CannaInsider - Interviews with the Business Leaders of The Legal Cannabis, Marijuana, CBD Industry

With hemp in growing demand, scientists are hard at work determining ways to increase plant yield. Here to tell us about it is Han Chen from ZeaKal, a plant science company revolutionizing hemp cultivation.

Learn more at https://www.zeakal.com 

Key Takeaways:

  • Han’s background in cannabis and how he came to start ZeaKal
  • An inside look at ZeaKal and its mission to vastly improve cannabis crop efficiency
  • Problems in hemp cultivation that ZeaKal is working to solve
  • How hemp cultivation compares to other crops like corn and soy
  • Secondary metabolites and why they’re important to hemp
  • Hemp’s potential to produce a more sustainable plant oil
  • ZeaKal’s dynamic with other industry players in the hemp ecosystem
  • How drones are proving useful for data collection in hemp cultivation
  • Where Han sees his research and the hemp industry as a whole progressing over the next 3-5 years

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While many cannabis investors are feeling underwhelmed with publicly-traded cannabis companies, opportunities still abound for investors willing to look past the headlines. Here to tell us more is Codie Sanchez from Entourage Effect Capital, a private equity investment firm dedicated to investing in cannabis.

Learn more at https://entourageeffectcapital.com

Key Takeaways:

  • Codie’s background in cannabis and what led her to become a partner at Entourage Effect Capital
  • An inside look at Entourage Effect Capital and how it’s evolved since it was founded in 2014
  • New ways to invest in cannabis and opportunities that still remain untapped
  • How valuations for private cannabis investments have changed over the last couple years
  • The vaping crisis and how Codie believes it will impact the industry long-term
  • How MSOs are responding to the Pot Com bust
  • The investments Codie is most excited about right now
  • Codie’s tips for entrepreneurs on how to pitch to investors
  • Where Codie sees the cannabis industry heading over the next few years

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It’s no secret that achieving a truly targeted effect is the holy grail of the cannabis industry, but how close are we to making this a reality? Are designer cannabis products on the horizon? 

Here to help answer this is Chris Emerson, co-founder and CEO of a unique company known as Level that’s working to disrupt the cannabis industry with products precisely tailored to every individual and every occasion.

Learn more at https://www.levelblends.com 

Key Takeaways:

  • Chris’ background in chemistry and how it led him to the cannabis space
  • An inside look at Level and its mission to provide a tailored cannabis experience to every patient and consumer
  • How Chris’ extensive background in science allows him to think about cannabis products differently than most entrepreneurs in the industry
  • Why Level sources its oils from strains high in CBD, CBG, and THCV and how this enhances the overall effect for consumers
  • Chris’ efforts to find rare and unique cannabinoids for Level’s products and his discoveries to date
  • A deep dive into Level’s tablinguals and pax vaporizer pods
  • Chris’ work at Level determining new uses for cannabinoids, including everything from stimulants to hangover cures
  • New and exciting initiatives at Level and Chris’ insight on what the cannabis industry will look like in the next 5-10 years

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Where do you start the search for your next cannabis product? Here to tell us how customers are starting their cannabis search (and what they’re searching for) is Dan Nelson of Wikileaf, the industry’s leading price comparison platform.

Learn more at https://www.wikileaf.com 

Key Takeaways:

  • Dan’s background in cannabis and how he came to start Wikileaf
  • An inside look at Wikileaf and its mission to help customers save money while making informed purchases
  • Consumer trends and the types of products that are gaining traction
  • Differences and similarities between Wikileaf and Leafly
  • How Wikileaf creates perceived value to attract buyers without cutting price
  • Dan’s advice to entrepreneurs on how to go to market to ensure the best chance of success
  • Wikileaf’s ad policy for brands looking to stand out in a crowded market
  • Where Dan sees dispensary offerings and consumer preferences heading in the months ahead

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As cannabis cultivators pour billions of dollars into developing cutting-edge, efficient grows, we need to ask: is there a hidden disruptor that could steal their business in the years ahead?

Here to help us answer this is Kevin Chen of Hyasynth Bio, one of just a few companies experimenting with non-plant-derived cannabinoids.

Learn more at https://hyasynthbio.com 

Key Takeaways:

  • Kevin’s background in cannabis and how he came to start Hyasynth Bio
  • An inside look at Hyasynth Bio and its work with non-plant-derived cannabinoids
  • A deep dive into biosynthesis and how Hyasynth Bio uses this process to grow cannabis compounds inside yeast cells
  • How Hyasynth Bio has successfully overcome challenges with biosynthesis
  • The history of biosynthesis and cannabis and where Kevin sees this relationship evolving in the years to come 
  • The different types of end products we’ll start to see for sale in dispensaries that use biosynthesis
  • How biosynthesis will affect cannabis prices
  • Hyasynth Bio’s intellectual property strategy and how Kevin manages the company’s patents
  • The traditional cannabis companies that are investing in biosynthesis
  • Where Kevin sees cannabinoid biosynthesis heading in the next 3-5 years

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It’s no secret cannabis cultivation is going global. Here to tell us why and how he’s expanding into Africa is Jonathan Summers of EXMceuticals, a medical cannabis firm that aims to become the largest volume, lowest cost producer of wholesale cannabis in the world.

Learn more at https://exmceuticals.com (CSE: EXM) (FSE: A2PAW2

Key Takeaways:

  • Jonathan’s background in cannabis and how he came to be Executive Chairman of EXMceuticals
  • An inside look at EXM and its mission to become the largest volume, lowest cost producer of wholesale cannabis ingredients
  • Jonathan’s insight on Brexit and how it will affect London as a financial hub
  • Why EXM cultivates cannabis in Africa before processing, selling, and distributing in Portugal 
  • What cannabis cultivation in Africa could mean for the country’s economy and job market
  • Differences between the cannabis industry in Europe versus the U.S. 
  • The products Jonathan foresees gaining traction in Europe over the next few years 
  • What Dixie Elixir’s Tripp Keber is bringing to the table as a strategic advisor for EXM
  • How EXM is working to support African communities through nonprofit funds and increased employment
  • Inspiration Jonathan draws from lectures given by English philosopher Alan Watts
  • Where Jonathan sees EXM and cannabis heading in the next few years

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What happens when biotechnology and cannabis collide? Here to answer this is Ronan Levy of Trait Bio, a biotech company that just cracked the code on how to create flavorless, water-soluble cannabinoids - and without using nanoemulsion. 

Learn more at https://www.traitbio.com 

Key Takeaways:

  • Ronan’s background in cannabis and how he came to start Trait Bio
  • An inside look at Trait Bio and its mission to make hemp and cannabis into purer, safer products 
  • The value of water-soluble cannabinoid products and where Trait Bio is in the process of achieving this
  • The risks versus benefits of using nanoemulsion in the manufacturing of cannabis products 
  • Glycosylation and how Trait Bio is using this instead of nanoemulsion to create water-soluble cannabinoid products
  • How trait amplification works to increase the yield of cannabinoids in hemp and cannabis plants
  • Trait Bio’s work with minor cannabinoids and why the industry is beginning to take more interest in them
  • How yield differs between yeast and trait application
  • Ronan’s long-term goals for Trait Bio and where the company currently is in the capital-raising process
  • Where Ronan sees biotech and cannabis heading in the next five years

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Could mushrooms be the next cannabis? Here to answer this and provide us some key insights into the fascinating world of psilocybin is Max Montrose, President of Trichome Institute.

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DISCLAIMER: DO NOT USE ANY DRUGS OR SUBSTANCES WITHOUT CONSULTING A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. THIS IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Max’s background in cannabis and how he came to start Trichome Institute
  • An inside look at Trichome Institute and its mission to set the highest standard for science, education, and certification in the cannabis industry
  • Counterfeit cannabis strains and why the products you’re buying may not be what you think they are
  • Why Max believes we need to change our terminology for sativa and indica
  • Factors that determine a strain’s potency and why THC isn’t everything
  • Trichomes and Max’s recent discovery of a seventh cannabis trichome
  • Terpenes and the importance of smell in deducing good terpene chemistry
  • What the term “OG” actually means
  • The Trichome Institute’s new Interpening book and what sets it apart from other books on cannabis
  • A deep dive into psilocybin mushrooms and their life-changing benefits
  • How the decriminalization of psychedelic mushrooms is gaining traction and what that could mean for you
  • Common misinformation surrounding psilocybin
  • Max’s advice on how to achieve an optimal mushroom experience
  • Where Max sees psychedelic mushrooms heading over the next 5-10 years

 

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By making investments in other companies, large cannabis brands are attempting to capture exponential growth within specific corners of the marketplace.

This not only works to increase ROI for investors, but it also provides these companies the chance to form strategic partnerships with rising startups ahead of the curve.

Here to tell us all about this is Narbé Alexandrian of Canopy Rivers, a cannabis venture capital firm and the $1 billion investment arm of the largest cannabis company in the world, Canopy Growth.

Learn more at https://www.canopyrivers.com 

Key Takeaways:

  • Narbé’s background in cannabis and how he became CEO of Canopy Rivers
  • An inside look at Canopy Rivers and how it works to identify strategic partnerships with Canopy Growth’s large portfolio of companies
  • Vertical integration and why Narbé doesn’t believe in it
  • A breakdown of the thirteen segments Narbé has identified in the cannabis value chain and which ones he predicts will be most profitable
  • Narbé’s advice on the do’s and don'ts for entrepreneurs looking to pitch to investors
  • Narbé’s investment philosophy and what he takes into consideration when deciding where to invest
  • A deep dive into some of Narbé’s biggest investments to date, including PharmHouse and Headset Inc.
  • Narbé’s shocking insight on the falling prices of products including dry flower, isolates, and extracts
  • Where Narbé sees the industry heading over the next few years

 

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Since launching in 2016, LeafLink has quickly become the largest e-commerce wholesale cannabis platform with $1 billion in annualized sales as of June 2019. 

In this episode, LeafLink CEO Ryan Smith gives us an inside look at what’s happening in the industry’s busiest marketplace.

