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The Professionally Cannabis & Psychedelics Podcast is for Entrepreneurs, Connoisseurs and those interested in the business, science and politics of plant medicine. Each episode, your intrepid and handsome hosts (Oscar & Jonny) lead exclusive interviews with true industry pioneers within global cannabis and psychedelics. These candid conversations give listeners an insight into the newest industry innovations, and the fantastic minds driving these forward. If you're interested in these high g ...
 
How have entrepreneurs left their old careers behind and found success in cannabis, and how can you do the same? Green Entrepreneur with Jonathan Small answers that question each week, with inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush.
 
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Actuality explores the inner workings of the new global economy. Brought to you by Marketplace® and Quartz, it’s a podcast that combines the best of our economic smarts. Hosts Sabri Ben-Achour and Tim Fernholz find the interesting in the important and the important in the interesting—and define the issues shaping our daily experience in the global economy. In Season Two, we explore the impossible, with: they said it couldn’t be done. From creating a perfect algorithm to a perfect workforce, ...
 
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Last month, the PACT Act went into effect in the US, which prohibits vaping products to be delivered through the U.S. mail. Although this rule was originally intended for nicotine products, it now also includes devices used for marijuana and hemp. To talk about how this new law will affect the vaping industry, I’m joined by Ricardo Willis, CEO of t…
 
Joining the pod today is Dr. Jeffrey Becker – a psychiatrist and the Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer of Bexson Biomedical. Over the conversation, Jeffrey takes us on his journey to psychedelics, finding himself as a mystic and delving into the interconnectivity of consciousness, ego and self within the healing process.…
 
For this week’s episode, Jon Sandelman, the CEO of Ayr Wellness, joined the pod for an access-all-areas interview. Over the conversation, Jon takes us on his journey into cannabis, delving into how he set up a listed fund in Canada for US plant touching businesses, selecting companies for acquisition and setting a company culture across a diverse g…
 
Have you wanted to enjoy all the benefits of booze without the unhealthy side effects? Guest Darnell Smith believes he has a solution. He is the founder of Moon, MXXN, the first THC-infused spirits brand, creating 1:1 non-alcoholic replacements for gin, tequila and bourbon. A former defensive linemen for Notre Dame, Smith has worked with top global…
 
More than 55 million people live with dementia worldwide, and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year. But there are promising new developments in psychedelic medicine to help treat this debilitating symptom. Guest Dr. James Kuo is a physician and biotech executive with more than 25 years of drug development experience. He is co-founder of…
 
Joining the pod this week is Jim Hourigan, the CEO of leading California cannabis brandhouse, CannaCraft. Known for popular brands, such as Absolute Xtracts and Care by Design, Jim talks us through the growing popularity of the cannabis beverage sector, with CannaCraft’s beer developed alongside Lagunitas (of Heineken fame), techniques for growing …
 
Many cannabis entrepreneurs are flocking to Oklahoma, which boasts no limits on marijuana business licenses, few restrictions on who can obtain a medical card, and cheap land, energy and building materials. Our guest Chip Baker is all in on Oklahoma. As the founding partner of Greener Consulting Group, he helps businesses set up shop in the Sooner …
 
For the past 50 plus years, the DEA only permitted the University of Mississippi to grow research marijuana. But in March, the agency finally allowed private companies to grow cannabis for research. One of those companies is the Biopharmaceutical Research Company (BRC). Guest George Hodgin is the founder and CEO and a former Navy SEAL. We discuss h…
 
Want to know more about medical research on Ayahuasca? Tune into our conversation with Dr, Simon Ruffell and WaiFung Tsang of the Psychae Institute at University of Melbourne & Kings College London, respectively. Simon and WaiFung talk us through their journey to psychedelics – from self-funding an observational study around ayahuasca, through to r…
 
Fab 5 Freddy is one of the godfathers of hip hop. A graffiti artist, producer, filmmaker, and host of the iconic 80s show YO! MTV Raps, he is also a life-long cannabis user and advocate. Now he’s a cannabiz owner. Fab joins the show to talk about his new brand B Noble, which he founded with Bernard Noble who was sentenced for 13 years of hard labor…
 
