Alexa Peters is a Seattle-based freelance writer and editor with a specialty in arts & culture, wellness, and lifestyle journalism, as well as content writing. My cannabis and CBD-focused work has appeared in Leafly, CannabisMD, Healthline, Green Valley Nation, and many other publications.
Dr. Baran Erdik found his medical passion in Cardiology and Internal Medicine, where he now specializes. Since graduating summa cum laude, with a Master’s in Healthcare Administration and Policy from Washington State University, Dr. Erdik found his calling as a consultant for hospitals around the world.
Dr. Diana Rangaves is Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D). She graduated from the University of California, San Francisco and specializes in pharmacotherapy management. Diana has a broad range of acute clinical background and ambulatory care. She was an academic college professor; teaching critical thinking, ethics, pharmacology, addiction, behavior patterns, pharmacy, and nursing. As a Clinical Pharmacist, she is focused on chronic or disease state management.
Dr Shane McKeown is a UK clinician with experience in both Medicine and Surgery. With a strong background in education, he currently teaches all grades of doctor and sits as examiner for foreign medical staff looking to work in the United Kingdom. Working within rehabilitation and therapy, he utilizes complementary treatments like CBD to provide holistic care where it is most effective. His expertise with CBD continues to be called upon by numerous brands to optimise their product offerings.
Dr. Carlie Bell-Biggins has over 10 years’ experience in the natural health care industry. As a licensed natural medicine physician she practices holistic medicine at a thriving medical practice in Pearland, TX. She is a guest lecturer at the Houston Academy of Cannabis Science where she presents on a variety of cannabis related topics including the endocannabinoid system and the medicinal benefits of the phytocannabinoids.
Gleb Oleinik is a freelance health writer and Journalist from Vancouver, Canada. He’s read thousands of research studies about various supplement ingredients, enabling him to translate complex health information into simple language. Gleb specializes in CBD and has personally tried and reviewed dozens of CBD products. He’s knowledgeable about the ins and outs of the CBD industry as well as the science and research behind this popular natural remedy.
Heather Allman has worked in the higher education, reviewing, writing, and public speaking industries for over two decades. After earning her Bachelor and Master of Arts in English Education, she taught for 13 years at the University of West Florida in both the English and Communication Arts Departments. She also holds a Cannabis Fundamentals Certification from Green-Flower. From her current home in Pensacola, Florida, Heather works as a freelance U.S. Cannabis Journalist for the Cannabis Law Report and CBD World News, among others. She has educated and advocated for cannabis and CBD use on television, radio, and several podcasts. In May 2020, Heather was selected by the National Cannabis Information Project to be the Medical Cannabis Patient Speaker for their media briefing on "Cannabis Industry Response to COVID-19, as covered by Forbes and Bloomberg. She is a member of the National Association of Cannabis Businesses, where she holds a seat on their Sustainability National Standards Board.
Jacqueline Havelka is a biomedical engineer from Texas A&M University and a rocket scientist-turned-writer who worked as a NASA aerospace contractor for many years. In 2017, she founded her own medical and technical writing company, Inform Scientific, and is a regular contributor to Leafly.
Janelle is a writer, artist and cannabis/cannabidiol (CBD) expert. Her works have appeared in a variety of top-tier publications including Forbes, Rolling Stone, BBC and VICE. She’s also the co-founder of The Full Spectrum Revolution, a cannabis publication dedicated to educational and lifestyle cannabis content.
Joan Oleck is a freelance writer currently specializing in the cannabis industry and cannabis tech. She has been an editor and reporter on staff for such publications as Forbes.com, Business Week, Newsday and The Detroit News. She won the Jesse Neal Award for best feature series in a trade publication, Restaurant Business, and a GLAAD Award for a Salon story about discrimination in adoption against single and gay parents
Kaitlin Domangue is a cannabis copy and content writer. She has worked with dozens of amazing brands and companies to create content that drives traffic, educates consumers, and generates sales. In addition to her work with brands, she is gearing up to begin teaching other people how to be a freelance writer. She specializes in producing articles loaded with scientific evidence. Kaitlin is a wife and mother to three daughters, a Christian, and a medical cannabis patient.
Karhlyle Fletcher is an active and motivated freelance cannabis journalist based out of Detroit, Michigan. Since February of 2019 he has continually practiced within the writing industry, and specialized in cannabis content. With a background in fiction writing and media production, his keen eye for style and substance allow his content a casual grace. Aiming to bridge the generation gap between scientists and consumers, Karhlyle Fletcher is always developing the cannabis conversation.
Dr. Katelyn Lutz is an independent, clinical pharmacy consultant who graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program. She is a well-rounded pharmacist with nearly 10 years of pharmacy experience working across various settings, including retail pharmacy, inpatient pharmacy, managed care pharmacy, pharmacoeconomics, comparative effectiveness research, and pharmacy operations. Katelyn has held regional and national positions within several pharmacy organizations where she cultivated relationships with key stakeholders in the healthcare space.
Kimberly Sharpe was born and raised in Oregon where she became a strong advocate for the legalization of medicinal and recreational marijuana. Now, living in the sunshine state of Florida, she continues to push for nationwide cannabis reform and federal legalization. Through her writing, she strives to educate and enlighten readers about the cannabis plant and its many uses.
