Cannabis 101: The Endocannabinoid System and Opioid Addiction

October 11, 2016
Hosted by Eva “Sativa” Losey-Grossman with Co-Hosts Katie Reiter and Rebecca Gasca

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This week on Everyday Cannabis with Eva Sativa, Eva and her boo Boris the Service Dog are joined by co-hosts Katie Reiter and Rebecca Gasca to give you the quick and dirty Cannabis 101 lesson you’ve been waiting for. Dr. Dustin Sulak, a renowned integrative medicine physician, incredible patient advocate, and founder of Integr8 Health and Healer.com, is here to tell us all about the endocannabinoid system and the age-old healing properties of cannabis. Also on this thought-provoking episode, Eva Sativa covers a controversial topic that is plaguing the nation: The Opioid Epidemic. Is cannabis a solution to the growing opioid epidemic? Find out the answer to this question and more on this fact-filled episode of Everyday Cannabis with Eva Sativa.

Everyday Cannabis with Eva Sativa

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Each week on Everyday Cannabis, Eva Sativa hosts a thoughtful, positive, educational and entertaining conversation about cannabis. Eva credits her life to cannabis, and now it is her mission to educate the community while helping others gain access to safe, affordable cannabis medicines. With the help of industry experts, patients and taste makers, Eva will present to you, whether curious abstainer or long-time connoisseur with stories of hope and inspiration, on-air product reviews, and relevant insight into topics like cutting edge medical cannabis research, the cannabis role in ending the opioid epidemic, cannabis vs. cancer, careers in cannabis, cannabis legalization and dabbing 101. Everyday Cannabis will clear the smoke on “reefer madness” myths by providing honest, open and real cannabis talk with no sticks, no seeds, and no shame.

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Eva “Sativa” Losey-Grossman with Co-Hosts Katie Reiter and Rebecca Gasca

Eva “Sativa” Losey-Grossman with Co-Hosts Katie Reiter and Rebecca Gasca

Eva Losey-Grossman is a medical cannabis advocate, expert and patient who credits medical cannabis for saving her life. She has a lifelong seizure disorder and suffered severe surgical complications that led to three years of recovery, the discovery of her own personal course of cannabis treatment, and a dream of working in the cannabis industry.

After moving to Nevada, Eva worked as a Dispensary Manager, where she helped open the first licensed cultivation and vertically integrated dispensary in the state. Using her background in media, Eva developed the company’s marketing and social media strategy and was promoted to Director of Marketing and Community Outreach.

After helping thousands of courageous patients achieve a better quality of life, Eva has built a dual mission to help those in need access high quality, affordable, lab-tested cannabis, and to educate the community on the benefits of cannabis use. She has sat on conference panels, given educational presentations and contributed to published articles. Eva was on the board of the Nevada Medical Marijuana Association and is now President of the Northern Nevada WECAN Chapter, a social non-profit medical cannabis advocacy group.

Eva is Community and Business Cultivation Director at Pistil and Stigma, where she uses her passion and experience in the cannabis industry to support successful and ethical businesses. She continues to spread her message of hope and health.

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Episode Directory

November 2016

October 2016

  • 10/25/2016: Road Trip to the Emerald Triangle: Smoke Sesh with Swami and Nikki Listen Now
  • 10/18/2016: Hope Springs Eternal: Real Stories from Real Patients Listen Now
  • 10/11/2016: Cannabis 101: The Endocannabinoid System and Opioid Addiction Listen Now
  • 10/4/2016: The Road to Cannabis Legalization in California: Meet the Friends of Prop 64 Listen Now

September 2016

Eric Carlson


Eric Carlson serves as Director of Hemp Affairs for the National Cannabis Chamber of Commerce and Managing Partner of New Forest Agriculture. Having been involved in the legal cannabis industry since CO passed cannabis legalization - Eric took the route less traveled in pursuing hemp and creating the infrastructure needed for its resurgence to thrive. Having experienced the first-hand turbulence a new industry offers, it's Eric's intent that by collaborating with professionals, bureaucrats, farmers, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs that hemp will one day provide the beneficial impact rural communities are seeking. Eric recently relocated from Denver, CO to Sacramento, CA with his wife Blake and their dog Bodhi. He can be reached at eric@nationalcannabischamber.com. View Guest page

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Swami Chaitanya


Swami Chaitanya grew his first plants on a south facing slope of Telegraph Hill in the heart of San Francisco in the late 1970’s. It wasn’t until many years later, after sampling cannabis products across the globe, and living in India for many years, that he moved to Mendocino County to hone the fine art of cultivating sun grown cannabis organically. Swami has been a Judge in The Emerald Cup since it began in 2003 and is also a founding member of the Mendocino Cannabis Policy Council, Mendocino County Industry Association, and a member of CCIA-Ag. "Swami Select" brand of cannabis is grown with organic methods using only soil from his ranch and compost teas - and lots of love and respect for the most incredible plant on earth. For more information, go to www.SwamiSelect.com. View Guest page

