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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.

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 #131 Cannabis in Africa with Sibusiso Xaba, Co-founder and CEO at Africa Cannabis Advisory Group

    EPISODE #131 Cannabis in Africa with Sibusiso Xaba, Co-founder and CEO at Africa Cannabis Advisory Group

    This week, we’re joined by Sibusiso Xaba, Co-founder and CEO of Africa Cannabis Advisory Group (ACA Group) - investment, advisory, consulting, research and distribution company focusing on the African cannabis market.
    Together, we take a look at the current state of the African cannabis industry, including the factors and countries accelerating its development, and how the cannabis industry can help Africa to realise its economic potential.


    → View full show notes, summary, and access resources here:
    https://www.canverse.global/shownotes/e131


    About Sibusiso Xaba
    Sibusiso Xaba is the co-founder and CEO of Africa Cannabis Advisory Group (ACA Group), a leading services provider specialised in the medical cannabis and hemp industries. Sibusiso is a seasoned finance professional, having worked at Goldman Sachs and Investec in London for over 8 years. He has extensive experience covering Africa, specialising in capital markets, debt structuring and syndication, venture capital fundraising, hedging solutions and portfolio management. Sibusiso is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a Business Science Degree from the University of Cape Town. He is also an Allan Gray fellow.

    Quotables
    ‘Once I had realised what cannabis really represented in terms of its ability to address healthcare challenges, wellness and mental health channelnges, industrialisation, and sustainability - I was sold. I became the biggest evangelist after that‘  04:15
    ‘Any progress is good progress’ 12:5

    • 30 min
    EPISODE #130 The Future of Clinical Trials in Cannabis with Jaspreet Grewal & Sabrina Ramkellawan, Founders of Knowde Group

    EPISODE #130 The Future of Clinical Trials in Cannabis with Jaspreet Grewal & Sabrina Ramkellawan, Founders of Knowde Group

    This week, we’re joined by Jaspreet Grewal & Sabrina Ramkellawan, founders of Knowde Group - Canadian contract research organisation and hybrid consultancy specialising in plant-based therapeutics and psychedelics.


    In this episode, we explore the complexities of clinical trials within the cannabis industry, including barriers to entry, the three phases of clinical trials, how to navigate the regulatory landscape, and access to funding.

    About Jaspreet Grewal  MBA, MSc, CCRP
    Jaspreet Grewal is an accomplished clinician, researcher and venture partner bringing over 15 years of experience to companies focused on the Life Sciences. Throughout her career, she has held various positions with increasing responsibilities in various healthcare roles resulting in a broad skillset and robust healthcare and investment network while working in Canada, the US, the UK, the Cayman Islands, and Bermuda. Jaspreet holds a Master’s in Clinical Vision Sciences from Georgetown University, an Executive Certificate in Public Health from Harvard University and an MBA from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

    She is considered an expert in Healthcare and Regulatory Strategy and is a passionate advocate for building Alberta’s Life Science ecosystem. She has successfully merged her expertise in innovation, research and finance to become a dynamic leader not only nationally but internationally. 
    Her current roles and affiliations include:
    Co-Founder & CEO, Knowde Group (Canada, UK and Australia)Founder & CEO, Venn Consulting (Canada)Board Director, BioAlbertaEntrepreneur in Residence, Innovate Calgary (Medical Cannabis)Global Lifesciences Consultant, Calgary Economic DevelopmentExternal Advisor to the Vi Riddell Pain & Rehabilitation Centre, Alberta Children’s Hospital  
    About Sabrina Ramkellawan
    Sabrina has over 20 years of clinical research experience in pharma, medical devices, natural health products and plant-based therapeutics including cannabinoids. She has held positions at or advised some top pharmaceutical, cannabis, psychedelic, and research companies. Sabrina has conducted and supported 11 cannabis research studies to date. She has previous experience leading operations at large scale global Contract Research Organisations including INC Research (now Syneos Health) as well as building successful speciality clinics. Sabrina is also passionate about education and has helped to build and currently teaches the first Certified Cannabis Educator Program at Michener Institute of Education at UHN. She has been and continues to be a speaker in the area of research and plant-based medicine. Prior to her role at Knowde Group, she was the VP of Clinical Affairs at TerrAscend Canada which is a licensed producer. In her role as Chief Operating Officer at Knowde Group, she is focused on all aspects of conducting research specialising in plant-based therapeutics and psychedelics. 

