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Real People, Unreal Conversations!


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Real People, Unreal Conversations!






#194 Former UFC Middleweight Elias Theodorou Talks Cannabis Therapy & Life

If you're a fight fan, or a cannabis fan, this one's for you! Former UFC Middleweight & cannabis activist Elias Theodorou has found a new battle to fight. Literally putting his career at risk, Elias has chosen to step up & be a leader for other athletes who use cannabis & may not have the courage to speak out for themselves. We talk a little fighting & have a little fun. I even asked him if his parents think he's crazy! He's a great communicator & chatting with him was a blast. I hope you...


#193 High Canada Magazine - Past, Present, Future & more :)

High Canada Magazine Founder Cy Williams & Ontario Editor Tammi Stanhope talk about what it's like to run the publication, the launch of new magazines internationally & their take of psychedelics. This one covers a lot of ground & gives you an inside look at the people behind the brand. Check them out at or on social @highcanadamagazine You can reach me at Merry Christmas :)


#192 Mexico's Move Towards Cannabis Legalization w. Jorge Rubio

Just when you thought cannabis was going to be legalized in Mexico, it looks like you might have to put the breaks on for a bit! Jorge Rubio, our resident Mexico/Cannabis expert tells us exactly what's going on & what he expects will happen in 2021. Follow Jorge on Twitter @jorgeru77 Follow Insiders Podcast @_insderspod


#191 PURE SUNFARMS' CEO Mandesh Dosanjh

PURE SUNFARMS has quickly become one of the "cool kids" in a world that seems jam-packed full of cannabis retail options. Consumers seem to love their portfolio & continuously rave about their product line in the Twitterverse & beyond! We talk to Mandesh Dosanjh, the man who's pushing the buttons behind the scenes, making PSF a leader in an ever crowded marketplace. Find out how they handled 2020 & what lies in store for the company in 2021 & beyond. Mandesh Dosanjh I...


#190 Caught Smuggling Cannabis, One Man's Story

Now a respected cannabis grower & family man, Dano Willox's life wasn't always easy. In dire need for money, Dano decided to take a chance on a "one time job" that would help him in a time of need. Unfortunately, things didn't go as planned & Dano found himself in a US jail. This is the unreal story of one man's crazy journey.


#189 CBD Research & Realities with Dr. Richa Love

CBD is all the rage these days, but what is real & what is not? Dr. Richa Love & her business partner Shekhar Parmar talk about the benefits of CBD use & some of the things to watch out for in a brand new & evolving industry. Taking CBD may help you treat a wide variety of ailments, but understanding the research & realities before you head down that path is important. Dr. Love & Shekhar take the time to discuss CBD use & why it may just change the health industry as we know it. To find...


#188 Tristan Connelly - One Chance Made Him Great

Most of us wouldn't dream of actually fighting with anyone, while others do it for a living. At 155 pounds Tristan Connelly's body may not be "huge" but when given a chance to step into the octagon with a much larger opponent, Tristan proved that it's what's inside that counts. I remember watching the fights that night, as both men walked into the arena & thought "Man, that Vancouver kid is in over his head". Literally minutes into the first round & I found myself on the edge of my seat,...


#187 Marc Emery - The Culture of Cancellation

One of these things is not like the other! Trying to interview a man like Marc Emery has been one of the most frustrating experiences in my podcast life! Trying to make sense of a man that so many people loathe, puts you into the crosshairs of public opinion, no matter the type of spin that you try to bake into it. Is Marc Emery all about the counter-culture movement, is he just a shit disturber, or is he just crazy? I recorded a 20 minute conversation with Marc, but decided that an...


#186 Largest Cannabis Retail Chain In Canada - Int w High Tide's CEO Raj Grover

Sure, we all shop at our favourite cannabis stores & we all have different reasons for choosing them. When you visit a larger retail chain, it can feel like that "personal touch" is missing.. Who are the people behind the brand & what's important to them? Today I spoke with High Tide's President & CEO Raj Grover who's chain of retail stores called Canna Cabana have recently acquired Meta Growth's retails stores called New Leaf. If you buy legal cannabis, you would likely already know who...


