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65 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Ep109 - Diane Goldstein: Will the Cops Ever Get Behind Legalization?
“Defund the police? We should defund the drug war first!”This episode is sponsored by Zippz, state-of-the-art personalized CBD medicines for sleep and stressMost cops have never been fans of legalization. Diane Goldstein, Executive Director of the Law Enforcement Action Project, explains why and how she's working to change hardened minds. An extensive 2020 survey of 3615 law enforcement officers revealed that a large chasm that still exists between changing our out of date drug laws and changing the minds of the people who enforce those laws. While 37 US states have some form of medical or adult use laws, the police are still being trained to associate the devil’s lettuce with criminality, a designation that was created by drug laws themselves. Here 's a sampling of the study’s findings: 75% of cops surveyed had never used cannabis or used it less than four times.Two thirds agree that “marijuana is less dangerous than other Schedule 1 drugs” but over 75% still believe it is a gateway drug and that legalization leads to use of harder drugs.Over half of the cops surveyed in illegal states still believe that enforcing misdemeanor possession charges is a worthwhile use of their time.These statistics explain why I invited Diane Goldstein on to the podcast. Diane was a cop for 20 years and today she heads LEAP, the Enforcement Action Partnership. She is a cop who saw the failures of the Drug War from a professional and personal point of view and now works to educate and change hardened minds within the law enforcement hierarchy. We’ve all heard cops say, “We don’t make the law, we only enforce it,” but the truth is that cops have a vested interest in and receive massive amounts of state and federal funding to maintain the prohibition status quo. “Cops often repress reform because it doesn’t support their agenda,” is how Diane expresses it in this interview.It’s no secret that Diane’s task is Herculean, but she is optimistic that change is afoot. “Yes,” she says, “we must change laws but we also have to show Law Enforcement that they’ll still have plenty of tools they need to do their jobs effectively.” In other words, reward them with the same funds they would have used to investigate marijuana crimes. “Before talking about defunding the police [a misleading and dreadful phrase to explain reapportioning funds in my humble opinion], we should defund the drug war first. Drug law enforcement is a bludgeon that drives racial disparities in policing across the country.”ALSO...Be sure to check out the “Trusted Brands'' tab on the Brave New Weed website. We recently launched in response to frequent questions from listeners about products. Alas, we are not able to test every product that comes our way our catches our interest, but those that we’ve been able to vet are on this small, growing list. Keep checking it as we’ll be updating it regularly.
67 minutes | May 27, 2021
Ep108 - Troy Ivan: Mastering The Craft of Extraction
Troy Ivan, founder of ExactCraft, on how to make the best extractions at home, the importance of “cannaflavins,” and the newest product for pain relief that you’ve never heard of (but will want to try)!This episode is sponsored by MedicalCannabisMentor.com, now offering CME courses!Extraction is a beautiful but confusing thing, especially if you’re new to cannabis. Extracted products range from the sludgy RSO (now called FECO, full extract cannabis oil) that is used to treat certain cancers, to the golden, superterpy full melt rosin, and everything in between. This episode’s guest, Troy Ivan, is a self-made expert in home extraction and he explains how people trying this at home can get the best product and highest yield with the equipment his company, ExactCraft, has perfected over the last few years. Troy is a former finance guy who, in his words, went from “extraction of the dollar to extraction of cannabis oil.” He did it in the Steve Jobs model, by spending years in his garage, learning the ins and outs of forcing those beautiful oils from the trichomes in the cleanest way possible. While extraction as a process isn’t new, citizen scientists like Troy are developing new, and surprising applications and not just with cannabinoids. Two thirds through this interview Troy talks about a revolutionary citrus peel extract that appears to relieve arthritis pain. Knowing that citrus contains high concentrations of the anti-inflammatory terpene limonene, Troy made his own grapefruit peel concentrate and then rubbed some on the stiff ankles of his 80-something year old mother. In ten minutes her pain was gone, he recalls. She continued applying it, once every few days at first, then once a week, then once a month, and now barely needs it. It seems to have relieved the condition as well as the pain. “That was what I was hoping but not what I was expecting,” says Troy. “It’s crazy how good it is.” To learn more about the citrus peel extract, go here.To learn more about extraction in generalTroy recommends these resources.extractcrafter.com/skunkpharmresearch.com/extractcraft.com/fuckcombustion.comSPECIAL OFFER If you would like a chance to sample my favorite edibles, listen to Episode 107. Toward the end you’ll hear how a $20 contribution to the Brave New Weed Patreon contribution will enable you to receive two free edibles (50mg THC) in the mail, and an opportunity to subscribe to the maker’s very private mailing list. This is a limited time offer. At the time of this writing there were 9 slots available, so hurry.Finally, To read the pain study comparing cannabinoid medicines to pharmaceuticals, click here. Note: the THC:CBD preparation beat Tramdol, Oxycodone, Ibuprofen, and Fentanyl. And now ask yourself why it’s still illegal in most of the world and what you can do to change that situation.
78 minutes | May 13, 2021
Ep107 - The Best Edible I've Taken. Here's what makes them so special...
