In this episode, Brandon dives into the European cannabis market with Stephen Murphy of Prohibition Partners. Similarly to the US, Europe has a wide variety of laws, customs, and cultural attitudes surrounding cannabis. Countries like Germany, Netherlands, Spain, and Portugal are leading the new medical cannabis revolution, but issues like patient access, cultivation supply, access to new products like oils, and Brexit are causing problems in the rollout of cannabis laws across Europe. Stephen breaks down the current laws in individual countries, the rollout of medical followed by recreational, and the reasons why the EU will be the biggest cannabis market in the world in the next 5 years.
In this hemp based episode, Brandon chats with Centuria Foods founder Michael Brubeck about how he built the largest hemp CBD manufacturer by gross tonnage in biomass and oil in North America. Starting in cannabis retail and cultivation almost 15 years ago, Michael shares his thoughts on the future of hemp, the efficacy of topicals, and why you shouldn’t buy his book..but you should learn the lessons. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with the world of large scale importing, manufacturing, and processing of hemp CBD!
In this special episode, Brandon welcomes Dr. Rick Doblin of MAPS to the show to discuss cannabis, psychedelics, and how organizations like MAPS are helping reshape our drug culture, bring an end to the PTSD epidemic, and enhance our freedom of consciousness. Founded in 1986, MAPS is a non-profit pharma company focused on developing psychedelics and cannabis to help with PTSD and other health issues. They’ve raised tens of millions of dollars to study these drugs and have run into incessant government and political obstacles since inception. Learn how the MAPS team is reshaping our relationship with psychedelics, changing our political drug culture, and how you can help them! Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with Dr. Rick Doblin and MAPS!
In this awesome episode, Brandon learns how Lexaria and founder Chris Bunka are changing the world of edibles. With a wide patent portfolio and the ability to make edibles taste better and feel more like smoking, this public cannabis company is attempting to change the narrative on how we experience edibles. Their technology uses enhanced bio-absorption and bypasses the liver, giving it the potential to change the way we socially consume edibles. Additionally, Chris dives into his past life of angel investing, the process of getting a patent, and why the licensing model works for Lexaria and their investors. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted!
In this week’s episode, Brandon welcomes vaping expert Arnaud Dumas de Rauly of The Blinc Group to the show. Arnaud and his team have extensive experience in the world of cannabis and nicotine vaping. They started the Blinc Group to help cannabis vaporizer companies build innovative products, test them through real distribution channels, and then help them fundraise to scale their businesses. The current class, including VapeXhale and the RYAH, spend 6 months with the Blinc Group testing and refining their products while building out their distribution channels. This fascinating discussion also dives deep into C Cells v 510 threads, the paradigm shift of pod vapes like the PAX, and why the dual tank system may change the way everyone vapes. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with the world of vaping!
In this week's episode, Brandon welcomes Mark Breen of Leafbuyer to the show to discuss the fascinating world of online cannabis deals. As Groupon has shown, this concept has value. But in cannabis, issues like legality of selling THC products online, driving traffic using traditional marketing challenges, and lack of customer trackability are rampant. Learn how Mark and his team have navigated these challenges and raised capital in the public markets for Leafbuyer. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted!
In this episode, Brandon sits down with Claudio Miranda of Guild Enterprises to learn how they built a family of craft cannabis brands. Featuring a top 5 concentrates brand, genetics, seeds, flowers, and retail stores, the Guild brand is a staple of California cannabis. Learn how Claudio thinks about distribution, the coming industry shift to lower potency/higher flavor, raising capital/going public in Canada, and the common red flags he sees from cannabis brands currently. Tune in, listen up, get acquainted!
In this special episode, Brandon sat down with partner Christian Groh of Privateer Holdings. Privateer is a PE (private equity) firm that just raised a $100 million Series C and is the biggest investor in the cannabis industry! With an early investment from Peter Thiel, Privateer has become the gold standard of investing in cannabis. They own 4 entities, Leafly, Tilray, the Marley Brand, and The Goodship and have hit some incredible milestones with these brands. Learn about Christian's investment process, why control is important for cannabis investments, and why the US is losing globally to Canada, Europe, and South America. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted!
In this episode, Brandon learns about the future of home infusion of oils from founder Chrissy Bellman of LEVO Oil. Chrissy and her team have created a beautiful new device and experience for people who enjoy infusing and cooking edibles at home. Like most founders, Chrissy had a vision. She saw this new device category in her mind and relentlessly pursued it with passion until it worked. She traveled to China and learned how to source hardware, masterfully capped her pre-orders at 1,000 units, and built her a new device category against all odds. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with Chrissy, LEVO, and the future of home infusion!
On this episode, Brandon welcomes Jody Hall of The Goodship to the show. Jody has created one of the premier edibles brands in the cannabis industry, and her company was recently acquired by Privateer! With deep roots in the world of Starbucks, and experience starting/building Cupcake Royale, Jody had a vision and brought a world-class food experience to the cannabis edibles market. Learn how Jody and her team built this amazing brand, created the "TED talk for cannabis", and how they plan to rule the market in California. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with Jody and The Goodship!