Learn more at https://leaflink.com  

Key Takeaways:

  • Ryan’s background in cannabis and how he came to start LeafLink
  • An inside look at LeafLink and the ways in which it helps brands and retailers streamline the ordering process
  • A breakdown of the companies using LeafLink and the number of new brands launching each week
  • How the marketplace on LeafLink has evolved over the last two years
  • A snapshot of the bestselling products on LeafLink and Ryan’s insight on up-and-comers
  • The data points Ryan finds most interesting about today’s cannabis marketplace
  • Ryan’s advice to entrepreneurs interested in creating a new cannabis product
  • Ways in which brands and retailers can differentiate themselves in the competitive cannabis space
  • Products LeafLink offers cannabis brands and retailers, including streamlined ordering, CRM, reporting tools, and fulfillment and shipment queues
  • Where LeafLink is currently at in the capital-raising process
  • Where Ryan sees LeafLink and the cannabis marketplace heading over the next few years

 

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Widely known as the “Guru of Ganja,” Ed Rosenthal is a leading cannabis horticulture authority, author, educator, and legalization pioneer.

He’s the most renowned cannabis cultivator in the world and has authored numerous books on the topic, including Marijuana Grower’s Handbook (which Oaksterdam University uses as their cultivation textbook to this day) as well as his newest book, Marijuana Garden Saver.

In this episode, Ed shares his advice to growers looking to achieve the perfect grow and discusses new and exciting discoveries in cultivation like creating cannabis compounds with yeast – a topic we recently discussed on the show with Kevin Chen of Hyasynth Bio.

Learn more at https://www.edrosenthal.com

Key Takeaways

  • Ed’s celebrated background in cannabis and how he’s seen the industry evolve throughout the years
  • The most common mistakes Ed sees among new growers
  • Ed’s thoughts on traditional lighting vs LEDs and what he believes to be the optimal lighting arrangement
  • How to design the best grow space from scratch
  • The best methods for trimming and manicuring commercial grows
  • Simple solutions to common problems Ed sees among new and seasoned cultivators alike, including how to avoid mold growth
  • The up and coming practice of growing cannabinoids in yeast
  • Ed’s insights surrounding the future of terpenes and different cannabinoids like CBN
  • Where Ed predicts cannabis trending in the years ahead
  • An inside look at Ed’s new book, Marijuana Garden Saver: A Field Guide to Identifying and Correcting Cannabis Problems

 

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What happens when big data meets cultivation? Here to help us answer that is David Kessler of TriGrow, a leading cultivation solutions provider that just launched a grow chamber that will change cannabis as we know it.

Learn more at https://trigrow.com 

Key Takeaways:

  • David’s background in cannabis and how he became Senior Vice President of TriGrow
  • An inside look at TriGrow and its turnkey systems approach to help cultivators achieve the highest consistency and quality possible
  • The different types of technology and automation at TriGrow, including their real-time monitoring software and stackable grow chambers
  • A breakdown of TriGrow’s state-of-the-art grow chambers and how they work to create a maximum of six canopy levels
  • How TriGrow’s stackable grow chambers impact comfortability in working with the plants
  • The precision with which TriGrow’s chambers can be optimized for different strains 
  • How TriGrow uses data to provide growers a reproducible environment for greater consistency in quality and yield
  • David’s insight on the future of smart growing and the significant role it will play in standardizing cannabis over the next 3-5 years

 

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Efficacy and rate of absorption are important variables when taking CBD, but the reality is most products on the market aren’t fast-acting and don’t have the best bioavailability.

That’s why William Kleidon set out on a mission to crack the code on a delivery method that could provide both instant relief and optimal absorption, and he did not disappoint.

With their patented immediate absorption technology, William and his team at Ojai Energetics are going where no company has gone before: water-soluble full-spectrum CBD.

The result? A highly absorbable, precisely targeted oil that's disrupting the cannabinoid drink industry.

Learn more at https://www.cannainsider.com/ojai  

Key Takeaways:

  • Will’s background in CBD and how he came to start Ojai Energetics
  • An inside look at Ojai Energetics and its mission to offer the most targeted, bioavailable CBD on the market
  • A breakdown of water-soluble CBD versus traditional fat-soluble CBD
  • How Ojai Energetics achieved its rapid 30-second onset
  • The many challenges Ojai has overcome to create a water-soluble full-spectrum CBD oil 
  • How Ojai’s water-soluble technology has overcome dosage and consistency issues with CBD drinks
  • Ojai’s bitter-to-sweet dosing method and how it allows consumers to achieve their optimal dose through taste
  • Will’s thoughts on intellectual property in the cannabis space and his focus on licensing Ojai’s IP versus using it solely for the company’s own products
  • Where Ojai Energetics is currently at in the capital-raising process
  • Where Will sees Ojai heading in the next few years and how the company’s water-soluble technology will mark the beginning of new and improved CBD drinks

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When outfitting a modern cultivation facility, lighting is one of the most important investments.

With the right combination of spectrum and power, good lighting not only maximizes yield but also optimizes plant quality for home and commercial growers alike.

But how do you stay up to date on all the advancements of indoor lighting and determine the best scheme for your facility?

Here to help us tackle this is Noah Miller of Black Dog LED, makers of the best full-spectrum LED grow lights on the market.

Learn more at https://www.blackdogled.com 


Key Takeaways:

  • Noah’s background in pharmaceuticals and how he came to enter the cannabis space
  • An inside look at Black Dog LED and its mission to offer cannabis growers the best lighting possible
  • A breakdown of LED lighting vs. traditional lighting solutions like HID including efficiency, cost, and ROI
  • The evolution of indoor lighting in the cannabis industry and why LED has become the standard
  • Noah’s advice on indoor lighting for home growers versus commercial growers
  • Mistakes Noah sees growers make when trying to create a successful cultivation facility
  • Misconceptions and myths surrounding LED lighting and Noah’s continual efforts to change public perception
  • Black Dog’s research on LED efficiency and ways in which the company is working to optimize facility lighting for greater yields
  • Where Noah sees indoor lighting heading in the next few years and what that could mean for home and commercial growers

 

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Just as we’re becoming comfortable with the massive changes in cannabis legalization there enters a disruptive new technology called “Cannabinoid Biosynthesis” that has prompted a lot of interest among industry insiders.

Here to tell us more about it is Jason Poulos of Librede, a synthetic biology company and leader in cannabinoid biosynthesis based in Southern California.

Learn more at https://www.librede.com 

Key Takeaways:

  • Jason’s background in biology and how it led him into the cannabis space
  • A deep dive into cannabinoid biosynthesis and how it’s disrupting the industry
  • An inside look at Librede and how the company has taken the lead in cannabinoid biosynthesis
  • The intricate work involved in designing a molecular drug that efficiently binds with its target
  • Exciting new discoveries surrounding the potential of cannabinoids beyond CBD and THC
  • The importance of CB1 and CB2 receptors and how they interact
  • The relationship between synthetic cannabinoids and cannabinoids found in nature and how Jason believes that relationship will grow
  • Ways in which we could misuse synthetic cannabinoids that we need to avoid
  • Where Jason sees the cannabinoid biosynthesis business heading in the next 3-5 years and how it will affect the cannabis industry

 

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It’s no secret that achieving a truly targeted effect is the holy grail of the cannabis industry, but how close are we to making this a reality? Are designer cannabis products on the horizon? 

Here to help answer this is Chris Emerson, co-founder and CEO of a unique company known as Level that’s working to disrupt the cannabis industry with products precisely tailored to every individual and every occasion.

Learn more at https://www.levelblends.com 

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Chris’ background in chemistry and how it led him to the cannabis space
  • An inside look at Level and its mission to provide a tailored cannabis experience to every patient and consumer
  • How Chris’ extensive background in science allows him to think about cannabis products differently than most entrepreneurs in the industry
  • Why Level sources its oils from strains high in CBD, CBG, and THCV and how this enhances the overall effect for consumers
  • Chris’ efforts to find rare and unique cannabinoids for Level’s products and his discoveries to date
  • A deep dive into Level’s tablinguals and pax vaporizer pods
  • Chris’ work at Level determining new uses for cannabinoids, including everything from stimulants to hangover cures
  • New and exciting initiatives at Level and Chris’ insight on what the cannabis industry will look like in the next 5-10 years

 

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Justin Singer is the co-founder of Still Water Brands, a company focused on cannabis consumers that really don’t see themselves as cannabis consumers because they feel uncomfortable with the existing methods of consumption.

For example, it is very confusing for a first-time cannabis consumer to understand why they don’t want to eat a 100mg infused chocolate bar, but instead, need to break it up into 10 or 20 pieces. First-time consumers ask, “wait, why do I need to break this bar up, isn’t a bar one dose?”

Justin and his team at Stillwater initially focused on rituals consumers are already comfortable with such as making a cup of tea. Stillwater’s water-soluble beverage additives including their best seller Ripple have resonated with a traditionally unrecognized and underserved market category.

Now Stillwater is going to offer their infused additives to other businesses.

This is a riveting interview you won’t want to miss.

Learn more at:
http://stillwater.life/

 

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The Canadian cannabis market continues to mature and flourish under a liberal national legalization policy, and here to help us understand the latest trends in Canada is Ben Kaanta, COO of licensed producer Westleaf Inc.

As a vertically integrated Canadian cannabis company, Westleaf has significant assets operating under development across the value chain. The company builds and operates cultivation, extraction, processing, manufacturing, research and development, and wholly-owned retail. 

This includes Westleaf’s new retail brand Prairie Records, a unique dispensary that creates an unparalleled purchasing experience celebrating the inherent tie between music and cannabis.

In this episode, Ben shares with us an inside look at Prairie Records and where he sees the Canadian cannabis market heading in the next few years.

Learn more at https://www.westleaf.com 

Key Takeaways:

  • Ben’s background in mechanical engineering and how he came to enter the cannabis space
  • Differences Ben has observed between the cannabis market in the US versus Canada
  • How Westleaf has evolved since it was founded in 1992, including the scope of its grow operation and the products it currently manufactures
  • How Westleaf came up with the idea to create a record store retail experience
  • A deep dive into Westleaf’s strategy in determining where to position its dispensaries
  • An inside look at the Prairie Records dispensary and the unique customer experience it works to create
  • The capital-raising process involved in launching Prairie Records
  • Westleaf’s upcoming initiatives and Ben’s insight on what Canadian cannabis will look like in the next 5 years

 

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Harry Resin has a column in High Times Magazine with a focus on cannabis cultivation topics. Listen in as he shares his ideas on how to improve your grow and his thoughts on where the industry is heading.