You can't buy them, but this podcast will tell you how to get your own supply and/or make them yourself--recipe below. One thing that has always impressed me about the world of “higher order plants” are the citizen scientists who defy the law, societal norms, and the limits of their own knowledge to experiment with different ways of tweaking the plant to their own ends. They’re farmers and formulators, bakers and makers, but they share an abiding curiosity and dedication to craft. I was introduced to one such citizen scientist earlier this year, and his journey into high-potency and highly delicious edibles was so impressive I invited him onto the podcast. Chris Bugbee describes himself on his Twitter bio as a “cause-driven communications pro, print hound/news junkie, husband, dad to 3 daughters.” Shortly after California legalized he decided that too many of the edibles flooding the market were overpriced and under dosed, so he began to grow his own plants and find an extraction method to minimize the bitter taste of cannabis oils, and create his own cannafections that he calls Ginja Snaps and distributes through the Nightkitchen Bakery.But here’s the kicker: Chris doesn’t sell the Ginja Snaps. He gives them away to a small group of supporters who send him a modest contribution when they're ready for a refill. He does it this way because, as he puts it, "this is a mitzvah, not a business." (Mitzvah is Hebrew for a good deed).Whether you consider cannabis a medicine, sacrament or euphoriant, it has always been something to share. To that end Chris has generously extended an invitation to 20 Brave New Weed listeners to join the private Night Kitchen Bakery mailing list. Listeners, this a truly special offer to a limited number of people for a limited time. To learn how to join his private list and if you are curious to try what I judge to be the best, most dynamic edibles, follow the instructions at the end of the episode! And read below this ad to get Chris's recipe.Meanwhile, if you’d like to learn more about infusion and/or extraction (the latter is the slightly expensive but much more efficient method) Chris recommends this comparison-based resource. And if you’re interested in trying Chris’s Ginja Snap recipe on your own, here it is. Chewy Ganja Ginger Snap (180-200 cookies)This recipe, originally from the August 18, 2014 issue of High Times, served as the starting point in the evolution of the Ginja Snap. We are currently working on the 37th iteration of the recipe since our first effort to create a cookie that is as expeditious as it is delicious. Along the way we’ve played with various combinations of different sugars (castor, demerara, dark brown sugar, date sugar, coconut sugar), different kinds of molasses, added nutmeg and allspice to the ingredient list, swapped MCT coconut oil for butter, and increased the amount of crystallized ginger to 11 oz. One of our goals from the outset was to keep the cookie size small and the potency high, around 25mg THC per cookie. We began using ½ tablespoon (25mm) scoop to keep the size uniform and the dosage per cookie consistent. We’ve also experimented with efforts to increase the bioavailability of the ingredients by adding additional egg yolks or sunflower lecithin.Because potency is a goal, the Night Kitchen Bakery uses only flower instead of trim. We began by infusing 2 cups of flower in 1 cup of oil. Over the last year, we’ve switched from infusion to extraction, in which food grade ethanol is used as a solvent to extract THC and other cannabinoids more efficiently and completely than infusion. Ingredients4.5 cups all-purpose flour2 tsp baking soda1 tbsp ground ginger1.5 tsp ground cinnamon1 tsp ground cloves1.5 tsp salt1 cup cannabutter (melted) or oil1/2 cup unsulfured molasses2 cups sugar, plus extra for rolling dough2 large eggs7 oz crystallized ginger, cut into small chunksPreparationPreheat oven to 325ºF.Combine the flour, baking soda, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt in a medium bowl. Stir together with whisk to incorporate all spices evenly.In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the cannabutter (or oil), molasses, and sugar. Cream the butter/sugar mixture until fluffy and smooth.Add the eggs one at a time and mix until fully incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.Add the flour mixture into the wet mix slowly, until almost fully incorporated, and then add the chunks of crystallized ginger. Mix until dough is nice and shiny.Roll dough into 25 balls and roll in white sugar. Press down slightly. Bake at 325ºF for 8 to 10 minutes, until the top of the cookie starts to crack slightly.Let cool on a rack and enjoy!
70 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Ep106 - Buddhist Scholar Stephen Batchelor on Cannabis as a Secular Sacrament
"I don’t take cannabis in social situations. I only take it by myself in a quiet, reflective space...Sometimes it leads me down blind alleys, but often it clarifies and heightens my reflections. I see it as a power plant."Many people who use substances say that they create a deeper connection with “god,” “nature” or their own “spiritual” selves. Yet most organized religions are averse to plant medicines including psilocybin, ayahuasca, peyote and cannabis. Christians call these entheogens (plants that when ingested produce higher states of consciousness) false gods and warn against them for a host of reasons, primarily because they don’t want adherents straying from the flock.Buddhists use different words but similarly proscribe intoxicants that lead users into states of “mindlessness” or “carelessness.” But as an intermittent traveler in spiritual circles I can assure you substance use among Western spiritual teachers is far more widespread than openly admitted. So many of them use psychedelics and cannabis, but maintain a well-guarded “conspiracy of silence,” as this week’s guest, Stephen Batchelor, puts it.Batchelor is an esteemed teacher, writer, artist, and Buddhist scholar, who is best known for his secular approach to Buddhism and his openness to using entheogens to deepen his own contemplative practices. At 18, he went to India, where he was ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1974. He traveled, first to Germany and then South Korea, where he left the Tibetan tradition to train in Zen Buddhism. But in 1985 he disrobed, married and moved to France, where he and his wife still live in a small village near Bordeaux. His work has centered around developing a more modern, universalist approach to Buddhism, one that integrates the truths of tradition with the needs of our time.“The bulk of Buddhist teachers set out on this path through psychedelics and cannabis in the 1960s and 70s,” Batchelor, 68, told me. “But Buddhism, for many reasons, is too trapped in its own history. It appears user friendly but scratch the surface and you’ll hit a bedrock of moralism. It’s heavily committed to certain dogmas that it won’t or can’t release.”If you are interested in Batchelor's secular approach to this religion, I recommend Buddhism Without Beliefs, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist, and his most recent, The Art of Solitude, which was written before COVID but helped me mightily during the darker days of lockdown and forced isolation. It’s my honor to have Stephen as a guest and my pleasure to share the conversation with you.This episode is sponsored by WONDERFEEL:Wonderfeel's next-generation wellness formulas are organic, tested and pure. More than just CBD, these are profoundly effective wonder formulas developed by Dr. Andrew Levinson and tested with patients at his clinic for over two years.Wonderfeel fans are thrilled, saying they fall asleep easier and stay asleep using the Evening CBD.Their Daytime CBD gets glowing reviews among migraine sufferers who finally found relief. And compared to other CBD brands their customers have tried, they report feeling way less anxiety and stress. If you want to feel the wonders of Wonderfeel formulas Log in here and use the code BRAVE, and you’ll get 15% off your purchase. If you don’t feel wonderful, your purchase is on Wonderfeel.
