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Unlimited Opportunities for the Cannabis and Hemp Industry in the Global Marketplace with Todd Scattini

Episode 124 - Todd Scattini

Todd Scattini is a retired Army Colonel who served his country for 27 years. He is the global CEO of Harvest 360, a full-service consulting company, and the Board of Directors of Blue Diamond Ventures.

He firmly believes that cannabis can legitimately contribute to a global economy and bring social justice to our society. His fascination for cannabis and his desire to uncover all its possibilities persuaded him to leave the military to help move the needle.

In this episode, Todd tells us more about his military experience and his transition to the cannabis craze, commitment to creating an effective and responsible legal cannabis market on a global scale, and all the exciting opportunities that we are about to unlock.


Being an activist and being part of the veteran community and keeping that focus has been really incredibly rewarding. – Todd Scattini


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Some Topics We Discussed Include

2:47 – Todd’s military diplomat experience
6:33 – From military to the cannabis craze
11:12 – The Athena Protocol: Life-saving concept
18:20 – The Veterans Cannabis Project
23:42 – Opportunities for the canna and hemp in a global marketplace
31:00 – Primary focus for 2020
39:39 – Connect with Todd

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Transcript

Sonia Gomez: What’s up, guys? Sonia Gomez coming to you from Denver, Colorado on another rock your socks episode of The Hemp Revolution podcast where we are sharing and telling the real story of cannabis and hemp through the eyes of the entrepreneurs who are creating massive change in this incredible industry. As you know, it is our mission to empower you with the truth about cannabis and hemp so that you can make educated decisions about how you participate in the growth of this industry, or otherwise use its incredible products to transform the way that you feel and function every day. 

So if you are one of those people looking for products that you can trust, check us out at medicalsecrets.com we have personally vetted over 2000 products and picked our very favorites to be listed inside of our marketplace. And if you are a budding entrepreneur or business owner in this space, I’d love to hear your story and share it with our community, shoot me an email sonia@medicalsecrets.com and I’ll be looking forward to connecting with you. 

Today, you guys can thank me later. I have done it again and pulled yet another incredible change maker and entrepreneur from this space. As the global CEO of Harvest 360, Todd brings strong leadership global vision and strategic direction to our multidisciplinary team of business experts, scientists, and cannabis professionals. His energy is drawn from his passion for the cannabis plant and a deep-seated desire to unpack all possibilities to heal patients and our planet. He is convinced that cannabis in all of its forms can legitimately contribute to a global economy and bring social justice to our society. He is committed to creating an effective and responsible legal cannabis market on a global scale. And here to share more about his background and his future vision and how he is working day to day to execute is our good friend Todd Scattini. I said it perfectly right before Todd, thanks so much for being on the show today.

Todd’s Military Diplomat Experience       

Todd Scattini: Thank you very much, Sonia. It’s really my pleasure. And thank you so much for the platform to address so many members of the cannabis and hemp the community. I really appreciate this. Yeah, so my name is Todd Scattini and I’m the global CEO of Harvest 360. I’m a retired Army Colonel. I served the country for 27 years in an army uniform and I’m very proud of my service and feel very grateful because I think it’s kind of what made me who I am. 

I enlisted in the Army 29 years ago now, and I was lucky enough to be selected after I enlisted to go to West Point. I went to West Point for four years. I was an Armor Officer and a Cavalry Officer. And then, I became a Foreign Area Officer or an FAO. So I began a career as a military diplomat. I spent 13 years as a military diplomat serving as a defense attache and an advisor to General officers, Senior Military officials, and on internet National Military staffs. So I had a really fantastic military career like kind of brought me to this space, that unconventional, I suppose.

Sonia Gomez: Yeah, a bit unconventional, to say the least. That’s such an incredible background and thank you for your contribution to this country and my freedom, which I enjoy every single day. Thank you very much for that. I mean that with the most insincerity, I had pre high school, I was raised totally and completely separate from what would be considered, quote-unquote, normal American life. My parents chose to raise me pretty nomadically traveling and following the Native American Indians, and I spent a lot of time in the back of a car and running around barefoot on reservations all throughout California, Arizona and Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and didn’t really have a ton of exposure to things like the military, or the idea that somebody could disappear for four years before coming back, it completely changed man or woman. 

