Professional Insights on Safe and Responsible Cannabis Consumption

by | Jun 25, 2024 | Podcast

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Holli and Robert welcome Oleg Maryasis, a trusted cannabis expert, to discuss prohibition to legalization, touching on the plant’s medicinal properties, harm reduction, and safe use. Oleg is a leading expert with over ten years in the cannabis industry and a specialized master’s degree in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics. Oleg shares his journey from traditional finance to becoming a cannabis advocate, influenced by personal experiences and heartfelt stories he encountered. The episode wraps up with insights into Oleg’s current role at NYC Bud, FDA clinical trials, and opportunities for public education to de-stigmatize cannabis.

Tune in for an in-depth look into the evolution of cannabis, the importance of dosing, and its therapeutic benefits across different demographics. This episode is packed with valuable information for both seasoned users and those curious about incorporating cannabis into their wellness routine.

In This Episode

0:00 Exploring Cannabis’ Therapeutic Benefits and Harm Reduction with Oleg
5:50 The Medicinal Benefits and Evolution of Cannabis Use
14:05 The Growing Importance of Cannabis Education in Medicine
17:47 Harm Reduction and Safe Cannabis Consumption Strategies
27:47 Understanding Cannabis Effects and the Role of Budtenders
32:09 FDA Clinical Trials and the Future of Cannabis Therapeutics
37:03 Oleg’s Journey from Ukraine to the United States
38:50 The Evolution and Legalization of Cannabis in Modern Society
41:47 Exploring CBD Products, Usage, and Medical Advocacy
47:13 Healing Jewelry and the Power of Gratitude

Key Takeaways

  • The Transition from Legacy to Legal Markets: Legalization focuses on providing clean, lab-tested cannabis products, ensuring safety and reducing the risk of contaminants.
  • Medicinal Benefits and Endocannabinoid System: Cannabis offers therapeutic benefits that affect the body’s endocannabinoid system, essential for maintaining homeostasis.
  • Safe and Responsible Use: Start low and go slow with dosing, ensuring personalized wellness without overconsumption, especially important for younger users.
  • Educational Gap in Medical Community: There’s a lack of formal training regarding the endocannabinoid system in medical schools, resulting in a need for better education.
  • Future of Cannabis in Therapeutics: Advancements in FDA clinical trials and rescheduling of cannabis could pave the way for wider acceptance and use of botanical drugs.

Oleg Maryasis Quotes:

“For me, cannabis is an exit drug. I was on anxiety and antidepressant medications from age 15 to age 30.”
“Most research indicates that for our bodies to function optimally, a person needs about 2.5 to 5 milligrams of THC per day.”
“The biggest takeaway is people should look into the endocannabinoid system.”
“Harm reduction is a big focus for me because I’ve learned there is excessive consumption often taking place for THC in particular.”
“By doing more of the things that we love and enjoy, your body’s generating the anandamide cannabinoid. Everyone needs more bliss.”

About Oleg Maryasis, Director of Education at Lock & Key Remedies

Oleg is a distinguished expert in the field of cannabis science and therapeutics. With over a decade of industry experience, he has been a guiding light for many seeking to understand cannabis’ health benefits. Oleg earned his Medical Cannabis Science & Therapeutics Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 2024. He is currently involved with NYC Bud, NYS (Long Island City) legal dispensary, where he oversees product selection, compliance, budtender training, and consumer education. Oleg is dedicated to reducing harm, promoting safe cannabis use, and advancing the public’s understanding of the plant’s therapeutic properties.

In November 2016, Oleg and his partners founded Lock and Key Remedies to develop health and wellness products incorporating non-intoxicating ingredients extracted from cannabis plants. He is dedicated to researching cannabinoids, terpenes, and their interactions with the endocannabinoid system, as well as educating the public about these compounds. Oleg continues to develop and manufacture products for Lock and Key Remedies, where he serves as the Director of Education. 

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Additional Resources


Blog Article: Mind, Body, Spirit: Cannabis and the Path to Homeostasis(as seen on Holli and Robert’s Blog page)

Climbing the Evidence Pyramid: Dosing Considerations for Medical Cannabis in the Management of Chronic Pain

Cannabis Rescheduling: Where Do We Go From Here?

The Guide to Safer Cannabis Consumption (New York) – Start Low & Go Slow page 11

Talking About Terpenes With Oleg From Lock and Key Remedies

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