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Understanding CBD with Max and Steven as heard on WCBM Radio

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Curious about CBD? Let Max Sobol and Steven Walman of Max and Steven’s, two home-grown Baltimore boys and CBD experts, be your guides. We’ve got an exciting line-up of special guests and experts ready to answer your questions, empower you as a consumer and entertain you at the same time.


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Curious about CBD? Let Max Sobol and Steven Walman of Max and Steven’s, two home-grown Baltimore boys and CBD experts, be your guides. We’ve got an exciting line-up of special guests and experts ready to answer your questions, empower you as a consumer and entertain you at the same time.






Pet CBD and Supplements

Special Guest: Dietary supplements and CBD for your pet? You betcha! In this heartfelt episode, Max & Steven are joined by none other than Bill Bookout, President & Board Chairman for the National Animal Supplement Council. Bill offers a well rounded perspective on the pet supplement industry as both a loving pet owner and a professional working at the tip of the spear in the world of regulations regarding the pet supplement category at both a federal and state level. Bill’s expertise is invaluable, as are his answers to our listener’s questions. Doc G’s Corner: Doctor Benjamin Gonzalez from Atlantis Medical Wellness Center in Silver Spring Maryland shares his “Top 5 Tips for Healthy Aging” and maintaining your highest quality of life. Listen to learn how to prevent disease, maximize your health according to your DNA and live your life to the fullest. Plus: Mrs. Mailsack, Vicci Sobol, joins Max & Steven on this episode to make some very special announcements from the show’s sponsors: Walman's Apothecary. You’ll just have to tune in to find out!


Cannabis Masters Program

Special Guest: The study of medical cannabis now has its own graduate program at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. The first of its kind, this specialized 30 credit program offers a master’s degree in Cannabis Science and Therapeutics. Dr. Leah Sera, PharmD, MA, BCPS, is the program director. She joins Max & Steven to share her insights on the mission and vision behind the program’s creation and explains some of the challenges encountered along the way. A friend of the show and a recent graduate of the program, Jacquie Cohen Roth, calls to share her testimonial of the program and its tremendous impact on her businesses. Doc G’s Corner: Diabetes is the #7 killer in the U.S. and contributes directly to many other leading causes of death. Dr. Benjamin Gonzales, MD talks about how he helps his patients get the diabetes monkey off their back through his understanding of the endocannabinoid system and offers 4 easy steps to get started with a full spectrum hemp extract today. Listen and learn.


Hemp Promise with Joy Beckerman

Special Guest: Joy Beckerman, a living legend in the world of cannabis, is Max & Steven’s special guest. Joy has spent the last 30 years enjoying, sharing, and advocating for the plant that she believes has the power and promise to repair the world. She takes us on a journey through time to better understand how we got to where we are and offers a vision for the future. Joy also answers a few listener questions. Be prepared to run out and buy yourself some hemp because Joy certainly makes a strong case for it!


Cannabis Legalization in 2022

Special Guest: Ending federal cannabis prohibition is the topic Max & Steven tackle and Morgan Fox of the National Cannabis Industry Association is just the right guy to bring us the information we need from the front lines. Morgan has dedicated 13 years lobbying for both state and federal cannabis law reform. From economic opportunity to healing the history of racial inequality, Morgan shares the inside scoop on many of the industry’s policy issues which must be tackled by the current administration. He offers his perspective on the hot topics around cannabis descheduling as well as legalization opportunities on the horizon. Doc G’s Corner: Doctor Benjamin Gonzalez from Atlantis Medical Wellness Center talks about how prohibition of the cannabis plant has impacted research needed to move the industry forward. Plus, he answers a few more questions from Max & Steven on this special Doc G’s corner.


Hemp Foods

Special Guest: Hemp foods is the topic of this episode so Max & Steven step in as the "special guests" because their main guest has a last minute emergency. The guys creatively weave in a hemp foods trivia question, “What is the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil?” Listeners come to the rescue with answers and are rewarded with a Max & Steven’s CBD Roll-On! Also, our very own Doc G. jumps in early to answer some listener questions. Doc G’s Corner: Doctor Benjamin Gonzalez from Atlantis Medical Wellness Center talks about the powerful combination of hemp foods, CBD and how your body's own cannabinoid system responds to these synergistic relationships. He also answers a must-hear listener question about arthritis and CBD. Plus: Kehrt Reyher from HempToday.net joins Max & Steven to update us on some top issues in the world of hemp. He discusses the challenges with state regulators in California and shares some news from the FDA that will require action from the US Congress to move CBD forward. Listen in for the details!


CBD and Gut Health

Special Guest: Dr. Stacey Kargman, board certified Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and a Diplomate of Acupuncture, joins Max and Steven on this episode of Understanding CBD to shed light on how CBD is complementary to her “5 R” approach to healing digestive issues. She explains the connection between leaky gut and both the physical and emotional signs and symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. Dr. Kargman offers reassurance that there are solutions for healing leaky gut and shares some insight on how to identify whether your poops are healthy. Plus: This week on “Meet the Farmer”, we are joined by Katharine Dubansky from Backbone Farm in Garrett County, Maryland. She shares her opinion on a recent article appearing on HempToday.net urging Maryland farmers to hold off on growing hemp for the time being. Listen to find out if she agrees!


