Aclara Research is a team of consulting professionals linking cannabis patient and consumer insights with healthcare research to solve commercial challenges. Aclara insights illuminate market opportunities, product development and business strategy to improve the patient and consumer experience and accelerate business growth and profitability.

We help our clients within the cannabis industry understand patient and consumer needs – how to assess market opportunities, prioritize product development and differentiate products that benefit patients and consumers.

Our cannabis patient and consumer research panel offers real time access to customer insights across legal markets, Our quantitative and qualitative research provide the foundation for a customer centric innovation strategy – market development, product innovation and improved health care outcomes.


Carmen Brace

Carmen Brace is the founder of Aclara Research. She is a consumer insights and strategy executive, with roles of increasing responsibility leading teams and client strategy development across ConAgra Brands, the Wm. Wrigley Jr. company and the Campbell Soup company. Her experience spans consumer and retail insights, enterprise strategy, sales leadership and category management across the leading retailers in the US food and beverage industry.

Carmen has worked and studied in six countries across Europe and the Americas, and consulted internationally across confectionary companies, advertising agencies and community organizations. She was repeatedly named to the ‘Who’s Who List of Shopper Insights Professionals’ by Shopper Marketing Magazine, and a ‘Rising Star’ by Progressive Grocer Magazine. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Agricultural Economics from The University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign, and The Ohio State University.

Her work with cannabis patients and consumers across markets illuminated a key insight – the medical cannabis patient is the most underserved within the health care system.  And across the US, the patient experience is not clearly understood by those that impact their daily struggle to find relief. Cannabis patients and consumers have similar reasons for using cannabis.  Identifying these common drivers of usage can shift perception of the plant, improve the user experience and business outcomes.


Aclara Research connects with cannabis users at the market level to understand their unique experience driven by a changing regulatory landscape. Our partners include cannabis medical researchers, dispensaries, testing labs and certification services.

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    Act Labs

    Act Labs is an ISO certified testing lab that sponsors a monthly cannabis patient support group, and provides free cannabis testing for members. For more information on Act Labs and the Lansing, Michigan patient support group, please

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    Intessa is medical cannabis certification service, providing a safe, professional certification experience to their customers across the state of Michigan.

    For more information on Intessa and obtaining a medical marijuana certification, please

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    The Om of Medicine
    The Om of Medicine is a leading dispensary in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Om is dedicated to improving the quality of life for members and community through the provisioning of medical cannabis in a collaborative, safe, and inspiring environment. They promote the rights of patients and the healing power of the plant through advocacy, education, and research. For more information on the Om of Medicine,

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    Illinois Medical Cannabis Community
    The Illinois Medical Cannabis Community is the largest active online community of Illinois patients of the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. The community has over 6000 members and actively engages members daily. For more information on the Illinois Medical Cannabis Community,

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    IMPACT network
    IMPACT Network is a 501c3 nonprofit organization Improving Marijuana Policy and Accelerating Cannabinoid Therapeutics. IMPACT clinical cannabis research and education services focus on Cannabis for Women’s Health, from infancy to seniors. For more information on the IMPACT network,

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    Green Gate Health
    Green Gate Health is a women owned, medical cannabis certification and wellness service in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Green Gate offers patient education, massage services, energy work and naturopathy to improve patient health and wellness. For more information about Green Gate Health and obtaining a medical marijuana certification,

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