Lit & Lucid™ Cannabis Podcast
By Lit & Lucid
Lit & Lucid™ Cannabis Podcast Apr 22, 2021
E.169 - Salty Cannabis Snacks ft. Caroline Yeh, CEO & Co-Founder of TSUMo Snacks
Welcome to the final episode of Season 16! Joining us is Caroline Yeh, CEO & Co-Founder of TSUMo Snacks. TSUMo is a savory edible company in CA known for its munchable cannabis-infused salty snacks offering some flavor profiles like fiery hot crunchers, salsa verde tortilla rounds and more.
Caroline shares more about her background in the cannabis industry and how those experiences led her to TSUMo Snacks. We learn more about this salty edible line that is sure to make consumers excited! I mean who doesn't want to try a bag of infused chips?
Caroline tells us more about their flavor offerings, how they infused the chips, and more on what's to come for TSUMo. They also recently released a 100mg bag offering a fun and sessionable snacking experiences for cannabis enthusiasts.
If you are in California check this brand out
E.168 - Live Rosin Edibles ft. Steve Morigi, Brand Product & Process Manager of Olio
Tune in to E.168 ft. Steve Morigee, Olio’s Original Extraction Expert. Olio is an industry leader in cannabis extract innovation, crafting products of the highest quality since 2016. They specialize in both butane and solventless extraction to create beautiful, clean and potent concentrates that consumers have known to love.
Steve shares more about his background in the cannabis industry and how he got started working at Olio. We learn more about Olio's mission including their commitment to clean concentrates with a strong understanding of the cannabis culture here in Colorado.
Recently they launched their first edible line in collaboration with Day Three Labs pharma-grade technology. These live edibles are made with live rosin and offer all-natural ingredients. Steve provides insight into how these live rosin edibles came to be including extensive R&D and consumer research. We also learn more about Day Three Lab's innovative technology that was utilized to create this unique experience.
If you are a lover of Olio you will love these live rosin edibles. You can find them in select Colorado locations with more drops coming soon!
E.167 - The Future is Cannabis-Infused Non-Alcoholic Spirits ft. Darnell Smith, Founder & CEO of MXXN
On today's episode of Lit & Lucid is Darnell Smith, Founder & CEO of MXXN. Pronounced "moon" MXXN, is a non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused spirits brand that is evolving today’s cocktail culture.
Darnell shares more about his professional background and how his experience working with companies like Diageo and Pernod Ricard, where he focused on innovation and commercialization, that provided him with the insight needed to create an infused beverage.
We learn more about MXXN's offerings which currently include Kentucky Oak, Jalisco Agave, and London Dry which are meant to mimimic some of your favorite spirits. We chat in-depth about the benefits of having a cannabis-infused mixer available to those who would like to be part of the social scene without the need to consume alcohol.
While the infused beverage market is becoming more popular, Darnell was candid with us about some of the difficulties his brand has faced when pitching the product to dispensaries. We all agree that with more time and education this product is sure to be a mega hit across California as well as in the legal states that are including social consumption lounges in their legalization model.
NY, CO, NV, MI and beyond stay tuned! MXXN may be looking to make a drop in your state soon.
E.166 - Cannabis Data Analytics & Consumer Insight ft. Kris Walker, President & CCO of Hoodie Analytics
Joining us today is Kris Walker, President and Chief Commercial Officer at Hoodie Analytics. Hoodie Analytics is a U.S. based cannabis data and technology firm that delivers insights into market performance and competitive intelligence.Hoodie tracks over 3.5MM daily unique offers in over 8,000+ dispensaries in the US and Canada, making Hoodie the largest and most impactful platform in cannabis for leading sales metrics such as pricing, promotion, stocking status, distribution and share of shelf.
Kris shares with us more about his background and how his professional experience working at Nielsen, S&P 500 firm, led him to Hoodie Analytics. We learn more about the problems Hoodie solves for the cannabis industry such as product distribution and stock levels for brands and dispensaries, as well as providing valuable data on competitive pricing analysis.
They also have a consumer facing database, Ask Hoodie, that allows you to search via a specific product to determine which dispensary you can find it in stock. Kris shares with us more about the innovation to come in terms of cannabis data and how Hoodie plans on growing in the future.
Tune in to Episode 167 to learn more to learn about Hoodie Analytics!
E.165 - Solventless Cannabis & Canopy Growth Acquisition ft. Ron Gershoni, Co-Founder & CEO of Jetty Extracts
Tune in to E.165 ft. Ron Gershoni, Co-Founder and CEO of Jetty Extracts. Since 2013, Jetty Extracts has been a California-based producer of high-quality cannabis extracts and pioneer of clean vape technology. Backed by award-winning technology, Jetty has paved the way for the most authentic and natural vape experience available to consumers.
Ron has been in the industry since the early days of legalization in California. We learn more about his journey into cannabis and more about what Jetty Extracts has learned over the years and the need to continue to innovate in the space.
Jetty has a strong focus on their clean, consistent vape technology that has evolved from CO2 extraction to solventless vaping technology that has become more popular amongst consumers today. Because of their consistency Jetty has continued to see strong growth over the years, even seeing their greatest sales to date in June.
Due to that commitment they were recently acquired by Canopy Growth Corporation. This acquisition will allow them to focus on highly quality production in California and continue to evolve new vaping technology.
If you are a California consumer check out this episode. Jetty Extracts is one you don't want to miss!
E.164 - Seed to Sale Tracking Software ft. Lewis Koski, Chief Strategy Officer of Metrc
Tune in to E.164 featuring Lewis Koski, Chief Strategy Officer of Metrc. Metrc has combined advanced software and RFID tags to create a secure database used to track cannabis from growth, harvest, and processing to testing, transport, and sale. Metrc is engaged in 21 government contracts and serves more than 300,000 users, including growers, testing facilities, dispensaries, state regulators, and law enforcement officials across the U.S.
Lewis’ early days in the cannabis industry started in Colorado where he served as the Director of the Colorado MED. Lewis tells us more about how regulators tackled those early years of writing cannabis regulations; working together with stakeholders to create many of the laws we still have in place today.
We learn more about Metrc’s tracking system and the technology in place to create this seed-to-sale software that is being utilized in many legal states today. Lewis shares more about the extensive data that is being created by using this system, a lot of which is being used by 3rd-party companies to create greater efficiencies in the industry.
We also ask Lewis about the sustainability, and environmental impact of the RFID tags, and if there are ways to improve that process, lowering costs for operators.
This was a very interesting and candid conversation with Lewis Koski of Metrc. Tune in today!
