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82 minutes | 8 days ago
BTS #53 Reggie Gaudino PhD of Front Range Biosciences on Cannabis Genetics, Functional Cultivars, Landrace Biodiversity
In this behind-the-scenes conversation we join Reggie Gaudino, PhD, the VP or Research and Development for Front Range Biosciences. Reggie has been working with the Cannabis plant for many years, beginning his research at Steep Hill, one of the first Cannabis testing laboratories in the United States. Over the years, Reggie has had the opportunity to study the chemistry, microbiology, and genetics of thousands of Cannabis plants and has gained a few insights along the way. In our discussion we talk about his work at Front Range Biosciences, common misunderstandings regarding Cannabis genetics, lessons learned from trying to understand the genetic mechanisms behind cannabinoid production, what we know and don’t know about terpene synthase genes, the path toward “functional cultivars” that are formulated for targeted conditions starting at seed, Reggie’s philosophy of science, and much more! This was a really fun and fascinating conversation. I always say that genetics is one of my weakest subjects when it comes to the natural sciences – so I really enjoy getting to talk to knowledgeable scientists that can help me wrap my mind around these important issues! Learn more about Front Range Biosciences at www.frontrangebio.com
66 minutes | 22 days ago
BTS #52 Bryant Mason of Soil Doctor Consulting on Soil Considerations for Cannabis Cultivation
In this behind-the-scenes conversation we chat with Bryant Mason of Soil Doctor Consulting about the nuances of soil science in the context of Cannabis cultivation. We discussed his background in agriculture and edible landscaping, early lessons learned from cultivating Cannabis, common misconceptions about soil and soil science, unique considerations for soil mixes and amendment applications for Cannabis, and more! Learn more about Soil Doctor Consulting at: www.soildoctorconsulting.com Stay curious and take it easy!
82 minutes | a month ago
BTS #51 Alisia Ratliff on Extraction and Testing Lab Design, Quality and Safety, Sustainability
In this behind-the-scenes episode we sit down with Alisia Ratliff of Victus Capital Ventures to talk all about the development of sustainable and equitable Cannabis extraction and testing laboratories! Alisia shares stories from her journey pivoting into the Cannabis industry after working as a chemist in other industries. We talk about the challenges of building out a Cannabis lab, what it takes for a company to be both sustainable and equitable, and Alisia shares some of the unique issues she has had to deal with as a woman of color in the industry as well as disparities that she and her husband have witnessed first-hand. Learn more about Victus Capital Ventures: https://victus-cv.com/ About Alisia: Alisia Ratliff, the CEO of Victus Capital Ventures and licensed project management professional, is a technical conference speaker, esteemed author, and ambitious entrepreneur. Holding a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of North Florida and possessing over fourteen years of leadership experience expanding over several industries; Alisia uses a breadth of technical knowledge to guide investors’ company start up endeavors. She effectively manages technical and executive teams cross-departmentally to success while simultaneously overseeing all cannabis business operations including but not limited to supply chain, manufacturing, laboratory operations and product formulation. Alisia’s unique leadership style and perseverance to overcome adversity has defined her professional purpose. She strives to advise her clients on what not to do in the early stages of their project, help them avoid repeating failed business models and implement sustainable business strategies no matter the ever-changing regulatory environment and marketplace.
39 minutes | a month ago
BTS #50 Notes from Raphael Mechoulam + 50th Episode 3 Hour Celebration!
We are halfway to 100 behind-the-scenes episodes! In this episode we celebrate our 50th episode by sharing notes from an email exchange that I had with Dr. Raphael Mechoulam (The Godfather of Cannabis) from late 2020 along with a clip from our 3 Hour 50th Episode Celebration available at our Patreon at patreon.com/CuriousAboutCannabis Thanks for supporting the podcast and helping us get to 50 episodes! We look forward to bringing you 50 more over the next year. Stay curious, and take it easy!