American Hemp Road Trip

Special Guest: Max & Steven talk to Eric Hurlock, host and producer of The Lancaster Farming Industrial Hemp Podcast, an offshoot of the Lancaster Farming Newspaper, which has been the premiere source of agricultural news for generations. Eric is fresh off his 6-week American Hemp Road Trip, which he took with his wife and 2 kids, to share and highlight the benefits of hemp as an industrial crop which has the potential to help solve some of the biggest problems globally. Eric shares his stories from the road and offers critical insights into what it’s going to take to move the hemp grain and fiber industry forward. Plus, he speaks candidly about why he has a bone to pick with the CBD market. Listen to learn more. Doc G’s Corner: Dr. Benjamin Gonzalez joins Max & Steven to answer a few questions and clear up the confusion about turning non-intoxicating HEMP CBD into the intoxicating Delta 8 THC. Fascinating information from Doc G.!


CBD and Stress Response

Special Guest: Recorded live on National CBD Day, Naturopathic Physician Dr. Aimée Gould Shunney returns to brilliantly and simply remind us why CBD belongs on everyone's personal list of daily supplements and explains what an absolute game changer it is for dealing with stress. She delves into how stress is perceived by the brain and creates a cascade of chemical reactions in the body in response. She exposes where this process can break down or wear out and the role CBD plays in bringing your endocannabinoid system back to proper tone and balance. Plus: Max & Steven share some exciting announcements about new media partner relationships Understanding CBD has formed. One is with Hemptoday.net and the other is with the Cannabis Science Conference. Listen to hear about exclusive listener savings.


Medicinal Plants and CBD

Special Guest: Susan Leopold, PhD, ethnobotanist, executive director at United Plant Savers and children’s book author, joins Max & Steven to talk about medicinal plants and their endangered status. She also talks about how cannabis fits into the medicinal plant space. Susan is passionate about preserving and sustaining tribal traditions and knowledge pertaining to the power of plants for healing people and the planet. Plus: This week’s “cannabis investments” segment features Stuart Berman of Blve Zipper, an apparel wear with a purpose company. He aims to create environmentally friendly and sustainable clothing from fabrics that are free of harmful materials. Stuart’s “fabric with benefits” eco-chic yoga pants are available for presale on his website and he’s looking for investors. Listen to find out more!


Stormy Simon and CBD

Special Guest: Stormy Simon is our special guest this week on Understanding CBD. She made herself famous by helping to drive Overstock.com from a 20 million dollar company to a 2 billion dollar e-commerce powerhouse during her 15 year tenure. In 2016, Stormy resigned from her position as president to pursue an entry-level position in the cannabis industry. Listen to learn what it was like for Stormy along the way and why she made the decisions she did. Plus: This week’s “cannabis investments” segment features Robert Ziner, MBA. He is the founder and CEO of CIHC (Canadian Industrial Hemp Corporation). Robert is combining his experience in automation and AI to build a sustainable hemp processing business that promises good paying jobs and opportunities for many.


CBD and Bugs

Special Guest: This episode of Understanding CBD Max and Steven interview Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, a horticultural entomologist specializing in integrated pest management. Suzanne shares her passion for bugs and how to effectively use the tools available to benefit plants, bugs, people and the environment. Listen to a fascinating discussion about bugs eating bugs and bug reproduction that will blow your mind. Doc G’s Corner: Dr. Ben Gonzalez sparks a relevant discussion about the impact of environmental hazards on quality of life. Listen and learn about preventing chronic illness and increasing longevity through lifestyle choices as simple as eating organic fruits and vegetables and supplementing with full spectrum CBD oil to help reduce inflammation in the body.


CBD and Psychedelics

Special Guest: Pamela Hadfield, a successful entrepreneur in the cannabis industry with her company, HelloMD, joins Max & Steven to share how CBD has helped her. She’s also the founder of Eastra Health, the world’s first female-focused biotech company dedicated to developing psychedelic-derived medicines for women’s health concerns. Pamela kicks off our new segment, Cannabis Investments. She shares information about investing in her company. Wellness Tip: Laughter is the best medicine! Plus: Max & Steven are launching a roll-on.


Hemp CBD Tarot Reading

Special Guest: Janine Morigeau, a tarot card reader, accomplished astrologer and a spiritual life coach, joins Max & Steven for a fun and lighthearted Independence Day episode! Listen as Janine performs live tarot card readings for our audience members and enjoy as Max & Steven get in on the fun with questions of their own!


