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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 #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.


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    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.
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    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
    EPISODE #125 Testing and Quality Control with Sébastien Béguerie - Cannabis Scientist, Entrepreneur, and Innovator

    EPISODE #125 Testing and Quality Control with Sébastien Béguerie - Cannabis Scientist, Entrepreneur, and Innovator

    This week, we’re joined by Sébastien Béguerie, entrepreneur and founder of Kanavape, Alpha-Cat and Golden Buds. 
    Together we examine the methodologies and tests involved in the quality control of cannabis, their challenges, and the barriers to achieving consistent quality. Sébastien also shares his reflections on the Kanavape case - a significant milestone for the European CBD industry.


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    https://www.canverse.global/shownotes/e125


    About Sébastien Béguerie
    Sebastien is one of Europe’s leading experts in medical cannabis and CBD with more than 10 years of experience in cannabis production, regulation, education, and advocacy. 
    Sébastien Béguerie holds an MSc in Plant Sciences, from Wageningen University Research in The Netherlands where he was kindly sponsored by Bedrocan. In 2009, he co-founded the first national medical Cannabis French patient association -  "l' Union Francophone pour les Cannabinoids en Médecine” (UFCM). Together with the association, Sébastien organises the international medical Cannabis conference in Strasbourg. 
    In 2011 Sébastien founded his Alpha-cat in Europe, who manufacture cannabinoid testing kits and CBD products. In 2015, Sébastien created and launched the famous Kanavape brand in Europe which was the first CBD -cigarette to be sold in the region. In 2020 Sebastien started Golden Buds a new CBD brand mixing Californian CBD product innovation, with French luxury.

    Resources
    Follow Sébastien on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sebastienbeguerie/?originalSubdomain=fr
    Follow Sébastien on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alphacat_420/?hl=en
    Golden Buds Website: https://www.goldenbuds.eu/
    Alpha-Cat Website: https://www.alpha-cat.org/
     
     

    • 33 min
    EPISODE #124 The Importance of Branding with the Senior Management Team at South West Brands

    EPISODE #124 The Importance of Branding with the Senior Management Team at South West Brands

    This week, we’re joined by Rebekah, Hannah, Fran and Jolyn -  the senior management team at cannabis consumer goods firm, South West Brands.
    In this episode we explore the firm’s unique community-centric, value driven approach to brand building within consumer goods, upcoming opportunities for growth for cannabis brands in the health and wellness space, and the challenges of marketing CBD brands.

    → View full show notes, summary, and access resources here: 
    https://www.canverse.global/shownotes/e124


    About South West Brands
    South West Brands is laser focused on monetising the ‘last mile’ of the cannabis supply chain (brand, route to market and consumer engagement), whilst raising the bar – away from the fledgling early stage CBD players that currently operate in the market place, to a new level of powerful and pioneering consumer brands with a global reach and an ability to truly touch people. With a world class team of experts in cannabis / CBD, brand building, consumer goods, licensing, value creation and finance unrivalled anywhere in the CBD industry, South West Brands is at the forefront of building the next generation of cannabis consumer brands.

    Quotables
    [CBD] is a huge opportunity, which I think is the most exciting thing to happen to consumer products in our lifetime. 09:05
    [A brand only works when] you have something which looks beautiful but it is powered by value and purpose. 29:00


    Resources
     South West Brands Website: http://southwestbrands.co/
    Follow South West Brands on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/south-west-brands-ltd/
    Follow South West Brands on LinkedIn: https://www.instagram.com/southwestbrands/?hl=en

    • 44 min

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