162 episodes

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.

The Cannabis Conversation | Medical Cannabis | CBD | Hemp Anuj Desai

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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 #162 Cannabis Stands With Ukraine, with Maksym Kharkavyi, Nazarii Sovsun, and Bogdan Yetsenko from Freedom March

    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/e162



    About Freedom March
    Freedom 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.
     
    Resources
    Cannabis 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/

    • 29 min
    EPISODE #161 Cannabis Vs. Opioids with Valentino Parravicini, Chief Scientific Officer at Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies

    EPISODE #161 Cannabis Vs. Opioids with Valentino Parravicini, Chief Scientific Officer at Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies

    This week, we’re joined by Valentino Parravicini, Chief Scientific Officer at Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies - British pharmaceutical company developing a portfolio of next-generation prescription cannabinoid medicines.
    In this episode, we explore the potential use of cannabis-based medicines as a replacement for prescription opioids, their safety profile, and their use cases as analgesics.
     
    📚 VIEW SHOW NOTES AND EXTRAS:
    https://www.canverse.global/shownotes/e161


    About Valentino Parravicini 
    Valentino has spent his academic career at the NIH (NIAMS-USA) working in allergy and inflammation and discovering a new signalling pathway in mast cells. After moving to the National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill (NIMR, now part of the Francis Crick), he focussed on animal models of inflammation and autoimmunity. He has been Visiting Scientist at Imperial College London and King’s College London. 
    Valentino has over 12 years of experience in drug discovery and development accrued working in Big Pharma and SMEs. He worked at Roche (Italy), and at the Epigenetic Drug Performance Unit of the Immune-Inflammation Therapeutic Area of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK, UK). 
    He was also involved in the set-up of two start-up biotechnology companies, first at Kesios Therapeutics (oncology), and the at GammaDelta Therapeutics (cell and gene therapy in oncology), which was recently acquired by Takeda. He has lead research teams and programmes in the fields of immune-inflammation, oncology, and virology, both in small molecules and cell therapy, applied to early research and drug discovery and development. 
    He most recently joined Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies as Chief Scientific Officer where he contributed to shaping the cannabinoid-based R&D pipeline and overall scientific strategy leading to the Company’s IPO in May 2021.
     
     Resources
    Join Valentino on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/valentino-parravicini/?originalSubdomain=uk
    Follow Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies  on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/oxford-cannabinoid-technologies/
    Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies Website: https://www.oxcantech.com/

    • 43 min
    EPISODE #160 Cannabis Industry Crowdfunding with Andrew Sears, Business Development Associate at Seedrs

    EPISODE #160 Cannabis Industry Crowdfunding with Andrew Sears, Business Development Associate at Seedrs

    In this episode, we’re joined by Andrew Sears, Business Development Associate at Seedrs - Europe’s biggest crowdfunding platform.
    We explore how equity crowdfunding fits into the wider cannabis investment landscape in the UK, and what Seedrs is doing to help UK cannabis startups grow.


    📚 VIEW SHOW NOTES AND EXTRAS:
    https://www.canverse.global/shownotes/e160


    About Andrew Sears
     
    Andrew is originally from Sydney, Australia. Once completing a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Management at The University of Sydney, he distributed medical device instrumentation and implants as a territory manager for a large US HQ'd company, Orthofix. During the Master degree, Andrew worked for Deloitte Ventures which sparked his interest in the start-up ecosystem.
    Half English, it seemed a natural fit to move to London, United Kingdom to pursue his interest in early stage company investment. Since moving he's worked as an investment portfolio manager for a foreign direct investment company, investor relations for a B2B focused investment network and now, Seedrs, working with all of the exciting start-ups seeking to top-up their fundraising rounds with the largest equity crowdfunding platform in Europe.
    His sectors of interest are in CBD, Proptech, Insurtech and Mobility. He can't wait to continue to help start-ups with Republic's incoming acquisition of Seedrs to become the largest Private Investment Platform in the world.


    Resources
    Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewsears
    Seedrs Website: http://www.seedrs.com
    Seedrs Twitter: http://twitter.com/seedrs

    • 22 min
    EPISODE #159 Cannabis and Ayurvedic Medicine with Abhishek Mohan, CEO of HempStreet

    EPISODE #159 Cannabis and Ayurvedic Medicine with Abhishek Mohan, CEO of HempStreet

    This week, we’re joined by Abhishek Mohan, Founder and CEO of Hempstreet - India's first research to retail venture in the Ayurvedic cannabis sector. 
    We explore attitudes towards the medical use of cannabis within India, and how it currently fits into the framework of traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine.
      
