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  1. In this episode of Let’s Be Blunt, Montel speaks with Dr Bonni Goldstein about her new book, “Cannabis Is Medicine: How Medical Cannabis and CBD Are Healing Everything from Anxiety to Chronic Pain”. Dr Goldstein is one of the most respected and experienced medical cannabis physicians worldwide. She has lectured both nationally and internationally about her clinical experience and helps to educate healthcare professionals on how cannabinoids can be incorporated into a patient’s medication regimen. She is the owner and medical director of Canna-Centers Wellness & Education and the medical advisor to Weedmaps.com.
  2. Let's Be Blunt with Montel Danny Murr-Sloat lost 70 pounds and transitioned off of over 19 prescriptions, including opiates, for an array of medical conditions after he started consuming and growing cannabis. After experiencing such incredible benefits himself, he decided he wanted to do all he could to help others through the power of the cannabis plant. He is the co-founder of AlpineStash, a premier Colorado CRAFT cannabis grow.
  3. Statement by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on the importance of conducting proper research to prove safe and effective medical uses for the active chemicals in marijuana and its components. Over the past decade, we’ve seen a growing interest in the development of therapies derived from marijuana and its components. Proponents of “medical marijuana” advertised its uses for a wide number of medical conditions, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety – just to name a few of the touted conditions. The FDA has been supportive of research in this area for many years. But marijuana is a Schedule I compound with known risks. Research to demonstrate that marijuana or its components could be safe and effective in the treatment of medical disorders should be held to the same standard as other drug compounds. And certainly it should not be held to a lower standard, as some proponents would suggest. The FDA has an active program to assist drug developers who want to investigate marijuana or its components through properly controlled clinical trials, to demonstrate the potential for safe and effective uses. Today, the FDA approved a purified form of the drug cannabidiol (CBD). This is one of more than 80 active chemicals in marijuana. The new product was approved to treat seizures associated with two rare, severe forms of epilepsy in patients two years of age and older. This product approval demonstrates that advancing sound scientific research to investigate ingredients derived from marijuana can lead to important therapies. This new treatment provides new options for patients. This is an important medical advance. But it’s also important to note that this is not an approval of marijuana or all of its components. This is the approval of one specific CBD medication for a specific use. And it was based on well-controlled clinical trials evaluating the use of this compound in the treatment of a specific condition. Moreover, this is a purified form of CBD. It’s being delivered to patients in a reliable dosage form and through a reproducible route of delivery to ensure that patients derive the anticipated benefits. This is how sound medical science is advanced. So today, in addition to celebrating this scientific achievement and the medical advance that it represents for these patients and their families, we should also reflect on the path that made this possible. It’s a path that’s available to other product developers who want to bring forth marijuana-derived products through appropriate drug development programs. That pathway includes a robust clinical development program, along with careful review through the FDA’s drug approval process. This is the most appropriate way to bring these treatments to patients. This process also includes a review of the purity of a new drug and manufacturing controls. Before a high-quality drug can be developed, evaluated, and eventually approved by the FDA; it’s critical that the necessary work is done to identify drugs of potential medical benefit and conduct rigorous scientific research through adequate and well-controlled clinical trials. This is true for all drugs, including ones derived from plant materials, like marijuana. And the FDA remains committed to collaborating with federal and state agencies, researchers and product developers on advancing this type of important and conscientious work. This research process – from early development through preclinical and clinical research – gives us a comprehensive understanding of a new drug. That includes an understanding of whether the new product is safe and effective for treating a particular medical condition, what the proper dosage is and for what populations it is safe and effective, how the new compound could interact with other drugs, or whether the new drug has side effects or other safety concerns. This work also helps product developers identify the appropriate dosage needed to achieve the desired therapeutic effect while minimizing toxicity and risk. Taken in totality, the scientific evidence generated by these studies forms the basis of the FDA’s evaluation of benefit versus risk. And it’s because of this careful, scientific and evidence-based evaluation by the FDA that health care providers can rely on having a quality product that delivers a consistent, uniform dose of an effective medication that is able to deliver a predictable treatment to patients. This is especially important when considering treatment for serious medical conditions that will be utilized