Smokenol Day: Meet The Scientists Making Cannabis Education Accessible

Smokenol Day: Meet The Scientists Making Cannabis Education Accessible

Saturday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Dr. Miyabe Shields and Dr. Riley Kirk – Hosted by Nash Gates – Seminar Room

Approachable, casual conversations about how Cannabis and other natural products interact with your body brought to you by the Smokenol team, this is just a fraction of the curated collection of cannabis-related podcast episodes, blog posts, and videos that are accessible and understandable by everyone on the Smokenol website.

Dr. Miyabe Shields, PhD

Dr. Miyabe Shields, Ph.D. –  “Cannabis saved my life. I believe in the molecular basis of Cannabis as a valid therapeutic option for chronic neurological, inflammatory, and autoimmune disorders.”  Miyabe is a musician,  an advocate, and an expert in the endocannabinoid system. They believe that the interaction of cannabis and the brain can be pivotal to the quality of life, especially in the context of neurodiversity. Dr. Shields is a biochemist who specializes in the endocannabinoid system (ECS); their research began in 2010, the same year they received their prescription for medical Cannabis. From 2010-2012 they evaluated drugs that act downstream of the ECS in animal models at UC Davis. From 2012-2018 they pursued their Ph.D. at Northeastern University investigating synthetic cannabinoids for the treatment of opioid addiction, but the phytocannabinoids always remained their core interest.

Dr. Riley Kirk, PhD

Dr. Riley Kirk, Ph.D. – “Nature is the best organic chemist in the world. ”  Riley is an artist, a forager, and an expert in natural medicines. She has been fascinated by the inner workings of plants and fungi since her early childhood which is coupled with the fact that she’s a daily cannabis user.  Dr. Riley Kirk is a Cannabis research scientist at Smokenol and a Cannabis educator. Riley has her Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences and specializes in natural product chemistry. She is passionate about making Cannabis science accessible to everyone through social media channels; she currently educates on TikTok under the username Cannabichem and hosts a Cannabis podcast called SmokeN’Science which is ranked in the top 1.5% of all apple podcasts worldwide. The goal of Riley’s work is to unite people in the Cannabis industry, academia, and consumers to further the reach of Cannabis education and reduce harm.

Our team just published a chapter in the book “Revolutionizing the Potential of Hemp and Its Products in Changing the Global Economy”! Chapter 6 co-authored by Dr. Miyabe Shields and Dr. Riley Kirk summarizes the pharmaceutical applications of Hemp Cannabis.

The Smokenol Team Story – We Are Patients First


In the rapidly evolving landscape of the cannabis market, team “Smokenol Day” has been successful in building an educated following of over 580,000 cannabis industry workers, consumers, and patients because we are trustworthy and transparent with a passion for making science fun and accessible.

Our company was born by necessity. Cannabis cultivator and connoisseur Andy Westerkamp began growing his own medicine when he was diagnosed with Hereditary Neuropathy with liability to Pressure Palsy (HNPP), a rare neurological disorder for which there is no treatment. Understanding cannabis has helped Andy and his wife, who has multiple autoimmune disorders, manage their quality of life.

In 2018, Andy began working on a cannabis research project with Dr. Miyabe Shields, Ph.D., a daily medical user and an expert with over 12 years of research experience in endocannabinoid pharmacology. It became clear to them that critical concepts in cannabis science have been grossly neglected. In 2019, they began investigating the unique combinations and effects of cannabis smoke at C2i, a Greater Boston Life Sciences Accelerator and moved into their own lab at the Emerging Tech Center at Dunham Ridge in early 2022.

When Dr. Riley Kirk, Ph.D. joined the team she brought her expertise in medicinal natural products chemistry and her ambition to create interactive high-level science communication paired with demographic community-driven research. The Smokenol team aims to enable consumers to improve their quality of life by promoting informed and responsible use of cannabis, transforming standard education paradigms, and by creating unique, high-quality products.

Our patent-pending method to harvest cannabinoids and terpenes from cannabis smoke produces a new type of cannabis extract called Smokenol™. Smokenol is made by the high heat needed to generate cannabis smoke and contains unique molecules which lead to different effects from conventional cannabis extracts. Smokenol™ establishes a new category of oral, topical, and inhaled cannabis products. We license our technology to be used for high-THC adult-use and medicinal cannabis products and produce our own products, derived from hemp cannabis, under the brand Profound Naturals™.

