Johnson-based Shake Extractions has received the state’s first medical marijuana processing license and plans to use it to make health and beauty items, and other products for sale in Arkansas’ dispensaries.
The company plans to use chemical-free processing to make marijuana products, including concentrates and rosins, infused extracts for oral and topical use, and skin care and personal care items.
Established in 2017 by four female founders and equity partners — Julie Brents, Brittany Phillips, Antigone Davoulas and Syrona Scott — Shake Brands Corp. is the parent company of Shake Extractions. The group also offers branding and product development services to cannabis companies through Shake Collaboration and makes a line of products for the CBD market called CBD & Me.
Brents has extensive experience from the cannabis market in California. Because products that include medical marijuana can’t be sold across state lines, items for sale in Arkansas’ dispensaries have been limited so far to what can be produced in the state, she said, so Shake Extractions products will give Arkansas customers more options.
Brents said obtaining the permit and establishing the business was time-consuming, noting that the permit application alone was more that 350 pages.
“There were a lot of