E.163 - Best Selling California Cannabis ft. Skip Motsenbocker, CEO of Pacific Stone
Tune in to E.163 featuring Skip Motsenbocker, CEO of Pacific Stone in Santa Barbara, California. Skip shares with us his journey into the cannabis industry including his past professional experience with asset management and CPG that helped him in his early days in the industry scaling Urbn Leaf Dispensary. Skip also has a personal connection and passion for the plant after losing his mother to opioids. As a result he spent a lot of time an advocate for cannabis' medicinal properties working on the 2018 New Approach Amendment in Missouri.
Today Skip is the CEO of Pacific Stone, a family-owned-and-operated business, focused on selling high quality cannabis at an affordable price. We learn more about the 6th Generation Dutch Greenhouse Growing practices at the cultivation and more about what sets this brand apart from others on the market. Pacific Stone is currently a leader in the California market having been recognized by Weedmaps, LeafLink and Treez as a best selling flower brand in the state.
We also learn about the latest collaboration with Time Machine Brand, that has a trippy alien vibe you sure don't want to miss.
E.162 - New York Legalization & Actionable Cannabis Conferences ft. Jacobi Holland, Co-Founder of On The Revel
Joining us on today's show is Jacobi Holland Co-Founder of On The Revel. On The Revel, is the parent company for a collection of curated educational and networking experiences democratizing information for those interested in the regulated cannabis industry. On The Revel events, known as Revelry, are conferences aimed at fostering an inclusive, collaborative, and flourishing cannabis sector.
Jacobi shares more about his humble beginnings in the cannabis industry starting in maintenance for a cannabis company in CO eventually moving to NY, Co-Founding On The Revel. We learn more about On The Revel and the impact this organization is having on the local communities offering actionable cannabis conferences with guests from diverse backgrounds that provide real-world, useful information for its attendees. They also have an online membership community called Dope People that offers various resources through podcasts, virtual experiences and more.
Jacobi tells us more about New York Legalization and what effect that has on the grey market. We learn more about the pros and cons of those efforts and how New York can continue to do better in terms of their adult-use regulations.
As someone who has been in the industry for many years Jacobi provides us with a very realistic viewpoint of the industry as it is today, as well as provides valuable tips for those looking to enter the industry in the future.
E.161 – Premium CBD Flower & Tennessee Cannabis Legalization ft. David Miller and Erich Maelzer of Flow Gardens
Joining us today is David Miller and Erich Maelzer of Flow Gardens. Flow Gardens is an indoor cultivation specializing in premium CBD flower in East Tennessee, they even won a High Times Cannabis Cup award this year for their Blue Cheese #12. We had the opportunity to try out their premium CBD flower and let us tell you it's amazing, some of the best CBD flower we've ever seen!
Erich has been cultivating cannabis for decades and shares with us insight into the different growing practices they are R&Ding at Flow Gardens from living soil to hydroponics and how different cultivation techniques have an effect on the CBD flower. David shares more with us about the business of cultivating CBD flower in Tennessee and some of the challenges they have faced as a business. We all talk about the benefits of CBD and the positive impact it could have on one's wellbeing.
David and Erich share more about the legalization efforts in Tennessee teaching us about how the state could hopefully move forward with medical cannabis or full legalization in the future. It was a pleasure to speak with Erich and David who are passionate about the plant and are providing premium CBD flower and education to consumers through Flow Gardens.
If you are looking for a premium retailer of CBD flower Flow Gardens is it!
E.160 - New Hampshire Cannabis Legalization ft. Tim Egan & Matt Simon
Welcome to Season 16 of the podcast. Kicking off the new season is Tim Egan and Matt Simon to talk to us about the cannabis legalization efforts taking place in New Hampshire.
Tim Egan has been a New Hampshire Representative representing the Grafton District #2 since 2018. He is also the Principal at Sugar Hill Associates, a forward thinking media firm specializing in broadcast and web based video content services in marketing and media affairs.
Matt Simon founded the New Hampshire Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy in 2007, expanding his work into other states, when in 2011 he was hired by the national Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). Matt has since moved on from MPP and began working with Prime ATC, a non-profit medical cannabis business that operates two dispensaries in New Hampshire.
We discuss the legalization efforts in New Hampshire including the latest bill HB-1598 that died in the Senate this session. Tim and Matt also provide insight into why cannabis legalization is a good move for the Live Free or Die state, and offers ways to move strong policy forward in the future.
If you are interested in learning more about in New Hampshire cannabis legalization this episode is for you!
E.159 - Cannabis Hospitality & Social Consumption ft. Chris Chiari, Founder & CEO, The 420 Hotels and Owner, The Patterson Inn
Tune in to the final episode of our HomeGrown Series: Made in Colorado. On Episode 159 we are chatting with Chris Chiari, CEO of 420 Hotels and Owner of the Patterson Inn. The 420 Hotels just became the first hospitality business in the country to receive a provisional license allowing it to operate a cannabis consumption lounge as an amenity to its hotel located in Denver, CO.
Chris shares his background and the synchronicities that led him to buying the Patterson Inn, cleverly located at 420 E 11th in Denver, Colorado. We learn more about the Patterson Inn and the rich history this space provides to the local community. Chris tells us more about 420 Hotels and the cannabis hospitality guests can expect from this consumption lounge. We also talk in depth about the legislative and regulatory hurdles Chris has had to go through over the years to make his dreams of a social consumption lounge a reality.
Through Chris' diligence and perserverance The 420 Hotels and the Patterson Inn will be a one-of-a-kind consumption lounge in Denver, CO. Stay tuned for the grand opening of the space!
If you are interested in learning more about The Patterson Inn and 420 Hotels give this episode a listen.
E.158 - Cannabis Science and Education ft. Mike Hennesy VP of Innovation at Wana Brands
Joining us for today's episode is Mike Hennesy, VP of Innovation at Wana Brands. With roots in Boulder, CO, and expansion across the U.S. Wana has been named North America’s most trusted edible brand. It’s easy to see why, for over a decade Wana has focused on high-quality ingredients, innovation, as well as focusing on impacting the communities in which they serve.
Learn more about Mike's educational background including being one of the first to graduate with a Master’s Program for Cannabis Science and Therapeutics at The University of Maryland. We talk more about the online interactive training program for budtenders and employees Mike helped create that covers the science of the endocannabinoid system as well as Wana’s propriety terpene blends.
Wana recently launched Live Rosin Gummies in Colorado which have become a huge hit amongst customers. Mike educates us on the difference between live rosin and resin and what this product offers to consumers. We also learn more about Wana's efforts to impact the local communities.