When I was in high school, one of my very best friends volunteered and went to the Marines and ended up doing special ops and Greenbrae. And like of the different I don’t know, if I just mix those two things up, that would be embarrassing. If I did–

Todd Scattini: Special Operations

Sonia Gomez: Special ops for the Marines, and I had another friend who went on to do greenbrae and then what’s the sector of the Navy? Navy Seals? So I had three of my very, very best friends sign in to go to the military and poof, overnight, the minute that they graduated, they were gone and off to boot camp. And that was really traumatizing for me and when they came back, and told me stories of all of the things that they had done. It gave me a newfound appreciation to what in fact, it actually means to be that committed and not dedicated to your country, to your brother to your friend to the you know, the people that you are in arms with. And it was just such an incredible eye opener for me and makes me eternally grateful for those of you guys who are not only looking out for us, but each other in such a careful way. 

From Military to the Cannabis Craze   

Talk to me a little bit about your transition into cannabis because, as we mentioned at the beginning of this, that’s somewhat of a pretty big shift there. I can imagine many of your many of your close friends from the military was probably pretty shocked and surprised to hear your transition into this industry. How did you end up in the cannabis craze?

Todd Scattini: Well, so it’s interesting actually started in the military. I was deployed to Afghanistan, I was serving on a special military staff that worked directly for the commander of the International Security Assistance Forces. And we were given a project of figuring out a way to create an economy for the Afghans using the resources that they have. So that we didn’t have to pay for them for, you know, the rest of their existence the way the Soviets had signed up to do, and that failed. 

So we wanted to really create something for them that was organic, from their resources, and so, and they had three resources, they have minerals, very, very rare minerals, they all go on our cell phones, but the Chinese bought the rights to all of them. They had heroin in the form of poppy, and they provide about 95% of the world’s heroin today. News for that. But they have lots and lots of cannabis that they were cultivating for the illegal hashish market around having grown up in California as a son of a grandson of a California cotton farmer and the son of a cowboy, and I kind of knew a little bit about agriculture. And I said, Well, why don’t we just flip the script a bit and transition them over to hemp? I mean, this is a product that has we have 8000 years of relationship with them. 25,000 different uses food, fuel, fiber, medicine, building material, all of these things were resident in this plant just from a cursory look at it. 

And I made this great proposal, and I thought it was really cool, and it would have the following one effect of reducing the potency of hashish fields, and I was pretty proud of myself, but that, it wasn’t really ready for primetime or maybe not by leadership is a little out there. And so I was just taken by the subject just absolutely enamored with it, as I’m sure you have been, and most of you are, and recognizing one, the racism, and we’ve driven roots of our own prohibition, and the follow on effects of that in our society, especially the impacts that it has had on communities of color. And you know, I grew up in Bakersfield, California, my stepfather was a Mexican American. And my school was about 95%, Hispanic and so I had really great friends growing up in the community and family from the Hispanic community. 

Once I saw really laid out for me the impacts on that community on the African American community, I was just like, this is not American. This is not the America that I signed up to defend. And I wanted to see if I could do something about it. No simultaneously, I recognize that there were so many military applications to cannabis and hemp, everything from material in terms of fabric for uniforms or upgraded materials, lightweight materials to build our aircraft and vehicles out of or for batteries or just, you know, everywhere. What really struck me was when I stumbled upon the patent that the US government has for cannabis to serve as a neuroprotective anti-inflammatory antioxidant.

Sonia Gomez: Yeah, 66 3507

Todd Scattini: There you go. Yeah. And so that one for me really struck me because I had lost an officer who was struck in the head with a rocket-propelled grenade that didn’t explode. And he succumbs to a traumatic brain injury about five weeks later, and I was really devastated by that. And when I saw that the US government knew that cannabis might have neuroprotective effects and antioxidative effects and anti-inflammatory effects. I thought, Well, those are the three things that we really need to mitigate treat traumatic brain injury. 

