When you hear the words 'medical cannabis’ or ‘medical marijuana' what do you immediately think of? What do you immediately feel? If you have thoughts or feelings one way or another, what is is based on? Facts, personal bias or biblical truth? What are considerations for us as christians, and as a society? Currently, over half of the US has some sort of law that allows for medical cannabis use and the reality is that patients are using medical cannabis and christians in your congregations are using medical cannabis. Learn why this treatment is a medically relevant option for some individuals. This presentation is designed to provide important facts and spark spiritual considerations if you encounter medical cannabis use as an option personally or with a fellow church member. There is a lot to consider! As the only known physician in the country who also holds a Phd in the area of cannabinoid research from the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine for almost 2 decades, and as a christian for 22 years at Anchor Point Church in Tampa, FL, I look forward to having a professional and spiritually guided discussion on this hot topic.
Dr. Sasha Noe, DO, PhD, is a dual doctorate, board-certified, award-winning, Family Medicine Physician and Researcher, two time Best Selling Author, International Speaker, Consultant, and expert in Preventative Medicine, Chronic Disease Management, Cannabinoid research and Medical Cannabis. With the belief that patient education is key in the maintenance of health and in the prevention of illness, Dr. Noe counsels individuals on achieving a happy and healthy lifestyle for their mind, body, and spirit.
After earning her bachelor of science in biology with a minor in chemistry at Palm Beach Atlantic University, she went on to earn a masters and PhD in medical microbiology and immunology at the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine. During that time, she earned several awards both regionally and nationally for her work in cannabinoid research, most notably, the Young Investigators award from her work on cannabinoids and HIV.
She worked for several years in academia as the faculty director at Saint Leo University’s Center for Online Learning where she managed the online course content and faculty, taught online and face to face courses, as well as developed online course work for other major universities.
After working several years in academia, Dr. Noe decided to pursue her true calling in medicine. She attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine where she earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) degree. She went on to serve as the chief intern and chief resident of the Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment program at St. Petersburg General Hospital during her time there.
Keeping in step with her entrepreneurial spirit, she started her own medical practice out of residency and is now the owner of 3 private practices in the Tampa Bay Area including the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Care clinic where she serves her community through her clinic as well as educational seminars and social media outlets.
As the only known physician in the US with a PhD specifically in molecular and cellular cannabinoid research for almost two decades, Dr. Noe is undoubtedly one of the nation’s leading experts in the field of medical cannabis and her award-winning published research has contributed towards the advancement of the therapeutic potential for cannabis over the last two decades, being referenced nationally and worldwide in numerous scholarly articles and books. She is currently on the board of the Florida Society of Cannabis Physicians and serves as the Chair of their Medical Advisory Committee.
Due to her unique qualifications as a physician and a medical cannabis expert, she is sought out by many of her peers as well as patients and cannabis industry leaders as a medical cannabis consultant. She is always looking for innovative ways to serve her community and recently launched her membership model, direct primary care practice for patients to have affordable, accessible and high-quality healthcare. She combines the small-town doc experience with modern technology to bring an exceptional patient experience to her patients. In addition, she continues her lifelong career in research as a sub-investigator with Clinical Research of West Florida, where she is involved in bringing cutting edge research and medicine to patients.
Dr. Noe has spent numerous years in administrative and leadership positions including the American Osteopathic Association's Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research, the Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors for the Florida Society American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and its Foundation just to name a few. She continues to serve in her osteopathic profession and just finished serving as the president of the Hillsborough County Osteopathic Medical Society (HCOMS) where she was the recipient of their Physician of the Year award 2 years in a row, a distinction that has never been awarded to the same physician twice in the decades of history of the organization. Dr. Noe has served numerous years as a member of the Public Relations Committee for the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP). Most recently she was elected as a Trustee for the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association.
She has a passion for medical missions and has participated in numerous volunteer community service projects and fundraising activities in the Tampa Bay area as well as overseas with the HCOMS Jamaica Clinic and as a member of the organization HOPEworldwide since 1995 where she has served on its Advisory Committee for the Tampa Chapter for many years. Dr. Noe (and her husband) have been a part of the Anchor Point Church in Tampa, FL for 22 years. She has previously served on the board of directors of the church and along with Marc, have previously lead the children’s ministry for almost a decade. Together they are currently serving as small group (‘house church’) leaders.
A resident of the Tampa Bay area for over 20 years, Dr. Noe can be found enjoying her free time with her husband of 25 years, Marc Noe and their two children, Ethan and Carissa. Being from the island of Trinidad in the Caribbean, Dr. Noe appreciates the small-town beauty and lifestyle that can be found in the Apollo Beach community. She is passionate about using her God given gifts and her life’s work to serve communities far and wide as she walks in her purpose to help as many people as possible through her medical clinics, medical missions, books, speaking, social media outlets and as a physician and patient advocate.