If you are interested in learning more about Wana's brand and product offerings and are looking for more education about cannabis science this episode is for you!
E.157 - Infused Baked Goods From the Heart ft. Karin Lazarus, Founder of Sweet Mary Jane Bakery
Baked goods have always been a passion for Karin Lazarus, Founder of Sweet Mary Jane Co., based in Boulder, Colorado. In 2009 Karin won the Tutti Foodie-Scharffen Berger Chocolate Adventure contest for her chocolate-filled pandan dumplings. After receiving the prize money she saw an opportunity in the cannabis industry and decided to test her luck with infused baked goods. Without having much experience in baking with cannabis Karin started using cannabis infused butter to start familiarizing herself with different ratios and flavor profiles to determine the best pairing for her treats.
Since 2010 Sweet Mary Jane Co. has been providing small batch, custom made, artisanal infused desserts to consumers in Colorado. We sit down with Karin to learn more about how Sweet Mary Jane got started and the inspiration behind some of her best selling treats including an OG pot brownie and infused popcorn.
Sweet Mary Jane is truly homegrown in Colorado in fact Karin has been in this industry for over 10 years remaining flexible with compliance issues and testing.
Learn more about this amazing company on the latest episode of Lit & Lucid.
If you haven't tried the Pot Brownies you are really missing out!
E.156 - Elevating the Cannabis Experience Through Chocolate ft. Lauren Gockley, Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Officer at Coda Signature
Welcome to 420 week listeners! Today we are chatting with Lauren Gockley, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Coda Signature. After completing her culinary training in France Lauren was named one of the Dessert Professional’s Top 10 Chocolatiers in North America. She also has extensive industry experience in Parisian pastry shops and even worked in a Michelin 3-star restaurant in New York. Today Lauren is responsible for driving product development, establishing best practices, and maintaining strict quality standards across all of Coda’s award winning product lines.
Lauren shares her journey through culinary arts with us from her formal training in France, to working in Texas and New York eventually finding her way to the cannabis industry. Lauren tell us more about how her experience as a pastry chef and vegan raw chocolatier helped her work with cannabis as an ingredient. She's used the skills she's learned over the years to truly enhance the consumer's cannabis experience through Coda Signature's chocolate bars.
We talk more about the unique flavor profiles Coda offers and the creative process Lauren goes through to create these interesting flavor offerings. Coda also specializes in fruit notes, which is their nod at the classic cannabis gummy. Lauren shares more about how the fruit notes came to be and what they have on the horizon for consumers in terms of low-dose options.
If you are in Colorado and haven't tried out Coda Signature we highly recommend it! Kick back and enjoy the show.
E.155 - Cannabis Investments & Entrepreneurship ft. Patrick Rea, Managing Director at Poseidon
Tune in to E.155 ft. Patrick Rea, Managing Director at Poseidon. Prior to his role at Poseidon, Patrick founded and was the CEO of CanopyBoulder for 6 years. During his time at Canopy Patrick raised and managed five funds and led investments for 115 companies in the cannabis industry. Today, Patrick works with Poseidon Asset Management, which was started in 2013 making their first fund one of the longest running dedicated cannabis investment funds.
Patrick discusses how he got started in the cannabis industry and more on the work he's done with CanopyBoulder. CanopyBoulder has invested in many of the companies we've had on the show, so it was fun to chat with someone who was inherently involved in the early years of their successes.
We had a detailed conversation about investing in cannabis, what types of companies Poseidon invests in and what opportunities their firm is looking for in the future. Patrick provides his thoughts on federal legalization and what impact that may or may not have on both investors and entrepreneurs in the space.
Patrick finishes the show offering some good advice to young entrepreneurs looking to enter the industry!
E.154 - Breaking Stigmas in Cannabis & Authentic Storytelling ft. Debbie McHugh, Chief of Staff at Grasslands: A Journalism-Minded Agency
Debbie shared her earliest professional experience as a cannabis consumer entering the workforce in New York City and the stigmas around her consumption. We also talk about the misconceptions she faced as a cannabis professional and the action she took in educating colleagues and older family members on the widespread benefits of the plant.
We talked more about the good work Grasslands is providing across the U.S. and Canada and some of the strategies the Grasslands team puts in place for its clients. We discuss the importance of messaging and authentic story telling for brands that's equally important for those that have been in the business for many years as well as those just looking to enter this new industry.
Debbie wraps up the show telling us about her favorite part of working at Grasslands, which is their new Diversity-In-Marketing Internship that debuted in 2021. Debbie expresses both her and Ricardo's passion for offering opportunities to under-represented groups and how the Grasslands internship really helps spark the selected intern's new career path whether it's in the cannabis space or not. Debbie also provides some really great advice for those looking to enter the cannabis industry.
We thoroughly enjoyed this episode and loved learning more about Debbie's story and the exceptional work Grasslands is doing for the cannabis industry both here in Colorado and nationwide! Give it a listen.
E.153 - Fully Integrated Facility Design & the International Cannabis Market ft. Lucas Targos, VP of Controlled Environment Agriculture at urban-gro Inc.
Episode 153 features Lucas Targos, VP of Controlled Environment Agriculture at urban-gro Inc. Colorado-based Urban-gro specializes in fully integrated facility design, cultivation systems integration and operational support for cannabis and food-focused indoor controlled environmental agriculture. They have completed over 500 indoor builds encompassing over 11.5 million square feet of cultivation since 2014.
Lucas tells us more about his background in horticulture and sustainable agriculture and how that knowledge base from agriculture led him to working for L'Eagle in Denver, CO and now urban-gro. We discuss the all-in-one solution's urban-gro provides for clients from architecture design, engineering and managed services. urban-gro recently acquired Emerald Construction which will allow the company to hone in on mid-sized design builds for CEA facilities.
Lucas provides insight into today's consumers and the most common growing practices of cultivators today. We even touch on the international market learning more about Holland, Italy, and Portugal's cannabis market.
This was a very interesting episode! We loved learning about this ancillary business that has truly set the stage for Colorado and beyond.
E.152 - Establishing the First Legal Cannabis Framework in Colorado Ft. Brian Vicente, Founding Partner at Vicente Sederberg LLP
Tune in to E.152 featuring Brian Vicente, Founding Partner of Vicente Sederberg Law Firm.Vicente Sederberg isn’t just a cannabis law firm, they have been trailblazers in cannabis law and policy since the inception of the regulated industry representing a wide range of cannabis and hemp businesses. In fact, Brian and his team were leaders in drafting Amendment 64 here in CO.