The Athena Protocol: Life-saving Concept

And so I set about creating this thing called the Athena Protocol, which was essentially a strategy to mitigate and treat traumatic brain injury and we believe it would also have the same effect on chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, which is what many of our football players suffer from repeated concussions. The concept is essentially using non impairing cannabinoids to maximize neuroprotection and neuroplasticity for a soldier in combat in preparation for a traumatic brain injury, and we typically get those from IEDs or Improvised Explosive Devices. 

So there’s really four phases to it, you know, the prophylactic phase where we provide that normal protection and then phase two happens to the right of the boom. And the boom is an AD and when we say right if the boom on a timeline is everything that we do following that attack, we will propose the administration of more non impairing or not improving cannabinoids, either sublingually or oromucosal or something or perhaps through a transdermal patch that we can start the anti-inflammatory process immediately on the battlefield and, and hopefully save some soldiers lives, by getting them to phase three which would be doctor administered where we monitor intracranial pressure and provide more anti-inflammatory cannabinoids. And then phase four is probably the most exciting, really, recovery. Right take [inaudible] really full cannabis to therapy [inaudible] help heal the brain

That really draws me into it. And after that, I began watching [inaudible] they evolve because that that was about 2011 when I started studying in about 2012, I think was when Colorado went legal. And I really started digging into policies as they evolved just by listening to podcasts, reading everything I could, by participating in online forums. I created this moniker to kind of protect myself the hemp colonel, which I thought was kind of [inaudible] THC and all of that, but I really wanted to be involved in the community and listen to what was going on. And I decided that I was going to retire. I ended up retiring, not early. 

I served over 27 years, but I could have continued to serve, but I made the really difficult decision to get out of the military and to enjoy the fight and be a part of the cannabis community even while I was in uniform. My last duty station was at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where I was an instructor for the Command and General Staff College. And but I decided to buy a house in Missouri so that I could be a Missouri resident and help Missouri, who was the closest in the region to transition to medical cannabis and I was part of activist organizations collecting signatures, writing speeches, doing presentations and talking to people about it. And we got it passed in 2018. And so now we’re in the process of licensing in the state of Missouri, and it’s very exciting, but I created my company, harvest 360 to really facilitate all of that really facilitate anything having to do with cannabis and hemp. 

Today, we are a full service consulting company we provide consulting services, we write applications for people to own their own cannabis licenses and in whatever state that might be, we’ve been very successful [inaudible] in Missouri, soon to be Illinois where we are the applicant [inaudible] clients, and then we help them run them. We help them run their cannabis business. Go ahead.

Sonia Gomez: No, I was just gonna say that’s so really fascinating because I think a lot of people have the vision to want to own their own company but don’t necessarily have the wherewithal skill sets. Certainly not the road map to do it correctly. I know I didn’t when I was a part of legislative development and then owned and operated a dispensary here in Colorado. It was actually one of the first hundred license dispensaries in the state. And it was not easy. There was no road map we were making things up as they went along. And the hardest part about it was not knowing what was coming down the pipeline. And how we should prepare for those things. 

So I cannot encourage people enough if they’re considering getting into the cannabis space to absolutely bring on a mentor, build it into the budget, carry it on for a minimum of six months if not for the full year. Because honestly, it just what will cost you. Let’s just say quality consulting will cost you anywhere from $3,000 to I’ve seen it all the way up to $10,000 a month, depending on how active people are in your business as in that role. 

However, that amount of money invested on the front end will save you seven figures on the back end, easy hands down every time I see it all the time. And it’s fascinating to me that more people don’t invest like the three things I would invest in right off the bat legal, accounting and consulting like those three people are mandatory on the team when kickstarting a cannabis company, especially if you’re coming from the old way of business and trying to enter into the new, it’s so super valuable. I know what the Athena protocol, and with everything that you have been doing and consulting that you’ve gotten some pretty exciting opportunities to share amongst an audience, a significant audience of colleagues and entrepreneurs in our space, but also outside of this space. You had a speaking gig at the South by Southwest event for 2020. And then the event was canceled. First of all, congratulations, that’s huge, and second of all, are they going to follow through with it, or are we going to be able to hear your segment?

