The Higher Learning LV Interview Series

Updated: Nov 11

Among the no-cost training resources published by Higher Learning LV is the series The Higher Learning LV Interview. This series has interviewed some of the most pioneering and brilliant minds in the cannabis community and emerging industry.


These short-form interviews are targeted at cannabis and hemp industry professionals and strategically easy to consume. These exclusive interviews are available only at Higher Learning LV, the disruptive new training company.

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These interviews have included Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, the first scientist to synthesize THC in the 1960s and Dr. Ethan Russo, author of the controversial theory of the entourage effect who has been incredibly influential within the world of cannabinoid and endocannabinoid system science.


These interviews have included Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, the first scientist to synthesize THC in the 1960s and Dr. Ethan Russo, author of the controversial theory of the entourage effect.

As this series grows, it is discovering new voices and thought leaders within the nascent cannabis industry who have made significant contributions to the culture and commerce of this nuanced herb, including its science, legal status, commercialization and marketing, and regulation.


This archive lists all interviews within this series.


Raphael Mechoulam, Ph.D.

In January 2022, Higher Learning LV conducted an exclusive interview with pioneering cannabis researcher Raphael Mechoulam, an Israeli organic chemist and professor of medicinal chemistry at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Read the full interview.


David Kennedy, Esq.

In November 2022, Higher Learning LV interviewed attorney David Kennedy, a pioneering expert in the field of risk management and insurance coverage for the cannabis and hemp industries. He is CEO of Connecticut-based brokerage PurpleRisk Insurance Services, which he founded in 2019.


Read the full interview.

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Sunil Pai, MD

In August 2021, Higher Learning LV conducted an exclusive interview with Sunil Pai, MD, a celebrated clinical practitioner, author, and holistic healer who leverages the efficacy of botanical medicines to produce positive outcomes for his patients and readers.


Read the full interview.

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Jesse Redmond

In November 2022, Higher Learning LV interviewed Jesse Redmond, Founder and Managing Partner at Higher Calling, LLC, a financial consulting service "for investors seeking informed opinions on cannabis investments" based in Santa Barbara, California.


Read the full interview.

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Ethan Russo, MD

In January 2022, Higher Learning LV™ conducted an exclusive interview with Dr. Ethan Russo, the founder and CEO of CReDO Science and a board certified neurologist. Russo has been a pioneering researcher of the human endocannabinoid system (ECS), contributing significantly to the understanding of a variety of phytomolecules (including CBD and THC, among others) and their interaction with the ECS to produce potentially healthy outcomes.


Read the full interview.

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Graham Farrar

In June 2022, Higher Learning LV conducted an exclusive interview with Graham Farrar, President of Glass House Brands in California, a leading cannabis company that encompasses several brands. Farrar explains what attracted him to the cannabis industry and the reasons behind the company's adherence to eco-friendly greenhouse cultivation.


Read the full interview.

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Adam Terry

In October 2022 Higher Learning LV interviewed Adam Terry, the co-founder and CEO of Cantrip, a cannabis beverage company based in Massachusetts. He has focused his career on "working in cannabis downstream of the plant," including scale and craft extractions, lab design, infused products, and now beverages.


Read the full interview.


Livi McKay

In August 2022, Higher Learning LV interviewed Livi McKay, a seasoned industry professional and founder of MyTEPI, a Nevada-based technology startup "focused on providing consumer navigation tools for cannabis products."


Read the full interview.

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Nikki Lawley

In September 2021, Higher Learning LV conducted an exclusive interview with Nikki Lawley, a prominent patient advocate from New York. In October 2016, Lawley's life was turned upside down and her career sidelined by a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, resulting from a work accident.


Read the full interview.

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Richard Rose

In October 2021, Higher Learning LV™ conducted an exclusive interview with hemp pioneer and entrepreneur Richard Rose. Rose, currently retired in Italy, remains active on social media and publishes The Richard Rose Report.


Read the full interview.

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Rick Thompson

In November 2021, Higher Learning LV conducted an exclusive interview with cannabis legalization advocate and entrepreneur Rick Thompson. Thompson is currently Executive Director of Michigan NORML and owner of the Michigan Cannabis Business Development Group.


Read the full interview.

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John Bailey

In December 2021, Higher Learning LV™ interviewed John Bailey, an executive coach and owner of The Mindset Genesis, a creative agency based in Las Vegas. Bailey is a seasoned executive who "is committed to innovation and transformation." He is a regular co-host on the Higher Learning LV podcast Cannabis Commerce + Chemistry (C3).


Read the full interview.

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David Dinenberg

In January 2022, Higher Learning LV conducted an exclusive interview with David Dinenberg, Founder and CEO of Kind Financial in Los Angeles. Over the past 18 years, Dinenberg has worked in several successful ventures in the finance, real estate, and entertainment industries.


Read the full interview.

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Miguel Torrez

In July 2022, Higher Learning LV conducted an exclusive interview with Miguel Torrez. Torrez, a retired Lieutenant Commander with the United States Coast Guard and devout Christian, is also a vocal proponent of cannabis medicine. This Tampa Bay resident, husband, and father of three is host of a unique podcast called "The Conversation, Cannabis and Christianity," where he and his guests discuss "the human condition, cannabis, belief systems, Jesus Christ, destiny, and more."


Read the full interview.

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John MacKay, Ph.D.

In June 2022, Higher Learning LV interviewed Dr. John MacKay, a leading expert in the science of cannabis extraction and separation chemistry. His expertise extends to laboratory instrumentation and the current market for cannabis and hemp extractions, both wholesale and retail, in North America.


Read the full interview.




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