Northern and Southern California
How would you describe your company? What is your specialty?
TetraLabs started in 2007, which makes us one of the oldest manufacturers in the industry. We specialize in pharmaceutical-grade, high-purity, contaminant-free, smoke-free products intended for the medical patients. We pioneered the first softgel capsules in our industry with our own in-house softgel manufacturing equipment. We made the first THC oral spray, and still offer the only single-drop gelatin dabber. Subsequently, we introduced vaporizer cartridges in two sizes and five flavors. We also offer CBD products that include softgel capsules, oral sprays and vaporizer cartridges.
For 10 years, TetraLabs has been the industry benchmark for innovation, quality and dependability. Many others imitate our products and packaging, but never quite achieve our attention to detail.
What do you offer consumers/clients that others don’t?
For 10 years, we provided the most highly refined cannabinoids and precise dosages. You’ll never find contaminants in our products. And, our THC or CBD content never varies.
Unlike others, we have full-time PhD chemists and our own in-house analytical lab with a Shimadzu HPLC testing machine. This allows us to test each step in the process, as well as the end product, and dial in dosages with high precision.
Lastly, we have a Proposition 215 collective at www.tetralabs.com so we can deliver our products to patients who are unable to drive or otherwise leave their homes. We even have a Gold Relief program for patients who need financial assistance.
How and why did your company start up?
It was an accident. Two retired engineers needed a project in 2007 and decided to see if they could produce cannabinoids that were more highly refined, hence more pure, than had previously been achieved. They did not have a business plan or even a profit motive. After achieving success on the scientific end, patients discovered us and convinced us to start a collective to serve them.
With the changing landscape of MMJ and recreational cannabis, what do you see as the biggest challenges to your progress as a company?
The complex, inconsistent and ever-changing regulatory environment is a huge barrier. Whereas the DEA was a constant threat in the past, now local jurisdictions with their confusing patchwork of regulations, bans and busts are an extreme headache to even the good actors in the industry. The inability to conduct commerce across state lines like any other industry caps growth and tamps down the industry.
What words of advice would you offer anyone seeking to enter the world of cannabis business?
The market is overstocked with look-alike products, causing downward price pressure. Unless you have something awesome, stores won’t even want to talk to you. To enter the market, and then be successful, you’ll need innovative products, an innovative distribution idea, or a large-scale and very efficient operation that can compete on price in the look-alike category.
What are the goals and vision moving forward, for your company?
In time, we will re-engineer to respond to the recreational market that will descend on all of us sooner or later. Currently, we are introducing on a line of strain-specific CO2 vaporizer cartridges that are less highly refined but with a customary CO2 aroma. We will also continue to develop our ultra-pure CBD line with more dosage and quantity choices. We will continue our popular medical products and offer that reliability and consistency for years to come.