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Chris Conrad


Chris Conrad is a well known author, consultant, public speaker, cannabis expert witness, museum curator and internationally respected authority on cannabis, industrial hemp, medical marijuana, cultivation, garden yields, processing, dosages, commercial intent, personal use and cannabis culture. He teaches at Oaksterdam University and the International Pharmacological Academy and has given numerous presentations for continuing legal education (CLE) and continuing medical education (CME) programs. As an expert witness, Chris has given testimony which has helped to shape California medical marijuana law. He is married to prominent human rights activist Mikki Norris. View Guest page

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Rebecca Gasca


Rebecca Gasca is the founder and CEO of Pistil + Stigma and co-founder and managing partner of Greenlight Drafts. Rebecca’s community outreach, policy, and legislative background began in 2008 as the primary lobbyist for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nevada. At the ACLU, her non-partisan, coalition building approach garnered attention and support from unexpected allies across the political spectrum on hundreds of pieces of legislation. Under Rebecca’s direction, Pistil + Stigma is a full service firm focusing on social impact while utilizing traditional and non-traditional community relations and public outreach tools, supporting clients in areas stretching from energy policy and juvenile justice to medical marijuana and national health care issues, as well as economic and business development. View Guest page

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Dr. Stephanie Jackson


Dr. Stephanie Jackson is a neurologist and concierge physician who believes in a holistic approach to healing focused on integrative and functional medicine. As a certified yoga practitioner and a student of Reiki, her practice focuses on interconnecting healing methods that allow her patients to manage their health in a unique and effective way. Her practice has taught her the miraculous healing potential of the cannabis plant as a safe alternative to the side effects of medication, and her personalized care techniques provide patients with a physical, mental, and spiritual approach to health that empowers each and every one to take charge of their life. View Guest page

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Sarah Krings-Lien


Sarah Krings-Lien is a mother of two boys, ages 2 and 4, and also works as the Director of Research for Pistil + Stigma and Greenlight Drafts. Before becoming a professional in the cannabis industry, she worked as a seasonal laborer on multiple cannabis farms in California. She is also a trained birth doula, an expert in sandbag construction, and bilingual in English and Spanish. Sarah is a medical cannabis patient and is proud to be teaching her children openly and honestly about cannabis. View Guest page

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Nikki Lastreto


Nikki Lastreto and Swami Chaitanya are the founders of Swami Select brand cannabis and www.SwamiSelect.com. They have cultivated premium sungrown cannabis with organic methods, using only compost teas and soil from their ranch in Mendocino County. They are founding members of the Mendocino Cannabis Policy Council and the Mendocino Cannabis Industry Association and members of CCIA-Ag. As Judges for The Emerald Cup flowers division since it started 13 years ago, they have sampled thousands of strains and enjoy sharing knowledge about being Cannabis Connoisseurs. View Guest page

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Eugene Monroe


Former Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe is a vocal medical cannabis advocate who has recently criticized the NFL’s drug policy, which bans the use of medical cannabis while continuing to support the reliance on opiates that have led to addiction in the league. Monroe was released from his $37.5 million contract with the Ravens earlier this year and in July announced his retirement from the NFL due to extensive injuries that have led him to miss 15 games over the last two years. Now that he has retired, Monroe continues to advocate for the use of medical cannabis, donating $80,000 to Johns Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania to study the medical benefits of cannabis, and investing a share of at least 5% with Green Thumb Industries (GTI), an Illinois-based cultivation company with a dispensary license to operate in Nevada. View Guest page

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Mikki Norris


Mikki Norris has been an activist for drug policy reform since 1989 when she formed the American Hemp Council and Family Council on Drug Awareness with her husband, Chris Conrad. In subsequent years, they took several cross-country trips to educate the public on the many uses of hemp, and to network and strategize with activists and business people on how to advance the movement. In 1993, she and Chris moved to Amsterdam to design exhibits for and curate the Hash Marijuana Hemp Museum, which they updated in 2000 (the museum was again updated in 2013). As community action co-coordinator for Californians for Medical Rights, she helped organize petitioners to qualify the medical marijuana initiative (Prop. 215, the Compassionate Use Act) for the 1996 ballot. She is currently co-publisher of theLeafOnline.com and working on the Adult Use of Marijuana Act campaign with Friends of AUMA. View Guest page

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Ben Pollara


Ben Pollara is the campaign manager for United for Care, the campaign to approve medical marijuana in Florida. He has been involved in Democratic politics in Florida since 2002 and serves as a member of Hillary Clinton’s National Finance Committee. Ben is a partner at LSN Partners in Miami, FL. View Guest page