in the clinical care of patients who may have any number of health vulnerabilities. The purified form of the drug CBD approved today by the FDA has been shown to meet these rigorous standards. Research on the therapeutic effects of marijuana and its components involves a number of federal agencies in addition to the FDA, including the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The FDA has taken several specific steps to support this research. We meet regularly with researchers as they plan and carry out their trials. We have also formed a Botanicals Team that provides scientific expertise on botanical issues for researchers developing drugs derived from plants, such as marijuana. That team published guidance for industry on clinical studies involving botanical drugs, as well as quality controls for lot-to-lot consistency. In recent years, the agency also has recommended to the DEA the approval of several hundred Schedule I research protocol licenses for research on marijuana or its constituent compounds. Additionally, the FDA also works with companies to provide patients access to experimental therapies while clinical trials are ongoing through expanded access provisions. These approaches help protect patients while also allowing for the collection of data necessary to support the FDA approval of safe and effective therapies for use in the broader population. Through this process, hundreds of children were able to get access to investigational CBD products while this product was being studied. Drugs derived from marijuana also are eligible for several programs that are intended to facilitate and expedite development and review of new drugs that address unmet medical needs in the treatment of serious or life-threatening conditions. Much of the work we’ve done to encourage research in this area has led to the approval action we took today. The FDA will continue to support rigorous scientific research on potential medical treatments using marijuana and its components that seek to be developed through the appropriate scientific channels. However, we remain concerned about the proliferation and illegal marketing of unapproved CBD-containing products with unproven medical claims. The promotion and use of these unapproved products may keep some patients from accessing appropriate, recognized therapies to treat serious and even fatal diseases. The FDA has taken recent actions against companies distributing unapproved CBD products. These products have been marketed in a variety of formulations, such as oil drops, capsules, syrups, teas, and topical lotions and creams. These companies have claimed that various CBD products could be used to treat or cure serious diseases such as cancer with no scientific evidence to support such claims. We’ll continue to take action when we see the illegal marketing of CBD-containing products with unproven medical claims. We’re especially concerned when these products are marketed for serious or life threatening diseases, where the illegal promotion of an unproven compound could discourage a patient from seeking other therapies that have proven benefits. Today’s approval demonstrates our commitment to the scientific process and working with product developers to bring marijuana-based products to market. We remain committed to our gold standard for product development and review. Such a process ensures that any new therapies from marijuana and its constituents are safe, effective and manufactured to a high and consistent quality. And most importantly, that these products have been proven safe and effective for patients. The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26800377 RESULTS: CBD treatment yielded a significant positive effect on seizure load. Most of the children (66/74, 89%) reported reduction in seizure frequency: 13 (18%) reported 75-100% reduction, 25 (34%) reported 50-75% reduction, 9 (12%) reported 25-50% reduction, and 19 (26%) reported <25% reduction. Five (7%) patients reported aggravation of seizures which led to CBD withdrawal. In addition, we observed improvement in behavior and alertness, language, communication, motor skills and sleep. Adverse reactions included somnolence, fatigue, gastrointestinal disturbances and irritability leading to withdrawal of cannabis use in 5 patients. CONCLUSIONS: The results of this multicenter study on CBD treatment for intractable epilepsy in a population of children and adolescents are highly promising. Further prospective, well-designed clinical trials using enriched CBD medical cannabis are warranted. Read the full study here http://www.seizure-journal.com/article/S1059-1311(16)00005-4/fulltext
  5. On this episode of Let’s be Blunt, Montel speaks with Dr. Jordan Tishler about the importance of patient safety not being lost in the process of adult use legalization. Dr Tishler graduated from both Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, trained at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and is currently faculty at both the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He has spent many years working with the underserved, particularly providing care for veterans. Having treated countless patients harmed by alcohol and drugs, his observation that he had never seen a cannabis overdose led him to delve deeply into the science of cannabis safety and treatment. He is a frequent speaker and author on a variety of topics related to the medical applications of cannabis, and he is the President of the Association of Cannabis Specialists, which aims to educate clinicians, lawmakers, and the industry about best practices and necessary tools for proper patient care.