Earlier this year, we caught up with Josh Kirby, the Co-Founder & CEO of Kin Slips – a California-based brand looking to redefine cannabis delivery mechanisms through their sublingual strips. Josh takes us on his journey from making brownies at university to designing innovative products for the California cannabis market, including some M&A along …
 
Guest Shannon Walters is the founder of LightSky Farms, a Michigan cannabis brand that has received over 35 High Times Cannabis Awards—including two in 2021. Shannon was s semi-pro skateboarded and snowboard who suffered numerous broken bones and injuries leading to an addition to opiates. Cannabis saved his life. He is also an expert winemaker and…
 
THC inflation is a problem in the cannabis industry. How does it work? Knowing that many consumers want the strongest product, many growers and distributors shop around for the lab that gives them the highest THC scores. This potency inflation, also known as lying, isn’t good for those attempting to manage precisely how high they become. Ben Rosman…
 
Tune into this week’s pod with one of the OGs of cannabis research - Professor Roger Pertwee, Emeritus Professor at the University of Aberdeen. In no uncertain terms, across over 50 years of cannabis research, Roger is behind many of the scientific breakthroughs that underpin our understanding of the pharmacology of cannabis and the endocannabinoid…
 
Former NBA star Al Harrington is the CEO and founder of Viola, inspired and named in honor of his grandmother. While many professional athletes talk the talk about cannabis and dabble in the industry, Al walks the walk. He is fully invested in the industry and a great spokesperson not only for cannabis but for entrepreneurs who want to get in the s…
 
Earlier this year, we spoke with another psychedelics and cannabis pioneer, Ronan Levy, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Field Trip Health. Within a candid conversation, Ronan discusses how Field Trip have exponentially scaled their business, the differences and similarities between how the psychedelics and cannabis industries will continue to gr…
 
From Mars to marijuana, our guest is former NASA engineer Nohtal Partansky who worked on the MOXIE instrument, a device that producing oxygen on the surface of Mars. But Nohtal left the space agency in 2018 to start his company Sorting Robotics, a robotics company that builds robots for cannabis manufacturers. He talks about the problems the robots…
 
Earlier this year, we spoke with Peter Crock, the CEO of Australian cannabis operator, Cann Group Ltd. As the first company in Australia granted a cultivation and research license for medical cannabis, Peter talks through the current state of play in the domestic market, Cann Group’s acquisitions and expansion into Europe, R&D initiatives and how t…
 
Rob Sims and Calvin Johnson, Jr used to be teammates on the Detroit Lions. Now they run a Michigan cannabis company called Primitiv together. Primitiv recently collaborated with Harvard University to research how cannabis helps people with CTE, a brain disease associated with repeated traumatic brain injuries. Rob Sims joins the show to talk why he…
 
For this episode, we speak with cannabis and psychedelics investors, Bek Muslimov and Nikolay Tretiyakov of Leafy Tunnel. Over the interview, we hear about the similarities and differences between cannabis and psychedelics investing, what investors should look for in companies and their founders, and the sectors that have the greatest growth potent…
 
Leo Giel is the new CEO of High There!, the largest cannabis-friendly social network. With over 100K active users, it is a Match.com for marijuana enthusiasts, a Tindr for tokers, and a whole lot more. The network was recently rebooted to include group chats, photo staring, message, and articles. Giel talks about how the company is addressing the c…
 
Earlier this year, we caught up with returning guest to the pod and a psychedelics and cannabis pioneer, Bruce Linton. Over the interview, Bruce takes us through his journey into psychedelics and gives his insight into public policy, the future of mental health treatment and how investors should approach this burgeoning market. Tune in today!…
 
This week's episode welcomes Karim Webb, Entrepreneurial Activist and CEO of 4thMVMT. Social equity initiatives are increasingly being worked into cannabis legalisation legislation in some U.S. states, but do they go far enough? Tune into Karim's interview to find out more!By Professionally Cannabis
 
