After hearing thousands of extraordinary patient stories just like hers, Dr. Ross was compelled to ensure cannabis becomes part of the American healthcare system.


    Dr. Ross is a proud advocate of botanical and psychedelic medicine, and has formulated and marketed nutraceuticals for companies around the globe. She has also been a leader in digital health and education, crafting continuing medical education for health professionals as well as creating online communities for patients. She is also author of two books, “Train Your Brain to Get Thin” and “Vitamin Weed: A 4-Step Plan to Prevent and Reverse Endocannabinoid Deficiency.” Dr. Ross holds a Doctorate in Neuroscience from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and has researched addiction, mental health, and psychopharmacology for over a decade.


    Today, IMPACT Network is the leading medical cannabis research and education organization for women, with global reach to a worldwide medical cannabis community of patients, healthcare professionals, and clinical partners. To donate or learn more about IMPACT Network, visit www.impactcannabis.org.


  • What I Do

    Answers to Your Burning Questions

    What topics do you speak on?

    • Cannabis 101: A 60 minute overview on the endocannabinoid system, cannabinoids and terpenes including the difference between THC and CBD, routes of cannabis administration, laws specific to your city and state, and Q&A.
    • Cannabinoid Medicine Bootcamp: A 1 or 2 day workshop providing an in-depth education on the endocannabinoid system, past and current cannabis research studies, clinical application of cannabinoid medicine, and institutional challenges to implementing patient care.
    • Cannabis for Women's Health: A 60 minute overview of gender differences in endocannabinoid system location and function, regulation by estrogen, role of the endocannabinoid system in disorders of women's health including menopause, pelvic pain, endometriosis, and breast cancer, and clinical treatment of women's health conditions with cannabis.
    • Cannabis for Cancer: A 60 minute overview of the role of the endocannabinoid system in cancer, past and current clinical research studies on cannabis and cancer, and clinical treatment of cancer subtypes with cannabis.
    • Cannabis for Seniors: A 60 minute overview of the role of the endocannabinoid system in aging, past and current clinical research studies on cannabis and disorders of aging including Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, osteoporosis, pain, and glaucoma, clinical treatment of disorders of aging, and risks and benefits of medical and recreational use in seniors.
    • Cannabis for Mental Health: A 60 minute overview of the role of the endocannabinoid system in mental health, past and current clinical research studies on cannabis and mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and PTSD, and clinical treatment of mental health disorders with cannabis.
    • Cannabis for Brain Health: A 60 minute overview of the role of the endocannabinoid system in brain health, past and current clinical research studies on cannabis and brain health conditions including traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), migraine, epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease, and clinical treatment of brain health disorders with cannabis.
      • Cannabis for Autoimmune Disorders: A 60 minute overview of the role of the endocannabinoid system in autoimmune disorders, past and current clinical research studies on cannabis and autoimmune disorders including fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus, Crohn's disease, and lyme disease, and clinical treatment of autoimmune disorders with cannabis.
      • Cannabis for Children: A 60 minute overview of the role of the endocannabinoid system in pregnancy, breastfeeding, and childhood, past and current clinical research studies on cannabis and pediatric disorders including epilepsy, brain cancer, leukemia, depression, anxiety, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and risks and benefits of clinical treatment of children with cannabis.
      • Vitamin Weed: Treatment and Prevention of Endocannabinoid Deficiency: A 120 minute overview of the role of the endocannabinoid system in disease, ways to diagnose endocannabinoid deficiency, past and current clinical research studies on disorders of endocannainoid deficiency including migraine, irritable bowel disease (IBD), and fibromyalgia, and clinical treatment of endocannabinoid deficiency.
      • Pharmacogenomics of Cannabis Use: A 60 minute overview of the genes controlling the endocannabinoid system as well as the liver enzymes that break down cannabinoids, what mutations in these genes mean for response to cannabis treatment as well as interactions between CBD and medications, and past and current clinical research studies on pharmacogenomics of cannabis treatment.
      • Accelerating Clinical Cannabis Research: A 60 minute overview of cannabis research past, present and future will highlight how much yet how little we know. Strategies to obtain funding and IRB-approval for cannabis research, methods to standardize data collection and analysis, publication opportunities, and product development pipelines will be reviewed. Opportunities to collaborate on research, share data, and advocate for smart cannabis policy through IMPACT Network will be presented.
      • Love and Marijuana: A 60 minute overview of using cannabis to manage stress, spark your sex life, connect with yourself and your partner, and provide a sound foundation for personal and spiritual growth.
      • No Fear: Letting your purpose take the steering wheel when the path ahead gets rocky. Dr. Ross shares her personal stories of tragedy and success and the lessons she has learned from both.
      • DMT: The 5 minute Psychotherapist: Dr. Ross shares personal stories of the power of DMT to unload years of emotional baggage and trauma as well as the science behind why it can be a more painless and effective treatment than years of therapy.
      • Psychedelics: Reconnecting Your Mind and Soul: Psychedelics have the power to rewire your brain, find your purpose, and change your life forever. Dr. Ross helps you overcome fear of the unknown and guides you through responsible and purposeful use of psychedelics as well as the science behind them.
      • Design Your Own: Dr. Ross is an expert that can speak to many topics regarding cannabis, psychedelic medicine, sexual health, digital health, overcoming personal challenges, starting a successful nonprofit, female empowerment, and patient advocacy. She can customize a topic to suit you and your organization’s specific needs.