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Sarah Rosenfeld


Sarah's passion for the Medical Marijuana Industry lies in her desire to help destigmatize Medical Marijuana so businesses can function seamlessly within the context of state regulations. Her experience in being a minority owner and founder of an MME in Nevada, MMG Agriculture, has highlighted some of the difficulties that Medical Marijuana Businesses encounter as a result of special status. Sarah's drive to comply and function as a normal business has lead her to find many solutions to the industry's distinct and unique challenges. View Guest page

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Tick Segerblom


Senator Tick Segerblom is the father of Nevada's Medical Marijuana law, SB 374, which was adopted by the 2013 legislature. He currently is Co-Chair of the campaign to pass Nevada's recreational marijuana initiative, Treat Marijuana Like Alcohol, which Nevadan voters passed 54% to 46%. Segerblom, a fourth generation Nevada legislator, has served in the State Senate since 2012 and previously served in the State Assembly from 2006 to 2012. He served in the White House under President Carter and was State Chair of the Nevada Democratic Party from 1990-94. In his private practice Senator Segerblom represents employees and unions and has been recognized as one of Nevada's top employment lawyers since 1993. He graduated from Pomona College in 1971 and received his law degree from the University of Denver in 1975. He is a member of the Nevada, Colorado and California bars. View Guest page

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Andrew Smith-Mebust


Andrew Smith-Mebust is a 29 year old living with Parkinsonism, Chronic Fatigue, and Chronic Migraines. He was first introduced to medicinal cannabis after he suffered a brain and heart infection in late 2012. He has found that Vegetable Glycerine Tinctures made from Ringo #4 (a CBD dominant strain) and Gorilla Glue #4 have had life changing healing effects. Previously wheelchair-bound, Andrew now enjoys a healthy life practicing swimming, yoga, cycling, and boxing thanks to medical cannabis. His experience has inspired him to become an advocate for medical cannabis patients everywhere, and hopes to one day see the miracle plant legalized globally. View Guest page

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CeCe Stanton


Founder & CEO of The Cannabis Network, which provides networking & consulting services including business operations, intellegence & strategic relationship development to many Northern Nevada MMJ Businesses including relations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Washington and Oregon. CeCe is also the co-director of WeCan775 of chapter of WeCan.org, which is an organization for the wellness, education and advocacy of MMJ Patients throughout Nevada. View Guest page

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Keith Stroup


Keith Stroup is the founder and currently legal counsel for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Stroup obtained his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Illinois in 1965, and in 1968 he graduated from Georgetown Law School in Washington, DC. Stroup founded NORML in 1970 and ran the organization through 1979, during which 11 states decriminalized minor marijuana offenses. Stroup rejoined the board of directors of NORML in 1994, and was asked to resume his duties as executive director of the organization in 1995, a position he held again for 10 years, stepping aside in 2005 and serving as NORML Legal Counsel since. Stroup has received various awards for his work including the Richard J. Dennis Drugpeace Award and the Al Horn Award from the NORML Legal Committee. In 2013 Stroup published the history of NORML entitled It’s NORML To Smoke Pot: the 40 Year Fight for Marijuana Smokers’ Rights. View Guest page

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Dr. Dustin Sulak


Dr. Dustin Sulak is an integrative medicine physician with an emphasis in osteopathy, energy medicine, mind-body medicine, and medical cannabis. His clinical practice focuses on treating refractory conditions in adults and children with an individualized, health-centered approach. Dr. Sulak is the founder of Integr8 Health, an integrative medicine center with 3 locations in New England that treat over 18,000 patients with medical cannabis, and Healer.com, an education and research portal for medical cannabis patients. View Guest page

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Lauren Vazquez


Lauren Vazquez is the Fired Up Lawyer. She has worked for over a decade to end cannabis prohibition and advance alternatives to the failed war on drugs. In 2011, she launched her law practice providing advice and legal services to advocacy groups, collectives, cooperatives, vendors, and cultivators. Lauren is also on the faculty of Oaksterdam University and is the new National Deputy Director of Communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. She created the nation's first and only pro bono legal clinic for medical cannabis patients at SPARC collective in San Francisco. Lauren has been invited to speak at cannabis events across the country and has made numerous media appearances advocating for drug policy reform. Over the last decade, Lauren has helped lead us out of the dark ages of cannabis prohibition into the brave new world of legalization. View Guest page

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Mary L. Webber


Mary L. Webber is a Nevada medical cannabis patient who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis nine years ago. Pharmaceuticals were ineffective at treating her symptoms which led Mary to seek out alternative treatments. After trying 10-12 strains, she discovered that Gorilla Glue #4 began reversing her neuropathy and alleviated her intense nerve pain and muscle spasticity. She began learning about cannabis, and quickly put the lessons to use by creating effective cannabis medicaments that are used in a variety of extremely effective applications. View Guest page

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