SCHEDULE  Saturday  – Dr. Miyabe Shields and Dr. Riley Kirk – Hosted by Nash Gates – Seminar Room

About The HighLifeStyle Show

HighLifeStyle Show Oct 7-9 Cheech Marin, Jon Provost, The Wailers, Roots of Creation, MIkaela Davis, Jon Butcher Axis, Barrence Whitfield, Walter Sickert Army of Broken Toys, Justine’s Black Threads, Tsunami of Sound, DJ Slim, Bliss Bus, Mystery Machine, Viper Vaudeville, Standup Comedy, Baked Bingo, exhibitors, lots more fun

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be 21+ and is the show open to the public?
The show is open to the public, 21+ NO EXCEPTIONS.
Do I have to bring my ticket to the event?
You will need a copy of the ticket, printed or on your phone.
Can I leave & re-enter?
Yes, unlimited re-entry for the day of the show with a badge.
Can I bring/use cannabis to the event?
Yes – consumption will be permitted in all outside spaces. Possession and use of cannabis MUST be in compliance with Massachusetts law.
Is my registration/ticket transferable?
Yes – anyone over 21 can use your ticket.
What is the refund policy?
All ticket sales are final, with no refunds.

The High Lifestyle Show October 7-9, 2022
The Boxboro Regency Hotel and Conference Center, Boxborough, MA
Tickets are available now!

You must be at least 21 years of age to enter the private property.

There are a lot of reasons that we will be at the HighLifeStyle Show in Boxborough from Oct. 7 to Oct. 9, and the fact that the Dig is co-sponsoring a tent with the Weed Game Show, Boston Baked Bingo, a DJ Slim performance, yoga, and other activities is just one of them.

The lineup for the weekend is also spectacular beyond our wildest weeded dreams. As we announced earlier, the Wailers will be headlining the music stage, and Cheech Marin himself will also be on-site meeting fans.

The HighLifeStyle Show

The HighLifeStyle Show will be over 30,000 sq ft indoor and outdoor gathering of brands, dispensaries, distributors, growers, artists, performers, and consumers to converge in the HighLifeStyle of B2B and B2C in a resort hotel conference setting with exhibitors, vendors, concerts, comedy, education, celebrities, socializing and networking.

The HighLifeStyle Show offers exhibitors and vendors a fun environment to meet qualified customers who are interested in canna-related products, services, and creative arts.

As a business conference, one of our goals is to have businesses, entrepreneurs, and brands be able to meet the distributors, retailers, and consumers in an entertaining, safe environment. Retail distributors can promote their products and retail locations in order to compete to attract new customers. Artists can find new fans. Craft growers can network to find supplies they may need to be an at-home botanist, or find outlets or job opportunities.

As a LifeStyle conference, we will be showcasing all aspects of the canna-inspired culture including health, wellness, music, art, clothing, literature, food, cultivation, supplies, medical, educational, and ancillary aspects including cannabis weddings and travel.

There will be two levels of participation involving access to indoor and outdoor activities. All attendees will be able to access all of the Exhibitors indoors and out.

Live Music On The Main Stage Outdoors All Weekend Long Includes
The Wailers, Roots of Creation, Brett Wilson, Mikaela Davis, Barrence WhitfieldWalter Sickert & The Army of Broken ToysTsunami of Sound, Justine’s Black Threads, and more.

Laugh your bud off with LIVE Comedy & Stand-up
Starring Matt BarryMona ForgioneIan Stuart, and Josh Day will be performing standup comedy, all weekend long.

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About the Venue

Make it a vacation and stay for the weekend! Boxboro Regency Hotel (978) 263-8701 Located in a rural area near several corporate offices, this simple conference hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from I- 95 and within 1 mi (2 km) of Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge. 9 km and 33 km from downtown Boston. The warm, traditionally furnished rooms feature free Wi-Fi access, a flat-screen TV, a coffee maker, and a seating area. Higher-class rooms have mini-fridges and/or a balcony or terrace overlooking the pool. Suites also include sofa beds and microwaves, while higher-end suites have separate living rooms.

While there are many pleasant restaurants close to our hotel, we are happy to offer guests delicious on-site dining options. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at our casual restaurant Minuteman Grille American Pub. You can also enjoy a delicious meal served directly in your room.

Amenities consist of a tropical atrium with a fountain, free Wi-Fi, free parking, disabled access, an indoor pool, a restaurant, bars, room service, and air conditioning. Refrigeration, Airport Shuttle, Pets Allowed, Dogs Allowed (please call hotel for more information). information 978-263-8701). In addition, for hotel guests, we provide a fully equipped fitness center that includes changing rooms and showers, treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, and free weights. . Stay in control of your business with our on-site business center, which offers computer, printer, and fax services.


The hotel restaurant, bars, and indoor restrooms are also exclusive to VIPs, Hotel guests, and Exhibitors.

VIP Live Concerts including Roots of Creation appearing in Concert on Friday, October 7, 2022, at 4:00 pm – also Brett Wilson solo set Friday Evening, Cannabis Viper Vaudeville performance – Special Show only for VIPs, Exhibitors, and Hotel Guests and Mikaela Davis with her band Southern Star will be performing in concert Saturday, Oct. 8 on the main stage outdoors – Mikaela Davis will be performing a special solo concert for VIPs, Exhibitors and Hotel Guests with More VIP Activities To Be Announced.

Friday, October 7 (VIPs, Exhibitors, and Hotel Guests only): 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Roots of Creation 3:30-5:00, then after-hours fun with a Comedy show, , and Brett Wilson’s solo set!