Sherry Yafai MD is a Cannabis and Emergency Medicine physician at Providence St. John’s Medical Center since 2009. She graduated from UCSD Medical School in 2005 and UCSD Emergency Medicine Residency in 2009. In 2017, after recreational marijuana laws had passed, Dr. Yafai opened her private Cannabis Clinic, the ReLeaf Institute, where she sees patients referred by physicians for cannabis education and treatment. She is a member of the UCLA Cannabis Initiative, sits on the Board of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and has recently been appointed as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Providence St. John’s working with cannabis and cancer research. Dr. Yafai is the current Director of Research and Development for High Sobriety, a rehabilitation group that incorporates non-smokable cannabis treatment in the rehabilitation of patients away from alcohol and drug addiction. This innovative approach has paved the way for a new and effective pathway away from narcotics to help solve today’s opioid crisis.
Given the current opioid and addiction epidemic, where individuals are jumping from one rehab facility to another and eventually to their demise at alarming rates, another new and innovative pathway is being provided to patients with drug and addiction problems. In the current crisis, most rehab/sober living facilities offers a variety of rehab, AA, NA and mental health therapies, but High Sobriety, under the medical guidance of Dr. Sherry Yafai has opened a new pathway in addiction medicine. With the aid of cannabis based medications, anxiety, insomnia and pain are curbed with cannabis oils/edibles and patients find that they can actively engage in mental health work on a deeper, more meaningful level. There are many recovery centers and rehab centers that will begin to implement similar models around the country as cannabis continues to legalize throughout the states. It is important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of using cannabis in this manner and how it may be used successfully versus unsuccessfully.