Knowing when to Hold your Tongue // #2 – Kayla Mann


'Knowing when to Hold your Tongue' // #2 - Kayla Mann // The Extraction Insiders


"Camaraderie is the biggest thing. People trying to do this shit on their own - yeah you have the luck-ability to succeed. I think we're in this today, growing this industry and flying the plane while building it. The biggest thing for me is our relationships; they are everything….. "The people that are going to succeed in this industry, you hope it's all the ones that care and that we can all do it together." – Kayla Mann

 

Connect with Kayla Mann:

LinkedIn

Twitter

Instagram

Facebook

 

Selected Links and People Mentioned from this episode:

Kaylamann.com

Extracted Podcast

The Valens Company

Habitat Life

Habitat Life on Twitter and Instagram


-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

[0:08] Jason and Joel welcome their next guest Kayla Mann as they chat a bit about how they know each other.

[0:47] Kayla recounts her journey from accounting to artistry in photography, from nude female models to bison models, cannabis start up to bison and back to corporate finance.

[4:05] Marketing in the cannabis space, where it’s been and where it’s heading. It can be risky, but it is a risk Kayla and her team were willing to take for their passion.

[6:42] Navigating uncharted territory, Kayla describes the process of creating from scratch Habitat Life, with no benchmark and no comparison. 

[9:15] Kayla explains the three components of the aquaponics system they are using, including a process unique to Habitat Life all while breaking a stigma or two along the way. Kayla also takes a quick dive into nutrient costs and Habitat Life’s current position at a zero cost.

[13:26] What are two distinct qualities Kayla has observed that can make one cannabis operation more successful than another? 

[17:23] Given the infancy stages in which this industry exists, one can also count on the fact that change is a guarantee.  Just ask the “Vape Queen!”

[19:18] Unpacking the vape topic. What the industry thought it knew, then what it learned from Kayla and her research and education. Kayla shares her hardware preference from a consumer standpoint.

[22:17] Using technology experts to cross-pollinate industries. Take tried and true technology from say a world-class vacuum company and apply it to vape technology – this could be a game changer. 

[23:18] Kayla, Jason and Joel talk about talent acquisition from big corporate pharma, tobacco or food and beverage over to the cannabis industry. It’s not a shift everyone can make where the consumer needs are so varied and particular profiles of end-use have to be considered.

[26:50] Furthering the consumer conversation, they discuss how similar industries like alcohol are going to need to adapt to keep their market share as cannabis demand grows and the industry moves into mainstream marketing for recreational use.

[30:12] Let’s talk regulations and the challenges pre-existing dispensaries now face as a result of the new legislation is 2018.

[32:00] Kayla explains the micro-cultivator licensing process and the relative ease with which they obtained theirs, plus a bit about getting their product out in the market and the basics needs for getting started in the cultivation business.

[35:49] With a niche, organic product in a relatively small-scale environment, Kayla describes how she sees scaling Habitat Life’s operation for expansion while retaining high quality standards. Low and slow.

[38:12] Funding and financial support. Kayla, Joel, and Jason have a robust conversation about current realities, investor confidence, integrity, and chutzpah.

[41:27] The Godfather of purchasing, Kayla’s edible of choice and hey! Why not market cannabis beverages that also taste terrific?

[47:31] US Federal Legalization: how it could change and affect the game globally and how the climate of the cannabis industry is changing overall. If you are a start up now, there are considerably more elements to factor in and having one or two seasoned players on your team is critical.

[55:18] Kayla’s scars and bruises: she talks about the environment within which she has received the most, learning and personal development plus the importance of establishing timelines that cultivate a space for success for all players.

[59:36] Kayla expands on the challenges that come with the journey she has chosen so far and how it has contributed to her personal growth.

[60:44] Looking forward, Kayla offers her take on what’s next in the industry over the next 24-36 months, plus the frustrations with current regulations for people whose lives have significantly improved with the use of cannabis for medical purposes.

[64:33] The missing opportunity for education in the physician community and the need for more data and research on how different strains and consumption of cannabis can be successful in treatment of illness and injury. 

[68:23] Working together to make a difference.

[70:10] Find Kayla on the social machine!

