Project CBD contributing writers
Jahan Marcu, Ph.D., has over 15 years of experience in academic research, industry, and government relations. Dr. Marcu is presently the Chief Operations Officer, Director of Experimental Pharmacology and Behavioral Research at International Research Center on Cannabis and Mental Health (IRCCMH), which he co-founded. Dr. Marcu is the former Chief Science Officer at Americans for Safe Access (a medical cannabis advocacy non-profit) and former Director of their Patient Focused Certification program, which is a health and safety oversight program that assesses regulatory compliance at cannabis operations. Dr. Marcu published the first direct measurements of THC and CBD synergy, for which he received the Billy Martin research award from the International Cannabinoid Research Society. His Ph.D. focused on solving the structure and function of the CB1 receptor as well as investigating the role of the endocannabinoid system in bone. He has also developed pharmacogenomics testing technology, used commercially and in research studies to predict drug-drug interactions with cannabis, as well as using the technology to guide dosing and administration forms for patients.
Nishi Whiteley, a business development and marketing consultant, is the author of Chronic Relief: A Guide to Cannabis for the Terminally & Chronically Ill. Prior to her current work as a medical cannabis educator, Whitely was the director of international marketing at the Texas Department of Agriculture and a fertilizers industry trends analyst for the Elsevier Group. Through her writing and speaking, Whiteley seeks to bridge the gap between cannabis science and safe application.