Each Wednesday, meet a new woman changing the landscape of the cannabis industry.
Jessica Knox, MD MBA MPH, co-founder of Doctors Knox, is an endocannabinologist. An endocannabinologist is a “medical doctor that specializes in the function, dysfunction, and modulation of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) with cannabinoids and cannabimimetic therapeutics.”
At Ellementa’s sister site, Her Canna Life, we interviewed Jessica about her work in the medical cannabis industry and her vision to change the medical industry from the inside out. Below is a preview of our conversation:
What is your cannabis origin story?
Believe it or not, my MOTHER got me started on my current path, and she continues to lead the way to this day! I am one of four physicians in my family, and we all practice endocannabinology now. My mom was the first to start working in the cannabis space back in 2011. What started as just covering for a colleague in a medical cannabis card clinic became a full-blown passion project when my mom sought to learn why all these patients were finding relief with cannabis. What she learned changed the course of not only her career but also of her family’s careers: The endocannabinoid system is the reason patients find relief with cannabis, and it was finally time for someone to specialize in this system. For me, this revelation unlocked a whole new way of practicing medicine that finally aligned with my own core values and principles. In shifting my clinical focus to the endocannabinoid system, I happily and eagerly exchanged the prescription-centric model of care in which I was trained for a holistic model of care rooted in nutrition, botanical medicine, physical activity, and mind-body therapies like deep breathing, meditation, massage, etc.
What is your Superpower?
My superpower is communicating complex scientific and medical ideas to non-scientific/non-medical people so that these concepts become more broadly accessible and actionable.