58 episodes

Do you want to learn about the current and future state of cannabis in Europe? Then look no further! Tom and his guests have you covered. Each episode ex-budtender (with a rock’n’roll past) and Smells Like Business co-founder Tom Pettit talks to different cannabusinesses, ganjapreneurs and cannabis specialists making it easier for you to enter, and better understand, the European cannabis industry.Theme song by Alex Camp, @campstagram1

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Do you want to learn about the current and future state of cannabis in Europe? Then look no further! Tom and his guests have you covered. Each episode ex-budtender (with a rock’n’roll past) and Smells Like Business co-founder Tom Pettit talks to different cannabusinesses, ganjapreneurs and cannabis specialists making it easier for you to enter, and better understand, the European cannabis industry.Theme song by Alex Camp, @campstagram1

    #58 - ICBC: Bringing Cannabis Businesses Together In Europe - Alex Rogers

    #58 - ICBC: Bringing Cannabis Businesses Together In Europe - Alex Rogers

    On this episode, Tom is having a chat with Alex Rogers, the CEO and owner of the ICBC - International Cannabis Business Conference. The ICBC produces the largest cannabis B2B event in Europe and is attended by cannabis executives, entrepreneurs and policymakers from over 80 different countries, who are looking for world-class networking and investment opportunities. Alex explains what is on the ICBC agenda and what you can expect to gain as an attendee.
    Alex also shares some stories from his colourful cannabis past where he was at the forefront of the cannabis movement in the US, sharing ideas and working with Jack Herer, Denis Peron and many more.
    So if you’re in the cannabis industry (or looking to enter it) and want to learn more about how the European cannabis industry is developing, then this episode is definitely for you!
     Other topics discussed:
    Who will be speaking at the ICBC Berlin event?What does the ICBC agenda look like?What kind of different events does the ICBC organise in Europe?Why should cannabis businesses attend the ICBC?How many people attend the ICBC?What was it like working for the High Times in the 90’s?What is the Cannabis Cup?How will Germany move forward with full legalisation?Why did Alex move to Europe from the USA in the 90’s?Why has Alex recently moved all his business to Europe?Who is Jack Herer?Who is Denis Peron?Who is Ben Dronkers?Who is Burkhard Blienert?What was it like to tour with Cypress Hill as a hemp activist?Why is it important to acknowledge the pioneers of the cannabis and hemp movement?How important is it to be a cannabis advocate if you want to succeed in the cannabis industry?Links:
    Smells Like Business - www.smellslikebusiness.com
    ICBC - www.internationalcbc.com
    LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/company/internationalcbc/
    Instagram - @internationalcbc

    • 30 min
    #57 - The Cannigma: Creating Relevant and Reliable Cannabis Content

    #57 - The Cannigma: Creating Relevant and Reliable Cannabis Content

    On this episode, Tom is having a chat with Elana Goldberg who is the CEO of The Cannigma, an online media that takes an evidence-based approach at answering all cannabis and cannabis related questions. The topics range from cannabis 101’s like how to roll a joint and how to cook with cannabis, to more in-depth scientific topics such as cannabis and cognition and CBD and superbugs, and everything in between. 
    Elana shares her story of how she moved from the world of journalism to cannabis and how she transferred the skills and knowledge she learnt along the way and applied them to the cannabis industry, and more specifically The Cannigma. Tom and Elana also discuss the importance of good cannabis education, and its role in helping move cannabis legislation and the industry (as a whole) in the right direction. 
    So if you feel like being educated on the importance of education in the cannabis space, then this episode is definitely for you! 
    Other topics discussed:
    Why was The Cannigma created in the first place?Who are the founders of The Cannigma?How does creating content help bring online audiences together?What is digital content and digital journalism?Why is journalism so fast paced in the digital age?How difficult is it to find credible information on cannabis online?Why are so many new cannabis markets opening up? (Maybe)What was it like working for the Jerusalem Post?How did the pandemic affect the company?What range of cannabis topics does The Cannigma cover?How many users does The Cannigma website have?What is the business model of the company?Why is it so difficult for cannabis companies to promote their products?How important is it to be creative with so many cannabis marketing restrictions?Who is part of The Cannigma team?How do you manage a global team of employees?Who is Codi Pedersen? Links:
    Smells Like Business - www.smellslikebusiness.com
    The Cannigma - www.cannigma.com
    LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/company/thecannigma/
    Facebook - www.facebook.com/thecannigma
    Instagram - @thecannigma