    Resources
    Join Sabrina on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sabrinaramkellawan/?originalSubdomain=ca
    Join Jaspreet on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jkgrewal/
    Follow Knowde Group on Twitter: https://twitter.com/knowdegroup
    Knowde Group’s Website: https://www.knowdegroup.com/
     

    • 40 min
    EPISODE #129 Exploring The Entourage Effect with Dr. Paola Cubillos, Cannabis Doctor and Educator

    EPISODE #129 Exploring The Entourage Effect with Dr. Paola Cubillos, Cannabis Doctor and Educator

    This week, we’re joined by Dr. Paola Cubillos - Colombian-Canadian integrative medicine physician, Medical Cannabis doctor and educator.
    We investigate the existing theory and evidence base behind the concept of ‘The Entourage Effect’ as coined by Professor Raphael Mechoulam, alongside the data we need to be able to validate the hypothesis.
    → View full show notes, summary, and access resources here:
    https://www.canverse.global/shownotes/e129


    About Dr. Paola Cubillos
    Dr. Paola Cubillos is a Colombian-Canadian physician, who specializes in integrative medicine. Dr. Cubillos is a graduate from the Universidad del Rosario in Colombia, and holds a postgraduate degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Canada.
    In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Paola has worked in the research field, focusing on broadening the knowledge base in relation to medical cannabis evidence-based applications. She currently offers independent consulting services on research and medical affairs to medical cannabis producers.
    Dr. Cubillos is a recognized national and international lecturer on issues related to the evidence-based use of medical cannabis and the ethical implications of medical cannabis use and research. She is faculty of several medical cannabis diplomas offered in several universities and independent organizations in South America, such as Universidad del Rosario in Colombia, Universidad de Rosario in Argentina, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Perú, Edcannamed in Ecuador and CAMEDA  in Argentina. Dr. Cubillos is also part of the peer review committee of the Journal of Cannabinoid Medicine. 
    Dr. Paola has been president of the research ethics committee of the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, Canada and of the research ethics committee of the Clínica Las Américas in Medellín, Colombia, and is currently a member of the Research Ethics Committee of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Cubillos is a founding member and member of the board of directors and the scientific leader for the Pro Cannabis Colombia Association- Procannacol, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Asociación Médica Colombiana de Cannabis Medicinal - ASOMEDCCAM.


    Quotables
    “We cannot pretend that by learning or knowing the function of the endocannabinoid system, we can expect cannabis to work in the same way” 10:20
    “It is the responsibility of everybody in the industry to collect as much standardised data from these products as possible so we can keep feeding [the amount of] data” 30:40

    • 36 min
    EPISODE #128 Canadian Medical Cannabis with Shahbaaz Kara-Virani Canadian Sales Leader at dutchie

    EPISODE #128 Canadian Medical Cannabis with Shahbaaz Kara-Virani Canadian Sales Leader at dutchie

    This week, we’re joined by Shahbaaz Kara-Virani, Canadian Sales Leader for dutchie - a technology platform providing e-commerce solutions for dispensaries. Shahbaaz is also a Founding Member of the Ontario Cannabis Policy Council.
    Our discussion explores the complex history of the Canadian medical cannabis market, the blurry line between recreational and medical cannabis use, and where the illicit market fits in.


    → View full show notes, summary, and access resources here:
    https://www.canverse.global/shownotes/e128



    About Shahbaaz Kara-Virani
    Shahbaaz's mission is to help create global accessibility in the cannabis industry. He is a community builder who focuses on facilitating discussions between retailers, brands, cultivators, budtenders, and everything in between. Currently, he is the Canadian Leader at dutchie, and a founding member of the Ontario Cannabis Policy Council, helping shape cannabis legislation in Canada's most populous province. Prior to joining dutchie, Shahbaaz spent six years at Salesforce and 18 months as the Head of Sales at Lift, a key player in helping drive the early days of Canadian Cannabis. In addition, he is a co-founder/player on the Canadian Beach Soccer team, and the cannabis channel moderator for the Pavillion.


