Dr. Uma Dhanabalan MD MPH FAAFP: Cultivating Success

Fight Opioid Addiction and Overdose Epidemic with Medical Cannabis Project

“Educating, Embracing and Empowering”

Dr. Uma Dhanabalan MD, MPH, FAAFP, is the supervisor of the Fight Opioid Addiction and Overdose Epidemic with Medical Cannabis Project. More than that, this dedicated individual has achieved greatness through commitment. She’s the Founder/CEO of Global Health & Hygiene Solutions, LLC and the Founder/CEO of Uplifting Health and Wellness. Dr. Uma received her Doctor of Medicine (MD), from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) located in Newark in 1995.

She practiced for her degree in Family Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC from 1995 – 1998. She then attended Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for her Master of Public Health (MPH) from 1998 – 1999. It doesn’t stop there either. Dr. Uma also completed her Occupational Medicine Residency Program from 1999 – 2003 at the Harvard School of Public Health. As you can see Dr. Uma has the dedication, commitment, and credentials to back her in any avenue she chooses to pursue.


This fantastic individual has become a voice of advocacy for medical cannabis. Dr. Uma is a friend to many seeking guidance to understand medical cannabis and an angel with experience that explains this medicine to other professionals. Dr. Uma travels the world facilitating medical cannabis education. She can be heard in numerous places stating a well-known fact many cannabis consumers already know. “Cannabis is not an entrance drug, it is an exit drug from pharmaceuticals and narcotics.” Dr. Uma took on the role of supervisor of The Fight Opioid Addiction and Overdose with Medical Cannabis Project to help make that necessary change needed in our world.

She’s been a keynote speaker on numerous occasions speaking in places like Massachusetts, Washington, DC, and Arkansas. She has gained the respect and admiration of lawmakers and patients alike globally.

“Uma Dhanabalan, MD, MPH, FAAFP is a highly respected physician trained in Family Medicine and Occupational & Environmental Medicine. She is Board certified in Occupational Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a Diplomate Certified in Cannabis Medicine.” -United Patients Group

Fight Opiate Overdose and Addiction with Medical Cannabis Project Photo Courteousy of Travis Nelson via LinkedIn

What Is Dr. Uma Dhanabalan Into Today

It should be more like what isn’t Dr. Uma into these days. The Fight Opioid Addiction and Overdose with Medical Cannabis Project (FOAOWMCP) is just one area in which Dr. Uma is exceptionally focused on. She also travels from coast to coast speaking at seminars and patient advocacy functions. You can find her one day in South Carolina, another in California, and the next in Michigan. Dr. Uma is a motivated, driven individual, dedicated to her oath as a medical professional and to helping the public.

FOAOWMCP is a project with a mission to help educate the public as well as public officials. Many times the information that must be conveyed to these officials gets lost in a sea of emotions. This project is setting up the groundwork for research and studies to be conducted in a controlled environment by professionals. While the good doctor has many passions this one is a passion we all wish more individuals within the medical community would share. Imagine a world where pain pills weren’t killing our loved ones every day.

You’ll find this green leaf warrior regularly in Colorado. The base for the FOAOWMCP is located at the THC La Clinica in Gardner CO with Steering committee meetings often being held in Denver and Walsenburg as well. When there’s a patients’ function or medical cannabis event that features powerful and influential speakers you will often find Dr. Uma. When there is a meeting about cannabis or a significant event focused on education surrounding cannabis, you’ll usually see Dr. Uma among the crowd and list of speakers advocating truth and awareness.


This is a post by Dr. Uma that grabbed me. I too have lost a loved one like so many others that, where pharma failed, cannabis may have been able to prevail.

My mother died six years ago In India on Jan 7 2012 Meenakshi Ayyadurai from IPF The 1st women in South India to get her Masters in Statistics IPF idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis fancy term for we don’t know what caused your lung disease she has never smoked nor worked in a known occupation and never used Cannabis Mother of Dr. Uma Dhanabalan MD MPH FAAFP and Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, PhD (M.I.T.) It was after my mother’s death that I so passionately got involved as an activist and advocate for Cannabis as a Plant Medicine My Mother planted the seed! A TV show I knew nothing about the Endocannabinoid system my mission is to change the stigma and for everybody in the world to know about the Endocannabinoid system I miss my Mother an amazing person I truly believe Cannabis could have definitely improved her quality of life!!!!! Life has an expiration date We ALL do! Be Kind! “Educate Embrace Empower” “Cannabis is not an entrance drug, it is an exit drug from pharmaceuticals narcotics and alcohol.” TotalHealthCareTHC.com

As you see, Dr. Uma is a true beacon of light for people around the world. Cannabis is more than a movement of choice it’s a movement that stands to benefit the health of the people and the planet. From medicine to fuel, clothing, building materials, beauty products, hygiene products and more, cannabis has thousands of uses beyond medicine. How many more reasons do we need to legalize this plant and stop demonizing those who consume it?

Do your part to help break the stigma cannabis has by consuming responsibly. Help educate those around you on the facts about medical cannabis. America is at a precipice with cannabis legalization. The health of the people and well-being of the planet will mean something to lawmakers when we act with the political power we are given and educate the masses as to the truth about cannabis. Thank you Dr. Uma, for being the inspiration that you are. Do you want to learn more about Dr. Uma? Check out this YouTube video.

If you would like to become a part of the FOAOWMCP, please contact the Executive Director, Travis Nelson.

BY: James Priest of CannaLance

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