Justin has spent decades exploring the field of herbal medicines from both a scientific and traditional perspective. Whilst a degree qualified naturopath, he really is a herbalist at heart with a passion for ethnopharmacology, botany and pharmacognosy.
He is the principal consultant at Traditional Medicine Consultancy, which specialises in herbal medicine research and consultancy across areas such as new product development, education and herbal manufacturing. Since 2003, Justin has been lecturing at both Endeavour College of Natural Health and the Australasian College of Natural Therapies in both Bioscience and Naturopathic faculties, teaching anatomy, physiology, clinical pathology, integrated pharmacology, pharmacognosy, Materia Medica and botany subjects. He has also practiced as a naturopath at various clinics throughout both New South Wales and Queensland, specialising largely in mental health and pain management.
Over the last decade he has been an active member of numerous college committees and advisory groups, won two educational awards for teaching excellence and has also served on the Board of Directors for the National Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA) as both an Executive Director and Examiner. He has authored several peer reviewed journal articles and written numerous chapters in evidence based textbooks over the last 6 years, and currently sits on the Scientific Advisory Council for United in Compassion (UIC), established by Lucy Haslam, to act as a hub to support, disseminate and promote safe, equitable and compassionate access to high quality medicinal cannabis at every stage from cultivation through to finished therapeutic product. In early 2016, he was also appointed as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for BioCeuticals.
Justin has been quietly studying, researching, educating and writing about medicinal cannabis across several scientific disciplines, including botany, morphology, phytochemistry, cultivation and the therapeutic application of cannabinoids and terpenes in disease states for the last 10 years. He has travelled to the USA twice since 2010 collaborating with licensed cannabis physicians, touring cannabis dispensaries and cultivation facilities and now spends large amounts of time assisting UIC lobbying government and providing education programs on medicinal cannabis for the reintroduction of this complex herbal medicine. His current interest is educating medical professionals and the general public about the relatively unknown Endocannabinoid system and how cannabis interacts with this important regulator of homeostasis.