Dr. Melani Bersten, PharmD graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy interested in addiction medicine and the role of the community pharmacist. After countless personal and professional encounters with the devastating effects of the Opioid Crisis, she was introduced to cannabis-based medicine and returned to Minnesota in 2016 as a clinical cannabis pharmacist.
Dr. Bersten battled with the lack of consistent information and plethora of misinformation available to healthcare providers and the public surrounding cannabis. Passionate about empowering patients and providers with the knowledge and tools to transform the public perception of cannabis, Dr. Bersten co-founded the American Society of Cannabis Pharmacists to unify the pharmacy profession on the subject of cannabis in support of American public health.
As a Dean’s Professor for the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Dr. Bersten educates healthcare professionals on the clinical considerations of medical cannabis, as approved by Pennsylvania’s Department of Health. Dr. Bersten has been invited to speak on medical cannabis across the country and loves hearing how medical cannabis has helped the people she meets along the way.