Cannabis: Panacea, Placebo, or Poison?
Due to recent changes in state laws, a majority of the US
population now has legal access to cannabis. As of January 2018, California
commenced the sale of cannabis to anyone over the age of 21, making it the
largest legal cannabis market out of any state or country in the world. However
decades of research restrictions have led to popular belief and anecdotal
stories far outnumbering actual scientific knowledge. Depending on who you ask,
cannabis is a panacea that cures disease, a placebo that has no real effect, or
a poison that harms the user. Dr. Jeff Chen, MD/MBA, Director of the UCLA Cannabis
Research Initiative, will separate some of the biggest facts from fiction about
cannabis to help you make the most informed choices, and teach us about some of
the latest emerging research about the health effects of this controversial
Dr. Jeff Chen MD/MBA is a physician, researcher, and social entrepreneur pioneering cannabis research and commercialization. He is a thought leader on cannabis policy, science, and business, and has spent the last 4 years operating at the intersection of cannabis academia, industry, nonprofits, and government to accelerate cannabis research. Jeff is the Founder and Director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, one of the first university programs in the world dedicated to cannabis. At age 29, he is one of the youngest Directors of a major university research initiative in America.
Dr. Chen is a graduate of the specialized MD/MBA program at UCLA—while a graduate student, he created some of the nation’s first cannabis science & business conferences, cannabis science and business clubs, and cannabis courses at an American University. Dr. Chen has spoken on the topic of cannabis at venues ranging from the RAND Corporation and Senator Feinstein’s Office to the Yale School of Management and Nexus. His work has been covered by outlets ranging from Rolling Stone and Vogue, to NBC News and the Wall Street Journal.
Dr. Chen is a David Geffen Fellow, U.S. patent holder, and published author in cancer research. He is a member of the Helena Group, Sandbox, and Nexus. He was named a “Globalshaper” by the World Economic Forum and is a Schusterman Foundation Reality Impact Alumni. Dr. Chen graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University, where he studied Biology, Business, and Music. He has been a lifelong musician, having sung at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Vatican, and on weekends you can often find him singing and playing guitar on the Venice Beach boardwalk.