How to do CBD

Special Guest: “How to do the Pot” podcast host, Ellen Lee Scanlon, joins Max & Steven to discuss women’s health and cannabis. Ellen’s mission is to educate and give practical advice to women seeking to understand the benefits of cannabis. Her podcast takes a modern approach to demystifying the plant, exploring its medical benefits, and empowering women to be more confident consumers of cannabis. Doc G's Corner: Gender bias in medicine exists today despite our modern medical system being the most advanced in the world. Women continue to be overlooked, understudied, ignored or treated like “little men” despite differences in physiology, hormones, liver function, reproductive health, and responses to prescription drugs and supplements such as CBD. Dr. Ben Gonzales encourages women to advocate for themselves in general and specifically in regards to medical treatments and when choosing a physician. Plus: Walman’s words of Wisdom…Working on your listening skills and becoming a more active listener can improve every area of your life. Mail sack…Scott J. gives his feedback on the benefits of using CBD. From aches and pains dissipating to gastrointestinal issues, anxiety, skin conditions and sleep improving, Scott is thrilled with his results.


Hemp CBD and Horses

Special Guest: Dr. Joyce Harman, naturopathic horse veterinarian joins Max & Steven to talk about hemp CBD and horses. From acupuncture, herbs, hemp seed and flowers to CBD oil and beyond, Dr. Harman explains the various modalities for treating conditions in horses and explains the role of the endocannabinoid system in horses (and humans) in healing various conditions. From improving quality of life and aging gracefully to being an excellent source of non-gmo nutrition, CBD and hemp is the closest thing to a magic bullet, according to Dr. Harman. Wellness Tip: Stretch your muscles every day! Daily stretching improves circulation, range of motion, and keeps you healthy! Plus: The NFL is donating a total of 1 million dollars to CBD research to explore alternative methods of pain management.


CBD Product Manufacturing

Special Guest: Hemp CBD product manufacturing is Barry Pritchard’s area of expertise. How did an Analytical Chemist get into formulating everything from face creams to CBD tinctures? Listen and learn as Max & Steven interview the man who works with farmers, hemp brands, and retailers to create products that bring the healing power of hemp and CBD to the people. Doc G’s Corner: Dr. Ben Gonzalez talks about aging gracefully and the role of CBD in minimizing oxidative stress. A healthy diet and lifestyle, supplementing your diet with CBD oil- a powerful antioxidant- meditating daily and drinking plenty of clean water can allow us to slow the aging process and increase quality of life. CBD is a powerful antioxidant shown to maintain balance in the body and is a powerful anti-aging tool. Plus: Walman's Words of Wisdom: Water is critical to maintaining health and well being. Drinking the appropriate amount of clean, pure water keeps the body running properly and can even improve your mood. Remember- if you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. So drink water throughout the day.


CBD and Vitamins

Special Guest: Dr. Earl Mindell, international best-selling author of over 60 books including The New Vitamin Bible and Healing With Hemp CBD Oil joins Max & Steven on Understanding CBD to talk all things nutrition, vitamins, supplements, CBD and healthy living. Dr. Mindell shares his expertise on the role of supplements, including CBD, in healing, longevity, stress management, improved sleep and general wellness. He also discusses CBD for dogs, which he wrote the book on! Listen and learn! Doc G’s Corner: Dr. Ben Gonzalez reflects on stress, anxiety, the effects of the pandemic on health care and how people responded to the pressures of life during this time. He reminds us to take care of our health, deal with our anxiety and other conditions in a positive manner- including using CBD to heal inflammation in every manifestation. Plus: Walman’s words of Wisdom…practice preventative maintenance. Mail sack…happy man loves Max & Steven’s Hemp CBD Oil for its high quality, efficacy, easy to understand 3rd party lab reports and excellent customer service.


FECO/RSO and Cancer

Special Guest: Is there a holistic, non-traditional approach for cancer treatment that works? Rebecca Mooshi shares her personal story of seeking alternative options when her breast cancer recurred, including a foray into DIY FECO (Fully Extracted Cannabis Oil). Rebecca discovered improved quality of life through better sleep and appetite, which supported her healing process, and began to share her FECO with her community in an effort to support others on their path. Doc G’s Corner: Dr. Ben Gonzalez retells the history of cannabis, politics and medicine in the US and makes a plea to legislators to break down the barriers to cannabis and CBD clinical trials and research. Plus: in mail sack, a success story from a Max and Steven’s Premium Hemp Extracts user experiencing improved sleep as a result of using CBD oil.


FECO/RSO and Cancer – Episode 66

Cannabis, FECO, CBD and cancer treatment- is there a holistic, non-traditional approach that works? Rebecca Mooshi joins Max and Steven on Understanding CBD to share her story. After first being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33, Rebecca found herself following the traditional prescribed treatment of chemotherapy, mastectomy and reconstructive surgery only to have her cancer come back a few years later. At this point Rebecca began to seek alternative options. Listen to Rebecca...


Regenerative Farming and Cannabis

Special Guest: Dr. Allen Williams, a 6th generation family farmer, founder of understandingag.com, professor, researcher, speaker, and regenerative farming expert talks to us about farming, soil quality, how our food and health is affected and what the future holds. Doc G’s Corner: Dr. Ben Gonzalez on the obesity epidemic, food addiction, cravings and how CBD is helpful in making good food choices and supporting a healthy lifestyle. Plus: Hemp oil vs cbd oil; how to determine potency; and how to dose cbd for anxiety and/or seizures in pets.