Cannabis Science and Technology, a leading resource for the latest updates on analytical testing, cultivation, extraction, and more in the cannabis industry, has published a list of the top 10 interviews from 2023. The list features interviews with cannabis industry leaders, experts, and innovators who shared their insights, perspectives, and experiences on various topics related to cannabis science and technology. The interviews cover a wide range of subjects, such as cannabis nursing, cannabis education, cannabis research, cannabis testing, cannabis extraction, cannabis genetics, cannabis sustainability, cannabis policy, and cannabis entrepreneurship. The list is based on the number of views, shares, and comments each interview received on the Cannabis Science and Technology website and social media platforms.
Breaking New Ground: The Impact of ANA’s Recognition of Cannabis Nursing as a Specialty Practice
The first interview on the list is with Laura Barrett-Nutting, MBA, BSN, RN, co-founder and Executive Director of the National Clinical Directors Consortium and owner of Ask Nurse Laura, Heather Manus, RN, founding member of Cannabis Nurses Network, Mary Lynn Mathre, President and co-founder of Patients Out of Time and Founding Member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA), and Dawn-Marie Steenstra, LPN, SDC, QA, SCC, a Clinical Director of Dispensaries in Maryland, and a co-founder for the National Clinical Director Consortium. They discussed the transformative effects of the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) official recognition of cannabis nursing as a specialty practice. They explained how this historic decision is poised to revolutionize the nursing landscape, empower patients, and open new doors for healthcare practitioners across the board. They also shared how the Cannabis Nurses Network has been working in a parallel manner training and preparing nurses in education, public speaking, professional development, and writing to prepare for this day and to be the front line in educating peers and professionals.
Cannabis Education: The Need for Standardization and Accreditation
The second interview on the list is with Dr. Dale Sky Jones, Executive Chancellor of Oaksterdam University, the first cannabis college in the United States. She talked about the need for standardization and accreditation in cannabis education, as well as the challenges and opportunities that cannabis educators face in the current landscape. She highlighted the role of Oaksterdam University in providing quality cannabis education to students from all over the world, as well as its advocacy efforts for cannabis legalization and social justice. She also shared her vision for the future of cannabis education and how it can contribute to the advancement of the cannabis industry and society.
Cannabis Research: The State of the Science and the Future of the Field
The third interview on the list is with Dr. Sue Sisley, MD, President and Principal Investigator of Scottsdale Research Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the science of medical cannabis. She discussed the state of the science and the future of the field of cannabis research, as well as the barriers and breakthroughs that cannabis researchers encounter in their work. She emphasized the importance of conducting rigorous, randomized, controlled trials on cannabis and its components, as well as the need for more funding, access, and collaboration in cannabis research. She also shared her experience and findings from her landmark study on cannabis for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans, as well as her ongoing and upcoming projects on cannabis for chronic pain, opioid use disorder, and cancer.
Cannabis Testing: The Challenges and Opportunities of a Rapidly Growing Sector
The fourth interview on the list is with Dr. Swetha Kaul, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer of Cannalysis, a state-of-the-art cannabis testing laboratory in California. She talked about the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly growing sector of the cannabis industry, as well as the trends and innovations that are shaping the future of cannabis testing. She explained the importance of cannabis testing for ensuring the safety, quality, and potency of cannabis products, as well as the need for standardization, harmonization, and accreditation in cannabis testing methods and practices. She also shared her perspective and advice on how to navigate the complex and dynamic regulatory landscape of cannabis testing, as well as how to foster a culture of excellence and integrity in cannabis testing laboratories.
Cannabis Extraction: The Art and Science of Creating High-Quality Cannabis Products
The fifth interview on the list is with Dr. Markus Roggen, PhD, Founder and CEO of Complex Biotech Discovery Ventures, a licensed cannabis research laboratory and contract analytical service provider in Canada. He discussed the art and science of creating high-quality cannabis products through cannabis extraction, as well as the challenges and opportunities that cannabis extractors face in their work. He described the different types and techniques of cannabis extraction, as well as the factors and parameters that affect the quality and yield of cannabis extracts. He also shared his insights and tips on how to optimize cannabis extraction processes and outcomes, as well as how to develop and implement best practices and standards in cannabis extraction.