Key Takeaways:
[2:08] – Harry talks about his background
[4:25] – Harry discusses what he does when he is not writing for High Times
[5:31] – Harry talks about the assisted breeder project he’s working on
[7:53] – Harry’s advice on starting a commercial grow
[9:58] – Rookie mistakes when starting a grow
[11:12] – Harry discusses the importance of airflow
[14:14] – How to contain cannabis odor
[14:53] – Harry discusses nutrients
[17:35] – Harry talks about PH levels
[19:49] – What are Smart Bee Controllers
[24:24] – Clones and grow room management
[29:26] – How to minimize pests and disease
[33:36] – Harry talks about how each region differs
[34:47] – What is dabbing
[38:11] – Evolution of concentrates
[40:10] – Harry talks about conditions cannabis treats well
[41:38] – Harry talks about lighting
[44:16] – Harry talks about his favorite soil for growing
[46:19] – Harry discusses upcoming technologies
[47:42] – Harry’s book and web application recommendation
[49:26] – Harry’s contact details

Learn more at:
http://hightimes.com/author/harry-resin/

 

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Matt Gaboury is head of Design and Systems for Calyx King. Listen in as Matt describes the most high-tech and efficient grow rooms he creates. He also describes the grow room of the future.

Key Takeaways:
[0:59] – What is Calyx King
[1:57] – Matt’s background
[3:21] – Matt talks about what his work entails
[4:57] – Planning a cannabis grow facility
[11:02] – Biggest mistakes when planning a cannabis grow facility
[13:55] – Matt talks about technology in optimizing workflow
[16:53] – Matt talks about carbon neutral growing
[21:56] – Using intellectual property to help clients
[22:44] – Matt talks about mistakes amateurs make in writing SOPs
[23:31] – Matt’s partners
[24:24] – Grow room of the future
[27:34] – Pursuing a cultivation license
[28:52] – Matt answers some personal development questions
[33:20] – Contact details for Calyx King

Learn more at http://calyxking.com/

 

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The hemp and CBD market are going global in a big way, and renowned hemp pioneer Paul Benhaim is here to help us navigate the waters.

Now the founder and CEO of CBD brand Elixinol, Paul has been involved in the hemp industry since 1993. His first commercial endeavor in the space was a hemp-based nutritional bar that quickly moved from a few thousand bars per year to multi-millions and is now sold under numerous labels across the world.

This lead Paul to found the industry-leading brand Hemp Foods Australia, which continues to provide the highest quality hemp food products available.

In this episode, Paul shares with us his insight on the market and the products he sees gaining momentum worldwide, including CBD powders and liposomes.

Learn more at https://www.elixinol.com
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Key Takeaways:

  • Paul’s personal journey through the hemp industry and how he came to start Elixinol
  • An inside look at Elixinol and its mission to provide the highest-quality CBD products in the world
  • The most profitable products around the world and Paul's predictions for future bestsellers
  • Japanese customer behavior versus that of American customers
  • Paul’s insight on different markets including Latin America
  • How Paul believes 2018’s Farm Bill will significantly change cannabis’ global mobility
  • Where Paul sees the price of hemp shifting in the next 1-3 years, especially as more and more companies move online
  • New hemp-based protein and food innovations Paul is developing through his Hemp Foods line
  • Paul’s advice on how to build customer interest and loyalty through packaging without overspending
  • Paul’s insights on what the cannabis and hemp landscape will look like globally over the next 5-10 years

 

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Warren Bravo is CEO of Green Relief in Ontario Canada. Warren and his partners embarked on a 2.5-year journey to master growing cannabis in an aquaponics system.

Most remarkable is Warren’s ability to leverage his aquaponics system to produce cannabis for under one dollar per gram. Growers of tomorrow or going to be competing with people like Warren and will most likely go out of business unless they are planning now to produce quality cannabis at massive scale.

Key Takeaways:
[1:25]: Warren Bravo’s background and operation
[5:30]: What is aquaponics?
[11:59]: The business side of aquaponics
[19:13]: Other sustainability measures
[27:00]: Nanobubbling and other aquaponics grow details
[33:00]: University Light Study [36:19]: Extraction technology
[40:30]: Advice for innovators and entrepreneurs
[43:10]: Warren’s recommendations and words of wisdom

Learn more at
https://www.greenrelief.ca/

 

 

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Roy Bingham is the CEO of BDS Analytics, which produces the leading market trends reports, analyses, and consumer research in the cannabis industry.

Not only does Roy know EXACTLY what is selling in dispensaries, but he also has definitive data on which cannabis product trends are accelerating and which are fading.

In this interview, Roy shares his insight on where cannabis is heading in the months and years ahead.

Learn more at https://bdsanalytics.com

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Shifts and trends that are beginning to take hold in cannabis
  • BDS Analytics’ statistical modeling methodology and how the company projects accurate market data
  • Roy’s clientele at BDS Analytics and how they benefit from the company’s market data
  • How much CBD is selling and how this currently varies by geography
  • New cannabis delivery systems and Roy’s projections for their success
  • BDS Analytics’ latest insights on cannabis consumer behavior
  • Acceptors and rejectors and why they are important to the cannabis industry
  • BDS Analytics’ recent partnership with leading data provider IRI
  • How cannabis has evolved over the decades and Roy’s insight on the industry’s future

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Dr. Ethan Russo a neurologist and psychopharmacology researcher. If you are in the cannabis industry or looking to be, this episode will help you to understand the most important scientific aspects of the cannabis plant. Specifically, you will learn how terpenes radically change how you experience cannabis. Learn more about the benefits and science of cannabis terpenes.

Key Takeaways:
[1:00] – Dr. Ethan Russo’s background
[4:26] – Dr. Ethan’s study of cannabis
[6:15] – How does cannabis affect migraines
[8:35] – Dr. Ethan’s take on why cannabis was put on Earth
[9:38] – The endocannabinoid system
[12:44] – What is a receptor
[13:37] – Differences between indica and sativa
[17:56] – Dr. Ethan talks about the interplay between terpenes and cannabinoids
[24:11] – What does cannabis smoke do to the lungs
[27:01] – Rescue shots if you get “too high”
[28:31] – Dr. Ethan discusses the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis
[30:50] – What does cannabis do to the human body
[37:18] – How does cannabis help with chemotherapy
[39:37] – Dr. Ethan talks about CBD
[41:10]What is THCV
[43:43] – Dr. Ethan answers some personal development questions
[48:28] – Dr. Ethan Russo’s contact info

 

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As the cannabis retail environment gets more competitive, retailers are looking for ways to stand out and make a statement.

Here to tell us more about this is Ron Basak-Smith, CEO and Co-founder of a new company known as Sana Packaging that’s providing cannabis retailers with sustainable hemp-based packaging solutions.

In this episode, Ron shares with us an inside look at Sana Packaging and how the company is working to fix the cannabis packaging problem and eliminate pollution.

Learn more at https://www.sanapackaging.com

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Ron’s personal background and journey in the cannabis space
  • An inside look at Sana Packaging and its mission to make cannabis more sustainable with eco-friendly packaging solutions
  • Sana Packaging’s two different packaging products, including 100% plant-based hemp plastic and reclaimed ocean plastic
  • Why packaging for cannabis retail is broken and how Sana is working to fix it
  • The cost of Sana Packaging’s sustainable products versus traditional packaging
  • Sana Packaging’s current retail clients and where Ron sees the company expanding in the years to come
  • Ron’s experience at CanopyBoulder, a seed-stage business accelerator that helped Ron start Sana Packaging
  • Ron’s insights on what the cannabis packaging landscape will look like in the next 3-5 years

 

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Incredible biotech developments are starting to bring new and exciting products to the cannabis market that would have seemed like science fiction just a few years ago.

Here to tell us about it is Cameron Keluche, founder and CEO of sublingual cannabis tablet company SUM Microdose and president and CEO of KelSie Biotech, an innovation and intellectual property holding company in Boulder, CO.

In this episode, Cameron shares with us a breakdown of KelSie’s “Bubble Drying” technology and how it’s quickly revolutionizing both the pharmaceutical and cannabis industries.

Learn more at https://www.kel-sie.com and https://www.summicrodose.com

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Cameron Keluche’s personal background and journey in the cannabis space
  • An inside look at KelSie Biotech and SUM Microdose and their mission to bring cannabis into the pharmaceutical market
  • How KelSie Biotech is applying Bubble Drying - the same technology used to create a dry measles vaccine - to formulate the world’s most stable cannabis powder
  • Ways in which KelSie Biotech’s dry cannabis powder can be used as an inhalant for optimal bioavailability
  • An explanation of “excipients” and how they help the body pull in cannabinoids more effectively than oil constituents
  • Ways in which inhalants are superior to other cannabis delivery methods
  • How SUM Microdose uses KelSie Biotech’s Bubble Drying technology to create sublingual cannabis tablets designed for different purposes including mood and sleep
  • Ways in which KelSie and SUM are bridging the gap between the pharmaceutical biotech and cannabis spaces and Cameron’s goals for the years ahead

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:15pm EST

Most entrepreneurs create a product or service before determining ways to build a customer base, but Drake Sutton-Shearer has taken a different route.

Currently generating over 2 million unique visitors a month, Drake’s new cannabis content distribution network PRØHBTD allows him to market his own products while simultaneously bridging the gap between cannabis and mainstream culture.

In this episode, Drake shares with us how PRØHBTD’s unique business model uses entertainment to broaden the cannabis niche and create a diverse group of informed, loyal customers.

Learn more at https://prohbtd.com

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Drake’s background in cannabis and how he came to start PRØHBTD
  • An inside look at PRØHBTD and the company’s content strategy
  • Drake’s advice on how to create informative yet digestible content that keeps people engaged and coming back for more
  • Obstacles PRØHBTD overcame to land groundbreaking partnerships with Apple TV and Amazon
  • Ways in which PRØHBTD is breaking barriers and reducing the stigma that surrounds cannabis
  • PRØHBTD’s capital-raising process and Drake’s projections for the months ahead
  • Doing business in New Zealand versus the U.S.
  • Drake’s goals for PRØHBTD and insights on the future of cannabis

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:14am EST

Making dispensary customers feel welcome and informed the moment they walk into the store is vital, and the company that knows how to do this best is Seed Technology.

Providing dispensaries with educational kiosks that help inform customers, Seed creates a customer experience that results in bigger purchases and repeat buyers.

In this episode, Seed CEO Matt Cutone shares with us the incredible return on investment Seed is providing dispensaries across the US and gives us his insights on the future of interactive kiosks.

