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The Cannascope project is a fusion of a podcast and think tank; it seeks to understand and to chart the course for the uptake and proliferation of cannabis in the market place. While the think tank establishes dialogue and encourages collaboration between major influencers and industry leaders, the podcast shares this information to an audience of business-minded cannabis enthusiasts and entrepreneurs.
19 Episodes
With over 15 years of experience in financial market research, Vin has spent the last 6 years in the emerging Cannabis Industry as a speaker, research analyst, editor-in-chief for and a MJ entrepreneur. With a business, media and financial background, he is able to quickly evaluate opportunities and companies to determine their potential for success and challenges they may face. With a vast network of industry contacts and expertise, he is a great resource for newcomers looking to invest or start a cannabis-related business. The media company, Golden Tech Media, develops and manages related media assets and offers services including marketing, advertising, and awareness in the Cannabis Industry. He is also focused on Crypto Currency and Block Chain technology, we are looking at ways to incorporate it within the Cannabis industry.He interacts with the CEO’s of some of the biggest legal cannabis and hemp businesses in North America about their company, strategic direction, and potential financing needs or investment/business opportunities. The potential opportunities are not limited to just grow/production companies, we are also evaluating companies that are vertically integrated with this market including specialized consultants, equipment providers, specialized technology & software companies, producer of goods made from cannabis or hemp and other MJ related goods and services.Please take a listen to this interesting interview where Vin addresses the state of the cannabis industry in the market place, his insights into industrial hemp and its infrastructure and suggestions on how to deal with losses in the larger cannabis market.The buy and hold strategy works in the early stages of an emerging market, that strategy worked well had you invested years ago.  Last year, the market started focusing on earnings and not just buying market share at any cost.  Moving forwards, the industry will go through a shakeout with many companies going bankrupt.  Look for companies with strong management, low costs and overheads, quality products and support from brokers/financiers. The cannabis sector is still in a downtrend and hasn't found a bottom yet, especially now as the broader markets are selling off due to the coronavirus.  Buy and hold will not work going forwards, trading stocks is a better approach.  I suspect the bottom of the general markets will come this summer, the same could be for the cannabis stocks.If Bernie Sanders wins the Democratic race, watch for him to push for legalization as part of his election campaign.  They could win based on that, and if so U.S. cannabis stocks should start to rise in the summer and going into election time come Nov if he is ahead of Trump.  If Bernie wins, the cannabis stocks in the U.S. will go parabolic by early next year with a strong rally... sell into that rally.In order to reach Vin please check out: and (podcast)
This podcast explores the fundamentals of lucid dreaming, common myths and basics of exploration and engagement in lucid dreams. Jonah Haas, as an anthropologist, a life long lucid dreamer and one of the original founders of lucidity festival takes us into a journey into the subconscious mind. He has helped found the Lucidity Festival which is an all in one production company, a lifestyle brand, and an interconnected family of artists, doers, and dreamers that create transformational experiences in the form of festivals, temporary villages, intentional communities, healing services, collaborative art, permaculture design, educational opportunities, and conscious media. Jonah considers himself a messenger of Lucidity, dedicated to supporting the expansion of both individuals' consciousness and communities' resilience. He accomplishes this by creating transformational experiences, by communicating authentically, by standing in integrity, by networking, utilizing social media, and always... by dreaming big and holding space for possibilities. Please take a listen and for more information on the Lucidity Festival please visit:
