How Do You Fit Cannabis Into Western Medicine?
This week, we’re joined by Dr. Ruth Fisher, economist, Co-Founder of CannDynamics and author of The Medical Cannabis Primer.
In this show, we explore the market drivers behind the western medical system and its commoditisation of pharmaceuticals, alongside some of the difficulties and complexities faced integrating medical cannabis into the rigid international healthcare system.
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About Dr. Ruth Fisher
Dr. Ruth Fisher, PhD, has 25 years of experience in the technology and healthcare industries, analyzing information for most participants in the healthcare system. She has experience with patient health and behavior; drug company research, sales, and patterns of use; healthcare provider (hospitals, clinics, outpatient centers, physician offices) expenses, processes, billing, and patient information; and insurance company patient premiums and provider reimbursements. She has worked on behalf of biotech companies, early-stage biotech researchers, physicians, and healthcare technology start-ups.
Dr. Fisher came to cannabis in 2015 to help her brother figure out how to use medical cannabis to address his MS-induced neuropathic pain. Since she found cannabis, she has become an ardent researcher and advocate for medical cannabis use. As an economist, she’s also fascinated by cannabis technologies and market dynamics – how the industry is evolving in medical and recreational use, and how well the industry is serving market participants.
Dr. Fisher and her brother, Art Fisher have published The Medical Cannabis Primer: Ushering in the golden Age of Marijuana , and they have an online certificate course, Medical Cannabis Fundamentals. Dr. Fisher is also author of Winning the Hardware-Software Game: Using Game Theory to Optimize the Pace of New Technology Adoption . She holds a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago.