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Author Archive | Nick Opich

Eben Britton, Former NFL Offensive Lineman

Welcome to the Green Rush, a KCSA Strategic Communications Production, and a weekly conversation hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich.

Each episode we talk with the most interesting, influential, people in cannabis and psychedelic industries and this week we’re replaying an old favorite of ours, our conversation with Eben Britton, a former NFL offensive lineman and a dedicated cannabis and psychedelics advocate, podcaster and all-around fascinating guy.

Selected 39th overall in the 2009 NFL draft, Eben spent four years with the Jacksonville Jaguars followed by two with the Chicago Bears. Since his retirement in 2014, Britton has been extremely open about his use of cannabis as a preferred method of pain management during his football career, and has cited the health risks associated with pharmaceutical painkillers as a reason why players should not be punished for choosing a natural alternative. Britton is now a board member of Athletes for Care, a group that advocates for athletes on various issues of health and safety including the use of cannabis as medicine.

This is truly a fascinating conversation, one that covers mental health, cannabis, the NFL and psychedelics. Eben gives our hosts a deep, personal dive into the trials and tribulations of his football career and how cannabis has helped him achieve a greater sense of peace in his post-playing career.

So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy our conversation with Eben Britton. 

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This episode was hosted by Lewis Goldberg and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thegreenrushpodcast/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenRushPodcast/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuEQkvdjpUnPyhF59wxseqw?disable_polymer=true

Ian Dominguez, Portfolio Manager of Delta Emerald Ventures

Welcome to the Green Rush, a KCSA Strategic Communications Production, and a weekly conversation hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich.

Each episode we talk with the most interesting, influential, people in cannabis and psychedelic industries and this week our hosts Anne and Nick are chatting with Ian Dominguez, Portfolio Manager of Delta Emerald Ventures, a data science-led investment firm focused on the cannabis space. 

A veteran of investing in the CPG and grocery space, Ian has held a long passion about the ever-changing needs of consumers and bringing those evolving trends to light through data and analytics. Since helping to launch Delta Emerald in July 2019, Ian and his team have been building a diverse portfolio across the cannabis sector, allowing him to have a detailed understanding and unique insights into the growth potential across the entire cannabis ecosystem. 

Anne and Nick sat down with Ian to explore his path to the cannabis industry and learn more about how Delta Emerald evaluates the market and where it sees the greatest opportunity. In addition, we explore the future of the MSO model, how regulations are changing the industry, consumer trends and branding as well as common misconceptions investors have about the industry.

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Ian Dominguez.  

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoeand Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications. 

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thegreenrushpodcast/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenRushPodcast/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuEQkvdjpUnPyhF59wxseqw?disable_polymer=true

MJ Today Crossover – The Kris and Heather Show

For our loyal Green Rush listeners we are happy to share a special episode recorded from early May by our friends at MJ Today starring friends of the podcast Kris Krane and Heather Sullivan. 

In this special episode, hosts Kris and Heather interview each other and dive into their histories in legal cannabis and how they got started down their respective career paths. It’s a great discussion providing a ton of insight into the early days of the industry and how each executive has navigated the highly complex waters of cannabis to find success. 

In addition to Kris’ work with KCSA, Kris has been a host with MJ Today for over 8 years, sharing with the podcast world his knowledge and experiences in the cannabis sector. Heather joined the cannabis world in 2015, playing a key role in the successful Adult Use Marijuana campaign in Maine. She currently works as a licensing, compliance and regulatory affairs expert with Curaleaf, a leading multi-state operator.

The  Marijuana Today is a podcast about the business and politics of marijuana. It is a nerdy and in-depth discussion for those who want a behind the scenes look at the latest marijuana news. Every week MJ Today aims to have the highest-level conversation around about the latest developments in the marijuana industry, the politics of legalization, and the effectiveness of public policy. 

So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Kris Krane and Heather Sullivan of MJ Today. 