Learn more at http://www.getseed.io

 

Key Takeaways

  • Matt’s background in cannabis and how he came to start Seed Technology
  • An inside look at Seed, including how the company’s in-store displays work and the experience they provide for the customer
  • How Seed helps dispensaries integrate interactive kiosks and the customization required
  • Ways in which Seed ensures an engaging customer interaction with little drop-off
  • Mistakes Matt sees dispensaries make with their interactive kiosks and how to avoid them
  • How Seed’s kiosks lead to larger purchases and more loyal customers
  • Matt’s insights on the future of AI and how it will improve educational kiosks with greater customization

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

Widely known as the "Guru of Ganja,” Ed Rosenthal is a leading cannabis horticulture authority, author, educator, and legalization pioneer.

He’s the most renowned cannabis cultivator in the world and has authored numerous books on the topic, including Marijuana Grower’s Handbook (which Oaksterdam University uses as their cultivation textbook to this day) as well as his newest book, Marijuana Garden Saver.

In this episode, Ed shares his advice to growers looking to achieve the perfect grow and discusses new and exciting discoveries in cultivation like creating cannabis compounds with yeast - a topic we recently discussed on the show with Kevin Chen of Hyasynth Bio.

Learn more at https://www.edrosenthal.com

 

Key Takeaways

  • Ed’s celebrated background in cannabis and how he’s seen the industry evolve throughout the years
  • The most common mistakes Ed sees among new growers
  • Ed’s thoughts on traditional lighting vs LEDs and what he believes to be the optimal lighting arrangement
  • How to design the best grow space from scratch
  • The best methods for trimming and manicuring commercial grows
  • Simple solutions to common problems Ed sees among new and seasoned cultivators alike, including how to avoid mold growth
  • The up and coming practice of growing cannabinoids in yeast
  • Ed’s insights surrounding the future of terpenes and different cannabinoids like CBN
  • Where Ed predicts cannabis trending in the years ahead
  • An inside look at Ed’s new book, Marijuana Garden Saver: A Field Guide to Identifying and Correcting Cannabis Problems

 


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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

As cannabis continues to skyrocket and make its way into other industries, more and more entrepreneurs are looking to jump in.

But with CBD only just entering the mainstream, how do startups determine their ideal customers and then - even more difficult - win them over?

Enter Ashley Lewis and Meredith Schroeder, former directors at Goop and co-founders of online startup and “cannabis apothecary” Fleur Marché.

Inspired by cannabis' many health benefits, Ashley and Meredith set out on a mission to bring this powerful ingredient to the beauty and wellness arena, providing a carefully-selected curation of the best cannabis products for canna-curious luxury customers.

In this episode, Ashley and Meredith share an inside look at Fleur Marché and give us some tips on how entrepreneurs should go about finding (and then converting) their correct target market.

Learn more at https://fleurmarche.com

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Ashley and Meredith’s work at Goop and what sparked their desire to enter the cannabis space
  • An inside look at Fleur Marché, including its educational resources and online curation of the most elegant, top-quality cannabis products on the market
  • Ashley and Meredith’s mission to convert the canna-curious luxury consumer and bring cannabis into the beauty and wellness space
  • How the co-founders drew on their experience at Goop during Fleur Marché’s creation process
  • Ashley and Meredith’s day-to-day work at Fleur Marché and how they complement each other as co-founders
  • How Fleur Marché targets its ideal audience and Ashley’s advice on how to niche down your demographic
  • How Meredith successfully raised capital for Fleur Marché and her advice to entrepreneurs looking to fund their startups
  • Where Ashley and Meredith see the cannabis-wellness space going over the next few years and the opportunities that excite them the most

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

Pioneer investors with more traditional backgrounds in finance are beginning to plant their flags firmly and confidently in the cannabis space, and here to tell us about this is Codie Sanchez.

Codie is a managing partner at Cresco Capital Partners, a private equity fund in the legalized cannabis space. She previously lead First Trust’s Latin America Investment business and held positions at Goldman Sachs, State Street, and Vanguard.

In this episode, Codie shares her insights on the future of cannabis and some invaluable advice for traditional investors looking to enter the industry.

Learn more at https://www.crescocapitalpartners.com.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Codie’s background in the cannabis space and her best investments to date
  • Why Codie believes there’s more opportunity than risk in cannabis investment
  • How investors, entrepreneurs, and funds can overcome the stigma surrounding cannabis and get their audiences on board
  • Codie’s advice to investors on how to go about navigating the difficulties that come with pioneering an industry like cannabis
  • The ratio of over-valued, fairly-valued, and undervalued deals Codie is witnessing in cannabis right now
  • The most noteworthy acquisitions and investments in cannabis over the last 12 months
  • Codie’s advice to entrepreneurs trying to raise capital and the do’s and don'ts for pitching decks
  • Where Codie sees cannabis going over the next 3-5 years and the opportunities that excite her the most

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:43am EST

While we usually talk about the business realm of cannabis here on CannaInsider, in this episode we’re going to take a deep dive into medical marijuana and how it’s being used to better the lives of an increasing number of patients - specifically children.  

Here to discuss this growing movement are Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake, makers of the 2018 documentary Weed The People in which Abby and Ricki follow a number of families that are turning to cannabis to treat their cancer-stricken children.

In this episode, Abby and Ricki share the ways in which medical marijuana is beginning to save lives and why it’s essential we overcome the political and legislative obstacles inhibiting cannabis from joining commercial healthcare.  

Learn more at https://www.cannainsider.com/wtp

 

Key Takeways:

  • Ricki and Abby’s backgrounds in film and what sparked their desire to create Weed The People
  • Ways in which the traditional medical industry is lacking when it comes to children’s cancer treatment
  • Abby and Ricki’s documentary The Business of Being Born and the parallels they observed between the business aspects of the birth and cancer industries
  • The stigma surrounding cannabis in the medical sphere and how certain doctors are working to overcome it
  • Medical cannabis in other countries versus the U.S.
  • Why many of the families in Weed The People choose to follow a combination of chemo and a formal dosing schedule of cannabis to treat their children’s cancer
  • Abby’s advice to parents interested in exploring medical cannabis to help treat their children and how they can do so right away

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:25am EST

We knew it wouldn’t be long before the cannabis industry started taking market share from the wine and spirits industry, and here to showcase that trend is Chip Forsythe, CEO of Rebel Coast Winery.

Founded in 2013, this California winery is making a major splash with its alcohol-removed, THC-infused wine - a beverage that offers a very different kind of buzz (and skips the hangover).

In this episode, Chip shares a behind-the-scenes look at the meticulous process involved in creating cannabis wine, Rebel Coast’s plans for the future, and his insights on where the cannabis beverage market is headed in the next few years.

Learn more at https://rebelcoast.com

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Chip’s background in wine and what led him to start Rebel Coast Winery
  • How Rebel Coast’s cannabis wine compares to traditional wine in terms of taste, aroma, and calorie count
  • The difficult process behind infusing wine with cannabis and how long it took Chip and his team to get it right
  • Regulatory and logistical hoops Chip still has to jump through in order to keep Rebel Coast alive and kicking
  • Difficulties in scaling the production of cannabis-infused wine and the ways in which Rebel Coast has worked to overcome them
  • Chip’s work educating regulators and politicians so that the cannabis industry can continue to grow and become more diverse
  • What’s on tap next for Rebel Coast Winery and where Chip sees the cannabis beverage market going over the next 3-5 years

 

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With business models from other industries quickly making their way into the cannabis industry, TILT Holdings is aiming to become the swiss army knife of business-to-business offerings in the cannabis space.

A vertically-integrated infrastructure and technology platform, TILT Holdings delivers contract manufacturing, distribution, hardware, and software for over 1,500 retailers and brands throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

In this episode, TILT Holdings CEO Alex Coleman shares with us an in-depth look at the goings-on at TILT, shares his insights on the future of cannabis, and provides some invaluable advice on how to navigate the cannabis B2B market.

Learn more at https://www.tiltholdings.com.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Alex’s background in cannabis and what inspired him to start a B2B business in the cannabis space
  • A deep dive into Tilt Holdings and the various companies under its umbrella, including Baker Technologies and Sea Hunter Therapeutics
  • How Alex believes the recently passed Farm Bill of 2018 will impact the cannabis industry over the coming years
  • Up-and-coming technologies like AI, gene editing, and nanotechnology and their implications for cannabis
  • Why big alcohol and tobacco companies are investing in cannabis and the traditional businesses Alex predicts will follow suit
  • Alex’s outlook for the future of cannabis and what he believes the industry will look like in 2030

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:26pm EST

With the cannabis market projected to hit $31 billion by 2021, it’s easy to feel like the industry has simply taken on its own momentum.

However, what most people don’t know is that there’s a group of investors called The Arcview Group that funds the very companies we’ll be reading about in the headlines 1-2 years from now.

In this episode, founder and CEO of Arcview Troy Dayton gives us an in-depth look at the goings-on at Arcview, shares his insights on the future of cannabis, and provides some invaluable advice for those looking to take the plunge.

Learn more at https://arcviewgroup.com

 

Key Takeaways:

  • The cannabis industry’s current landscape and where Troy sees it heading over the next few years
  • How The Arcview Group has evolved from angel investors to now also include venture capitalists and large companies looking to make acquisitions
  • Overlaps in the entertainment and cannabis industries and how this could positively influence cannabis’ growth
  • The amount of capital Arcview investors have invested to date and projections for the future
  • Troy’s advice on what to look for when investing in startups
  • A deep dive into Arcview Ventures and Arcview Market Research
  • What it will take for cannabis to become as established as other industries and start seeing more interstate commerce

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:45am EST

Can small-scale craft cannabis survive against huge corporations and the big ad practices they’re introducing to North America?

Here to help us answer that is Ryan Stoa, Associate Professor at Concordia University School of Law and author of "Craft Weed: Family Farming and the Future of the Marijuana Industry."

In this episode, Ryan argues the need to keep cannabis “more craft beer than Anheuser-Busch” and proposes a Marijuana Appellation system that would support a sustainable, local, and artisanal farming model within the U.S.

Learn more at http://ryanstoa.com

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Ryan’s background in law and cannabis and what sparked his desire to write “Craft Weed”
  • Why Ryan argues we need to support craft weed over big companies with large scale cultivation facilities
  • The extensive research that went into Ryan’s book and the information that shocked him the most
  • Smart farming and how it relates to indoor cannabis growing
  • How Ryan believes the newly passed Farm Bill of 2018 will affect the small American family farm
  • Why the desire for sustainable, artisanal cannabis fluctuates across the U.S.
  • Ryan’s positive outlook for the future of cannabis agriculture and how he believes legalization will benefit our culture

 

 

 

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With the recent global surge in industrial hemp, scientists are moving into the hemp and cannabis space to provide cultivators the technologies and best practices of other industries.

