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If you’re a farmer (hemp), grower (marijuana), processor, chemist, investor, entrepreneurs – or maybe you’re just curious – this podcast is for you. Listen in as Dr. Jon & Randall Thompson talk about everything Supercritical CO2 Botanical Extraction. They will answer your questions about extraction, processing, methodology, and other how-to's when building a successful CBD business. Get your questions answered. extraktLAB is a leading-edge, CBD hemp and cannabis processing equipment manufacturer. extraktLAB also provides engineering, consulting, and design services for your business. Our supercritical CO2 extraction equipment is known for having the highest throughput, smallest footprint, lowest energy consumption, and the most scalable CO2 extraction process in the industry. Dr. Jon is the President & CEO of extraktLAB. He is a separations scientist, entrepreneur, and inventor. Dr. Jon has earned a strong track record of winning and implementing medical cannabis licenses in well-regulated, medically-modeled states. Randall Thompson is the CRO of extraktLAB. He is a revenue, roll-up, and transition champion for business owners. From 2001-2009, Randall was awarded the Congressional Medal of Distinction for Outstanding and Meritorious Service on the Business Advisory Council to the United States Congress.
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Delta 8 THC has exploded in the hemp industry with a lot of hype and controversy behind it. This psychoactive cannabinoid is in a legal grey area that allows for hemp processors to create a product similar to delta 9 THC without the legal ramifications of producing delta 9 outside of legal jurisdiction. Though less potent than its delta 9 sibling, delta 8 is less potent. Nonetheless, it is a psychoactive cannabinoid that does produce a “high” when used. For this reason, there is a lot of interest, and a lot of skepticism, surrounding this hemp compound. In this episode of extrakTALKS, Dr. Jon and Randall Thompson dive into the fascinating topic of delta 8 THC. They will detail a number of important factors including how delta 8 is made, the legal status of delta 8, the differences and similarities from delta 9, delta 8 and other hemp cannabinoids and much more.
Excipients are a crucial part of product formulation in the hemp extraction industry. Excipients act as a delivery method for desired cannabinoids like CBD to reach the bloodstream when taken by the end user. Without these excipients like surfactants, SEDDS, terpene blends, oils and others, the desired hemp compounds would be less available for the human body to absorb making them vitally important to the overall formulation process. There are a variety of important factors to consider when evaluating the right terpenes for extract products including stability, viscosity, solubility, delivery compatibility and more - all of which are covered in this podcast. In this episode of extrakTALKS, Dr. Jon and Randall Thompson discuss the importance of excipients in product formulation in the extraction industry. They cover important topics including how to establish your formulation requirements, risk assessment, sourcing quality ingredients, and proper formulation methods in your extraction operation.
In the hemp and botanical processing industry, cannabinoids often take center stage on the priority list. Most producers will be certain that their extraction, and distillation methods are tuned in perfectly to collect and preserve the best cannabinoids for product formulation down the line. But, terpenes are equally as vital to an end product, so why is there less emphasis on their collection, preservation and product formulation? If you aren’t properly identifying the best methods to collect and preserve those precious terps, you could be throwing money out the window!In part two of our discussion on terpenes, Dr. Jon and Randall begin the interesting discussion of the common ways hemp and botanical processors collect their terpenes. There are a number of ways this is accomplished: steam distillation, wiped film distillation, vacuum distillation, ethanol extraction, CO2 stripping and more. But what is the best method? And how would you employ it in your own hemp or botanical business? Using the extraktLAB method, terpenes are captured during the decarboxylation process using vacuum distillation to catch the very best terpenes AND to improve the extraction process overall. Want to learn how? Then this is the episode for you
In the hemp and botanical processing industry, cannabinoids often take center stage on the priority list. Most producers will be certain that their extraction, and distillation methods are tuned in perfectly to collect and preserve the best cannabinoids for product formulation down the line. But, terpenes are equally as vital to an end product, so why is there less emphasis on their collection, preservation and product formulation? If you aren’t properly identifying the best methods to collect and preserve those precious terps, you could be throwing money out the window!In this episode of extrakTALKS, Dr. Jon and Randall Thompson break down one of four discussions about terpenes, and why you shouldn’t be throwing your money out the window. This episode particularly focuses on the basics - what terpenes are, why they are so valuable to the industry and how you would likely waste money by collecting them at the wrong time, or not collecting them at all! Getting more into the complicated side of the matter, Dr. Jon discusses the stability of common terpenes, how to store them, and how to preserve them so that they can be used in product formulations down the line.
