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Brave New Weed is the voice of the post prohibitionist era. Hosted by author Joe Dolce, and co-host Matthew Hendershot, the high-minded conversations are guaranteed to be fun, fearless, and informed.

Episodes

June 10, 2021 - 63 MIN

Ep109 - Diane Goldstein: Will the Cops Ever Get Behind Legalization?

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“Defund the police? We should defund the drug war first!” This episode is sponsored by Zippz, state-of-the-art personalized CBD medicines for sleep and stress Most cops have never been fans of legalization. Diane Goldstein, Exe.. Read More
“Defund the police? We should defund the drug war first!” This episode is sponsored by Zippz, state-of-the-art personalized CBD medicines for sleep and stress Most cops have never been fans of legalization. Diane Goldstein, Executive Director of the Law Enforcement Action Project, explains why and how she's working to change hardened minds.  An extensive 2020 survey of 3615 law enforcement officers revealed that a large chasm that still exists between changing our out of date drug laws and changing the minds of the people who enforce those laws. While 37 US states have some form of medical or adult use laws, the police are still being trained to associate the devil’s lettuce with criminality, a designation that was created by drug laws themselves.  Here 's a sampling of the study’s findings: 75% of cops surveyed had never used cannabis or used it less than four times.Two thirds agree that “marijuana is less dangerous than other Schedule 1 drugs” but over 75% still believe it is a gateway drug and that legalization leads to use of harder drugs.Over half of the cops surveyed in illegal states still believe that enforcing misdemeanor possession charges is a worthwhile use of their time. These statistics explain why I invited Diane Goldstein on to the podcast. Diane was a cop for 20 years and today she heads LEAP, the  Enforcement Action Partnership. She is a cop who saw the failures of the Drug War from a professional and personal point of view and now works to educate and change hardened minds within the law enforcement hierarchy. We’ve all heard cops say, “We don’t make the law, we only enforce it,” but the truth is that cops have a vested interest in and receive massive amounts of state and federal funding to maintain the prohibition status quo. “Cops often repress reform because it doesn’t support their agenda,” is how Diane expresses it in this interview. It’s no secret that Diane’s task is Herculean, but she is optimistic that change is afoot. “Yes,” she says, “we must change laws but we also have to show Law Enforcement that they’ll still have plenty of tools they need to do their jobs effectively.” In other words, reward them with the same funds they would have used to investigate marijuana crimes. “Before talking about defunding the police [a misleading and dreadful phrase to explain reapportioning funds in my humble opinion], we should defund the drug war first. Drug law enforcement is a bludgeon that drives racial disparities in policing across the country.” ALSO...Be sure to check out the “Trusted Brands'' tab on the Brave New Weed website. We recently launched in response to frequent questions from listeners about products. Alas, we are not able to test every product that comes our way our catches our interest, but those that we’ve been able to vet are on this small, growing list. Keep checking it as we’ll be updating it regularly.
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May 27, 2021 - 65 MIN

Ep108 - Troy Ivan: Mastering The Craft of Extraction

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Troy Ivan, founder of ExactCraft, on how to make the best extractions at home, the importance of “cannaflavins,” and the newest product for pain relief that you’ve never heard of (but will want to try)! This episode is sponsor.. Read More
Troy Ivan, founder of ExactCraft, on how to make the best extractions at home, the importance of “cannaflavins,” and the newest product for pain relief that you’ve never heard of (but will want to try)! This episode is sponsored by MedicalCannabisMentor.com, now offering CME courses! Extraction is a beautiful but confusing thing, especially if you’re new to cannabis. Extracted products range from the sludgy RSO (now called FECO, full extract cannabis oil) that is used to treat certain cancers, to the golden, superterpy full melt rosin, and everything in between. This episode’s guest, Troy Ivan, is a self-made expert in home extraction and he explains how people trying this at home can get the best product and highest yield with the equipment his company, ExactCraft, has perfected over the last few years.  Troy is a former finance guy who, in his words, went from “extraction of the dollar to extraction of cannabis oil.” He did it in the Steve Jobs model, by spending years in his garage, learning the ins and outs of forcing those beautiful oils from the trichomes in the cleanest way possible.  While extraction as a process isn’t new, citizen scientists like Troy are developing new, and surprising applications and not just with cannabinoids. Two thirds through this interview Troy talks about a revolutionary citrus peel extract that appears to relieve arthritis pain. Knowing that citrus contains high concentrations of the anti-inflammatory terpene limonene, Troy made his own grapefruit peel concentrate and then rubbed some on the stiff ankles of his 80-something year old mother. In ten minutes her pain was gone, he recalls. She continued applying it, once every few days at first, then once a week, then once a month, and now barely needs it. It seems to have relieved the condition as well as the pain. “That was what I was hoping but not what I was expecting,” says Troy. “It’s crazy how good it is.”  To learn more about the citrus peel extract, go here. To learn more about extraction in generalTroy recommends these resources.extractcrafter.com/skunkpharmresearch.com/extractcraft.com/fuckcombustion.com SPECIAL OFFER If you would like a chance to sample my favorite edibles, listen to Episode 107. Toward the end you’ll hear how a $20 contribution to the Brave New Weed Patreon contribution will enable you to receive two free edibles (50mg THC) in the mail, and an opportunity to subscribe to the maker’s very private mailing list. This is a limited time offer. At the time of this writing there were 9 slots available, so hurry. Finally, To read the pain study comparing cannabinoid medicines to pharmaceuticals, click here. Note: the THC:CBD preparation beat Tramdol, Oxycodone, Ibuprofen, and Fentanyl. And now ask yourself why it’s still illegal in most of the world and what you can do to change that situation.
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May 13, 2021 - 77 MIN

