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Sonia Gomez and James Brinkerhoff
The Hemp Revolution
The cannabis industry is on the rise for its medical, commercial, and industrial uses. For people wanting to join the green rush and be in the business, for patients who are being changed by the plant and other relative medicines, or for those who simply want to engage in the conversation around cannabis and hemp and the business being driven by it, you wouldn’t want to miss the Hemp Revolution podcast hosted by James Brinkerhoff and Sonia Gomez. With collectively 30 years plus in the industry, Sonia and James give you the lowdown and the insider’s scoop to what’s happening in the industry. Join our fun and informative conversation every week to be in the know about everything and anything cannabis here on the Hemp Revolution podcast. To learn more visit our website . We don’t just give you the aerial view. As pioneers and innovators in the industry, James and Sonia bring real, raw, and dependable content in every episode. Get unfiltered information from the people on the ground as they bring in result-oriented people and guests who have put blood, sweat, and tears into the industry and are putting up serious numbers. Learn from the best of the best as they talk about their stories, share their struggles, and give the keys to success that they have learned through their own experience. Get to hear from the patients whose lives are being transformed by the products that are available in the marketplace. More importantly, discover key connections, direction, and growth strategies that you can implement right away with your own team. Coming from two different facets, James and Sonia became experts in the industry through opposite channels – with James building a profitable business in the space and Sonia being a patient. From soil all the way to sales, James has worked every single process associated with cultivating and creating some of the world's top products. Following his passion for organic gardening, sustainable living, and natural health, he found himself in the mecca of all of those things in Garberville, California while attending the Heartwood Institute in the early 90s. At the peak of his own business, James built and scaled an entire systematized model to help families enter into the green rush and build legacy-type businesses for themselves and their families. In 2009, he started to look at the Colorado market and supported the development of the foundational legislation that would legalize cannabis for a for-profit medical model in the state. Coming from the patient side, Sonia was 16 when she got involved in a near-fatal surfing accident that triggered a whole syndrome in her that was never officially diagnosed. After several years and tens of thousands of dollars and hours with failed medical treatments through the hospital systems, she finally came across a holistic neurologist who introduced her to the endocannabinoid system. She has since become a part of the movement of the legalization of cannabis and a powerful representative and voice for the patients whose lives were changed using this incredible plant medicine. Together, James and Sonia founded one of the first licensed cannabis companies in the world and served over 10,000 patients during their time there. They also helped develop the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division, which is now the governing agency in Colorado with a model that is being duplicated across the United States. Out of their passion and experience, one of the largest, most viral, and hyper-engaged consumer-based education platform - Legalize It, Don’t Criticize It - was built. Be the top dog in the conversation. Consume the best information, guidance, and education from the trusted voice and liaison between companies and consumers. Get access to James and Sonia’s consumer audience as well as the ability to duplicate the results that they’ve been able to achieve...
October 1, 2020
Providing Proper Information to Fur Parents about the Benefits of CBD Based Products on Pets with Josh Sosnow, DVM
(Josh Sosnow, DVM) is the co-founder and chief medical officer of (Companion CBD LLC), owner of North Scottsdale Animal Hospital, three DVM small animal hospital, owner of Desert View Animal Hospital, 1.5 DBM small animal hospital prior Veterinary Consultant to mission pharmacal, advised the company on the formulation of nutritional supplements for the pet market place. Founder of urbanbiscuit.com in 2011 through 2013. Online retailer of organic green and recyclable pet products, practicing veterinary and small animal medicine and surgery for over 19 years, business owner for 15 years. Graduate of Occidental College and Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine and internship at the Animal Medical Center in NYC in a small animal medicine and surgery clinic. In this episode, we'll meet an incredible fur baby protector; Josh shares the value of educating the fur parents about the benefits, proper dosage, and precautions on CBD based products for pets.
September 29, 2020
The Synchronicities That Set Grant Jakubowski to a Path from Being an Employee into a Cannabis Entrepreneur
Here to share his cannabis and hemp journey is Grant Jakubowski, one of (Vermont Pure CBD )owners, a vertically integrated CBD company making artisan high-quality CBD products, all produced in Vermont. In this episode, Grant talks about his first reiki session's mind-blowing experience that ultimately set him on a path from being an employee to becoming an entrepreneur. He also talks about the challenges the company faces during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they are working to stay relevant. Stay tuned!