We chat with Brian about how he got started in the cannabis industry and how his law firm has become a well-respected leader in establishing framework and regulations for cannabis both here in CO and now across the U.S. Brian provides insight into the services his law firm provides to clients and the value they offer due to their wide-spread experience in regulated cannabis markets.
Brian gives his candid insight into what went right in Colorado and how regulations could be strengthened in the future. We talk about the future of the cannabis industry and more on the emerging popularity of psychedelics in Denver and other states across the country.
Brian truly has been a part of the cannabis industry in Colorado since Day 1 and has helped shaped the laws and regulations we see today. If you are interested in learning more about Vincente Sederberg and the good work they are doing for legalization give this episode a listen!
E.151 - Providing HR & Payroll Services to the Cannabis Industry ft. Colton Keluche, Director of Marketing at Würk
Tune in to E.151 featuring Colton Keluche, Director of Marketing at Würk. Würk allows cannabis companies to manage payroll, human resources, timekeeping, scheduling and tax compliance, and minimizes compliance risks in the ever-changing cannabis regulatory environment.
Colton shares more about Würk's mission that was started by Keegan Peterson in 2015 in Denver, CO. The inspiration behind Würk was to create technology solutions for the industry that could help a company grow and stabilize in order to maximize their profits. Today Würk works with both small companies and large MSO's across the U.S. handling HR, payroll, and compliance demands. Due to Würk's large client base they have expertise in many areas of the industry from cultivation, ancillary businesses and more.
Colton provides insight into Colorado's industry as he's watched it grown since it's infancy into what we all agree is currently in its teenage years. As a Colorado native himself it was fun to chat with Colton about Colorado's market and more about Würk!
E.150 - Colorado Culture and Fine Cannabis ft. Jon Spadafora, Head of Marketing & Sales at Veritas Fine Cannabis
We are kicking off this season with Jon Spadafora, Head of Marketing and Sales with Veritas Fine Cannabis. Since 2014 Veritas has made a name for itself in Colorado as a leading craft cultivator and one of America’s first premium cannabis wholesalers. Veritas prides itself on curating the cannabis experience for consumers growing over 90 high-demand strains, with a special focus on preserving the terpene profile of each strain.
Jon chatted with us about his background in entertainment and hospitality and how those experiences led him to marketing and sales at Veritas. He also shared with us more about what makes Veritas a top cannabis cultivator in Colorado and how that attention to detail led them to partnering with some pretty amazing companies like Cookies and most recently Oskar Blues.
We talk about the importance of Colorado culture and how Veritas being engrained in that culture has led them to success. You can often times find Veritas sponsoring a Red Rocks show or supporting local artists like Morgan Mandala’s collaboration with Icelandic Ski for their latest giveaway.
If you are interested in learning more about Veritas strains you can check out their strain library online which provides consumers with tons of valuable information about each strain and where you can find it in store.
E.149 - Creating Efficiency With Cannabis Pathogen Testing ft. Milan Patel, Co-Founder & CEO of PathogenDx
Welcome to the season finale of Lit & Lucid Season 14! Joining us is Milan Patel, Co-Founder and CEO of PathogenDx. PathogenDx has been an Arizona-based provider of microbial testing technologies since 2014 and has created an easy to use swab test for testing cannabis crops for over 30 pathogens with results in 6 hours. Milan explains more about creating efficiency with cannabis pathogen testing in Episode 149.
Milan shares with us the importance of consumer safety when it comes to what we consume. He explains the science behind PathogenDx's cannabis pathogen testing technology and how it differs from others on the market. This technology is currently being used in many cannabis testing labs across the U.S. quickly detecting pathogens such as aspergillus, powdery mildew, ecoli, listeria and more.
PathogenDx has also expanded their offering into food safety and most recently in 2020 pivoted to work on COVID-19 variant testing. Milan shares with us more on the ground-breaking work they are doing in the field and what's to come in the future for PathogenDx.
Tune in to the final episode of the season, Milan was a delight to talk to and very easily explains the complex science behind cannabis pathogen testing!
E.148 - Investing in Cannabis & Federal Legalization ft. Jason Wilson, ETFMG
For all of our listeners interested in investing in cannabis this episode is for you! We sit down with Jason, Wilson, Cannabis Banking and Research Expert at ETFMG. Jason previously worked for INFOR Financial Inc., leading boutique investment bank in Toronto Canada that worked with a number of companies in the cannabis industry including, advising Canopy Growth with their strategic relationship with Constellation Brands.
For those who aren't keen on investing Jason provides an easy-to-understand explanation of how to invest in cannabis companies. Jason tells us more about what an ETF is and more on his ETFMG's offering including a full-suite of cannabis ETF's for investors.
Jason provides his perspective on cannabis legalization in Canada, the U.S. and even globally. He also reminds us of the wide-range of uses for the cannabis plant from textiles, infrastructure, medical cannabis and recreation. We finish up the show talking about the evolution of cannabis research and how Jason honed in on the field.
If you are interested in getting a really good high-level understanding of investing in cannabis and legalization this episode is for you.
E.147 - The Importance of Medical Cannabis Research ft. Heather Jackson, Co-Founder & President of Realm of Caring
E.147 features Heather Jackson, Co-Founder of Realm of Caring Foundation and Unlimited Sciences. Realm of Caring is an internationally acclaimed nonprofit primarily serving families who are dealing with life-limiting and chronic health conditions. Today RoC is committed to improving lives through research, education and community.
Heather knows first hand about the benefits of cannabis plant medicine as she was able to help navigate her son’s medical condition from hospice to health. Heather shares her own riveting story of seeing first hand how cannabis plant medicine can improve one's quality of life. RoC was also started by Charlotte's Figi's mother, a very well known cannabis patient who touched the lives of many.
We discuss the research RoC is doing and how that data is now being shared with medical professionals so that patients are connected to the best resources for their own medical condition.
Sparked from her own mental health journey, Heather also started Unlimited Sciences, a non-profit focused on providing psychedelic research and awareness. Heather shares with us her thoughts on the future of the psychedelic movement that includes both a clinical and adult-use approach.
Tune in to this inspiring story about the importance of medical cannabis research today!
E.146 - The Art & Science of Glass Distribution ft. Chris Piazza, Founder & CEO of CannaDevices
Welcome everybody to a new year with plenty of amazing guests ahead on the Lit & Lucid Podcast. We are starting this year off with Chris Piazza, Founder of CannaDevices. CannaDevices is a glass distribution company that was started in 2018. Today the company is supplying many of the largest dispensaries in the US including 10 publicly traded cannabis companies. We talk to Chris about how his passion for glass blowing starting and what it takes to work in production glass. Chris explains that CannaDevices was started from his own experience as an artist and the need to offer consistent work to those in the industry.