Todd Scattini: I’m hoping so we’re working with South by Southwest and even some other platforms to still have This panel because I think it was a really important panel. One of the things I failed to mention is like I said, I am an actress. I was an actress on a local level here in Missouri. But I one thing I’m very proud of as being a board member on the Veterans Cannabis Project, with which you can, you can find it vetscp.org

The Veterans Cannabis Project

The Veterans Cannabis Project is based in Washington. It is really working hard to move the needle on a national level and really fights for veterans to get their rights protected, and to participate in and have access to medical cannabis. And what we’re trying to do is get the Department of Defense to shine their research lens on this plant and give us immediate access to it as a replacement for other more dangerous and addictive, sometimes deadly pharmaceutical drugs. 

So, for me becoming being an activist and being part of the veteran community and keeping that focus has been really incredibly rewarding. As part of that group, we submitted an application; actually, we submitted something so that people could vote on. It was basically a recommendation for a panel on our panel called Duty Bound, why the Department of Defense should embrace cannabis. It’s still on that [inaudible] website. You know, our argument is really that, you know, veterans are dying every single day. 

We all know the numbers about 22 veterans will decide in their life today because of post-traumatic stress, or depression or anxiety, or any other of those elements. Ten more will likely overdose on opioids that they either became addicted to in the military and then the Veterans Administration facilitated that addiction for long periods of time and then started to reduce the amount that those veterans could have access to, which led to the streets often times, and we all know that the entire country is in the midst of an opioid crisis. It’s just interesting because the veteran community is so representative of the United States, such a cross-section of our population. And that includes with all of the things that were from early post-traumatic stress [inaudible] test limited, that we’re just kind of the ones who have been the poster children for but I think women are probably the largest group suffering from post-traumatic stress followed by first responders, you know.

Sonia Gomez: Yeah, such important work that you’re doing a lot of my a lot of my affinity towards patients rights to safe access was towards the veteran community because, again, similar to cannabis, the veteran community has a pretty unique set of circumstances considering they’re still receiving state funding. Many of them are under assistance to have things that are as simple as housing or medical care. Right. And, those things immediately become jeopardize the minute that you follow compliance for cannabis, which is not designed to serve people who are under state or federal assistance. 

It’s so crazy to me that those crosshairs were missed. But also really, really, really happy to see organizations like yours, or like the Veterans Cannabis Project pop up and be in support of this particular demographic because it’s just such important work similar to the medical refugees, such important work that they have advocacy, and that there’s consistent awareness being brought up around their struggle to gain safe access without having to completely alter the state or even location of their families. 

It’s really interesting your entry into this industry, in particular, especially considering and how perfect that you decided to build a consulting company that supports the development of cannabis companies here and hemp companies here in the US. And it’s no wonder after proposing perhaps too early the idea of hemp cultivation and industry development in the Middle East. Now, talk to me a little bit now about the pulse of the global cannabis and hemp opportunities. Like everyone’s really, really focused on us right now. I think in general, we draw a lot of attention because we are who we are in the world. There is a massive, massive market that’s unfolding globally. Seemingly for me because I’m in the know, and I’ve been using cannabis medicinal effects since I was 17 years old. 

I’ve been deeply involved in touch with you know scientific development and case studies coming out of Israel. Huge watching what’s happening in Portugal all over the world, there’s a commerce opening up for cannabis and hemp. Can you share with me a little bit your viewpoints on the opportunity that is available in a global marketplace when it comes to cannabis and hemp?

Opportunities for the Canna and Hemp in the Global Marketplace

Todd Scattini: Sure, well let’s start with hemp. And first we’ll define the three different markets there’s the hemp market, there’s the medical cannabis market and then there’s the adult use cannabis market. Starting with hemp first and obviously the passage of the Farm Bill in 2018 It means that hemp and all its five products are now off the Controlled Substances Act from schedule one Controlled Substances Act which means that now we have the opportunity potentially to begin exporting this globally I mean we are exporting this globally throughout our industry and and what’s fascinating is that the rest of the world is starting to catch up, right. 

I believe that in the state will be that there will be a global market for cannabis for adult-use cannabis, for medical cannabis that will have specific formulations and precision. You’ll have adult-use cannabis that is branded and then hip and has multiple methods of administration. That’s what’s really exciting for us as well. But in terms of hemp, I love that spend a little bit of time on hemp. I think hemp, we have the patience to affect so much change for first and foremost, putting the small farmer back to work.