Please take a listen to this informative interview with Dr Joe Tafur on the importance of psychedelics in healing trauma. This interview examines the potential of trauma in formulating epigenetic changes that manifest themselves in a variety of major chronic illnesses such as autoimmune disorders, chronic pain, migraines and fibromyalgia just to name a few. Dr Tafur is currently collaborating with the MAPS organization to study the effects of psychedelics in treating PTSD and their potential for reversing epigenetic changes. Few will have the same level of medical expertise and hands on knowledge of psychedelic medicine as Dr Tafur. He has observed first hand that modern medicine struggles with certain chronic health problems because of its failure to address the emotional and spiritual dimensions of these illnesses. Under the guidance of master shamans, he has learned about the importance of acknowledging the emotional body and its role in modern disease. Dr. Tafur has been an Integrative Medicine activist throughout his medical career, while in medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, and during his Family Medicine Residency at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). While a resident, he collaborated on research projects with the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine and the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine. After residency, Dr. Tafur subsequently completed a two-year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Tafur is dedicated to education. In Peru, he learned how ayahuasca shamanism could be used to heal the body. At Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual, he supervised traditional education for allopathic as well as naturopathic medical students. He has lectured on his work in the community and has spoken at a number of conferences including the MAPS 2017 and MAPS 2013 Psychedelic Science Conferences, Plant Teachers 2015 Visionary Convergence, and presented his book at the ICEERS World Ayahuasca Conference. Dr. Tafur works as an allopathic physician in the United States and continues his bridgework through educational programs through Modern Spirit and the Modern Spirit Podcast. For more information on anything discussed on the podcast please refer to and If you are interested in contributing to the crowdfund supporting the Modern Spirit Epigenetics Project please visit
Cannascopic - John Perkins

Cannascopic - John Perkins


John Perkins is an author and activist whose 10 books on global intrigue. shamanism, and transformation including Touching the Jaguar, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, and Shapeshifting and have been on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 70 weeks, sold over 2 million copies and are published in 35 languages. As chief economist at a major consulting firm, he advised the World Bank, United Nations, Fortune 500 corporations, US and other governments. He has spoken at universities, economic forums, and shamanic gatherings around the world and is a founder and board member of the nonprofits, the Pachamama Alliance and Dream Change. As the first interview for 2020 hours before the US/iraninan conflict, John does a great job addressing and foreseeing the conflict and how our current economy is based on death and destruction. He lays out a specific plan to pivot from this economic structure and focus on a life affirming economy that once mature will be inclusive, sustainable and profitable. While he gives a teaser about his upcoming book, 'Touching the Jaguar' he examines the dynamics of war for profit and economic structure that keeps us confined, fighting and our natural resources dwindling. For more information and to preorder his upcoming book, ’Touching the Jaguar’ please refer to
Dr. Michele Ross is a cannabis health coach and cannabis business consultant internationally known for helping patients, doctors, and brands achieve their wellness goals through great products, education, and patient-focused technology. In this fascinating interview she discusses her journey recovering from severe chronic pain and outlines major components of managing fibromyalgia in locations where there is prohibition on specific plants, or that there is an economic barrier to access. Her platform treatment is the trifecta of cannabis, magic mushroom and kratom. Please take a listen to this interview. To learn more check out her 12 week online program covering everything from cannabis to nutrition to mindset to medical mushrooms & even magic mushrooms. Her fibro focused website is here: You can contact her and learn more at
