The Green Scene Podcast Wed, 19 Sep 2018 19:57:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Benefits of Vaping Cannabis Over Smoking It Wed, 19 Sep 2018 19:57:48 +0000

Though I’ve been an ardent fan of cannabis for over a while, I only started vaping it few years ago. Such a shame it took so long for me to realize a better way to consume my cannabis. Perhaps, like many others, I was so engrossed in smoking cannabis that I was blinded to the benefits of investing in a vaporizer. But there’s no going back, not after experiencing the numerous benefits of vaping as against smoking. You won’t turn back too, after reading this!

Popular researches prove the benefits of vaping over smoking cannabis. Though smoking weed isn’t nearly as dangerous a vice, there are several reasons for even the most occasional stoner to consider the upgrade from smoking to vaping cannabis.

Healthier: One significant benefit of vaping cannabis over smoking it, is that it’s lung-healthy and better for your health in the long-term. Medical experts recommend vaping as one of the safest methods of cannabis consumption as it produces a pure, clean vapor. This vapor contains the active medical components compare to the harmful by-products associated with smoking it.

Enhanced assimilation: Another wonderful benefit is that the effects are felt much faster than with smoking, as it sends a direct shot to your bloodstream via the lungs. For those of you seeking instant relief from pain, anxiety, stress or nausea, you should consider vaping your cannabis. There’s no filtering system to get in the way as you vape, so you get a quicker and stronger onset of the effects.

More convenient and environmentally friendly: Ever walked past a chain cannabis smoker? Unless you’re one already, you must have definitely been repulsed by the odor. Even most workplaces have strict policies for employee drug consumption. The truth is that most people are offended by the distinct smell associated with cannabis smoking. You can avoid this by vaping your cannabis. Unlike smoking, vaping produces a practically odorless vapor which dissipates almost instantly, eliminating any odor-related concerns.

As stated earlier, while some vapes could be an initial investment, they are economical in the long-term, as you only need to burn less cannabis to get just as high. Studies show that vaporizers convert 46% of the available THC into vapor, compared to the less than 26% converted by smoking. This means that you get almost twice as much result from vaping $40 worth of cannabis than you get from smoking cannabis of the same worth.

Other alluring benefits of vaping over smoking cannabis are that vapes are more portable, tolerated and convenient to use, and they also come in a variety of nice flavors.

So, if you’re still smoking cannabis instead of vaping it, you’ve been searching for diamonds in a pile of gold. Why not switch to vaporizers today?

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CBD and its Various Benefits: The Cannabis Industry’s Growth Tue, 18 Sep 2018 22:47:44 +0000

You might have heard about Marijuana and cannabis, and you probably just heard about CBD, and it got you wondering, what is CBD? CBD also referred to as cannabidiol is an active compound found in the cannabis plant. Each cannabis strain has a different proportion of active compounds within them with CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) being the most popular and well researched of the over 100 identified cannabinoids discovered in the cannabis plant.


Why is CBD so unique?

To start with, CBD is not intoxicating meaning it does not give the “high effect” associated with THC component in cannabis. Several studies have been conducted over the years and have revealed that CBD may have many therapeutic benefits. Cannabidiol (CBD) is known to have adaptive features, can be a regulator, and is known to be a perfect modulator within the body, all these qualities wrapped in one.



Some Benefits of CBD

CBD as an anti-depressant: Several studies have revealed that CBD can influence the endocannabinoid system which is responsible for controlling our emotion, a survey conducted in 2011 revealed and concluded that CBD induces antidepressant-like effects comparable to those of imipramine.