Dr. Leonard Haberman is a physician and chemist who has been involved in solving chemical and medical problems for 43 years. He graduated from New York University as a dual major in chemistry and biology and went on to obtain a PhD in chemistry from the University of Minnesota where his focus was synthetic methods. He spent 18 years with the Shell organization, working in a mixture of technical and business roles. He returned to the university in 2005, graduating with an MD degree in 2009. He has published in the open literature and in the proprietary literature of the Shell organization. He holds two patents and currently works as a consultant, assisting clients with projects within the disciplines of medicine and chemistry that have potential business applications.
Luca Marani is an educator and content creator from Italy. He graduated in 2017 from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, with a Master of Arts in Political Philosophy, writing a dissertation on what was the state of the medical cannabis legislative framework in Spain at the time, and how it affected the rights of the Spanish medical cannabis users community to dignity and quality of life.
Marike has a keen interest in everything CBD. After starting her own journey managing chronic pain with CBD, she realized just how little objective advice there is out there. Today she advises fellow entrepreneurs who are getting into the private label CBD industry on what consumers value most, and what they need to do to provide the best possible product they can.
The clinicians in our team bring their experience from across the spectrum of medical specialties, as well as their perspective from years of clinical practice, research, and patient advocacy. Medical Review, provided by members of Leafreport’s team, ensures that our content is accurate, current, and patient-focused.
Dr. Muhammad Usman is a doctor, nutritionist, researcher, and CBD enthusiast- all in one! Graduating from a prestigious medical institution with honors, Dr. Usman is also a member of the Royal College of Physicians. He is an avid research with more than two dozen publications in peer-reviewed journals. With these qualifications, he has helped many people reach their health and fitness goals.
Nicholas Demski is a cannabis writer, marketer, and philosopher. He blends his B.S. in Biology from Central Michigan University with his background in poetry and creative writing to create thoughtful content about cannabinoids and their purpose on Earth. To better understand the nature of the cannabis plant, he has traveled to four continents and eight countries to explore how cannabis and its compounds are being utilized around the world.
Rory is a nutritional therapist, providing personalised nutrition, lifestyle and exercise solutions to individuals. He graduated from the University of Exeter with a BSc in Exercise & Sports Sciences, and recently from CNELM with an MSc in Personalised Nutrition. His expertise lies in tailoring cannabis based medicines to individuals, using nutritional genomics and biochemistry. Rory has worked with CBD start-ups since 2015, advising on product formulations, quality control and education on the effects of cannabis on health and well-being. In his spare time, Rory enjoys mountain biking, immersing himself in nature and practicing yoga.
Sarah Ratliff is a corporate America escapee, turned eco-organic farmer, writer, entrepreneur and published book author. Sarah has bylines with Merry Jane, Big Buds, Cannabis Tech, Civilized, CBD Snapshot and High Times. Along with writing about CBD and cannabis, Sarah writes about gender & race advocacy, health, addiction & mental health, geopolitics and the environment. Sarah and her husband live on an eco-organic farm on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico.
Dr. Stephanie Nichols is a practicing, licensed Naturopathic Physician in Arizona. In her practice, she helps her patients resolve their health concerns through an integrative, functional medicine approach. Her focus is on digestive issues, mental health, autoimmunity, and hormonal concerns. Dr. Stephanie utilizes a combination of herbal therapies, such as CBD, lifestyle, and dietary changes to help people transform their health. She knows first hand the efficacy of herbal treatments. She graduated with honors, from the highly esteemed Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona.
Trista Best is a Registered Dietitian, Public Health Dietitian, and former college Nutrition Professor. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2009, Masters of Public Health Nutrition from Liberty University in 2014, and Bachelors of Science in Food and Environmental Sciences from the University of Alabama in 2018. Her dietetic background is in Public Health, Medical Grade Supplements, and Childhood Nutrition.
Valerie Usher is a health journalist who covers the topics of CBD, mental health, women’s health and careers. In 2017, she graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a degree in Integrative Studies. Her concentrations were in health and society. In college, Valerie excelled in scientific research study and soon began reading studies on CBD. She’s been ghostwriting and content writing about CBD and cannabis since 2017. Valerie is mainly interested in the way CBD aids in mental health.
Zoe Sigman is a freelance cannabis science writer, editor, and educator. She is currently Broccoli Magazine’s Science Editor, and previously served as the Program Director for Project CBD. She has testified about CBD and cannabis regulation to the FDA, and regularly speaks about cannabis and cannabis science to patients, medical professionals, and consumers.
Dr. Zora DeGrandpre practices naturopathic medicine (home visits) in rural Washington and is a professional medical and scientific writer and editor, specializing in naturopathic, functional, botanical and integrative medicine. Dr. DeGrandpre has degrees in drug design, immunology and natural medicine and has extensive research experience in cancer and molecular immunology. In her practice, Dr DeGrandpre has found the use of CBD with elderly patients and others to be safe and clinically effective. She brings to all her writing a straightforward approach that is accurate, clear and authentic.