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The Vine: A Plant Media Project Podcast

The Vine: A Plant Media Project Podcast

By Gina Vensel & Elizabeth Sheldon
An insightful look into the world of plant medicine. Exploring the changing landscape around cannabis and psychedelics, and ending the stigma through educational discussions.
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Episode #40 featuring Greg Jelden from Canna Management Group
In this episode of The Vine, PMP Co-Founders speak with cannabis industry leader Greg Jelden, Managing Partner at Canna Management Group. Greg has over 15 years experience as an established cultivator, processor, manufacturer, distributor, publisher, and events producer. Tune in for a discussion from cannabis culture, solventless extraction, and the launch of the world's first rolling paper magazine. The Vine is produced by Pretty Easy Podcasts
June 04, 2021
Episode #39 featuring Douglas Finkelstein from Empathic Health
In this episode, PMP chats with Douglas Finkelstein, Founder and Community Executive Officer for Empathic Health, a community for those who use psychedelics with intention to come together to learn and grow.  Douglas and his team are building a trustworthy + welcoming community that is launching June 15th. Tune in to learn more! Produced by Pretty Easy Podcasts
May 28, 2021
Episode #38 featuring a PMP Founders Chat with Elizabeth + Gina
Plant Media Project Co-Founders Elizabeth Sheldon and Gina Vensel host a springtime PMP Founders Chat discussing the latest news in cannabis and psychedelics. Including a discussion on the recent Republican authored cannabis legalization bill, psychedelic news + resources, and upcoming special events.
May 21, 2021
Episode #37 featuring Dr. Lola Ohanba from WCI Health
In this episode, PMP talks with Dr. Lola Ohonba, the founder of WCI Health, an alternative health and wellness company with a focus on helping healthcare professionals, dispensaries and the community. Dr. O is also the author of “A Pharmacist’s Guide to Cannabis: A perspective of a non-conformist clinician.” Tune in as Dr. O gives us a deeper understanding of the health benefits of plant medicine including cannabis and psychedelics.
May 14, 2021
Episode #36 featuring James McConchie from Haight Street Shroom Shop
In this episode of The Vine, PMP chats with James McConchie, owner of the Haight Street Shroom Shop, an educational retail space dedicated to mushroom related resources, products, and home mycology supplies located in San Francisco, California.  The episode discusses the power of the mycelium network, info on medicinal and therapeutic mushrooms, and policy reform around psilocybin and other psychedelics.
May 04, 2021
Episode #35 featuring Sean Hocking from Cannabis Law Report
On this episode of The Vine, PMP features the show's first international guest from Australia, Sean Hocking, Co-Founder and Head of News at Cannabis Law Report and Cannabis Law Journal. The discussion includes international policy and the changing landscape of global cannabis reform.
April 27, 2021
Episode #34 featuring Niambe McIntosh from Peter Tosh Foundation
On this special 4/20 episode of The Vine, PMP speaks to Niambe McIntosh, daughter of Peter Tosh, the Grammy-Award winning artist and original member of The Wailers. Niambe sits on the Board for Minorities for Medical Marijuana, and is an Advisor for the Last Prisoner Project continuing her father's legacy for social justice. Niambe is also the founder of the Peter Tosh Foundation, and today, 4/20, is International Peter Tosh Day! We welcome Niambe to our show to discuss how her family celebrates his legacy by continuing the fight for global legalization of cannabis and criminal justice reform. Produced by Pretty Easy Podcasts
April 20, 2021
Episode #33 with Santino Martinez from Design Kush
In this episode, PMP chats with Santino Martinez, a vibrant young entrepreneur and independent hip hop artist using his knowledge and skills in the cannabis industry. He is a Brand Ambassador with Design Kush, offering web design and digital marketing tools to help cannabis businesses connect and grow. In addition to marketing skills, Santino has operated his own cultivations for more than 8 years, and shares insights into his vast knowledge of growing.
