CannaCraft’s main goal for all our brands is to create the safest and most effective cannabis products possible. As one of the largest vertically integrated cannabis companies in the country CannaCraft is also uniquely position to make meaningful, positive changes towards improving cannabis education, research and honing-in on the most effective formulations to elicit targeted effects. However, we realize that for the best outcomes we need to actively seek advice from experts with diverse perspectives – to make the best products we need to work with the best people!
This thought is what led to the creation of CannaCraft’s Council of Cannabis Clinicians (CCCC). The CCCC engages in direct dialogue with CannaCraft’s in-house scientists, executive leadership team and Board of Directors. It gives us an avenue to learn more about the patient experience with cannabis products and provides guidance about how we can continually improve our brand’s products and ourselves to be the best that we can be.
Our CCCC members were all hand-picked as experts in diverse disciplines of cannabis science and medicine. Please, meet our members!
Dr Stacey Marie Kerr, a graduate of UC Davis Medical School, is a teacher, author, and family physician who was in private practice until she decided to write and educate full-time. After several years working with the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and co-developing the first comprehensive online course for professionals in cannabinoid medicine, she moved on to serve for several years as the Medical Advisor for Hawaiian Ethos, LLC on the Big Island of Hawaii. Currently she is a freelance physician practicing with a special interest in the medicinal use of cannabis. She tracks the latest research on medical cannabis, spending time weeding out well-designed studies from biased opinions. Dr. Kerr continues to write, publish, consult, and educate both providers and patients on the clinical use of cannabis. When not working with patients and with the science of medical cannabis, Dr. Kerr enjoys her family, her garden, and riding her Harley Davidson Softail motorcycle.
Professor Saoirse Elizabeth O’Sullivan (@ScienceSaoirse) received her doctorate from Trinity College Dublin in 2001 and moved to the University of Nottingham in 2002 as a Research fellow where she began researching cannabinoid pharmacology through basic and clinical research. She was made Lecturer in 2007, Associate Professor in 2011 and Full Professor in 2019. She has over 50 peer-reviewed articles and 3 books chapters on the topic of cannabinoid pharmacology (see Saoirse O'Sullivan - Google Scholar). Her specific interests are on the therapeutic potential of cannabis-based medicines in cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and inflammatory bowel disease. Her research methodologies spanned from cellular and animal models, to human healthy volunteer studies, systematic reviews and early phase clinical trials. Saoirse now runs an independent consulting company called CanPharmaConsulting Ltd, and through this, acts as scientific advisor to many pharmaceutical and biotech companies. She also works with charities, patient groups and healthcare professionals to educate on the benefits of cannabis-based medicines, and is the secretary of the International Cannabinoid Research Society.
Dr. McKirven Ceus, MD is a Sports Medicine physician with a board certification in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. He cares for athletes and non-athletes of all ages and specializes in the non-surgical management of orthopedic conditions. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and a Master’s degree in Biology, both from SUNY Binghamton University. He graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine in 2014. Dr. Ceus then went on to complete his Family Medicine Residency at United Hospital Services in Binghamton, NY followed by a Sports Medicine Fellowship at West Kendall Baptist Hospital/Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He was directly involved in the care of the Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat and Florida International University Athletics, as well as Miami high school football and other local athletic events. His orthopedic clinical training included rotations in general orthopedic surgery, foot surgery, orthopedic trauma, orthopedic pediatric surgery, musculoskeletal radiology, rehabilitation and primary care sports medicine. In 2020, Dr. Ceus founded “THE SPORTS MEDZONE”, which is a non-operative sports medicine and orthopedic practice located in Nyack, NY. He currently serves as a ringside physician where he provides medical coverage in amateur and professional combat sports, which include Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts. He also holds a position as an Urgent Care provider in the New York City metropolitan region. Dr. Ceus' special interests include non-operative fracture care, ultrasound-guided injections and concussion management.
Dr. Ceus is a father who loves spending time with his daughter, McKayla. Waterparks, ski trips and amusement parks are among some of the adventurous experiences that he enjoys sharing with McKayla. Dr. Ceus is an athlete who grew up playing organized soccer, track, and tennis. He continues to remain active by playing these sports recreationally and exercising regularly.
Dr. Eric Exelbert, MD is board certified in Pediatric Critical Care and in General Pediatrics and is a Pediatric Intensivist at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. He graduated from the American University School of Medicine in 1998. He completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in 2003 followed by his Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado in Denver, CO in 2006 He has been practicing Pediatric Intensive Care Medicine since 2006.
In 2017, Dr. Exelbert formed ExAlt Med, a medical clinic with a desire to connect the complex pediatric and adult patient and the endocannabinoid system. More specifically, the ability to practice and combine endocannabinoid medicine inside and outside the hospital. He has become one of the key physicians and experts in the field of Pediatric Cannabis and lectures regularly. Dr. Exelbert is also on faculty at Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, and he has begun to lecture medical students on the Endocannabinoid System along with his other Pediatric lecture series. From November 2019 to November 2020, Dr. Exelbert served as the Medical Director for Fluent Cannabis Care, one of the original Medical Marijuana Treatment Facilities in the State of Florida. Dr. Exelbert is one of the original Editorial Board Members for the American Journal of Endocannabinoid Medicine and also a member of the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine. He is also a member of the American Medical Marijuana Physicians Associations and the Society of Cannabis Clinicians. In December of 2020, Dr. Exelbert obtained his medical license to practice in the State of Massachusetts (MA). In January 2021, Dr. Exelbert joined the CED Clinic to form CED Pedi, the only practice in MA fully focused on Pediatric Medical Cannabis. Lastly, Dr. Exelbert is teaming with the podcast Sports Cannabis, a podcast focused on active and retired Elite Pro Athletes, to help these athletes break the stigma and push Sports Cannabis movement forward. Dr. Exelbert is currently beginning to write children’s books focusing on cannabis education and pediatrics.
On a more personal note, Dr. Exelbert is the proud father of two teenage girls. Zoe is 18 years old, and Maya is 16 years old. Dr. Exelbert is an avid athlete himself having played soccer for the University of Pennsylvania and a number of select teams prior to medical school. He is a CrossFit Athlete, rides the Peloton, and runs when he can.
Dr. Matt Elmes is a full-time employee and current Scientific Director for CannaCraft. He acts as the main liaison between the experts of the CCCC and the internal CannaCraft team. Dr. Elmes is a long-time cannabis user and a strong advocate for improving cannabis education and research. He received his doctorate in the Department of Biochemistry at Stony Brook University where his work focused on uncovering the cellular mechanisms by which THC and CBD are transported and metabolized within our bodies. Prior to joining CannaCraft Dr. Elmes was working as a postdoctoral researcher as part of a team creating novel drugs that raise the body’s levels of natural endocannabinoids as a strategy towards a non-addictive painkiller which works through very similar biological pathways as cannabis!
As CannaCraft’s Scientific Director he wears many different hats within the company; overseeing all of our brands’ extensive lab testing needs, spearheading new cannabis education & research initiatives, figuring out ways to improve the quality of our products, and just being the general go-to science guru to support the knowledge of our team, our partners, and our valued consumers.