About the Author

Written by Carl Germano, CNS, CDN



Carl Germano, CNS, CDN is a NY Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist and Vice President for Verdant Oasis. He holds a masters degree in clinical nutrition from New York University and has over 35 years experience as VP of product development for several of the largest vitamin supplement companies in the trade.  He previously served as Chief Science Officer for Inergetics, Inc., Vice President of Product Development & Research for Solgar Vitamin & Herb Company, Nutratech, and Country Life Vitamins and as a consultant for Ajinomoto and Bluebonnet Nutrition.  In addition, he has been instrumental in bringing cutting-edge nutritional materials and finished product formulations to a variety of markets including dietary supplements, medical foods, and functional beverages. Today, he continues his efforts in product development and research and is responsible for providing the industry with the next generation of clinically important phytocannabinoid ingredients. Previously, he had spearheaded phytocannabinoid initiatives for several companies and now for Verdant Oasis – a major grower, developer, cultivator and extractor of multi spectrum phytocannabinoid rich hemp oil.  A prolific author with several bestselling trade books including “The Misled Athlete”, “Natures Pain Killers”, “The Osteoporosis Solution”, “The Brain Wellness Plan” and his most recent “Road To Ananda: The Simple Illustrated Guide To The Endocannabinoid System.  He is a frequent lecturer and radio guest and has held a progressive nutrition practice and has been a product development consultant for many years.

“In order to appreciate and understand hemp phytocannabinoids such as CBD, one must truly understand our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS acts like the conductor in an orchestra as it coordinates communication between cells, organs and all physiological functions throughout the body. From a global perspective, the ECS is also an adaptogenic system and strives to maintain health, well-being, and balance – what we call homeostasis. You cannot be healthy unless the ECS is functioning properly.”

“Your Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a major signaling network that relies on cannabinoids we produce in the body (endocannabinoids) and the receptors (doorways on the cell) on every cell that accepts them.  As with all compounds produced in the body, there are times we do not produce enough. When there is a shortage of endocannabinoids available to cells and organs, poor health and certain disease conditions ensue. Hemp provides the richest source of dietary phytocannabinoids that are known to support and nourish our ECS.”
“While CBD seems to be in the spotlight today, it is an ill-conceived, myopic story.  While CBD is important, it represents only 1 of 100+ phytocannabinoids naturally occurring in hemp – many of which are equal or more important. Studies show that full spectrum hemp phytocannabinoids are significantly better than CBD isolates. In addition, CBD only nourishes half of the ECS as it does not support all of the ECS receptors in the body.”


Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, is the esteemed professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Best known for his work on the isolation and synthesis of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and the endocannabinoids anandamide and 2-AG, he has been called the “Father of Cannabinoid Research” by many. Dr. Mechoulam has published over 350 scientific articles and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Lifetime Achievement Award, the International Cannabinoid Research Society Lifetime Achievement Award, the Eicosanoid Research Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, and the American Botanical Council Norman Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award.


Dr. Joseph Mercola, a passionate advocate of natural medicine and board certified family physician. An internationally recognized natural health expert, Dr.Mercola has achieved wide recognition through his guest appearances on leading national network shows and his multiple number one best selling books (www.mercola.com).