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thegreenrushpodcast/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenRushPodcast/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuEQkvdjpUnPyhF59wxseqw?disable_polymer=true

Rick Gillis, President & COO of The Tinley Beverage Company

Welcome to the Green Rush, a KCSA Strategic Communications Production, and a weekly conversation hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich.

Each episode we talk with the most interesting, influential, people in cannabis and psychedelic industries and this week our host Anne is chatting with Rick Gillis, CEO of The Tinley Beverage Company, a leading manufacturer of cannabis beverages.  

A veteran of the CPG and beverage space, Rick has spend over 30 years in various senior positions in the alcohol and beverage sector, most recently serving as President of Youngs Market Company and before the Executive Vice President of Coca-Cola Enterprises Southwest Division. 

Anne sat down with Rick to explore his thoughts on the burgeoning cannabis beverage space and to learn more about how Tinley is breaking through the noise to establish a premium brand. The two also discuss Tinley’s relationship with beer giant Pabst, how he’s been able to grow the Company since its early days and what he expects the market to look like post-legalization. With a wealth of experience and knowledge about this sector, anyone interested in cannabis beverages will not want to miss this conversation. 

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Rick Gillis.  

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe of KCSA Strategic Communications.  

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thegreenrushpodcast/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenRushPodcast/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuEQkvdjpUnPyhF59wxseqw?disable_polymer=true

Kylie Halperin, CEO and Co-Founder of DD8

Welcome to the Green Rush, a KCSA Strategic Communications Production, and a weekly conversation hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich.

Each episode we talk with the most interesting, influential, people in cannabis and psychedelic industries and this week our hosts are chatting with Kylie Halperin, the CEO and Co-Founder of DD8, a hemp wellness company bringing Delta 8 THC and other minor cannabinoids to consumers and patients.

After spending a decade as a marketing executive working with major brands like PepsiCo, Dell and Revlon, Kylie felt the itch to join the hemp and cannabis industry and build a brand that brings the less hallucinogenic Delta 8 THC to the masses.

This being our first-time exploring Delta 8, Anne and Nick were excited to sit down with Kylie to learn more about her cannabis journey, what it was like to launch her company in the midst of the pandemic, how Delta 8 works and why it’s an appealing alternative for the cannacurious. Kylie was able to provide us with a ton of education on Delta 8 and provide a peek into what kind of growth we can expect from DD8 in the near future.

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Kylie Halperin.

 

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications.  

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thegreenrushpodcast/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenRushPodcast/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuEQkvdjpUnPyhF59wxseqw?disable_polymer=true

Tim Ko, CEO of Entheon Biomedical

This week, The Green Rush is republishing one of our favorite episodes from the last couple of months from when we spoke with Tim Ko, CEO of Entheon Biomedical, a company that is pioneering a leading-edge addiction recovery solution that harnesses and optimizes the therapeutic potential of the DMT molecule. 

Entheon exists to invert the addiction-recovery ratio, turning the ‘untreatable case’ and ‘lost cause’ from the norm to the exception. When it comes to treating addiction, the rate of success is so low that society has been conditioned to accept – and even expect – failure. This manner of thinking is both unacceptable and counterproductive. There is a need for an alternative approach, that addresses the human cost of addiction for individuals, families and society at large. Entheon is developing a DMT-assisted therapeutic protocol that will be specifically tailored to address the core mechanisms underlying drug-seeking and using behavior.

For hosts Nick and Phil Carlson, this is one of the most powerful interviews we have ever had on the show and we wanted to revisit the conversation around addiction, its effect not only on those afflicted but their friends and families and how psychedelics may be the light at the end of the tunnel for so many struggling. 

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Tim Ko of Entheon Biomedical. 

Timothy Ko. Chief Executive Officer

Timothy Ko has a broad background of leading private ventures in the Service Sector, Investor Relations, Retail and Technology. Timothy’s passion for the psychedelic space is shaped by firsthand knowledge of the shortcomings of the current mental health system, and through his exposure to psychedelics which he credits with saving his life.

