Gabe Kennedy, co-fondateur de Plant People répond à cinq questions


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Plant People Legal Hemp Flower

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The therapeutic herb known as cannabis has many different uses. We are just starting to discover the benefits from over five thousand years of use. I have gained valuable benefits from using cannabis to treat my glaucoma. There are dozens of methods and many of them are as diverse as the multitude of cultivars. Then of course there is the difference between THC and CBD with the cross-references between the two. I’ll pass the science over to Gabe and my five-questions. He does a more efficient job explaining the intellectual and alchemist stuff than myself.

Plant People offers organic, non-GMO, vegan hemp and herbal drops, capsules and balms with full-spectrum CBD that effectively improve sleep, anxiety, mental focus, and every day aches and pains. Backed by science, the brand looks at plant genetics (phytohunting) to deliver a wealth of benefits for the mind and body. It uses the whole cannabis plant – commonly known as the “entourage effect” – not just CBD. While CBD is gaining mainstream awareness, compounds such as CBG, CBN and CBC are also incredibly effective forms of plant-based treatment, and education in this space, and of these terpenes, is paramount.

The co-founders were inspired to create their successful business after they discovered they had both suffered from severe and traumatic spinal cord injuries. As is common, both were prescribed traditional pharmaceuticals that left them feeling dissociated, irritable and generally unwell. Disillusioned, they turned away from conventional western medicine and found healing and wholeness through cannabis and plant-based medicine. For Gabe, a trained chef, this was a natural evolution in his embrace of alternative medicine (he grew up with a chiropractor dad and an acupuncturist and herbalist mom) and for Hudson, this would be his second plant-based venture.

Warren Bobrow=WB: Where are you from? Why Hemp over marijuana?  What is your experience with plant medicine? 

Gabe Kennedy=GK: I grew up in Boulder, Colorado. Both Hemp and Marijuana are forms of Cannabis, for us it is not one or the other, but rather understanding and celebrating the incredible attributes each form holds. We operate in the hemp space as we are fascinated by the cannabinoids and terpene profiles that the variation of the plant offers without the intoxicating effects of Marijuana. There are an incredible amount of therapeutic benefits to THC and Marijuana, but being New York based, we operate in the federally legal umbrella of Hemp. 

WB: Can hemp be grown indoors? Is there terroir in hemp? Can you differentiate strains or cultivars? What would happen if you decarbed hemp?

GK: Hemp can be grown indoors, but our plants are grown outdoors in the soil and sun. Like any plant, the result is informed by the genetics, inputs and environment. Terroir helps us understand, contextualize and connect us to our agriculture. It leads to a deeper appreciation of product. Although this is pervasive in wine, there is a movement to replicate it in Cannabis. We like to identify plant genetics that are maturing with unique phytochemical and cannabinoid profiles for effect. We see that like grapes, certain genetics are pre-dispositioned to thrive in different environments and climates, so as we see hemp growers expanding around the country, we are also seeing a variety of new genetics surfacing depending on the specific area. Decarboxylation of hemp is a key step in the production process – to turn CBD-A, the acidic precursor, into to CBD. Without a decarb step, the compounds are not accessible to the body as cannabis grows CBD-A, not CBD. Decarboxylation occurs through a combo of heat and time which removes a carboxyl group from the compounds in the plant allowing them to become “active” for the body. 

WB: Tell me  about your company.  What is your six month and one year plans? How did you discover the plant science? Who influenced you?  

GK: Plant People was born out of my and my co-founder’s traumatic spinal injuries and our journeys back to health through the power of plant medicine. Growing up in Boulder Colorado as the son of an acupuncturist/Chinese herbalist and chiropractor and acupuncturist, my relationship to plants and non-pharmaceutical healing is deep… One may even say it is in my DNA. As a kid, I would spend my after school hours listening to the inner workings of the clinic and hearing banter about plant medicine and its applications. I ended up crashing in a ski racing accident in which I fractured by back and obliterated my disc. Over 12 years of ‘dealing with it’ through surgeries and procedures, I found the most relief both physically and mentally through plant medicine. With the support of my parents, I was able to use nutrition, herbalism and alternative medicine to heal. Ultimately I went out on my own and began dabbling with cannabis. Now I am pulling it all together with Plant People. 

WB: Do you cook? If so what is your favorite style of cuisine.  Who taught you? What’s your favorite restaurant. Why? 

GK: I do cook. In fact, I have a whole life of cooking prior to Plant People’s success. I got my first job cooking at age 14 and immediately fell in love. I was self taught by working in Japanese kitchens until I graduated from high school and went to The Culinary Institute of America. I continued working in fine dining and then made a pivot to explore the larger ecosystem of food and attended the Cornell Hotel School. Although I personally enjoy so many different styles of cuisine, I built my career as a chef around plant-based creations. It is hard to choose a favorite restaurant, because there are so many people doing incredible things that should be supported and celebrated. The more I go out, the more joy I find in cooking a nourishing meal in my own home, or out in nature for people that I love. Some of my most memorable dining experiences are at a local venue called North Brooklyn Farms – it is the intersection of inspiring atmosphere, nourishing food and community in an unpretentious environment. 

WB: If you could be anywhere in the world right now where would that be? Doing what? With whom?

GK: I love where I am right here, right now. Never have I been more inspired to be doing what I do – working with our sites set on impact for people and the planet in which we live. If I had to transport somewhere, I would be on a sailboat in the middle of the ocean, stars from horizon to horizon in transit to Japan to explore the gardens, mountains, onsens and cuisine. Eventually I would like to make my way to Kyoto. I have profound respect for Japan and have always found a lot of inspiration from Japanese philosophy.