If you are a hemp or botanical extraction business creating high quality distillate and isolate products for consumers, quality, safety and compliance with local and national regulations is paramount. It is vital that your products are extracted with the best possible methods, are rigorously tested for the safety of the consumer, and contain legal quantities of specific compounds in line with jurisdictions within your market. However, even if all these standards are met, it is equally important to understand the rigid rules of labeling your products to ensure your product is compliant AND desirable for the end user.In this episode of extrakTALKS, Dr. Jon and Randall Thompson discuss everything you need to know about GMP labeling if you are a business to consumer extraction operation. There are a number of considerations that must be understood and implemented in your product labeling including the necessity to meet federal, state, and local regulations, legibility, per process labeling, correct representation of your product and much more. These standards explained by Dr. Jon and Randall are critical, not only to market a product that your customers will want to buy, but also to be certain that your products are legal and stay on the shelves. If you are a business in the hemp or botanical extraction industry creating products for the end user, this episode of extrakTALKS is a must for you.To learn more, visit our website: www.extraktlab.com
How to Pitch Your Plan! So, you’ve decided to create your first hemp or botanical startup. You’ve planned out your location, what products you will make, what solvent you will use for extraction, and more. You have it all figured out! Or do you… What about your potential investors? Do you know how you'll pitch your business plan to them? This is a crucial step that many startups fail to properly employ causing significant difficulty when attempting to create partnerships, and establish investors. If you have yet to consider this vital step in your new or upcoming venture, you need to listen up to this week’s episode. In this week’s episode of extrakTALKS, Dr. Jon and Randall Thompson discuss the best possible ways to pitch your plan in your hemp or botanical business plan. There are several key factors that you need to take into consideration when deciding to pitch your business plan: 1. The best practices for having a successful pitch of your idea or plan to investors 2. Bringing in friends and family to your business venture 3. Successfully pitching to an investment group and 4. Making sure your plan stands out in a competitive market AND making that plan a success. Listen up and pay close attention if you want to make sure your investment opportunities are successful and that your overall business plan will bring you to revenue in the long term.To learn more, visit our website: www.extraktlab.com
The Top 5 Success Factors of CBD Brand Leaders continues! In our last episode, Dr. Jon and Randall Thompson continued the conversation of CBD brand leader practices by discussing how to identify your personal regulatory path, and how to choose your best potential business partners. These steps are crucial to stay on track with your own geographic regulations in the hemp and CBD markets and to find the right partnership to become a successful brand leader in the industry. In this final episode of Top 5 Success Factors, Dr. Jon and Randall discuss two very important considerations: finding your market niche, and using digital marketing to the fullest.Standing out in the hemp and CBD industry is not necessarily easy to accomplish. Plenty of businesses have decided to jump into the market with the goal of becoming one of the top brand leaders in the industry. What’s important to consider is finding the right marketing target in order to find your place. This means identifying your target market, and executing on what that market may need. By doing this, your chances of success are considerably more possible by offering a unique solution in your own specific area of the market.And, in an ever increasingly digital world, utilizing digital marketing tactics is essential to make your voice heard. This includes social media, email campaigns, creating a high-quality website, understanding search engine optimization (SEO) and more. By taking advantage of these factors, your business has the potential to be seen and heard in a growing business that has a growing presence of eager entrepreneurs ready to envelop the market. To learn more, visit our website: www.extraktlab.com
The Top 5 Success Factors of CBD Brand Leaders continues! In our last episode, Dr. Jon and Randall Thompson began the discussion by talking about the first steps in the top five CBD brand leader success factors - planning and getting your investors involved early. Now, they continue on to discuss how to understand your regulatory path and how to choose the right business partners. These are crucial steps in making sure that you can follow the same success factors that the leading CBD brands in the world adhere to.When you think of what a regulatory path might be, what comes to mind? If you imagine a path to follow that keeps your business within legal limitations, you might be on the right track. The laws surrounding the hemp and CBD businesses vary from state to state, and country to country. Following those guidelines can determine whether or not you become a profitable business and stay that way, or crash and burn due to mislabeled products, or other stipulations that are inadvertently disregarded. Dr. Jon and Randall clarify how to recognize and stay within the regulatory path in your business to ensure your success.In the final Top 5 Success Factors of CBD Brand Leaders episode, Dr. Jon and Randall will discuss how to create your own advantageous niche in the market and how to optimize your digital marketing strategy so that you can shout your brand from the rooftops. Tune in to find out the best possible business practices you can utilize to create a successful business practice in the hemp and CBD market.To learn more, visit our website: www.extraktlab.com
