Episode 94 - Can you imagine walking into a CVS or Walgreens and asking your pharmacist for a Blue Dream tincture?
The fabulous Dr. Swathi Varanasi argues that switched on pharmacists should play a major role in medical cannabis and CBD.
Dr. Swathi is blazing a path into the new field of Integrative Pharmacology, one that blends the science of healing plant medicines with pharmaceuticals. It makes sense, since most of us are using some combination of the two already. It would help us all if we knew which compounds work better together and which combinations to avoid. Dr. Swathi has dedicated her practice to educating people and pharmacists about medical cannabis and CBD. She is also a consultant to Elementa Apothec, a new line of skincare, beauty and wellness CBD products hitting the market early next year.
Disclosure: Swathi is the co-author of the “Cannabis Science and Therapeutics for Pharmacists” course that Medical Cannabis Mentor just launched (and is currently on sale). Her dedication so inspired me that I invited her to collaborate in creating the course. Life is short and we prefer working with people who inspire each other.
Backstory on this episode: Matthew and I recorded this episode on November 4th, the day after the early voting results were tallied and just 8 hours after The Orange Loser lied again, declaring himself the winner of a second term. The fact that 70 million of my fellow citizens think this guy deserves more time in office explains the “heroin in my tea” line. Or, as my artist friend Tucker Hollingsworth put it more poetically, “Half the country is trying to leave a four year abusive relationship; the other half still doesn’t realize they were in one.”
News Update: In case you somehow missed it five US states voted YES for legal cannabis. New Jersey, Arizona, Montana and South Dakota (!) went for full adult use. Mississippians voted for medical cannabis. Voters in Oregon and Washington DC approved legal psychedelic therapies (which I want to begin immediately given the aforementioned PTSD of the last four years).
Georgia on Our Minds: If you're interested in finishing the election job and flipping the senate, here's a great list of organizations and ways to volunteer in Georgia or from your home. This is an epic battle. Don't sit on the sidelines, friends.
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See you soon!