  6. On this episode of Let’s Be Blunt, Montel talks with Dr Kenneth Perego, a practicing urologic oncology surgeon who has a strong background in research and new drug discovery. He serves as executive chairman of the board for One World Pharma, a cannabis cultivation company based in Columbia, alongside the companies CEO, legendary NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas. Dr. Perego discusses the endocannabinoid system, the latest in cannabis research, and why Columbia plays an important role in the future of the cannabis supply chain worldwid
  7. According to the new law passed by the Colorado government doctors can prescribe medical marijuana for patients suffering from cancer, HIV and AIDS, glaucoma, PTSD or other chronic medical condition that causes, nausea, severe pain, and seizures. The new law includes all medical conditions in which opioids could be recommended. https://www.myhealthyclick.com/colorado-passes-bill-that-allows-physicians-to-prescribe-medical-marijuana-rather-than-opioids/
  8. Let's Be Blunt with Montel Dr Joseph Rosado holds degrees in clinical nutrition, chiropractic medicine, a medical degree and a MBA in Health Care Management. In 2018, he became a Diplomate of the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine. He is a published author of multiple articles for medical journals, as well as the bestselling book “Hope and Healing-A Case for Cannabis”. He is a co-owner of Coastal Cannabis Clinics and the Co-Medical Director for Minorities 4 Medical Marijuana.
  9. On this episode of Let’s be Blunt, Montel talks with Mark and Christy Zartler. They are parents to twin daughters, one of which, Kara, suffers from Autism and Cerebral Palsy and struggles with severe self-injurious behavior related to her condition. Whole plant cannabis has helped to relieve some of her symptoms when traditional medications didn’t. That wouldn’t be a problem if they lived in a legal medical cannabis state, but they live in Texas. The Zartler’s risk the wrath of law enforcement and Child Protective Services (when Kara was younger) in order to bring their daughter the only medication that brings her relief from her self injurious behavior. They are sharing their story in hopes of helping other families who are coping with similar situations.
  10. Montel talks with Kentiuky native Jim Higdon on this episode of Let’s Be Blunt. Jim wrote the first non-fiction account of the Cornbread Mafia which tells the story of the biggest domestic marijuana syndicate in American history, which took place in his hometown of Marion County, Kentucky. With the books success, he became a nationally recognized cannabis journalist, covering Kentucky for the Washington Post and cannabis policy for POLITICO. In 2018, he left journalism to co-found Cornbread Hemp.
  11. On this episode of Let’s be Blunt, Montel talks with Lisa Quarrell, a mother who lives in East Kilbride, Scotland, who has been tirelessly campaigning for a National Health Service-funded prescription that her son desperately needs. Her 8-year-old son, Cole, was diagnosed with a rare form of severe epilepsy as a baby and suffered up to 20 seizures a day. He had undergone brain surgery and tried 20 different anti-epileptic drugs before before he was prescribed a life-saving cannabis oil which has helped him tremendously. The coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult for her to afford the medication since the fundraising nights she was having were put on hold. She has since been campaigning to have cannabis oil and medications provided and paid for by the NHS but she continues to struggle with the bureaucracy of the Scottish government and NHS Scotland.
  12. Imagine your child is sick…and then you discover that there is something that can bring them relief…BUT you must break the law in order to access that it, and risk the wrath of law enforcement, and worse yet, the threat of Child Protective Services knocking on your door one day and taking your child from you. Would you take the risk to help your child? The new documentary “Weediatrics”, explores stories of families at the heart of this issue. These brave parents went on camera to tell their stories, in hope of creating a greater understanding and empathy for desperate families across the country in similar situations. On this episode of Let’s Be Blunt, Montel explores this topic with the films producer, Erin O’Hearn.