4 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Bar Cap 4:20 Financial Report 4/20/21 - Cannabis Tech hits Puberty
Cannabis tech is beginning the journey of coming to age. Over the past 18-24 months, multiple companies have emerged and have competitive offerings in each part of the cannabis tech landscape. Better monetization of cannabis tech plays, significant market share gains, and consolidation are on the way.Related LinksJoin our investor communityRecent News for Episode Topichttps://www.ganjapreneur.com/topic/technology/ https://cannatechtoday.com/ https://mjbizdaily.com/technology/ Bar Cap 420 is a financial insight and current events report focused on the cannabis industry. Its goal is to serve as the gateway to understanding and investing in cannabis. The series aims to deliver the key highlights in the global cannabis industry in under 4 minutes and 20 seconds. Beyond the highlights, Bar Cap 420 will also do deep dives into subjects that help followers understand what lies under the hood of the cannabis industry. The series has a partnership with the Brave New Weed podcast to help both audiences gain a deeper and more nuanced understanding of cannabis from social, political and financial angles. Anand Shahi has over 20 years of experience in both public and private investments. As founder and President of Bar Capital, Anand is a thought leader, investor in and banker for the cannabis space. Anand is a Chartered Financial Analyst, holds a B.A. in Computer Science as well as Economics, and has a series 7 and 63 license.
56 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Ep105 - Niambe McIntosh Fights for Family Justice and Global Legalization on this 4/20 aka Peter Tosh Day.
“As a nonviolent offender, my brother faced the ultimate consequences of what cannabis prohibition really does to families.”On June 15th, 2013 Jawara McIntosh, musician, cannabis activist, and son of reggae genius Peter Tosh, was pulled over on the New Jersey Turnpike, not because he was speeding but more likely because of his dreadlocks. The cops found sixty five pounds of marijuana in his car and locked him away in a county jail for six months. After being released on $200,000 bond, Jawara, who performed under the name Tosh 1, pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute and took a plea deal which landed him in Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ, with a one-year sentence. On February 21st, 2017, just six months shy of his release date, Jawara, then 37, was attacked by another inmate. He sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that left him in a coma, unable to speak, move or care for himself for three agonizing years until his death, July 17, 2020. Like his dad and the rest of his family, Jawara was a Rastafarian who used cannabis as a religious sacrament.In honor of International Peter Tosh Day, which occurs on 420, Jawara’s sister, (and Tosh’s youngest daughter), Niambe McIntosh, joins us to tell the story of her brother’s death and how it spurred her into action on his behalf.What Niambe, who today heads the Peter Tosh Foundation and is a cannabis entrepreneur, failed to tell me in this interview was that her brother’s story bears an eerie resemblance to an incident that happened to her father. Back in 1978, a gang of 8 policemen saw Peter Tosh standing outside of a recording studio in Kingston, Jamaica with a joint in his hand. They beat him with Billy clubs, then locked him in jail. According to reports, his skull was shattered in several places, his ribs were broken, and his hands had been crushed. When Bob Marley visited his former Wailers’ bandmate in the hospital and saw the battered body, he wept. We’re bringing you this podcast in celebration of 420, 2021, as a reminder that despite the progress that the march toward legalization has sustained in the last years, the fight for justice and criminal justice reform is still far from over. Please have a Happy High Holiday but take a moment to remember all of those who came before who contributed to making this High Holiday possible.
4 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Bar Cap 4:20 Financial Report 4/13/21 - Green Thumb Cultivation
Green thumb cultivators who entered cannabis after a more traditional crop and have 'mom-and-pop' operations are going to have a tougher time competing in the cannabis space. Multi-state and multi-national corporations are now making some big plays and will either acquire or drive out smaller operations in the coming months.Related LinksJoin our investor communityRegister for our upcoming 4/20 Cannabis Summit in partnership with 3x61 FirmRecent News for Episode Topichttps://www.newcannabisventures.com/mercer-park-brand-spac-to-buy-california-cannabis-operator-glass-house-group-for-567-million/https://mjbizdaily.com/canopy-to-buy-supreme-for-ca435-million-as-cannabis-ma-heats-up/Bar Cap 420 is a financial insight and current events report focused on the cannabis industry. Its goal is to serve as the gateway to understanding and investing in cannabis. The series aims to deliver the key highlights in the global cannabis industry in under 4 minutes and 20 seconds. Beyond the highlights, Bar Cap 420 will also do deep dives into subjects that help followers understand what lies under the hood of the cannabis industry. The series has a partnership with the Brave New Weed podcast to help both audiences gain a deeper and more nuanced understanding of cannabis from social, political and financial angles. Anand Shahi has over 20 years of experience in both public and private investments. As founder and President of Bar Capital, Anand is a thought leader, investor in and banker for the cannabis space. Anand is a Chartered Financial Analyst, holds a B.A. in Computer Science as well as Economics, and has a series 7 and 63 license.