Helping lead the movement is Dr. Jon Vaught, CEO and founder of Front Range Biosciences, an agricultural biotechnology company that specializes in tissue culture cloning for cannabis and other high-value crops.

In this episode, Dr. Jon shares how Front Range Biosciences is revolutionizing cloning methods to not only produce robust, healthy plants but also create new varieties that could disrupt the dietary and pharmaceutical industries.

Learn more at https://www.frontrangebio.com

 

Key Takeaways:

  • A breakdown of Front Range Biosciences and the revolutionary biotechnology it’s bringing to the cannabis industry
  • Dr. Jon’s background in biotechnology and what led him to start Front Range Biosciences
  • The differences between cannabis and hemp
  • A deep dive into Front Range Biosciences’ services, including its Clean Stock Nursery Program
  • The ins and outs of tissue culture laboratories and the benefits they offer researchers and cultivators alike
  • How to avoid common mistakes in cultivation, including exposing plants to disease
  • Dr. Jon’s goals to create new plant varieties and cannabinoid profiles for the purposes of dietary supplements, nutraceutical products, and even pharmaceutical products
  • Our current understanding of the cannabis genome and the exciting new discoveries Dr. Jon anticipates in the years to come

 


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American cannabis companies are starting to go public in Canada, using the fresh capital to further fuel their growth.

One of these companies is Dixie Brands Inc., one of the most recognized consumer brands with a portfolio of over 100 products across more than 15 different product categories.

In this episode, Dixie CEO Chuck Smith shares his insight on the future of cannabis and discusses the company’s goals to become the leading global consumer packaged goods company in cannabis.

Learn more at http://dixieelixirs.com

 

Key Takeaways:

  • A breakdown of Dixie Brands and its expansive array of THC and CBD products
  • Chuck’s background in the cannabis industry and his journey to CEO of Dixie
  • Dixie Brands’ state-by-state growth and its plans for expansion within the U.S. and beyond
  • How differences in regulation dictate Dixie’s go-to-market strategy in Canada versus the U.S.
  • Why Dixie focuses on building brands instead of cultivation
  • How Dixie competes against new companies entering the cannabis industry
  • The importance of packaging and how Dixie successfully creates packaging that distinguishes their brands from others and achieves consumer trust and engagement
  • A walkthrough of BDS analytics and it offers cannabis industry market trends and consumer insights
  • Chuck’s outlook on the global future of cannabis over the next decade

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

Michael Kadonoff is the Founder and CEO of Braingrid. Braingrid allows any non-technical person to hang little devices around your grow room and immediately start collecting data about your grow. Including temperature, humidity, CO2 and more. Learn how growers are harnessing this data to build the grow rooms of the future today.

Learn More:

http://braingrid.io/

 

Key Takeaways:

– Michael’s background as an inventor and at GE

– What growers think they know about their garden is actually not wrong but incomplete

– How Braingrid’s Sentroller collects data and presents that data as insights

– Will this system increase your yield or your efficiency

– Preventing mold and equipment failure

– Creating redundancy in your grow

– Traceability and health compliance

– Michael’s favorite book and tool

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

With the worldwide cannabis market projected to hit $32 billion by 2022, better training and information sharing will be paramount for industry newcomers in the years ahead.

Enter Oaksterdam University, widely known as the Harvard of Cannabis.

Since 2007, Oaksterdam has been the forerunner in providing the highest quality training offered in the cannabis industry and the first institution to address the growing needs of the marijuana movement, from patients to regulators. Such a focus has established Oaksterdam University as the first and only cannabis college with a comprehensive curriculum in cannabis business and horticulture.

In this episode, Oaksterdam Executive Chancellor Dale Sky Jones joins us to share everything the university has to offer for those looking to achieve success in the cannabis industry.

Learn more at https://oaksterdamuniversity.com

Key Takeaways:

  • Dale’s background in the cannabis industry and how she became executive chancellor of Oaksterdam University
  • The crippling federal raid Oaksterdam underwent in 2012 and how Dale took over to ensure the university’s continued success
  • Oaksterdam’s extensive curriculum and how the school determines its core programs and electives
  • How the university’s student population has expanded beyond the U.S. to 40 different countries since it was founded in 2007
  • Oaksterdam’s online versus in-person programs
  • How the university utilizes augmented reality in its courses
  • Examples of students who have gone on to achieve great success in the cannabis industry following their time at Oaksterdam
  • Dale’s advice to those looking to leave behind their current careers and enter the cannabis industry

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

Extraction is considered the most profitable segment of the cannabis industry, but what if we’ve been thinking about extraction all wrong?

Is it really necessary to use large CO2 or butane extraction systems when there’s a way to extract oil from hemp and cannabis using just air?

In this episode, Vapor Distilled Founder and CEO Russell Thomas explains how this revolutionary, all-natural extraction method produces stronger, ultra-pure oil.

Learn more at http://www.vapordistilled.com

Key Takeaways:

  • Russell’s background in the cannabis industry and how he came to start Vapor Distilled
  • What constitutes “cleantech” or clean technology
  • A deep dive into traditional extraction methods, including CO2 and hydrocarbon systems
  • How the Vapor Distillation process uses heated air and a proprietary condensation method
  • The evolution of Vapor Distilled and what it took to turn it into a large-scale, commercial product
  • Consumer responses to the ultra-pure taste of Vapor Distilled oils
  • Vapor Distilled’s cost efficiency versus that of traditional methods
  • The future of Vapor Distilled and its all-natural extraction method

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

WAYV is an automated, on-demand supply chain logistics platform serving California’s exploding Cannabis industry. The technology streamlines the traditional B2B process, including transport, sales, and payment through a one-stop website that integrates regulatory and compliance checks. WAYV serves as a transparent, efficient tracking and compliance platform that surpasses the fulfillment experience of non-cannabis markets in today’s on-demand world.

In this episode, WAYV founder and CEO Keith McCarty shares how WAYV is revolutionizing e-commerce in the industry to become the “Amazon of Cannabis.”

Learn more at https://www.wayv.com 

Key Takeaways:

  • Keith’s background as an entrepreneur in cannabis and how he came to start WAYV
  • How WAYV streamlines the traditional B2B process and removes friction points for retailers and brands in the cannabis industry
  • The most common difficulties retailers experience in cannabis and how WAYV works to remove those difficulties
  • How Keith builds trust with both retailers and brands using the platform
  • Conflict resolution methods WAYV applies within its FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) model
  • A breakdown of the WAYV user experience for both retailers and brands
  • Ways in which WAYV brings in revenue
  • Keith’s plans to reduce other friction points within cannabis and expand WAYV beyond California

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

Only a few months after leaving MillerCoors where he invented the company’s wildly popular Blue Moon brand, Keith Villa launched Ceria Brewing Company to embark on new territory: cannabis-infused non-alcoholic craft beer.

A spin on Blue Moon’s Belgian-style white ale, Keith’s new beer, “Grainwave,” is a medium-bodied ale with blood orange peel and 5mg of THC, the psychoactive component in cannabis.

In this episode, Keith shares the goings on at Ceria Brewing Company, the variety of “sensations” his new line of craft beers have to offer, and his insights on the booming edibles industry.

Learn more at https://www.ceriabrewing.com 

Key Takeaways:

  • Keith’s background in craft beer, his experience at MillerCoors, and how he came to launch Ceria Brewing Company
  • The process behind earning a PhD in Brewing
  • Why Keith decided to launch Ceria Beverages and create THC-infused beer
  • The ins and outs of infusing non-alcoholic craft beer with cannabis to ensure the THC is evenly emulsified and each bottle contains the proper dosage
  • Where Ceria is aiming to make its beers available in 2019
  • Keith’s goals to overcome the stigma surrounding cannabis
  • The THC doses within Ceria’s two beers and the different sensations they offer
  • Keith’s insights on the future of Ceria and the cannabis industry at large

 

Direct download: 248.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

A firefighter out of college, Cody Shirk’s expertise in finance is self-taught.

Today he’s a full-time investor and the founder of Explorer Equity Group (EEG), a global alternative asset manager that works to capitalize on investment opportunities off-the-beaten-path.

With investments in industry household names including Kush Bottles and Regulated Solutions, Cody’s latest non-mainstream investments lie in - you guessed it - cannabis.

In this episode, Cody shares his insights on the future of cannabis and advice for both entrepreneurs and investors looking to break into the industry.

Follow Cody at https://www.explorerequity.com/canna

Key Takeaways:

- Cody’s background in investing and how he came to start Explorer Equity Group and Explorer Partnership

- Ongoing propaganda against cannabis and how the industry is working to improve public perception

- The cannabis businesses Cody has invested in thus far, including Kush Bottles and Regulated Solutions

- What Cody looks for when investing in cannabis businesses and his advice to startups seeking funding 

- Cody’s outlook on startup investment and the price of cannabis over the next 1-2 years

- Asia and South America’s developing economies and the exciting investment opportunities within

- Cody’s tips on how entrepreneurs should go about approaching investors as well as ways investors can determine the best entrepreneurs to get behind

 


To learn more, visit: https://www.explorerequity.com/canna

Direct download: 247.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

The cannabis industry is projected to hit $31 billion by 2021, and with its growing demand comes a desperate need for scalability.

Enter Jon Gowa, founder and CEO of Bloom Automation, LLC, a Boston-based company revolutionizing the way we harvest marijuana through robotics and automation.

Designed to “trim with the precision of a human, but the efficiency of a machine,” Bloom Automation’s robots use smart optics and proprietary algorithms to increase efficiency and cut production costs - an enticing proposition to the next generation of cultivation.

In this episode, Jon shares a little about the goings on at Bloom Automation and the importance of robotics to the future of cannabis.

 

Key Takeaways:

- Jon’s background in robotics engineering and how he came to be founder and CEO of Bloom Automation, LLC

- The benefits of robotics and problems the industry is working to resolve

- The ins and outs of Bloom Automation and the technological solutions it provides the cannabis industry

- Price versus ROI and the increased production rates cannabis business owners and cultivators are witnessing thanks to Bloom Automation

- The 2-3 days of training required for new operators

- Challenges Jon is working to overcome during the company’s beta development phase

- Jon’s outlook on the future of robotics in the cannabis industry

 

To learn more, visit: https://www.bloomautomation.com

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

Jonah Barber is the co-founder of MRX Xtractors. Learn how profitable cannabis oil extraction can be and the different business models available to those in the business or entering this business.

