Josey Orr is the CEO of HUGS Wellness, a small CBD company based out of Austin, TX. Hugs was created with two goals in mind: to bring a new standard of transparency to the CBD industry and to deliver high-quality products to customers. In this episode of DANK Discussions, Josey talks to host Maynard Breslow about social entrepreneurship and the importance of creating a CBD business with the intention of giving back.
Michael Miller is an International lawyer, journalist, and cannabis thought leader. He is also the co-founder of Medicanna, a global medical cannabis consultancy that has advised numerous companies, lawmakers and government officials on how to scale or strategically grow their investments. Driven by philanthropy and collaboration, Michael strives to inspire others and make this world a better place. Michael joins Maynard on this episode of DANK Discussions to talk about how he is helping governments implement cannabis legislation that is good for the industry and the consumers it serves.
Amy Chin is a cannabis enthusiast and the founder of Calm Better Days. Based out of the lower east side of New York, Calm Better Days is a woman-owned cannabis company. Their goal is to help you find the right CBD products to fit your needs in intimate, relaxed environments. In this episode, Amy talks about how she had to change her cannabis business on the fly to match the post-COVID conditions we all face.
Richard “Canna” Hengst is the President & CEO of King Canna CBD, Hengst Hemp Co, and Hengst Cannalytics. His experience in cannabis research has given him hope for the future of Hemp and the entire spectrum of cannabinoids that are available to heal people. After seeing how cannabis helped him recover from a collision accident, he wants to provide that relief for the world. If you are in this industry and you know you want to change people’s lives, and your product can do that, you are successful.
Kevin and Sayje Lasenberry are the owners of Onyx Mana, a Northern Jersey-based Black-Owned e-commerce CBD store. This father-son duo is very dear to our hearts at DANK Discussions as they are a proud part of the Calacann Family. They join me in this very special episode to talk about being a black-owned company during these times and the systemic racism behind the curtain of our industry. Their goal with Onyx Mana is to not only sell CBD, but to make sure they are democratizing the cannabis opportunity for Black and Brown people.
Michael Merriweather is the owner of Baba Holistics, a South Dallas based Black-Owned e-commerce CBD store that was built by word of mouth marketing and personal branding. Mike joins me to talk about his goals to breakdown the misnomers of what CBD actually is by using education and the community around him. He strongly believes that catering to your customers and building strong relationships with them is the key to truly finding success in any business. With Baba Holistics he aims to continue bringing education about CBD full circle by having his current customers teach newcomers.
Logan Lajiness is the owner of Great Lakes Wellness CBD. At just 20 years old, this young entrepreneur joins me to talk about his journey of finding his ideal target CBD niche with influencer marketing. After seeing the many stories of healing and triumph within the cannabis industry, Logan wants to make a mark of his own. With Great Lakes Wellness CBD, he finds fulfillment in doing the things he is most passionate about; owning a real business, and helping others.
Galen Williams is a Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor and Cannabis Executive. He is also the interim CEO for MD Exclusive, a California-based CBD company backed by medical professionals. He holds an extensive background and experience in business as well as cannabis. In this episode, we discuss the bigger and broader topics such as diversity, racial stigma, and unnecessary incarcerations due to the war on drugs. These topics, unfortunately, are not addressed enough in our industry. While Galen does not speak on the Black Lives Matter movement directly, his experience and views are incredibly timely as much needed awareness and reform within not only cannabis but also society as a whole are finally being brought to the forefront. With this episode, we hope to make a change and see more people of color in leadership positions. read more…
Kim Meloy is a cancer survivor, a health and wellness coach, and the manager and cannabis educator at WSC. WSC believes in educating people on how Cannabis and other similar plant medicines can help them with their own health. Kim is proudly trained and certified in Cannabis at Cannabis Training University. Although she has only been in the industry for one year, her own cancer battle introduced cannabis to her three years ago. read more…
Jared Boudreaux is the owner of Lost Coast Wellness, a hemp-derived wellness company based in northern Humboldt, California. Along with his family, Jared and Lost Coast Wellness aim to promote wellness for people, pets, and the planet. Lost Coast Wellness takes pride in being able to vertically integrate the four stages of biomass, manufacturing, formulations, and distribution. By calculating the bioavailability of all the ingredients within their products and then interweaving CBD into said products, they are able to take formulation to the next level.