About the Center for Scientific Cannabinoid Information

Welcome to the CSCI website!  

This website is a center where you, the practitioner, can access accurate, up-to-date information on CBD and other hemp-derived cannabinoids to support your clients’ overall health, wellness, and fitness needs. The Center for Scientific Cannabinoid Information (CSCI) serves a variety of professionals including: 

  • Physicians & nurses 
  • Pharmacists  
  • Psychologists & psychotherapists  
  • Physical therapists  
  • Registered dietitians 
  • Scientists  
  • Chiropractors & naturopaths  
  • Acupuncturists  
  • Wellness coaches  
  • Athletic & personal trainers 

Our professional, medically trained writers, along with a stellar advisory board, including board-certified medical doctors, researchers, a dietician, a pharmacist, lawyers, and other knowledgeable professionals, built The Center for Scientific Cannabinoid Information (CSCI) to share the most current, reliable information about the effectiveness, safety, and legalities of cannabinoids and other therapeutic components of the cannabis plant.  

Our common goal is to help your clients by providing the most recent research findings and best practices on cannabinoids and their impact on the treatment and prevention of disease, overall health and wellness as well as athletic performance. Through our collaboration, we hope to be your go-to source anytime you need to access information, attend webinars to educate yourself and your staff members, or even to earn continuing education units (CEUs) offered to a variety of professional disciplines. 

The CSCI Mission

CSCI’s mission is to be the leading source for research-based, scientific knowledge on cannabinoids.  We offer community to practitioners who use cannabinoids in evidence-based practice. We support knowledge sharing and collaboration to advance the collective understanding and best practices in health and wellness.

The CSCI Advisory Board

Margaret Roche

Margaret Roche is the founder of Roche Dietitians and a nationally recognized leader in nutrition consulting. She is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in clinical nutrition. She has advanced credentials as a certified diabetes educator, is board certified as a specialist in gerontological nutrition and is distinguished as a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is particularly interested in the use of cannabinoids for the older adult. 

Dr. Steven Salzman 

Dr. Steven Salzman, Chief Medical Officer, has been a practicing trauma surgeon and trauma intensivist for over 20 years; he has unparalleled experience treating patients with sleep disorders and complex pain syndromes. Dr. Salzman has integral faculty involvement in resident and fellow education at hospitals where he is on staff, and sits on a number of philanthropic and outreach boards.

Dr. George Gavrilos

Dr. George Gavrilos, Chief Pharmacy Officer, is a board-certified critical care pharmacist, specializing in mechanical circulatory support. He is adjunct faculty at schools of pharmacy in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska, and currently serves as Director of Post-Graduate Year 1 Residency Training at the hospital where he is on staff. His particular cannabis-related research interests include the pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic properties of cannabis and enzymatic drug-drug interactions. 

Joseph Cachey

Joseph Cachey III is an attorney and former hemp senior executive.  Mr. Cachey is a member of the Colorado bar, receiving his Juris Doctorate degree and Master of Law degree in Tax from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law.  His extensive business experience includes serving as CEO at Green Rock Hemp Holdings, LLC, a vertically integrated hemp and CBD production company, and holding various leadership roles including Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer with a number of financial companies. Cachey has also served as a gubernatorial-appointed member of the Colorado State Banking Board.

Dr. David J. Kushner

Dr. Kushner is presently the Medical Director of Brightside Clinic, an innovative outpatient program treating addiction all across Illinois; improving the tolerability and success of treatment while lowering barriers and raising access to care. He board-certified in Addiction Medicine and Internal Medicine and also works as a Hospitalist at a major tertiary care hospital in the Chicago area. His expertise spans from the management critically ill hospitalized patients to those suffering from chronic pain, mental health conditions and those who have become dependent on substances. Dr. Kushner is a consultant to hospital systems as well as digital health startups. He lives in the Suburbs of Chicago and is married with three young children who are being indoctrinated into the love of culture and world travel.

Dr. Bonni Goldstein

Bonni Goldstein, MD is the Medical Director of Canna-Centers, a California-based medical practice devoted to educating patients about the use of cannabis for chronic medical conditions. After years of working in the specialty of Pediatric Emergency medicine, she developed an interest in the science of cannabis after witnessing its beneficial effects in an ill friend.  Over the last 14 years she has evaluated thousands of patients for use of medical cannabis and is recognized as an expert in the clinical application of cannabis therapeutics.  She has a special interest in treating children with intractable epilepsy, autism, cancer and other conditions. 

Dr. Kylie O’Brien

Kylie has had a strong academic career in Chinese medicine, integrative medicine and since 2018, medicinal cannabis after career changing from optometry. She has held senior leadership positions in the Australian university and private education sector and is one of the leaders in cannabis education in Australia. She works as the Chief Scientific Officer at Releaf Group Ltd and Academic Director of the International College of Cannabinoid Medicine. She is currently conducting a two-year observational study in medicinal cannabis users. Her new book, O’Brien & Blair, Medicinal Cannabis and CBD in Mental Healthcare, US: Springer 2021 was released in 2021.

Dr. Jason Canner

Dr. Jason Canner, Physician Advisor, is a board-certified pediatric hematologist/oncologist with over 15 years of clinical experience. He has growing experience treating nausea and vomiting, anorexia and pain, with cannabis amongst his cancer patients. Dr. Canner has become a key resource for these patients, as he spends dedicated time discussing the uses of cannabis and dispelling concerns of his families. He works closely with Dr. Salzman to assure the best treatment plans are presented. 

General Disclaimer

Center for Scientific Cannabinoid Information (CSCI) has placed information, including links to other websites or content belonging to or originating from third parties, on this website as a service to the general public and for general informational and educational purposes only.  The information on this website is not intended to substitute particularized advice of specialists or qualified professionals.  No content on this website should ever be used as a substitute for direct advice from appropriate professionals or qualified specialists.  This website could include inaccuracies or typographical errors.  The materials on this website do not constitute medical advice, do not necessarily reflect the opinions of CSCI or any of its employees, agents, affiliates, or subsidiaries, and are not guaranteed to be correct, complete, or up‐to‐date.  The publications, articles, and information on this website are provided as is without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, regarding accuracy, adequacy, validity, reliability, availability, or completeness, and CSCI does not warrant, endorse, guarantee, or assume responsibility for the accuracy or reliability of any information included on this website from third-party websites linked through this website.  UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE SHALL CSCI HAVE ANY LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED ON THIS WEBSITE OR RELIANCE ON ANY SUCH INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THIS WEBSITE. YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE AND YOUR RELIANCE ON ANY INFORMATION ON THIS WEBSITE IS SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

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