Key Takeaways:
– From lab testing flower to extraction company
– A lot of oil on the market is not good, here’s why
– The profit margin on a gram of extracted cannabis oil
– Throughput from different extraction machines
– The different business models in extraction

Learn more at
http://mrxxtractors.com/

Important:
What are the five trends disrupting the cannabis industry?
Find out with your free cheat sheet at https://www.cannainsider.com/trends

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Karson Humiston is the founder of Vangst, a multi-state recruiting company focused on the cannabis space. Karson is on the Forbes list of The Top 30 Under 30 entrepreneurs on the rise.

Listen in as Karson describes how to hire the perfect candidate to help your business grow. Karson also lays out how to create a successful career in the cannabis industry and what kind of candidates are getting hired.

Key Takeaways:
– How Snoop Dogg’s VC fund invested in Vangst
– Common mistakes employers make hiring
– The devastating math behind misfiring
– How to ensure employees are successful in their new roles
– Enticing executives from other industries

Learn more at:
https://vangst.com

Important:
What are the 5 trends disrupting the cannabis industry right now?
Find out with your free report at http://www.cannaInsider.com/trends

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

Harborside is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected cannabis retailers in the world, and it’s expected to grow much bigger in 2019.

Led by CEO Andrew Berman, the company has played an instrumental role in making cannabis safe and accessible, and its stores are known for supplying the world’s best-curated selection of award-winning flower, concentrates, edibles, and other cannabis products from California growers and manufacturers.

One of Andrew’s first acts as CEO was to create a capital markets strategy for the company, and in so doing Harborside has raised over $25M in 2018.

In this episode, Andrew shares his insights, learnings, and what’s in store for the future of the cannabis industry.

Key Takeaways:

- Andy’s personal journey and how he came to be the CEO of Harborside

- Harborside’s focus on California and the company’s multistage strategy going forward

- Harborside’s projections and the cannabis industry’s growth following the legalization of adult-use in California

- Andy’s growth tactics in California

- Harborside’s clean, sun-grown cannabis and how the greenhouse method is more environmentally friendly and cost-effective

- Cannabis business licensing in California

- Shifting trends in customer preferences for flowers, edibles, and concentrates

- Harborside’s $25 million capital raise and evolution from a medical nonprofit to a for-profit company

- Andy’s predictions for reduced banking restrictions on cannabis businesses

- Tips on how to break into the cannabis industry for those interested

 

To learn more, visit: www.shopharborside.com

 

 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

You are leaving half the potency from your cannabis plant behind when it is not properly activated or decarboxylated. Find out how this simple technique can take your cannabis flower to the next level.

About Today's Guest

Shanel Lindsay is the CEO and founder of Ardent Cannabis. Listen in as Shanel talks about her move from a traditional lawyer to a tech and cannabis entrepreneur.

Special Offer

Shanel is offering CannaInsider listeners $30 off her flagship device the Ardent Nova decarboxylator. Use coupon code Canna30 for $30 off. Learn more here:

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:05am EST

Foria hits below the belt with their cannabis intimates. Find out why customers are so curious about this budding new market category of the cannabis industry.

Jon Brandon is the Co-founder of Foria, listen in as we discuss a wide range of topics. 

Key Takeaways:
- Defining a category
- Microdosing
- Using Customer Feedback to Iterate
- Sexual wellness and invigoration with Foria
- Can cannabis help menstrual health?

Limited Time Offer:
Jon and the team at Foria Wellness have generously offered a coupon code for a limited time for 10% off their products.

Visit: https://www.foriawellness.com
Use Coupon Code: insider

Direct download: 243.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:45am EST

Cannabis businesses need to understand what is selling in dispensaries so they can make informed decisions.

Cy Scott, co-founder, and CEO of Headset.io delves into how to get this data and use it to make actionable business decisions now. 

We also cover some cannabis items that are hot sellers right now.
Learn more at https://www.headset.io/
and
https://www.cannainsider.com/

Cy's Favorite Tools:
https://quip.com/
https://www.intercom.com

Cy's Favorite Books
High Growth Hand Book

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Direct download: 242.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:11pm EST

Charles Jones has created vape pens that are selling like crazy in 7 states. Why are dispensaries ordering his vape pens in greater and greater quantities?

Charles has stumbled upon the holy grail that cannabis enthusiasts have been searching for. His vape pens allow you to experience desired moods consistently.  The moods you can experience are; party, focus, bliss, focus, relax, and flow. The name of this larger cannabis segment is called "functional cannabis."

Enjoy this fascinating interview to understand where the cannabis market is moving.

Learn more:

https://www.cannainsider.com/216
And
https://www.lucidmood.net

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

Dennis O’Malley is CEO of Caliva Dispensary in San Jose California. Listen in as Dennis shares how difficult but rewarding it is to run a thriving vertically integrated cannabis company.

Key Takeaways:

- The price of wholesale cannabis in California vs Oregon

- How to successfully navigate regulatory changes

- Creating in-house technology

- Why delivery app Eaze is a dominating force in California Cannabis

- Building a brand

- Staying competitive

- What the future holds for cannabis operators in California

Learn More:
https://caliva.com/

And

https://www.cannainsider.com

Direct download: 241.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:08am EST

Andy Joseph is CEO of Apeks Supercritical. Andy and his team make advanced extraction machines. Listen in as he talks about how the industry is evolving and how businesses appetite for specific methods is evolving.

Key Takeaways:

- Andy’s background on Navy submarines
- Creating extraction machines while moonlighting
- Business owners are more interested in terpene preservation
- CO2, Ethanol, Butane, Propane, which extraction method is better?- Why your finished product should drive your extraction methodology
- Monitoring and controlling extractions in real-time
- Fractionating, what is it and what does it matter?

Learn More At:
https://www.apekssupercritical.com/
And
https://www.cannainsider.com

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Direct download: 240.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:19am EST

Lars Meijer from Codema Systems Group shares how the top cannabis companies are using automation to radically increase efficiency and profit. Cultivators not thinking this way will be left behind soon.

Key Takeaways:
- Mapping out the lifecycle of your plants
- Creating a workflow
- Building automation around your workflow
- How moving and flying tables enable efficiency
- Reducing input costs


Show Notes
See Codema’s Solutions Videos Here
https://codema.nl/video/

China’s Social Credit Scoring
https://www.businessinsider.com/china-social-credit-system-punishments-and-rewards-explained-2018-4#1-banning-you-from-flying-or-getting-the-train-1

Direct download: 239.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

The days of informal commercial cannabis growing are coming to an end as governments, wholesale buyers, and consumers want next-level growing standards that many would refer to as Pharmaceutical grade standards.

To tell us about pharmaceutical grade cannabis growing is Tjalling Erkelens Founder and CEO of Bedrocan.

Learn more at:
https://bedrocan.com/
And
https://www.cannainsider.com

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

James Slatic is well known and respected pioneer and thought leader recognized by the Huffington Post as one of top five Cannabis industry movers and shakers. As the former CEO of Med-West, James led and grew to be a $12M a year California infused products company. James is an active industry advocate and has sat on the boards of the California & Nevada Cannabis Associations and the Marijuana Policy Project providing James with a deep understanding of regulatory markets and frameworks.

Listen in as James discusses his most recent move into automation and robotics in the cannabis industry.

Learn more
http://todarorobotics.com/

See robotic automation video
http://todarorobotics.com/high-throughput-cannabis-testing/

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Direct download: 237.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

Andrew Duffy attended Harvard then went on to work for the most successful hedge fund manager in the world (Ray Dalio). Ready to start his own business Andrew and his co-founder ditched the cold New England winters and moved to Colorado to start Best in Grow, a platform that brings budtenders, brands, and dispensaries together in one place online.

Learn more at:
https://bestingrow.io/
And
https://www.cannainsider.com/

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Direct download: 236.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

Jonah Barber is the co-founder of MRX Xtractors. Learn how profitable cannabis oil extraction can be and the different business models available to those in the business or entering this business.

Key Takeaways:
- From lab testing flower to extraction company
- A lot of oil on the market is not good, here’s why
- The profit margin on a gram of extracted cannabis oil
- Throughput from different extraction machines
- The different business models in extraction

Learn more at
http://mrxxtractors.com/

and

https://www.cannainsider.com

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Direct download: 235.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:44am EST

Linda Klumpers Ph.D. is a scientist from The Netherlands. Listen in as she describes how she has built an interactive web-based tool that allows you to find the best cannabis product for your specific need.

Learn more at:
https://www.cannify.us/
and
https://www.cannainsider.com

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Direct download: 234.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:59am EST

What if cannabis cultivators could use artificial intelligence (AI) to help them automatically identify a problem with their plants before the problem is even visible? Our guest today is Max Unfried chief AI officer for Deepgreen.ai. Max walks us through how AI is being leveraged in the cannabis space for the maximum benefit of growers and business owners.

Learn more:
https://deepgreen.ai
And
https://www.cannainsider.com

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Direct download: 233.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am EST

Torsten Kuenzlen is CEO of Sundial Growers in Canada. Torsten’s background is the alcohol industry, and he has been very outspoken saying that cannabis is going to outgrow alcohol soon. Learn why and how he thinks this will play out and why the cannabis industry is poised for paradigm shifting expansion.

Learn more:

https://www.cannainsider.com
And
https://www.sundialgrowers.com/

Key Takeaways:

- Torsten’s background in the alcohol and soft drink industry
- Why Torsten left the alcohol industry
- Bringing best practices from the alcohol industry
- Why measuring your grow in square feet makes no sense
- Why brand matters and how to create a great brand

Direct download: 232.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:04pm EST

Nicole Wicker is the co-founder of Altopa which makes the Oblend. The Oblend device is the size of a K Cup coffee machine and sits on your countertop. The Oblend arrives with modular ingredient packs that allow you to create the perfect cannabis oil vape cartridge, tincture, topical and more.

The Oblend was awarded the innovation award at this year’s CES event in Las Vegas.

Key Take-Aways:
– Transferring expertise from the pharmaceutical industry
– Raising capital
– Creating a unique benefit for customers
– The difficulty with hardware products
– How to use the Oblend and home

Learn More at:
http://www.oblend.com/

Direct download: nicole-wicker-encore.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

Alan Brochstein covers the cannabis investing space through his subscription membership site 420 Investor and through his investing news site New Cannabis Ventures.

