In this episode I have two fascinating guests; Cathie Bennett Warner AND The Reverend Doctor Kymron deCesare of Steep Hill Labs.
Cathie is President of The CBW Group, which is a San Francisco based public relations firm with expertise in promoting and creating high profile events on important issues for opinion leaders making an impact on the world.
Cathie is also a breast cancer survivor of 25 years and has been a pioneer in the patient advocacy movement on behalf of the disease. Today, she is helping patients and mothers of children across the United States who need access to safe and tested medical cannabis as Director of Public Relations and Government Relations for Steep Hill, the largest cannabis testing lab network in the United States.
Kym is the Chief Research Officer of Steep Hill, where he trains Steep Hill scientists and serves as a developer for various research programs, protocols and methods. Kym is regarded as an industry leader in the cannabis science and analytics testing market.
He is a much sought after expert and lecturer on the complexities of the cannabis plant for healing in the medicinal marijuana market and also the development of specific therapies, and protection against contaminants. He advises growers, developers and consumers on all aspects of the cannabis industry.
Kym came to Steep Hill as a Co-Founder of Halent Laboratory in Sacramento, CA, a science-based cannabis testing company, which was co-founded with Dr. Donald Land in 2011. Kym is also a Taoist minister ordained in 1975.
In this in-depth interview, Kym and Cathie talk about cannabis testing and why it is so important for everybody who uses both medical and recreational cannabis. This information is very important and can save your life.
Cathie & Kym answer the following questions in this interview:
• Will you share your stories of how you were attracted to becoming such outspoken advocates for medicinal cannabis?
• Let’s take a look at cannabis itself. Medical cannabis advocates claim that cannabis can and has successfully treated a multitude of diseases, such as cancer, Parkinson’s and seizure disorders. Because of these extensive claims many people think of cannabis as “snake oil” and yet to be proven as a real treatment for diseases. What would you say to those people?
• Can you talk to us about the endocannabinoid system…it’s function and why it is so important for human health?
• It seems that the medical industry, as a whole, is still very reticent in regards to treating and advocating the use of medical cannabis for their patients. In fact, I believe that there is still only handful of medical schools that even acknowledge the existence of the endocannabinoid system. Where are we at now and what is needed to educate doctors on the benefits of medicinal cannabis?
• It seems that a lot of the recent advances in cannabis treatment and dosing has been coming from the pioneering efforts of collectives, such as Myriams Hope, where they experiment with different strains and compounds…almost on the fly to produce the cannabis oil to treat their patients fighting cancer and other serious diseases. Where are we now in the field of cannabis research and who is doing it?
• So let’s take a closer look at cannabis testing. Where are we at now and why is testing so important?
• Are there any standards or requirements for the purity of cannabis in the states that it is legal?
• How can patients tell if the cannabis they’re obtaining has been tested?
• Cathie, can you talk to us about Steep Hill, what you do there and why they are now the industry leader in cannabis testing?
• There have been a lot of buzz lately about the DEA finally de-scheduling cannabis. This could be a big-time game-changer for cannabis in a lot of ways, both good and bad. What are your hopes and concerns with de-scheduling?
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