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Nick Opich and Phil Carlson of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thegreenrushpodcast/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenRushPodcast/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuEQkvdjpUnPyhF59wxseqw?disable_polymer=true

Judy Yee, CEO and Co-Founder of KZen

This week on The Green Rush our hosts are chatting with Judy Yee, CEO and Co-Founder of KZen, a leading cannabis beverage company.

Judy brings 20+ years of health and wellness, food and beverage experience to the cannabis industry having previously worked for brands like The Clorox Company, Nestle, Earthbound Farm and Crystal Geyser. Her hope is that in founding K-Zen and sharing her own story, she can continue to advocate for cannabis as a healing plant with the potential to benefit so many people.

Nick and Anne sat down with Judy to learn more about her cannabis journey, how her experience working for large CPG brands has helped her scale Kzen quickly, and how she envisions the cannabis beverage space maturing in the short and long-term. Judy provided a ton of interesting insights in this conversation and this will be a must listen 

Now sit back, lean forward and enjoy the show! 

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications.  

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thegreenrushpodcast/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenRushPodcast/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuEQkvdjpUnPyhF59wxseqw?disable_polymer=true

Kris Krane and Lewis Goldberg are back!

It’s time for a new episode of the Green Rush and this week we have our old friends Lewis Goldberg and Kris Krane joining us for a riveting discussion on the evolution of the cannabis industry and to break some very exciting news. 

In this episode, hosts Anne and Nick invite long-time host and friend Lewis Goldberg back into the booth as he returns to the show he hosted for 100+ episodes. We chat with Lewis about what he’s been up to and tease some of the exciting content upcoming for our Green Rush listeners. Our hosts also had the pleasure of sitting down with friend of the podcast Kris Krane, who joined us to talk about his history within the industry, how the space has evolved over the last decade and what he anticipates will come next for the growing cannabis marketplace. Kris also talks about his future at 4Front and what he has planned for his next evolution in the cannabis space. 

So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe, Lewis Goldberg and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications.  

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thegreenrushpodcast/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenRushPodcast/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuEQkvdjpUnPyhF59wxseqw?disable_polymer=true

Greg Wagner, CEO of RYAH Group

Today, Anne and Nick are chatting with Greg Wagner, CEO of RYAH Group, a connected device and data company focused on using its technology to help doctors, clinics, dispensaries and more monitor and manage formulations effects of cannabis on patients.

Wagner is a 20+ year financial markets global head and intrapreneur who recently took over the helm of RYAH and has helped the company develop key research partnerships with organizations like Medicann in the UK and the University of Milan. Anne and Nick sat down with Greg to learn more about the company and its most recent listing on the CSE, RYAH’s IP portfolio and the rise of IoT in the cannabis space and how the data his company is collecting can bridge the knowledge gap for the medical cannabis industry. 

Now sit back, lean forward and enjoy the show! 

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications.  

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thegreenrushpodcast/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenRushPodcast/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuEQkvdjpUnPyhF59wxseqw?disable_polymer=true

Andrea Brooks, CEO and Founder of Sava

Today, our host Anne Donohoe is talking with Andrea Brooks, Founder and CEO of Sava, an e-commerce company delivering cannabis to the larger Bay Area. 

Andrea is a cannabis advocate, lobbyist for social change, and an entrepreneur with a passion for health and wellness. Following a disabling injury in which cannabis played a crucial role in her recovery, she was inspired to advocate for the plant and build solutions in the space. Since then she’s built Sava into a highly curated cannabis e-commerce company delivering to the larger Bay Area. Under her stewardship, Sava has grown from 1 to 50 employees, expanded its product offering to more than 70 brands and 750 SKUs, and experienced 10X growth in revenue.

Anne chats with Andrea about the founding and growth of Sava, what its been like for her within the industry as a queer woman, and the impact she hopes to have on the industry as a whole. 

Now sit back, lean forward and enjoy the show! 

Links and mentions in the show

Links to the guest’s company and social media accounts

Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe of KCSA Strategic Communications.  

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thegreenrushpodcast/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenRushPodcast/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuEQkvdjpUnPyhF59wxseqw?disable_polymer=true

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