April 12, 2021
Episode #32 featuring Carlos Tanner from Ayahuasca Foundation
In episode #32, PMP chats with Carlos Tanner, the Founder of the Ayahuasca Foundation, a plant medicine retreat center located in Iquitos, Peru.  He is a Founding Member of the Inkan Kena Plant Medicine School and the Riosbo Retreat and Research Center where he hosts medical research. Tune in to learn more about ayahuasca and the indigenous traditions around this plant medicine. Produced by Pretty Easy Podcasts
April 02, 2021
Episode #31 featuring Allison Feduccia from Psychedelic.Support
In episode #31, PMP chats with Allison Feduccia, a neuropharmacologist and psychedelic researcher who worked as a Senior Clinical Data Scientist for MAPS. Then she Co-Founded the global network Psychedelic.Support, and is the Co-Founder and Director of the non-profit Project New Day. We're delighted to feature another incredible woman in the industry during Women's History Month! Produced by Pretty Easy Podcasts
March 29, 2021
Episode #30 featuring Jacquie Cohen Roth from CannabizMD and Tea Pad
On episode #30 of The Vine, PMP talks with Jacquie Cohen Roth, pioneer in the East Coast cannabis industry and Founder of CannabizMD and Tea Pad. She is an inaugural member of the graduating class from The University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy with a Masters in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics. Tune in to learn more about her canna companies + upcoming special events. Produced by Pretty Easy Podcasts Music: AcidJazz by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.
March 17, 2021
Episode #29 of The Vine featuring Montel Williams
This episode of The Vine features Montel Williams. He is an Emmy Award winning television personality, inspirational speaker, author, entrepreneur, and cannabis advocate, who served in both the Marine Corps and Navy. Tune in as PMP chats with Montel about how cannabis has helped him to manage his Multiple Sclerosis and his thoughts about what needs to change in our government and in the industry, so that all have equal access.
March 12, 2021
Episode #28 featuring Ben Holt from Connect and Evolve
In this episode, PMP chats with Ben Holt, an internationally acclaimed Breathwork Facilitator, a transformational retreat leader, a psychedelic therapist, filmmaker, and musician. Ben is the Founder of Connect and Evolve, a company that offers Transformational Spiritual Retreats. Tune into The Vine to learn how his methods and teachings have proven to be life-changing for thousands.
March 05, 2021
Episode #27 featuring Melissa Lavasani from Plant Medicine Coalition
In this episode PMP chats with Melissa Lavasani, Founder of the Plant Medicine Coalition. Melissa shares her intimate story of postpartum depression and her search for healing through plant medicine. She led the Decriminalize Nature movement in D.C. and won the largest ballot initiative victory in the history of our nation’s capital. Tune in to learn how Plant Medicine Coalition will lead the charge to decriminalize plant medicines at all levels of government throughout the country. Produced by Pretty Easy Podcasts
February 26, 2021
Episode #26 AWAKENING: An Exploration of Higher Medicines Vol. 2
AWAKENING is a free online educational series produced by Plant Media Project. PMP Co-Founders Elizabeth Sheldon and Gina VEnsel host "Awakening: An Exploration of Higher Medicine Vol. 2" featuring a dynamic duo of psychonauts exploring the higher medicines: MDMA and Ketamine. Charley Wininger is a psychotherapist and author of the acclaimed book "Listening to Ecstasy: The Transformative Power of MDMA." His talk will discuss insights from his book, and useful info on the benefits of MDMA. Zappy Zapolin  is known for being the psychonaut to the stars. He is the director of the documentary film, "Reality of Truth," and founder of The Ketamine Fund. PMP talks with Zappy about how ketamine is being used for treating PTSD, depression, anxiety, and more.
