Michele Ross, PhD
Dr. Michele Ross is Founder, Executive Director, and President of the Denver-based 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 make medical cannabis treatment a first-line therapy for patients by educating patients, healthcare professionals and policy makers and driving clinical cannabis research.
Dr. Ross is both a cannabinoid medicine researcher and a cannabis patient. After being diagnosed with fibromyalgia and neuropathy, 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 has leveraged her 15 minutes of fame as the first female scientist on reality television, starring on the hit CBS show Big Brother 11, to be the scientist next door your grandma can ask about marijuana. 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 10 years. A selection of her scientific papers is available on Google Scholar.
Today, IMPACT Network is a leading medical cannabis research, education, and advocacy organization with global reach to the worldwide medical cannabis community of patients, healthcare professionals, and clinical partners.