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Leaf Life podcast is an entertaining exploration of All Things Cannabis For All People.


CBD You Real Soon!

Our seventh show looks to the rapidly developing world of CBD from the perspective of production, medicinal benefits and sales operations. While it doesn’t give you a high, CBD is causing a buzz internationally as it expands from cannabis retail shops to grocery and pharmacy shelves. Our first guest, Jerry Whiting, is a consummate hemp activist who talks us through the production of CBD from Hemp, the entourage effect found in full spectrum CBD extracts, and also discusses how CBD is bringing Cannabinoid therapy to states without legalization. Our second guest, Eugene Frid, tells us about the challenges of operating a CBD startup company, and why he chose to pursue the business outside of the recreational market.


Jerry Whiting
is a Cannabis and Hemp activist with over a decade of experience, now devoted to spreading education about hemp production, processing and genetics for the preservation of the plant both on a small scale and as an industrial crop. He lectures around the country spreading enlightenment and real truths about CBD and Hemp, while writing a monthly column in Leaf Nation magazines about the state of the Hemp movement. He also operates LeBlanc CNE making natural Hemp based tinctures and topicals.

Eugene Frid
is a heritage member of the Washington Cannabis Industry who began working with patients via A Greener Today medical in 2012. Today he’s successfully transitioned that retail shop into the recreational market and has also ventured into the business of CBD with his company, Azure CBD. Frid pioneered the first CBD kiosk at Everett Mall last December and sold his products publicly. Look for his products online at or visit for more information!

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After finishing at the top of his graduating class and earning a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism at San Diego State University, Mike embarked on a career that included syndication, spanning seven markets in twenty years, culminating in a national Billboard Award for Rock Radio Personality of the Year in Seattle in 2008. During that time, Mike enjoyed success as a commercial voice actor (Sprite, Tampa Bay Lightning NHL team) and hosted a television lifestyle show called Flux in Tampa, Florida that aired on the ABC affiliate. Mike left terrestrial radio 2011 to write four books over the next five years before accepting a partnership with WAM OIL in 2016, Washington’s Original Co2 Hash Oil company, and taking the reins of Sales/Marketing Director. In 2017, WAM OIL won the prestigious Dope Industry Award for Concentrate Company of the Year.



Wes Abney is the founder of the Leaf Nation family of brands that began in 2010 with Northwest Leaf magazine. Recognized as the first Cannabis magazine in the region, Northwest Leaf defined and developed the medical and recreational Cannabis communities in Washington state with free publications focused on quality content and truthful journalism. The success of the magazines led to Oregon Leaf in 2014, Alaska Leaf in 2016, and most recently Maryland Leaf magazine in January 2019.

Wes’s writing and publishing background began with his college newspaper, The Ebbtide, which included a love for multimedia and creating content on many platforms. The nickname “Bearded Lorax” came after years of publishing millions of free magazines, using his voice to speak for a plant and those that benefit from it. Wes is an activist not only for Cannabis, but for ending the drug war and freeing prisoners who have been wrongfully incarcerated for non-violent crimes.

His passion for reaching people with written and spoken words led to the concept of Leaf Life with Mike Ricker, which began development in 2018 and launched in January 2019. With the combined passions of Cannabis and a love for broadcasting, the partnership on Leaf Life was a natural progression for Leaf Nation as it spreads roots across the United States.

In addition to magazines and content creation Leaf Nation also includes brands like Leaf Chews, Higher Than A Space Shuttle, Tannins and Terpenes, The Concentrate Cup, Stoner Owner, and more coming as the family of brands continues to grow. Look for Leaf Nation products, events and media wherever you enjoy Cannabis!


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