  13. On this episode of Let’s be Blunt, Montel talks with Gina Vensel and Elizabeth Sheldon, the Co-Founders of the Plant Media Project, a boutique marketing company specializing in services for plant medicine and wellness businesses and co-hosts of the Vine podcast, aimed at providing an insightful look into the world of plant medicine. They discuss everything from their personal experiences with cannabis as patients to regulatory advocacy to business practices. https://youtube.com/watch?v=Reg5Jgj0SKw
  14. On this Let’s Be Blunt Short, Montel Williams sits down with George Hodgin, a former US Navy Seal with an MBA from Stanford University. He is the founder and CEO of Biopharmaceutical Research Company which is based out of Monterey, California. In their informative exchange, George expresses his frustration with the lack of evolution of the US federal cannabis industry since the early 1960s and explains that 92% of veterans feel that the federal government should be looking at cannabis as a potential alternative for healthcare treatment.
  15. On this episode of Let’s be Blunt, Montel speaks with Moriah Barnhart. Moriah founded CannaMoms in 2013 after her daughter Dahlia was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer and she discovered that cannabis provided much needed relief in her daughters care. She is a strong proponent of taking rights to one’s body and health and putting it back into the hands and homes of the patients and their caregivers, and she fights diligently alongside those with the same mission and message for legislative changes on a federal and state level. In 2015, Moriah helped launch Women Grow Tampa Bay, serving as founding chairwoman of the organization aimed at connecting, educating, and empowering women in all segments of the cannabis industry. She also organized large-scale advocacy efforts in support of Amendment 2, the successful 2016 ballot measure that established Florida's medical cannabis program. Moriah currently sits on the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Hemp Advisory Committee and Consumer Education Subcommittee. Moriah is a founding board member of WISE Florida, The Women's Initiative for a Safe and Equitable Florida, launched by a diverse group of supporters who recognize the harms caused by cannabis prohibition and share a commitment to advancing sensible cannabis policy reform in Florida.
  16. On this episode of Let’s Be Blunt, Montel chats with Katie Stem, CEO and Founder of Peak Extracts in Oregon. Katie is a graduate of Carleton College where she majored in pre-med and literature. While working for Washington State University and Oregon Health & Science University, she experimented in the fields of physiology, pharmacology and neurology using natural products and pharmaceutical interventions for human diseases. In 2010, she completed her degree in traditional Chinese medicine and became a licensed herbalist and acupuncturist.
  17. On this episode of Let’s be Blunt, Montel chats with Emma Chasen of Eminent Consulting. Emma Chasen has a mission to educate people on the science behind Cannabis so that they may take charge of their own healing. 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, OR. She found her way to Farma, the popular Portland dispensary that takes a more scientific approach to Cannabis; rejecting the Indica/Sativa binary and instead focusing on chemotypes to determine effect. She began her career at Farma as a budtender and was quickly promoted to General Manager and eventually to Director of Education. In this role she was able to focus on educational efforts and create a robust training curriculum that focused on cannabis science, product knowledge and empathetic patient care. Emma now co-owns and operates Eminent Consulting, a cannabis consulting business that offers educational training programs for cannabis industry professionals and lay enthusiasts. She helps brands develop educational marketing collateral and ongoing educational programs to further elevate their brand presence in a competitive industry. She also helps struggling cannabis businesses with business organization and sets them up for success in the competitive adult use market. Emma continues to seek ways to spread cannabis education through consulting, writing, speaking and teaching.
  18. Montel talks with Peter Huson, Ph.d. on this episode of Let’s be Blunt. Peter earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara, has a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a PhD in Structural Engineering from UC San Diego. He co-authored CA Bill AB2020 allowing the Northern Nights Music Festival which he co-founded, to be the first legal cannabis sales and consumption event and paving the way for future events in California. He is the Co-Founder and COO at One Log Cannabis Business Park, the Compliance Officer at Mesh Ventures and serves as the Chief of Operations at Backbone, a cannabis software company.
