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The Role of Cannabis in the Podcasting Landscape

Stacey Wellington

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Cannabis and Podcast

Emerging in the early 2000s, podcasting is a relatively new industry. In a way, it is an offshoot of the more mainstream television talk show and radio broadcasts. From the first podcast launched in 2004 and to the thousands of podcasts available today, the industry has definitely grown into something immutable.

In recent years, especially with the legalization of marijuana, more and more podcasters are more open in expressing their use and favor of the plant. The effect of this openness is like a two-way street: cannabis affects the podcasting industry and podcasts affect the cannabis industry.

On one side, cannabis affects the flourishing podcasting industry by adding a very important topic into the larger conversation enabled by podcasts. The plant could also contribute to the industry by lending its creative, cognitive and energy-giving properties to podcasters.

On the other side, podcasts offer a platform to conduct discussions about cannabis, its social, political and economic implications. Podcasters talking about marijuana have enabled conversations that help shed some light about what the plant has to offer, making it a more mainstream, publicly accepted and more understood topic.

5 Cannabis-Focused Podcasts You Should Check Out

As marijuana becomes a more accepted topic not only in TV and radio but also in podcasts and other modern venues across the world and the internet, you can bet that this plant is being tackled in a more in-depth manner in these platforms. If you are looking for podcasts that openly talks about the plant, its use, and many other marijuana-related topics, then you should definitely check out these shows.

  • Cannabis Industry Voice by the National Cannabis Industry Association (Cannabis Radio)

Entrepreneurs who are looking to enter the marijuana sector will surely appreciate NCIA’s show. Released weekly, Cannabis Industry Voice launches meaningful discussions with people who have been working in the legal marijuana sector.

Hosted by NCIA Communications Project Manager Bethany Moore, Cannabis Radio invites guest members that provide valuable insider knowledge in different aspects of the marijuana industry, from businesspeople to recruiters and other individuals who work in and benefits from the legal sector. Some of the guests are affiliated with the business, medical, journalistic and government organizations.

This show is perfect for people who are looking for professional and highly informative content, especially as it looks at various aspects of the cannabis world.

  • Great Moments in Weed History with Abdullah and Bean

Marijuana has been regarded as one of the oldest crops that humanity has been tending to for thousands of years. So, it follows that the plant has been around during great points in human history. This is probably the reason why this weekly show tackles, well, great moments in the history of the plant.

Cannabis journalist Abdullah Saeed and marijuana author David Bienenstock talks about the significant role the plant plays throughout history. With only 12 episodes to date, the hosts gave fun and informative discussions about important points in history in which MJ is involved. This includes the story about Bob Dylan and the Beatles, the arrival of hashish to Europe and even the claims the Jesus used cannabis oil to perform miracles.

The best part is that the two talk about the plant while smoking it, making the chat a lot more fun and relevant. In fact, the two even encourage listeners to smoke up while listening. Unfortunately, there are no new episodes of the show since the end of season 1 back in May 2018.

  • Getting Doug with High by Doug Benson

One of the most popular effects of the plant is that some varieties of it can make users euphoric and less inhibited. If this is the feeling you are familiar with, then listening to Getting Dough with High is probably a great option.

This show features comedian Doug Benson blazing up with other comedians while talking about anything and everything. Benson invites two comedians for every episode to try out the strain of the day. The podcast has featured a wide variety of strains including the Red Fire Cherry Tangle (sativa) and Gelato (indica). With 241 episodes and counting, Benson and his comedian friends have tried a whole lot of strains.

So, if you are looking for light-hearted fun featuring whatever cannabis strains they have that day, then you should definitely check this out.

  • Dude Grows Show Cannabis Podcast

With legalizations left and right, one of the best ways to build up your stash is to grow your own. Those who will cultivate their own plants, Dude Grows Show is the podcast for you. Now on its 895th episode, DGS has given countless valuable tips and tricks when cultivating the crop.

Aside from offering guides, DGS is also known for tackling various matters important to marijuana growers including the use of carbon filters, the issue of pruning and new innovations.

  • The Todd L. Levitt, Marijuana Law Podcast

Lastly, you should probably check out The Todd L. Levitt, Marijuana Law Podcast, especially if you are an avid cannabis enthusiast or a medical marijuana patient. This show talks about the legal aspect of marijuana in light of the conversations surrounding the legalization of medical and recreational use of the plant.

Host Todd L. Levitt has tackled a whole lot of marijuana-related law topics including licensing, growing rules and regulations, as well as recent developments in marijuana laws and their implementation. This podcast will surely be useful for those who frequently consume the plant and those who are new to the marijuana world.

Other Podcasts that You Can Enjoy Better with Cannabis

Besides MJ-focused podcasts, you may be looking for shows that talk about things you are passionate about – aside from cannabis, of course. Well, out of the thousands of broadcasts out there, you are sure to find shows that you will surely enjoy better while consuming MJ products. Here are some of them.

