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Martha Rosenthal’s life has been about education. After earning her master’s degree in neuropharmacology from Brown University and a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA, Dr. Rosenthal joined Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) as one of the founding faculty and never looked back. Currently in her 22nd year with the university as Professor of Neuroscience and Physiology, Dr. Rosenthal teaches classes on drugs, human sexuality, physiology, and neuroscience. A fascination with medical cannabis as a substance and potential medicine led her to be one of the innovators in the development and oversight of FGCU’s cannabis-focused study program, which prepares and coaches future industry professionals for entrance into the thriving world of cannabis business, science, cultivation, and more. 

When she’s not teaching, Martha is writing textbooks on drugs and researching their applications, participating in Ted Talks and podcasts, and being an all-around inspiration. We had the pleasure of sitting down with this vibrant educator and entrepreneur to learn more about what drives her and her work in the cannabis space, and what the future has in store.


How would you describe yourself and what you’re doing?

I am a professor of neuroscience and physiology at FGCU, where I’m one of the founding faculty. I’ve been teaching about drugs for 25 years and published my latest textbook about drugs in 2018. I am the Director of Education and Research for the Cannabis Education, Research, and Workforce initiative (CREW) at FGCU, and I’m overseeing the creation of a multidisciplinary focus of study in cannabis, a professional certificate program in cannabis, and a number of research projects.

How did you get involved with the cannabis industry? 

Cannabis has always particularly interested me—not only for its physiological effects, but for its history and social policies. The fact that it is a schedule I drug despite fitting none of the criteria has made me wave my arms in the air in frustration. My life has been dedicated to education, and I love that I have the opportunity to educate so many people about this fascinating substance. I’m honored to be one of the many people committed to getting the word out, so we can best serve not only individuals’ physical and psychological health, but also help to influence laws and policies regarding medical marijuana in Florida and across the nation. 

What can you tell us about your project? 

The CREW began last fall, when Professor Sam Walch and I team-taught a course about cannabis at FGCU. Apparently, it was the first undergraduate course on cannabis in Florida and we were interviewed by local news. Once the word was out, the floodgates opened, and we were inundated by those in the industry saying they wanted to hire our students! We realized that this was bigger than a single course, and proposed the Cannabis Research, Education, and Workforce initiative. We had the support of our Dean, Provost, and President, and we were off! It’s been a whirlwind, and every day we build on our program.  

CREW has quite a few projects going on! We are creating a cannabis focus of study, and students can get a B.A. in Integrated Studies with a focus in cannabis. We have courses in botany, law, physiology and pharmacology, pop culture, and many others, all related to cannabis. FGCU is also offering a multidisciplinary professional certificate in cannabis through our continuing education department. Our first workshop is May 6-10 at FGCU. Our presenters are experts in cannabis law, accounting, business, medicine, growth and extraction techniques, advocacy, and other cannabis topics. There are still a few seats left for this workshop, and we hope to have another workshop over the first 2 weekends in August. We also have 2 research surveys in the works—one for medical marijuana patients, and one for physicians—and I’m also working with a physician to analyze some of his data. In the coming years, we’ll expand our cannabis research here at FGCU. Finally, Sam Walch is working with our students to get them internships and jobs in the cannabis industry. 

What makes you so passionate about cannabis education? 

The endocannabinoid system is the most fascinating, complex, ubiquitous biological system I’ve ever studied! It regulates so many functions in the body and helps maintain balance and homeostasis. I love that we have only known about the endocannabinoid system for a couple of decades, yet it has such important, widespread effects. It’s exciting that there’s still so much to learn about it. Add the fact that cannabinoids are so safe and have such potential therapeutic benefits makes it all especially exciting.  

What are your future ambitions? 

I’m going to keep on getting the word out about this fascinating substance, and how it impacts our bodies, our minds, and our society.


Martha’s Latest Textbook | Amazon.com | Drugs: Mind, Body, and Society 

Martha’s TEDx Talk | Youtube.com | Gender Agenda | Dr. Martha Rosenthal | TEDxFGCU

Martha’s Podcast Appearance | BlueBirdBotanicals.com | EPISODE 51 Dr Martha Rosenthal – The Cannabis Courseload

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This Week | Nov 19

Featuring Mara Gordon

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GRAM has gone LIVE! Featuring writers, scientists, government officials, plant medicine specialists, celebrities, front line workers, cannabis experts, hemp farmers, researchers, and so much more through fresh video content. COVID 19 has caused us to think outside the box until we can put our magazines into stores again, we bring you GRAM LIVE!


November 19th, 2020

Nancy Moss talk with Mara Gordon for Part 2 – Putting Cannabis In Your Doctor’s Toolbox. If only all physicians had knowledge surrounding the ECS and cannabis the world would work much easier. Mara Gordon is putting in the time and the research and her whole system will soon have a revamping.


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This Week | Nov 12

Featuring Mara Gordon

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November 12th, 2020

Nancy Moss sits down with the one and only, Mara Gordon. They discuss activism and advocacy of cannabis plant medicine. Part 1


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This Week | Nov 5

Featuring Dr Janice Knox + Jahan Marcu

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November 5th, 2020

Our very own, Nurse Jordan Person sits down with the incredible Dr. Janice Knox. Not only is she a Board Certified Anesthesiologist, and Endocannbinologist, or Cannabinoid Medicine Specialist. Listen to her advice to medical cannabis patients and fellow medical practitioners, and learn more about the incredible medical practice she has started with her family of physicians.


We welcome Jahan Marcu. He is the Editor in Chief for the American Journal of Endocannabinoid Medicine and a founding partner of Marcu and Arora. Listen in as our own, Nurse Jordan Person talks with Jahan about what led him to a life of Endocannabinoid science and medicine, how he became the Editor in Chief for the AJEM, and what his future plans are for his new consulting company.


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