Cannabis Genetics: The Science and Technology of Breeding Better Cannabis
The sixth interview on the list is with Dr. Reggie Gaudino, PhD, Chief Science Officer and Director of Intellectual Property at Front Range Biosciences, a leading agricultural biotechnology company that specializes in tissue culture propagation and breeding of high-value crops, including cannabis and hemp. He discussed the science and technology of breeding better cannabis, as well as the challenges and opportunities that cannabis breeders face in their work. He explained the concepts and applications of cannabis genetics, genomics, and phenomics, as well as the tools and techniques that are used to create and improve cannabis varieties. He also shared his experience and expertise on how to develop and protect cannabis intellectual property, as well as how to leverage cannabis genetics for innovation and differentiation in the cannabis industry.
Cannabis Sustainability: The Environmental and Social Impact of the Cannabis Industry
The seventh interview on the list is with Derek Smith, Executive Director of Resource Innovation Institute, a non-profit organization that advances resource efficiency to cultivate a better cannabis future. He talked about the environmental and social impact of the cannabis industry, as well as the challenges and opportunities that cannabis cultivators and operators face in their work. He highlighted the role of Resource Innovation Institute in providing data-driven solutions and best practices for improving the energy and water efficiency, carbon footprint, and social equity of the cannabis industry. He also shared his vision and recommendations for how the cannabis industry can become more sustainable and responsible, as well as how it can contribute to the global efforts to combat climate change and promote social justice.
Cannabis Policy: The Legal and Regulatory Landscape of the Cannabis Industry
The eighth interview on the list is with Steve Hawkins, Executive Director of the Marijuana Policy Project, the largest organization in the United States that is focused on ending marijuana prohibition and creating a regulated marijuana market. He discussed the legal and regulatory landscape of the cannabis industry, as well as the challenges and opportunities that cannabis advocates and stakeholders face in their work. He emphasized the importance of cannabis policy reform for advancing the rights, health, and well-being of cannabis consumers, patients, and businesses, as well as the need for more education, awareness, and engagement in cannabis policy issues. He also shared his perspective and outlook on the current and future state of cannabis legalization and regulation in the United States and around the world.
Cannabis Entrepreneurship: The Business and Innovation of the Cannabis Industry
The ninth interview on the list is with Wanda James, Founder and CEO of Simply Pure, the first black-owned dispensary in Denver, Colorado, and a leading advocate for diversity and social equity in the cannabis industry. She discussed the business and innovation of the cannabis industry, as well as the challenges and opportunities that cannabis entrepreneurs face in their work. She shared her story and journey of becoming a successful cannabis entrepreneur, as well as her advice and tips for aspiring and existing cannabis entrepreneurs. She also highlighted the importance of diversity and inclusion in the cannabis industry, as well as the need for more support and empowerment for minority and women-owned cannabis businesses.
Cannabis Culture: The History and Future of the Cannabis Movement
The tenth and final interview on the list is with Steve DeAngelo, Co-founder of Harborside, one of the first six dispensaries licensed in the United States, and a renowned cannabis activist, educator, and author. He discussed the history and future of the cannabis movement, as well as the challenges and opportunities that cannabis enthusiasts and supporters face in their work. He recounted his personal and professional experiences and achievements in the cannabis movement, as well as his insights and lessons learned from decades of cannabis activism and advocacy. He also shared his vision and hopes for the future of cannabis culture and society, as well as how he continues to inspire and influence the next generation of cannabis leaders and changemakers.
These are the top 10 interviews from 2023, as published by Cannabis Science and Technology. They offer a glimpse into the diverse and dynamic world of cannabis science and technology, as well as the people and ideas that are driving the cannabis industry forward. They also provide valuable information, inspiration, and guidance for anyone who is interested in learning more about cannabis or becoming a part of the cannabis community.