Top5 Success Factors for CBD Brand Leaders. The CBD industry has undoubtedly offered a fantastic opportunity for entrepreneurs to create exciting and successful new brands. These CBD business opportunities are plenty and has opened the door for others to follow suit from a number of top CBD brand leaders. But, these CBD brand leaders did not rise to the top on a whim. There are a number of success factors that have been taken into consideration when starting and operating a successful CBD business in a booming, yet competitive market. If you are beginning to consider starting your own CBD brand, it is crucial that you follow and implement the same success factors to thrive in the hemp and CBD industry.In this episode of extrakTALKS, Dr. Jon and Randall Thompson discuss the top five success factors of CBD brand leaders. To dive into the world of CBD business opportunities these five factors are critical to create and maintain a profitable CBD business. These include: Getting investors involved early, Understanding the regulatory path, Choosing the right business partners, Creating your own advantageous nice in the market, and optimizing your digital marketing to shout your brand from the rooftops of the web. Listen in to learn how you can implement these five success factors into your new or existing CBD brand and see how your profitable your business can be in this exciting new market.To learn more, visit our website: www.extraktlab.com
The hemp plant is an incredibly versatile, useful plant for a plethora of applications. Through hemp processing, hemp can be harvested and used for a variety of purposes including industrial use in the form of textiles and fibers, or cannabinoid extraction like CBD, CBG and other plant components. The numerous uses of hemp continue to grow and all are achieved through using some form of hemp processing.If you are new to the term “hemp processing,” it can basically be summarized as the entirety of the extraction or industrial use process from the time the hemp plant is harvested to the point of a final product. On the industrial side, this could include shucking, decortication, and treatment of parts of the hemp plant to create products like fabrics, textiles, paper, building materials and more. In cannabinoid extraction, hemp processing will include shucking, but will then include processes like decarboxylation, extraction, winterization, filtration and distillation to achieve a proper cannabinoid extract product.In this episode of extrakTALKS, Dr. Jon and Randall Thompson will discuss everything you need to know about hemp processing from grow to product and every step in between. Whether you are a farmer, grower, processor or investor, hemp processing factors into each and every aspect of the industrial hemp and extraction industry. If you happen to fall into any of these categories, you need to tune in to this week’s episode of extrakTALKS with Dr. Jon and Randall Thompson on the inside secrets of hemp processing.To learn more, visit our website: www.extraktlab.com
into consideration for a successful hemp grow. Factors like geographic location, daily weather, soil quality, and others will determine the overall quality, and quantity, of your harvest this season. If you want all the time and effort you put into your hemp crop during the growing season to be fruitful, or you need to learn how to harvest hemp for the first time, you need to pay close attention to the factors that we will discuss in this podcast episode.In this episode of extrakTALKS, Dr. Jon and Randall Thompson explain how to have the best possible harvest this season. They will explain how to harvest hemp, what strains are best for CBD or industrial hemp production, growing climates and other environmental factors including much more. Dr. Jon and Randall will also explain the harvest process for farmers and processors as each need to know the factors associated with a successful harvest for the sake of profitability in a growing industry. So, tune in to this week’s episode if you are interested in learning more about how to harvest hemp, and how to have the best hemp harvest ever this year. To learn more, visit our website: www.extraktlab.com
What is the ultimate list of hemp strains? Believe it or not, not all hemp plants are created equal. Varying hemp strains can determine the formulation, effects and quality of a CBD extract. The reasons for this are plenty - varying levels of CBD content, terpenes located in the hemp strain, overall grow quality of a particular hemp strain - these are all factors in creating a particular hemp derived product.What’s more, a particular hemp strain can also determine the legality of a hemp product. Different hemp strains tend to have varying levels of THC - still federally illegal in the United States. If a hemp strain is grown that tends to have a higher level of THC, it can lead to a “hot crop.” This means that a test of a hemp grow can be tested and will have to be legally destroyed if THC levels are above .03%. Similar to this, other hemp strains can be grown to contain higher levels of CBG, CBN, and various terpenes to determine a unique hemp product.In this episode of extrakTALKS, Dr. Jon and Randall discuss the ultimate list of hemp strains. This episode will cover listener submitted survey questions on what strains farmers prefer to grow, which strains have the best flavor, aroma, and cannabinoid content, what they do to ensure the best grow possible and more. 