  • The Secret History of the Future by Tom Standage and Seth Stevenson

Those looking for stimulating discussions about history and its relevance to the present and the future, then this is one of the best choices. This podcast talks about different events, inventions and ideas from the past and how we can use this information to prepare for the future. The hosts, Standage and Stevenson also make it a point to discuss how our ancestors received these developments to understand the present.

  • The Philosophy Guy by Brenden Weber

As the plant is known to provide a boost in users’ cognitive functions, you might want to listen to The Philosophy Guy for your dose of mental exercise. Hosted by Weber, this podcast creates conversations out of various cultural and social products, from movies, shows, cartoons and books, even public figures and issues.

While some may find philosophy boring and pretentious, this show makes it more interesting by tackling philosophical ideas presented through these contents and current affairs. So, of if you are looking for philosophical insights about pop culture and many other things you see in the media, then this will perfectly go with your CBD-rich strain.

  • Another Round by Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton

Another Round is a great place to start for women of color. The show hosted by two women of color themselves, this show offers a place to converse about different aspects of human life such as race, gender and culture. The best thing about this is that the two makes meaningful discussions all while drinking booze! So, while the hosts drink up, why not join them and make your own drink made from CBD products? This way, you can keep up with their vibe while listening to their ideas and banter.

  • Welcome to Night Vale

For individuals who are looking for a fictional podcast to listen to, Welcome to Night Vale is a good choice. Released twice every month, this show brings you the Night Vale community radio show hosted by Cecil Palmer. This show paints a fascinating picture of a dessert community in which weird things happen to weird people. From the Sheriff’s Secret Police and the Vague, Yet Menacing Government Agency to the mysterious hooded figures and John Peters, you know, the farmer, you will surely find the daily fix of uncanny, creepy and fun ‘updates.’

You will definitely find Cecil’s voice soothing and relaxing, perfect for the calming effect the plant has to offer. Plus, those who love music will find it awesome that the show features superb music from independent artists. Should you find yourself longing for more Night Vale related content, you can purchase cannabis books set in the community.

Both the podcasting and cannabis industries have been thriving in the past years. With the two sectors making significant contributions to each other, you can definitely expect both of them to continue flourishing in the future. In the meantime, enjoy listening to these podcasts while consuming your favorite cannabis strains and products. To make the experience more enjoyable, why not grab some edibles or drinkables to go with your listening session?

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New Cannabinoids Discovered, One 30x More Potent Than THC

Stacey Wellington

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New Cannabinoids Discovered

Cannabis is known to contain over one hundred chemical compounds and scientists continue to discover new ones.  We reported earlier this month the discovery of THC-free strain in Spain which will be available soon in the US. Now, the plant is found to have two newly discovered cannabinoids namely tetrahydrocannabiphorol (THCP) and cannabidiphorol (CBDP). Researchers posit that THCP can be 30 times stronger than tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of cannabis.

The two chemicals are similar to THC and cannabidiol (CBD) but with slight variations, said Health Europa. Both compounds are “characterized by a particular chemical structure that shares a side alkyl chain with five carbon atoms in a linear arrangement.” In short, the newly discovered compounds differ only by the length of the alkyl chain.

THC look-alike

In a study published on December 30, it was found that THCP connects with the same cannabinoid receptor that THC interacts with. The receptor, called CB1, receives the two similar compounds as both have at least three carbon rings that allow them to bind well.

The article says that the strongest physiological effect can be attained from a cannabinoid that has at least 8 carbon rings. Prior to the study, the most number of carbon rings naturally possessed by any cannabinoid is five.

With the discovery of THCP, which has seven carbon rings, researchers are suggesting that this could be the most potent cannabinoid as yet. To test this idea, the scientists applied THCP to a “makeshift receptor.” The result of the experiment showed that the newly discovered cousin of THC was able to bind 30 times more effectively and reliably that the psychoactive substance.

Regarding the potential psychotropic quality of the substance, researchers are yet to find out whether it has such properties. Moreover, the substance has not been tested for medicinal benefits.

CBDP, not as strong as THCP

The other newly discovered cannabinoid CBDP is also found to have seven carbon rings. However, when subjected to the same test as THCP, CBDP did not bind as strongly to receptors CB1 and CB2.

The two compounds are yet to be tested for pharmacological effects on humans. The study remarked that such studies can shed light on the yet unexplained pharmacological properties of some strains. Moreover, “the identification of THCP in other varieties could account for inexplicable effects not ascribable solely to THC.”

Meanwhile, the authors noted that CBDP “does not appear to be a high priority” compound.

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SpaceX to Bring Cannabis Delivery to Space, Observe Mutation

Daniel King

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SpaceX to Bring Cannabis Delivery to Space

Following the launch of Elon Musk’s SpaceX, an agricultural technology company called Front Range Biosciences looks to bring cannabis and coffee products to space on the 20th mission to the International Space Stations (ISS) come March 2020 to further scientific experiments. News of the impending scientific experiment comes partner firms expressed interest in the possible mutations of plants in space.