  • CBD as a cure for insomnia and better sleep: We achieve better performance through a better and more relaxing deep sleep. When we sleep several biological processes takes place within the body which are crucial for optimal health. CBD can help improve your sleep, making you sleep longer, deeper and more relaxed.
  • CBD as an anti-inflammatory agent: Whether you have a spell of acne or struggling with arthritis, CBD can help give relief. Recent studies have shown CBD to be very useful in reducing inflammation in joints or other prone areas in the body.
  • An effective Painkiller: CBD also helps relieve pain, blocking the receptors responsible for the pain in the brain.
  • As a cure for Obesity: Obesity is an addictive disorder that plagues a large proportion of the population. It’s a known fact that CBD possesses anti-inflammatory properties; CBD also has a stimulating capacity to influence cells to reduce excess fats and amino compounds in the body, also acting as an appetite checker. Additionally, CBD stimulates metabolism, which activates the body’s fat burning system.



Cannabis industry: The next Market boom: With the advancement in medical research the world is now being exposed to the massive benefits that hold within the cannabis plant. CBD is now being used in medicine, cosmetics, and for managing mental health. With the push for complete legalization of cannabis in Canada and the US, there has never been any time such as now that has seen cannabis sales shot to the roof. Expert argues that the Cannabis rush could be the next economic driver for Canada.

While more of us are turning to CBD for its excellent qualities, there seems to be a never-ending stream of things the compound is capable of!

With CBD the possibilities are endless. You may want to give it a try today!


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TGSP 209: SpeakEasy Interview Tue, 28 Aug 2018 21:04:51 +0000

Ex-SunRype Chair Bets on Experience to
be The Next Billion Dollar Licensed Producer

About Jeremy Szafron

Mr. Szafron has years of experience in the financial markets as both a private investor and a business journalist. He has been actively involved in the this space, considered one of Canada’s first medicinal journalists, covering everything from medical research to public and private companies.

Canada is entering a new phase going from speculation to actual sales, and as we trade in square feet of facility to actual sales, investors need to think about what are the drivers in evaluation.

This week on TGSP we feature a late-stage ACMPR applicant with a unique story. If you know anything about British Columbia’s agriculture sector, its hard not to know the “Geen” families name. Leveraging four generations of BC farming, Speak Easy was founded by the family behind a huge Canadian success story — Sun-Rype Ltd.

A proud 4th-generation BC farmer, Marc Geen has also been active in the legal medicinal industry for over 10 years, consulting, complying with and participating in various MMAR, MMPR, and ACMPR programs.

As we witness the industry mature, its important to have experience in large scale commercial farming so we can transition into actual sales and execution, which Marc definitely brings to the table with him and his families farming legacy.

Canadian Farming Royalty

“Our family bought this land over 20 years ago because its the best agricultural land in Canada and we now know the land like the back of our hand”
- CEO, Marc Geen

If you’re Canadian, its safe to say that you have heard of SunRype. You’ve either drank their juice, watched their commercials, or have seen their product on too many store shelves to count. Leveraging four generations of farming experience we introduce you to the Geen families next chapter: Speakeasy.

A proud 4th-generation BC farmer, Marc Geen has also been active in the industry for over 15 years, consulting, complying with and participating in various MMAR, MMPR, and ACMPR programs. As we witness the industry maturing, its easy to understand that you must have experience in large scale commercial farming to transition into actual sales and execution, which Marc definitely brings to the table with him and his families farming legacy.

Type Private
Industry Food & Beverage
Founded May 13. 1946
Founder BC Fruit and Growers Association
Area Served Canada & United States

Products Juice, Snacks, Fruit Snacks
Revenue Cider, Sparkling Tea
Net Income $135.1 million CAD (2007)
Employees 395 (2006)

Top 3 LP’s






You’ve likely heard of Tilray— a Canadian medical licensed producer that has risen 50% since its IPO on July 19, 2018. Despite only recently going public, Tilray is the only large licensed producer with a positive operating margin. Canopy is the leader on the medical side and they continued dominating the existing medical scene as their patient count increased by another 7% to 74,000 from the last quarter. Aurora is one of the largest licensed producers in the world with operations in 14 countries. With current production capacity potential, Aurora would be the largest producer with its projected ability to produce 570,000 kg per year. All three are in the business of producing massive quantities of product.