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a flower of hemp

Plant People Legal Hemp Flower

Courtesy: Plant People

The therapeutic herb known as cannabis has many different uses. We are just starting to discover the benefits from over five thousand years of use. I have gained valuable benefits from using cannabis to treat my glaucoma. There are dozens of methods and many of them are as diverse as the multitude of cultivars. Then of course there is the difference between THC and CBD with the cross-references between the two. I’ll pass the science over to Gabe and my five-questions. He does a more efficient job explaining the intellectual and alchemist stuff than myself.

Plant People offers organic, non-GMO, vegan hemp and herbal drops, capsules and balms with full-spectrum CBD that effectively improve sleep, anxiety, mental focus, and every day aches and pains. Backed by science, the brand looks at plant genetics (phytohunting) to deliver a wealth of benefits for the mind and body. It uses the whole cannabis plant – commonly known as the “entourage effect” – not just CBD. While CBD is gaining mainstream awareness, compounds such as CBG, CBN and CBC are also incredibly effective forms of plant-based treatment, and education in this space, and of these terpenes, is paramount.

The co-founders were inspired to create their successful business after they discovered they had both suffered from severe and traumatic spinal cord injuries. As is common, both were prescribed traditional pharmaceuticals that left them feeling dissociated, irritable and generally unwell. Disillusioned, they turned away from conventional western medicine and found healing and wholeness through cannabis and plant-based medicine. For Gabe, a trained chef, this was a natural evolution in his embrace of alternative medicine (he grew up with a chiropractor dad and an acupuncturist and herbalist mom) and for Hudson, this would be his second plant-based venture.

Warren Bobrow=WB: Where are you from? Why Hemp over marijuana?  What is your experience with plant medicine? 

Gabe Kennedy=GK: I grew up in Boulder, Colorado. Both Hemp and Marijuana are forms of Cannabis, for us it is not one or the other, but rather understanding and celebrating the incredible attributes each form holds. We operate in the hemp space as we are fascinated by the cannabinoids and terpene profiles that the variation of the plant offers without the intoxicating effects of Marijuana. There are an incredible amount of therapeutic benefits to THC and Marijuana, but being New York based, we operate in the federally legal umbrella of Hemp. 

WB: Can hemp be grown indoors? Is there terroir in hemp? Can you differentiate strains or cultivars? What would happen if you decarbed hemp?

GK: Hemp can be grown indoors, but our plants are grown outdoors in the soil and sun. Like any plant, the result is informed by the genetics, inputs and environment. Terroir helps us understand, contextualize and connect us to our agriculture. It leads to a deeper appreciation of product. Although this is pervasive in wine, there is a movement to replicate it in Cannabis. We like to identify plant genetics that are maturing with unique phytochemical and cannabinoid profiles for effect. We see that like grapes, certain genetics are pre-dispositioned to thrive in different environments and climates, so as we see hemp growers expanding around the country, we are also seeing a variety of new genetics surfacing depending on the specific area. Decarboxylation of hemp is a key step in the production process – to turn CBD-A, the acidic precursor, into to CBD. Without a decarb step, the compounds are not accessible to the body as cannabis grows CBD-A, not CBD. Decarboxylation occurs through a combo of heat and time which removes a carboxyl group from the compounds in the plant allowing them to become “active” for the body. 

WB: Tell me  about your company.  What is your six month and one year plans? How did you discover the plant science? Who influenced you?  

GK: Plant People was born out of my and my co-founder’s traumatic spinal injuries and our journeys back to health through the power of plant medicine. Growing up in Boulder Colorado as the son of an acupuncturist/Chinese herbalist and chiropractor and acupuncturist, my relationship to plants and non-pharmaceutical healing is deep… One may even say it is in my DNA. As a kid, I would spend my after school hours listening to the inner workings of the clinic and hearing banter about plant medicine and its applications. I ended up crashing in a ski racing accident in which I fractured by back and obliterated my disc. Over 12 years of ‘dealing with it’ through surgeries and procedures, I found the most relief both physically and mentally through plant medicine. With the support of my parents, I was able to use nutrition, herbalism and alternative medicine to heal. Ultimately I went out on my own and began dabbling with cannabis. Now I am pulling it all together with Plant People. 

Plant People Farm Team

Plant People Farm Team

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WB: Do you cook? If so what is your favorite style of cuisine.  Who taught you? What’s your favorite restaurant. Why? 

GK: I do cook. In fact, I have a whole life of cooking prior to Plant People’s success. I got my first job cooking at age 14 and immediately fell in love. I was self taught by working in Japanese kitchens until I graduated from high school and went to The Culinary Institute of America. I continued working in fine dining and then made a pivot to explore the larger ecosystem of food and attended the Cornell Hotel School. Although I personally enjoy so many different styles of cuisine, I built my career as a chef around plant-based creations. It is hard to choose a favorite restaurant, because there are so many people doing incredible things that should be supported and celebrated. The more I go out, the more joy I find in cooking a nourishing meal in my own home, or out in nature for people that I love. Some of my most memorable dining experiences are at a local venue called North Brooklyn Farms – it is the intersection of inspiring atmosphere, nourishing food and community in an unpretentious environment. 

WB: If you could be anywhere in the world right now where would that be? Doing what? With whom?

GK: I love where I am right here, right now. Never have I been more inspired to be doing what I do – working with our sites set on impact for people and the planet in which we live. If I had to transport somewhere, I would be on a sailboat in the middle of the ocean, stars from horizon to horizon in transit to Japan to explore the gardens, mountains, onsens and cuisine. Eventually I would like to make my way to Kyoto. I have profound respect for Japan and have always found a lot of inspiration from Japanese philosophy.

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Be Calm: Plant People

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