  19. Montel’s guest on this episode of Let’s Be Blunt, Michael Sanicola, was a preacher once adamantly opposed to cannabis. His world was flipped upside-down when his three sons were diagnosed with PANDAS which eventually led to a cancer diagnosis in his son Michael. He did a complete 180 with his beliefs in cannabis and became a strong advocate for it once he saw what an incredible impact on him and his sons lives. Now, he works to spread his gospel about the medical benefits of cannabis and is writing his memoir, The Pot Preacher.
  20. On this episode of Let’s be Blunt, Montel chats with Brooke Burgstahler, the founder of Budding Mind, a cannabis and wellness blog [cannabis education] that showcases the high quality educational and entertaining content she specializes in. In 2018, she was awarded a Golden Telly for her Docu-Series, Prisoners of Prohibition [cannabis incarceration] that she wrote, produced, and helped direct for Merry Jane Media
  21. The war on drugs has disproportionately devastated minority communities for decades. On this episode of Let’s Be Blunt, Montel talks with Tucky Blunt, who went from getting arrested for selling weed to owning the first equity owned dispensary in the world, Blunts and Moore Dispensary in Oakland, CA. This incredible man is a true testament to walking your own path. He is the owner of Proud Papas Clothing and Proud Papas Detailing. He worked as a detail trainer at Tesla and has over 30 years of auto detailing experience. He graduated from Oaksterdam University in 2008 with a degree in Cannabis and is the co-host of Talking Bluntly
  22. On this episode of Let’s be Blunt, Montel chats with Mike Glazer, a talented actor, Emmy nominated comedian and host at GLAZED, his routinely sold-out live show in LA. He also co-hosts Weed + Grub, an acclaimed podcast with actress and cannabis cultural voice, Mary Jane Gibson. He stars in the 420-friendly comedy shows: High Tech on PRØHBTD, High Guys on Buzzfeed, and First High on Civilized. To date, his work has garnered over 300 million online views. https://youtube.com/watch?v=DMKw6iEPFkc
  23. On this episode of Let’s be Blunt, Montel talks with sibling cannabis entrepreneurs Marie Montmarquet and Allen Hackett. They are co-founders of MD Numbers, Inc., a family of vertically integrated cannabis brands — MD Farms, Marie’s Deliverables, and Legacy Coterie — that provide a range of goods and services to the California supply chain. MD Numbers mission is simple: to educate and to grow. MD Numbers, Inc. looks to continue to create successful sustainable companies which will give back to the communities. Sustainability means several things to MD Numbers, Inc., the first is to be equitable for all those involved, the second is caring about our environmental impact to sustain the world we live in and lastly, sustaining the plant that provides so much for so many by continuing to provide our clientele with the highest quality possible
  24. Montel talks with Abigail Peck on this episode of Let’s be Blunt about employment discrimination for medical cannabis use. Abigail is a music teacher who has three kids between her and her partner. She has been using medicinal cannabis since 2016 to treat an autoimmune disease which she was diagnosed with in 2011. She shares her story of being terminated from her teaching position after following procedure for disclosing her medical cannabis use.
  25. RESEARCHING CANNABIS | GEORGE HODGIN On this episode of Let’s be Blunt, Montel talks with George Hodgin, a former US Navy SEAL who earned his MBA from Stanford University. He is the founder and CEO of Biopharmaceutical Research Company which is based out of Monterey, California. BRC is a a federally compliant specialty cannabis research company that holds several Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) licenses that allow it to engage in legal cannabis activities federally. BRC imported the first ever legal cannabis (containing THC) into the USA under DEA permit from the European Union and from Latin America and works closely with academic researchers and drug developers. https://youtube.com/watch?v=NJSUXblXMrc
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