      What is your speaking fee?

      My speaking fee is dependent on the time and travel commitment, content requested, and type of organization that is requesting. My minimum fee is $1000, and no speaking request offers outside of Colorado under that amount will be responded to. Please click on the "Book Me" button if you have a serious speaking request.

      Can you testify or lobby for cannabis legalization or addition of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana?

      Yes! I am a passionate patient, researcher, and advocate experienced at testifying in multiple states and lobbying at the city, state and federal government level. However, travel and lodging need to be paid for at the minimum as my nonprofit IMPACT Network cannot cover these costs. If an organization does not have the funding to pay for travel costs, I would be willing to provide a letter of support as well as provide any other resources for your legislative campaign. Please click "Book Me" in the top menu to arrange an advocacy opportunity.

      What kind of research do you do?

      Our clinical research at IMPACT Network is focused on Cannabis for Women's Health. This includes safety of cannabis use in women on hormonal birth control or hormone therapy, risks and benefits of cannabis use for menopause, pelvic pain, endometriosis, migraine, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, anxiety, depression, autoimmune disorders, and more.


      Want to support our research efforts financially, volunteer your time, or join our research team? Contact us at www.impactcannabis.org. Want to be contacted for current or future cannabis studies that you are good match for? Click on "Marijuana Research" in the top menu and fill out IMPACT Network's form.

      Do you formulate cannabis products or nutraceuticals?

      Yes! Please note I do not own my own MIPS or cannabis testing lab, but can provide consulting in conjunction with partners. Serious inquiries please click "Book Me" in the top menu.

      Do you do patient consulting?

      I have limited capacity for cannabis patient consultations and will be onboarding additional staff to help with consultations. All potential clients must be advised that consultation are $150 for the first visit or call and $75 thereafter. Patient support groups online or in-person are free for patients who have had an initial consultation. Serious requests for patient consultations can be made through our online booking service: CLICK HERE.

      Didn't I just see you on TV?

      Yes, in 2009 I was the first female scientist to star on a reality television in the world, starring on the #1 rated summer CBS series Big Brother 11. I've guest starred on numerous on other series and talk shows since then, talking on topics related to science, mental health, women's health, and cannabis, and am a trained TV host. These shows often show repeats, and you can find me on multiple networks on any given month. I'm currently available for media appearances, please use the "Book Me" button in the top menu.

      Do you do sponsored posts?

      Yes! I have a verified Twitter account with 100,000 followers, and over 50,000 followers combined on my Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and other social accounts. These accounts are a combination of cannabis & non-cannabis users, and all real and engaged followers. I can also write guest blogs or sponsored blog posts on my own domains. Please contact me via Book Me button at the top menu if you are interested in me posting to promote your business. I will not respond to offers for less than $100.

      Can you send me marijuana, mushrooms, or DMT?

      Absolutely not. Unfortunately, despite each of the psychedelic medicines having tremendous therapeutic potential for multiple medical conditions, these are all Schedule 1 drugs in the United States. No matter how sick or desperate you or your loved one is, I cannot risk committing multiple felonies to help you. I hope you understand, and we work very hard at IMPACT Network to change federal, state and city laws to provide compassionate access to all patients.

      When is your book Vitamin Weed coming out?