Today CannaDevice's glassblowing efforts are 100% U.S. based. Chris provides insight into what that means supporting local artists through CannaDevices and how consumers can spot an American-made glass piece. We finish the show talking about Startup Syndicate, non-profit where Chris is a founding member offering entrepreneurs tools and capital to start their new business.
Tune in to E.146 to finally hear from a glassblower! This is a good one.
E.145 - Cannabis and Fitness + Michigan Cannabis ft. Lamar Byrd Jr. Founder of Kush Pump
E.145 - Cannabis and Fitness + Michigan Cannabis ft. Lamar Byrd Jr. Founder of Kush Pump
E.144 - Justice for Cannabis Offenders ft. Stephanie Shepard, Development Associate at Last Prisoner Project
Episode 144 is one heartfelt story just in time for the holidays that truly showcases the injustices our criminal justice system has created for non-violent cannabis offenders. Stephanie Shepard knows first hand how unjust this system can be as she spent 10 years of her life incarcerated for a cannabis crime as a first time offender. We discuss in-depth the numerous issues this caused her both personally and professionally and all the in-betweens from technology challenges, to getting a job after being incarcerated and more.
Stephanie is now proudly a Development Associate with the Last Prisoner Project working towards changing the system and helping those behind bars find justice. This year Stephanie was able to create the postcard for the Last Prisoner Project Holiday Letter Drive where you can send letters of hope to cannabis offenders. If you'd like to donate another way check out PAX's latest drop of limited edition LPP apparel where all proceeds benefit this critical mission.
If you are in the cannabis industry or a consumer we highly recommend listening to this episode. There are currently over 40,000 people behind bars for non-violent cannabis crimes which needs to change. Take a stance this holiday and support the mission by sharing Stephanie's story with others!
E.143 - Cannabis Compliance Software ft. Marion Mariathasan, CEO of Simplifya
Episode 143 features Marion Mariathasan, CEO of Simplifya in Denver, CO. Marion is a serial entrepreneur having invested in 22 domestic and international companies. Simplifya is the leading regulatory and compliance software company in the cannabis industry. We discuss the features of Simplifya's cannabis compliance software and the importance of having these mechanisms in place especially as company's are expanding as MSO's. We also discuss the solution's Simplifya has created for financial institutions by streamlining cannabis compliance monitoring and the good work they are doing with regulators.
We wrap up the show learning a little bit more about Marion's background as an immigrant from Sri Lanka and how those experiences helped shape who he is today. Marion also provides some great advice for entrepreneurs in the industry offering tips on how to adapt to the ups and downs of entrepreneurship!
E.142 - Grow Your Own, Plant Medicine Education ft. Dr. Amanda Reiman Ph.D., Founder & CEO of Personal Plants
In Episode 142 of the show we sit down with Amanda Reiman to discuss the importance of growing your own plant medicine. Amanda is the Founder and CEO of Personal Plants which is an online platform that’s been deemed the “food network for mushrooms and cannabis” focusing on providing education for consumers to grow therapeutic plants at home. Amanda has committed over two decades of her academic and professional career to advocating on behalf of plant medicine.
We have an in-depth conversation about why growing your own is an important right to have as an individual. Amanda shares with us how this topic relates to social and economic justice issues and some of the downfalls that have occurred with over-reaching regulations in some states. We also discuss the topic of commercialization of both cannabis and psychedelics and what that impact has and will have on the future of plant medicine. Amanda provides insight into what she thinks will happen with the psychedelic movement with legalization and how that differs from what we've experienced with cannabis.
Amanda concludes the episode sharing more about how Personal Plants has become an online resource for the canna-curious looking to understand more about plant medicine from cultivation to responsible consumption.
Give this episode a listen! Amanda provides many great insights that we have briefly covered in past episodes bringing them all full circle in Episode 142.
E.141 - PAX Veterans Releaf Era Pod ft. Steven Jung, COO of PAX
On today's episode we had the honor to sit down with Steven Jung, COO of PAX Labs. Steven brings a wealth of knowledge to the cannabis industry spending time working in Silicon Valley before transitioning to the CEO of Weedmaps and most recently as the COO of PAX.
We discussed the latest PAX brand collaboration, the Veterans Releaf Era Pod in honor of Veteran’s Day. Steven explains more about the importance of access for Veterans and how PAX is supporting Weed for Warriors Project and Wounded Warriors Project with these efforts. We discuss how many Veterans are turning to plant medicine over prescription pills and how there are some restrictions to accessibility from monetary to education and acceptance. It's important that Veterans have support from these organizations so they can receive the assistance they need to help deal with PTSD and other medical conditions related to their service.
If you are interested in supporting PAX this Veterans Day check out their website to learn more about the brand partnerships taking place in CA, OR, MA, MO, WA and Canada. A portion of proceeds from purchasing the Veterans Releaf Era Pod will benefits Weed for Warriors, as well as PAX offering a $20,000 donation to the organization.
Tune in to E.141 to learn more and support our Veterans today! We thank you for your service and bravery.
E.140 - Organic Mushroom Extracts ft. Jeff Chilton, President of Nammex
Welcome to Season 14 of Lit & Lucid Podcast! We are kicking off the season with Jeff Chilton, President of Nammex, Organic Mushroom Extracts. As a true expert in the field, Jeff sat down to chat with us about all things mushrooms. Jeff started his journey with mushroom cultivation in the 1970's after studying mycology at the University of WA in the late 1960's. In 1983 Jeff co-authored, The Mushroom Cultivator and then started his own company Nammex in 1989 specializing in mushroom extracts.
Nammex introduced medicinal mushrooms to the U.S. nutritional supplement industry offering the first line of certified organic mushroom supplements to consumers. Having been in business for over 30+ years as an innovator in the industry Nammex is truly the gold standard of mushroom extractions in the U.S.
Jeff provides listeners with a wealth of knowledge about mushrooms and their medicinal benefits, as well as tips on cultivating your own. We also discuss how Jeff spent ample time in China working with trusted partners to bring organic mushroom extracts to the U.S. and how important it is for consumers to understand the different in quality when purchasing mushroom supplements. Nammex's organic mushroom extracts are grown on natural substrate materials native to each mushrooms which is term makes them high in beta-D-glucans and low in starch.
If you are interested in learning more about the world of mushrooms by an expert that has been in the industry for over 50 years this is your chance! Jeff has truly cultivated the path for organic mushroom extracts in the U.S.
