Dr Jake Felice, an advisory board member of the Cheeba Cannabis Academy is an accomplished naturopathic physician with extensive experience in cannabinoid therapeutics and medical cannabis consultations. He runs a Naturopath Pain Clinic in Washington State that offers natural solutions for chronic pain and personal performance. In our interview he addresses topics such as cannabis dosing, pain management, cancer, opioids and Covid-19.
Dr Felice is a medical cannabis expert who provides scientific, medical, public relations, and compliance based advice for companies in emerging and existing cannabis markets and is on the advisory board for The Cannabis Defense Coalition in Washington. He earned his undergraduate degree from Penn State University where he played varsity lacrosse and majored in psychology with a focus on the study of peak human performance. He is a graduate and adjunct professor of Bastyr University, where he has taught Advanced Soft-Tissue Manipulation and currently teaches Radiographic Lab Interpretation.
His comprehensive approach to pain blends traditional healing practices with the best of modern science. “I believe that memory, emotions, and entrenched neural patterns play an enormous role in how the mind perceives pain” he says. “One way to approach these patterns is through the use of advanced cranial sacral therapy and visceral manipulation. These treatments are unique because they work with both the physical body and our mental awareness at the same time. Therapy sessions focus on understanding how pain influences our body’s movements, and on how our relaxation and fear/pain responses affect these patterns. This direct experience eases pain and helps patients learn quickly about the direct and profound connection between our bodies and our minds.”
Dr. Felice believes that the renewal of health on a deep level requires a shift in behaviour, and a change in awareness. “I strongly believe that a large part of health is about personal transformation”, he says. “With chronic pain, the healing processes can be so different for each individual that it requires a very personalised approach. True, long term changes are made on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.”
He lived in Japan and Asia for six years, studying Zen-shiatsu, tai-chi, and earning a 3rd degree black belt in Aikido. He has performed thousands of hours of manual therapy, and combines his insights into the martial arts to gain a unique perspective on the connection between pain and the mind-body connection.
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