    📚 VIEW SHOW NOTES AND EXTRAS:
    https://www.canverse.global/shownotes/e159

    About Abhishek Mohan
    Abhishek is the Founder & CEO of HempStreet, which is India’s first and largest research to retail venture in the medical cannabis space. The company is now in the midst of India’s largest rollout of medicinal cannabis dispensing clinics and its network currently stands at over 9100 clinics accross 25 states. Hempstreet has also recently won the coveted BIG grant from BIRAC (the first ever medical cannabis company to win) for the development of a “world first” novel transdermal delivery technology for cannabinoids. Previous winners were biotech stakwarts like Bharat Biotech who developed one of the key covid-19 vaccines. Hempstreet is taking the fight to mass ailments utilising responsibly dispensed cannabis based medication.
     
    About HempStreet
    HempStreet is pioneering the future of medical cannabis research in the country by rejuvenating classical ayurvedic formulations through innovation and ground-breaking research.

    Quotables
    We're seeing a very, very big place globally for holistic medicine and cannabis is no exception


    Resources
    Connect with Abishek on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mohanabhishek/
    HempStreet’s Website: https://www.hempstreet.in/
    Follow HempStreet on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/hempstreetindia/?originalSubdomain=in

    • 32 min
    EPISODE #157 Cannabis and Traumatic Brain Injury with Nikki Lawley, Founder of Nikki and The Plant

    EPISODE #157 Cannabis and Traumatic Brain Injury with Nikki Lawley, Founder of Nikki and The Plant

    This week, we’re joined by Nikki Lawley - cannabis advocate, educator, and Founder of Nikki and The Plant.
    Nikki shares her personal story of discovering and using medical cannabis to aid her recovery from a traumatic brain injury, along with her current patient advocacy work. 
    📚 VIEW SHOW NOTES AND EXTRAS:
    https://www.canverse.global/shownotes/e157


    About Nikki Lawley, Founder of Nikki and The Plant
    Nikki Lawley is a patient advocate, speaker, and founder of Nikki and the Plant. She personally discovered cannabis as medicine after suffering a life-changing injury while working as a pediatric nurse. 
     In October of 2016, Nikki was a 46-year-old woman whose life changed in literally a second.  Going from being a medical professional to becoming a patient was a major adjustment and almost cost this vibrant mother, wife, and career professional to contemplating taking her own life after becoming a victim of the traditional medical system, seeing over 50 doctors, and was on cocktails of drugs that each had more and more side effects. Four months after her injury, Nikki found plant medicine. 
    Nikki and the Plant is a pillar of medical cannabis advocacy and a champion for the importance of sharing patient stories.  She is planning on creating the first product line focusing on cannabis and the science behind why cannabis helps support for her chronic pain, cognitive function, anxiety, and depression.   
    Nikki is on the Patient Advisory Board for NY State Americans for Safe Access and for Cannabis BPO. Nikki is considered a leading voice in the community, chronicling her journey from being a healthcare provider to a patient to an advocate. She hopes to bring worldwide awareness to invisible illness and disability. She has been a guest on multiple podcasts and shows including “Let’s Be Blunt with Montel Williams.


    Quotables
    ‘When I find the right [cannabis], I'm a different human, I don't feel brain-injured’


    Resources
    Nikki’s Website   www.nikkiandtheplant.org
    Connect with Nikki on Linkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikki-lawley-aa281517/?trk=people-guest_people_search-card
    Nikki’s Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/nikkiandtheplant
    Nikki’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nikkiandtheplant/
    Nikki’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8gIjFp_5cCEiwbTHBQXfrw

    • 30 min
    EPISODE #158 Psychedelics: The Investment Case with Jaspreet Grewal, Mitchell Osak, & Steve Hajioff

    EPISODE #158 Psychedelics: The Investment Case with Jaspreet Grewal, Mitchell Osak, & Steve Hajioff

    This week, we’re joined by Jaspreet Grewal, Mitchell Osak, & Steve Hajioff - three subject matter specialists within the psychedelics space.
    In this special panel episode, we explore the emergence (and re-emergence) of therapeutic psychedelics, including examining the substances which have gained early traction, the investment case for them, and the challenges and opportunities of this new sector.
     
    📚 VIEW SHOW NOTES AND EXTRAS:
    https://www.canverse.global/shownotes/e158


    Quotables
    [Psilocybin] can't be viewed as a miracle drug for everybody. I think that's really what it comes down to. We have to be very pragmatic that it's still an investigational compound. - Jaspreet



    Resources
    Connect with Steve on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevehajioff/?originalSubdomain=uk
    Connect with Jaspreet on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jkgrewal/
    Connect with Mitchell on Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/mitchellosak/

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

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PPMDcan ,

MD

Always insightful and always addressing key issues in the industry. Love listening to the considered opinions of the guests. Anuj does a great job at going to the heart of the issues with his questions. Well done.

NickDorset ,

CannaBroker

Fantastic information, to the point, totally professional, the “creme de la creme” of cannabis podcasts.
Fantastic work keep them flowing, we love them 🌱🙏🇬🇧.
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Damion Carruel - CEO Cambis Health

My favourite cannabis podcast! Incredibly well thought out and brilliantly executed with an array of fantastic guests across all areas of the sector. A must listen for anyone interested in learning about the cannabis industry and its protagonists. Keep up the great work Anuj!

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