Growing up caregiving to a parent with Parkinson’s disease, Ina discovered early on that there were clinical implications for the use of cannabis in the medical treatment of Parkinson’s disease and its associated symptoms. She went on to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Neuroscience as she worked in the healthcare field. In all her experiences in healthcare and education in the natural and behavioral sciences, it was to her dismay that the only animal biological system completely overlooked was the endocannabinoid system.
As an advocate for holistic health and wellness, she believes patients should have basic human rights to access all beneficial therapeutic treatments. Ina hopes to start an important conversation that removes the stigma around cannabis so that we can begin to address whether cannabis can be an effective and safe substitute to opioid therapy and other medical treatments. She believes it is our civic duty to promote the execution of adequate and well-controlled studies in academic medical research that explore the chemical properties of cannabis and overall safety and efficacy of cannabinoid medicine. Ina joins Ellementa in empowering women with trusted resources on the clinical applications of cannabis and reliable information on the healing effects of cannabis for a wide array of ailments.
Ohio is one of the top five states experiencing the highest rates of opioid overdose death in the USA. Cuyahoga County, home to the city of Cleveland, lost more lives to overdose this year than any other Ohio county. Enter: Cannabis. Observational studies have found that state legalization of cannabis is associated with a decrease in opioid addiction and opioid-related overdose deaths. Ina hopes to help free the fear around this plant so that people can investigate the potential cannabis ultimately has to serve humankind as medicine, fiber, food, and fuel.