Interview With Dr. Jon Thompson, extraktLAB, and United Science
Dr. Jon Thompson is the founder and CEO of extraktLAB and United Science, a Wisconsin-based hemp and botanical extraction and distillation equipment manufacturer. ExtraktLAB also operates an 80,000 sq ft hemp extraction and processing facility in Osceola, WI, that can process over 5 tons daily. Taking hemp biomass and making CBD distillate and isolate.
We sat down with Dr. Jon to dig into some of the science that goes into CO2 extraction and to learn why extraktLAB prefers supercritical CO2 over other methods, like ethanol or hydrocarbon extraction. We also discussed what goes into starting up an extraction
company. Finally, Dr. Jon gives some valuable advice for individuals looking to enter the botanical industry.
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0:00 Introduction with Tanner Berris
0:25 Diving into the facets of the cannabis industry
0:47 Benefits of CO2 extraction and why extraktLAB uses it
3:55 Benefits of extraktLAB extraction equipment
6:20 GMP Practices
7:30 Scaling up
7:50 Filtration, Solvent removal, and Distillation equipment
8:30 What sets extraktLAB extractors apart
10:30 Is chilling biomass necessary for extraction?
12:00 Is there anything coming that could revolutionize extraction?
16:10 Things will change. CO2 will remain
17:25 More than five-ton throughput is possible but not profitable
20:15 What goes into starting a hemp extraction business?
20:40 What careers are available in the extraction industry?
32:35 Advice for anyone looking to join the hemp industry
35:55 Final Thoughts