September 25, 2020
How can Online Source for Hemp Work Towards Better Alternatives for the Planet with Morris Beegle
Leading cannabis/hemp advocate and entrepreneur, (Morris Beegle) is the co-founder and president of the (WAFBA) (We Are For Better Alternatives) family of brands, including the NoCo Hemp Expo, the world's most comprehensive hemp-centric conference and exposition. WAFBA also includes Silver Mountain Hemp Guitars, a manufacturer of boutique hemp guitars cabinets and components, Tree-Free Hemp, a hemp paper and printing company, Let's Talk Hemp, a comprehensive digital media platform, and more. Spanning education, advocacy, manufacturing and entertainment, Beegle's endeavors are both pioneering and award winning. Travelling several continents, Beegle regularly engages audiences in N.A., Europe, UK, Nepal and beyond, appearing at dozens of events and conferences each year.
September 24, 2020
A Turnkey Solution for Cannabis and Hemp Farmers from Seed to Sale with Chance Dite
Chance Dite is the Director of Education and Farmer Relations at Cultivaris Hemp, a serial entrepreneur, and a strong cannabis advocate. He had a hemp company and currently owns two hemp farms. In this episode of The Hemp Revolution Podcast, Chance talks about the biggest challenges that cannabis farmers face today and how he educate and help them plan. Learn about the turnkey solutions that he offers to avoid the potential pitfalls.
September 22, 2020
Why is the future of cannabis regenerative agriculture with Dave Vanslyke
(Dave Vanslyke) is a new startup in the hemp space. They've joined forces with another farm last season to grow their first crop of CBD hemp. They will be growing CBG on their farm this season deploying regenerative organic practices. Currently, they're reaching out to retailers who share their vision in order to form strong partnerships and will not be pursuing significant vertical integration at this point, but rather see themselves as a valuable supply vendor.
September 21, 2020
A Father's Story: From Suicidal to a Successful Cannabis Entrepreneur
Many people struggle with anxiety and depression that sometimes leads to suicide, and it's incredible to hear recovery and success stories like Johnathan Henry, whose life was transformed by the help of CBD and therapy. Johnathan is the founder of Rejhenesis CBD. His journey to the cannabis world began in pursuit of a holistic and natural alternative to anti-depression medication. In this episode of The Hemp Revolution Podcast, Johnathan talks about his struggles and his 360° turn from suicidal to successful cannabis and hemp entrepreneur. Don't miss out!
September 18, 2020
How the Beauty World and Digital Marketing has been Kicking the Cannabis Craze with Evie Phillips
Former beauty editor, now creative digital agency owner/CBD advisor and consultant. Evie Phillips opened her curated CBD wellness experience, the CBD Beauty Corner, within The Salon Project by Joel Warren's NYC location at Saks Fifth Avenue in May of 2019. Her agency had quietly worked in cannabis and CBD since 2016. When approached by celebrity beauty expert and salon owner Joel Warren, she saw the opportunity to create and highlight an elevated CBD Wellness retail experience seeded in cannabis education. In this episode, Evie highlighted the benefits of a beauty and wellness regimen seeded in CBD passion and cultivation. Stay tuned!
September 15, 2020
Why Combining Hemp and Entrepreneurship Changes the World with Jaciel Hernandez
(Jaciel Hernandez) has experience in the digital marketing space and uses his current brand and business as an experiment to kick it off the ground. The CBD industry presented itself to him in January of 2015. And without knowing much, he jumped into a sales rep position while learning directly from the CBD company's co-founder. Today, (Hemp Mentor) is still a work in progress, although it remains constant improvements as time goes on. He's doing an incredible job local targeting in his local area, and he's providing astonishing information. And he's implementing evergreen methods rather than relying on ads and some of the more traditional and expensive advertising methods to build his social media following his brand and the awareness amongst other entrepreneurs. In this segment, Jaciel shares his success in adding value to the industry, helping people by providing reliable information about hemp and cannabis, and how it's changing our world.
