Marijuana Business Magazine Cover Stories

Extraction Smackdown

Weighing the pros and cons of CO2, hydrocarbon and ethanol extraction methods By Bart Schaneman Take your pick: CO2 … hydrocarbon … or ethanol? Determining which extraction method is best for your cannabis company comes down to what you hope to accomplish. Do you want to … [Continue]

Employee Safety

The most frequently told story of cannabis extraction gone wrong involves an unregulated, home-based facility and a large explosion. Usually the main victim in this story is using butane or propane as the solvent. Licensed operators, however, aren’t immune from such risks. In fact, highly … [Continue]

Getting a Grip on Efficiency

When it comes to the most efficient method of cannabis extraction, if you want to create a high-quality distillate, ethanol extraction is hard to beat. It’s great for processing a lot of marijuana to extract a single cannabinoid, like THC or CBD. The process requires … [Continue]

Product Quality

Deciding which extraction method results in the highest product quality probably requires the most qualifying statements to come up with a clear winner. Each type of extraction has benefits and drawbacks when it comes to the end result. “Not all extractions are the end-all, be-all … [Continue]

Cost of Production and Equipment

Carbon dioxide is the most expensive extraction method, industry executives agreed. The technology has the steepest price tag compared to hydrocarbon and ethanol units. Hydrocarbon systems, by comparison, are the cheapest. Albert Gutierrez, CEO of Med-Pharm in Denver, can attest to the steep price tag … [Continue]

Capitalizing on the CBD surge

Dr. Priyanka Sharma had a thriving global business in chemical pharmaceuticals, traveling the world setting up factories extracting fish oil for nutritional supplements. But Sharma and her husband, Pulak, left their home outside Chicago and moved to Colorado for the same three letters that have … [Continue]

A sporting chance

Athletes have long been using cannabis products to fight inflammation and recover from injury. But drug-testing rules and marijuana stigma historically kept athletic cannabis use a locker-room secret. That’s all changing, thanks to CBD. Today, athletes are finding they can tap into the healing properties … [Continue]

Marketing Silver CBD

Talking about CBD in a nursing home? You’d better bring extra chairs and slices of cake for the overflow crowd. Your audience will be all ears. That was the case at one northern Colorado nursing home that offered a lecture about cannabis and Alzheimer’s. The … [Continue]

New Kind of Medicine

In addition to less regulatory and tax baggage, some marijuana entrepreneurs are drawn to CBD’s medical potential and the opportunity to diversify their businesses. “It’s truly the evolution of the cannabis industry,” said Tim Gordon, founder and president of Functional Remedies, a Boulder, Colorado, company … [Continue]

New Frontiers for Retail

Cannabis in Kansas City, Kansas? Sure, if it’s CBD. CBD is creating opportunities for entrepreneurs to enter the cannabis space in states where marijuana isn’t legal. Vince Sanders of Kansas City is one of them. He started making homemade hemp extracts from hemp growing wild … [Continue]