56 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Ep104 - Smoke Out A Republican
This week’s guest has a brilliant program on how to use cannabis to change conservative Republican minds--and no, he wasn’t high when he came up with it!This episode is sponsored by Elēment Apothēc, a new CBD body care and wellness brand inspired by the healing power of nature and backed by science. One of their best sellers, Belle Visage Face Serum, is an intense hydrating and moisturizing face serum filled with healing and beneficial oils, botanicals like Sea Buckthorn Oil, CBD and CBG, which naturally support the skin while combating environmental stressors. Get 10% off at checkout with this link: https://elementapothec.com/discount/10brave.A few weeks ago we received an email from someone who proposed we do a show on his program to change the politics of America by actively offering cannabis to Republicans. My co-host Matthew thought it was a joke, but I was intrigued--after all cannabis was likely one of the plants that warring tribes of yore used in their “peace pipes.” If it worked centuries ago, maybe it could help bridge the red blue chasm that has the Republican party strangling the Senate, restricting voting rights, and egging on the misguided thugs who stormed the capitol on January 6th.So I called the writer of “Smoke Out A Republican” and grilled him. It turns out that he himself is a recovering Republican (and Evangelical Christian), so he knew his audience. And his reasoning was based on experience and seemed... well, very reasonable. “Look.” he told me, “When I first tried cannabis it caused me to think new thoughts and examine what I believed, which I had never done because an integral part of being a Republican is that you don’t do self examination because you’re always right!. That deep conviction in your rightness is at the center of being a Republican.” His ambition was mighty: try to change the minds of 1 million Republicans by offering them a joint (once COVID is no longer a threat). Do it respectfully and repeatedly, use an excellent sativa variety, and never insult. As he correctly points out, saying ‘Hey, you should stop being a Republican and try pot!’ isn’t going to do it because attacking someone causes them to hunker down and entrench. I’m not telling you more. For the good of the country, listen to this podcast, and check out the SOAR program on Twitter at SmokeOutARepub1 or email him at Smokeoutarepublican420@gmail.com. We have a lot of minds to change, one puff at a time.
6 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Bar Cap 4:20 Financial Report 3/19/21 - Boris and Mexican Cartels
Cinco de Mayo will never be the same - Mexico goes legal and the implications for drug cartels. Also, Boris Jordan appearing in the media to lay out the global strategy.Related Links:https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2021-03-10/eu-cannabis-market-may-double-u-s-curaleaf-chair-says-videohttps://www.cnbc.com/video/2021/03/10/curaleafs-boris-jordan-on-the-global-expansion-of-cannabis-availability.htmlhttps://seekingalpha.com/article/4406604-cannabis-legalization-mexico-list-of-companies-poised-to-benefithttps://foreignpolicy.com/2021/03/12/mexico-prepares-to-light-up-legally/Bar Cap 420 is a financial insight and current events report focused on the cannabis industry. Its goal is to serve as the gateway to understanding and investing in cannabis. The series aims to deliver the key highlights in the global cannabis industry in under 4 minutes and 20 seconds. Beyond the highlights, Bar Cap 420 will also do deep dives into subjects that help followers understand what lies under the hood of the cannabis industry. The series has a partnership with the Brave New Weed podcast to help both audiences gain a deeper and more nuanced understanding of cannabis from social, political and financial angles. Anand Shahi has over 20 years of experience in both public and private investments. As founder and President of Bar Capital, Anand is a thought leader, investor in and banker for the cannabis space. Anand is a Chartered Financial Analyst, holds a B.A. in Computer Science as well as Economics, and has a series 7 and 63 license.
67 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Ep103 - Biologist Jason Wilson Talks Delta-8-THC, the New Kid on the Cannabis Scene
Is it safe? Is it legal? Our guest is Jason Wilson, a natural products researcher and a laboratory quality consultant, which means he knows something about this new product that is taking the cannabis world by storm.This episode is sponsored by Elēment Apothēc, the new CBD body care and wellness brand that is over a decade in the making. Elēment Apothēc products are doctor formulated and utilize CBD, CBG, CBN and other beneficial phytocannabinoids and plant-based remedies. They are vegan, sustainable, third party certified, and effective. Check them out at helementapothec.com and see why so many customers are giving them incredible reviews. Get 10% off this week with code BRAVE10.Like a winter snow in July, Delta-8-THC is taking the cannabis market by storm, but what is it? It is said to come from hemp but hemp doesn’t produce high levels of THC. It is said to be a natural sleep aid, but so is good old Delta-9-THC. In the last weeks I’ve heard that it has the same chemical structure of Delta-9-THC except for the location of one tiny double bond......that it’s extracted by spraying hemp flowers with a gas that reeks of rotten eggs... that it’s sort of legal…(sort of legal?!). While seeking answers to my questions I did what so many other cannabists do: I turned my body into a lab and tried it myself. Over a week, I took several 30mg white grapefruit Delta-8-THC gummy from the Tampa, FL based company, PUR. The label listed the ingredients (which include corn syrup, silicon dioxide and some artificial flavors, so not that pure), a batch and lot number plus a QR code that promised to direct me to a Certificate of Analysis (CoA) but instead brought me to a shopping site -- disappointing. I called the company and even though the gent who answered the phone promised to email me the CoA (once he asked his colleague what a CoA was), it never arrived. Nonetheless...the flavor “white grapefruit” was less disappointing than the lab testing info. Its sweetness was nicely cut with a mouth puckering tang. And the effects were gentle but not insubstantial. I took it at night and slept well. I woke up a bit foggy, but not unbearably so. I took a 2nd dose a few nights later with similar results but a much blurrier morning. Friends had mixed reviews. One woman’s experience echoed my own. Another male said it put him to sleep but wiped him out the next day. Conclusion: Just like all cannabinoids everybody seems to experience d8 THC differently depending on their metabolism and a host of factors that our guest this week, Jason Wilson, MS, spells out with great clarity.Jason is a natural products researcher, a board member of the Oregon Education and Resource Center, and a laboratory quality management consultant, which means he knows something about the funny business that goes on in product testing (more on that in an upcoming episode). He’s also a chemist who can explain processes in understandable english. When Delta-8-THC is synthesized from hemp CBD it is often processed with sulfuric acid (which is why it smells like rotten eggs). Depending on that quality of that chemical synthesis, a number of mysterious byproducts may also appear, which raises legitimate questions about the purity of the final product. As to its psychoactivity -- Delta-8-THC has less activation at the CB1 receptor, which is why it is less potent than d9 THC. As for its legality...let’s say citizen chemists are way ahead of the lawmakers, who are still trying to figure out the law. Of course, the simplest way to resolve the question of legality and assure product purity is to legalize and regulate all cannabis products. Hopefully, with the Dems firmly in control of their agenda, that day is around the corner.
