Shari Berman M.S. is a patient advocate and cannabis educator. She is a national speaker and writer discussing cannabis as medicine. “I wanted to try medical marijuana. Why couldn’t my doctors help me?” Her article, published in STAT and The Boston Globe, gained national attention. She has spoken on podcasts, NBC News and presented her patient perspective at the FDA conference on CBD and other cannabinoids. Shari has a business called Canna Healing Consulting to both educate and coach people on how to best use cannabis to improve wellness and as a complementary therapy. As a two-time cancer survivor, Shari is especially passionate about educating cancer patients on how to use cannabis safely and effectively while undergoing treatment and afterwards to manage side effects. Shari led the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Patient Family Advisory Council for six years to improve the overall experience for cancer patients. She moved on to national work advocating for patients working with the National Academy of Medicine and is currently leading a patient experience policy group with hospital administrators from medical centers throughout the country. Shari believes in holistic care and empowering patients to take control of their health including exploring the use of alternative/complimentary therapies, including cannabis. Shari holds a B.S. in Economics from Cornell University and an M.S. in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics from the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy.