Neeraj Bhardwaj, President of Loto Labs, talks with TJ Branfalt, host of the Ganjapreneur Podcast about crowdfunding, family, and creating the world’s first magnetic induction powered vaporizer.
The following is an excerpt from the Ganjapreneur podcast interview with Neeraj Bhardwaj conducted by TJ Branfalt in August, 2018.
TG Branfalt: Hey there, I’m your host TG Branfalt and you’re listening to the Podcast where we try to bring you actionable information and normalize cannabis through the stories of ganjapreneurs, activists, and industry stakeholders. Today I’m joined by Neeraj Bhardwaj. He’s the President of Loto Labs. How you doing today?
Neeraj Bhardwaj: I’m good. How are you doing?
TG Branfalt: I’m doing all right. Doing all right. Really stoked to talk to you. Your story’s really interesting. How you brought the Loto Lux to market is really interesting. Before we get into that, what’s your background? How did you get into the cannabis space?
Neeraj Bhardwaj: Ah, yes, that’s an interesting question actually, because I’m from tech. My background is mainly semiconductors and non-destructive testing and the way that I got into cannabis is kind of a personal story. My mother was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago and when she was going through chemotherapy they were giving her all kinds of medicines to eat, and to sleep, and, you know, chemotherapy is itself a poison. She couldn’t eat and it was sad to see her become so thin, so someone suggested I take her cannabis.
Now, this is an Indian woman who’s never smoked or drank in her life, and myself I had only done it a couple times before that. It wasn’t something I did or practiced. I had to learn how to smoke it and that meant grinding it and rolling it, with tobacco in this case, as the person who showed me to do it. We were rolling spliffs and honestly, Mom felt fantastic and she could eat french fries immediately. It was absolutely unbelievable. I was shocked at what cannabis could do when I felt great.
After she passed I started smoking a lot of cannabis and I really gave up drinking and really, really enjoyed different strains and kind of got into it that way. Besides that, I really, really want to stop smoking cigarettes and that’s part of the way I got into the vaporization space. I wanted to stop smoking everything.