February 19, 2021
Episode #25 featuring Daniel Shankin from Mt. Tam Psychedelic Integration
In Episode #25 of The Vine, PMP chats with Daniel Shankin, Founder of Mt. Tam Psychedelic Integration, an organization serving individuals who are exploring their consciousness for transformational evolution within a supportive community.  We discuss psychedelic integration, what coaching and holding space in circles looks like, and events like the Psilocybin Summit and Mt. Tam’s Jamboree coming up in April.
February 12, 2021
Episode #24 featuring PMP Founders Elizabeth Sheldon and Gina Vensel
This episode features a special "PMP Founders Chat" with Elizabeth Sheldon and Gina Vensel diving into their own personal experiences with plant meds as well as info on the upcoming online AWAKENING event.
February 05, 2021
Episode #23 featuring Jason Fellows and Elisabeth White from Tribal Detox
In this episode, PMP talks with Founder Jason Fellows and Practitioner Elisabeth White from Tribal Detox, a school that teaches practitioners how to safely use one of nature's most powerful detox agents known as Kambo to aid with physical illnesses, depression, PTSD, and anxiety. Learn more about this amazing healing agent, and hear about host Gina Vensel's experience with her first session.
January 29, 2021
Episode #22 featuring Michael "Zappy" Zapolin
In this episode, PMP chats with Zappy Zapolin, a well-known psychonaut, entrepreneur, director of the documentary film "Reality of Truth," and founder of The Ketamine Fund. He also leads The Mind Army asking the President to immediately sign an Executive Order reversing the 1966 order which made all psychedelic compounds illegal. The discussion also includes exciting news about a new documentary film he produced that is coming out in a few weeks! Tune in for an insightful discussion with the psychedelic concierge to the stars.
January 22, 2021
Episode #21 featuring Dr. Elizbeth Rodgers from Healthy Transformations With Heart
In Episode #21 on The Vine, PMP talks with Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers, an epidemiologist and holistic healer. She is a graduate of the Disparities Leadership Program at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. She is alumna of the University of Pittsburgh where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in psychology, Master’s in public health, and Doctorate in epidemiology with a focus on understanding barriers associated with chronic disease and disability prevention. After spending a decade serving as a chronic disease specialist and clinical researcher in traditional healthcare, Dr. Rodgers now has her own practice,  Healthy Transformations to Heart, a unique holistic approach that includes the use of plant medicine.
January 15, 2021
Episode #20 featuring Tommy Chong
In this episode, PMP talks with Cannabis and Comedy Icon Tommy Chong about cannabis advocacy, experiencing the "senior high," his legacy in Hollywood, spirituality, well-being, and more. Tommy is funny, engaging, and shares great stories about people we all know that span generations. We learn about Tommy the man, his relationship with cannabis, and his much talked about Tommy Chong cannabis brand.
January 08, 2021
Episode #19 featuring Otha Smith III, Founder of Tetragram App
In this episode, PMP talks with Otha Smith III, Founder and CEO of Tetragram. Tetragram is a new App that helps patients track their medical cannabis experiences by virtual journaling cannabinoid and terpene profiles to better understand what products and consumption methods work best for the patient.
December 29, 2020
Episode #18 featuring Russ Cersosimo from Hemp Synergistics
In this episode PMP dives in with Russ Cersosimo, Co-Founder of Hemp Synergistics, Chairman of the Board of the Medical Cannabis Society, and Author of "Molecular Influence” to be released in January 2021. The discussion ranges from Hemp Synergistics' patented CBD products and testing device that can help law enforcement tell the difference between hemp and cannabis, to psychedelic rock, and more.
December 19, 2020
Episode #17 AWAKENING featuring talks by Dr. Mintz and Dr. Sa'ed
In this episode, PMP reflects on "AWAKENING: An Exploration of Higher Medicine" held virtually on December 9th, 2020. The event features talks shared by Dr. Matthew Mintz, doctor of Internal Medicine with a private concierge practice in Bethesda, MD and "Author of Medical Marijuana and CBD: A Physician's Guide for Patients." Dr. Sa'ed Olimat, a Doctor of Pharmacy and Co-Founder of Psiloheath follows with an insightful talk around the changing landscape of psilocybin and other higher medicines.
