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Hosted by journalist Jonathan Small, the “Enhance Your Life” podcast tells the inspiring stories of people whose lives have been changed for the better by cannabis. Discover interviews with cannabis enthusiasts of all walks of life—athletes and artists; chefs and CEOs—who have first-hand experience with the healing power of the plant.

With new interviews released every Wednesday, “Enhance Your Life” is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Rate, review, and subscribe to make sure you never miss an episode!

Advocacy, Athletics, and Staying Old School with Reuben Droughns

This week features retired NFL running back Reuben Droughns, who speaks energetically and passionately about how cannabis has helped him in many areas including pain management and relaxation. Reuben talks about his experience coaching in Serbia, as well as earning a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in the Super Bowl XLII. Finally, Reuben and Jonathan discuss cannabis advocacy with important groups such as Athletes for Care and his review show, Doobin’ with Reuben, produced by Lightshade.

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Educating Women On How To Do The Pot with April Pride and Ellen Scanlon

This week’s show features April Pride and Ellen Scanlon of The High Guide and How To Do the Pot podcast. They discuss how their individual backgrounds in creative entrepreneurialism mixed with finance and healthcare created a perfect partnership for them to succeed together. They also talk with Jonathan about their mission to demystify cannabis for their community of women curious about cannabis.  April and Ellen also share a few things they have learned about sleep and cannabis along the way, and why they are so excited to be in the cannabis industry now more than ever.

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The Life Changing Potentials of Gratitude and Alternative Medicine with Antoinette Wade

In addition to being the founder of Gratitude Blossom, a San Diego-based company which sells doctor-recommended CBD products; Antoinette Wade is a veteran, having served eleven years in the United States Navy as an aircraft final checker. Antoinette describes a gruesome accident she suffered while on the flight deck, which eventually led to her being medically retired with anxiety attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder. She goes on to share her experience medicating with prescription pills, and how her life changed for the better when she turned to meditation and alternative medicines such as cannabis. Antoinette also talks about Gratitude Blossom – more specifically how she hopes to provide affordable, or perhaps even cost-free, CBD products for veterans as well as terminally-ill and low-income residents of San Diego through Gratitude Blossom Collective, the nonprofit branch of the company.

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Providing a Commitment to High Quality Cannabis with Danny Murr-Sloat from AlpinStash

Danny Murr-Sloat is the co-founder of AlpinStash, a Colorado-based craft cannabis cultivation company. In 2003, Danny, then 21 years old, was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome. He joins the show to share his experience with this rare condition – including being prescribed opioids as pain relief medication, which sent him into a vicious spiral of depression and dissociation. Danny goes on to reflect on how his recovery process finally took a turn for the better when he started to use cannabis to self-medicate, as well as how experimenting with gardening and learning to grow and breed cannabis became a motivating force in his life, helping him find purpose again.  Lastly, Danny talks about starting AlpinStash, and their commitment to providing clean, high quality cannabis.

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Capturing the Beauty of Hemp with Maren Krings

For this week’s podcast, we have photojournalist and documentarian Maren Krings all the way from Germany. Maren brings us such a rich and interesting conversation about her dedication to the social and environmental impact of the climate crisis, and her work documenting the worldwide rediscovery of industrial hemp. In addition to authoring three photo books and exhibiting her work internationally, she’s been busy photographing more than 200 projects, interviewing more than 80 industries, and traveling to 26 countries.

Currently, she’s working on a book about hemp’s potential to mitigate the ecological crisis. Hemp has an interesting history in the U.S. as George Washington used to grow hemp on his plantation and it has an ecological significance. Maren tells us about what industrial hemp is and her reason for focusing on it. She also talks about how hemp can help the planet and the misunderstanding between industrial hemp and cannabis. This episode also informs us of the obstacle and stigma of preventing countries and farmers from growing hemp. You can visit her website at www.marenkrings.com to learn more.

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Providing Guidance and Support for Cannabis Users Through a Unique Service – Katherine and Jennifer of Leaf 411

Katherine Golden and Jennifer Axcell are the co-founders and, respectively, CEO and COO of Leaf 411, a free nurse hotline that provides guidance and support for cannabis users. They both join the show this week to talk about how they began Leaf 411, as well as how the service helps people use cannabis safely and to its full potential. They also reflect on their own experiences with cannabis, particularly Katherine, who–as a registered nurse–was initially skeptical of its healing effects. Additionally, Jennifer outlines how Leaf 411’s service works and how they are able to provide it for free; and Katherine breaks down the types of callers they usually get and the steps they take to help them with their problems, while sharing some anecdotes along the way.

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The Growing Market of Cannabis Tourism with Brian Applegarth of the California Cannabis Tourism Association

Brian Applegarth is the founder of the California Cannabis Tourism Association, as well as an advisor to MMGY Global and MMGY Travel Intelligence, an integrated travel and hospitality marketing agency. Additionally, he is a co-owner of Enlighten Strategies, a company that develops and implements data-driven plans for destinations and hotels seeking to capitalize on cannabis, CBD, and hemp related opportunities. On this week’s show, Brian explains what cannabis tourism is, and talks about the businesses that help accommodate a growing market of cannabis-motivated travelers – such as cannabis tour operators and cannabis-forward hotels. He also shares how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted cannabis tourism, as well as what it reveals about the cannabis industry’s resilience in the face of economic recessions. Lastly, Brian gives his thoughts on the promising future of cannabis tourism given the ever-increasing inevitability of federal cannabis legalization. 

 

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The Benefits of Cannabis in Athletics with Dr. Joanna Zeiger

Dr. Joanna Zeiger is a cannabis epidemiologist, as well as the founder and CEO of Canna Research Foundation, a non-profit organization that studies the effects of cannabis in various patient populations. She is also a former professional triathlete and author of The Champion Mindset. Dr. Zeiger shares how she became a triathlete, and how she began to use cannabis medicinally after she suffered a gruesome bike accident during the 2009 Ironman 70.3 World Championship. She also offers her thoughts on the antiquated cannabis regulations in sports, and outlines the numerous potential benefits of cannabis for athletes she has discovered through her research. Lastly, Dr. Zeiger talks briefly about her book, and the lessons she has learned from being a professional athlete that she applies to her everyday life.

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Artistry and Cannabis with Renee Marino and Pher01 of the Street Wise Boulder Mural Festival

This week, host Jonathan Small is joined by two guests – Renée Marino and Ray Simmons – to talk about the Street Wise Boulder Mural Festival, a street art festival featuring 39 different artists that took place this September. Renée is a board member of Street Wise Arts; a non-profit based in Boulder, Colorado that helps implement community murals and art projects; as well as the founder of Dirt Media, an independent publishing platform committed to growing artists. Our other guest, Ray, also known as Pharaoh One, is a Denver-based painter, graffiti artist and muralist. We also discuss cannabis and its wide use among artists; with Renée sharing her observations on the increasing openness surrounding cannabis use; and Ray diving into his unique relationship with cannabis, and how he associates with the plant on a spiritual level.

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MMA, Cannabis, and Competing at the Highest Level with Brooke Mayo

As a professional MMA fighter and former Division I soccer player, Brooke Mayo has competed at the highest level. Additionally, she is an ambassador for Athletes for CARE and a behavior technician who works with children who suffer from autism. Brooke joins the show to talk about the role cannabis has played in her athletic career. She shares how she first experimented with cannabis as an alternative to prescription painkillers while recovering from surgery in college, as well as how incorporating it into her daily routine has helped improve her performance as a professional athlete. 

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