Guests Josh Rubin and Milan Patel join the show to talk about how Curaleaf uses a DNA-based pathogen testing program to ensure their crops are free of fungi and pests within hours. Josh is senior VP of Cultivation for Curaleaf, a vertically-integrated MSO, and Milan is CEO of PathogenDX, an Arizona-based biotechnology company.…
 
Brett Feldman is the legendary cultivator and co-founder of Wonderbrett, a California-based cannabis lifestyle brand. For years, Brett’s rare genetics, exotic terpene profiles, and meticulous cultivation has made him a favorite of cannabis connoisseurs such as Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, B Real, and Justin Bieber. He recently opened a flagship disp…
 
Check out this week’s episode with Tracy Ryan, the Founder of NKore, CannaKids and Saving Sophie. Perhaps best known for her role in the award-winning film, Weed the People, in which Tracy’s baby daughter, Sophie, is treated with medical cannabis, Tracy has gone on to lead 3 organisations; most recently NKore, a research firm focussed on natural ki…
 
Guests are Josh Kirby and Andrew Lobo of Kinslips, compact cannabis-infused strips you slip under your tongue. They’re designed to dissolve in your mouth and straight into your blood stream in around 10 to 15 minutes, so you don’t have to wait around to feel the high. Josh and Andrew are the brain behind the strips. Josh is the Chief Product Office…
 
Guest Colin Hanks is an actor, filmmaker, the eldest son of Tom Hanks, and most recently an entrepreneur. His company Hanks Kerchiefs manufactures California-made colorful bandanas. Hanks recently partners with MSO cannabis operator Jushi to sell his products in their online merch store and BEYOND/HELLO retail stores in California and Illinois.…
 
Tune into Part 2 of our bumper first episode of the Professionally Psychedelics Podcast with Dr. David Feifel. As Professor Emeritus at UC San Diego & Founder of Kadima Neuropsychiatry Institute, David is one of the pioneers of psychedelic medicine research and ketamine therapy; a true leader at the forefront of the biggest development in mental he…
 
Earlier this year, we discussed everything French Cannabis with Benjamin-Alexandre Jeanroy, the Co-Founder & CEO of Augur Associates. The long-awaited two year ‘cannabis experiment’ in France was given the green light in March, providing access to medical cannabis and cannabis medicines for approximately 3000 patients. Benjamin talks through how th…
 
Dispensaries have come a long way since the first days of the 215 model in California. We sat down with Planet 13 Co-Founder Larry Scheffler, current record holder for the largest dispensary in the world, about his recent expansion into Southern California with Planet 13 Orange County, which is posed to become the second largest dispensary in the w…
 
Keith Villa, Ph. D. is a pioneer in the rapidly growing market of non-alcoholic cannabis-infused beers. Dr. Villa is a brewmaster who worked with Molson Coors for over 30 years. There, he founded Blue Moon brewery. After retiring in 2018, Dr. Villa founded CERIA Brewing, which became the state’s first THC-infused, non-alcoholic craft beer. Dr. Vill…
 
For our long-awaited first episode of Professionally Psychedelics, we had the honour of speaking with a pioneer of psychedelic medicine, Dr. David Feifel. Tune into part 1 of David’s episode today! As Professor Emeritus at UC San Diego & Founder of Kadima Neuropsychiatry Institute, David is one of the pioneers of psychedelic medicine research and k…
 
After a short summer break, for this week’s episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with Cameron Clarke, the CEO of Sunderstorm. As a long-standing advocate for plant medicines and the leader of California-based cannabis CPG brand, Sunderstorm, Cameron takes us on his journey from commercialising the Acai Berry in the US, through to creating high-…
 
Olympic track star Sha’Carri Richardson has been disqualified from competing in the Summer Olympics following a positive marijuana test. Though weed is legal both in city where Richardson used it (Portland) and in more than half the nation, the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) still bans cannabis. But why? Is cannabis is a performance enhancing drug…
 
