The great Isaac Asimov once said that “science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” Basically, the power of science will always move faster than public opinion or the government.
The extraction methods of scientifically advanced companies such as this one are driving the creation of marijuana-based products further, much faster than the government can pass its legislation. When they do however, Holistek will be waiting to dominate with their superior extracts.
Herbal Dispatch interviewed Phil Kwong, the Founder and Head Extractor at Holistek, to talk about their products and his bright future in cannabis.What is Holistek’s core business?
Holistek makes single solvent propane hash oil (PHO), and we work to produce clean products using safe practices and peer reviewed equipment.
I’ve been told an added benefit to your products is Holistek’s extensive lab testing to maintain quality.
The need for lab testing to maintain consistency and quality is always a working focus we have. Holistek is also working towards training and education for light hydrocarbon extraction in general.
How did you get involved in the cannabis industry and why?
I started using Cannabis at a young age, and have been extracting for 10 years.
I started extracting when the first hydrocarbon craze came to Vancouver. I actually started Holistek as an R&D project, in order to create a product that I could use to find relief from my MS symptoms and pharmaceutical side-effects.
When I started getting involved in the public side of the industry and doing this full time, it was because of my MS. I wanted to make a difference and help change the current market at the time. I was always fascinated by molecular gastronomy and passionate about food from my time cooking, and found the same fascination and passion in extraction.
What exactly are full-spectrum extracts for our readers who don’t know, and what are the benefits of full spectrum?
‘Full spectrum extract’ is a term that came from the U.S., with the marketing of HTFSE (high terpene full spectrum extract) and HCFSE (high cannabinoid full spectrum extract).
Traditionally, it is fresh frozen material processed with a blended solvent. Residuals are left in the recovery, which is poured into a container like a mason jar, because of the smaller exposed surface area.
As for the terminology, ‘full spectrum’ is hard to define until accredited labs are able to test for all chemical compounds in the plant. [So] what is the full spectrum of cannabis? I don’t think we know.
Terminology aside, these products are essentially live resin processed slightly differently.
Can you describe some of your products and their effects?
We produce single solvent extracted products using research grade Propane.
With propane, we are able to achieve a wide array of product consistencies from sugar wax, budder, “sauce,” and products similar to live resin and HTFSE. We are able to achieve such products thanks to the diversity of propane, without the added processing techniques, BHO, and blended solvent extractors use.
A lot of our products are mistaken for live resins and fresh frozen.
Our products carry different effects, like all terpene-rich extracts, depending on the strain we run. Typically, our products can have very high terpene retention, which was the primary focus of our R&D, and seem to have intense effects as a result.
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What is your most popular product and why?
We focus heavily on strain variety, so we always have something new.
When it comes to appearance, our most popular products have been the “sauce” style consistencies. Products with citrus or fruity terpene profiles are always very popular, along with a few signature exotic varietals like Angel’s Milk and Blue Lime Pie.
What inspires you about marijuana?
The complexity and widely variable profiles of the actual plant from strain to strain. It’s quite remarkable.
Do you have any plans for future products? Can you tell us about them?
We will be putting out our first fresh frozen PHO in the near future, which we are very excited about.
What are Holistek’s plans to be a part of the licensed industry?
Holistek will work hard to comply with regulations. We believe that we are well positioned to be among the first hydrocarbon extractors to be licensed for production.
We are planning to be ready for 2019, when concentrates and edibles are legalized.
Although the recreational industry is not quite ready in Canada, Holistek’s awesome products are! They can be purchased online and mailed directly to your door using Herbal Dispatch.
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