Dr. Abraham Benavides is a worldwide cannabis consultant, alum, and full-tuition merit scholar of the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS ’19). He also studied Biology and Business Management and Administration at Boston University.
In 2016, Abe started the Cannabis as Medicine Interest Group at GWU SMHS, the first cannabis-focused education group at a US medical school. He also earned a Health Policy Track certificate by advocating for the advancement of Hispanic public health and the interests of 50,000 US Hispanic physicians on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. He continues to advocate for cannabis law reform and cannabis education in the US and Costa Rica. Since graduating, Dr. Benavides has worked extensively in the cannabis industry as a medical reviewer, author, editor, and scientific advisor for cannabis and CBD organizations around the world.
Dr. Benavides survived severe COVID-19 infection during his Family Medicine residency and now lives with new disabilities including Long COVID, POTS, and PTSD. He since moved to Costa Rica to heal, be with his family, and upgrade his quality of life.
Abe is passionate about social justice and ending the stigma around mental health and cannabis. He loves being outdoors with his wife and pug, Bruschetta.