90 minutes | 2 months ago
BTS #49 David Heldreth Jr. on Cannabis Regulations, The Future of Commercial Cannabinoids, Hunter S Thompson
In this behind-the-scenes conversation we sit down with David Heldreth Jr. of Panacea Plant Sciences and Ziese Farms, based out of Washington, USA. Our conversation covered a lot of ground including the past, present and potential future of Cannabis and cannabinoid regulations, what people often misunderstand about rules regarding cannabinoids and other chemical constituents in foods, supplements, and cosmetics, how hemp companies should be preparing for the future of FDA, USDA, and DEA crackdowns, why regulations may be a thing to be celebrated rather than dismissed, what Hunter S. Thompson might have to say about the Cannabis industry, and much more! This conversation was a long time coming, as David and I have been following each other’s work and talking via social media for several years. To learn more about David’s work, visit: http://panaceaplantsciences.net/ https://ziesefarms.com/ Stay curious, and take it easy!
65 minutes | 3 months ago
BTS #48 Janice Bissex RDN on a Dietician’s Path to Discovering Cannabis
In this behind-the-scenes conversation we speak with Janice Bissex, a registered dietary nutritionist and holistic Cannabis practitioner who has dedicated her time lately to helping patients find high-quality and safe cannabinoid products after she discovered the therapeutic potential of Cannabis first-hand. Janice discusses how she wrestled with the stigma around Cannabis on multiple fronts, first as a college student fearful of Cannabis due to a lifetime of Cannabis prohibition propaganda, and then again as an advocate as she struggled to “come out” to her community of nutritionists and healthcare professionals about her own experiences with Cannabis. Today Janice is the CEO of Jannabis Wellness and is also a professor at John Patrick University focused on teaching students about Cannabis product formulation from a nutritional perspective. Janice also recently authored the book Simple Guide to CBD: Fact, Fiction, and a Path Forward to educate consumers on the potential benefits of CBD and cannabis therapy. Learn more about her work at https://www.jannabiswellness.com/
13 minutes | 3 months ago
I Think You’ll Like This… (Curious About Cannabis Updates)
LISTEN TO THE END FOR A SPECIAL OFFER WORTH $75! Hey everybody, this is Jason with Curious About Cannabis. I wanted to let you know about some new developments here at Curious About Cannabis that I’m super excited about, and I think you will be too. Our goal here at Curious About Cannabis has always been to develop educational materials and opportunities that accommodate all sorts of learning styles – whether you learn best through podcasts, videos, books, or otherwise. In keeping with this mission, Curious About Cannabis is about to enter its next phase of evolution as we roll out the Curious About Cannabis Learning Center hosted on The Natural Learning Academy at learn.naturaledu.com To kick off this exciting development, we are launching our Curious About Cannabis Workshop Series, previously only available as an in-person classroom experience, now available in a virtual environment and accessible to anyone with an internet connection and a passion for learning. The workshop series is a twelve week series, broken up into two six week intensive workshops. And when I say intensive – I mean it. These workshops are no joke and are designed for people that are very serious about taking their education to the next level. These workshops give attendees the chance to study Cannabis and cannabinoid science with our lead instructors, which includes myself and the talented biochemist and molecular biologist Dr. Anthony Smith – who you may remember from one of my early episodes of the podcast. We will also be joined by a rotating group of guest educators including experience scientists, clinicians, industry professionals and subject matter experts. These workshops are designed for small class sizes, often including around ten to twenty students, which allows for us to really dive deep into topics, with each student getting adequate opportunities to ask questions of the lead and guest instructors, gain one-on-one tutoring if needed, and work collaboratively with their peers. The workshops are also designed to engage each student’s unique interests and learning objectives – so no two workshops are exactly the same. It is my hope that you will walk away from these workshops feeling empowered with the tools and resources you need to confidently continue you education on your own well after the workshop is over. So with all of that said, go to our website at www.CACPodcast.com/Learn to find more information about our workshops, as well as other educational opportunities that will be coming soon to our learning platform, like our upcoming self-paced courses, resource libraries, and more. I am so excited to see Curious About Cannabis evolve in this way and I hope that you will join me in spreading the word about our workshops and courses so that we can help spread high-quality Cannabis and cannabinoid science education opportunities to people all over the world. We are only just beginning, and already I am in the process of setting the stage for Curiosu About Cannabis to grow far beyond anything I had ever imagined – and it is only because of your continued support through listening and sharing about the Curious About Cannabis Podcast and the Curious About Cannabis book that this is possible – so THANK YOU. And a very special thanks to our patrons that have been supporting the Curious About Cannabis Podcast through recurring monthly donations to help the podcast remain available to the public for free without advertisers or sponsors. Collectively we have made over 60 hours of content freely available, and I know without a doubt that this would not be possible without your support. So once again, visit www.CACPodcast.com/Learn to find out more about our workshops and other events that we will have coming soon. That’s www.CACPodcast.com/Learn And if you decide to sign up for our workshop, use coupon code “cacws75” for $75 off! Stay curious, and take it easy!