Ep107 - The Best Edible I've Taken. Here's what makes them so special...

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You can't buy them, but this podcast will tell you how to get your own supply and/or make them yourself--recipe below.  One thing that has always impressed me about the world of “higher order plants” are the citizen scientists .. Read More
You can't buy them, but this podcast will tell you how to get your own supply and/or make them yourself--recipe below.  One thing that has always impressed me about the world of “higher order plants” are the citizen scientists who defy the law, societal norms, and the limits of their own knowledge to experiment with different ways of tweaking the plant to their own ends. They’re farmers and formulators, bakers and makers, but they share an abiding curiosity and dedication to craft. I was introduced to one such citizen scientist earlier this year, and his journey into high-potency and highly delicious edibles was so impressive I invited him onto the podcast.  Chris Bugbee describes himself on his Twitter bio as a “cause-driven communications pro, print hound/news junkie, husband, dad to 3 daughters.” Shortly after California legalized he decided that too many of the edibles flooding the market were overpriced and under dosed, so he began to grow his own plants and find an extraction method to minimize the bitter taste of cannabis oils, and create his own cannafections that he calls Ginja Snaps and distributes through the Nightkitchen Bakery. But here’s the kicker: Chris doesn’t sell the Ginja Snaps. He gives them away to a small group of supporters who send him a modest contribution when they're ready for a refill. He does it this way because, as he puts it, "this is a mitzvah, not a business." (Mitzvah is Hebrew for a good deed). Whether you consider cannabis a medicine, sacrament or euphoriant, it has always been something to share. To that end Chris has generously extended an invitation to 20 Brave New Weed listeners to join the private Night Kitchen Bakery mailing list. Listeners, this a truly special offer to a limited number of people for a limited time. To learn how to join his private list and if you are curious to try what I judge to be the best, most dynamic edibles, follow the instructions at the end of the episode! And read below this ad to get Chris's recipe. Meanwhile, if you’d like to learn more about infusion and/or extraction (the latter is the slightly expensive but much more efficient method) Chris recommends this comparison-based resource.  And if you’re interested in trying Chris’s Ginja Snap recipe on your own, here it is.  Chewy Ganja Ginger Snap (180-200 cookies) This recipe, originally from the August 18, 2014 issue of High Times, served as the starting point in the evolution of the Ginja Snap. We are currently working on the 37th iteration of the recipe since our first effort to create a cookie that is as expeditious as it is delicious. Along the way we’ve played with various combinations of different sugars (castor, demerara, dark brown sugar, date sugar, coconut sugar), different kinds of molasses, added nutmeg and allspice to the ingredient list, swapped MCT coconut oil for butter, and increased the amount of crystallized ginger to 11 oz.  One of our goals from the outset was to keep the cookie size small and the potency high, around 25mg THC per cookie. We began using ½ tablespoon (25mm) scoop to keep the size uniform and the dosage per cookie consistent. We’ve also experimented with efforts to increase the bioavailability of the ingredients by adding additional egg yolks or sunflower lecithin. Because potency is a goal, the Night Kitchen Bakery uses only flower instead of trim. We began by infusing 2 cups of flower in 1 cup of oil. Over the last year, we’ve switched from infusion to extraction, in which food grade ethanol is used as a solvent to extract THC and other cannabinoids more efficiently and completely than infusion.  Ingredients4.5 cups all-purpose flour2 tsp baking soda1 tbsp ground ginger1.5 tsp ground cinnamon1 tsp ground cloves1.5 tsp salt1 cup cannabutter (melted) or oil1/2 cup unsulfured molasses2 cups sugar, plus extra for rolling dough2 large eggs7 oz crystallized ginger, cut into small chunksPreparationPreheat oven to 325ºF.Combine the flour, baking soda, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt in a medium bowl. Stir together with whisk to incorporate all spices evenly.In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the cannabutter (or oil), molasses, and sugar. Cream the butter/sugar mixture until fluffy and smooth.Add the eggs one at a time and mix until fully incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.Add the flour mixture into the wet mix slowly, until almost fully incorporated, and then add the chunks of crystallized ginger. Mix until dough is nice and shiny.Roll dough into 25 balls and roll in white sugar. Press down slightly. Bake at 325ºF for 8 to 10 minutes, until the top of the cookie starts to crack slightly.Let cool on a rack and enjoy!
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April 29, 2021 - 69 MIN

