Meet the Expert: Dr. Uma Dhanabalan

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Dr. Uma Dhanabalan
August 30, 2022
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Holistic treatment promotes an individual’s well-being by considering the various parts of the whole person. It includes their body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Dr. Uma Dhanabalan is an advocate for this form of healing.

Dr. Uma Dhanabalan’s approach to holistic treatment also includes alternate forms of medicine, including cannabis. As you continue reading, you’ll discover how this remarkable woman has made a significant contribution to the marijuana world

Forging her own path

After three attempts at studying medicine, Dr. Uma Dhanabalan succeeded in her fourth effort. Cannabis as an alternative medical treatment was never part of her plan as a physician, though.

Dr. Uma Dhanabalan developed a different view of marijuana following her mother’s passing from a lung disease in 2012. She realized that the choice to support medical cannabis was entirely up to her.

Dr. Dhanabalan began researching and learning more about this federally illegal drug. The more she learned, the more enthusiastic she became about it. 

Dr. Uma Dhanabalan began forging her own path as a physician by writing her first recommendation to the state of Washington supporting medical marijuana. She continued to pursue efforts in reforming the government’s policy on cannabis.

Dr. Uma Dhanabalan

Academic achievements

After many years of research, study, and experience as a physician, Dr. Uma Dhanabalan finally understood healing with Integrative Cannabinology, Cannabinoid Medicine, and Functional Endxocannabinology.

Dr. Uma Dhanabalan’s bio includes the following academic achievements:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Rutgers University
  • Medical Degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark
  • A Family Practice Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina
  • Masters in Public Health and Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency and Fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston
  • Certified by the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine and the Medical Review Officer Certification Council

Learning the true value of cannabis

In her pursuit to understand cannabis and its effects on our bodies, Dr. Uma Dhanabalan learned its true value. She encountered information on the bodies’ endocannabinoid system (ECS), which was never present in her medical or subsequent studies.

Dr. Uma Dhanabalan discovered how the ECS has receptors throughout the body that interact with cannabis after absorption. The interaction of cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, found in marijuana, has led to many people experiencing relief from various ailments.

Learning the actual benefits of cannabis has helped Dr. Uma Dhanabalan to realize that the stigma attached to this medicinal herb is more political. Marijuana poses no serious threat, and there have been no real fatalities related to its use.

She believes that more cannabis research is needed, especially its impact on the body’s ECS. Another one of her strong beliefs is that people require proper education relating to marijuana use and its benefits.  

As a result, Dr. Uma Dhanabalan has made it her mission to educate others and create an awareness of cannabis as a medicine. Once armed with this knowledge, users might avoid misuse, and patients no longer need to experience the restriction on marijuana that still prevails in certain states.

Dr. Uma Dhanabalan

Awards and accolades

Dr. Uma Dhanabalan has been actively advocating marijuana as a medicinal plant by speaking globally at various events, doing her best to educate as many people as possible. 

She also participated in legalizing cannabis in both Maine and Massachusetts. Her passion and concern for others’ well-being led her to start her practice where they believe in “promoting wellness and preventing illness.” 

Global Health and Hygiene Solutions was established in 2006 by Dr. Uma Dhanabalan. She’s delighted that she can now incorporate marijuana as part of promoting a holistic health approach.

Another “feather in her cap” is her support in having criminal charges expunged of those affected by the “war on drugs.” In states where cannabis is legal, people aren’t aware they can have their criminal records annulled.  

Dr. Uma Dhanabalan feels so much compassion for these individuals who experienced the negative impact of marijuana that has so many benefits.

These are a few of her other achievements:

  • Founder and CEO of Global Health and Hygiene Solutions, LLC with a practice called Uplifting Health and Wellness. They provide exceptional medical care which supports chronic conditions.
  • Dr. Uma Dhanabalan formed The Total Health Care Model, where she promotes cannabis as a treatment option, and patients are embraced, educated, and empowered.
  • She received awards from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine for a research project. 
  • Educational Achievement Award presented by Clover Leaf at Cannabis Business Award 2017.
  • An award from the 7th World Ayurveda Conference and Arogya Expo for her presentation of “Cannabis and The Therapeutic Uses.”

Homegrown collaboration

Dr. Uma Dhanabalan may not be a cultivator, but she has a wealth of cannabis knowledge. Her passion for using marijuana helps to bring health and healing to those in need.

Not only is she a phenomenal speaker but an author too, making her a fantastic addition to the Homegrown Cannabis Co. team. Dr. Uma Dhanabalan doesn’t believe marijuana is an “entrance drug” like many others do, but instead “an exit drug from pharmaceuticals and narcotics.”

Her spirit of perseverance and love for her work is what uplifts her patients and audience, bringing hope to many an ear. One of her famous quotes is that “Cannabis is not for everyone, yet it should be a first-line option, not the last resort.”

We’re sure we’ll still hear much more of Dr. Uma Dhanabalan in time to come.