We have the opportunity to affect so much change, first and foremost, putting small farmers back to work. - Todd Scattini Click To Tweet

That’s a big thing because small farms are just going to the wayside. I spent a lot of time in farm communities here in Missouri. And when I talk to leaders within those communities, in the rural communities, they say, Well, our number one export out of here is our children. You know, because we don’t have any good jobs and no one’s farming anything except for these big organizations and you can’t make any money off of it. And it’s just no longer sexy growing sorghum or soybean. 

But these mayors and community leaders, they say if we start growing hemp out here and my kids are all excited about it. Even the older farmers are excited about it, because they’re all seeing the potential of CBD. First and foremost they’re really eager to see CBD because farmers have a lot of pain, by the way, because it’s a hard life farming. And they they’re starting to recognize that it’s hugely beneficial to all generations within these farming families. And the younger generation, they’re really pumped about kind of educating their, their older parents and grandparents about it and potentially transitioning their fields to hemp feels you know, and that takes a big push. It’s a really heavy lift, because as most realistic there’s no a long pole in the tent for the hemp industry, a really effective hemp industry that covers food, fuel, fiber, medicine and building material. 

It takes a big investment upfront for processing. Processing is the long pole attempt in terms of fortification, extraction, chipping of fiber and heard all of that as well as an understanding of the entire value chain. But that’s what’s really exciting to us is that hemp is really going to the forum, you know, this continent was founded on weight on hemp sales and obviously our farmers in 1619, we’re farming hemp. So it’s really exciting to see it coming back into the fore. I mean, we have, we have hemp in all of our ditches here in Missouri, and it’s from 80 years ago. Right? And which is really interesting to see what was our cultivar here in Missouri, it was called the Missouri mule, and they could never get rid of it. It is everywhere. And it’s exciting to see that we soon will have have that in large swaths because we do have a pretty decent hemp program going on now, but we’ll see it in large swaths all across the state and the country.

Sonia Gomez: Yeah, I have to agree with you. And it’s funny because I’m from you know, the Northwest so this has been a part of my conversation for a long time and I guilty as charged used to make fun of the rainbow people. Here’s to talk about their biodiesel and if Blah, blah blah so on and so forth. And I’d be like, okay, hippies, drive another van like, I used I really was I was like cannabis is king, you know, didn’t really make the connection between the two. I was 14 years old, but I still didn’t make the connection. I didn’t really think about it. Even still, like when I was moving everything online, I was thinking CBD or hemp was diet weed. I didn’t really like take it seriously as the incredible transformational crop that it is. 

And over the last, I would say, four years, five years, I’ve really begun to take it quite seriously, even though I was following a cannabinoid-rich protocol from my doctor since I was 17. I thought he was as simple as like hemp hearts. I didn’t really understand all of the chemistry that was happening behind the scenes until within the last ten years or so. So I think you’re absolutely right. And I love how you’re talking about stimulating the both the generational and the new age farmer because that this is we’re finding out even now in the midst of COVID that, with all of the gloom and doom that’s presenting itself and the fear that’s stimulating, the individuals in our families and communities and states and countries right now that there’s actually quite a bit of blessing that comes along with it, like people getting serious about what it actually takes to be self-sustainable, and we see vegetable gardens pop up and people thinking about making their own medicines, and it’s a unique kind of paradigm that in the face of fear. People are starting to become self-aware and asking the important questions of how we can be a part of the solution rather than the problem.

Todd Scattin: Yeah, I think it’s interesting too in the time of COVID, when we’re recognizing that our supply chain is not our own right, we are [inaudible] other countries, namely China, to produce so much of our own personal protective equipment that I think this is going to expose a major gap in the American economy, and that is the ability to be self-sufficient, especially in something that is so critical to saving lives as personal protective equipment. It’s really fascinating. And I think hemp provides a really unique opportunity to address that in that it grows so quickly and that the fibers have have known antimicrobial properties to them and so much can be done with it. So it’s exciting to think about what the future might look like in terms of PPD and hemp cultivation and what it’s going to do for our manufacturing lines.