#185 The Restrictive World of Cannabis Marketing w Medipharm Labs CMO Sybil Taylor

Today's interview is with Sybil Taylor, who is a seasoned marketer with well over 20 years in the alcohol & now the cannabis space. Sybil is currently the Chief Marketing Officer for Medipharm Labs, she talks about her professional life & why her approach to marketing over the years has found success. I've personally admired her work on social streams for about 3 years, trust me, she's really good! If you're a marketer, in sales, communications, or whatever.. This one's for you! Find...


#184 How COVID Almost Killed My Friend

This story is both serious & amazing. My friend & co-worker Jay Chowdhury contracted COVID-19 & spent almost a month on life support. It's easy to dismiss COVID, or perhaps be annoyed by it, but in my case, I know someone who almost died. This is his story, about a month after being released from the ICU. I hope you enjoy.


#184 How COVID Almost Killed My Friend

This story is both serious & amazing. My friend & co-worker Jay Chowdhury contracted COVID-19 & spent almost a month on life support. It's easy to dismiss COVID, or perhaps be annoyed by it, but in my case, I know someone who almost died. This is his story, about a month after being released from the ICU. I hope you enjoy.


#183 Could POPCANN Be The Future of Cannabis Retail?

Imagine going to see your favourite band in an out of the way spot & finding the perfect little cannabis store serving concert goers?! Jake Neiman & his crew at POPCANN are re-fabricating sea cannisters to make retail more accessible to consumers, aspiring store owners entrepreneurs & more. It's a brilliant idea, the question will be whether POPCANN can navigate the red tape that surrounds this restrictive industry. To find out more about POPCANN & their many conceptual ideas, check out...


#182 Keeping Children Safe with Dr Steve Webb

Dr. Steve Webb, Social Media Intelligence Expert, Police Officer & Founder of Safe School Systems talks about keeping children safe in an electronic World. Dr. Webb has also published a book called Education in a Violent World, that gives insights on what children & teenagers must deal with & what their parents may not be aware of. "Education in a Violent World" is available on Amazon or visit:


#181 Meditation - Total Embodiment Method w Richard L Haight

With everything happening in the World these days, being at peace with yourself & the World has never been more important. Richard L Haight joined me to talk about meditation & mindfulness. Richard tells his story & describes his on-going journey as a meditator, teacher, author & martial artists. Fascinating guy, I hop you enjoy! You can find out more about Richard here:


#180 Alex Halperin of WeedWeek talks Cannabis Media

Alex Halperin is a long-time journalist who made the transition into cannabis media after attending MJBizCon in Las Vegas. Alex recognized how big the industry was becoming & that it had very little credible media coverage. Alex & his team created WeedWeek, which covers cannabis news & information in California, Throughout the US & in Canada as well. Alex talks about what it takes to stay in the cannabis media game, when so many others try to cover it only to walk away. Check them out at...


#179 The Comedic Journey w Dan Lamorte

Dan Lamorte is a young, handsome buck, who also happens to be a very funny comedian! Dan also tells a pretty damn good story, so making this interview was a snap. I asked a question, he responded with a crazy-ass story & I laughed. Perfect! Like everyone else on the planet, Dan's life is currently on hold so there was no better time than now to have chat online, record it & play it for a world that's missing fresh comedy in their lives. I'm looking forward to watching Dan's career explode...


#178 Insights on the Cannabis Retail Game w Christina Michael

Marigolds Cannabis Founder & entrepreneur Christina Michael joined me to talk all things cannabis retail! Launching 3 stores in the GVA & 1 in the GTA, Christina should have a huge year ahead of her. Christina talks about what makes a great shop, how COVID is effecting business & tells a bit of her cannabis story as well. Check them out:


#177 Edible Realities & Fallacies w Scott Riefler

Scott Riefler, Chief Science Officer of SorSe Technology talks about the good, bad & ugly truths of CBD/THC edible production! Scott talks about & explains why misleading buzzwords & misleading packaging are bad for consumers! He talks about why bioavailability should be a primary focus & why it's tricky to create consistent edibles with homogeneity, shelf stability & near perfect dosing. Great insights, I hope you enjoy!


#176 Weed Comedy & Activism, Int w Ngaio Bealum

You ever meet someone for the first time but it feels like you've known them for a long time? That's what it was like talking to Ngaio for this interview. He's just a cool guy with great insights who loves to communicate. Oh.. He's also really passionate about cannabis too! Ngaio talks about his life, his work & how he's felt about the cannabis space over the years. Video version of this interview (which includes comedy clips) can be found on our YouTube Page as well. Follow Ngaio on...