When it comes to the United States, the legality and regulation of CBD is relatively straightforward under the 2018 Farm Bill. In the EU, however, regulations of CBD vary greatly making GMP compliance a more complicated conversation overall. Much like the FDA, the European Medicines Agency has regulations in place that regulate the use of CBD as a food or medicine product, but depending on the country itself, EU GMP compliance is widely different.For example, while CBD is considered an illegal narcotic in Sweden, but is considered to be a novel food in Spain. These discrepancies are widespread throughout the European Union, so what is the point of putting in the effort of being EU-GMP compliant?In this episode of extrakTALKS, Dr. Jon and Randall Thompson discuss the top five reasons to be EU-GMP in the CBD industry. Among the top five reasons in this episode are: Access to a 500M population, Taking advantage of a country by country EU market that is continuing to grow, opportunity to implement a pharmaceutical quality system that will increase the professionalism of your own company, Differentiation of your company, and Building consumer confidence in a quality product. Listen up if you are interested in tackling the opportunities of EU-GMP compliance in the ever increasing CBD market.
Business partnerships in any industry can be as risky as they are lucrative. When it comes to choosing a partner in the CBD extraction industry, there are important factors to consider just like any other business opportunity. While each industry has its own set of guidelines, some mesh together with the hemp and cannabis industry including product handling and storage, health and safety precautions, personnel training and more. Without considering these factors, a business partnership can turn sour and loss of profits become inevitable.Specifically in the hemp and CBD industry, some unique considerations need to be understood when choosing the right hemp processing partner. Some of these factors may include product formulation testing equipment, laboratory setup, biomass procurement and inspection among others. It is also important to consider the legal requirements in this ever changing environment and whether or not a potential partner is on the same page as you when it comes to following local and federal regulations.In this episode of extrakTALKS, Dr. Jon and Randall Thompson discuss all there is to know about choosing a hemp processing partner. Whether you are a new startup looking to find the ideal partner to start your hemp processing adventure, or an experienced extractor branching out to the next potential project, Dr. Jon and Randall have valuable information you can benefit from in this episode.
When it comes to CBD processing and the hemp extraction industry, investors have become increasingly interested in their involvement. With the CBD industry projected to grow by the billions within the next few decades, the potential for monetary gain as an investor in this industry is a promising prospect. Of course, as with any investment, there are a number of considerations to keep mind of before diving into the CBD processing industry.With the booming of the CBD industry in recent years, profits are ever-increasing for extraction businesses. Of course, this often draws in partnerships and profitable investment opportunities, but also creates its own set of concerns that are necessary for an ideal business venture. Whether you are new to the industry, or an CBD extraction veteran, would you know the most important considerations before investing?In this episode of extrakTALKS, Dr. Jon and Randall Thompson discuss five important considerations for any investor interested in investing in the CBD industry. Some of these considerations discussed are: Where is the CBD industry headed? What are the potential risks involved in investing? Necessary information to maximize operating profits, objectives necessary to improve top line revenue, and scale up strategies for hemp startups and operating businesses. By implementing these five factors, your chances of success are exponentially increased - listen up in this episode of extrakTALKS to find out how.
Hemp Startup 101 - #19

Hemp Startup 101 - #19

2020-11-1359:01

Starting up a new business in any industry can be a daunting task, let alone an increasingly competitive atmosphere like the hemp and CBD industry. If you’re not careful, your plans to create a successful, profitable hemp processing business can crash and burn before you even get a foothold in the market.So, what should you take into consideration when diving into the hemp extraction industry? Have you considered the long-term profitability of your extraction method? What about the solvent you’ll decide to extract with? Have you looked into the local laws and regulations that might dictate your business practices? The questions can build and become more complicated as you consider everything you’ll need to get started, but luckily for you, extraktLAB is here to help.In this episode of extrakTALKS, Dr. Jon and Randall Thompson discuss the most important factors to creating your hemp startup from start to finish. A number of important factors need to be taken into consideration in nearly every aspect of the hemp extraction business from pre-processing biomass to extraction to distillation and every step in between. Whether or not you've planned out your extraction plans, or you have yet to consider the first steps of your hemp startup, this episode is for you.  
