• Element Apothec

    Integrative Health & Medical Cannabis Pharmacist


  • Dr. Swathi Varanasi, or Dr. Swathi forshort, is a bilingual pharmacist specializing in integrative health and cannabis. She is a medical cannabis expert, a natural medicines educator, a clinical researcher, a TV show host, and a multimedia scientific content contributor. Dr. Swathi isthe co-founder andwasthe first-ever resident of the PGY1IntegrativeHealth Pharmacy Residency program, inwhich she completed her training at an independent natural pharmacy and HIV clinicin Los Angeles, CA. Emphasizing an evidence-based approach,she is passionate about educating practitioners,students, patients and consumers on the intricacies of the endocannabinoid system and the power of food as medicine. As a healthcare disrupter, Dr. Swathi looks for opportunitiesto break barriers and challenge her western-trained colleagues to think beyond the conventional scope of their practice. Through the many modalities of integrative medicine and patient-centered shared decision-making,she believes that optimal health and wellness is achievable for everyone. Dr. Swathi is proud to be the co-founder and ChiefScientific Officer at the women- and minority-founded CBD &botanical brand, Element Apothec. In addition,she is the incoming Chief Pharmacy Officer at CalEthos,where she will be responsible for founding the first-ever medical cannabis dispensaries managed and run by healthcare professionals in the state of California. Dr. Swathi also serves as the medical personnel on the team at the innovative cannabis genomics and integrative wellness company, Jade Health, and adaptogenic cookie dough company, Madeby. In September 2020, she launched the first-ever online course on medical cannabis specifically for pharmacists(Cannabis Science &Therapeutics for Pharmacists) in collaboration with the educational platform, Medical Cannabis Mentor. Dr. Swathistudied at Carleton College (Northfield, Minnesota) and the Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston, South Carolina). She completed further specialized training in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University (Ithaca,NewYork). She was selected to be a part of the state-wide California PharmacistsAssociation Leader Development Institute, is on the Executive Committee of the Greater Los Angeles Pharmacists Association, and is co-chair of the Education Committee of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists- California Chapter. Dr. Swathi has been published in peer-reviewed medical journals and is a lecturer at undergraduate institutions,colleges of pharmacy, and colleges of traditional Chinese medicine nationwide.

    Speaking topic: Medical Panel: CBD in Healthcare: A Medical Professional's Perspective