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The cannabis industry is gaining traction across the world, as new medical discoveries, and multi-billion dollar businesses are grabbing the headlines on a regular basis. Experts predict the worldwide industry could be worth in excess of $300bn within 10 years, with Europe forming the biggest market within that, so there's plenty to get excited about. I want to find out more about what's happening, and I'm bringing you along for the ride. Join me - Anuj Desai - as I speak to a wide variety of g… Continue Reading >>
The cannabis industry is gaining traction across the world, as new medical discoveries, and multi-billion dollar businesses are grabbing the headlines on a regular basis. Experts predict the worldwide industry could be worth in excess of $300bn within 10 years, with Europe forming the biggest market within that, so there's plenty to get excited about. I want to find out more about what's happening, and I'm bringing you along for the ride. Join me - Anuj Desai - as I speak to a wide variety of guests who are helping to shape this nascent sector. Having interviewed over 100 guests, including patients, lawyers, doctors, scientists, entrepreneurs, investors and many more, we discover how, and why, this much maligned and misunderstood plant is giving birth to a huge global business. << Show Less
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EPISODE #170 Cannabis Conferences and Events with Ben Arn, CEO of Cannatrade and CB Company Joining us on the latest episode of The Cannabis Conversation is Ben Arn, CEO of Cannatrade and CB Company - cannabis events companies based in Switzerland. Ben gives us a round-up of the latest Swiss cannabis industry news, and we also discuss the crucial role that events and conferences play, not only in driving the cannabis industry forwards, but expanding education and reducing stigma.📚 VIEW SHOW NOTES AND EXTRAS:www.canverse.global/shownotes/e170The Cannabis Conversation is sponsored by Lumino - a boutique HR and Recruitment Agency specialising in building high performance teams for the European Cannabis Industry. They work in three main verticals: Commercial, Medical and Plant Facing.Get in touch at www.luminorecruit.com/About Ben ArnBen has been the organizer of Cannabis Events in Switzerland since 2006. His projects also include CannaTrade - International Cannabis Expo (b2c and b2b) in Bern, the CB Expo - Cannabis Business Expo (b2b) and the CB Club - Cannabis Business Network event in Zurich. In 2022 he is also organising the Cannabinoid Conference 2022 (12th IACM Conference and 1 st SSCm Confernce) in Basel. His passions are organising events and connecting people, and the enormous potential of the cannabis plant.Timestamps0:00 Welcome to The Cannabis Conversation0:58 Introduction to Ben and how he got into the cannabis industry2:40 How Ben became involved in Cannatrade3:59 Switzerland’s new medical cannabis laws and pilot projects4:27 An overview of the current state of play in Switzerland regarding cannabis products7:12 Recreational cannabis trials in Switzerland in 20229:50 About Cannatrade, CB Expo and CB Club14:25 How important are events and conferences for an emerging industry like cannabis?17:39 What are the differences between big events and smaller intimate ones?22:00 Do you have any networking tips or tricks?24:11 How important it is to get people from outside the industry coming to conferences to learn more about what&apos;s happening?ResourcesFollow CannaTrade on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/cannatrade/Follow CB Company on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/71937276/Follow Cannabis Medicinalis on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/cannabis-medicinalis
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EPISODE #170 Cannabis Conferences and Events with Ben Arn, CEO of Cannatrade and CB Company Joining us on the latest episode of The Cannabis Conversation is Ben Arn, CEO of Cannatrade and CB Company - cannabis events companies based in Switzerland. Ben gives us a round-up of the latest Swiss cannabis industry news, and we also discuss the crucial role that events and conferences play, not only in driving the cannabis industry forwards, but expanding education and reducing stigma.📚 VIEW SHOW NOTES AND EXTRAS:www.canverse.global/shownotes/e170The Cannabis Conversation is sponsored by Lumino - a boutique HR and Recruitment Agency specialising in building high performance teams for the European Cannabis Industry. They work in three main verticals: Commercial, Medical and Plant Facing.Get in touch at www.luminorecruit.com/About Ben ArnBen has been the organizer of Cannabis Events in Switzerland since 2006. His projects also include CannaTrade - International Cannabis Expo (b2c and b2b) in Bern, the CB Expo - Cannabis Business Expo (b2b) and the CB Club - Cannabis Business Network event in Zurich. In 2022 he is also organising the Cannabinoid Conference 2022 (12th IACM Conference and 1 st SSCm Confernce) in Basel. His passions are organising events and connecting people, and the enormous potential of