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    #38 - A Writer's Tale and the "Weed of Wonder" - Jules Marshall

    #42 - What Does a Ganjier Course Look Like? - Max Simon from Green Flower

    #55 - Leafwire: The B2B Network for the Cannabis and Hemp Industry - Peter Vogel

    • 35 min
    #56 - HamCan: The First Cannabis Conference in Hamburg - Lenny Roots

    #56 - HamCan: The First Cannabis Conference in Hamburg - Lenny Roots

    On this episode, Tom is having a chat with Lenny Roots, the Founder of (and mastermind behind) HamCan, Hamburg’s first and only cannabis conference and expo. HamCan will have its inaugural edition this summer, and Lennart shares why he decided to create a cannabis event in Hamburg and how he is managing to bring it all together. Lennart also shares how he initially got into event management, which is quite the tale in itself. All we will say is that it involved living in Jamaica and managing some pretty epic Reggae artists. 
    HamCan takes place on the 9th and 10th of July in Hamburg and will consist of an expo and a conference. The expo part of HamCan will be free for everyone and will have different exhibitors and lots of entertainment. The conference will have many interesting speakers from Germany, Europe and the US who are experts in various sectors of the cannabis industry. If you’re interested in learning more about the German cannabis industry and would like to make some b2b connections, then make sure to check out HamCan’s website to learn more.
    Other topics discussed:
    How much work does it take to create a cannabis event?How important is it to have a solid team behind you?Why is Hamburg a good city for a cannabis event?Who will be speaking at the HamCan conference?What can attendees expect to gain from HamCan?How is Germany moving forward with cannabis legalisation?What was it like living in Jamaica and working with Reggae artists?How can HamCan help move the cannabis industry forward in Germany?Will there be international speakers?How easy or difficult is it to book speakers for a cannabis event?Links:
    Smells Like Business - www.smellslikebusiness.com
    HamCan - www.hamcan.de
    LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/company/hamcan/
    Facebook - www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100078781396721
    Instagram - @hamcan_germany

    Related podcast episodes:
    #23 - Photographing Hemp Projects Around The World - Maren Krings
    #03 - How To Start a Cannabis Expo in Europe - Kevin Rebelo Lopes

    • 24 min
    #55 - Leafwire: The B2B Network for the Cannabis and Hemp Industry - Peter Vogel

    #55 - Leafwire: The B2B Network for the Cannabis and Hemp Industry - Peter Vogel

    On this episode, Tom is having a chat with Peter Vogel, the CEO of Leafwire, which is the world’s largest cannabis and hemp b2b networking platform. As you might be aware, posting, advertising, promoting, and even referring to cannabis or anything cannabis-related on social media can be difficult or is simply just not possible. Even LinkedIn (which tends to be more cannabis-friendly) has its restrictions, which is also discussed in this episode. Peter explains how Leafwire works, the different functions and features it has to offer, how it differentiates itself from other platforms (such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, etc.), and how it caters for the cannabis and hemp industries. He also discusses why the cannabis industry needs its own networking platform and what kind of people and businesses are using Leafwire. 
    Peter also shares his own story of how he got into the cannabis space and how he believes the industry should enter and move forward in Europe. So if you’re in the cannabis or hemp industry and looking to network, then we highly recommend you go and create an account on Leafwire. If you’re not convinced just yet, then for sure you will be by the end of the episode!
    Other topics discussed:
    How important is business networking in the cannabis industry?How difficult is it to advertise cannabis products and services only?How cannabis friendly are different social media?What does the process of creating a networking platform look like?Does the cannabis industry lack job portals?How is the psychedelics industry progressing in the US?Why is Leafwire specifically a business network?What topics and content are discussed on Leafwire?How many users are there on the platform?Why is it becoming difficult to advertise cannabis businesses on LinkedIn?How does Leafwire acquire new users?How to attract Investors?What is Leafwire’s business model?What are some of the new features?Links:
    Smells Like Business - www.smellslikebusiness.com
    Leafwire - www.leafwire.com
    LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/company/leafwire/
    Instagram - @Leafwire
    Peter Vogel on Leafwire
    Tom Pettit on Leafwire
    Peter Vogel on LinkedIn
    Tom Pettit on LinkedIn