 

Listen to this episode of  'The Extraction Insiders' at GetXtracted.com.

You’re Going to Need Clever Humans // #1 – Kiran Dayaram

 

'You're Going to Need Clever Humans' // #1 - Kiran Dayaram // The Extraction Insiders


“What GMP brings is confidence in the manufacturing process because you’ve got so many checks and balances along the way...in the long term you actually save money because you have less non-conformances to deal with because you’ve got so many systems in place to catch things as soon as they happen.” –
Kiran Dayaram

 

Connect with Kiran Dayaram:

GMP Systems @ Vitalis

 

Selected Links and People Mentioned from this episode:

Vitalis Extraction Technologies 

Gastropod Podcast – creation of the U.S. Federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

CFR 111 & 211 (US)

GMP Intro Video from Vitalis

GMP Overview Part 1 and Part 2

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

[00:05] Joel and Jason get right to it and welcome their first guest Kiran Dayaram.

[00:10] Seeing the opportunity that exists in the cannabis industry, Kiran and his fiancée embarked on an adventure that brought them from New Zealand to Canada. 

[01:06] Kiran explains his role as the Guru of GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice), what GMP aims to achieve and why it is important for all consumers. Mishap breeds necessity.

[04:32] GMP compliance. Kiran sheds light on what is driving the current push and considerations for pivoting a non-compliant facility to compliant.

[06:55] Kiran’s advice for someone getting into the game of turning an existing manufacturing facility into a GMP compliant manufacturing facility. As with most undertakings, learn from the experience of others and engage the experts to guide you through the process.

[09:08] In the space of GMP compliance the importance of quality control and the integrity of each step in the process, from the origin to the end-product of the manufacturing chain, cannot be understated. From a risk perspective is it easiest to simply start from scratch vs. retrofit?

[11:00] Kiran gives examples of way to assess suppliers for GMP compliance and questions to ask in the important due diligence process.

[13:16] The thread of the GMP compliant manufacturer doesn’t rest with one, it weaves through every piece of the company and is reliant on the whole.

[15:30] Kiran explains the various levels of GMP and what products they apply to. A broad capability and forward-thinking facility generates opportunity to respond to evolving market demand.

[18:33] Expanding on the point of agility, Kiran, Joel & Jason talk about why setting up a one-horse facility that meets the minimum current standards won’t allow manufacturers to be nimble for the inevitable dance of changing rules and regulations.

[19:24] Ultimately GMP compliance inspires confidence in the integrity of the product for your customers. The checks and balances integral in the process from the raw material forward allow for the highest standard of quality control.

[23:24] Kiran provides examples of how hazardous it is without those process controls in place. Once those risks are attached to a product or brand, they may not be in business much longer!

[25:59] Consistent output proves far more difficult when the input material (in this case botanicals) is never the same. Kiran talks about automation in the hemp and cannabis space and the variance that needs to exist. Good news for clever humans, they are still vital in the process of extraction. 

[30:25] Hear Kiran’s thoughts on implementing GMP for a small-scale operation.

[31:16] Global cannabis laws, how it relates to GMP regulations and accreditation and the critical importance of knowing where you will be selling your product. Cannabis is a growing, evolving industry still in its infancy and there is so much more to do and learn.

[34:25] As the extraction industry expands, Kiran identifies some of the key questions people should be considering and asking themselves as they get into the business. Having a market focus will be far more efficient for the bottom line.

[36:08] Kiran offers his insights into where the industry is headed, guidance to those entering the extraction space and the role that the extraction method may play in the ease of getting GMP certification. It goes back to being nimble and flexible. 

[40:27] From the GMP perspective, Kiran shares the full-service experience a Vitalis customer can expect. The Vitalis GMP program is designed to educate their customers and offer a tailored experience based on their knowledge and user requirement specifications (URS).

[41:55] Providing tools like a URS template to give customers a head start and simpler equipment customization process for their particular extraction needs, is one way Vitalis strives to set their customers up for success.

[44:21] Kiran flips from interviewee to interviewer to talk about when Jason and Joel first heard about GMP, the difference in customer profiles from North America to Europe, the quality of questions improving with time and Vitalis’ forward-thinking approach.

