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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!

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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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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Yoga, Cannabis, and Beautiful Blue Islands with Martha Triantafillides

Martha Triantafillides is the founder of Blue Island Yoga,  and grew up a lover of sports and physical activities, along with a dedication to her spiritual practice and love of nature. On this week’s show, Martha shares her journey with yoga, from practicing poses with her mother at an early age to re-discovering it in her adult life as a form of emotional therapy. She also talks about her experience with cannabis, and how she incorporates it into her work at Blue Island.

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Talking Hemp with Expert Morris Beegle

Morris Beegle is the co-founder and president of We Are For Better Alternatives (WAFBA), an organization that comprises some of the hemp industry’s leading brands, such as the NoCo Hemp Expo, Silver Mountain Hemp Guitars, Tree Free Hemp, Let’s Talk Hemp and more. In this week’s episode, host Jonathan Small and Morris share what you should know about hemp – what it is and where the industry is headed, as well as its diverse range of uses, including everything from eating it to using it for building guitars and furniture. Morris also shares the role cannabis plays in his daily life.

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Cultivating Self Love With The Help of Cannabis featuring Bianca Blanche

Bianca Blanche found her calling as a Budtender after she left her job in New York City and moved to Los Angeles. She began working at a dispensary in West Hollywood and found that her expertise in cannabis could directly help enhance the experience of her customers, people from all walks of life. In this week’s episode, host Jonathan Small and Bianca talk about the statistics of Millenials and cannabis use, and how she has used it to stay ambitious yet grounded and calm. She also shares some of the best (and most hilarious) questions she has been asked as a budtender. 

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Celebrated NYC Restaurateur Ron Silver Solves the Cannabis Dilemma

Ron Silver joins the show this week to share his story on how cannabis helps him as an artist and a creative, and one very busy businessman. Ron is the chef/owner of the popular restaurant Bubby’s in New York, and founder of Azuca, providing the technology for Wana Quick Fast-Acting Sour Gummies, which take effect in 5-15 mins. Listen to learn more about the process of cooking with cannabis, and why Ron remains a serious consumer and advocate of the plant.   

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