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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!

How Cannabis Helps Michelle Montoro Cope with Bipolar Disorder

Michelle Montoro is a stay at home mother, army wife, and author of the lifestyle and fashion blog Shelbee on the Edge, as well as a writer for At 26 years old, Michelle was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She joins Enhance Your Life this week to discuss her personal struggles with bipolar disorder, as well as the challenges and negative side effects she faced during her first 10 years of medicinal treatment. Michelle saw a reduction in those negative side effects when she turned to cannabis use as an alternative form of medication. Michelle details her personal experience with cannabis use and how it has helped her manage Bipolar Disorder, while minimizing the unpleasant side effects often associated with traditional psychiatric medicine. With a larger goal of introducing cannabis for treatment of psychiatric conditions other than bipolar disorder, Michelle is hopeful that the mental health community will embrace the vast benefits of cannabis.  

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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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Enhancing People’s Lives and the Way People Consume Cannabis through Innovative Technology with Dr. Christopher Shade

Dr. Christopher Shade, PhD, is the founder and CEO of Quicksilver Scientific, a leading manufacturer of nutritional supplements featuring detoxification protocols and unique supplement delivery systems. Their supplements are highly bioavailable and support vital health functions to absorb essential vitamins while eliminating toxins that enables consumers to achieve their genetic potential. A collaboration with Wana Brands has brought together Wana’s cannabis production expertise with Quicksilver Delivery Systems’ Nanotechnology to produce a more discreet, rapid, and bioavailable product that offers an affordable alternative to smoking. Dr. Shade has also teamed up with Truss Beverage where Quicksilver Scientific’s unique nanotechnology enhances cannabis-infused products including beverages for people who want to socialize without consuming alcohol.

In this episode, let’s discover how Quicksilver Scientific’s nanoemulsion technology delivers faster and more effective cannabis results compared to other emulsion technologies on the market.

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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 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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