75 minutes | 3 months ago
BTS #47 Tanja Bagar, PhD on Medical Cannabis in Europe, ECS Fascinations, International Collaboration
In this behind-the-scenes conversation we are joined by Tanja Bagar, PhD, the founder and CEO of the International Institute for Cannabinoids, a multi-national research and education cooperative based out of Slovenia. Tanja holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences and has spent the past several years focused on studying and teaching about cannabinoids throughout Europe. Tanja and I have been collaborating for years as co-authors on conference abstracts, book chapters, etc. Tanja was also one of my early students in the early iterations of my workshop series which I still teach today, so it was great to reconnect on the podcast. Our conversation explored her experience discovering the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids, how Cannabis regulations vary throughout Europe and the effects that has on research collaboration, why she has become fascinated with the endocannabinoid system, clinical outcomes that ICANNA and their collaborators have seen in patients using cannabinoids, her thoughts about the future of Cannabis research, and much more! You can learn more about ICANNA by visiting https://www.institut-icanna.com/en/index.html
134 minutes | 3 months ago
BTS #46 David (Dedi) Meiri PhD on Cannabis and Cancer, The Future of Cannabis Research
In this behind-the-scenes conversation we join Dedi Meiri PhD, a researcher at the Israel Institute of Technology focused on examining how Cannabis and its chemical constituents may influence cancer and other disease states. His labs have made important discoveries regarding the relevance of “minor” constituents of Cannabis in influencing cancer activity, among many other things. In this 2+ hour conversation we dive deep into Dedi’s background, why he finds Cannabis so interesting, what he has learned from his cancer research, methods that his labs have developed for quickly assessing the activity of plant extracts, the future of Cannabis research, and much more! Learn more about Dedi’s lab at Technion at https://dmeiri.net.technion.ac.il/
72 minutes | 3 months ago
BTS #45 Elisabeth Mack, RN MBA on Finding Hope Through Holistic Caring
In this behind-the-scenes conversation we sit down with Elisabeth Mack, the founder and CEO of Holistic Caring, a company dedicated to providing clinical Cannabis education to patients and clinicians. After a bicycle accident in early 2015, Elisabeth Mack found relief with high-dose CBD and targeted THC therapies. She used that year to move away from various prescription drugs that she had taken since 1994 for a previous shoulder surgery. The cannabis pain management process was enlightening for her as she dove into research, attended conferences and networked her way through the cannabis industry. Realizing that nobody was interpreting anything for true medical cannabis patients, she founded Holistic Caring in May 2016 to serve the educational, supportive and logistical needs of patients and began training other nurses to help. Learn more about Holistic Caring at www.HolisticCaring.com
98 minutes | 4 months ago
BTS #44 Janna Champagne RN on Cannabis Inclusive Autism Care Resources
In this behind-the-scenes conversation we are joined by another returning guest, Cannabis nurse Janna Champagne. Nurse Janna recently founded Autism Safe Haven, a nonprofit focused on making Cannabis inclusive autism care services available wherever medical Cannabis is legal. In this conversation we focus on the intersection between Cannabis and autism, why current autism care models are often ineffective, how cannabinoids may affect autism symptoms, and more! Learn more about Autism Safe Haven at www.autismsafehaven.org
106 minutes | 4 months ago
BTS #43 Murphy Murri (Returns!) on CRC, Color in Extracts, Concentrate Remediation
In this behind-the-scenes conversation we are rejoined with extraction technologist and Cannabis educator Murphy Murri to talk all about CRC aka “Color Remediation Cartridges”. CRC has gained a lot of buzz, both positive and negative, in recent years as extractors experiment with refinement techniques that manipulate the appearance of the extract. The concept of “colorless” Cannabis extracts was largely popularized by The Clear years ago, and now has become commonplace. But what is CRC? And what is happening to these extracts when their color is “remediated”? And does CRC present any risks to consumers or extraction technicians? Murphy Murri provides a common sense take on CRC for anyone wanting to wrap their minds around this popular topic.
