A “Budding” Industry: NBS is Growing the Medical Cannabis Industry, from the Ground Up

By Mikalee Byerman

Mikalee 2016 cropThe owners of Nevada Botanical Science are used to it: the sideways glances; the assumptions; the stereotypes.

“We get it out of the way up front and tell people: You don’t have to be a dirty hippie to understand the value of medical cannabis,” explained Dr. Bob Dalrymple, a medical doctor and NBS’ principal founder/CEO. “In fact, our company was founded by Nevada physicians and healthcare experts, so we’ve seen first-hand how it can safely be used to relieve symptoms of many painful conditions — in sometimes life-changing ways.”

Medical cannabis is a topic dominating headlines in Nevada right now, given that licenses for dispensaries and cultivation/production facilities were only granted by the state starting late last year. And now that one of the region’s first medical cannabis cultivation and production facilities is online and growing product, the realities of the industry are taking shape.

Nevada Botanical Science sits on a highly secure, 4-acre parcel in Reno with a 5000-square-foot facility, which includes a cutting-edge cultivation and processing plant.

The single mission of NBS: to provide safe, consistent, pure cannabis-based medicines. And accomplishing this goal requires abundant technology — which clearly runs counter to the “hippie” typecast.

NBS is focusing its efforts on cannabis oil extraction, cultivating and producing cannabis extracts using high-tech supercritical CO2 extraction processes in a state-of-the-art, automated grow facility.

“’Vaping’ cannabis oil extract appears to be the fastest growing and safest way to introduce cannabis into the body without the dangerous carcinogens from smoking,” Dalrymple said. “We believe cannabis can safely provide relief for medical conditions, so our goal is to provide superior grade cannabis oil to be used in different products and applications.”

NBS uses cannabis trim (leaves and unused bio-matter of the plant) to create cannabis oil. And it’s appropriately “green” (pun intended), as the extraction process uses nonflammable, nontoxic and environmentally friendly carbon dioxide, which mirrors the process used to remove caffeine from coffee.

NBS is the exclusive northern Nevada distributor for Denver-based O.penVape, which is one of the largest national brands in medical cannabis plant-extraction technology. This is just one of the partnerships the company has undertaken to help expand its reach and remain on the leading edge of technology.

“We believe in the power of partnerships to help elevate this industry in a transparent, professional way,” said Dr. Robert Summers, chief operating officer of NBS. “We have this incredible opportunity to advance cannabis education, research and development, and we also plan to partner with the medical community to contribute to the body of knowledge about medical cannabis. We take our role as responsible corporate citizens very seriously.”

Mikalee Byerman is Director of Audience Engagement for the Estipona Group (www.estiponagroup.com) and NCET’s VP of Communications. NCET is a member-supported nonprofit producing networking events to help individuals and businesses explore and use technology. More information at www.NCET.org

This article appeared originally in the Reno Gazette-Journal

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