Guest Whitney Beaty is the co-founder of Josephine and Billie’s, the first cannabis speakeasy in the U.S. Part store, part consumption lounge, the establishment will open in LA in September. It's a modern-day callback to the "tea pads" of the Jazz Age, in which Black communities in the 20s & 30s listened to music and enjoyed cannabis during the pro…
 
For this week’s episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with Dr Michele Ross, the Founder of AURA Therapeutics. As a clinician, patient, author and entrepreneur with deep, first-hand experience in using a plethora of plant medicines therapeutically, Michele talks through how she’s able to mediate the symptoms of her fibromyalgia, how she integrate…
 
The Big Candy industry is not pleased with bad actors in the illicit cannabis space stealing their logos. And some poison control centers are reporting an uptick of children who have accidentally consumed edibles they thought were candy. This is dangerous and terrible PR for legal cannabis. We’re joined by Joe Hodas, CMO of Wana Brands, the largest…
 
For this week’s episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with Kyle Detwiler, the CEO of international cannabis operator, Clever Leaves. In a wide-ranging conversation, Kyle gives great insight into how Clever Leaves have developed as a business since our last conversation with the company (50 episodes ago!), discussing distributing GMP-grade cannab…
 
David Belsky is the CEO and Founder at FlowerHire, a cannabis recruiting agency founded in LA with over 500 placements in 10 states. He helps professionals in the cannabis businesses find jobs spanning from seed-to-sale¬ to ancillary to multi-state operators—and everything in between. On the podcast, he talks about the biggest opportunities and tre…
 
What do you need to know about opening up a cannabis business in New York? Jeffrey Schultz is a partner at Feuerstein Kulick LLC, a NYC-based law firm focused on the cannabis industry, where he advises cannabis operators on a number of legal issues, including financing and complex corporate transactions, banking laws, and state-level cannabis licen…
 
Last April, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill of 321-101 to protect banks that service state-legal marijuana businesses from being penalized by federal regulators. The legislation is known as the SAFE Banking Act. What does this bill mean to the cannabis industry? And will the Senate and President make it the law of the land. Rachel…
 
For this week’s episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with Sam Ghods, the CEO of Connected Cannabis – one of the largest flower brands in California. A premium cannabis brand, whose products hold an equally premium price tag, Sam talks to Jonny and Oscar about his experience of growing the brand, utilizing his experience and tech-background. Ove…
 
Jason is a founding members and board chair of dosist, an innovative cannabis company specializing in providing natural plant-based targeted solutions delivered via dose-controlled technology. Recently, dosist went full throttle into the wellness space offering a range of CBD, THC-free products and. He talks about the how dosist is positioning them…
 
David A. Paleschuck is a product development and marketing expert and author of the fascinating new book, Branding Bud: The Commercialization of Cannabis. He talks about questions brands should ask when positioning their product, the 15 archetypes of cannabis brands, the companies that are doing it right (and wrong), and his predictions for cannabi…
 
For this week’s episode, we had the absolute honour of speaking with cannabis legend, Dr. Ethan Russo, Founder & CEO of CReDO Science. As, quite literally, one of the pioneering researchers in cannabis, and someone whose insights underpin much of the modern day understanding of the plant and the ECS, Ethan is truly a Rockstar guest for the pod. Ove…
 
Legendary cannabis icon Tommy Chong sits down with Green Entrepreneur to discuss his life, his legacy in comedy and cannabis, his predictions for the future of the industry. The interview was conducted by Nicholas Gaulin editor in chief of the Marijuana Retail Report. For more cannabis industry news visit GreenEntrepreneur.com…
 
For this week’s episode, we had the pleasure of talking with cannabis branding aficionado, Jared Mirsky, Founder & CEO at Wick & Mortar. As one of the first cannabis branding agencies to be incepted at the start of the cannabis boom in the US, Jared talks through the best ways to highlight a brand’s USP in their marketing, creative campaign case st…
 
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