    Quotables
    ‘The biggest gap in our industry is… accessing reliable information’ 19:45
    ‘[When recreational cannabis was legalised] everyone forgot about the medicinal market’ 20:00
    ‘There isn’t much of a difference between recreational and medical products’ 23:20


    Resources
    Join Shahbaaz on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shahbaaz-kara-virani-51936b30/?originalSubdomain=ca
    dutchie’s Website: https://dutchie.com/
    Follow dutchie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/getdutchie/
    Follow dutchie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wearedutchie/

    • 34 min
    EPISODE #127 Medical Cannabis: Scientific Evidence with Sandra Carrillo MD, Professor of Medical Cannabis Research & Education at University of Panama

    EPISODE #127 Medical Cannabis: Scientific Evidence with Sandra Carrillo MD, Professor of Medical Cannabis Research & Education at University of Panama

    This week, we’re joined by Dr. Sandra Carrillo - clinical practitioner and Professor of Medical Cannabis Research & Education at The University of Panama.
    We discuss the use of medical cannabis, the conditions it has been proven to treat successfully, and the challenges involved in gathering evidence for its efficacy.
    → View full show notes, summary, and access resources here:
    https://www.canverse.global/shownotes/e127



    Quotables
    ‘If we don’t educate doctors and healthcare practitioners about the applications of cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system… medical cannabis will not be moving forward’ 04:50
    ‘Through education, we can achieve the destigmatisation of the use of medical cannabis’ 05:48
    ‘Medical cannabis is redefining the future of medicine’ 11:20
    ‘There is a lot of potential we can unleash when we do proper research’ 32:05


    Resources
     Join Sandra on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandracarrillomd
    Sandra’s Website: http://sandracarrillomd.com/
    Follow Sandra on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drsandracarrillo/?hl=en
    Follow Sandra on Twitter: https://twitter.com/md_carrillo?lang=en
     

    • 34 min
    EPISODE #126 Cannabis Compliance with Marion Mariathasan, CEO and Co-Founder of Simplifya

    EPISODE #126 Cannabis Compliance with Marion Mariathasan, CEO and Co-Founder of Simplifya

    This week, we’re joined by Marion Mariathasan, CEO and Co-Founder of Simplifya - leading Cannabis Compliance Software provider based in the USA.
    We explore the importance of being legally compliant for licensed cannabis businesses, alongside how Simplifya’s acclaimed suite of compliance solutions can take the guesswork out of complex, industry-specific regulations.

    → View full show notes, summary, and access resources here: 
    https://www.canverse.global/shownotes/e126


    About Marion Mariathasan
    Marion Mariathasan is the CEO of Simplifya, the cannabis industry’s leading regulatory and operational compliance software platform. The company’s suite of products takes the guesswork out of confusing and continually changing state and local regulations. Featuring SOPs, badge tracking, document storage, tailored reporting and employee accountability features, the company’s Custom Audit software reduces the time clients spend on compliance by up to 45 percent. 
    Marion is also a serial entrepreneur, who has founded, invested in or been an advisor to more than a dozen start-ups. He is a regular guest speaker at events such as Denver Start-Up Week, Colorado University's program on social entrepreneurship and the United Nations Global Accelerator Initiative. Mariathasan studied Architecture and Computer Science at the University of Kansas and Computer Information Systems and holds a minor in Business Management at Emporia State University. He enjoys time with his family, cooking spicy Sri Lankan cuisine, traveling, and connecting with people.


    Quotables
    ‘When you stop innovating and you stop progressing, you’re not serving yourself or your clients’ 10:00


    Resources
    Follow Marion on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marionmariathasan/
    Follow Simplifya on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/simplifya/
    Simplifya’s Website: https://www.simplifya.com/

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

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83 Ratings

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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