Dave Hepburn, MD

Leading Expert on Cannabis in the Workplace, Physician, Humorist and Author

Dave Hepburn, MD

Dr. David Hepburn, MD is Canada’s foremost medical cannabis educator of physicians as well as the scientific and lay communities.

He is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians (SCC), International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines (IACM), International Cannabis Research Society (ICRS) Physicians for Medical Cannabis (PMC) and the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine (AACM).  He serves as Medical Director to Plena Global and consults internationally to countries establishing their regulations for medical cannabis. He is CEO of VivoPlena, a pharmaceutical company dedicated to RX & D of cannabinoid medications.

Since retiring his general practice a few years ago, Dr. Dave has been around the World, educating fellow physicians of all speciaties on why, how and when to prescribe medical marijuana.  He is a popular speaker at conferences and to vested interest groups.  He presents topics ranging from practical concerns to scientific understanding and everyday issues that affect business.  His goal is to leave no question unanswered.

Dr. Dave is also best known for his radio show Wisequacks, the nationally syndicated comedy health show he co-hosted with Dr. Rob Sealey.  He was the medical authority on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) Canada show Buy.O.Logic and was an award winning syndicated columnist to more than 100 newspapers across the United States and Canada.

He is a recipient of the prestigious Canadian Community Newspaper Association columnist of the year award as well as the Arizona Newspaper Association columnist of the year. He is the author of The Doctor Is In(sane) which was released in April 2009 and nominated for several book awards.

A Canadian naval surgeon in the Persian Gulf War in 1991, he served as the doctor for the West Coast fleet for three years. His interest in sports and sports medicine resulted in him being called to be a medical director of the 1994 Commonwealth Games and a team physician in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.


    There is a fountain of youth and in this keynote, Dr. Dave shares what you must do to die young at an old age.   He will expose the facts and stats that are based on medical research, the most current studies of anti aging from around the world and very practical advice that anyone can follow.  Audiences will laugh and learn as Dr. Dave shares how to avoid the big 3, why being a grump is doing you more of a disadvantage than the people around you, what 8 numbers you need to know about yourself and how to enjoy rather than endure living to 100!


    The ever increasing use of cannabis, both medical and recreational, legal and otherwise, means more consumption in the workplace. The upsurge of employees using cannabis in it’s various incarnations, makes it essential for Corporate Leaders and HR Departments to be aware of the differences between the various types of usage, when it might be acceptable (and when it is not), the effects on the worker, coworkers and other workplace implications. This informative talk will address issues including smoke and odor to safety and impairment, motivation, delivery mechanisms and under what circumstances can cannabis improve performance at work.


    Politics makes for strange bedfellows, particularly when free spirited stoners come together with high powered business executives. This apparent clash of cultures has brought the stereotype and the stigma of the cannabis culture to the fore. Incredible stories emerge of how the marijuana stigma still affects many people. What can be done about it, what is the truth behind it and why does it even exist in the first place. An entertaining stroll through the remarkable modern history of cannabis, combined with a practical discussion of how to deal with stigma, makes this a pertinent and popular talk.

  4. ADVANCES IN MEDICAL CANNABIS: This Doctor’s Perspective

    A chronic conservative from a conservative background in a conservative city in a conservative profession, Dr. Hepburn has often been told by friends that he makes the Pope look like a hippie. His sceptical, yet thorough review of the facts surrounding medical cannabis has been sought after in countries around the world. He has gone from a busy and active general practice for more than 30 years, to the full time dedication of his time to researching the research in regards to helping understand if, how and what of medical cannabis should be incorporated into our lives. This talk will help you distinguish the hype, the myths from actual facts and potential medical benefits cannabis has for some people for some conditions. The most informative and medutaining talk on medical cannabis anywhere.

Dr. Hepburn is a fantastic speaker and a very laid back and personable man. The delegates and the staff absolutely adored him and we are happy to have had him as part of this conference. His humour is infectious and the NHPC is really happy to have chosen him as our keynote. Dr. Dave is super and he even sat down after the keynote to chat with our staff; it is rare to meet a speaker who is so down to earth. Our expectations were exceeded and we would 100% recommend him.
Anna Agnieszka Urbanajc, Education and Events Coordinator
Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC)
It was a pleasure hosting Dr David Hepburn. He was a hit! He kept everyone in stitches but maintained his point. I think I saw a paradigm shift occur in many people in attendance.
Town of Hinton, AB
Thank you for your presentation at our Annual Convention/AGM. We appreciate you taking the time to present to our membership. Your presentation was very engaging, informative and entertaining to our audience. This was supported by the responses we received from our evaluations with a resounding 97.8% rating your presentation as Good to Excellent (85.71% as excellent). To share with you are some of the comments: entertaining and informative, very good, fantabulous, excellent, funny, engaging and thought provoking, fantastic, practical information & lots of things to ponder, great presentation, motivational, excellent speaker & very enlightening, very funny, wonderful and good story are the responses from those evaluations we received
Joe Kuhar
General Manager, Feeder Association of Alberta

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