The Call for Cannabis Amnesty
Reena Rampersad is the owner / operator of two catering and private dinner companies, The Limin Coconut and High Society Supper Club. As an open supporter of Cannabis, Reena has been advocating the benefits for years and utilises her culinary skills and influence to help shift the negative perceptions and stigmas that exist regarding its use. As a young girl, Reena witnessed her grandmother using Cannabis in the making of various salves and remedies while her father battled the law and society for his choice to partake. Reena is also the Volunteer Coordinator for The Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty, a campaign that is currently drafting legislation and asking the federal government to provide blanket pardons to those with previous non violent cannabis convictions in an effort to promote an equitable industry.
Diversity in Cannabis Media
Ophelia Chong is the founder of Stock Pot Images, the first stock-photo agency to specialize exclusively in cannabis-related imagery and Asian Americans for Cannabis Education (AACE) which is a platform that uses social media, events and networking to connect and empower Asian communities to educate the public on cannabis issues, news, and policy affecting Asians worldwide.
The Complexities of Chronic Pain
Listen in as Rachel and Dr. Ahmed, a clinical Anesthesiologist with specialist training in Interventional Chronic Pain Management and Cannabinoid Medicine, discuss how medical cannabis is changing the lives of chronic pain patients.
Becoming A Cannabis Sommelier
Julie Domingo is on a mission to build a community of knowledgeable and highly successful cannabis professionals through Cannareps' evidence-based cannabis education and mentorship program.
Cannabis and Work
Alison McMahon is the CEO and founder of Cannabis at Work, a certified human resource professional, educator and entrepreneur. In this episode she joins us to to discuss how employers and employees can best navigate a post-legalization workplace.
The Little Book of Cannabis
This week, Amanda Seibert joins us to talk about her new book The Little Book of Cannabis; How Marijuana Can Improve Your Life in which she explores the latest research to separate cannabis fact from fiction.
Tracking The Patient Journey
Jessica Moran, Director, Communications & Marketing at Strainprint Technologies Ltd. joins us to discuss how she has been able to see the benefits of medical cannabis first hand and is excited about helping to bring it to the forefront as a viable therapeutic option.
SPECIAL FEATURE - GLOBAL CANNABIS WOMEN’S SUMMIT
Feminist Business as a Competitive Advantage
We partnered with Lifford Cannabis Solutions to host the first Global Cannabis Women’s Summit in Toronto this summer. We called the event “Crafting The Future” and it was a magical evening filled with women telling stories, sharing challenges and success and discussing the future of cannabis in Canada and across the globe.
As part of the event, we lead a High Friends panel sponsored by our good friends at Aqualitas and TerrAscend where we discussed feminist business as a competitive advantage. Our three incredible panelists; Barinder Rasode, CEO of NICHE Canada, Sabrina Ramkellawan, VP of Clinical Affairs at Terrascend and Myrna Gillis, CEO of Aqualitas discussed what its like to be a female leader in the cannabis space, what it means to be a "brand for women" and how important it is that we put our research and money where our mouths are when it comes to serving women in this space.
Highlights and High Hopes; The End of the Beginning
It's the end of season one and we reflect on the past several months hosting a cannabis themed podcast interviewing smart and thoughtful women. We chat about stigma and debate whether or not being called a "pothead" is a bad thing. Is it really so bad to be known as a stoner? Would you put "chronic" in your Bumble bio?
Join us as we wrap up season one of the High Friends Podcast.
Perverted by Prohibition
Is cannabis bad for the environment? How do we nurture small business after prohibition ends in Canada? Gill speaks to Kelly Coulter about what sustainable growing looks like and how cultivators can use natural resources for better results. Rachel talks to Lisa Campbell about supporting small enterprise and making space for everyone.
• Kelly Coulter
• Lisa Campbell
The Wild West of Modern Cannabis Retail
What does a modern, sophisticated retail brand in the cannabis space look like? How does one woman go from working with high fashion labels to cannabis? Rachel sits down with Sarah Ramesbottom, Head of Retail for Tokyo Smoke an award winning lifestyle brand that focuses on immersive experiences and design-led retail spaces selling coffee, clothing and designer products for the cannabis consumer.
• Find Tokyo Smoke online
Adding Cannabis to Your Wellness Garden
What is Craft Cannabis?
Next year when Canada legalizes cannabis for recreational use each household will be able to grow up to 4 plants. With that in mind, we wanted to get some growing tips from an expert so we went to Ashley Athill of Ganja School.Ashley shares with us her experiences growing up in Jamaica with cannabis in her garden and how she learned to view it as a helpful tool in her wellness toolbox.
Our guest today is Sarah Campbell, an apprentice herbalist and Director at the Craft Cannabis Association of BC. Sarah was born into a family of cannabis enthusiasts. Her involvement with the Vancouver Island Compassion Society, one of the first compassion clubs in Canada, inspired her ceaseless work to liberate cannabis, a natural medicine that should be accessible to those who suffer pain and other health issues and through the Craft Cannabis Association she works to support consumer-driven demand and emerging legislative models that support small and medium scale production in British Columbia.
Women, Weed and Business
Breaking the Grass Ceiling; Women, Weed and Business is a biographical collection featuring powerful, driven, and courageous women who have been instrumental in paving the way into the cannabis industry for many - especially other women. On a recent trip to Denver we caught up with the authors Lauren Devine and Ashley Picillo to they talk about their inspiration, goals and the life long friendship that led to their collaboration.
The Highs & Lows of Infused Events
Creating events and activities around cannabis takes skill, a love of logistics, energy and patience. In today's episode we speak to two women who are making a difference in their communities by educating people about cannabis and all that it has to offer. Bethany Rae of Flower and Freedom is creating opportunity for people to learn about incorporating cannabis into a healthy lifestyle in Canada while Leighana Martindale is working with Ladies of Paradise to de-stigmatize cannabis use in Oregon.
Where's the Data; Exploring Research in Cannabis
In this episode of the High Friends Podcast, we do a deep dive into cannabis research, patient education and advocacy with Sabrina Ramkellawan Researcher, Patient Advocate and Founder/CEO of The Canadian Institute for Medical Advancement and VP Clinical Affairs TerrAscend a Canadian licensed producer of medical cannabis.
Discovering Zen; A Mother's Search for Hope
When Zen Hanif was born, he suffered from hypoxia, a lack of oxygen during birth which lead to brain damage. In an effort to treat his cerebral palsy and seizure disorder that caused up to 200 seizures a day his mother Kunval, tried over 20 different pharmaceutical medications with no luck. Desperate to give her son a chance at a better life, she turned to medical cannabis and saw positive results very quickly. Now, this Ontario mother is telling Zen's story, championing medical cannabis and advocating for doctor education and helping other parents navigate Health Canada and the ACMPR.