E.139 - Growing Belushi ft. Chris Karakosta GM of Belushi's Farm
Almost one year ago to the date we celebrated our 100th episode chatting with Jim Belushi discussing the new TV Series on Discovery Channel, Growing Belushi. This year we had the honor of speaking with Jim's cousin, Chris Karakosta, General Manager of Belushi's Farm. Chris shares his background as a serial restaurant entrepreneur and more on how his journey and skillset led him to becoming the GM at Belushi's Farm. We discussed his relationship with Jim and how they have grown closer over the years considering each other brothers, enjoying their time together on the farm.
Chris very candidly shares with us a touching story visiting medical marijuana patients in Colorado and the impact these sick children had on his perception of cannabis. We wrap up the show with some updates on the new brand releases by Belushi's Farm including Good Ugly Weed (Chris's Stash), Chasing Magic (Jim's Secret Stash) and a few teasers into Season 2 of Growing Belushi.
Catch Season 2 on the Discovery Channel in the near future!
E.138 - Cultivating LOWD Craft Cannabis ft. CEO Jesce Horton
Tune in to E.138 as we chat with Jesce Horton, founder and visionary behind LOWD, craft cannabis cultivation in Portland, Oregon. Jesce shares how he got started in the industry after being unhappy working a corporate job. He took a leap of faith using his passion for horticulture and began cultivating cannabis. Since then LOWD has become a leader in the cannabis industry in Oregon known for seeking the best genetics and growing them to their greatest potential.
Jesce has also spent much of his time in the industry as an advocate co-founding The Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) committed to creating equal access and empowerment for cannabis business owners, patients, and communities affected by the war on drugs. In 2019 Jesce and his wife founded NuLeaf Project, a historic initiative financially seeded in part with the City of Portland. Today NuLeaf is committed to providing financial, education and entrepreneurial assistance to minority cannabis business owners.
Check out the latest episode of L&L to learn more about LOWD and why this company has truly become a leader in cultivating craft cannabis.
E.137 - Conscious Consumption and Mental Health ft. Lit & Lucid
Co-hosts Lit & Lucid sit down to discuss the very important topic of conscious consumption and mental health. Jarrod and Lucy take an in-depth dive into the conversation around the importance of mental health and the need for conscious plant medicine consumption. We discuss the various forms of plant medicine used for mental health including cannabis and psilocybin, as well as elevate the importance of being aware of your own body's needs consuming only with intention.
Jarrod and Lucy provide insight into their own path of plant medicine wellness with the hopes of inspiring others to take a conscious look at their own consumption methods! If this episode inspired you let us know!
E.136 - Investing in Psychedelics ft. Tim Schlidt Co-Founder of Palo Santo
Tune in to E.136 featuring Tim Schlidt, Co-Founder and partner at Palo Santo as we discuss investing in psychedelics. Palo Santo's diversified investment fund is helping to increase the supply of clinically effective and accessible mental health and addiction treatment solutions in today’s world. We discuss the rising mental health conditions facing people around the world and how psychedelics are well positioned to address this problem. Tim also explains how many of the companies in Palo Santo's portfolio are taking an authentic and innovative approach to healthcare.
We have an in-depth conversation about big Pharma's role in this evolution and the idea of synthetically deriving these compounds. Tim explains what the implications of this will be for both patients as well as the indigenous communities who utilize these compounds for ceremonial purposes. The show wraps up discussing some of the creative work these companies are producing in the field and where the future of psychedelics might be in the next 5-10 years.
If you are looking to learn more about the future of investing in psychedelics give this episode a listen!
E.135 - Catching up on Cannabis ft. Brooke Burgstahler of Budding Mind
Tune in to Episode 135 featuring Brooke Burgstahler, a cannabis creative, actress, and founder of Budding Mind as we catch up on cannabis. Budding Mind is an online platform designed to expand the mind and heart through the exploration of plant medicine, alternative healing, science, and spirituality. We chat with Brooke about her journey in cannabis and how she utilizes the plant in her own health and wellness routine. Brooke tells us more about the wide variety of topics she covers on Budding Mind as well as the star of Big Mike's Morning Show.
We discuss the implications of being a cannabis consumer in Hollywood and how that could affect potential job opportunities. Brooke reminds us that regardless it's always important to be your authentic self living life for you and not worry about the "what ifs" in life. We close the show talking about the future of cannabis consumption and whether it is infused beverages, canna bumps (let's hope not), vapes or flower.
If you are looking for a good laugh and some cannabis industry insight this episode is for you!
E.134 - The Cannabis Wedding Expo ft. Co-Founder Philip Wolf
Tune in to E.134 featuring Philip Wolf, Co-Founder of the Cannabis Wedding Expo as we discuss upcoming expos in Las Vegas (August 29th), Denver (October 10th), and Boston (November 7th). Philip has been working in the cannabis industry advocating for the plant for over 11 + years and provides a wealth of knowledge about conscious cannabis consumption. We discuss the pitfalls of alcohol consumption and how many people are becoming more in-line with their authentic selves looking towards including cannabis into their big day. We chat about ways the Cannabis Wedding Expo is looking to break down stigmas about the plant by providing sophisticated ways in which to incorporate cannabis into a wedding day without totally shocking grandma.
If you are a bride-to-be or just interested in the creative ways you can include cannabis into an event check out the Cannabis Wedding Expo. Stay tuned for a ticket giveaway by Lit & Lucid for the Denver show!
E.133 - Civilized, Lifestyle Brand Relaunch ft. Co-Founder & CEO Terri MacDonald Riedle
Tune in to Episode 133 ft. Terri MacDonald Reidle, CEO of Civilized, lifestyle brand dedicated to the overall health and wellness of the cannabis and canna-curious community. Civilized recently relaunched in the midst of COVID; the relaunch was focused on compiling all of Civilized's content in an easy-to-use database for consumers offering one trustworthy source of cannabis information online.
We also discuss the bright future of Civilized including a partnership with Tumblr, pairing up to launch their first cannabis centric blog. It's their hopes that expanding the cannabis conversation on Tumblr will help combat many censorship issues companies face on other social media platforms. Terri provides insight into the lessons she's learned as a female entrepreneur in the cannabis industry offering a wealth of knowledge for young entrepreneurs.
If you are looking for a trusted source of information look no further than Civilized.
E.132 - Cannabis & Design Ft. Andreas Neumann, Chief Creative Director, Jushi Holdings Inc.
Tune in to Episode 132 featuring Andreas Neumann, Chief Creative Director at Jushi Holdings as we discuss cannabis and design. Dre's creative background comes from many years of working as the Head of Content at Idean with clients such as IBM, HP and Rolls Royce. Through his work with Apple Andreas realized that one of the biggest pain points in design is reducing friction. As the Chief Creative Director Andreas uses these same concepts when designing retail spaces and new products in the cannabis industry. Understanding the consumers wants and needs is also at the core of the creative design process.
