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About Emma Chasen

Emma Chasen has a mission to educate people on the science behind Cannabis so that they may take charge of their own healing. After graduating from Brown University in 2014 with a degree in Medicinal Plant Research, Emma went on to coordinate Clinical Oncology trials with the Brown University Oncology Research Group. When her supervisor refused a Cannabis trial in favor of another expensive pharmaceutical drug, Emma quit and headed across the country to Portland, OR. She found her way to Farma, the popular Portland dispensary that takes a more scientific approach to Cannabis; rejecting the Indica/Sativa binary and instead focusing on chemotypes to determine effect. She began her career at Farma as a budtender and was quickly promoted to General Manager and eventually to Director of Education. In this role she was able to focus on educational efforts and create a robust training curriculum that focused on cannabis science, product knowledge and empathetic patient care. Emma now co-owns and operates Eminent Consulting, a cannabis consulting business that offers educational training and craft industry development for cannabis industry professionals and businesses. She helps brands develop educational marketing collateral and ongoing educational programs to further elevate their brand presence in a competitive industry. She also helps struggling and newly emerging cannabis businesses with business organization and sets them up for success in both the competitive medical and adult use markets. Emma was named Portland’s Best Budtender of 2016 and featured in Newsweek, MG Magazine, Forbes, High Times Magazine, The Centennial, The Oregon Leaf and Teen Vogue for her work with cannabis education. She is also a regular guest on many cannabis focused podcasts and has been featured on television for her ability to explain scientific concepts around cannabis in a way that is accessible and helpful to the general public.

Episode Notes

00:00 Emma Chasen Intro and context about the purpose of this episode

6:30 Emma Chasen’s answer to “What do you do?”

8:30 What is hemp?

9:00 Why is hemp limited to .3% THC and marijuana at greater than .3% THC

11:00 Craft hemp

13:30 Does .3% THC cause psychotropic effects in people

15:00 What is psychoactive?

15:30 What is psychotropic?

16:00 Is CBD psychoactive or psychotropic?

17:00 CBD, full-spectrum and its influence on the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

17:30 What is the purpose of the Endocannabinoid system (ECS)?

17:45 What does CBD need to engage our ECS

18:00 Is there value of taking CBD alone (CBD isolate)

18:44 What is the ECS which was discovered in the 1990s?

19:00 The ECS is involved in all parts of our body

19:45 Cannabinoid receptors

21:00 Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency

22:00 Is there a test for ECS deficiency?

27:00 Looking at the chemical compounds of hemp

29:00 Major and minor hemp cannabinoids

29:45 What are terpenes?

33:00 The Entourage Effect

34:00 Flavonoids, polyphenols

35:00 A powerful CBD combination to prevent seizures CBD + THCA + Linalool

36:00 CBD + terpenes as an appetite suppressant

37:00 How to understand the therapeutic benefits of CBD + terpenes?

39:00 Full spectrum vs broad-spectrum vs isolate

39:45 What is full-spectrum hemp?

41:00 How full spectrum hemp is extracted

42:30 Broad spectrum hemp CBD and who it may be best suited for

43:00 Isolate CBD and which consumers might benefit from it

44:00 Can THC show up on a drug test after taking a CBD Hemp supplement?

45:00 Story of a bus driver who tested positive for THC in a drug test

47:00 Can CBD metabolize into THC in the body?

48:00 What are flavonoids?

49:00 The number of flavonoids included in cannabis; and which ones are unique only to cannabis

49:30 What are polyphenols?

51:30 Hemp and cannabis plant material waste

54:30 Discussing spagyric extraction.

57:00 Cannabis and research; Do we need more research?

1:00:00 Cannabis is an organic compound

1:02:00 Making medical claims with cannabis products

1:04:00 Variance between analytical testing labs

1:06:00 The mindset of experimenting with cannabis vs pharmaceuticals

1:09:00 Cannabis are great illuminators

1:11:00 Synthetic CBD vs organically derived cannabinoids

1:12:00 The benefit of synthetic compounds for specific symptoms

1:13:00 Recent research about CBD and alcohol consumption

1:14:00 Combining cannabinoids vs whole-plant extract

1:16:00 Cannabis and hemp trends in 2020 (USDA, presidential election)

1:20:00 Emma’s advice to the hemp industry for the next 12-18 months

1:25:00 Ethical selling and integrity of making and selling hemp, CBD and cannabis

1:27:00 Which products are missing in the hemp market?

1:30:00 How to guide a consumer starting with CBD hemp?

1:34:00 Emma’s suggestions to the consumer about how to choose the right cannabis company

1:35:00 How to reach and contact Emma Chasen

About Spectrum Labs

At Spectrum Labs, we source local hemp and extract high-quality Full Spectrum Hemp extracts that even our families can use.

Spectrum Labs can manufacture these full-spectrum hemp extracts:






*Custom formulations

To learn more about Spectrum Labs, visit or contact us at

(828) 229-7952

Asheville, NC

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