Primary Focus in 2020

Sonia Gomez: Yeah, I couldn’t agree more. So I would love to know from you and seeing and hearing and knowing that you have your hands and in multiple facets. I mean, you guys are literally a 360 company. What is your primary focus for 2020? What do we have to look forward to from your guys’ organization? And what is the milestone that you guys as a team as a company are pushing to achieve right now?

Todd Scattini: Currently, So, Harvest 360 is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Blue Diamond ventures. I’m the director of the board for Blue Diamond Ventures, but and under that umbrella, we have a couple of things going on. We are creating Harvest 360 labs, which will license its SOPs and technology to other laboratories, namely, one that we’ll be putting in place in Missouri is a group that we wrote their application for them here in Missouri to and they won one of the 10 laboratory licenses for the medical cannabis industry here. We’re very proud of that. And so we’re focusing a lot on laboratories. 

Additionally, we have been invited by the island of Puerto Rico and the government of Puerto Rico to establish hemp and CBD testing facility. That would include mobile testing to assist hemp farmers in you know, understanding when to harvest their field so that they don’t go over point 3% percent THC. So yeah, laboratory testing for us is very, very important because we believe that brings legitimacy and predictability and gives an element of trustworthiness to our industry. That’s very important. And it also leads to is exactly what is needed in order to have academic research being conducted on medical cannabis so that we can have a very specific understanding of cannabinoid ratios, terpene ratios, terpene profiles ensure that for anyone with a potentially compromised immune system that they’re not taking in mold, mildew, heavy metals, residual pesticides in nature, I mean, I don’t have a compromised immune system and I don’t want to put that in my body either. But we certainly that is medicine to someone. 

Then secondarily, we’re also working on a project that it’s one of the companies under Blue Diamond Ventures is Go Pronto, which is a transportation service for cannabis. And that will be implemented in Colorado, Missouri, Illinois, and Puerto Rico. We’re really excited about this platform because we’re trying to have all veterans operating these vehicles and basically being their own business owners. And when COVID hit, I thought, you know, well, it’s all business is going to go away and the cannabis industry is going to get stuck really hard. 

But with the declaration of the fifth largest GDP on the planet, California, as well as, I think the 11th largest GDP on the planet in New York, and then Illinois and Michigan all declaring that cannabis is essential and should remain open just like pharmacy just like hospitals, just like grocery stores. Cannabis is essential. That was a major boost for us in very public recognition of the effectiveness and the necessity of the plant. 

Transportation and laboratory testing are also things that are going to be very, very relevant in the reduction or the fight against Coronavirus - Todd Scattini Click To Tweet

And what we recognize now is that uniquely transportation and laboratory testing are also things that are going to be very, very relevant in the reduction or the fight against Coronavirus at when you’re talking about reducing people’s movement so that we can reduce the amount of infections that are transferred. Transportation is going to be very, very important. And you’re seeing lots of states now who are putting in emergency policies to allow the transportation of cannabis to patients. And secondarily, we think that the testing is going to have a very applicable in detecting COVID.

Sonia Gomez: Oh, yeah, absolutely. There’s no way you can get around any of the progress without substantiating the product through testing. And that’s for me, like that’s going to be the most important piece that happens because how do you know what’s in your product? First of all, it’s such a high contrast for me like how do we, how it’s always been the question, how do we validate our need or desire to utilize this plant and have access to it no matter where we are? And if we’re traveling, how do you cross those bridges and barriers and all of those things. And this is a blessing wrapped up in a curse, right? It’s like we’re having to innovate and solve problems that would have otherwise taken ages and ages and ages to gain progress on and so I feel like that’s another really significant, of course it comes with this challenges, but all innovation does, right. Well, I’m excited to see things progress so quickly.

Todd Scattini: Yeah, we’re, and we’re also excited to, you know, take a plant which we haven’t done research on or something like 80 years, and now we’re able to kind of shine a research lens on this using the most advanced technologies available, and the advanced extraction technologies and detection technologies and high speed computers and AI and be able to apply it to all of that. 

