CBD: What It Is and How to Capitalize On the Emerging Segment

Wednesday | November 20 | 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

CBD – you’ve heard of it, but do you know how it fits into your business? A panel of experts will clear the haziness around the product line and show you how to take advantage of it. By the end of the session, you will know how to incorporate CBD into your product line-up and profit from it.


Josh Rosenberg
Plants Optimizing People

Speaker bio coming soon.


Josh Hartsel, Ph.D.
Chief Science Officer

Dr. Joshua Hartsel has pioneered large scale extraction techniques for many leading companies in the space (Privateer Holdings, CV Sciences, Ananda Hemp, and Speakeasy) for the past decade. Branching out as the CEO and Co-founder of Delta-9 Technologies and Blue Sky Processing has been a rich and rewarding exercise developing entrepreneurial growth and business development strategies.

“I love building companies, lab and production facilities are only a part of that process” – Dr. Hartsel

As a scientist, first and foremost Dr. Hartsel is a leading authority on cannabis chemistry. As the Director of R&D at CV Sciences, his large-scale extraction expertise earned six High-Times Cannabis Cup awards for concentrates, pioneering the crystallization of CBD. Over his career, he has co-authored several peer-reviewed journals, two book chapters on cannabinoids and terpenes (Nutraceuticals – Efficacy, Safety, and Toxicity as well as Cannabis in Veterinary Medicine), and served as an inventor on key patent applications. One on the isolation of cannabinoids (Improved Process for Generating Hemp Oil with a High Cannabidiol (CBD) Content; US Patent# US9340475 B2) and the other was developing species-selective insecticides for malaria control with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (US Patent# 8,618,162). Dr. Hartsel has extensive experience building large-scale production facilities/analytical chemistry laboratories focused on cannabinoid-based nutritional supplements.

Troy Nihart
Isodiol CBD Brands

Speaker bio coming soon.

Greg Sidwell
G&J Marketing

Greg Sidwell is Founder and President G & J Marketing and Sales. Greg has used his general management, marketing and innovation skills to drive business performance across a diverse range of food and beverage categories in the Vending, Office Coffee and Specialty Retail channels of trade. During the last 34 years, Greg has developed the standard for excellence in the industry through sales performance and a focus on innovation and disciplined execution. Greg leads strategy development and strategic planning across all channels of trade at G & J. He also oversees G & J’s venture scouting activities, developing and nurturing both national and geography-specific strategies and initiatives. G & J exists to promote, with PRIDE, the success of everyone it touches. It is this mission statement that Greg and everyone at G & J are dedicated to. Greg is a NAMA Certified Executive and currently holds a position as Chair Elect on the NAMA Board of Directors.

Jeff Stebbings
VP Strategic Accounts
Teaja Tea, A PLNTSOP Company

Speaker bio coming soon.

Raj Teja
Founding Partner

Speaker bio coming soon.