the cannabis plant.Timestamps0:00 Welcome to The Cannabis Conversation0:58 Introduction to Ben and how he got into the cannabis industry2:40 How Ben became involved in Cannatrade3:59 Switzerland’s new medical cannabis laws and pilot projects4:27 An overview of the current state of play in Switzerland regarding cannabis products7:12 Recreational cannabis trials in Switzerland in 20229:50 About Cannatrade, CB Expo and CB Club14:25 How important are events and conferences for an emerging industry like cannabis?17:39 What are the differences between big events and smaller intimate ones?22:00 Do you have any networking tips or tricks?24:11 How important it is to get people from outside the industry coming to conferences to learn more about what&apos;s happening?ResourcesFollow CannaTrade on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/cannatrade/Follow CB Company on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/71937276/Follow Cannabis Medicinalis on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/cannabis-medicinalis
EPISODE #169 Clinical and Pre-Clinical Cannabinoid Research with Dr. Mikael Sodergren, Managing Director at Sapphire Medical Clinics In our latest episode, we welcome Dr. Mikael Sodergren, Medical Cannabis Research Group Lead at Imperial College London and Managing Director at Sapphire Medical Clinics.We examine how clinical trials and real-world evidence can be used to prove the efficacy of cannabis-based medicines, as well as the challenges associated with applying traditional licensing and regulatory models to these novel medicines.📚 VIEW SHOW NOTES AND EXTRAS:www.canverse.global/shownotes/e169The Cannabis Conversation is sponsored by Lumino - a boutique HR and Recruitment Agency specialising in building high performance teams for the European Cannabis Industry. They work in three main verticals: Commercial, Medical and Plant Facing.Get in touch at www.luminorecruit.com/About Mikael SodergrenDr Mikael Sodergren MBChB(Hons) DIC PhD FRCS, is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London where he leads the Medical Cannabis Research Group. He is co-founder of Sapphire Medical Clinics, the first medical cannabis clinic approved by the CQC in England, and Chief Medical Officer at Curaleaf International. Timestamps0:00 Welcome to The Cannabis Conversation1:08 Introduction to Dr. Mikael Sodergren and his clinical work as a surgeon within oncology3:48 Dr. Sodergren’s initial research into the use of CBD in cancer treatment and interest in medical cannabis5:43 Dr. Sodergren’s current research into pain pathways and the use of cannabis to combat acute and chronic pain7:57 Imperial College London and its progressive research within cannabis (and psychadelics)09:35 Have you ever encountered any stigma from peers or colleagues?11:02 The founding of Sapphire Medical Clinics13:30 How does the process of clinical research work?18:12 How are regulators involved in the process?19:04 Preclinical research and what is involved20:21 What challenges are involved with cannabis drug development?26:33 Randomised controlled trials and their use within medical cannabis development29:59 Clinical trials vs. real world evidence31:48 How do you feel about the use of cannabis flower as a medicine?33:33 What factors can help accelerate medical cannabis research?ResourcesSapphire Medical Clinics’ Website: https://www.sapphireclinics.com/Follow Sapphire Medical Clinics on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/sapphire-medical-clinics/More about the Medical Cannabis Research Group at Imperial College London:
EPISODE #168 Cannabis and Traumatic Stress with Gary Roberts, Cannabis Entrepreneur and Host of Good Dudes Grow Podcast This week, we welcome Gary Roberts, firefighter, CEO of Promises Recovery, Inc. and Host of Good Dudes Grow Podcast.We examine PTSD and traumatic stress, along with the evidence of how cannabis can  help in a therapeutic way. Gary also shares his personal journey through grief, which ultimately led him to found a non profit recovery centre for those in need.📚 VIEW SHOW NOTES AND EXTRAS:www.canverse.global/shownotes/e168The Cannabis Conversation is sponsored by Lumino - a boutique HR and Recruitment Agency specialising in building high performance teams for the European Cannabis Industry. They work in three main verticals: Commercial, Medical and Plant Facing.Get in touch at www.luminorecruit.com/About Gary Roberts18-year active duty firefighter. Gary also has over 30 years of experience in the fitness industry, focusing on athlete coaching, physical recovery programs, and mental training for athletic performance. Given his background and ability to learn and overcome psychological and physical trauma, medical training, and understanding how the body can be adaptive to proper prevention and post-recovery protocols. Gary has founded Promises Innovative Recovery to become a mental and physical health leader using innovative therapeutics like plant-based medicine and psychedelics. PIR focuses continuously on moving the needle forward with new and successful programs to benefit those in need.Timestamps0:00 Welcome to The Cannabis