December 11, 2020
Episode #16 featuring Jesse Gould from Heroic Hearts Project
In Episode #16, PMP talks with Jesse Gould, Founder and President of the Heroic Hearts Project, a 501c3 nonprofit pioneering psychedelic therapies for military veterans. His charity has partnered with some of the world’s leading ayahuasca treatment centers.
December 04, 2020
Episode #15 featuring Charley Wininger, Author of Listening to Ecstasy: the Transformative Power of MDMA
In this episode, PMP has the chance to speak with Charley Wininger, the author of Listening to Ecstasy: the Transformative Power of MDMA. Charlie has been a psychotherapist in private practice since 1989. He has been a member of MAPS for 20 years, and sits on the Board of Advisors of The Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program at the Center for Optimal Living in New York, and regularly speaks there on the topic of “Psychedelics Across The Lifespan."
November 27, 2020
Episode #14 featuring Tiffany Watkins Founder and CEO of Vanguard Media
PMP was honored to talk with Tiffany Watkins a.k.a. LadyCanna, Founder and CEO of Vanguard Media, a cannabis magazine centered around women in the industry. Vanguard celebrates the authentic stories of women in the space, and this episode explores the importance of recognizing the history and culture of cannabis's past in order to forge a brighter future.
November 21, 2020
Episode #13 featuring Graham Pechenik, Founder of Calyx Law
This week, PMP had the opportunity to speak with Graham Pechenik, Founder of Calyx Law, a Cannabis & Psychedelics Firm, the first patent law boutique in California to focus on the cannabis industry, and among the first patent lawyers anywhere to work on psychedelics.
November 13, 2020
Episode #12 featuring Hadas Alterman and Adriana Kertzer from Plant Medicine Law Group
In this episode, PMP talks with Hadas Alterman and Adriana Kertzer 2 of the 3 partners of the recently launched women-owned Plant Medicine Law Group, one of the first law firms of its kind serving the psychedelic and cannabis space. This discussion gives insights into the politics and business side of plant medicine, and how psychedelics is getting attention nationwide.
November 07, 2020
Episode #11 featuring Linda Mercado Greene from Anacostia Organics
In this episode PMP features Linda Mercado Greene the Co-Founder, Board Chair, and CEO/Owner of Anacostia Organics, a minority woman-owned medical cannabis dispensary in the District of Columbia. She is the Chair of the DC Medical Cannabis Trade Association, is an Executive Member and Strategic Advisor of the Cannabis Trade Federation (CTF), and the Chair of the CTF Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force composed of the top civil rights leaders and advocates in the US. PMP discusses her journey from the world of politics into the cannabis industry and how her experience has helped move the industry forward.
November 01, 2020
Episode #10 featuring Michelle Jun from Green Mill Supercritical
This episode of the Vine features Michelle Jun, Head of Sales for Green Mill Supercritical. Green Mill is a company that designs, engineers and manufactures extraction equipment for the cannabis and hemp industries. PMP discusses the challenges of being a female minority in cannabis, and the lack of collaboration in the space. Michelle gives valuable insight into the industry and advice for aspiring professionals wanting to enter into cannabis. Produced by Pretty Easy Podcasts
October 17, 2020
Episode #9 featuring Michael Correia from National Cannabis Industry Association
In this episode PMP dives into cannabis policy with Michael Correia, the Director of Government Affairs at the NCIA. We discuss updates on safe banking, social justice, and how the upcoming election can affect cannabis reform. Produced by Pretty Easy Podcasts
October 09, 2020
Episode #8 featuring Eben Britton former NFL Player and Cannabis Advocate
A fascinating conversation with Eben Britton former NFL football offensive tackle and cannabis advocate, a member of the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition,  NFL steering committee Doctors for Cannabis Regulation. He is open gentle and kind and shares how plant medicine like cannabis and ayahuasca has helped him heal along with many other athletes.  
