Global Healthcare Conversations with Mieko Perez ft. Dr. David Wise
June 26, 2021 | By Mieko Hester-Perez
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Dr. Wise began his business coaching and workplace consulting career in 1997. Since then, he has worked with numerous organizations in almost every industry and at every level. Such notable companies include Daimler-Chrysler, GMAC, Qualcomm, PPD & Abbott Labs.
He also worked with the government in varying capacities, including the GSA, Fish & Game, and Secret Service. His skill set of coaching C-Level executives and primary decision makers to successful goal and objective attainment made a name for himself as a thought leader, solutions provider, and forward thinker.
Dr. Wise earned his Juris Doctorate in 2008, his Doctor of Management in 2002, and his MBA in 1998. His experience in the following projects have contributed to his success as Chairman and Founder of Infinity Inc.
Dr. Wise has been called upon for workplace morale, design, and structure in various capacities. He also developed a situational program for boosting productivity, creating self-awareness, increasing sales and efficiencies.
Let’s welcome Dr. Wise to Hopegrown!
What is your personal story and mission that motivated you to work with cannabis?
I have always believed in the medicinal benefits of cannabis. My personal experience was the quarter sized mole on the top of my head that was discolored and irregular in shape.
My doctor's suggestion was
to remove it surgically, However, that would have left a bald spot on my
head. So, I applied a topical treatment that we created and it completely removed
the mole without a trace and did so in 3 months without regular
application. Every doctor I show pictures too has a jaw dropping moment.
In addition, I took on several clients to try cannabis as a medicinal
alternative to pharmaceuticals, especially those recovering from or
suffering from cancer. All of them reported lower inflammation, less
pain, and better appetite.
Just the relief they felt was enough for me to believe that a natural plant such as cannabis was necessary in our arsenal of medicines to provide relief from a multitude of ailments.
Do you think cannabis education for medical professionals and healthcare providers is lacking?
I don't believe the education is lacking. Instead, I believe the adoption of the idea, 'that a naturally occurring plant that is federally illegal positions doctors to reject it outright because: insurance won't cover the cost and they don't make money, or worse, could lose their license for "prescribing" cannabis.'
In addition, without double blind studies from reputable institutions, the industry will remain in an anecdotal status of benefits. This doesn't bode well for doctor adoption.
What kind of cannabis research is needed that hasn't been covered yet?
As stated before, we need the American Journal of Medicine publications and other scholarly publications to publish full double-blind studies on the benefits of cannabis.
Unfortunately, it seems no one in the industry is willing to incur the expense. However, we will be different. We, I mean Infinity. The topical treatment we developed for mole removal absolutely will be put in studies and seek FDA approval, yet will be made available in dispensaries in the meantime.
Where do you see medicinal cannabis in 5 years?
Unfortunately, I see the pharmaceutical and tobacco companies taking
over. While it could benefit the public as a whole and satisfy federal
government regulation, it cuts out all the people who really understand
the benefits of cannabis.
The small business owners and coops will no
longer have the staying power of the conglomerates, and that's a shame
for what began as a grass roots movement.
Banking will finally be in place, which is a good thing, if you are adopting the idea that the government isn't out to get you! Yet, many growers and beginning generation operators are leary and won't adopt the commercialization of cannabis. So, the next 5 years are going to be a struggle as the industry matures.
What is the best advice you can give to a first-time cannabis user?
Enjoy the moment and avoid excess. Seek cannabis as a remedy more than a party drug. Know its properties and benefits, then decide what direction you want to go; whether it’s an edible, flower, or some form of concentrate.
David Wise, JD, DM, MBA
Chairman / Founder at Infinity, Inc.
Dr. Wise was a competitive skier, natural bodybuilder, and soccer player. He developed a physical training program to help executives and individuals maintain mental focus as part of his dedication to overall health and well-being of body, mind, and business.