Conversation0:46 Gary’s personal background, work as a firefighter, and why he became involved in recovery5:15 Gary’s entrepreneurial journey and starting his CBD brand Pure Body Zen14:13 Gary’s motivations for starting his CBD brand, and the challenges faced using CBD as a firefighter16:00 Introduction to traumatic stress, PTSD, and Gary’s experiences of this19:38 Are there different types of PTSD?22:21 How do first line responders and firefighters usually treat alcohol?25:15 How can cannabis help with traumatic stress?27:33 The  balance of THC and CBD for therapeutic use 31:45 The use of MDMA for post traumatic stress ResourcesConnect with Gary on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/good-dudes-grow/Follow Good Dudes Grow Podcast on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gooddudesgrowpodcast/Follow Promises Innovative Recovery on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/promises-innovative-recovery/Promises Recovery Centers’Website: www.promisesrecoverycenters.comPromises Innovative Recovery’s Website: www.promisesinnovativerecovery.com
EPISODE #167 Building A Cannabis Investment Thesis with Helene Servillon, Fund Manager at JourneyOne Ventures This week, we’re joined by Helene Servillon, Founding Partner at JourneyOne Ventures - woman and minority owned early stage cannabis fund.We explore some of the current cannabis investment themes in the USA, core sectors of the market where innovation is desperately needed, and how to approach cannabis investments in an ecosystem which is so fragmented.📚 VIEW SHOW NOTES AND EXTRAS:https://www.canverse.global/shownotes/e167The Cannabis Conversation is sponsored by Lumino - a boutique HR and Recruitment Agency specialising in building high performance teams for the European Cannabis Industry. They work in three main verticals: Commercial, Medical and Plant Facing.Get in touch at www.luminorecruit.com/About Helene ServillonHelene Servillon is the Founding Partner of JourneyOne Ventures, a 100% woman and minority owned early stage cannabis fund that invests in founders with prior executive-level management experience in cannabis or tangential industries. The JourneyOne team has 45 years of combined cannabis expertise and is focused on uncovering the biggest pain points in the industry. They are focused on investing in the most venture-scale sectors of the market which includes tech, tech-enabled services and companies with unique IP. She is also a Senior Advisor to Bowen&apos;s cannabis practice, a Boston based investment bank with a 20 year track record in capital raise advisory and buy-side and sell side M&A. Their cannabis practice covers tech, licensed operators, and ancillary services.  Timestamps0:00 Welcome to The Cannabis Conversation02:58 Helene’s professional background05:42 Did you encounter any stigma when you decided to get into cannabis?7:19 About JourneyOne Ventures, what businesses and industry sectors they invest in11:35 The biggest pain points in the cannabis market12:49 Helene’s role leading the Cannabis team at at Bowen (growth-tech investment bank)17:36 Being a female founder and a minority within the cannabis space22:49 How to build a cannabis investment thesis31:20 How important is your network when building an investment portfolio?33:45 Are you looking to invest in other durastrictions beyond the US?34:45 What are two disappointments and two upcoming opportunities within the cannabis market in Europe?Quotables“Relative to the overall category of venture capital, the cannabis industry&apos;s still living in ancient days, when it comes to diversity”ResourcesConnect with Helene on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hservillon/Follow JourneyOne Ventures on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/journeyone/Follow JourneyOne Ventures on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JourneyOneVCJourneyOne Ventures’ Website: https://www.journeyone.vc/
EPISODE #166 CBD and Sexual Wellness with Dr. Dmitry Loktionov & Kate Tikhomirova from Quanna This week we’re joined by Dr. Dmitry Loktionov & Kate Tikhomirova, co-founders of Quanna - premium self-care and sexual wellness brand powered by CBD.We explore the emergence of the sexual wellness sector and the role CBD can play within it.📚 VIEW SHOW NOTES AND EXTRAS:https://www.canverse.global/shownotes/e166The Cannabis Conversation is sponsored by Lumino - a boutique HR and Recruitment Agency specialising in building high performance teams for the European Cannabis Industry. They work in three main verticals: Commercial, Medical and Plant Facing.Get in touch at www.luminorecruit.com/About Dr. Dmitry Loktionov, Co-FounderQuanna’s founder Dr. Dmitry Loktionov graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the National University of Ireland in 2014. He was awarded an honours degree in MB, BCh, BAO, LRCP & SI. He later went on to train in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Ireland for 4 years, during which time he published multiple research papers in national and international medical journals. Dr. Loktionov has presented in multiple national and international conferences