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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 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.

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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 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.

    EPISODE #170 Cannabis Conferences and Events with Ben Arn, CEO of Cannatrade and CB Company

    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.


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    The 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 Arn
    Ben 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.


    Timestamps
    0:00 Welcome to The Cannabis Conversation
    0:58 Introduction to Ben and how he got into the cannabis industry
    2:40 How Ben became involved in Cannatrade
    3:59 Switzerland’s new medical cannabis laws and pilot projects
    4:27 An overview of the current state of play in Switzerland regarding cannabis products
    7:12 Recreational cannabis trials in Switzerland in 2022
    9:50 About Cannatrade, CB Expo and CB Club
    14:25 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's happening?


    Resources
    Follow 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

    • 29 min
    EPISODE #169 Clinical and Pre-Clinical Cannabinoid Research with Dr. Mikael Sodergren, Managing Director at Sapphire Medical Clinics

    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.



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    The 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 Sodergren


    Dr 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. 





    Timestamps


    0:00 Welcome to The Cannabis Conversation


    1:08 Introduction to Dr. Mikael Sodergren and his clinical work as a surgeon within oncology


    3:48 Dr. Sodergren’s initial research into the use of CBD in cancer treatment and interest in medical cannabis


    5:43 Dr. Sodergren’s current research into pain pathways and the use of cannabis to combat acute and chronic pain


    7:57 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 Clinics


    13:30 How does the process of clinical research work?


    18:12 How are regulators involved in the process?


    19:04 Preclinical research and what is involved


    20:21 What challenges are involved with cannabis drug development?


    26:33 Randomised controlled trials and their use within medical cannabis development


    29:59 Clinical trials vs. real world evidence


    31:48 How do you feel about the use of cannabis flower as a medicine?


    33:33 What factors can help accelerate medical cannabis research?




    Resources


    Sapphire 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: 

    • 39 min
    EPISODE #168 Cannabis and Traumatic Stress with Gary Roberts, Cannabis Entrepreneur and Host of Good Dudes Grow Podcast

    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.


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    The 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 Roberts
    18-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.


    Timestamps
    0:00 Welcome to The Cannabis Conversation
    0:46 Gary’s personal background, work as a firefighter, and why he became involved in recovery
    5:15 Gary’s entrepreneurial journey and starting his CBD brand Pure Body Zen
    14:13 Gary’s motivations for starting his CBD brand, and the challenges faced using CBD as a firefighter
    16:00 Introduction to traumatic stress, PTSD, and Gary’s experiences of this
    19:38 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
     
    Resources
    Connect 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.com
    Promises Innovative Recovery’s Website: www.promisesinnovativerecovery.com

    • 39 min
    EPISODE #167 Building A Cannabis Investment Thesis with Helene Servillon, Fund Manager at JourneyOne Ventures

    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.


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    The 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 Servillon
    Helene 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'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. 
     
    Timestamps
    0:00 Welcome to The Cannabis Conversation
    02:58 Helene’s professional background
    05:42 Did you encounter any stigma when you decided to get into cannabis?
    7:19 About JourneyOne Ventures, what businesses and industry sectors they invest in
    11:35 The biggest pain points in the cannabis market
    12:49 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 space
    22:49 How to build a cannabis investment thesis
    31:20 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's still living in ancient days, when it comes to diversity”


    Resources
    Connect 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/JourneyOneVC
    JourneyOne Ventures’ Website: https://www.journeyone.vc/

    • 44 min
    EPISODE #166 CBD and Sexual Wellness with Dr. Dmitry Loktionov & Kate Tikhomirova from Quanna

    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.


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    The 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-Founder
    Quanna’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-Founder
    Quanna’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.
     
    Timestamps
    0:00 Welcome to The Cannabis Conversation
    00:50 Introduction to Kate and life as a social media influencer
    01:57 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 gynecologist
    03:49 Quanna’s origins
    04:29 Are doctors becoming more interested in cannabis?
    05:16 About Quanna’s products and company goals
    06:36 Brand challenges, meta censorship, and raising awareness of sexual wellness
    09:45 What does sexual wellness involves?
    10:45 The current and historical lubricant market 
    13:06 How CBD works within the products
    14:06 Does CBD help with both pleasure and pain?
    14:59 What other ingredients are used in your formulation?
    17:52 How the product works
    18:45 The role of THC in sexual wellness


    Resources
    Connect with Dr. Dmitry on LinkedIn:

    • 23 min
    EPISODE #165 The European Cannabis Jobs Market with Nikita Cretu & Ellen Jardim from Lumino

    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'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.
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    The 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 COO
    Nikita 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'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 Director
    Ellen 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 industry


    Resources
    Connect 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

    • 33 min

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