I truly believe we are on the cusp of a revolution in medical affairs. - Todd Scattini Click To Tweet

I truly believe we are on the cusp of a revolution in medical affairs, meaning that we will treat patients differently in the future. Medicine 20 years from now will be almost unrecognizable, a hundred years from now it will definitely be unrecognizable, and cannabis in my view will be a major part of it. And under a deeper understanding of the endocannabinoid system, and how that works in terms of providing status for our body is going a major focus study. I also think the study of our own immune systems is going to be a major portion of studies being conducted, especially in light of Coronavirus and whatever is going to follow that by the way.

Medicine 20 years from now will be almost unrecognizable, 100 years from now it will definitely be unrecognizable and cannabis in my view will be a major part of it. - Todd Scattini Click To Tweet

Sonia Gomez: Yes, I would have to 100% agree. And I’m really really excited to see all of those things come to fruition. Would you be open to having a follow up conversation, I would love to continue this conversation. But I’d like to leave a little bit further into the Athena protocol. And because all of this sort of mixes in with it, right. And we have a very, very, very concentrated and dense population of consumers who are dealing with all different types of challenges, PTSD being one of the biggest complaints from our following, on multiple levels, and I would love to continue this conversation and just find out, how the Athena protocol works. You mentioned the four different stages, so on and so forth. But I think it would just be incredibly valuable. Are you down to do one more interview with me?

Todd Scattini: Of course, I would love to bring our chief medical adviser on as well. he’s a he’s a really interesting cap who’s a 1972 graduate from West Point. Well, and he did a full career and spent time with infectious diseases. And the practitionee, he helped me really develop this. And really, it is still, we’re not doing research on this right now. I want a place where we can do research where we can really study the neuroprotective effects of, of cannabis. And I made those four phases, intentionally broad, because I don’t want to get stuck into only one formulation works, we want to be able to continue to improve on neural protection or plasticity in all humans.

Connect with Todd

Sonia Gomez: Such important work, and I think that we have to speak it into existence. You never know who’s listening and you never know who is going to want to be a part of the project. So I definitely say let’s have a follow up on that. In the meantime, where can folks find you and where can they follow along with your work as it stands now, and then for those If you guys who are tuning in, you can get excited for our follow up interview.

Todd Scattini: Sure. So you can find our company at harvest360.co you can find me on LinkedIn. Just search for Todd Contini, and I’m on Twitter and I’m on Instagram, but I don’t really use it all that much. I’m on Facebook but I really use that for personal so probably Twitter and LinkedIn are the best places to contact me. And I will respond for sure.

And then you can find the Veterans Cannabis Project at vetscp.org. And in terms of what we’re doing to address COVID or the Coronavirus, we’re now the strategic advisors for cannabis and hemp for a group called green.org. And green.org is in the midst of developing a biological crisis response system architecture. That would be used on a federal level. And we’re hoping to export some of their solutions as well to other countries to help others. And this is just [inaudible]

Sonia Gomez: Hello. Sorry, my ex curls popping in with us. You know, Todd, I think the work that you’re doing is absolutely incredible. And I, when I found you, and in all of my research, I send my minions out to find folks when I found you, I was really, really excited and moved by the work that you’re doing, though, veterans community. Hi, Ed, I’m just finishing up an interview. I’ll be right with you. So I think that, um, I think that the work that you’re doing, I was super inspired by it because I think it’s just such important. I think it’s just so so important to be able to create a standard that is stable enough for businesses to settle into as we are still a self-governing industry and moving into what we want to be perceived as a professional one. So I really am grateful for your work and participation here and can’t wait for our follow up.

Todd Scattini: I really look forward to it. Thank you very much, Sonia, and best of luck to you and wash your hands, stay home, stay safe. And I look forward to talking to you soon.

Sonia Gomez: Me too. Thank you so much, Todd. And for all of you guys who are tuning in with us. Thank you so much for being a part of this community and a part of our medical secrets family. As you know, it is our mission to empower you with the truth about cannabis so that you can make educated decisions about how you care for yourself, the people that you love and the conditions we may be suffering from. I’m your hostess with the mostess, Sonia Gomez and this is The Hemp Revolution. We’ll see you on the next show, guys.

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