SpaceX and Cannabis Experiment

According to Newsweek, a number of cannabis strains and varieties will be handpicked and be brought to the ISS aboard the SpaceX. These cannabis varieties are said to only contain low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), also known as the psychoactive compound responsible for users getting ‘high’ and altering the user’s state of mind.

Approximately 480 strains and plant cultures will be brought to space. Newsweek states that these plants will all be housed in a specialized incubator that provides even and regulated temperature controls around the International Space Station. The incubator will remain billeted at the ISS for 30 days prior to returning on Earth and being examined by scientists and different institutions.

Coffee plants are also included in the list of plant cultures that are expected to be sent to the ISS, reveals the Rolling Stone.

Upon arriving on Earth, scientists will focus on assessing possible mutations or changes to the plants’ DNA. Factors that may affect such changes include the lack of gravity as well as the radiation in space, notes the Rolling Stone.

In a statement, co-founder and chief executive officer of Front Range Biosciences Jonathan Vaught said, “This is one of the first times anyone is researching the effects of microgravity and spaceflight on hemp and coffee cell cultures.” Vaught continues to say that “there is science to support the theory that plants in space experience mutations. This is an opportunity to see whether those mutations hold up once brought back to earth and if there are new commercial applications.”

SpaceX’s role in delivering these plant cell cultures to space remains significant, especially at a time where climate change has been changing the way plants grow.

SpaceCells chief executive officer Peter McCullagh mirrors the same sentiments. In a statement, McCullagh states that “these are big ideas we’re pursuing and there’s a massive opportunity to bring to market new plants that can better adapt to drought and cold conditions. We expect to prove through these and other missions that we can adapt the food supply to climate change.”

The initiative is done by SpaceCells and Front Range Biosciences in partnership with SpaceX, Musk’s technological and spacecraft manufacturing company.

 

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Cannabis for Audiophiles: How MJ Can Enhance Your Experience

Daniel King

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Audiophiles and Cannabis

With various positive discoveries about cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD), this plant is proving to be a valuable addition to many people’s lives. Aside from medical marijuana patients, individuals can also consume cannabis and CBD products to improve their lifestyle. Audiophiles are included in this list.

Headphones, Audiophiles, Music, Cannabis

One common misconception about audiophiles is that they are the same as music lovers. Well, the most basic difference between the two is that audiophiles focus on the quality of the audio output including technical factors such as sound stage, resolution, imaging, separation and tonal accuracy. To pursue the most high-fidelity reproduction of sound as it should be heard, they tend to spend thousands of dollars on equipment.

Meanwhile, music lovers focus on the musicality of the song, the artists and the album. Now, let us be clear: this is not to say that an audiophile cannot be a music lover and that a music lover cannot be an audiophile. A person can be both an audiophile and a music lover at the same time.

How Cannabis Products Can Improve an Audiophile’s Experience

Whether you are a full-on audiophile or a music lover who is also an audiophile, you surely know that there is nothing better than being able to focus on the recording you are listening to. Whether it is work-related or for leisure, listening to audio will always be a pleasurable experience for you. If you want to improve your experience, cannabis can be the right plant for you. Here’s why.

  • It Enhances Concentration

When listening to any song, audiophiles tend to concentrate in order to catch the intricacies it contains. Concentrating on the track helps you pick out each instrument used, their possible positions on a stage and your perceived distance from the stage.

Because of this, one of the most important effects of cannabis, specifically CBD-rich strains, is that it can help you concentrate on whatever it is you are doing. CBD interacts with receptors in the brain in a way that improves your awareness.

  • It Helps You Focus on Details

Aside from instrument separation, imaging and sound stage, another reason why you focus on the track is to hear every single detail the producers left in the track, intended or unintended. From the barely audible laugh in the recording of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody to the complex quality of Freddie Mercury’s voice, you need to focus to hear these details.

Consuming CBD oil and other CBD products can help you focus more on these technical aspects. However, consuming cannabis with THC can help bring out your more musicality-driven appreciation for the artistic and cultural product that you are listening to.

  • It Aids in Productivity

Many audiophiles end up being music producers, recording technicians, acoustic engineers and sound designers. Most of the time, they work with audio set-ups, which requires them to have a keen sense of hearing and attention to detail. After all, who would want to listen to a sibilant playback of Mariah Carey’s Emotions during a party? Aside from this, audiophiles who work in these jobs have other responsibilities.

CBD not only helps you focus on your work, but it also helps you become more efficient. This cannabinoid enhances cognition and boosts your energy, improving your problem-solving skills while also allowing you to detect issues in audio.

Audiophiles and music lovers alike will definitely enjoy what the cannabis plant and its cannabinoids have to offer. It allows consumers to enjoy music and their equipment in a more effective manner. Moreover, the industry has benefited from cannabis consumers who have contributed to the sector in many ways.

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