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

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.

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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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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.

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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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If you are interested in what it takes to be a profitable, cutting-edge, commercial cannabis cultivator, you’ll love this interview with expert grower Nick Hice of Denver Relief.

Key Takeaways:

[0:55] – Nick gives his background in Horticulture.
[2:43] – Nick explains what is meant by a flood table.
[6:49] – Size of Denver Relief’s facility.
[7:14] – The life of a cultivator.
[10:20] – Nick explains an ideal yield per square foot.
[12:56] – Are there different growing speeds between the different strains?
[14:10] – Nicks explains how to take care of cannabis plants.
[17:21] – Advantages on using fabric containers.
[21:17] – The ways the canopy and roots communicate to optimize a plant.
[23:15] – Nick explains NPK.
[23:52] – Nick explains common mistakes cultivators make.
[27:29] – The transition between indoor growing facilities and greenhouses.
[32:29] – Nick talks about optimal temperatures and humidity ranges.
[35:08] – Nick explains how CO2 is administered in a cultivation facility.
[36:28] – Nick talks about pests and diseases.
[44:29] – Nick talks about trends and technology in cultivation.
[49:35] – Contact info for Denver Relief and Denver Relief Consulting.

Direct download: Nick_Hice_Denver_Relief.mp3
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Hemp and cannabis are getting ready to disrupt one of the biggest industries in the world: beauty and skincare.

Here to tell us about it is Melissa Jochim of High Beauty, a cannabis-infused cosmetics brand that’s hitting shelves in stores across the world, including the multinational beauty chain Sephora.

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Key Takeaways:

  • Melissa’s background in cannabis and how she came to start High Beauty
  • An inside look at High Beauty and its mission to make canna-beauty products mainstream
  • Current perceptions surrounding cannabis in the beauty and skincare space
  • How hemp benefits the health and appearance of our skin
  • The different products High Beauty now has to offer from masks to moisturizers
  • A breakdown of the chemistry involved in creating cannabis-infused cosmetics
  • Where High Beauty is available for purchase, including Sephora and Macy’s
  • How Melissa sees the canna-beauty market evolving over the next few 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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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 cannabis 
  • 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

Direct download: max_montrose_encore.mp3
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