September 14, 2020
The Importance of Collaboration in Starting a New Cannabis Business with Elizabeth Robinson and Cory Moore
Here to share a little about their story, the trials, tribulations, and the tremendous successes that one can experience as a business owner in this industry are the couplepreneur, Cory Moore, and Elizabeth 'Liz' Robinson. Cory and Liz are the owners of (The Gift), a natural health and wellness company based in Washington, DC. Tune in to this episode and learn about their collaborations, marketing strategies, and most importantly, how they're changing people's lives.
September 7, 2020
How Cannabis Education Supports People to Work Professionally in Legal Cannabis with Trey Reckling
Trey Reckling is originally from Savannah, Georgia and has 15 years experience in higher education. He has specialized in conflict resolution and helping prepare students for careers after they graduate. He founded the Academy of Cannabis Science and has been active in the cannabis community as a board member of the Washington Marijuana Association and Washington Cannabis Commission. In this exciting segment, let's hear from the cannabis educator, Trey, why excellent knowledge in cannabis is essential for people who'd like to be successful in this space.
September 4, 2020
Is Cannabis a Recession-Free Industry? Interview with Jared Mancinelli
Jared Mancinelli is the Chief Content Officer and Co-Founder of Cannabis Law Digest. He is an appellate lawyer and public defender who got into documenting legal developments in the cannabis industry to help people who are going into the industry and, in part, to further the goal of legalization. In this episode, Jared tackles the economic impacts of Covid-19 and whether or not cannabis is a recession-proof industry. Learn about the different ways to get involved in the space and a relatively low-cost resource to stay in-the-know of what's going on legally nationwide.
September 2, 2020
How does Coronavirus Affect the CBD Industry with Joe Boese
Joe Boese is a veteran of the military and owner of (CBD Time) in Lexington, KY. He was introduced to Cannabidiol after searching for natural pain aid last year. As a result, he was amazed and delighted to find something plant-based to help his pain. He's passionate about helping others find relief to live happier and healthier lives. CBD Time is a go-to shop for finding premium CBD products in one convenient location. Their mission is to provide the best Cannabidiol products while providing a top-notch experience. In this short episode, Joe talks about how he runs his CBD business and maintain his mission to provide the best CBD products amidst the Coronavirus situation. Stay tuned!
September 1, 2020
Innovating the Process of Making Pure and Clean Hemp Products with Jeffrey Von Stetten
Jeffrey Von Stetten is a cancer survivor and a certified clinical nutritionist. He's been a vegan for over 30 years and has been in the nutritional industry for more than 15 years. His companies, Jeff's Best and Jeff's Best Blends, have been innovators and leaders in the Hemp industry for over ten years. In this episode, Jeff talks about his personal struggles and greatest disappointments that motivated him to innovate the process of making pure and clean hemp products. He also talks about the challenges that the industry is facing.
August 28, 2020
How You Can Integrate Your Current Skill sets and Passion in the Cannabis Space with Tommy Mullen
Tommy Mullen is the owner and head chef of Myztic Mountain Hemp. He's been in the hospitality industry his entire career, and he's a lifelong cannabis advocate, doing all the rallies in Denver back in the '90s and pushing the legislation. After attending the Noco Hemp Expo in 2013, where he met a guy named John Patterson, he did more research on hemp and decided that he would like to start cooking powders, milk, etc. He started making some food and experimenting, then decided to go to culinary school to up his game. In today's episode, Tommy talks about how hemp changed his life, how his holistic cooking experience played a role in his current business, and why he stopped the successful catering service and focused on the packaged food line.
August 25, 2020
How to be an Advocate and Raise Awareness about Medical Cannabis and its Therapeutic Use with Heather Allman
(Heather Allman) is a medical cannabis advocate, independent medical cannabis writer, educator, consultant, researcher, NACB member, Florida Medical Cannabis patient speaker, and community liaison. She's also a Green Flower Cannabis Fundamentals Certification owner and US Pain Foundation Junior Ambassador. Moreover, she's a retired Faculty of UWF English department and Communications Arts department with multiple certifications, including a BA of Education in 1995 and had a Master's in 1999 with UWF English Education Secondary and Green Flower Cannabis Fundamentals Certification. Currently, she's a constant contributor at the (Cannabis Law Report) and operates on the principle of radical compassion in her daily life and practices what she deems “Medical Marijuana C.A.R.E.” in that she strives to Communicate, Advocate, Relate, and Educate both the community and the general public in all that she endeavors. In today's episode, another fierce vocal medical cannabis missionary, Heather, shares her passion, advocacy, education and raises awareness about medical cannabis and its therapeutic medicinal use over standard pharmaceuticals.