72 minutes | 4 months ago
BTS #41 Mary Clifton MD on Cannabis in Hospice, Medical Marijuana, Anxiety, CBG
In this behind-the-scenes interview we sit down with doctor and Cannabis educator, Mary Clifton, MD. Dr. Clifton has become a popular medical Cannabis educator, with tons of videos on YouTube as well as a course that she teaches called The Cannabinoid Protocol. Her focus is strictly on clinical applications of Cannabis and works to help train other clinicians and health care professionals how to understand and use Cannabis and cannabinoid products in targeted ways. In our discussion we talk about how she discovered the promise of medical Cannabis through two separate hospice experiences with loved ones, what drove her to decide to dedicate her time to learning about and teaching about Cannabis, her thoughts on CBG as the new popular cannabinoid, how Cannabis affects the immune system, Cannabis for anxiety, and much more. You can learn more about Dr. Clifton and find her educational video library at: www.CBDandCannabisInfo.com Dr. Clifton and I are working together in a newly formed education and research group called The Institute of Cannabinoid Medicine (TIOCM). Learn more about TIOCM at www.tiocm.org
59 minutes | 5 months ago
BTS #41 Elise McDonough on Cannabis Infused Edibles, Satori Confections, WAMM
In this behind-the-scenes interview we sat down with Elise McDonough to talk all things edibles! Elise has authored multiple Cannabis cookbooks including Bong Appetit and The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook. We explore lessons that Elise has learned about cooking with Cannabis, exciting opportunities in the Cannabis edibles market, what the future of Cannabis edibles may look like, her history in the Cannabis industry including her work with WAMM, and much more! Learn more about Elise’s work at www.elisemcdonough.com Stay curious and take it easy!
75 minutes | 5 months ago
BTS #40 1st Lady of the West Coast (FLOTWC) on Cannabis for Healing Trauma, Battling Depression, Feeding Creativity
In this behind-the-scenes episode we are joined by 1st Lady of the West Coast (FLOTWC), a musician, producer, entrepreneur, and medical Cannabis user. In our conversation, 1stLady shared her incredibly personal and inspirational story of confronting childhood trauma, battling bipolar disorder and depression, and how Cannabis saved her life – inspiring her to start her own line of Cannabis varieties, including Black Girl Magic OG, FLOTWC Kush, and others. We also discuss her career in the music industry, how Cannabis affects her creativity, life lessons that she has learned from a lifetime in the music industry, and much more. Featured Song: “BGMO” (feat. Rick Ross) by 1st Lady of the West Coast You can find 1st Lady of the West Coast on Spotify, Apple Music, or wherever else you listen to music. Enjoy, stay curious and take it easy. Disclaimer: None of the content featured on The Curious About Cannabis Podcast is medical advice. Always seek the help of a licensed healthcare professional if you desire to use Cannabis as medicine.