5 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Bar Cap 4:20 Financial Report 3/12/21
"Transaction Alert" focused on the recent Curaleaf and EMMAC deal announcement and its implications on the global stage.Bar Cap 420 is a financial insight and current events report focused on the cannabis industry. Its goal is to serve as the gateway to understanding and investing in cannabis. The series aims to deliver the key highlights in the global cannabis industry in under 4 minutes and 20 seconds. Beyond the highlights, Bar Cap 420 will also do deep dives into subjects that help followers understand what lies under the hood of the cannabis industry. The series has a partnership with the Brave New Weed podcast to help both audiences gain a deeper and more nuanced understanding of cannabis from social, political and financial angles. Anand Shahi has over 20 years of experience in both public and private investments. As founder and President of Bar Capital, Anand is a thought leader, investor in and banker for the cannabis space. Anand is a Chartered Financial Analyst, holds a B.A. in Computer Science as well as Economics, and has a series 7 and 63 license.
104 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Ep102 - Hamilton Morris: Creator of Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia
Xenon, Iboga, MDMA, psychedelic toad venom...Hamilton Morris talks about the pleasures and challenges of unearthing the secret history of psychedelics, one substance at a time. If you’re interested in exploring the burgeoning world of psychedelics, you’ll find no better guide than Hamilton Morris. The 34-year old, 6’1, scientist, documentary filmmaker, cultural anthropologist and son of Errol (The Thin Blue Line) Morris has spent the last decade traveling to over 30 countries to shed light into darker corners of the psychedelic world. Hamilton is a scary smart, affable and big hearted companion -- so much so that many men, women and other-gender identified people I know have somewhat of a crush on him. In our conversation, Hamilton, a resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, speaks openly about some recent episodes of the third, and sadly, final season of Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia. He tells me that Xenon, a rare noble gas available in Russia and the Czech Republic, qualifies as “a near perfect high.” He reveals that his 5-day immersion in an iboga ceremony in West Africa allowed him “to stand outside of myself and see my behavior, my relationships, my life history... with an objective, dispassionate perspective that was unbelievably beneficial.” And he does something rarely seen in journalism, he admits he made a mistake. In an episode in Series 1, he was fooled by an imposter who claimed to be Albert Most, the author of The Psychedelic Toad of the Sonoran Desert, the 1984 pamphlet that first revealed that the venom of the Bufo alvarius toad was a powerful psychedelic (otherwise known as 5 MEO DMT) when smoked. In this podcast, Hamilton recounts how being hoodwinked actually led him to meet the real Albert Most (real name Ken Nelson) just six weeks before he died from Parkinson’s Disease. The journey of that episode is one of the highlights of Series 3. In fact, meeting Ken led Hamilton to republish a new edition of The Psychedelic Toad of the Sonoran Desert, which also includes Morris’s formula for synthesizing the 5 MEO DMT compound. If you wish to order a copy, not only will you own of a classic piece of psychedelic literature, but your money will go to fund research into Parkinson’s Disease. Learn more by tuning into the last ⅓ of this great conversation.