In this deep dive into psychedelics we explore how psychedelics compare to traditional psychotropic (antidepressant) medications. In this fascinating conversation Dr Malcolm compares and contrasts the efficacy and side effect profile of several psychedelics (psilocybin, ayahuasca, mescaline, LSD) to major classes of psychotropics (SSRI and SNRIs). Dr. Malcolm is uniquely qualified to have this in depth conversation into the clinical considerations of psychedelics and antidepressants due to being a board certified psychiatric pharmacist (BCPP) with a special interest in psychedelics. Clinically, he provides specialty services in psychiatric pharmacy at Emanate Health’s Intercommunity Hospital to psychiatric inpatients. His research interests include traditional psychotropics, complementary and alternative therapies, as well as the emerging and experimental psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies. Additionally, he writes academic blogs, speaks, and provides private consultation services for psychedelic drugs via his website: Dr. Malcolm earned his bachelor’s degree (BS) in pharmacology at the University of California at Santa Barbara, prior to his Masters in Public Health (MPH) and Doctorate of Pharmacy (PharmD) at Touro University California. He then completed post-graduate residencies in Acute Care at Scripps Mercy Hospital and Psychiatric Pharmacy at the University of California at San Diego Health. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Western University of Health Sciences' College of Pharmacy. For more information you can visit:
In this very candid conversation Bruce Linton, who founded a 20 billion dollar cannabis company with unfounded success, talks about his journey in creating a startup in an industry which was out of favor at the time. He talks about his trials and tribulations, the keys to his success, as well as some of his regrets. Please take a listen to this heartwarming and illuminating story. A bit of background on Bruce Linton: Bruce is the founder and former CEO of Canopy Growth Corporation ("Canopy") (TSX: WEED), (NYSE: CGC), a company which established itself as one of the world's leading medical and recreational cannabis companies under his entrepreneurial leadership. Bruce led Canopy from its inception, and grew the company to becoming a $20 billion enterprise, employing over 4,000 people, operating in more than a dozen countries, and executing in excess of $6 billion in financing and strategic transactions. As one of the industry's most recognized global thought leaders, Mr. Linton has been credited with helping to establish Canada's medical and recreational cannabis markets, and playing a contributing role in the emergence of regulated cannabis markets around the world. To find out more:
Anthony Giannini is an applied cultural anthropologist with a specialized research focus in cross-comparative religious studies, mysticism, altered states of consciousness, and shamanism. Anthony earned his B.A. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Northern Arizona University in December 2013. As an applied anthropologist, Anthony primarily studies vegetalismo and Ayahuasca shamanism in the Peruvian Amazon.Through his independent research, Anthony is working to bring indigenous, innovative, and revolutionary holistic healing methods into the mainstream. Anthony also has a podcast called ‘The Aura of Truth Radio Show” where he features discussion topics related to culture, shamanism, and metaphysics. Please take a listen as Anthony describes several  cultural traditions using various entheogens including Ayahuasca, Amenita Muscaria, Peyote, San Pedro cacti, Peyote, Iboga, Psilocybin, as well as cannabis.To learn more on this topic tune in to Anthony’s podcast here:
Ever wondered how predictions are made in the cannabis space?  How does one know the size of the market and the developing tastes of the cannabis consumer?  In this conversation, Tamar Maritz, talks data and shares her insights that are fortified by data analytics through her role as the VP of Business Development at BDS Analytics.  Please take a listen to this eye opening conversation. Helpful links discussed during podcast:Link to the Jamaica study: to the webinar:
In this conversation with Dr Tishler we discuss myths surrounding medical cannabis usage, from vaping to dosing and titration to the use of CBD vs THC of THCA.Dr Tishler is currently the President of Association of Cannabis Specialists which ensures standards in the practice of cannabis medicine, safeguards patient care with clinical best practices, and interfaces with other stakeholders in the cannabis community. Dr Tishler is a graduate of Harvard Medical school and a current instructor.  He has transitioned from Emergency Medicine into a Cannabis business executive and expert with years of experience innovating in the medical spaces. Dr Tishler is a staunch patient advocate. He educates law makers, business executives, and physicians about the benefits and pitfalls of medical cannabis usage.  Please take a listen to this informative and interesting interview.Air Vape XS
