Brigitte Mars is a master herbalist, university professor, author and nutritional consultant of Natural Health with some fifty years of experience. She teaches Herbal Medicine at Naropa University and The School of Health Mastery in Iceland. She has been the faculty advisor for the Psychedelic Club at Naropa University and is the voice for the audio version of The Psychedelic Prayers, based on The Tao Te Ching as translated by Timothy Leary and Dr. Ralph Metzner. She is a longtime member of MAPS and a recent graduate of the Psychedelic Sitter’s School in Boulder, Colorado.
Brigitte is the author of many books including The Home Reference to Holistic Health and Healing, The Country Almanac of Home Remedies, The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine, Beauty by Nature, Addiction Free Naturally, The Sexual Herbal, Healing Herbal Teas, Rawsome!, and co-author of The HempNut Cookbook. Her DVDs include Sacred Psychoactive, Herbal Wizardry for Kids of all Ages, Natural Remedies for Childhood Ailments, Overcoming Addictions, and Natural Remedies for Emotional Health. Her latest project is a phone app called iPlant that helps budding herbalists to identify plants in the wild.
Stephen Gray is editor of, and contributor to, the book, Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally. Stephen is a teacher and writer on spiritual subjects and sacramental medicines. He has worked extensively with Tibetan Buddhism, the Native American Church, and with entheogenic medicines. The author of Returning to Sacred World: A Spiritual Toolkit for the Emerging Reality, he is also a conference and workshop organizer, leader, and speaker as well as a part-time photographer and music composer under the artist name Keary.
Cannabis is the most genetically diverse plant in the world. But how has it evolved as a species, and how has it has co-evolved with humans? How has domestication changed the marijuana plant? Understanding today’s crazy mix of hybrid strains, why they’re so different, and what makes each one unique is a huge undertaking. Our guest today believes that increased genetic knowledge about cannabis will transform how people relate to this plant. Mowgli Holmes, PHD, is Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Phylos Bioscience, a cannabis genomics company based in Portland, Oregon. Mowgli is a molecular and evolutionary biologist. He is a founding board member of the Cannabis Safety Institute and the Open Cannabis Project, and is Chair of the Oregon State Cannabis Research Task Force.
The United States is in the midst of a new Golden Age of legal weed. Recreational marijuana is now legal in four states. This changing legal landscape requires thinking about marijuana’s history, use, recipes, safety and legality in new ways. David Schmader is the author of the new book, Weed: The User’s Guide: A 21st Century Handbook for Enjoying Marijuana. David is a writer living and working in Seattle. From 1999-2014, Schmader served as associate editor at Seattle’s Pulitzer-winning newsweekly the Stranger, writing the column ‘Last Days: The Week in Review’.
Bruce Barcott is the author of the new book, Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America. The magnitude of the change in America’s relationship to marijuana can’t be measured in only economic or social terms: There are deeper shifts going on here – cultural realignments, social adjustments, and financial adjustments. The place of marijuana in our lives is being rethought, reconsidered, and recalibrated. Four decades after Richard Nixon declared a War on Drugs, that long campaign has reached a point of exhaustion and failure. The era of its winding down as arrived.