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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

 

Direct download: 250.mp3
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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

 

Direct download: 249.mp3
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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
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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
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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

 

Direct download: 246.mp3
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