Tyler Meyer felt foggy while taking various medications throughout the day to help treat his insomnia.
“My energy levels were down and that was just affecting everything I was doing,” he said. You’re working seven days a week and all of that has affected me a lot. “
While he was CEO of Indian Motorcycle in San Diego, Meyer decided to stop taking all of his pharmaceuticals and switch to natural solutions. He found his own natural blend of resources and tested the CBD.
When 2020 arrived, he decided to leave the industry and start his own CBD business with his wife Kristina. The couple now owns Dakota Labs, a local USDA-certified organic CBD oil company.
The couple moved from California to Meyer’s hometown, 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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“Just starting to see the attitude toward that change was really good,” Meyer said. “We thought there were all sorts of things in California, the market is too saturated.”
So they went home and brought the market, and education, to people who don’t know much about it. Kristina said they are able to do pop-ups and educate people about CBD. Meyer said educating and having conversations about CBD oil is most of what they do at upcoming events or stores.
Meyer said it took about a year before the finished product was ready. He said he and Kristina worked with several different labs and formulators to determine the strengths and levels of the products.
Dakota Labs uses plants grown on Montana and Colorado farms. Meyer said it took them a while to find the right farm to use and focused on testing the quality.
Kristina said all of the company’s products are tested and each bottle includes a QR code that customers can scan to see their lab results.
Meyer said they test pesticides, heavy metals, cutting agents and the level of cannabinoids in each bottle. He said everything should be 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 THC-free products, such as its Broad Spectrum formula.
After the 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 full and broad spectrum formulas. For these last two formulas, the company uses a purification process that involves supercritical CO2 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 materials.
The products are then tested both at home and through a third-party lab.
Meyer and Kristina said they both use their own products and have seen improvements in their sleep, anxiety and immune systems.
Meyer said he is the tester of any of his products, and that is one of the reasons they do not yet have a current product. He said he hasn’t found anything that works for him, so if it doesn’t work for him, he won’t try to sell it.
“It just wouldn’t feel good to bring something to the market that I didn’t really believe in,” he said.
He said Dakota Labs will release organic CBD gums soon and that they are working on a topical solution. Dakota Labs products are shipped to Black Hills Cultivation and Supply in Rapid City, Good Earth to Spearfish and Back to Nature to Sturgis. The products are also available online at dakotalabs.com.
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