Throughout a presentation at MjBizCon 2018, Dr. Sharma shared six classes that processors and producers of CBD merchandise ought to know from her previous expertise in purification and present function deep contained in the manufacturing and processing aspect of CBD.
1. The Significance of provide chain
We discovered early on this enterprise the significance of provide chain so we developed a phase of our group round feedstock procurement that has visited each main farm in Colorado. This helped Kazmira develop long-term partnerships with the essential farmer community in Colorado and develop our personal Industrial Hemp.
2. Feedstock CBD proportion varies considerably
Processors ought to all the time anticipate that what they had been promised or what they had been instructed at first when it comes to whether or not they had been going to get kilos of commercial hemp, or particularly, the share of CBD on every of these kilos, is not going to be the case by the point harvest comes round. It’s very tough to develop many acres of commercial hemp particularly in the event you’re utilizing each seeds and the clone strategy of rising. So, it is best to all the time be ready with alternate sources of feedstock so what you’re going to be processing for that calendar yr.
3. It’s vital to trace feedstock all through the rising cycle
We offer farmers in Colorado free testing for his or her feedstock to know when they need to harvest their vegetation. We’ve an in-house analytical lab which permits us to trace the feedstock all through the rising cycle. That is additional sophisticated when you’ve got completely different forms of hemp grown in several components of the state with various climates.
4. Producers and Processors ought to check for microbial or mildew content material earlier than their course of begins
It is best to know what you’re placing into your course of. It’s vital as a processor to check for microbial or mildew content material earlier than you course of hemp. When you don’t, there can be issues within the course of downstream. If you check your closing product you will note microbes, pesticides, and contaminants present up.
5. Automated Processes and farming gear is important for seed planting because the hemp business grows
Because the business grows, farmers are going to have to determine learn how to do seed planting which is cheaper on a bigger variety of acres. That is going to incorporate having skilled farm gear and having automated processes to reap the hemp on the proper time. What we noticed final yr  in Colorado – of us tried to develop considerably extra acres than they did the earlier yr. There was an early frost final yr  in Colorado and a few farmers didn’t get to reap their discipline shortly sufficient as a result of they had been doing issues like hand harvesting. Transferring to an automatic course of would be the solely sustainable approach to develop the hemp business.
6. Genetics is the following frontier
Understanding genetics might be the following step that’s going to occur on this business and ensuring we’re in a position to get feedstock with excessive percentages of CBD.
About Dr. Sharma
Dr. Priyanka Sharma is co-CEO of Kazmira LLC, a producing firm which focuses on industrial scale manufacturing of botanical extracts from industrial hemp. Collectively, Dr. Sharma and her co-CEO Pulak Sharma, handle a staff of engineers and scientists at their 200,000 sq ft facility in Watkins, CO. Previous to her function at Kazmira LLC, Dr. Sharma accomplished her doctorate in chemical engineering underneath the supervision of Dr. Sohail Murad on the College of Illinois at Chicago. Throughout this time, Dr. Sharma revealed three journal articles, one evaluate article, and one guide chapter all specializing in her work in molecular modeling of functionalized gold nanoparticles with varied ligands and their conduct in organic programs. In the direction of the tip of her graduate diploma, Dr. Sharma labored carefully with Orochem Applied sciences, Inc. to safe an SBIR (small enterprise innovation analysis) grant from the Nationwide Science Basis specializing in creating a predictive mannequin to grasp chiral separations of orphan medicine. Even after finishing her graduate research, she continues to be keen about using molecular modeling in industrial functions within the biotechnology discipline. She maintains her function as an adjunct scientist at Orochem Applied sciences, Inc. whereas managing Kazmira LLC and mentoring different post-docs and undergraduate college students concerned within the SBIR program. At Kazmira LLC, Dr. Sharma is enthusiastic in direction of mentoring younger engineers and operators and constructing a powerful manufacturing staff. For Dr. Sharma, a powerful staff is the muse of a profitable manufacturing firm, one which she hopes to copy world wide to offer worldwide markets with botanical extracts from industrial hemp.