110 minutes | 5 months ago
BTS #39 Arno Hazekamp PhD on Cannabis Chemovars, Controversies, and the Need for Better Education
In this behind-the-scenes interview we are joined by Arno Hazekamp, PhD. Arno is based out of the Netherlands and has been researching Cannabis since 2001. He is probably most famous for proposing the concept of Cannabis chemovars to replace the idea of “strains”. His work has primarily focused on examining the chemical constituents of Cannabis and Cannabis products including Cannabis teas, Rick Simpson Oil (RSO), and more. He has also published numerous papers on other topics like Cannabis sterilization via gamma irradiation, review papers on human clinical research around Cannabis, and many more. Arno shares my passion for science communication and science education, which came through very clearly in this conversation. We discussed many different topics over the course of the two hours including common Cannabis misconceptions, evidence for therapeutic applications of Cannabis, how to think about “strains” and indica/sativa vernacular, the best way to make Cannabis tea, the importance of writing scientific papers with a lay audience in mind, and a whole lot more! Connecting with Arno was a delight and I look forward to talking to him again in the future. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Learn more about Arno’s work at https://hazekamp.info/
57 minutes | 5 months ago
BTS #38 Jeffrey Raber PhD on The Werc Shop, Cannabis Testing, Delta-8 THC Impurities, Product Standardization
In this behind-the-scenes episode we talk with Dr. Jeff Raber of The Werc Shop, a Cannabis and cannabinoid science and technology company that began testing Cannabis products in California back in 2010. Our conversation explores Dr. Raber’s background in biochemistry, the turbulent history of Cannabis testing labs, how Cannabis companies began leveraging Cannabis test results to improve products, impurities found in delta-8 THC products, the future of The Werc Shop and more! Learn more about The Werc Shop: https://thewercshop.com/ The Curious About Cannabis Podcast is produced by Natural Learning Enterprises, a mission driven company focused on enhancing critical thinking skills and public scientific literacy about life and the natural world. If you enjoy Curious About Cannabis, consider checking out some of these other programs by Natural Learning Enterprises: Toadstool’s Treasures (www.ToadstoolsTreasures.com) GardenWild (www.GardenWild.org) Serious About Psychedelics (www.SeriousAboutPsychedelics.com) Learn more about Natural Learning Enterprises at www.NaturalEDU.com
48 minutes | 6 months ago
S2E2 Into the Endocannabinoidome
In this episode we journey beyond Cannabis and the endocannabinoid system into the endocannabinoidome! The endocannabinoidome is a relatively new concept used to describe the vast hundreds of compounds involved in the functioning of endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors. Learn about how this concept of the endocannabinoidome was formed, what clinicians think about its discovery, and what we can expect from the future of endocannabinoidome research! Plus hear an often overlooked story about the origin of “the entourage effect” and how the concept has been redefined for popular culture. Featuring a contribution from Raphael Mechoulam, PhD via email and relevant excerpts from behind-the-scenes episodes: BTS #5 Ethan Russo, MD BTS #31 The Doctors Knox BTS #35 Vincenzo Di Marzo, PhD Stay curious, and take it easy!
77 minutes | 6 months ago
BTS #37 Marcus “Bubbleman” Richardson on Bubble Hash, Legacy in Cannabis, Defense of Isolates
In this behind-the-scenes episode we join Cannabis culture icon Marcus “Bubbleman” Richardson. In the mid 1990s, he was one of the first to receive an industrial hemp license in Canada and began performing research and development with hemp varieties of Cannabis very early in his career. Marcus is also the producer of “bubble bags” and popularized bubble hash in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In 2014 he started a weekly long-form Cannabis show called Hash Church, which had a huge influence on Cannabis culture and the development of Cannabis extraction technology. Marcus is also a photographer and has an extensive library of macro photos of Cannabis trichomes and other curious odds and ends. In our conversation we talked about the science of hash making, Marcus’ legacy in the Cannabis industry, lessons he has learned, the battle between full spectrum and cannabinoid isolates, and much more! Learn more about Marcus’ work at www.bubblemanbrand.com
71 minutes | 6 months ago
BTS #36 Anna Schwabe PhD on Sources of Variation in Cannabis Plants, Hope for Indica/Sativa?
In this behind-the-scenes episode we join Anna Schwabe, PhD, a geneticist and plant scientist that spent her PhD work examining how and why Cannabis plants exhibit different chemical profiles, smells, and effects. In our conversation we dive into many of these nuances and talk about whether people can distinguish Cannabis varieties consistently by smell, how much variation exists between Cannabis plants labeled as the same strain, and whether there may be some hope after all for the colloquial use of the terms “indica” and “sativa”. Learn more about Anna’s work at www.annaschwabe.com
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