62 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
Bonus - Destination Cannabis: Insight for New Jersey Hospitality and Tourism
A panel of cannabis experts for a discussion of legal recreational cannabis use, its impact on resort destinations, and opportunities for New Jersey hospitality and tourism business. Special focus will be given to destination marketing, and the intersection of cannabis with agritourism and food and beverage tourism.This event is presented by the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality, School of Business Stockton University in partnership with the Greater Atlantic City Chamber and Stockton University Cannabis Studies program.Panelists Include:Brian Applegarth, Founder - Cannabis Trail and Chairperson of the CalTravel Cannabis CommitteeBrian Applegarth is a cannabis tourism subject matter expert, educator, and international speaker on the topic. He’s inspired by building bridges between the travel and cannabis industries and works to steward a model that goes beyond consumption. Brian believes that the California cannabis tourism experience must include culture, history, and storytelling of the medical cannabis movement.Brian is a board member of the 420 Archive and California Travel Association, Chairs the CalTravel Cannabis Committee and is a member of the Sonoma County Tourism Marketing Committee. Brian is also a cannabis historian. Inspired by iconic cannabis pioneers and social justice movements that fueled the robust industry of today, Brian brings a unique perspective and immense passion to his work. Brian Applegarth represents tourism and hospitality possibilities that may be available in the future. Simply, CA has accepted cannabis for several years now (almost decades and it is part of their culture) and Brian has experience with many different types of hospitality/cannabis tourism opportunities. He also has plenty of data about cannabis tourism/hospitality. Rob Mejia, Adjunct Faculty, Cannabis Studies Minor – Stockton UniversityPresident, Our Community Harvest: A Cannabis Education CompanyRob Mejia is the author of multiple books written explicitly to introduce adults to cannabis and the cannabis industry. The Essential Cannabis Book: A Field Guide for the Curious and The Essential Cannabis Journal: Personal Notes from the Field (Cedar Lane Press 2018, 2019) provide researched information about cannabis with an authentic, engaging narrative and real-world examples that demystifies the plant, explains the science, and examines the stigma and social and racial justice issues surrounding cannabis. His expertise in cannabis extends to cooking with cannabis as Rob has produced and hosted a number of edibles events and meals. He also registered two national cannabis trademarks -California Homegrowers Association® and Our Community Harvest: A Cannabis Education Company®- and represents two cannabis artists (Pat Ryan and Laurence Cherniak) via the website www.CannabisArtAndDesign. Cintia Morales, Co-Founder and Director of Education - Higher Ed. Hemp ToursCintia Morales is the Co-Founder and Director of Education for Higher Ed. Hemp Tours, an Austin based hemp advising company dedicated to bridging the gap in cannabis knowledge between consumer and retailer through unique experiences. Also, she is the ESL Program Director for ACES Language School, located in Austin, TX. She has taught English, as well as a variety of subjects, to both young and adult students from all over the world. She has been a world traveler instructor with a passion for education and developing curriculum and programs for more than 15 years. She is dedicated to assist English language learners adapting to life in the United States.Cintia Morales operates in TX where there is only a fledgling, very limited medical cannabis program and no legal adult use. Despite this, Cintia’s company has figured out ways to participate in the cannabis tourism industry and promote cannabis education. This may be a first step that Atlantic City wants to take. David Yusefzadeh, MA based Chef and Food DesignerDavid Yusefzadeh is a chef and food designer based in Boston, Massachusetts. He spent the majority of his career working in fine dining restaurants and hotels around the world. Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Mario Batali and Richard Ekkebus are just a few of the chefs that David has spent time with professionally. He is currently CEO/Founder of Cloud Creamery, a cannabis ice cream company based in Boston. David was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2011 and has been using Cannabis to allow him to function in his everyday life. https://www.cloudcreamery.co/ https://www.eatsacrilicious.com/events/
70 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Ep101 - Madison Margolin: Enlightened Lockdown! Cultivating Magic Mushrooms At Home
A conversation with Madison Margolin, editor of DoubleBlind, the magazine that's charting the psychedelic renaissance (and a special guest appearance by Timothy Leary's lawyer).It’s the second winter of our pandemic discontent. We’re bored, weary of isolation, itchy to travel, but confined at home. A growing number of restless adventurers are adapting by traveling inward. Their vehicle of choice? Psilocybe cubensis, AKA psilocybin, AKA magic mushrooms. Our guide on this episode's journey, Madison Margolin, is the editor and co-founder of DoubleBlind, the bi-annual print magazine that’s charting the psychedelic renaissance.Just like cannabis, psychedelics, squashed and maligned by 60 years of prohibition, are at the center of this resurgence. Psilocybin has been decriminalized in cities including Denver, CO, Oakland and Santa Cruz, CA, Washington DC, and Somerville, MA. The entire state of Oregon has decriminalized and legalized it for therapeutic use. Change is afoot and DoubleBlind is charting it.The magazine blends exuberant graphics and joyful mix of the informative, fun and at times, fantastic, journalism, which is how it should be. In it, you’ll find:profiles of some boldface names such as Hamilton Morris, the host of the great VICE TV series, Hamilton’s PharmacopeiaAn investigation into the underground psychedelic scene in New York’s ultra conservative Hassidic communitySome hilarious (and maybe true?) revisionist histories as viewed through a psychedelic lens. To wit: Moses and the Burning Bush. Some psychonauts believe that the bush, in fact, was acacia, the bark of which contains the psychedelic alkaloid 5-MeO-DMT and that it convinced Moses that he was speaking to God. And classes on the perfect pandemic pastime, growing your own mushies at home, . If you want to dive further, check out these links:Why Grow Your OwnCultivation Cheat Sheet for City DwellersThis Shoom Is Stronger Than You ThinkHow To Make The Ultimate Mushroom TeaHow to Harvest Your ShroomsHow To Dry Your ShroomsWhere to Buy SporesHow to Store Your ShroomsOther Strains You Should KnowPS: This episode’s 4:20 Financial Overview features Anand Shahi, founder and CEO of Bar Capital. Each member of Bar Capital is a Registered Representative and offers securities through Stonehaven, LLC a Member of FINRA/SIPC.This episode is brought to you with the generous support of Wonderfeel. Their next-generation, sustainable wellness formulas are created by pioneering experts -- organic, tested & pure, and they come with a rock-solid guarantee: “Love it or it's on us!”More than just CBD, these are profoundly effective wonder formulas developed by Dr. Andrew Levinson, MD. The science is real, thanks to patient research performed at his clinic for over two years.If you've wondered what all the hoopla is about, or whether it's safe to try CBD formulas go to www.wonderfeel.co where you'll find the answers you need. Avoid the trial and error of it all. Get it right the first time with Wonderfeel!
85 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Ep100 - Dr. Carl Hart: "Legalize all Drugs, including Heroin and Crack"
"Heroin not only kept me alive, it kept me from killing."
