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Hip to Hemp: Interview with Kyle Kietrys, Co-Founder of M3 Life Sciences
Published on April 23, 2021
This year is the time to confront hard truths and establish a new normal, and one of those areas that needs help is the earth and the environment. In honor of Earth Day week, with reflections on the environment and healing, we chatted with Kyle Kietrys, co-founder of M3 Life Sciences, about how hemp can help with the global, environmental crisis.
How did you first get interested in hemp, and why did the industry appeal to you?
It all started in 1990 when I read Jack Herer’s book, The Emperor Wears No Clothes, which profoundly influenced me, as I first realized that cannabinoids like THC must be medicine—since we had receptors in our brains for them. This led me to study Environmental Geography at grad school, specifically the sustainable agriculture practices of The Maya. I’ve always been an entrepreneur, so when I left grad school, I entered the wellness space and opened a health food store and started selling Hemp seeds and hemp cereals in the late ’90s along with food state vitamins and many other unique items. I understood that it’s about listening to and understanding ancient wisdom—like Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food.” more
Regenerative Agriculture and a Bio-Based Future: EDUCATION BEFORE RECREATION
In fact, they remind us this planet should be a free and balanced place for all life – “One Love,” as the Marley Family and renowned cannabis advocates taught us at Kaya Fest this April. We traveled to San Bernardino, California for the reggae festival of a lifetime, catching up with some of the country’s most notable hemp experts at the “Education Before Recreation” symposium prior to the musical performances.Filmmaker and actress Donisha Prendergast, the eldest of Bob Marley’s grandchildren, and Preston Whitfield, internationally-recognized hemp ambassador and technical advisor to the National Hemp Association, hosted the symposium.
Over the course of the day figures such as Lifetime TV’s Dr. Jenny Wilkins, M3 Biodynamics founder Kyle Kietrys, and the illustrious Rasta advocate Ras Iyah V took the stage to explain how cannabis is changing the world. The highlight was a panel with NoCo Hemp Expo founder Morris Beegle, Rick Trojan of the National Hemp Association Advisory Council and Hemp Road Trip, Dan Herer (son of the legendary Jack Herer) – and of course, author/organic cowboy Doug Fine.