I apply my expertise and insights as a medical cannabis and psychedelics educator, historian, writer, poet, and cultural producer to spark conversations, fuel engagement and present opportunities that optimize black health and well-being.
This is How I Engage...
I am on a mission to change the negative perceptions about cannabis and psychedelic medicines that exist within black communities. Although the therapeutic benefits of cannabis have been broadly accepted and psychedelics research promises elegant solutions for difficult to treat mental health conditions, stigma and negative perceptions continue to exclude black people from becoming beneficiaries of this treatment plan. My mission is to create networks and platforms for black people to shape and direct medicinal cannabis and psychedelics programs and commercial enterprises which best serve their needs.
Using workshops, conferences, creative writing, poetry, and art, I co-create an agenda of participatory social engagement, which encourages critical thinking, reflection, and discussion. This process invites participants to move past the stigma and trauma of prohibition. These conversations present opportunities to restore balance in historical accounts, give voice to lived experiences and create opportunities for community solutions to emerge, while stimulating positive change in societal well-being.
I draw on my experience in systems thinking and my PhD research in medical cannabis to educate, advocate and co-design medical cannabis social equity programs, which champion racial equity and inclusivity. This approach enables entrepreneurs, corporations, NGOs, and allied industries to embed racial and social justice policies into their work, leading to the delivery of tangible restorative initiatives transforming black communities affected by the punitive prohibition regime.
I enjoy sharing insights about medical innovations that optimise health and well-being. The emerging cannabis and psychedelics medicines will revolutionise our healthcare systems, and this really excites me. I share my expertise and optimism through speaking engagements at conferences, delivering presentations, and facilitating health and well-being workshops.
Fascinated by puzzles and problem-solving, I have acquired a wealth of experience applying systems thinking approach to design bespoke solutions, sharing my expertise with thought leaders, researchers, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, corporations, NGOs, and governments, invested in leading the dynamic demands required to situate cannabis and psychedelic medicines within mainstream medicine.
I serve as a public historian and cultural producer by bringing lesser-known narratives and peripheral histories to the forefront. I invite people from marginalised communities to participate in history writing through interviews and workshops. The voices from these communities simultaneously give us a more rounded perspective into the past and offer a meditation on the present.
Writer & Poet
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What moves, inspires, irritates or frightens me? What do I want to change? My feelings, thoughts, experiences, and ideas are encapsulated in poetry and short essays focused on blackness and African diaspora narratives. My poetry readings and publications are a vehicle to communicate insights and research findings to both marginalised communities and the wider society.
I research, write, and present insights and raise awareness about cannabis and psychedelic medicines, cannabis drug reform and social justice, highlighting the overlaps, gaps, synergies, and dissonance between research, policy, and health systems helping professionals and the wider public to gain a deeper understanding of the opportunities inherent in this emerging field.
I curate Afrocentric programs in archives, museums, art, and cultural spaces. I use interviews and poetry as research methodologies to question the power structures and processes that consistently re(marginalise) African and African diaspora voices. My mission is to create spaces where art and culture serve as a point of connection.
I am the founder and CEO of Black Medical Cannabis Alliance - an organisation collaborating with institutions and companies that seek to integrate cannabis, social and economic equity within their company ethos, practice, and culture.
BMCA is a transatlantic platform, rooted in Afro-centric sensibilities. It aims to recover indigenous knowledge and narratives about medical botanicals, including cannabis and psychedelics. BMCA provides a space for academics, medical professionals, community health workers and other stakeholders to access bespoke learning packages, experts, and business networks industry.
Our core areas of service include...
Cannabis and psychedelics medicine research
Community engagement and participatory research
Transformative ideation and problem solving
Racial Equity in cannabis and psychedelics industries
Speaker and panel discussions on drug reform, hemp, cannabis, psychedelics, and medical innovations
Facilitator and speaker engagements: health and well-being webinars and workshops discussions
Black Voices Speak: 50 at 50
Black Voices Speak is a descriptor and a call to action for the British black population to speak out irrespective of fear and stigma associated with blackness and cannabis. I worked with creative fellow Angela Clerkin to create a safe space for black people to learn about cannabis prohibition and respond through poetry. The Black Voice Speak: Cannabis Social Justice anthology will be published in 2022.
Beyond The Law & Stigma An Adult Conversation About Cannabis.
Dr Yewande as a panel discussant with politicians, activists, medical professional, and a cultivator. Dr Yewande shares her poem Seven thousand, seven hundred, and seventy-seven languages. An ode to the Rastafari community in recognition of their struggle to consume cannabis as an entheogen.
Marijuana Friendly Ndaba
Research involves deep listening and dialogue. Dr Yewande joins a South African Ndaba (like a town hall) to discuss the situation regarding cannabis decriminalisation and medicalisation with researchers and activists.
Collaboration with Big Ideas: I'm a Yoruba Mother WW1 Community Project
I led a discussion about the inclusion and commemoration of Yoruba Mothers in the First World War. This project emphasised the ways in which poetry, language, and art workshops created a platform for the African diaspora to take a leadership role in commemorating fallen African soldiers while acknowledging the impact of war within African societies.