In this wide-ranging interview, Alan and Matthew Kind discuss some of the most noteworthy IPOs in the cannabis space, how the US and Canada public markets differ, and how the cannabis stock landscape has changed and is changing.

Learn more at

420 Investor
NewCannabisVentures

 

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Direct download: 231.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:30am EST

Dr. Ethan Russo a neurologist and psychopharmacology researcher. If you are in the cannabis industry or looking to be this episode will help you to understand the most important scientific aspects of the cannabis plant. Specifically, you will learn how terpenes radically change how you experience cannabis. Learn more about the benefits and science of cannabis terpenes.

 

Key Takeaways:
[1:00] – Dr. Ethan Russo’s background
[4:26] – Dr. Ethan’s study of cannabis
[6:15] – How does cannabis affect migraines
[8:35] – Dr. Ethan’s take on why cannabis was put on Earth
[9:38] – The endocannabinoid system
[12:44] – What is a receptor
[13:37] – Differences between indica and sativa
[17:56] – Dr. Ethan talks about the interplay between terpenes and cannabinoids
[24:11] – What does cannabis smoke do to the lungs
[27:01] – Rescue shots if you get “too high”
[28:31] – Dr. Ethan discusses the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis
[30:50] – What does cannabis do to the human body
[37:18] – How does cannabis help with chemotherapy
[39:37] – Dr. Ethan talks about CBD
[41:10] – What is THCV
[43:43] – Dr. Ethan answers some personal development questions
[48:28] – Dr. Ethan Russo’s contact info

Direct download: ethan-russo-encore.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:20am EST

Ever wonder how to consistent get 3+ pounds of cannabis per light?Our guest today Josh Haupt from Three A Light will tell you how to do just that in an easy step-by-step way.

Key Takeaways:
[0:57] – What is Three a Light
[1:34] – Josh’s background
[2:20] – Josh talks about using cannabis for his epilepsy
[4:16] – Josh talks about his book
[7:23] – Different lighting used in grows
[10:50] – How to find Josh’s book
[11:33] – Josh talks about his harvests
[13:17] – Josh talks about creating his own nutrients
[15:28] – Delivery method for nutrients
[16:00] – What is Nutrient Lock
[17:21] – What is Schwazzing
[19:11] – Creating clones
[20:40] – Preventing hot spots in your grows
[21:55] – Josh talks about things he sees when consulting
[23:27] – Josh talks about greenhouses
[25:02] – Pests and diseases
[27:30] – Josh discusses the ideal growing media
[30:22] – Josh answers some personal development questions
[33:56] – Josh talks about the future of the cannabis industry
[37:07] – Josh’s contact details

Direct download: Josh-Haupt-3lbs-encore.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

The CEO of Twitter and Square is Jack Dorsey. Last week Jack said “blockchain is the next big unlock.”

What Jack means by “unlock” is that it’s a disruptive but massively beneficial change.

In this episode, Matthew Kind details how blockchain will change the cannabis industry and your life. This is not an exaggeration and it is already happening.

Key Takeaways:
– A quick primer on blockchain and Bitcoin
– How blockchain technologies will impact chain of custody for cannabis plants
– How blockchain technologies will guarantee the authenticity of your cannabis
– Airing of Don Tapscott’s Ted talk on the financial impact of Bitcoin

Direct download: bitcoin-cannabis-encore.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:12am EST

Henry Vincenty is the founder of Endoca. Henry has an outdoor hemp grow outside Barcelona Spain. Learn how he is leading the way delivery healing cannabinoids internationally.

Learn more at:

https://www.endoca.com

And

https://www.cannainsider.com

 

Key Takeaways:

- Henry’s background as a scientist and genetic researcher

- Bringing pharmaceutical best practices to cannabinoid science

- The most popular hemp-derived CBD products

- Living off the grid to create the most healthy plants

- Personal development questions

 

 

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Direct download: 230.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:56am EST

Justin Singer is the co-founder of Still Water Brands. Stillwater is focused on cannabis consumers that really don’t see themselves as cannabis consumers because they feel uncomfortable with the existing methods of consumption. For example, it is very confusing for a first-time cannabis consumer to understand why they don’t want to eat a 100mg infused chocolate bar, but instead, need to break it up into 10 or 20 pieces. First-time consumers ask, “wait, why do I need to break this bar up, isn’t a bar one dose?”

Justin and his team at Stillwater initially focused on rituals consumers are already comfortable with such as making a cup of tea. Stillwater’s water-soluble beverage additives including their best seller Ripple have resonated with a traditionally unrecognized and underserved market category.

Now Stillwater is going to offer their infused additives to other businesses.

This is a riveting interview you won’t want to miss.

Learn more at:
https://www.cannainsider.com

And

http://stillwater.life/

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Direct download: 229.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:23am EST

Dan Gusafik was recently featured in Rolling Stone magazine because he has developed a specialty in containing the scent of cannabis. It turns out local governments have created extremely harsh fines and can even close down your grow or extraction facility if the odor is too much. Listen in as Dan explains how to prevent odor and optimize your grow and extraction facility.

Learn more:
https://www.cannainsider.com
And
http://hybridtech.us/

Key Takeaways:

- How to contain cannabis odor to avoid fines
- The trade-offs of using different types of extraction
- The cost per square foot for grows and extraction facilities
- Why extractors do better than cultivators during gluts
- Best practices when designing a grow and extraction facility
- Creating two-tier grows

 

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Direct download: 228.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:59am EST

Many people are becoming familiar with hemp-derived CBD. Today’s guest is a Michigan entrepreneur that lost his wife and was left with three children. He started experiencing panic attacks. Frustrated with traditional pharmaceutical options his neighbor turned him onto CBD and it changed his life and eventually led him to launch MadeByHemp to offer CBD to the public.

 

Learn more at

https://madebyhemp.com/

CannaInsider listeners can get a 10% discount at MadeByHemp by using the coupon: insider

 

Key Takeaways:

- Jeff’s background

- How Jeff lost his wife

- Turning to traditional Pharma

- Jeff’s neighbor offered him CBD

- Feeling human after abandoning traditional meds

- Starting the business in his basement

- Opening a retail storefront in Indiana

- Hemp incubator plans

 

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Direct download: 227.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:38am EST

In this episode Matthew Kind that last predictions he made about the cannabis industry and then lays out disruptive changes that will impact the cannabis industry in the next five years. Considering how many Matthew got right the first time around, you don’t want to miss this episode.

Learn more at:
http://www.cannainsider.com/trends

Direct download: trends-encore.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:25am EST

Michael Kadonoff is the Founder and CEO of Braingrid. Braingrid allows any non-technical person to hang little devices around your grow room and immediately start collecting data about your grow. Including temperature, humidity, CO2 and more. Learn how growers are harnessing this data to build the grow rooms of the future today.

Learn More:

http://braingrid.io/
And
https://www.cannainsider.com/

Key Takeaways:

- Michael’s background as an inventor and at GE

- What growers think they know about their garden is actually not wrong but incomplete

- How Braingrid’s Sentroller collects data and presents that data as insights

- Will this system increase your yield or your efficiency

- Preventing mold and equipment failure

- Creating redundancy in your grow

- Traceability and health compliance

- Michael’s favorite book and tool

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Direct download: 226.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:53am EST

Because vape pens are so convenient and discreet consumers love them, but cannabis and CBD companies are struggling to keep up with demand for vape pens. To help businesses streamline their workflow and eliminate bottlenecks a resourceful entrepreneur created a machine that can fill 100 vape pen cartridges in under 1 minute.

Learn More at
https://www.convectium.com
See the filling machine in action https://vimeo.com/175737614

And

https://www.cannainsider.com/225

 

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Key Takeaways:

- Transitioning from a traditional degree in finance and investments

- How vape pen manufacturers are struggling with the wave of demand

- The specifics of how The Shark filling machine works

- Automating workflow after the vape pen cartridges are filled

- A look ahead at robotics and automation

- Mark’s days a face-painting Boston Red Sox fan

- A book that has had a big impact on his life

Direct download: 225.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:12am EST

Alan Gertner is the CEO of Hiku Brands (HIKU) in Canada. Listen in as Alan goes deep on why cannabis consumers choose brands and not products. Hear how Alan’s background at Google, baking sourdough bread, and being a ski guide in Japan forged him into the brand building Jedi he is today.

Fun fact, the president of Hiku brands is Trent Kitsch who co-founded Saxx underwear. Matthew geeks out a little on this underwear and it’s fun to hear why.

Learn more at:
https://www.hiku.com/
http://www.vanderpop.com/
https://ca.tokyosmoke.com/

And

https://www.cannainsider.com/224


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Key Takeaways:
- How Alan’s father grew the first legal cannabis in Canada
- Why Alan left Google for a meaningful life in cannabis
- The way Alan measures happiness
- Why customers choose brands not products
- The evolution of cannabis preferences
- Alan’s favorite book and business tool

Direct download: 224.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:28am EST

Karson Humiston is the founder of Vangst, a multi-state recruiting company focused on the cannabis space. Karson is on the Forbes list of The Top 30 Under 30 entrepreneurs on the rise.

Listen in as Karson describes how to hire the perfect candidate to help your business grow. Karson also lays out how to create a successful career in the cannabis industry and what kind of candidates are getting hired.

Key Takeaways:
- How Snoop Dogg’s VC fund invested in Vangst
- Common mistakes employers make hiring
- The devastating math behind misfiring
- How to ensure employees are successful in their new roles
- Enticing executives from other industries

Learn more at:
https://vangst.com

And

https://wwww.cannainsider.com/223

 

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Direct download: 223.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:18am EST

Nick Hice is a master grower. Nick grew up working in his parent's nursery and took his green thumb to the cannabis industry. Listen in as Nick reveals all his insider info to help your grow.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

Rob Smith started out growing before legalization in rural Maine. Hear his journey from the black-market to the legal market. Rob became a cannabis entrepreneur renting out trim machines, and now his latest invention a plant trainer that allows home-growers that are limited by plant count to get the biggest plants possible.

