Dr. Abraham Benavides, MD

Medical Cannabis Coach and Consultant, Author

Dr. Abraham Benavides is a worldwide cannabis consultant and full-tuition merit scholar of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS ’19). He also studied Biology and Business Administration at Boston University.

In 2016 Abe started the Cannabis as Medicine Interest Group at GWU SMHS, the first cannabis-focused education group at a US medical school. He also earned a Health Policy Track certificate by advocating for the advancement of Hispanic public health and the interests of 50,000 US Hispanic physicians on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Abe continues to advocate for cannabis law reform and cannabis education in the US and Costa Rica. Since graduating, Dr. Benavides has worked extensively in the cannabis industry as a medical reviewer, author, editor, and scientific advisor for cannabis and CBD organizations around the world. He does remote cannabis coaching with Veriheal and GW CIM.

Dr. Benavides has authored cannabis e-books and CME courses for Veriheal, the largest online provider of medical cannabis cards in the US. He also serves as lead medical reviewer and researcher for Veriheal, CannaKeys, and many other cannabis and CBD websites with his educational content reaching a direct global audience of over 1 million patients.

Dr. Benavides survived severe COVID-19 infection during his Family Medicine residency and now lives with new disabilities including Long COVID, POTS, and PTSD. He since moved to Costa Rica to heal, be with his family, and upgrade his quality of life. 

Through GW CIM, Dr. Benavides meets with patients remotely as a cannabis coach to:

  • Answer cannabis-related questions
  • Give patient education about cannabis and terpene science
  • Discuss strategies for dosing, product choice, routes of administration, and healthy consumption
  • Help develop personalized, in-depth cannabis action plans
  • Do coaching follow ups as needed and for recertification by other providers

He loves spending time in nature and at the beach with his wife and pug, Bruschetta.

You can read his Doctor’s Corner blog and other works:




Dr. Benavides not only exceeds my expectations of informing me, but he also had the patience to listen through my recent convoluted medical history. And he understood completely. – Alan F. on 5/18/2023

I had a very informative and pleasant consultation with Dr. Abe who helped me understand my cannabis options. – Shelly D. 0n 3/25/2023

I really appreciate having Dr. Benavides as a trustworthy and knowledgable source of information about medical cannabis use.  He helped me figure out the best treatment approach for my needs.  – E. A. on 8/1/ 2022