Ep. 55 CBD – Seed To Bottle

In This Episode

It’s been a while since we focused on our favorite topic – CBD. So today Neal is joined by the owner of Independent Pharmacy Hemp Oil, Tyler Craig, who explains the growing and extraction process. 

Tyler started his business when he saw the need for quality farming of hemp and manufacturing of CBD, so he has quite a lot to teach us about strains of hemp, soil & water contamination, and the challenge of harvesting.

He and Neal also discuss drying methods, extraction & distillation, having to burn crops that don’t meet government standards, and the market being flooded by Chinese manufacturers.

Other topics include what to look for on labels and what questions to ask your pharmacist BEFORE purchasing a CBD product.

Topics Discussed

  • Strains of hemp
  • Burning crops that don’t meet gov’t standards
  • Soil & water contamination
  • Different farming styles
  • The validity of organic farming
  • The challenge of harvesting
  • Drying methods
  • Processing & extraction
  • Solvents used in CBD extraction
  • Recovering & reusing ethanol
  • Distillation & the final product
  • Percentage of good manufacturers
  • China flooding the market
  • How to interpret labels

All About Tyler Craig

As a long time entrepreneur, Tyler fell in love with the challenges and opportunities in the pharmacy industry. His two business partners have owned and operated 5 independent pharmacies over the last 40 years.

Tyler has integrated into the daily pharmacy operations while managing and overseeing both sterile and non-sterile compounding.

He started to realize that other pharmacies were struggling, so he created Craig Consulting to help bridge industry gaps in pharmacy compounding.

With the passing of the first farm bill in 2016, Tyler began researching the new products that were coming to the market.

As he was vetting hemp products he quickly saw that while every company he spoke with advertised the quality of their hemp products, most manufacturers were using very few quality controls.

Tyler saw an opportunity to provide knowledge to pharmacies that were entering this emerging market, and to bring in a superior product.

This is where Independent Pharmacy Hemp Oil began: providing independent pharmacies with a quality product they could stand behind.


Dr. Neal Smoller, Holistic Pharmacist

About Neal Smoller

Dr. Neal Smoller, PharmD, is a licensed pharmacist: and owner of Village Apothecary, an independent pharmacy in the most famous small town in America—Woodstock, NY. He’s also the host of the popular wellness podcast, The Big Mouth Pharmacist.”


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