[49:25] Ask Kiran! Reach out to him through the Vitalis website and check out not one, but two of Kiran’s GMP webinars.

Listen to this episode of  'The Extraction Insiders' at GetXtracted.com.

MedCann World Forum Interview ft. Joel Sherlock – Vitalis Co-founder & Chairman

Small Blue Videos Icon

MedCann World Forum Interview ft. Joel Sherlock - Vitalis Co-founder & Chairman

Medcann is the Mediterranean’s premier medical cannabis conference in Malta, bringing together industry players from around the globe. To learn more, visit Medcann online.

Join our mailing list

Subscribe to the Vitalis newsletter to keep up to date on the latest news.

Mingle with Stringile | Digipath Labs Part 2 | Episode 25

Mingle2-blue-75

#MinglewithStringile

In Episode 25 of our Ancillary Extraction Equipment video series, our Ancillary Sales Manager, Mike Stringile picks up where we left off following cannabinoid potency testing in Part 1 at DigiPath, Inc. cannabis testing facility. Join Stringile as he walks you through the process of quantifying and qualifying your cannabis samples, as well as contamination testing.

Join our mailing list

Subscribe to the Vitalis newsletter to keep up to date on the latest news.

Mingle with Stringile | Digipath Labs Part 1 | Episode 24

Mingle2-blue-75

#MinglewithStringile

#MinglewithStringile this week as he walks you through the analytical testing process for cannabis and hemp at DigiPath, Inc. in Nevada.

Testing microbial growth, moisture content, pesticide presence and potency are all essential in producing premium products and as seen here, is done with the help from great equipment like Agilent Technologies. Watch for more from Stringile at DigiPath, Inc. in our next episode.

Mike Stringile is always looking for the latest and greatest in ancillary tech. Want to be featured on an upcoming episode? Drop us a line.

Join our mailing list

Subscribe to the Vitalis newsletter to keep up to date on the latest news.

Mingle with Stringile | Mobius M108 Trimmer + M210 Mill | Episode 23

Mingle2-blue-75

#MinglewithStringile

#MinglewithStringile is back and he's got a fresh new set of videos and webinars coming at you in 2020.

Tune in here for a brief introduction to what Mike and his Ancillary Department offer here at Vitalis, and get a look at Part 1 of 2 of our Mobius Trimmer features. Part 1 highlighting the Mobius CannBucker MBX here.

And don't miss the first of our webinar series, Ancillary 101 coming January, 21. Mike will be walking you through all the stages of getting your plant from soil to oil. Register today http://bit.ly/387G1ac

 

Join our mailing list

Subscribe to the Vitalis newsletter to keep up to date on the latest news.

Mingle with Stringile | Mobius CannBucker MBX | Episode 22

Mingle2-blue-75

#MinglewithStringile

#MinglewithStringile is back and he's got a fresh new set of videos and webinars coming at you in 2020.

Tune in here for a brief introduction to what Mike and his Ancillary Department offer here at Vitalis, and get a look at Part 1 of 2 of our Mobius Trimmer features. Part 1 highlighting the Mobius CannBucker MBX here.

And don't miss the first of our webinar series, Ancillary 101 coming January, 21. Mike will be walking you through all the stages of getting your plant from soil to oil. Register today http://bit.ly/387G1ac

 

Join our mailing list

Subscribe to the Vitalis newsletter to keep up to date on the latest news.

Mingle with Stringile | Vitalis Tradeshows | Episode 21

Mingle2-blue-75

#MinglewithStringile

Stringile may be too busy to Mingle this week, but we have our Director of Sales & Business Development, Jason Laronde taking over to tell you all about where you can find Vitalis around the world in the next couple of months.

Join our mailing list

Subscribe to the Vitalis newsletter to keep up to date on the latest news.

Mingle with Stringile | Vitalis Fabrication Facility Part 2 | Episode 20

Mingle2-blue-75

#MinglewithStringile

Stringile is back Mingling in the shop and this week he gives you a more in-depth behind-the-scenes look at our newest fabrication facility at Spectrum Avenue with our Plant Manager, Kyle Lunder.

Join our mailing list

Subscribe to the Vitalis newsletter to keep up to date on the latest news.