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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!

Smoke weed and get paid to do it!

This week, host Jonathan Small chats with Whitney Adrian who is a successful cannabis influencer. Growing up in puritan Massachusetts, Whitney thought that cannabis was a harmful drug and that only the “stoner dudes” in high school smoked it. Then one day on a church outing with some girlfriends, they encouraged her to try it. Girls smoke it? So it’s not just for stoner guys? So she tried it. And liked it. But she was afraid to let anyone else know. She didn’t want to be put into the “stoner box”, didn’t want to be judged for it. It took several years for her to say “loud and proud” that she smoked cannabis. So how did she turn her love for the plant into a thriving business? Her instagram account alone has more than 60,000 followers. And, she gets to try all kinds of cannabis for a living. So how can you get a job like that? Take a listen!

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Is Cannabis the New Chardonnay?

Heather Cabot is an award winning journalist, keynote speaker, former ABC News correspondent, and author of The New Chardonnay: The Unlikely Story of How Marijuana Went Mainstream. Although she describes herself as the last person to ever write a book about cannabis, Heather knew she had a lot to share about why suburban moms are a targeted demographic in cannabis, the hypocrisy surrounding legalization, and the disparity within the cannabis industry. Heather shares her predictions for how the industry will continue to progress and infiltrate the mainstream realm, particularly within suburban households.

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A Former Broadcast Journalist Breaks News in Cannabis Cooking

Mary J. White is a former broadcast journalist in Seattle, and the author of two cannabis cookbooks. She also teaches cooking classes called “Cooking With Cannabis,” which have even been introduced into some college curriculums. She talks to Jonathan about her life prior to entering the cannabis industry, and the events that led to her decision to begin cooking with the healing plant. Mary, who had been struggling with chronic pain, experienced remarkable relief after trying a cannabis infused cookie. She shares her thoughts on CBD, and why she believes that it should be taken in conjunction with THC in order to fully experience the benefits of cannabis. Mary also gets very candid about how cannabis affects her intimate life!

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A Top Cannabis Chef Shares His Tasty Secrets

This week, Jonathan is joined by JeffThe420Chef, author of The 420 Gourmet, creator of his own CannaButter line, and the inventor of Culinary Cannabis. Jeff talks about how he began cooking with cannabis and the path it led him to make cannabis infused food taste good. Jeff shares his secrets on how you can make cannabis laden food not only palatable, but tasty, and provides advice on how people can attain the perfect personalized THC dosage when cooking with the plant. He encourages people to “start low, go slow!” Finally, Jeff shares the amazing story of how he came to be known as the JeffThe420Chef, as well as an upcoming project involving Michelin Star chefs.

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Pairing Cannabis and Food

This week, Jonathan is joined by Philip Wolf, founder and CEO of Cultivating Spirits, the first company in the United States to offer a cannabis food pairing experience. Philip walks Jonathan through the journey that led to where he is now, which began in 2009 when he opened his first cannabis dispensary in Colorado. He became a cultivator after the healing plant was legalized, and through this experience, discovered terpenes and the many ways in which they influence the cannabis consumer’s experience. Philip explains the science of food and terpine pairings, and why it was important for him to recently separate himself from the term “cannabis sommelier.”

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Two Unlikely Moms Open a Dispensary

Gina Dubbé and Leslie Apgar are mothers, professionals, and founders of Greenhouse Wellness. They started this dispensary with the goal of helping sufferers of chronic pain, and to break the stigma that marijuana should remain on the fringe of society. Gina and Leslie talk with Jonathan about their beginnings in the cannabis world, and how a medical spa ultimately evolved into the opening of a dispensary. Gina and Leslie also share what sets Greenhouse Wellness apart from other dispensaries with a focus on the education, comfortability, and a consistent experience visitors can count on. Lastly, Gina and Leslie also provide insight on how cannabis has the power to affect women’s libido, and how it has personally helped them.

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Cannabis for the Over 50 Set and Behind the Scenes with Led Zeppellin

This week, Jonathan is joined by Jason Turner, the cofounder of Three Wells, the first website created for mature adults who are searching for reliable information about CBD and cannabis. He shares the story of his personal experience with back pain, which led him to turn to cannabis for relief. Jason and Jonathan discuss the changes that take place in the body when hitting 50, which include an increased sensitivity to cannabis and its effects. He provides advice for parents who consume marijuana and how their use can be explained to children, as well as advice for older consumers, whose generation stigmatized cannabis. The Three Wells website provides valuable information on cannabis products for consumers looking to learn more, and Jason encourages everyone to “start low, go slow!”

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A Doctor Weighs In on Cannabis and Sleep

This week, Jonathan is joined by Michael J. Brues, aka the Sleep Doctor, a Clinical Psychologist, sleep expert, and author of The Power of When. Michael walks Jonathan through sleep architecture and how cannabis affects this process. He also discusses the best method for cannabis consumption for sleep, and tackles some common issues people encounter when turning to cannabis to help their sleep quality. Michael also provides a resource for his chronotype quiz so you can learn your unique biorhythm and take proper steps to optimize your sleep quality!

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Meet the Hippies Who Invented 420

There are no better guests to have on the show this week than the 4/20 founding fathers themselves, Steve Capper and Dave Raddix of the group,”The Waldo‘s.” Steve and Dave share how they became known as The Waldos while attending high school in the 1970’s in Marin County, California. They dive into the origin story of 4/20, and the serendipitous events that led to the group meeting at 4:20 pm, a number that became a secret code for weed when in the presence of authority figures. The term spread throughout various communities, including the Grateful Dead Community, until eventually becoming official slang for weed. Steve and Dave debunk common theories about where the term 4/20 began, and discuss the progress that the cannabis industry has made throughout the last five years. Steve and Dave also share a funny anecdote involving a run-in with the police!

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HOW THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY IS HELPING TO REGROW AND REPAIR THE COMMUNITIES HARMED BY THE WAR ON DRUGS

Jeannette Horton is the executive director of NuLeaf Project, a project designed to build generational wealth for communities most affected by cannabis prohibition by providing funding, mentoring, and skill building. She shares her story on becoming involved in the cannabis business, and what led her to the realization that we greatly need to fix the racial divide in the industry. Ultimately, Jeannette’s cannabis related arrest served as inspiration to work in the industry. Jonathan and Jeannette also discuss the paradox that exists in the cannabis industry, as it is considered  a “liberal” industry, yet minorities and people of color remain underrepresented. Jeannette also shares one of NuLeaf’s special success stories and gives us a little glimpse into what lies ahead!

As part of its ongoing commitment to social equity in the cannabis industry, Wana Brands has joined Oregon’s NuLeaf Project to support the passage of the state legislature’s Cannabis Equity Act (HB3112 2021). The partnership also supports the development of resources to help promote NuLeaf’s minority business accelerator program, which is working to build intergenerational success for Black and Brown people throughout the legal cannabis industry.

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