Top 3 Speakeasy Competitors






As Easy waits to receive their inevitable license, I thought I would provide some comparable’s in the premium space currently operating. Hiku’s strategy is to focus on retailing and branding, coining themselves as the “Starbucks” of the industry. Canopy acquired Hiku for $308 million, in a push to add an adult recreational brand— proving the value chain extends far beyond production to include marketing, retailing, adjacent products and experience. Supreme focuses on the premium segment within the dried flower space, aiming to produce high-quality product and differentiate itself from the low-cost producers and black market products. 48North has taken a different approach to building a high-value brand— its business is targeted around the female health and wellness market, which is under-served by other LPs focused on marketing to males.

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Experienced Growers = Massive Margins

“This plant is the furthest thing from a commodity, we’re not interested in racing to the bottom in producing low-grade cheap product”
- CEO, Marc Geen

We must look to our neighbours down south, specifically California, to see where the consumer market is going. The single trend that stands out the most in mature markets comes down to one thing: quality. I’ve interviewed countless people on this topic, and when it comes to producing a quality premium product, farms will always be better than factories. Small-batch flower is a lot harder to grow, but Speakeasy’s collective team of growers with countless years of experience should position them into the hearts of enthusiasts. In fact, its hard to compare the the flower of other LP’s to small-batch production— untouched trichomes, rich flavours and high THC product. I have yet to see premium product from any LP’s in Canada, typical flowers are too dry and you almost feel like a guinea pig of trials to these companies. On the podcast, Marc and Brian talk about the higher profit margins that premium flower can generate. As one consumer told me, “I like good wine, good food, why wouldn’t I want the best bud?”

BC Grower’s Collective

“We have the best growers in BC, and BC is the best production area in the world. So we can honestly say, we have the best growers in the world”
- CEO, Marc Geen

Perhaps one of the most unique differentiators that Speakeasy has, is its growers collective. The company represents a collective of the top growers in Canada and the growers are there because they are passionate about their shared commitment for producing the best product. Collectively, they have decades of knowledge and experience that range from growing techniques (higher yields and higher margins). What makes them excited? Each grower can operate freely to produce their tried-and-tested strains under the best conditions. Speakeasy will take care of the rest and all the yellow tape that comes with that, allowing growers to do what they do best — grow.

Existing Distribution Relationships

“Whether you’re farming or running a company, there are two things that matter: the quality of the people and quality of product”
- CEO, Marc Geen

Marc’s 15 years in the ACMPR space has allowed him to create unique relationships within the community. These great relationships with dispensaries who are transitioning into the legal and regulated market are invaluable, as this company is not looking to be the largest producing LP who only talks about massive kilogram volumes and square footage. Premium flower can see up to $180 more a pound than the market rates of mass-produced flower and consumers go mad for it.

Room To Grow,
New Outdoor Potential

“We’re excited about moving from speculation to actual sales, this is where our team's experience will shine”
- CEO, Marc Geen

The area Speakeasy is operating in is called the Golden Mile. It is praised for its ideal climate conditions, its a paradise for the agriculture sector. The company sits on 290 acres and is able to grow outdoor strains for the use of extraction — and that’s a ton of product potential. The state-of-the-art indoor facility is where you will see top-shelf product being produced by their collective of growers and they’re working on the foundation of the next facility. Speakeasy will continue to invest in the R&D of new strains and better products to cater to the demands of the highly-discerning market of premium product. We must remember, the smarter and more educated the consumer becomes, the better quality the product will have to be. New outdoor regulations could potentially position Speakeasy to become one of the largest growers, at over 2,600,000 square feet of planned outdoor production area in its phase one plantation.