and won prestigious awards for his research presentations. Moving to London to pursue his interest in holistic and complementary medicines, he started researching the benefits of the Cannabis plant. Dr. Loktionov is keen on combining his knowledge of western conventional medical practices with eastern holistic approaches to diagnose and treat his patients.About Kate Tikhomirova, Co-FounderQuanna’s other founder Kate Tikhomirova established herself as a fashion and lifestyle influencer over the last 5 years and during her years living in Los Angeles has become accustomed to the world of CBD. Behind the scenes of fabulous posts overseas and rent-worthy outfits there is the realities of anxiety and insomnia. CBD not only helped Kate relieve her daily pressures, but it was held to the highest esteem when her mother became sick with advanced cancer that Kate really delved into the power of the plant. After seeing her mum in constant pain and agony, after numerous rigorous treatments, the best a caretaker can do is listen to any possibility that can make this better. Kate discovered that CBD helped her mum rest easier and managed her aches without the side effects of stronger sleeping drugs or pain medication. It was eye opening to say the least for it was not a gateway, but a shedding of light on the future for our bodies. Timestamps0:00 Welcome to The Cannabis Conversation00:50 Introduction to Kate and life as a social media influencer01:57 Did you have any Issues around stigma attached to cannabis when you founded the brand?03:18 Introduction to Dmitry and his career as a gynecologist03:49 Quanna’s origins04:29 Are doctors becoming more interested in cannabis?05:16 About Quanna’s products and company goals06:36 Brand challenges, meta censorship, and raising awareness of sexual wellness09:45 What does sexual wellness involves?10:45 The current and historical lubricant market 13:06 How CBD works within the products14:06 Does CBD help with both pleasure and pain?14:59 What other ingredients are used in your formulation?17:52 How the product works18:45 The role of THC in sexual wellnessResourcesConnect with Dr. Dmitry on LinkedIn:
EPISODE #165 The European Cannabis Jobs Market with Nikita Cretu & Ellen Jardim from Lumino In this episode of The Cannabis Conversation, we’re joined by Nikita Cretu & Ellen Jardim, from our lovely sponsors Lumino - Europe&apos;s leading cannabis recruitment agency.Together we explore the European cannabis jobs market, looking into its structure and sub sectors, the most in-demand jobs and skills, and advice for talent looking to enter the market.📚 VIEW SHOW NOTES AND EXTRAS:www.canverse.global/shownotes/e165The Cannabis Conversation is sponsored by Lumino - a boutique HR and Recruitment Agency specialising in building high performance teams for the European Cannabis Industry. They work in three main verticals: Commercial, Medical and Plant Facing.Get in touch at www.luminorecruit.com/About Nikita, Co-Founder and COONikita Cretu is a Co-founder and COO of Lumino, a recruitment consultancy focused on exclusively aligning talent within the emerging European Cannabis Industry. In 2015, during and more extensively after his business degree, Nikita started working for Europe&apos;s first cannabis clinic in Spain, where he was responsible for the expansion into the German market and developed a deeper understanding and passion for the needs and effectiveness of cannabis based medicines and how they greatly improved the quality of patients lives. This passion drove Nikita to project manage and in turn consult various cannabis companies in the Americas, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and the UK in the field of licensing, real estate, raw materials and genetics before the inception of Lumino. With Nikita’s passion for drug policy reform, patient access and overall love for the industry and its potential, he can not wait to further develop this space by supporting value driven organisations and professionals who’s culture, expertise and knowledge can shape this industry for the better. About Ellen, Managing DirectorEllen Jardim is the Managing Director for Lumino Group with a  background in traditional pharmaceutical recruitment. She is the architect and operator of the entire recruitment process which is specifically designed to match the nuanced requirements of the emerging cannabis industry. Building strong, long term and mutually beneficial relationships with clients and candidates. She thrives when working in diverse companies that are driven by strong values and ethics.Timestamps• 0:00 Welcome to The Cannabis Conversation• 01:21 Introduction to Ellen and her background• 02:09 Did you face any issues with the topic area or from friends and family when starting to work in the cannabis industry?•03:09 Being a Christian in cannabis• 03:47 Introduction to Nikita and his background• 09:20 About Lumino and the three verticals they operate in• 12:04 Lumino’s bespoke approach• 13:33 How Covid affected the cannabis jobs market• 16:37 Sectors and subsectors within the cannabis jobs market• 18:03 Popular jobs in the European cannabis industry right now• 23:33 Existing industries job seekers are coming from• 27:33 Advice for people looking to get into the cannabis industryResourcesConnect with Ellen on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ellen-jardim-407458145/Connect with Nikita on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikita-cretu-b24b83a8/Follow Lumino on Li