      In Winter 2017! Thank you for being patient, the wait is worth it.

    • Contact Dr. Ross

      For all other requests, including media requests, major nonprofit donors or research sponsors, or other consulting projects, please use the contact form below.

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      My Favorite Products I Use Daily

      THC Molecule Necklace
      Gold plated necklace with molecular structure of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis. 100% proceeds benefit 501c3 nonprofit IMPACT Network, which provides clinical research & education services on cannabis for women's health. www.impactcannabis.org EIN#46-5540786.
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    • Speaking Engagements

      Where in the World is Dr. Ross?

      February 24, 2018

      C.E.A.S.E Conference - Oklahoma City, OK



      October 19-20, 2017

      Colorado Cancer Coalition Symposium - Denver, CO

      October 11-14, 2017

      Drug Policy Reform Conference - Atlanta, GA http://www.reformconference.org/

      August 7-10, 2017

      May 12, 2017

      Keynote Medical Marijuana: Myths, Facts and Current Research - Marshall Medical School, Antigua

      April 30, 2017

      April 28-30, 2017

      Institute for Cannabis Research (ICR) 2017 - Pueblo, CO https://www.csupueblo.edu/institute-of-cannabis-research/2017-conference/

      April 21-23, 2017

      O'Cannabiz Conference - Toronto, Canada http://ocannabiz.com/

      April 12, 2017

      Denver NORML Meeting - Denver, CO https://www.facebook.com/events/371813883218678/

      April 6, 2017

      Knowledge and Network: "Healing the Addiction Epidemic with Cannabis" - Denver, CO https://www.eventbrite.com/e/knowledge-and-network-co-healing-the-addiction-epidemic-with-cannabis-tickets-32713104777

      March 31-April 1, 2017

      February 2-3, 2017

      Women Grow Summit - Denver, CO http://womengrow.com/summit/

    • Press

      Dr. Michele Ross Covered By the Media

      Marijuana Retail Report

      MMJ Reporter

      Blue Diamond Ventures, Inc. (OTCMKTS:BLDV) Announces Strategic Additions - http://mmjreporter.com/blue-diamond-ventures-inc-otcmktsbldv-announces-strategic-additions-30795.html


      Microdosing With Cannabis: Benefits Without the Buzz - https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/microdosing-weed-guide

      Cannabis Health Radio

      Episode 135: Neuroscientist Dr. Michele Ross Says Without Cannabis She Would Have Killed Herself - https://cannabishealthradio.com/2017/05/episode-135-neuroscientist-dr-michele-ross-says-without-cannabis-she-would-have-killed-herself

      Denver Westword

      IMPACT Nets $10,000 Grant for Marijuana Research From the Drug Policy Alliance - http://www.westword.com/marijuana/impact-nets-10-000-grant-for-marijuana-research-from-the-drug-policy-alliance-8369413

      Reset with Amber Lyon

      ‘Vitamin Weed’: Neuroscientist says cannabis oil slows down aging process - http://reset.me/podcast/vitamin-weed-neuroscientist-says-cannabis-oil-slows-aging-process/

      Women of Cannabiz


      Lack of Funding and Support Leaves Cannabis Research In the Dark - https://www.thekindland.com/policy/lack-of-funding-and-support-leaves-cannabis-research-in-the-2370


      Vitamin Weed? How Small, Daily Doses Of Cannabis Could Unlock Optimum Health

      - http://reset.me/story/vitamin-weed-small-daily-doses-cannabis-unlock-optimum-health/

      National Pain Report

      Marijuana Industry News

      IMPACT Network Hosts First Colorado Conference on Cancer and Cannabis - http://mjinews.com/impact-network-hosts-first-colorado-conference-on-cancer-and-cannabis/


      Marijuana Industry News

      Coalition in Colorado Forms to Oppose THC Potency Cap - http://mjinews.com/coalition-in-colorado-forms-to-oppose-thc-potency-cap/

      Denver Westword

      CannaInsider Podcast

      Neuroscientist Talks The Science of Cannabis & Psychedelics - http://www.cannainsider.com/dr-michele-ross/

      Marijuana Industry News

      Dive into the Science and Medicine of Cannabis - http://mjinews.com/dive-into-the-science-and-medicine-of-cannabis/

      Mystery School in Hyperspace: A Cultural History of DMT

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