At root, Bridget Conry is an herbalist with a steadfast faith in the power of plants. Besides believing that everyone should be able to grow their own medicine, Conry also discusses the importance and efficacy of educating people about cannabis in a patient and professional manner. She also notes that communities will likely gain more confidence in the industry once we start to see more regulation, which is happening sooner than we think. Conry believes that the industry will, indeed, become normalized, but only with time and hard work.
Seth Adler: Bridgett Conry joins us. Welcome to Cannabis Economy, I'm your host Seth Adler. Download episodes on canneconomy.com, or wherever you currently get your podcasts. CannEconomy.com, that's two Ns in the word economy, has a ton of direct insight from policy, science, and business leaders in the space.
Seth Adler: First word from [Bedrocan 00:00:18], and then Bridget Conry.
Seth Adler: Bedrocan is a patient driven, global, pharmaceutical minded cannabis company. Their entire end to end process is GMP certified through Dutch and, ultimately, European authorities. Bedrocan is the market leader in Europe for medical cannabis, and has been the sole supplier to the Dutch government for 16 years. Through the Dutch government, Bedrocan provides product to 15 countries currently.
Seth Adler: As a science based company, Bedrocan invests in clinical research. [Veladen 00:00:49] University conducted a double blind, placebo controlled, clinical trial on fibromyalgia with Bedrocan products which yielded promising results. They are now working on a followup to that study. Bedrocan is also working on the extent to which cannabis can reduce a reliability on opioids. Bedrocan believes that clinical research is key for the future of the company, standardized product, the industry and the patient. Visit Bedrocan.com for more information.
Seth Adler: Bridgett, I always thought your last name was Conroy, it's Conry.
Bridget Conry: It's Conry, yes.
Seth Adler: Yeah.
Bridget Conry: You want to know the story behind that?
Seth Adler: Do it!
Bridget Conry: When my family was immigrating from Ireland to the United States, Irish Catholics were discriminated against. If you were Catholic you weren't going to get a job.
Seth Adler: Yeah. We didn't even know if JFK could get elected because he was Catholic.
Bridget Conry: Exactly.
Seth Adler: So, it went all the way there, but-
Bridget Conry: So, Conry was the Catholic name. Conroy were Protestants.
Seth Adler: Oh.
Bridget Conry: So a lot of Conry's, when they came over, they took O into their last name so that they could survive.
Seth Adler: Wow.
Bridget Conry: But my family are tough.
Seth Adler: Yeah. That's ... I feel like we should go with that. So, we're in a little café here, so there's going to be people talking and maybe some dishes clanking.
Bridget Conry: And sipping. How does that work?
Seth Adler: Yes. Sipping, we try to edit around it unless you're in the middle of a word when I sip or something like that. I was just going to make another point, but who remembers?
Seth Adler: I think what I want to talk to you about is the fact that you are pretty darn tough here.
Bridget Conry: I think so.
Seth Adler: You've been doing this ... You're the old guard.
Bridget Conry: We are the old guard, yeah. Six years.
Seth Adler: Let's hop in the way back machine.
Bridget Conry: Yes.
Seth Adler: Okay? Why did you do this to yourself initially?
Bridget Conry: Why did I do this?
Seth Adler: You have to do this to yourself now because this is what your job is, right?
Bridget Conry: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Seth Adler: You've given yourself this job, so now this is your job, but why did you give yourself this job?
Bridget Conry: I'm an herbalist, I believe in plant based medicine.
Seth Adler: Okay.
Bridget Conry: I did it for 20 years before I started to do cannabis, which I didn't know anything about.
Seth Adler: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Bridget Conry: I was learning about plants and how we use them for health and wellness.
Seth Adler: Okay.
Bridget Conry: Primarily Western herbology tradition. I had a lot of experience teaching people how to grow their own medicine. I was making a lot of products on my own. I had my own community based herbal practice where I was consulting people on how to use plants for general health and wellness, not acute situations, but how to maintain, and tonify, and take care of the smaller things in life with herbs.
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