Outside of working in cannabis Andreas' true passion is photography. Dre is a world-renowned photographer having captured many familiar faces from Iggy Pop, Anthony Bourdain, Johnny Depp and more. We discuss the key to his success which was focusing on one type of photography and not letting the fan fare of the celebrities go to his head. Learn more about the creative mindset and perspective Dre offers for creating art through the lens in this episode.
E.131 Paradiso, Craft Cannabis Farm ft. Founder and CEO Christina DiPaci
Tune in to E.131 featuring Christina DiPaci, Founder & CEO of Paradiso, one of the largest independently owned craft-cannabis farms in California. With a background in fine arts, Christina tells us more about the creative process in creating this brand that evokes a vacation from the everyday, a blissful retreat from the ordinary. We talk about Christina's journey in the cannabis space learning from the OG's in the industry in Humboldt County, CA and the level of creativity it takes day in and day out to make it.
Being a women-owned company, focused on providing consumers with high quality craft-cannabis is definitely one the fore-front for Paradiso Gardens. Learn more about this brand, their sister brand, DoveTail and where to find them on the latest episode.
E.130 - MJ Unpacked ft. George Jage CEO of Jage Media
Welcome to Season 13 of the show! Kicking off the season with George Jage, CEO of Jage Media. George has a proven track record in cannabis working for MJBiz Daily and Dope Magazine. He previously spent ample time in Las Vegas running trade shows as well as creating the first World Tea Expo. Today George's team is excited to announce MJ Unpacked (Oct 21-22, 2021), the first cannabis trade show in Las Vegas focused on cannabis retailers and THC CPG's.
We chatted about the differentiations between this trade show and the well-known MJ Biz Con event taking place the same week in October 2021. MJ Unpacked is focused on offering a more personable experience for attendees to connect, collaborate and access capital. We even heard there's a gong in the middle of the trade show floor where you can celebrate every time you make a deal!
George's energy about the cannabis industry and his vision for this event is truly infectious. If you are looking for a change of pace from the typical Vegas experience all of us cannabiz folks have come to know so well this event is for you! We even heard the band is back together ;-) *hint hint*
E.129 - The Future of Cannabis Distribution & Supply Chain Management Ft. Mike Beaudry, Founder & CEO of Herbl
In 2014, Mike attended his first cannabis conference, it was in that moment that he realized many of the skillsets he had acquired as the President of United Natural Foods (UNFI) could be replicated in the cannabis industry. From that day on Mike focused all of his attention on the new industry founding HERBL in 2018, which is now California’s largest cannabis distributor and supply chain management company.
Tune in to E.129 as we discuss the future of supply chain management and distribution in the cannabis industry.
Mike educated us on the parallels between the natural food and cannabis industry, as well as key features that allows HERBL to service 98% of California’s storefronts. We talk about their recent partnership with Cookies, and what HERBL was offering that could help a large brand become even more successful. We finish up the episode discussing alcohol regulations and how some of those policies could transfer over to the cannabis industry as we start to look towards federal legalization.
If you are interested in learning about a very imperative piece to the cannabis industry’s puzzle this episode is for you! We really learned a lot from Mike and hope you do too.
E.128 - Cooking with Cannabis is a High-End Affair ft. Chef Nikki Steward
Nikki Steward took a leap of faith 8 years ago when she decided she would become a Chef. At the time she had no formal education as a culinary artist, instead she used her background in Pharmaceutical Sciences and pure grit to create The High-End Affair. This change in careers has led her to cook for many well-known celebrities and athletes including DJ Khaled, Snoop Dogg, Dave Chapelle and more.
We sat down with Nikki to discuss her passion for cooking with cannabis and the unforgettable, high-end experiences she’s created over the years. Recently Nikki teamed up with PAX Labs on a special plant based recipe collaboration to celebrate the release of PAX’s new Era Life vaporizer. She created four super simple, vegan recipes that are perfect for summer and pair perfectly with PAX! We finish up the episode chatting about her role in Chappelle Summer Camp which has been keeping her busy the last few weeks.
Stay tuned until the end where Chef Nikki recommends a banana pudding recipe that is sure to turn heads at your next summer BBQ.
E.127 - Transcending Your Higher Self Through Plant Medicine ft. Scarlet Ravin, Founder of Psilocybin™ Love Medicine
Our latest episode features return guest from E.51, Scarlet Ravin Founder of White Fox Medicine and Psilocybin™ love medicine as we discuss transcending your higher self through plant medicine. As a Star Seed Alchemist Spirit, Scarlet expresses her deeper connection to the universe noting that when you tap into your own higher energy field you too can take your life to the next level.
In her latest book Psilocybin Transmissions Scarlet provides insight into the beautiful dance between insight and wisdom utilizing mushroom plant medicine as a tool. Through Psilocybin™ love medicine Scarlet has also created micro-dosed Love Drops and Euphoria chocolate to help guide your path of healing.
We discuss the higher calling that led Scarlet down this path in life and the ups and downs she's faced as she's moved through her journey of offering the healing message of plant medicine to the masses.
If you are interested in connecting further Scarlet has created Naked Starseed Mystery School on Patreon to help you release patterns and behaviors guiding you back to your own vibrational state of remembrance. If you are ready to take back your power this episode is for you!
E. 126 - Mushroom Cultivation and What It Has In Common With Cannabis Ft. Gary Heferle, Founder of Fresh From The Farm Fungi
We sit down with Gary Heferle, Founder/Owner of Fresh From the Farm Fungi in Denver, CO to chat all things mushrooms! Between Gary’s education background in medical technology, his work as a cannabis cultivator and working for a cannabis testing facility, this knowledge gave him the confidence to start Fresh From the Farm Fungi where he cultivates a wide variety of premium quality gourmet mushrooms. Gary tells us about the similarities in cultivating cannabis and mushrooms and how many of the processes and equipment used for cannabis can be utilized for fungi. We chat about the growing popularity of mushrooms in the U.S. from cultivating your own, cooking and eating mushrooms to utilizing psilocybin for one’s mental health.
Gary widens our perspective on the sheer potential of mushrooms and we hope he does for you too! Mush love.
E.125 - Creating Opportunities in Cannabis for the Formerly Incarcerated Ft. Kevin Ahaesy Founder & CEO of ECO Cannabis
It’s not often that we find social equity programs in the cannabis space providing real-life actionable results for those affected by the War on Drugs. In today’s episode we had the opportunity to chat with Kevin Ahaesy, CEO of ECO Cannabis in Oakland, CA, about their commitment to ensuring 50% of their staff in this vertically integrated business are formerly incarcerated individuals.