In this episode we delve into environmental issues surrounding the grow and processing of cannabis products.  We have an in depth conversation with Kaitlin Urso who is an environmental consultant for small businesses in Colorado. Her industries of focus are commercial cannabis (hemp-CBD & Marijuana) and craft brewing. Kaitlin helps protect Colorado's air, land, and water quality by enabling small business owners/operators to achieve, maintain and go beyond compliance with federal and state environmental regulations through technical assistance, education, and communication. She provides technical assistance for small businesses by calculating pollution levels, identifying process efficiency and pollution prevention opportunities, determining applicable federal and state environmental regulations, assessing compliance status with those regulations, and conducting voluntary on-site compliance and sustainability audits. As her position is quite unique, she provides national assistance to other state, federal and local entities, including consulting on  air quality, stormwater management, solid and hazardous waste management, waste reporting, as well as on pollution prevention, carbon footprints, and sustainability.  She is a tremendous resource for sustainability in the cannabis industry.  Please take a listen.  Free ResourcesFree environmental data tracking tool: of Colorado Environmental Cannabis page: cannabis sustainability page:
Curt Robbins is a technical writer, instructional designer, and compliance documentation specialist for the cannabis and hemp industries.  In this interview we have a conversation with Curt, who has  has contributed more than 500 articles (regarding the science, business, and medical efficacy of cannabis) to magazines and media outlets.   Since 2004, he has contributed science-based educational articles to a variety of magazines and media outlets, including High Times, Cannabis Aficionado, Strainprint, Vegas Cannabis Magazine, Hemptown USA, CannaBiz Journal, MERRY JANE, MassRoots, WoahStork Learn, The Emerald Magazine, Grow Magazine,, The Kind, Skunk, Cannabis Culture, Whaxy, Heads, Weed World, Green Flower Media, Cannabis Health Journal, Green Thumb, and Treating Yourself.We take this journey with Curt to talk about the evolution of the cannabis space and some of the basics of the endocannabinoid system and how terpenes and various cannabinoids interact with the ECS system.  Please take a listen.Helpful educational articles by Curt Robbins:"CBG, the Mother of Cannabinoids" (white paper):"Anandamide: The Bliss Molecule":"Biohacking Your Endocannabinoid System":"CBD Foundation Series #1: Understanding CBD & the ECS":"Understanding the Entourage Effect": articles by Curt Robbins (40): articles by Curt Robbins (17; under pen name Gooey Rabinski): Aficionado articles by Curt Robbins (20):
In this episode of Cannascopic we have an in depth conversation with the Rod Kight, the founder and principal of Kight Law Office.   Rod represents businesses in the cannabis industry, including hemp and CBD, both nationally and internationally. Rod creates, writes and edits the popular Kight On Cannabis law blog.  He is also the author of  “Cannabis Business Law-What You Need to Know”, a cannabis law primer for business executives available on amazon.Rod speaks at national cannabis conferences, drafts cannabis legislation, and is regularly quoted on cannabis matters in the media, including Time, Business Insider, and the Wall Street Journal. He was recently named a “Top 30 Powerful Cannabis Litigator” by MG Magazine and one of the “100 People You Should Know” by Hemp Connoisseur Magazine. Rod testified at the FDA's first ever public hearing on cannabis. He writes for and serves on the advisory board of the American Journal of Endocannabinoid Medicine, a peer reviewed medical journal focusing on clinical studies involving cannabinoids and cannabis-based therapies. Please take a listen to this insightful conversation on hemp and hemp derived CBD.
In this episode Board Certified Anesthesiologist and Pain Management physician, Dr Julian Grove, discusses fundamentals of marijuana usage for pain management and major chronic conditions.  Dr Grove specializes in advanced interventional therapies for low back, neck and spine pain. Dr Grove the creator and founder of The Physician's Choice CBD, an extensive line of pharmaceutically procured cannabidiol (CBD)products for pain and wellness ( Dr Grove proudly serves as President of the Arizona Pain Society, the largest group of pain management providers in the state since 2010.  In this episode Dr Grove shares his vast knowledge of treating various chronic conditions with an extensive array of cannabinoids available in the market.
