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Dr. Swathi Varanasi


Dr. Swathi Varanasi, or Dr. Swathi, is an award-winning bilingual integrative health pharmacist. She is a plant-based wellness specialist; a medical expert and advisory board member for CBD, adaptogen, and food brands; a published author; an advocacy non-profit board of director; a peer-reviewed clinical researcher; and a multimedia content contributor for print/online publications.

As a healthcare disrupter, she looks for opportunities to 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 health and wellness is achievable for everyone. Emphasizing an evidence-based approach, Dr. Swathi is passionate about educating practitioners, students, patients, and consumers, and strives to empower everyone to be the best, most authentic version of themselves.

Dr. Swathi co-founded and is Chief Scientific Officer of Element Apothec, an innovative CBD botanical wellness brand dedicated to evidence-based education and formulations for everyone. She studied at the Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston, SC), Cornell University T. Colin Campbell Center of Nutrition Studies (Ithaca, NY), and Carleton College (Northfield, MN). Dr. Swathi serves as the Director of Science of the largest statewide cannabis patient advocacy non-profit organization, LA NORML, and distinguished adjunct faculty and speaker at colleges of pharmacy, colleges of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and undergraduate institutions, and at conferences, respectively. In her free time, she can be found recipe testing or planning her next trip (30 countries and counting!).



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