August 21, 2020
Funding Your Business: Why Entrepreneurs Should Avoid Partnerships and Venture Capital with Robb Auspitz
Robb Auspitz is a professional web designer with high-level skills in WordPress and e-commerce. He worked in a chemistry lab for three years and has extensive experience in IT. Additionally, he has high-level writing skills, which came in very handy while he developed (groovyhempcompany.com) and groovyhempblog.com. After 20 years in IT and 15 years in web design and e-commerce, he looked for new opportunities. That's when he discovered the CBD industry. In this episode, Robb shares how he accelerated his learning curve, how he came up with the simplest way to educate people about cannabis, why he chose to sell somebody else's brand instead of producing his own, and why he veers away from venture capital.
August 19, 2020
Discover the Top Opportunities in Cannabis in Spite of the Pandemic with Skip Shuda
Skip Shuda was an instructor and consultant at the (Wharton Small Business Development Cente)r for 16 years. He has always been an entrepreneur and startup junkie. Six years ago, he decided to apply his entrepreneurial experience in the cannabis industry, which led to the (Green Rush Advisors). After recognizing that the emerging cannabis industry could use some help in becoming the "best version of itself," he started (Soulful Cannabis) in 2018. In this episode, Skip shares his opinion about the Coronavirus craze and how it affects his business. He also talks about Soulful Cannabis's social responsibility initiatives. Learn about the many opportunities in the cannabis industry despite the Coronavirus pandemic.
August 18, 2020
How to Grow High CBD Certified Organic Buds in Vermont? with Morgan Laurent
(Morgan Laurent) is the founder of (Organic CBD LLC). He grew up in a small town of growers, playing in the barns filled with weed, and watching police helicopters fly very low in September. He moved to the city to work in construction, managing large crews. When he got tired of the hustle and dirty air in the town, he bought a farm in Vermont's northeast mountains. It was secluded from the modern world, a perfect place to grow cannabis and hemp. In 2014, he installed two 3,000 square foot greenhouses, bought a tractor with some necessary equipment, and started prepping the land for something the East Coast had never seen before, 15 acres of bu d-filled fields with beautiful green, resinous plants. That brought unwanted attention from the police, thieves, and a lovely politician. In this episode, Morgan shares his five years of experience in growing high CBD certified organic buds in Vermont's land plus his takeaways for being a budding entrepreneur.
August 12, 2020
How to Control Customer Data and Experience from Start to Finish with John Wiesehan III
John Wiesehan III is the founder and CEO of (Direct CBD Online), a marketplace for the best CBD brands and products. John and his team started this marketplace to help people live well and be well. In today's episode, John shares why he left a successful career to join the cannabis craze, how he's making the consumer journey super easy. Unlike most cannabis businesses, they do not focus on a particular niche. Tune in to learn why.
August 10, 2020
Why is Cannabis the Best Holistic Medicine for Chronic Conditions? With Debi Wimberley
Debi Wimberley was being treated with approved opioid medications for CRPS, or Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome, called the suicide disease for 20 years. Her physician told her that his medical group would no longer prescribed pain medication to any of their patients, stating it is an official policy change and that they do not want that they do not know who will help them. Doctors became focused on the drug, not their health, and she found herself medically abandoned as she struggled with multiple chronic pain illnesses looking for treatment. She devoted every minute of her day studying, learning and working to understand how cannabis is improving medical conditions and pain for other people besides herself, and as she works to help others live a healthier, happier life or help them manage the chronic pain that they're in and chronic illnesses. She strives to help them find and achieve effective results, which is how effective cannabis came in to play. Effective Cannabis is your reliable source for information and shared experiences among medical cannabis patients. Who are coming together to study how Cannabis is medicine. In this episode, Debi shares her incredible story of how cannabis saves her from her chronic disease and her advocacy to help other patients on cannabis as holistic medicine.