Ep106 - Buddhist Scholar Stephen Batchelor on Cannabis as a Secular Sacrament

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"I don’t take cannabis in social situations. I only take it by myself in a quiet, reflective space...Sometimes it leads me down blind alleys, but often it clarifies and heightens my reflections. I see it as a power plant." Many pe.. Read More
"I don’t take cannabis in social situations. I only take it by myself in a quiet, reflective space...Sometimes it leads me down blind alleys, but often it clarifies and heightens my reflections. I see it as a power plant." Many people who use substances say that they create a deeper connection with “god,” “nature” or their own “spiritual” selves. Yet most organized religions are averse to plant medicines including psilocybin, ayahuasca, peyote and cannabis. Christians call these entheogens (plants that when ingested produce higher states of consciousness) false gods and warn against them for a host of reasons, primarily because they don’t want adherents straying from the flock. Buddhists use different words but similarly proscribe intoxicants that lead users into states of “mindlessness” or “carelessness.” But as an intermittent traveler in spiritual circles I can assure you substance use among Western spiritual teachers is far more widespread than openly admitted. So many of them use psychedelics and cannabis, but maintain a well-guarded “conspiracy of silence,” as this week’s guest, Stephen Batchelor, puts it. Batchelor is an esteemed teacher, writer, artist, and Buddhist scholar, who is best known for his secular approach to Buddhism and his openness to using entheogens to deepen his own contemplative practices. At 18, he went to India, where he was ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1974. He traveled, first to Germany and then South Korea, where he left the Tibetan tradition to train in Zen Buddhism. But in 1985 he disrobed, married and moved to France, where he and his wife still live in a small village near Bordeaux. His work has centered around developing a more modern, universalist approach to Buddhism, one that integrates the truths of tradition with the needs of our time. “The bulk of Buddhist teachers set out on this path through psychedelics and cannabis in the 1960s and 70s,” Batchelor, 68, told me. “But Buddhism, for many reasons, is too trapped in its own history. It appears user friendly but scratch the surface and you’ll hit a bedrock of moralism. It’s heavily committed to certain dogmas that it won’t or can’t release.” If you are interested in Batchelor's secular approach to this religion, I recommend Buddhism Without Beliefs, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist, and his most recent, The Art of Solitude, which was written before COVID but helped me mightily during the darker days of lockdown and forced isolation. It’s my honor to have Stephen as a guest and my pleasure to share the conversation with you. This episode is sponsored by WONDERFEEL: Wonderfeel's next-generation wellness formulas are organic, tested and pure. More than just CBD, these are profoundly effective wonder formulas developed by Dr. Andrew Levinson and tested with patients at his clinic for over two years. Wonderfeel fans are thrilled, saying they fall asleep easier and stay asleep using the Evening CBD. Their Daytime CBD gets glowing reviews among migraine sufferers who finally found relief. And compared to other CBD brands their customers have tried, they report feeling way less anxiety and stress.  If you want to feel the wonders of Wonderfeel formulas Log in here and use the code BRAVE, and you’ll get 15% off your purchase. If you don’t feel wonderful, your purchase is on Wonderfeel.
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April 20, 2021 - 5 MIN

Bar Cap 4:20 Financial Report 4/20/21 - Cannabis Tech hits Puberty

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Cannabis tech is beginning the journey of coming to age. Over the past 18-24 months, multiple companies have emerged and have competitive offerings in each part of the cannabis tech landscape. Better monetization of cannabis tech p.. Read More
Cannabis tech is beginning the journey of coming to age. Over the past 18-24 months, multiple companies have emerged and have competitive offerings in each part of the cannabis tech landscape. Better monetization of cannabis tech plays, significant market share gains, and consolidation are on the way. Related LinksJoin our investor communityRecent News for Episode Topichttps://www.ganjapreneur.com/topic/technology/ https://cannatechtoday.com/ https://mjbizdaily.com/technology/ Bar Cap 420 is a financial insight and current events report focused on the cannabis industry. Its goal is to serve as the gateway to understanding and investing in cannabis. The series aims to deliver the key highlights in the global cannabis industry in under 4 minutes and 20 seconds. Beyond the highlights, Bar Cap 420 will also do deep dives into subjects that help followers understand what lies under the hood of the cannabis industry. The series has a partnership with the Brave New Weed podcast to help both audiences gain a deeper and more nuanced understanding of cannabis from social, political and financial angles.  Anand Shahi has over 20 years of experience in both public and private investments. As founder and President of Bar Capital, Anand is a thought leader, investor in and banker for the cannabis space. Anand is a Chartered Financial Analyst, holds a B.A. in Computer Science as well as Economics, and has a series 7 and 63 license.
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