86 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
Episode 99 - Psychedelic Neuroscientist Cody Gibbons exposes the “Huge Lie” about Happiness
“Oneness...Forgiveness...Happiness...Feeling fuzzy.” We have a narrow range of words to describe complex feelings. But this group of underground scientists are using psychedelics and cannabinoids to trace the pathways in the brain that create those intricate feelings. This podcast is the cutting edge of psychedelic neuroscience, and it is mind boggling! One of the great things about traveling in cannabis and psychedelic circles is that you meet all sorts of geniuses working away in their own corners trying to understand things like the biochemical basis of consciousness and other tiny, insubstantial matters. These men and women look like normal, everyday people but when they open their mouths you realize that their brains function quite literally, at a higher level than yours. This happens to small-brained people like me frequently.Cody Gibbons is one such big-brained psychedelic neuroscientist who I met in the Bay Area over the summer. He has worked on cannabinoid research at companies including GW Pharmaceuticals, and is currently researching "psychedelics as tools to clarify the mind/body interface.”I had to know more. For example, he told me, “You can make high doses of melatonin psychoactive with THC. This produces the feeling you get at nightfall or dusk, when the sun goes down and the body begins to relax. A shift occurs, sort of the way your iPhone goes dark at night. Typically, we don't feel that shift unless the sun going down, but you can actually induce it at dawn with this THC/melatonin combination. You get the clear feeling that the day is ending in the morning.” That’s pretty provocative. To some extent it explains why psychedelics open what Aldous Huxley called “the reducing valve of consciousness” and make us feel so expansive when we use them.Rather than attempting to concentrate the many subjects this podcast covers into a few paragraphs, let me instead give you a few nuggets to chew on. I hope they will lead you to press the “Play” button and thereby expanding your own consciousness. “A lot of people understand “I feel fuzzy.” “Fuzzy” was a term coined by someone on psychedelics who felt soft on the inside. That’s an easy one. Our work is to understand the neural pathways of the more complex emotional states that most of us have.”“There are two types of forgiveness and two corresponding receptor groups. There’s forgiveness of self vs. forgiveness of others. As anyone who has ever taken MDMA knows, you can induce forgiveness of others without feeling forgiveness of self.” “Analogs to LSD are not technically scheduled. You can buy them and even potentially distribute them legally. Put them in a baggie that says 'not for human consumption' and give them away.”“I’ve realized that consciousness is something completely different than what anyone thought. There’s been a lot of focus on the anatomical structure of the brain. Of course that’s important, as it contributes to the function of our bodies. But the function of mind doesn’t stem from the anatomical structure, but more so from the receptor population patterns in the brain. We have all of these neurons, that each express different sets of receptors. These receptor populations stretch across different neurons and not others. Our consciousness is really a function of this super advanced biochemical computer — that’s not a surprise. The surprise is that it’s more biochemically based than electrically based.”If you’d like to learn more, check out these links.Thomas RayProfessor/work breakdownShulgin publishing on Tom Ray's workYoutube video presentationsAlexander ShulginRick Strassman: DMT The Spirit Molecule
63 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
Episode 98 - New Year, New Thought: Cannabis As A Gateway Drug to Health
For years cannabis was slammed as a "gateway" to harder drugs. Dr. Dave Gordon begs to differ. After 20 years of treating people with medical cannabis he tells us how it can be used as a gateway to better health and habits. In the prohibitionist rhetoric of yore, cannabis was maligned as a “gateway drug,” meaning that it led users down the path to stronger and more “dangerous drugs,” cocaine or heroin or god forbid, psychedelics. As with much prohibitionist bunk there was never any evidence to this contention, but that never stopped our friends in law enforcement or politics from rehashing it for the next four decades. It hasn’t stopped them yet, even with reams of evidence showing exactly the opposite.The truth, of course, lies elsewhere: millions of people know that cannabis can be a gateway to improved health and wellness. It can help slow down our speeding world and enable people to change consciousness with far fewer deleterious effects than our legally sanctioned inebriant, alcohol. It can help us pay attention to the subtler things in life and in our own bodies. And it can certainly help us contend with the stress of everyday life. But cannabis can also be a gateway to other healthful benefits. “Knowing the history of cannabis prohibition can be a gateway to educating people about the long, terrible history of systemic racism in our country, and its profound impact on social inequality. Understanding the endocannabinoid system can be a gateway toward viewing disease in a wholistic systems approach, rather than the siloed model we’re taught where each disease is a problem with a single “system.” Once people slow down and really check in with themselves and their bodies, they might be able to do that with other things -- what they eat, how much they’ve slept, the amount of time they spend on their screens...It can be a gateway to better habits without cannabis.”The last paragraph is from a conversation I had with this week’s guest, Dr. Dave Gordon, a functional medicine physician in Denver, Colorado and a passionate advocate and educator whose 20 years of medical practice has brought him to the radical idea that “cannabis is a gateway substance in the truly modern sense.”I highly suggest you listen as we say good riddance to 2020 and welcome this new year that brings with it new and much needed hope. Footnote: Dr. Dave serves on the advisory board of Leaf 411, the fantastic free nursing hotline that educates and supports the general public about the safe use of cannabis. Click the link to learn more about this great, big hearted, service.This episode of Brave New Weed podcast is made possible with the support of Bar Capital. Bar Capital is a different class of investment firm. Their purpose is to help cannabis become as common and culturally accepted as aspirin or alcohol.Bar Cap invests in, advises, and helps raise capital for companies and fund managers operating in the cannabis space. They back entities that are innovative, audacious, and have great leadership. Bar Cap believes now is the time for Ultra High Net Worth Individuals, Family Offices, and Institutions to consider cannabis as an essential piece of an alternative investment portfolio.If you are looking to raise funding or are an accredited investor that would like to learn more about investing in the cannabis space, please visit www.barcapital.com and connect. You’ll also find the full regulatory disclosures and risk disclaimers on their website. Each member of Bar Capital is a Registered Representative and offers securities through Stonehaven, LLC a Member of FINRA/SIPC.