October 02, 2020
Episode #7 featuring Patrick Nightingale from PKN Law
Tune into Episode #7 of The Vine for a resourceful conversation with Patrick Nightingale, Director of the Pittsburgh Chapter of NORML, a former prosecutor and practicing criminal defense attorney in state and federal courts at PKN Law, and board member for the Medical Cannabis Society discussing the DUI laws that put medical cannabis patients at risk.
September 25, 2020
Episode #6 featuring Christopher Takemoto-Gentile from International Cannabis Bar Association
In this episode PMP chats with Christopher Takemoto-Gentile from the International Cannabis Bar Association about The 2020 Cannabis Law Institute coming up in October as well as discussions around engaging law students, social equity, and the politics around cannabis.
September 18, 2020
Episode #5 featuring Joshua Crossney from Cannabis Science Conference and jCanna
In this episode we feature Joshua Crossney, the President, CEO & Founder of CSC Events, LLC., which hosts and operates the world’s largest scientific and medical cannabis event, the Cannabis Science Conference on the East and West Coast each year. He is the President & Founder of jCanna, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of cannabis science, analytical testing, and personalized (precision) medicine. Joshua is an active member of the LGBTQ community, a voice for equal rights worldwide, and truly the best dressed man in cannabis today!
September 12, 2020
Episode #4 featuring Greta Gaines from Love Plus Hemp
This episode features Greta Gaines, CEO and Co-Founder of Love Plus Help. Tune in for an insightful conversation with Greta, a World Champion Extreme Snowboarder, Recording Artist, and Cannabis Activist sharing her inspiring story, and launch of her new CBD beauty line, Love Plus Hemp.
September 05, 2020
Episode #3 featuring Debbie Churgai from Americans for Safe Access
Meet Debbie Churgai, Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research. ASA has over 100,000 active members in all 50 states. Debbie discusses grading the states and politicians based on how they vote, their contributions both good and bad to cannabis programs, and legislation. Listen to her thoughts on adult-use and learn how we can help make safe access to cannabis a reality for children and adults. Produced by Pretty Easy Podcasts
August 28, 2020
Episode #2 featuring Charles Warner of Cannabis & Tech Today
This episode features Charles Warner, CEO of Innovative Properties Worldwide and Editor In Chief of Cannabis & Tech Today with a mission to lift the veil on the budding cannabis industry, celebrate its innovations, de-stigmatize the products, and educate the market. We discussed the first Emerge Virtual Cannabis Conference & Expo coming September 8, 2020 slated to be the most innovative digital event that the cannabis industry has ever seen. Learn more at Produced by Pretty Easy Podcasts
August 21, 2020
Episode #1 featuring Doug Distaso from Veterans Cannabis Project
This episode features veterans using medical cannabis to address addiction, traumatic brain injury, and PTSD. Join PMP for a conversation with Doug Distaso, the Executive Director of the Veterans Cannabis Project. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy who served more than 21 years as a pilot and finished his career in the Pentagon. Doug also serves as a Principal at Navigators Global, a government relations, strategic communications, and issues management firm located in Washington, DC. Outside of cannabis his interests are national security, technology, and aviation. Doug has dedicated his post-military life to ensuring veterans like himself have access to safe medical cannabis. As you will hear, it is an uphill battle but one where we can all make a difference. Doug is a hero among us and his story is not to be missed. Learn more about how you can support vets like Doug at VCP by visiting
August 12, 2020
Trailer: The Vine: A Plant Media Project Podcast
The Vine is a Plant Media Project Podcast that features educational discussions and insightful looks into the world of plant medicine. Subscribe on your favorite podcast platform and join us as we explore the changing landscape around cannabis. Follow us on Twitter @PMProject and go to for more information.
July 22, 2020