The differentiator: Marketing & Brand Advantage

“It all starts now and the corevalue to our brand is authenticity”
- CEO, Marc Geen

Speakeasy is not a factory, they are a farm which was family-founded and community-run and this may be their competitive edge. When you think of existing licensed producers most have been operating within the medical framework and by no-fault of their own are branded as medical companies. Some may argue this point, but I don’t think a recreational-branded LP exists as of yet. If Speakeasy continues to brand themselves as a quality producer and not a mass-quantity producer I think they will be in a unique position. The days of bringing a nice bottle of wine to a dinner party in California has been replaced by bringing the best flower they can get their hands on and sharing it.
Disclaimer: Always do your own due diligence and consult a licensed investment professional before making an investment. This story should not be used as a basis for making any investment.

About Speakeasy

SpeakEasy Cannabis Club Ltd. is a late stage ACMPR applicant that is leveraging three generations of farming experience and the largest land package of LP in Canada with 290 acres of the best agricultural land in British Columbia’s Southern interior region; known as the Napa Valley of weed country. SpeakEasy is disrupting the cultivation model by aggregating British Columbia’s best craft growers under one umbrella to produce the highest quality cannabis targeted at the highly sought after millennial recreational market.

SpeakEasy has submitted its extensive evidence package to Health Canada for its current 10,000 square feet facility and has commenced construction on its 80,000 square feet expansion facility. This 80,000 square foot facility will include growing, extraction and genetics labs.

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TGSP 208: Nick Lowery on CBD and the NFL Tue, 12 Jun 2018 16:40:59 +0000

This week on TGSP we speak with Nick Lowery about CBD and how it can benefit the body and mind. We also hear from Dr Sanjay Gupta about CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy.)


0:00-4:20 Jeremy introduces Nick Lowery and we hear about what he is up to in the Cannabis industry. We hear private stories about struggle.

4:20-8:17 We hear from Nick about his job in public service and how he got involved in the industry early. Also touches on NFL and other sports.

8:17-10:25 We hear about CTE from Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

10:25-13:01 Where are we with CBD and research? He talks about the misinformation campaign that was launched on cannabis while his father was CIA station chief in London.

13:01-18:19 He introduces the company he is involved with, KannaLife Sciences.

TGSP 207: The Herbal Chef Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:52:30 +0000

This week on TGSP: We speak with Chris Sayegh, the Owner & Head Chef of The Herbal Chef. This company and Chris’s team are shaking up the culinary world. This Michelin trained chef is bringing cannabis to the culinary world through high-end dining and events around the globe.

Show Notes:

0:00-1:01: Jeremy introduces the episode.

1:01-3:14: We hear about how the Chef started in the cannabis sector, studying molecular biology and learning about the endocannabinoid system. Also speaks about the bio-availability of cannabis.

3:14-3:54: Chris talks about the smiles brought to his face when seeing the consumer sitting together at the table consuming his food.

3:54-6:29: We hear about their dosing technique to ensure a normalizing effect while working to destigmatize.

6:29-9:41: We talk about the evolution of stigma in the cannabis industry and culinary world. We also talk about seeing the cannabis culture around the world.

9:41-11:32: How do you create this type of high-end food without the distinctive taste of cannabis oil. Chris explains the technique.

11:32-12:42: Jeremy explains the ambience created by the events he hosts. Chris talks about the factors of enhancement in the sensory experience.

12:42-13:20: We hear about the hospitality he received in Canada and around the world.

13:20-15:18: What’s next for the Herbal Chef?

Sidenote from Jeremy: next week I promise not to use, “SO” as often.

TGSP 206: Driving Under The Influence of Drugs (DRUID) Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:38:28 +0000

This week on TGSP: We speak with the founder of DRUID, Professor Michael Milburn. His app measures levels of intoxication by putting you through a quick two-minute test, and it could be the future of roadside tests. Also on the show, Dr Ian Miller to talk about DUI of Cannabis.


0:00-2:42 Jeremy introduces the podcast and gives background on driving under the influence of Cannabis. We hear from Dr Ian Miller about the topic.

2:42-3:19 We hear about a study in France regarding driving under the influence of cannabis and alcohol.

3:19-4:22 How does impairment work and what happens in court? How does this effect THC?

