Grow Your Own: Plant Medicine Education ft. Amanda Reiman
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In Episode 142 of the show we sit down with Amanda Reiman to discuss the importance of growing your own plant medicine. Amanda is the Founder and CEO of Personal Plants which is an online platform that’s been deemed the “food network for mushrooms and cannabis” focusing on providing education for consumers to grow therapeutic plants at home. Amanda has committed over two decades of her academic and professional career to advocating on behalf of plant medicine.
We have an in-depth conversation about why growing your own is an important right to have as an individual. Amanda shares with us how this topic relates to social and economic justice issues and some of the downfalls that have occurred with over-reaching regulations in some states. We also discuss the topic of commercialization of both cannabis and psychedelics and what that impact has and will have on the future of plant medicine. Amanda provides insight into what she thinks will happen with the psychedelic movement with legalization and how that differs from what we’ve experienced with cannabis.
Amanda concludes the episode sharing more about how Personal Plants has become an online resource for the canna-curious looking to understand more about plant medicine from cultivation to responsible consumption.
Give this episode a listen! Amanda provides many great insights that we have briefly covered in past episodes bringing them all full circle in Episode 142.
Amanda Reiman is the Founder of Personal Plants, a multimedia platform designed to support the home cultivation and processing of therapeutic plants. Personal Plants is The Food Network for medicinal plants.
After receiving her PhD from UC Berkeley, Dr. Reiman was the Director of Research and Patient Services at Berkeley Patients Group, one of the oldest dispensaries in the country, and the Manager of Marijuana Law and Policy for the Drug Policy Alliance, a national non-profit that was engaged in the drafting and campaigns of legalization initiatives across the country and abroad. She also taught courses on substance abuse treatment and drug policy at UC Berkeley for 10 years.
Dr. Reiman is an internationally recognized cannabis expert and public health researcher. Dubbed “The Brain” by Elle.com, she is a leader the field of cannabis as a substitute for alcohol and other drugs and has presented her research on cannabis dispensaries and the use of cannabis as a substitute for opiates all over the world. She has written for/been quoted in The Huffington Post, New York Times, Washington Post, and Playboy as well as numerous peer reviewed academic journals and several textbooks.
Also an expert in cannabis policy on the local, national and international level, Dr. Reiman was the first Chairwoman of the Berkeley Medical Cannabis Commission and also sat on the Oakland Cannabis Regulatory Commission. She currently sits on the Board of Cannabis Doing Good and the Cannabis Travel Association International and is a member of the Ganjier Council.