Tyler Meyer felt groggy after taking various medications throughout the day to treat his insomnia.
“My energy levels were off and it just affected everything I did,” he said. You work seven days a week and all those things, it was really challenging for me.”
While he was General Manager at Indian Motorcycle in San Diego, Meyer decided to stop taking all of his medicines and switch to natural solutions. He found his own natural blend of resources and tried CBD.
As 2020 rolled around he decided to leave the industry and start his own CBD business with his wife Kristina. The couple now own Dakota Labs, a locally based organic CBD oil manufacturing company that is USDA certified.
The couple relocated from California to Meyer’s hometown of Rapid City in December 2020. He said growing up in Rapid City, CBD and anything related to cannabis was very taboo.
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“Seeing the attitude towards this change was really great,” Meyer said. “We thought California has all sorts of things, the market is too saturated.”
So they came home and brought the market and education to people who don’t know too much about it. Kristina said they are able to do pop-up shops and educate people about CBD. Meyer said education and conversations about CBD oil are the majority of what they do at events or pop-up stores.
Meyer said it took about a year to get the finished product ready to use. He said he and Kristina worked with several different labs and formulators to determine the products’ strengths and levels.
Dakota Labs uses plants grown on farms in Montana and Colorado. Meyer said it took them a while to find the right farm and is focused on testing quality.
According to Kristina, all of the company’s products are tested and each bottle has a QR code that customers can scan to view their lab results.
Meyer said they test each bottle for pesticides, heavy metals, bulking agents and cannabinoid levels. He said everything must contain less than 3% delta-9 THC per net weight. Delta-9 THC is the psychoactive component of marijuana.
He also said the company has some products that don’t contain THC, like their Broad Spectrum formula.
After farmers harvest the hemp, the plants are dried and then ground into a coarse powder. It is then sent to a facility for processing. The company uses both medical grade ethanol extraction for signature formulas and CO2 extraction for the Full and Broad Spectrum formulas. For the latter two formulas, the company uses a supercritical CO2 purification process that preserves phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
After processing, the hemp extract is separated from the CO2 or ethanol compound and refined by removing compounds such as wax, chlorophyll, pigments and other trace elements.
The products are then tested both internally and in a third-party laboratory.
Meyer and Kristina said they both use their own products and have seen improvements in their sleep, anxiety and immune systems.
Meyer said he’s the tester for one of their products, and that’s one of the reasons they don’t have a topical product yet. He said he hasn’t found anything that works well for him, so if it doesn’t work for him he won’t try to sell it.
“I just wouldn’t feel comfortable launching something that I don’t really believe in,” he said.
He said Dakota Labs will be releasing organic CBD gummies soon and is working on a topical solution. Dakota Labs products are stocked at Black Hills Cultivation and Supply in Rapid City, Good Earth in Spearfish and Back to Nature in Sturgis. Products are also available online at dakotalabs.com.
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