Mike Hennesy is Vice President of Innovation at Wana Brands where he oversees research and development, new product design, educational training content and growing partnerships with new cannabis technologies. Hennesy led the team in creating Wana’s new Quick line of gummies and tinctures that use innovative encapsulation techniques to increase the bioavailability of cannabinoids that bypass liver metabolism and take effect quickly. He also developed Wana’s online interactive training program for budtenders and employees that covers the science of the endocannabinoid system and directed the development of Wana’s vape line, including the line’s unique proprietary terpene blends.
Hennesy previously managed Wana’s sales team of seven where the quickly growing business proved demanding but rewarding as his team expanded Wana’s shelf presence in the vast majority of Colorado’s dispensaries. Hennesy is currently enrolled in a Master Program for Cannabis Science and Therapeutics at The University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy. He has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Technology from The University of Maryland.
In an effort to learn more about the challenges of delivering a high-quality and consistent gummy product, and to understand best production practices, THCnet asked Wana Brands’ vice president of Innovation, Mike Hennesy, to share his insights into ingredient selection, flavoring, infusion and packaging.