Periodic Effects: A+

As you know, Carolina Cannabis News launched its podcast this week with N.C. state Rep. Kelly Alexander, Jr. serving as our first guest. (What an honor!)

In preparation, and because I’m a fan of podcasts, I went on the hunt for cannabis podcasts and found quite a lot of them.

As with everything cannabis-related, some podcasts are focused on medicinal uses and some on recreational, some on business and some on policy. And some just reeked. Eek.

One of my favorites — by far — is the “Periodic Effects Cannabis Business & Science Podcast.” It’s hosted by Wayne Schwind, CEO and founder of Periodic Edibles, a cannabis-infused caramel company in Oregon.

Carolina Cannabis News editor Rhiannon Fionn (left) thanks N.C. state Rep. Kelly Alexander Jr. (Dist. 107) for being the first guest on the Carolina Cannabis News podcast. Aug. 23, 2018. Photo credit: Grant Baldwin.

Schwind, who is a chemical engineer in addition to being a business owner and podcast host, is clearly on a mission to educate via the “Periodic Effects” podcast. Whether you’re seeking entry into the cannabis industry, looking to grow your business or to expand your understanding of cannabis science this podcast is a great place to start.

From the “Periodic Effects” website:

This podcast takes a deeper look at the stories behind cannabis business owners, founders and executives. We discuss how they entered the industry, past experience, their value proposition and insights on how they see the industry evolving. …

We also focus on the science of cannabis. Interviewing leading scientists, educators and doctors to bring high level cannabis education to the masses!

Where to begin

As Schwind does, I recommend you begin with “Periodic Effects'” 50th episode, “Cannabis Science 101: From Newbie to Novice.” It’s a two-parter, so stick around for the 51st episode too. Here’s the episode summary:

This talk with Emma Chasen is a great primer into cannabis science for everyone — your grandma, your friends, your local budtender. This episode will provide a solid foundation of cannabis knowledge for the beginner.

Chasen, a cannabis educator and industry consultant, does a terrific job making cannabis knowledge accessible to everyone.

I feel comfortable sharing these two “Periodic Effects” episodes with anyone. Those already knowledgeable shouldn’t feel patronized and will probably gain some new knowledge. And those taking the first steps into the cannabis space shouldn’t feel overwhelmed.

Chasen does a good job dispelling myths and distilling a huge amount of information into digestible bites. While this is a serious nerd session, it’s not boring.

In fact, this two-part series is so informative I’ve actually listened to both parts twice! The first time I was driving so I listened again and took notes.

As you listen

As you’re listening, remember a nice thing about podcasts is you can replay them again and again, or you can stop and start and listen to an episode over time. This is about educating yourself via a trusted source, so go at your pace.

Do keep in mind that some of the products mentioned are not available in the Carolinas due to current prohibition laws.

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Who is Emma Chasen?

You can read more of Chasen’s story on her website. Here’s a snippet to give you a hint of what you’ll find:

After graduating from Brown University in 2014 with a degree in Medicinal Plant Research, Emma went on to coordinate Clinical Oncology trials with the Brown University Oncology Research Group. When her supervisor refused a Cannabis trial in favor of another expensive pharmaceutical drug, Emma quit and headed across the country to Portland, Ore.

Earlier this year, Chasen was profiled in Forbes magazine where she was also referred to as a cannabis disruptor and intellectual. Actually, she’s appeared in quite a few articles including this one, in Lifehacker, which is a nice addendum to the “Periodic Effects” Cannabis 101 episode series: “The Beginner’s Guide to Cannabis Lingo.”

If you dig podcasts and are eager for more cannabis information check this out: We’ve curated more podcasts of note for you on SoundCloud.

BY Rhiannon Fionn

BY Rhiannon Fionn

Editor & Publisher

Rhiannon Fionn is an award-winning journalist based in Charlotte, N.C.