53 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
Episode 97 - The Dangers of CBD
“The FDA and CBD have a tripolar relationship. Hemp CBD is not scheduled. CBD from cannabis is Schedule 1--dangerous. Epidolex is Schedule 5--safe.” In 10 years CBD (cannabidiol) has gone from being a relatively unknown substance to a ubiquitous health and wellness balm sold in gas stations, corner grocers' and thousands of websites. Because it is still unregulated in the US, manufacturers make all sorts of breathless claims about what it can do. It stops epileptic seizures! Eases your dog’s arthritis! Erases your frown lines! And while some of these claims may be true it’s no surprise that a CBD backlash has started. Perhaps you’ve read reports about the “toxicity” of CBD or its potential to “damage our livers in the same ways as alcohol and other drugs” or that it is dangerous to take with Tylenol. Or maybe you've read FDA iwarnings that it can cause suicidal thoughts or increase tendency toward depression, aggression or panic attacks. To set the record straight, I called Adrian Devitt Lee, Project CBD’s chief science writer and a PhD candidate in applied math at the University College in London. Adrian is the co-author of several articles in peer-reviewed journals (check out Is CBD Toxic to the Liver and CBD and Drug Interactions) and has been involved in cannabinoid research since 2011 at California Pacific Medical Center, Medicinal Genomics, and CannaCraft. What you’ll hear in this interview might shock you but likely won’t surprise you. PS. As listeners to this podcast know, old myths about cannabis (and new myths about CBD) take on a life of their own. For context on how some myths die hard I’m including this article by the always brilliant Dr. Peter Attia on monosodium glutamate (MSG). Even though MSG has been proven safe for 60 years, it’s still falsely accused of causing “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome.” Attia traces the origin of the myth and how it continues to trump scientific evidence. Cannabis has been used for over 5,000 years with no serious harms ever reported yet the myths keep coming.
73 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
Episode 96 - The Son of God
Salvador Santana, the son of Carlos, is out with a socially-conscious cannabis lifestyle brand called VAYA. In this episode he talks about the pressures of filling his famous father's shoes and his determination to create something more than just another "celebrity-backed cannabis product." It can be difficult being the son of a legend, let alone being the son of a god. Salvador Santana, son of rock legend Carlos Santana, is well aware of that and he was gracious enough to come on the podcast knowing that I was going to explore that often difficult dynamic. His other motivation of course, was to talk about Vaya, his “socially-conscious lifestyle cannabis flower brand, which takes an all-natural, spiritual feminist tone driven from African (Yoruba) and Mexican indigenous roots.”It may sound woo-woo in this age of multinational tech-driven consumer branding that is becoming the cannabis “industry,” but it’s also refreshing to find an advocate who wants to rekindle the ways the plant has been used to heal and to expand consciousness and compassion across the globe. In this podcast Santana talks about the ritual ways of consuming that he has gleaned from his own Black and Chicano roots, as well as a relationship one can build with the plant. I’m no stranger to this way of thinking. Over my own life cannabis has served as a guide, a friend, a teacher and, at times, an antagonist and even an enemy. Like most important relationships you commit to, my relationship with cannabis isn’t one that I can completely control, but I have continually learned from every up and down. What you’ll hear running through this podcast is Salvador’s humility. He says he has no intention of being just another “celebrity backed cannabis brand” that commodifies spirituality, plant medicine and non-white heritage.” Ambitious and noble goals -- who would expect less from the son of a god?
74 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
Episode 95 - Is Cannabis the New Chardonnay?
In The New Chardonnay author Heather Cabot followed the cannabis boom and bust. It isn't pretty.Heather Cabot is a fine journalist and a mom of a certain age. She is a part of a growing cohort of women that cannabis marketers call “Chardonnay moms.” These newly minted cannabists would use cannabis but abhor going to a dispensary to get it, prefer a discreet edible to smoking a joint, and are unlikely to tell their friends about their use. I enjoyed her recent book, The New Chardonnay, because it takes you on a rollicking ride through the boom boom days of the cannabis bubble, which has since burst. Cabot traveled the country with some colorful characters, including Snoop Dogg, who, she reveals on this podcast, refused to grant her an interview. She chronicles the illusions and delusions of people who were hoping to make a killing in cannabis and instead got killed thanks to some shady deals with some shady characters. Heather, who has never used the plant, learned a lot about it; still, at the end of this podcast she confesses that she would still be upset if her teenage sons tried it. That’s an interesting reaction, especially from someone who researched and understands the extraordinary safety profile of the plant. Old stigmas die hard -- even with this well educated chardonnay mom.On another note...Our friends at Sun + Earth are launching a crowdfunding campaign to create a certification program and educate consumers about regenerative organic cannabis growing. I support this organization and urge you to as well. While industrialized growing under energy sucking lights seems sadly inevitable, this Sun+Earth is promoting other regenerative sustainable models that can support small farmers and renew soil rather than deplete it. The crowdfunding campaign runs through December 20, 2020. To donate and learn about Sun+Earth, go here. Oh, and just a small $25 contribution will win you a bar of Dr. Bronner’s cannabis-scented soap, made with hemp derived terpenes and fair trade oils, which sounds like it will perk up any bathroom!
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