Zoe Helene is the founder of Cosmic Sister. Zoe is a classically trained multi-disciplinary artist and cultural activist best known for advocacy in the areas of psychoactive and psychedelic plants and fungi, specifically in regards to education, safety, legalization, and “psychedelic feminism,” a term and hashtag she coined and has popularized.
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.
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.