Chromatography has become critically important for the widely popular formulations of CBD products including full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate - all of which are increasingly desired in the growing hemp extract markets. With the ability to selectively manipulate various cannabinoids, terpenes and other materials from the plant matrix, there are a number of methods by which chromatography can be accomplished, and various forms of chromatography have proven themselves to be advantageous for an number of reasons in larger scale extraction.For a hemp extract to be legal under the 2018 Farm Bill, any particular hemp product must contain less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive cannabinoid. Lawmakers limited the amount of THC that could be present in hemp biomass so as to distinguish it from other cannabis plants that produce high amounts of the psychoactive component.When the biomass is extracted, however, the amount of THC in the extract is at a higher level than the limit that was established by the Farm Bill. As the oil becomes more refined, the concentration of THC will increase to the point where the oil is no longer fit for commerce.As a result, many producers have added a separation process into their hemp processing workflow. Hemp extract that has had THC removed from it is known as broad spectrum hemp oil. The production of broad-spectrum hemp oil typically requires the separation of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) from the other cannabinoids in the oil.In this episode of extrakTALKS, Dr. Jon and Randall Thompson discuss the ins and outs of chromatography in the hemp and cannabis industry. This important final step of hemp and cannabis extraction is critical for properly formulating CBD products in terms of legality and consumer preference. Watch and listen as Dr. Jon and Randall explain chromatography in detail and introduce extraktLAB's high performance liquid chromatography system - the pure99.
There is no doubt that CBD has swept the world as one of the hottest cannabinoids from the hemp plant. With the introduction of the 2018 Farm Bill, a whole world of hemp derived products. So long as a product has a THC content below 0.3% any derivative of CBD is technically legal under this jurisdiction. However, another hemp derived cannabinoid is rapidly gaining popularity in the hemp extraction industry: Delta-8-THC.“But wait,” you might say, “I thought THC was illegal?” The federal laws permitting the creation of CBD products applies to Delta-9-THC, the cannabinoid responsible for creating a high when smoking or ingesting marijuana products. This psychoactive cannabinoid has been a schedule 1 drug for decades, so what makes Delta-8 THC any different? It all lies in its creation. While Delta-9 is abundant in the marijuana plant, Delta-8 appears only in low levels. Because of this, Delta-8 has to be derived from cannabinoids found in hemp, not only to create products, but also to ensure those products are federally legal under the 2018 Farm Bill. But how is it made? You’re about to find out.In this episode of extrakTALKS, Dr. Jon and Randall Thompson show you how Delta-8 THC  is made including the equipment needed, the cost of operation and the process to derive delta-8 from hemp cannabinoids. They also explain the legal status of delta-8, the difference between Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC and everything else you need to know about this fascinating cannabinoid in the hemp extraction industry.
Bottlenecks Solved!- #16

Bottlenecks Solved!- #16

2020-10-1601:13:11

Bottlenecks are an issue within any business and inside any industry. These issues are never easy to solve, but there are always solutions. Inside the hemp and cannabis industry there are many potential areas in the process that can lead to bottlenecks. Fortunately for this industry, extraktLAB has created a solution to these problems with the igwLAB.igwLAB is a GMP-compliant, specialized manufacturing execution and quality tracking system (MES) built specifically for the cannabis industry. The igwLAB provides information to help manufacturing decision makers understand how current conditions on the plant floor can be optimized to improve production output. igwLAB software was designed to help extraction facility operations manage material and information flow. The process of extracting hemp biomass into CBD or CBG oils requires extraction equipment, distillation equipment, and formulations operations to finish goods such as vapor pens or CBD pills. The software includes thirteen unique individual modules that guides operators, quality managers, and laboratory personnel through the production process. The software creates master batch records for each step in the process so that maximum traceability can be achieved and easily reported on.In this episode of extrakTALKS, Dr. Jon and Randall Thompson discuss all the potential bottlenecks that hemp and cannabis processors may face and how the igwLAB has the potential to solve these issues. From the first steps of receiving biomass down to distillation and product formulation, bottlenecks are no more with this extraktLAB solution.
Product formulations are a critical part of the CBD extraction process, but sometimes it can get complicated. What is full spectrum distillate? How is it any different from broad spectrum distillate? And what about CBD isolate? All of these formulations have their place in the CBD industry and it is important to know what product is the best for each individual in order to create a profitable extraction business.In this episode of extrakTALKS, Dr. Jon and Randall Thompson go into full detail about these topics including how to formulate, the legality, and the personal risks and benefits of each. Listen up and learn how to implement these formulations to your own extraction business and see just how vital full, broad and isolate formulations are in the CBD market.
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