Dr. Melamede is a published professor who taught and carried out research at New York Medical College, University of Vermont and the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. He specializes in the fields of base excision DNA repair, free radicals, the endocannabinoid system an how far from equilibrium thermodynamics explains the physics of life and the unique role that cannabinoids play as anti-aging compounds that promote health. Dr. Melamede is one of the rare scientist activists who through political activities and education has helped provide the underlying scientific framework in support of medical marijuana. More recently, Dr. Melamede is CEO and president of the publicly traded company Cannabis Science (CBIS). Cannabis Science is devoted to bringing oral cannabis-based medicines through the FDA. They are in particular focusing on the use of oral cannabis extracts to treat veterans suffering from chronic pain and PTSD.