    • 33 min
    #54 -TechforCann Accelerator: How to Get Your Cannabis Startup Into the Program - Lilac Mandeles from TechforCann

    #54 -TechforCann Accelerator: How to Get Your Cannabis Startup Into the Program - Lilac Mandeles from TechforCann

    On this episode, Tom is having a chat with Lilac Mandeles, the Co-Founder and CEO of TechforCann. This European, Malta-based company identifies and accelerates IP and tech start-ups in the medical cannabis industry. Lilac talks about her move from the pharmaceutical sector, where she worked for the big players like Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly and Teva Pharmaceuticals, to the medical cannabis industry. 
    She also shares her thoughts on the current state of innovation within the medical cannabis industry in Europe and the growth potential within it. Lilac also explains what the accelerator programme is and what early-stage start-ups can gain from joining it. And there is plenty to gain - from the necessary administrative and business development support to a significant grant and guidance through the first funding rounds. TechforCann is looking for new and promising medical cannabis start-ups, and admissions are now open. Is your start-up the right fit? Listen to the episode and find out what you can do to join this exciting and potentially life-changing program!
    Other topics discussed:
    Lilac’s meeting with professor Raphael Mechoulammove - the first chemist to discover THC.Who is the team behind TechforCann?What is the difference between an incubator and an accelerator?How long does an accelerator program last?How to qualify for TechforCann?Are there any funds for innovative cannabis companies available in Malta?What is Malta Enterprise?How much funding does TechforCann offer?What support does TechforCann provide to the start-ups that get accepted?Is Europe going to legalise cannabis in the next 5 years?How can investors get involved? Links:
    Smells Like Business - www.smellslikebusiness.com
    TechforCann - www.techforcanneurope.com
    LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/company/techforcanneurope/

    • 31 min
    #53 - Caring With Cannabis and Helping With Hemp - Simon Blackwell from Organic Bio Solutions Ltd.

    #53 - Caring With Cannabis and Helping With Hemp - Simon Blackwell from Organic Bio Solutions Ltd.

    On this episode, Tom is having a chat with Simon Blackwell, who is the Co-Founder of Organic Bio Solutions Ltd. Simon’s path to cannabis was not an easy one. His son, Derren, was diagnosed with Leukaemia at a young age, and the family had exhausted all traditional medical possibilities without much success. It was not until they resorted to cannabis that the whole situation around and Derren’s health started to improve. He is now a healthy young and independent adult.
    Having seen what cannabis did for his son, Simon is now on a new mission to bring hemp to the masses in the UK. He hopes to modernise the hemp industry by teaming up with Robert Ziner, the Founder and CEO of the Canadian Industrial Hemp Corporation (CIHC). Robert is the inventor and creator of the AI Decorticator, which is also referred to as the Smart stalk system. This system aims to make hemp farmers' lives a lot easier and more profitable by bringing AI into the processing of hemp, by increasing production and efficiency and decreasing margins of error.
    Simon is based up in Norfolk, UK, and his aim is to make this area, which is ideal for agriculture, the new British hub for hemp.
    Other topics discussed:
    Can cannabis help Leukaemia patients?Should cannabis be used more in the NHS (British healthcare system)?Who are Bud Buddies?How important are cannabis communities for patients?What was it like working in a lab for CBD Brothers?What is the British Hemp Alliance?What is a decorticator?How does an AI decorticator work?Are hemp farmers in the UK interested in such technology?How can cryptocurrency help crowdfund a cannabis company?Does the hemp industry have a future in the UK? Links:
    Smells Like Business - www.smellslikebusiness.com
    Canadian Industrial Hemp Corporation - www.cihcorp.com
     Related podcast episodes:
    #16 - Life of a European Hemp Farmer - John Hedström from Hooly Hemp
    #17 - The Importance of Activism in The Cannabis Industry - Mike Wise
    #23 - Photographing Hemp Projects Around The World - Maren Krings
    #36 - Hemp and Medical Cannabis in Portugal - Humberto J. Nogueira

    • 30 min

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