Kevin tells us about why he felt the need to support those affected by the War on Drugs and how his program goes far beyond just providing jobs. Kevin is committed to mentoring many of the individuals who come through his door to ensure future successes for start-up businesses. We discuss the importance of this social conscious businesses model, as it provides tangible results cutting through the bureaucracy that many of these social equity initiatives have promised in the past.
If you were affected by the War on Drugs and you’d like to learn more about how you can get a job through ECO Cannabis or more about Kevin’s good work in the industry give this episode a listen!
E.124 - The Marijuana Conspiracy Ft. Doreen Brown & Director/Writer Craig Pryce
In Toronto in 1972, 20 young women took part in one of the weirdest scientific experiments in their country’s history. For 98 days 10 of these women were to smoke cannabis every night to help Canada’s government determine if legalizing cannabis and thus smoking weed on a regular basis would kill their economy. Unfortunately the findings from this experiment were never published leaving the women involved in the study confused, still wondering today what happened with all of that data?
We sat down with Doreen Brown, one of the women who took part in the study as well as Director/Writer of the film, The Marijuana Conspiracy, Craig Pryce to learn more about what really happened during those 98 days in isolation. Doreen provided first-hand insight into how she felt during that time, especially as the study ramped up the cannabis potency. Craig discussed the political climate, speculating that the study results were likely never released because they didn’t meet the government’s agenda at that time.
This story sounds suspiciously like many of the experiments that took place in the 50’s and 60’s in the U.S. with MKUltra. We discussed the similarities with Ken Kesey, what took place during the Beat Movement, and the release of drugs into the community in the 60’s that eventually led to the War on Drugs in the 70’s.
If you are looking to open your mind to some of controversial studies that our government has conducted this episode is for you.
The Marijuana Conspiracy is now streaming on Digital and On Demand – smoke a joint and be prepared to be mind blown by this video and story!
E.123 Water Soluble Cannabinoid Technology ft. Drew Hathaway, Senior Food Scientist at Stillwater Brands
Stillwater Brands' is leading the way in Colorado with their water-soluble cannabinoid-infused products. We sat down with Drew Hathaway, Senior Food Scientist at Stillwater to learn more about this propriety technology. Drew taught us about the technical aspects of making cannabinoids water-soluble for their well known RIPPLE dissolvable powder. Stillwater Brands has also teamed up with Colorado State University to research the bio-availability of this product and how the absorption affects the body on a more technical level. We finish the episode discussing their latest product release of infused gummies and what makes them different from competitors.
If you are a Colorado consumer and want to learn more about Stillwater Brands this episode is for you!
If CBD is more your jam, you can find the same technology being used in their Caliper CBD products.
E.122 - Justice For Jawara Ft. Niambe McIntosh of The Peter Tosh Foundation
Niambe McIntosh is the daughter of, Rastafarian and cannabis advocate, Peter Tosh. Peter is well-known for being a founding member of The Wailers as well as his songs "Legalize It" and "I am that I am" amongst others. Niambe sat down with Lit & Lucid to share the tragic story about her brother Jawara educating us further on The War on Drugs, and shining light on ways we all can help this fight.
Jawara followed in his father's footsteps as an advocate and musician. Unfortunately, Jawara found himself in a legal situation after being stopped by the police having found cannabis in his car. What seemed like a situation the family would get through at the time turned into a living nightmare. Jawara was facing 10-20 years in prison for his cannabis charge in Bergen County, NJ. Being scared of the Bergen County court system Jawara took a 6-month plea deal in January 2017. While serving time Jawara was brutally attacked by an inmate in which he suffered life-threatening brain injuries causing him to go into a coma, being unable to speak, walk or talk from that day forward.
Niambe and her family stayed by his side day in and day out caring for his every need, helping him with basic motor skills while trying to come to terms with what had happened to their dear brother. Unfortunately, despite all their best efforts and prayers Jawara lost his life in July 2020.
The Peter Tosh Foundation was created to continue the work Peter tirelessly advocated for in Jamaica including cannabis legalization. Today Niambe is passionate about advocating for prison reform, social equity, expungement efforts, and legislation that will truly change the War on Drugs. Tune in to the latest episode to learn more about Justice for Jawara and how you too can become more educated and help stop the War on Drugs.
E.121 - 50 Years of Cannabis & Music w/ Two-Time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Musician David Crosby of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and MIGHTY CROZ™ Cannabis
There's not many people in this world who can say they are one of the world's foremost connoisseurs of cannabis, except David Crosby. We had the honor of sitting down with Crosby (singer/song-writer/musician), 2-time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and founding member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and The Byrds. David tells us about how he's utilized cannabis consumption to help with his writing process and to help inspire the hundreds of songs he's created. We talk about how he's been a successful musician for over five decades with cannabis always being a constant in his life.
David provides insight into what it felt to play at Woodstock in 69' and one of the memorable stories he remembered from that day. As a leader of the counterculture in the 60's David is still very passionate about global warming, anti-war rhetoric amongst many other passions that still play out in his daily life.
We wrap up the episode talking about Mighty Croz Cannabis Brand created by Crosby and Steven Sponder focusing on high quality cannabis teaming up with cultivators and companies that share their vision. We'll have to be patient for the debut of Mighty Croz as Crosby and his team are waiting for federal legalization to release the brand to the masses. Until then you can catch up on one of the 5 new albums David has released in the last 6 years!
E.120 - Comedy, Cannabis and Keeping It Real with Mary Jane Gibson & Mike Glazer of Weed + Grub
Welcome to Season 12 of this Lit & Lucid Journey! We kick off the season with fellow podcasters, Mary Jane Gibson and Mike Glazer of Weed + Grub. We learn more about how they started the podcast, and the initial ideas that evolved along the way to today’s show about cannabis, culture, comedy, cooking, and calling shit out. We chatted about the munchies and some of the best munchie foods there are out there, including Jarrod’s favorite, Reese’s eggs, and Mary Jane’s favorite roasted chicken recipe by Barefoot Contessa.
Mike and Mary Jane tell us more about how cannabis plays a role in comedy and more on the daily grind of writing jokes. Mike providing authentic insight into what it truly takes to be a comedian, getting creative support from Mary Jane on the reg. We finish up the show with a vulnerable conversation about the importance of therapy and how it’s helped us all become better people giving us the skills to balance life’s daily challenges, especially in 2020!