Matt Kowalis is the founder of Serenity Medical CBD, a wellness company that is based in Detroit, Michigan. After his mother passed away from Leukemia in 2012, Matt suffered from post traumatic stress and anxiety. While trying to find a natural remedy, he came across CBD and has since been dedicated to spreading awareness about the plant that changed his life.
Lauren Forsch is the Founder and President of Popped.NYC, a brand that helps people find relief with CBD products and through consultation. Lauren defines herself as a canna mom. In this episode, she talks about CBD education, stigma, and working as the caretaker’s caretaker. She also shares with us her journey, how she got into the industry, the obstacles, and the bright future ahead for her POPular brand.
Alice Moon is the founder of Alice Moon, a PR agency that helps cannabis businesses share their stories with consumers and the media. She was also the founder of Swallow, the world’s largest edible directory which helped cannabis consumers find the right edibles for themselves based on dietary restriction, food type, and location. Her work as an entrepreneur in the cannabis industry has led to Alice being a guest on CNN, Viceland, and Vice, with features on Business Insider, LA Weekly, Forbes, Washington Post, and High Times, just to name a few.
Russ Cersosimo is the founder and managing partner of Hemp Synergistics. He is also the founder and chair of Medical Cannabis Society and co-founder of Mountaineer Integrated Care Dispensaries and Keystone Integrated Care Dispensaries. Russ has also authored the book, Molecular Influence, which was released in March 2021.
Matt Dubow is the President and founder of My CBD Mall, a company based in Newport Beach, California that offers the platform for several CBD brands to sell their CBD products in the United States. He is also the owner of Sorta Stuff Promo, which provides all the promotional items such as shirts, bags, hats, and packaging for your business
Christopher and Alisia Ratliff are the CEO and President of Victus Capital Ventures, respectively. Alisia is an accomplished chemist and a licensed Project Manager who boasts over 13 years of experience in different industries. On the other side of this dynamic duo, Chris used to work with engineers in a military airbase, fixing and creating parts for aircraft. He got involved with cannabis at a very young age as a consumer and knew how to grow the plant before 18.
Denise Foster, Ph.D., MSN, RN, CNE, has been a nurse and a healthcare practitioner for over 35 years and an educator for more than 15 years. Dr. Foster is the founder and owner of the Hemp Haven Chesapeake, a vitamin and supplements store. She also founded and owns Empirical Cannabis in Chesapeake, VA, which provides patient and family education, consultation, and research services regarding medical cannabis. She has also worked as the Director of the American Cannabis Nurses Association, where she also served as a secretary.
George Irwin is the Founder and President of Green Living Technologies International and GLT Cannabis in Atlantic City, NJ. He is recognized as the leading figure within the global green movement. For over twenty years now, Irwin has championed the use of technology in designing and manufacturing green roofs, walls, and vertical farms. Through GLTI Vertical Cultivation System (VCS), he is shaping the medical and recreational cannabis industries.
Beau Schmitt is the co-founder and the CGO (Chief Growing Officer) of Sunday Scaries, a CBD company based in San Diego, California. They provide cannabis products to calm and relieve those frightening “beginning of the week” feelings. Beau talks about his journey, how he found himself in the cannabis business, and how he is helping millennial’s with their mental health and, of course, the Sunday Scaries. In this episode, he dives deep into the importance of creating a message and branding that resonates with the market you are trying to reach.
Razor Andrew Lopas is an author, cultivator, and distributor of cannabis and cannabis products since 1978. He is also the founder of companies such as OG RazorGrown, Mystic Spring Farms, among others. In this episode, Razor shares his story growing up in the cannabis industry, how he survived the plant’s criminalization, and the true meaning of legalizing cannabis.