For International Women’s Day, Cannabis Wealth is highlighting some of the women that have spearheaded, shaped and shook up the cannabis industry.
From business and industry leaders to campaigners, patients and parents – the cannabis industry features a wealth of women who are cultivating success through this humble yet powerful plant.
For cannabis in the UK, it has been women who have paved the way for policy change, women who feature in boardrooms, women who are helping to spearhead research and women who are speaking up and taking control of their own and their family’s health with cannabis.
Here we celebrate just some of the females that are making their mark on the nascent cannabis industry.
The industry leaders
Dr Annabelle Manalo-Morgan, lead scientific advisor, Flora Growth
Dr Manalo-Morgan is a scientist, educator, author, mother of five, and a respected key opinion leader. She is a cell and developmental biologist from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, with a background in neuroscience from Georgetown University. She earned her PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology with a focus in Cardio-Oncology and has since become a philanthropist and entrepreneur focused on pharmaceutical innovation and clinical trial research in medical cannabis.
As the lead scientific advisor at Flora Growth Corp, Dr Manalo-Morgan consults on medical cannabis legalisation, standards, and protocols for a variety of countries and markets. More specifically, Manalo-Morgan has dived into a diversity of research initiatives in hopes of encouraging a more embodied approach to precision medicine, where communication between scientists, doctors, and everyone in between can be better implemented.
She is leading what could be the UK’s first NHS trial on cannabinoids for fibromyalgia and chronic pain, in partnership with the University of Manchester, which hopes to start this year, currently subject to ethics committee approval.