Mahmoud A. ElSohly, PhD

Scientific Advisor

Dr. ElSohly is one of the world’s foremost experts in cannabis science. A Research Professor at the National Center for Natural Products Research and Professor of Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi (UM), he is also President and Laboratory Director of ElSohly Laboratories (ELI) in Oxford, Mississippi. At UM, Dr. ElSohly also serves as the Director of the Marijuana Project under contract with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). He holds more than 30 patents covering several processes and drug discovery topics in the area of natural products and cannabis research. A graduate of Pharmacy from the University of Cairo, Dr. ElSohly obtained his PhD in Pharmacognosy from the University of Pittsburgh. He has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals and regularly presents at national and international scientific conferences.


Donald I. Abrams, MD

Scientific Advisor, Chief Hematology/Oncology at UCSF

Dr. Donald I. Abrams is a cancer and integrative medicine specialist at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Mount Zion. Dr. Abrams provides integrative medicine consultations for cancer patients and has completed research in complementary and alternative therapies including mind-body treatments, botanical therapies, medical use of marijuana and traditional Chinese medicine herbal therapies.

In addition to his role at the Osher Center, Abrams continues to practice general oncology at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where he was chief of Hematology-Oncology from 2003 to 2017. Previously at the forefront in HIV/AIDS research and treatment, Abrams completed a fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona in 2004 and subsequently stepped down from HIV practice to devote more time to integrative oncology. He continues to research the health effects of medical cannabis. He co-edited the textbook Integrative Oncology, published by Oxford University Press, with Dr. Andrew Weil. In 2010, Dr. Abrams served as president of the Society for Integrative Oncology.