4:22-4:59 What is the future of DUI and testing? Dr Ian says we should move from breathalizers and we hear about DRUID.

4:59-8:01 We introduce DRUID and the founder Professor Michael Milburn about how he got started.

8:01-10:29 So how does DRUID work? Four different tasks derived from the major skills that are important for driving.

10:29-12:00 Mike talks about how responsible drug users should be using it as a test before they get behind the wheel.

12:00-13:52 Will an officer be bringing out an iPad to test your impairment?

13:52-14:51 In places where Cannabis has been legalized, the average traffic fatalities figures have decreased.

14:51-15:33 Jeremy sums up the podcast, go follow, subscribe, write us and interact! See you next week.

TGSP 205: Building Organa Brands Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:22:30 +0000

This week on TGSP, we speak with Chris Driessen, President of Organa Brands about how his company grew into one of the largest cannabis companies in the world. They sell one of their products every four seconds around the world. Chris talks about how it all got started, how cannabis has been commoditized, and their marketing strategy.

Show Notes:

0:00-1:08: Jeremy introduces this weeks episode of TGSP and introduces Chris Driessen with Organa Brands.

1:08-2:11: Chris Driessen gives an overview of how Organa Brands got started and what its grown into.

2:11-4:40: Chris explains how their company did things a little differently in the space. He explains that in 2010 not many people knew what concentrates/extraction was.

4:40-5:55: Stigma is explained, even in Colorado.

5:55-7:20: Chris talks about the companies marketing strategy and he explains how the industry has commoditized.

7:20-8:30: Why they are the canary in the coal mine.

8:30-12:30: What to expect in the next year and the companies plans for Canadian expansion.

12:30-14:30: Chris talks about how Jeff Sessions’s rescinding of the memo gave the industry a bit of a “hip check.”

14:30-15:42: It looks like Organa will be focused on market expansion and getting the Canadian market going.

15:42-17:00: Jeremy wraps the show and gives a quick market report.

TGSP 204: Emerald Health & Dr. Ian Mitchell Tue, 27 Feb 2018 17:33:38 +0000

This week on TGSP: we continue our recorded coverage of LIFT. Chris Wagner, CEO of Emerald Health speaks with us about the company and their plans. We also have a conversation with Dr. Ian Mitchell- an ER doctor based in Canada who is specializing in cannabis and driving.

TGSP 203: Cam Battley (Aurora) & David Brown Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:27:50 +0000

This week on TGSP we partnered with THC Live ( a cannabis-news television show) to cover LIFT conference in Vancouver. At the conference, we interviewed 8 guests as part of our specials.

Today on the show, Cam Battley (COO) of Aurora and David Brown formerly with LIFT and now a part of the Government of Canada’s team.

The format is different, it was recorded as live-to-tape.

TGSP 202: Nevada & Senator Tick Segerblom Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:12:01 +0000

This week on TGSP: we explore Nevada’s growing Cannabis market and we interview a man some say helped create it, Senator Tick Segerblom.


0:00-1:51 Jeremy explains Nevada and Senator Tick Segerblom’s history of involvement in the community.

1:51-2:50 We hear from the Senator on public opinion and how the industry evolved in the state of Nevada.

2:50-4:55 Senator Tick Segerblom explains what took place back in the 60’s and talks about minority communities being targeted. We also discuss public opinion.

4:55-6:39 Tick explains how he became the face of the industry and goes on to explain that it was a group effort.

6:39-10:01 Most people saw the headlines, a cannabis shortage upon legalization. We ask the Senator what happened.

10:01-11:00 Jeremy and Tick explain the Las Vegas casino system, and why they cannot be associated with an “illegal” drug.

11:00-12:28 We hear a backgrounder on the revenue that the government is taking in, Tick talks about job growth and how the industry has built up in Nevada.

12:28-13:50 We hear Tick’s pitch to business, he says Nevada has the best laws for the cannabis space.