What’s in a Strain: Your Cannabis Fingerprint



There is no scientific definition of a plant “strain” because plants don’t have strains–only bacteria and fungi have strains, yet states use strain names to track cannabis from seed-to-sale.

A conversation between two doctors about the helpful chemical compounds that define different cannabis varieties, which are scientifically called chemical variants or “chemovars”.

Dr. Andrea Small-Howard (PhD, MBA)
Dr. Pepper Hernandez (CTC, ND, CNHP)

Dr. Andrea Small-Howard
The Chief Science Officer at GB Sciences, Inc., Dr. Small-Howard is working to advance clinical research on medicinal applications of cannabinoid compounds.

Dr. Andrea Small-Howard leverages broad biopharmaceutical industry knowledge and contacts in her current roles as the Chief Science Officer and member of the Board of Directors at both GB Sciences, Inc. (OTCQB:GBLX) and their newly-formed, Canadian subsidiary, GBS Global Biopharma, Inc. (Ottawa, Canada).

Dr. Small-Howard brings to GBS her passion for advancing clinical research on medicinal applications of cannabinoid compounds, pre-clinical experience in conducting cannabinoid research, a track record of successes in the management of biopharmaceutical companies, and a strategic vision for creating a novel drug discovery engine and biopharmaceutical drug development program for disease-specific, cannabis-based therapeutics.

Dr. Small-Howard has more than 20 years’ experience studying cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system, immunology and cancer treatments; as well as executive experience in the biopharmaceutical industry where she supervised research and development, manufacturing and quality control divisions in both US and global divisions. She took the lead in obtaining regulatory approvals from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“US FDA”) and numerous international regulatory agencies; and she has assisted multiple state jurisdictions in developing medical cannabis regulations.

Dr. Small-Howard received her AB from Occidental College (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa), in addition to receiving both an MBA (Beta Gamma Sigma) and a PhD (USC All-University Merit Fellow) in biological sciences from USC. As a post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Small-Howard led a project group dedicated to the study of cannabinoids in the immune system and published peer-reviewed papers on the subject. Dr. Small-Howard has held management positions at AMDL, Inc. (a small public biotech company), where she took the lead in every stage of product development from discovery through commercialization. As VP of Scientific Oversight at Radient Pharmaceuticals Corp. (RPC), she provided strategic product development and regulatory oversight across multiple international business divisions. At RPC, she also played an active role in creating collaboration agreements with development partners and research institutions, and she contributed to critical licensing and distribution agreements. For a four-year term, she served on the Board of Directors for the Center for Healthcare Innovation, a nonprofit, non-partisan, and independent organization based in Chicago that is committed to serving as a catalyst for stimulating ideas, people, companies, and institutions to collaborate and achieve excellence in healthcare innovation.

Dr. Pepper Hernandez
Dr. Pepper Hernandez is at the forefront of a new kind of holistic medicine that uses cannabis as a therapeutic instrument.

Dr. Hernandez holds an ND Doctorate in Classical Naturopathy and Traditional Naturopathy. She is presently working on her Post Doctoral Studies DNM, as well as pursuing her PhD studies in Transpersonal Psychology. As her values and purpose evolve, she chooses to work on a deeper level with clients as a spiritual educator.

She calls this type of work Quantum Alignment Therapy® This includes working with balance of nutrition through food and supplementation, energy alignment and chakra balancing.

Quantum Alignment Therapy is type of Holistic Nutritional Counseling that combines the meaning of holistic, to heal, while emphasizing the organic and functional relationship between different parts of the body. This allows treatment of the body as a whole and giving the body what is needed to make changes to fuel it properly. Most clients discover healing from within also contributes greatly to overall health and wellness. Hernandez uses raw and living medicinal foods, edible flowers, herbs, spices, therapeutic teas, vitamins, minerals, and essential oils all as part of her nutritional care of healing.

Therapies that are used include Quantum Alignment, Raw Foods, Cannabis Therapy, Reiki, Energy Work,Yoga Postures, Mind Body Connection, Meditation, Breath/Prana, Tai Chi, Strength Training, Muscle Testing, Iris Analysis, Connection of the Divine

This video is from the Microscopes & Machines conference in LA.

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