In this insightful episode we have an in depth conversation with Dr Brian Murphy the CEO of Emerald Bioscience regarding the pharmaceutical applications of cannabinoids particularly in the treatment of eye diseases.Dr. Murphy in uniquely qualified to talk on this topic as he has two decades of experience in drug development and evaluation, both from the academic and industry perspective. Prior to his executive leadership at Emerald Bioscience, he most recently served as the CMO of Eiger Biosciences. Previously, Dr. Murphy was CMO at Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX) where his responsibilities also included oversight of Global Medical Affairs, Clinical Development, Biostatistics, and Pharmacovigilance. Dr Murphy is board-certified in internal medicine and completed his residency at Tufts-New England Medical Center. He served as Chief Medical Resident in the Boston University Internal Medicine program. He went on to complete parallel fellowship tracts at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the Massachusetts General Hospital in medicine and clinical epidemiology. He also completed a fellowship in Medical Ethics at HMS-Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  Dr. Murphy earned his MD, MPH (general public health), and MS (pharmacology) degrees from New York Medical College and is a graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health (MPH in Health Policy and Management). He earned his MBA at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Dr. Murphy is also a member of the Forbes Business Council and a contributor to Forbes Online.Please take a listen to this fascinating conversation.  You will find that in depth conversation on drug development and therapy has never been quite so interesting.Stock Symbol:  EMBI: Emerald Bioscience
As Ayahuasca gains popularity in the West, the documentary of 'Medicine' explores the science as well as the lore behind the plant and why it is used to heal. It follows former NFL Safety, Kerry Rhodes, and actress, AnnaLynne McCord, as they drink with the Taita experiencing Ayahuasca for the first time. In his directorial debut, Farzin Toussi examines the mysteries of one of nature’s most powerful and controversial healing remedies - Ayahuasca. It is a documentary about Amazonian shamanism, introducing Taita Juanito both a teacher and student of the sacred plant medicine.  Please take a listen.We had the opportunity to have an evocative conversation with the director where he shares his personal experiences and what compelled him to partake on this plant medicine journey.To watch the documentary:http://themedicinedocumentary.comTo find out more about the retreat:  a couple of trailers for your view:
Jason Beck is the Vice President of the Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce, a 501(c)(6) cannabis trade organization, and the owner and Founder of Alternative Herbal Health Services. He was one of the first owners, and is the longest continuously-operating owner of, legal cannabis retail operations, with interests in vertically-integrated cannabis companies in multiple states. Born with cerebral palsy, Jason is in the unique position of being a patient, specialist, advocate, and advisor in the fields of medicinal and adult-use of cannabis. Jason has regularly provided his insights on the industry for over twenty years to federal, state, and local government officials and legislators of all political persuasions. In addition he also sits on the boards of numerous not-for-profit criminal justice reform groups.To find more information on the discussions covered in this podcast refer
As the founder and Scientific Editor for Synergistic Technologies Associates Dr MacKay has years of experience in extraction science in the cannabis community.  Please take a listen to this fascinating discussion of extraction science and how lack of quality control has lead to a public health epidemic in vape deaths.Extractions 101:  in the first of these series Doctor MacKay will tackle the fundamentals of cannabinoid and terpene extraction, methods, processes and pitfalls.  If you ever wanted to know what how CO2 extraction is different from Hexane, if you are curious how shatter is made or what on earth is 'rosin', this pod cast is for you.  We will discuss how cannabis extraction has lead to the current fiasco of vape deaths and popcorn lung.
Don't miss the amazing episode filled with wisdom and insight from James Schwartz.  James Schwartz CCRN, BSN, LNC, is an experienced medical legal consultant and CEO of CascadeHigh with twenty years experience cultivating cannabis. His Oregon licensed  cultivation, Cascade High, has been featured in Dope Magazine and on the cover of Oregon Leaf’s Sustainability issue (March ‘18). James is currently on the NCIA Cannabis Cultivation Committee and has presented Cannabis topics to multiple audiences at conferences including Cannabis Science Conference, PDX Hempfest, Cannabiz Convention, and educational industry mixers. His business, legal, medical, and agricultural knowledge provides a unique perspective on the industry.
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