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Cannabis and Traumatic Stress with Gary Roberts, Cannabis Entrepreneur and Host of Good Dudes Grow Podcast




This week, we welcome Gary Roberts, firefighter, CEO of Promises Recovery, Inc. and Host of Good Dudes Grow Podcast.

We examine PTSD and traumatic stress, along with the evidence of how cannabis can  help in a therapeutic way. Gary also shares his personal journey through grief, which ultimately led him to found a non profit recovery centre for those in need.

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About Gary Roberts

18-year active duty firefighter. Gary also has over 30 years of experience in the fitness industry, focusing on athlete coaching, physical recovery programs, and mental training for athletic performance. Given his background and ability to learn and overcome psychological and physical trauma, medical training, and understanding how the body can be adaptive to proper prevention and post-recovery protocols. Gary has founded Promises Innovative Recovery to become a mental and physical health leader using innovative therapeutics like plant-based medicine and psychedelics. PIR focuses continuously on moving the needle forward with new and successful programs to benefit those in need.



  • 0:00 Welcome to The Cannabis Conversation
  • 0:46 Gary’s personal background, work as a firefighter, and why he became involved in recovery
  • 5:15 Gary’s entrepreneurial journey and starting his CBD brand Pure Body Zen
  • 14:13 Gary’s motivations for starting his CBD brand, and the challenges faced using CBD as a firefighter
  • 16:00 Introduction to traumatic stress, PTSD, and Gary’s experiences of this
  • 19:38 Are there different types of PTSD?
  • 22:21 How do first line responders and firefighters usually treat alcohol?
  • 25:15 How can cannabis help with traumatic stress?
  • 27:33 The  balance of THC and CBD for therapeutic use
  • 31:45 The use of MDMA for post traumatic stress


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About Anuj

I’m Anuj Desai – a lawyer and Head of Commercial Partnerships for Knowde Group – a life sciences CRO and strategic consultancy focused on plant based therapeutics and psychedelics

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