EPISODE #162 Cannabis Stands With Ukraine, with Maksym Kharkavyi, Nazarii Sovsun, and Bogdan Yetsenko from Freedom March We’re joined by Maksym, Nazarii, and Bohdan from Freedom March, who are the organisers of the Cannabis Stands with Ukraine fundraising campaign - aiming to unite the world’s cannabis community to support Ukrainians.We explore the current state of cannabis access in Ukraine, and what the campaign is doing in order to provide critical humanitarian assistance to the people in need.Donate now at https://cannabiswithukraine.org/ 📚 VIEW SHOW NOTES AND EXTRAS:https://www.canverse.global/shownotes/e162About Freedom MarchFreedom March, Ukrainian cannabis law reform civil movement, advocates legal access to medical cannabis, its decriminalization and the public monitoring of law enforcement since 2005.The movement also defends in court those accused of possession of marijuana based products for personal use. Freedom March cooperates with such organizations as Veterans for Medical Cannabis, Athena. Women against Cancer, People with Epi, as well as individual scientists, medics, artists, and nightclubs around the world. The legal entity of Freedom March is NGO МІСТ. ResourcesCannabis Stands With Ukraine Article in High Times: https://hightimes.com/news/ukrainian-cannabis-community-standing-strong-against-russian-invasion/ The Kyiv School of Economics Fund: https://kse.ua/Cannabis Stands With Ukraine Campaign Website: https://cannabiswithukraine.org/Cannabis Stands With Ukraine Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cannabiswithukraine/
EPISODE #164 The Evolving CBD Market with Phillip Glyn, Founder and Director at Vitality CBD On the latest episode of The Cannabis Conversation, we’re joined by Phillip Glyn, Founder and Director at Vitality CBD - one of the UK’s leading CBD brands.Together, we reflect on the state of the CBD market in the UK, the impact of the FSA’s Novel Foods Regulations on the sale of CBD, as well as discussing the future of CBD retailing in the UK. 📚 VIEW SHOW NOTES AND EXTRAS:https://www.canverse.global/shownotes/e164About Phillip GlynPhillip has been a serial entrepreneur for the past 20 years and is the Founder and Director of Vitality CBD, UK’s leading CBD brand with a focus on creating trustworthy, all-natural products. With unrivalled marketing support, Vitality CBD has established itself as a leader in a rapidly expanding marketplace. Distribution has grown to 4000+ stores including some of the UKs large retailers, such as Boots, Tesco, ASDA plus Amazon and Ebay invitation only pilot scheme, in addition to 1000s of independents. The company was acquired in August 2021 by a Canadian public company, Yooma Wellness Inc.  Quotables‘We took it upon ourselves to build a category. We weren&apos;t just putting a product on a shelf and hoping it sold. What we were trying to do is lead by example’ResourcesConnect with Phillip on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/phillip-glyn-18435333/Vitality CBD’s Website: https://vitalitycbd.co.uk/Follow Vitality CBD on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vitalitycbduk/
EPISODE #163 Cannabis Mythbusting with Dr. Callie Seaman Research Director and Formulation Chemist at AquaLabs On the latest episode of The Cannabis Conversation, we’re joined by Dr. Callie Seaman, Research Director and Formulation Chemist at AquaLabs - nutrient solution provider to the hobby and medical horticultural market, and UK licensed medical cannabis cultivation research facility. We investigate some of the biggest cannabis myths, including why cannabis should not be seen as a cure, why THC should not be demonised, and why we need to be more realistic about what cannabis can achieve. 📚 VIEW SHOW NOTES AND EXTRAS:https://www.canverse.global/shownotes/e163About Dr. Callie SeamanDr. Callie Seaman (MRSC, SCImem) is a Cannabis Scientist with a PhD in hydroponic fertilizer biochemistry, and a passion for pharmacology. Callie Seaman describes herself as an epilepsy warrior, first being diagnosed at the age of 15, she went on to help form MedCan support and work closely with licenced cultivators in the UK and internationally. She also sits on the executive board of the Cannabis industry council, chairing the Adult use scoping group.QuotablesI still experience stigma, but I think I just respond differently to it now. I stand proud, shoulders back, head up. I will not be ashamed of this plant or not be ashamed of what I do, and I will not be ashamed of what I fight for. ResourcesConnect with Callie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-callieseaman/Follow AquaLabs on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/aqualabs-ltd/Visit AquaLabs Website: https://aqualabs-uk.com/
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