Learn More at:
https:///www.atlasplanttrainer.comAnd
https://www.cannainsider.com/222

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Key Takeaways:
- Finding your niche by serving the cannabis community around you
- Transitioning from the black-market to the legal market
- Which trim machines are the best for cannabis
- Why Rob created the Atlas Plant Trainer
- Lessons learned from trying to raise capital too early

Direct download: 222.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:46am EST

Kyle Marshall is the founder of Morsel Bakery in Oakland CA. Listen in as Kyle shares how he deals with the challenges and opportunities in California since adult use became legal on January 1st. Kyle talks about real estate challenges, incubators, building a brand and driving a truck full of trim.

https://www.cannainsider.com/221
http://www.morselbakery.com/

Direct download: 221.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:45am EST

Avery Collins is well known in the UltraMarathon community for excellence in competing but also his consumption of cannabis. Listen in as Avery explores why and how he uses cannabis and how it impacts his training.

Learn more:
https://www.cannainsider.com/220
https://twitter.com/avery_collins

 

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Direct download: 220.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:52am EST

In this interview, Ana Hory of Enlucem discusses the data she has collected from interviewing over 1500 customers that have visited dispensaries for the very first time. What do they buy, what gender are they, how old are they? Find out in this interview.

Learn more at:
http://enlucem.com/
And
https://www.cannainsider.com/219

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Direct download: 219.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30am EST

Daniel Yazbeck is founder and CEO of MyDx Inc (MYDX). Today, Daniel shares how his company has grown from one product, a cannabis analyzer to a new product and platform. The new product the EcoSmartPen and MyDx360 allows start-up cannabis brands launch and track their customer's preferences so they can achieve true product/market fit.

You can hear Daniels 2015 interview here:
https://www.cannainsider.com/daniel-yazbeck-cdx/

Learn more at
https://www.mydxlife.com/
https://www.cannainsider.com/218

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:15pm EST

Warren Bravo is CEO of Green Relief in Ontario Canada. Warren and his partners embarked on 2.5-year journey to master growing cannabis in an aquaponics system.

Most remarkable is Warren’s ability to leverage his aquaponics system to produce cannabis for under one dollar per gram. Growers of tomorrow or going to be competing with people like Warren and will most likely go out of business unless they are planning now to produce quality cannabis at massive scale.

Learn more at
https://www.greenrelief.ca/
https://www.cannainsider.com/217

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Direct download: 217.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:36am EST

Charles Jones has vape pens are selling in 6 states and starting on 4/20 they will be available in California. Why are dispensaries ordering his vape pens in greater and greater quantities?

Charles has stumbled upon the holy grail of cannabis enthusiasts that is his vape pens allow you to experience consistent moods consistently.  The moods you can experience are; party, focus, bliss, focus, relax, and flow.

Enjoy this fascinating interview to understand where the cannabis market is moving.

Learn more:
https://www.cannainsider.com/216
And
https://www.lucidmood.net

 

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Direct download: 216.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

Lamine Zarrad saw an opportunity to take his knowledge working in financial regulation for US Government and applying his knowledge of interpret The Cole Memo and then an app that would allow dispensary customers to pay for purchases with an app alleviating the need for dispensaries to manage massive amounts of cash.

Then Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions happened and Lamine was forced to put his cannabis app on the back burner. Now Lamine is evolving his technology to liberate workers in the gig economy by ensuring they get paid.

 

Learn more at:

https://www.cannainsider.com/215

https://www.tokken.com

https://www.joustbank.com/

 

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Direct download: 215.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

In 2016 Inc Magazine named Aeron Sullivan as one its 30 people Under 30 years old to watch as a promising founder. Indeed Aeron, co-founder of Tradiv was on the move. His online cannabis trading platform was helping 230 growers and dispensaries conduct business.

Then everything changed when Aeron had a profound spiritual experience that caused him to rethink his life, reality, and his future. Listen to Aeron’s gripping and inspiring transition.

Learn more at
https://www.cannainsider.com/214
https://thebibleproject.com/

Aeron's First Interview on CannaInsider:
https://www.cannainsider.com/aeron-sullivan-tradiv/

Resources Mentioned:

The Language of Feelings
https://www.amazon.com/Language-Feelings-M-D-David-Viscott/dp/0671733362/


Healing the Shame that Binds You
https://www.amazon.com/Healing-Shame-Binds-Recovery-Classics/dp/0757303234/

Direct download: 214.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:20am EST

Kenneth Berke is the co-founder and President of PayQwick. He is helping cannabis consumers, dispensaries, processors, and cultivators pay and receive payments digitally with their electronic wallet.

Learn more at:
www.payQwick.com

and

www.cannainsider.com/213

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Direct download: 213.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

Why would a Harvard-educated physician leave behind traditional medicine and create a practice that helps patients use cannabis to help alleviate symptoms associated with stress management, insomnia, and human sexuality? We are going to find out today in this interview with Dr. Jordan Tishler.

Learn more:
https://inhalemd.com/

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https://www.cannainsider.com/212

 

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Direct download: 212.mp3
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Dr. Stuart Titus is the CEO of Medical Marijuana Inc and General Hemp. Dr. Titus talks about how he got into the industry as an investor and then eventually became the CEO. Dr. Titus talks about how cannabis and CBD patients are using it and how he is expanding his business abroad.

Learn More at:
https://general-hemp.com/
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https://www.cannainsider.com/211

 

Important:

What are the five trends disrupting the cannabis industry?

Find out with your free cheat sheet at https://www.cannainsider.com/trends

 

Key Takeaways:

- Wall Street to Cannabis and Hemp

- Noticing how athletes and patients use hemp

- Staring in hemp as an investor

- Expanding outside the United States

- How patients are using CBD and Cannabis

- Where the industry will be in five years

Direct download: 211.mp3
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Gregg Steinberg is the CEO of Growcentia. Together with his three co-founders, Gregg has created an additive called Mammoth that helps cannabis plants become more bioavailable to absorb nutrients.

Learn more at:
https://www.cannainsider.com/210

And
https://mammothmicrobes.com

 

Important:
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Direct download: 210.mp3
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As overproduction of cannabis swamps some markets savvy entrepreneurs like Nicole Smith are digging in and focusing on creating value for their customers. Learn how Nicole is leading the charge at Evolab making the highest quality custom extraction and terpene creations.

Learn more at:
https://www.cannainsider.com/209

And

https://www.evolab.com/

 

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Direct download: 209.mp3
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Why grow huge gardens of cannabis plants when you take gene samples of the cannabis compounds you want and grow them in yeast? This is the argument Kevin Chen of Hyasynth Bio presents.

Learn more at
http://hyasynthbio.com/
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https://www.cannainsider.com/208

 

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Nicole Wicker is the co-founder of Altopa which makes the Oblend. The Oblend device is the size of a K Cup coffee machine and sits on your countertop. The Oblend arrives with modular ingredient packs that allow you to create the perfect cannabis oil vape cartridge, tincture, topical and more.

 The Oblend was awarded the innovation award at this year’s CES event in Las Vegas.

Learn more at:

https://www.cannainsider.com/207

And

http://www.oblend.com/

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Direct download: 207.mp3
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Learn how Natasha Irizarry risked it all to ditch the rat race and move to Colorado for her cannabis accessory subscription business StashBox.

Learn more at:
https://getstashbox.com/

And

https://www.cannainsider.com/206

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Direct download: 206.mp3
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Peter Saavedra from Soil Balance Pro educates us on the incredible impact bacteria have on your cannabis plants.

Fun Fact
Did you know that terpenes are created from the feces of bacteria? Learn more in this fascinating episode.

Learn more at
https://www.soilbalancepro.com/

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https://www.cannainsider.com/105

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Direct download: 205.mp3
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Vincent Harkiewicz is the co-founder and COO of Grownetics a company building the grow rooms of tomorrow. Vincent shares why if you are not investing your time, money and energy into a perfectly automated and intelligent grow you are missing out on priceless data about your plants and what they need to thrive.

 

Learn more at
http://grownetics.co/

and

https://www.cannainsider.com/204

 

Important
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Direct download: 204.mp3
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How can dispensary owners delight customers to make them repeat customers?

Jeff Harris of SpringBig shares how smart dispensaries are crafting offers via text message to drive business.

Learn more at:
https://www.springbig.net

and

https://www.cannainsider.com/203

 

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Direct download: 203.mp3
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What is the difference between drying and curing your cannabis and why should you care?

Great question. Turns out that it’s a really big deal to dry and cure cannabis right. If you do it wrong you can get nasty mold, if you do it right you have a beautiful flower with all its terpenes intact.

Learn how to master drying and curing your cannabis in this episode with Cole Ducey the founder of AutoCure.us

Key Takeaways:
[3:02] – What is Auto Cure
[4:40] – The making of Auto Cure
[9:37] – What’s the difference between drying and curing
[12:20] – Risks of not curing cannabis properly
[13:47] – Most common ways to dry and cure cannabis
[16:27] – How does Auto Cure work
[20:21] – Cole defines burping
[23:04] – What is RH Threshold
[25:14] – What does Auto Cure look like
[30:04] – Auto Cure’s data logging feature
[34:24] – Is the dashboard user-friendly
[37:46] – Cole talks about most common customer feedback
[41:08] – Cole answers some personal development questions
[48:40] – Cole’s contact details

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In this episode Matthew Kind the last forecasts he made in 2014 about the cannabis industry and then lays out disruptive changes that will impact the cannabis industry in the next five years. Considering how many Matthew got right the first time around, you don’t want to miss this episode.

 

Key Takeaways:
[2:10] –  Review of Previous Forecasts from 2014
[8:57] –   The First Trend Blockchain will Disrupt the Seed to Sale Tracking
[12:58] – The Second Trend, Boomer Cannabis Adoption of MIPs Soars
[14:16] – Third Trend, Dynamic Terpene Profiling,
[15:21] – The Fourth Trend – Intravenous Cannabis Oil Medications
[17:24] – The Fifth Trend – Autonomous Cannabis Deliveries

Direct download: 5-trends-disrupt-encore.mp3
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The CEO of Twitter and Square is Jack Dorsey. Last week Jack said “blockchain is the next big unlock.”

What Jack means by “unlock” is that it’s a disruptive but massively beneficial change.

In this episode, Matthew Kind details how blockchain will change the cannabis industry and your life. This is not an exaggeration and it is already happening.

Key Takeaways:
– Quick primer on blockchain and Bitcoin
– How blockchain technologies will impact chain of custody for cannabis plants
– How blockchain technologies will guarantee the authenticity of your cannabis
– Airing of Don Tapscott’s Ted talk on the financial impact of Bitcoin

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