Cweed LLC strives to maintain the highest standard of scientific accountability and expertise in the cannabis and hemp industries. Founded in 2017 by Wayne J M Karim (Chief Science Officer), the company offers a variety of consulting services for clients seeking insight on cultivation, harvesting, extraction, processing, refinement, product development, equipment purchasing, facility buildout, analytical testing, miscellaneous troubleshooting, and more.
We advocate for safe, potent, pharmaceutical-grade medicine containing a representative spectrum of compounds native to the plant. Scientific research asserts the efficacy of cannabis is rooted in the collective action of all its medicinal components working in concert, a phenomenon referred to as the ‘ensemble’ or ‘entourage effect’. Our methods in cultivation, extraction, processing, and formulation ensure that every aspect of the medicine is preserved without sacrificing yield or time, thus creating a superior product for patients and vendors alike.
Cweed LLC is also engaged in scientific research exploring the potential of genetically engineered photosynthetic microbes to biosynthesize exogenous cannabis terpenes. Our expert scientists are currently designing novel transgenetic protein cassettes optimized to produce individual terpenes or full-strain terpene profiles, and are developing custom photobioreactors that allow for perpetual terpene collection without costly extraction of microbial colonies.
Training & Certification
Cweed LLC offers comprehensive training sessions on a wide variety of techniques developed specifically for application to cannabis and hemp. Training sessions are typically held on-location with each client, and can be entirely customized based on available facilities, equipment, personnel, and other relevant factors. Upon successful completion of training, participants receive a Cweed Certification serving as a mark of proficiency backed by the expertise of accredited scientists and research technicians at Cweed LLC.
Available training sessions include (but are not limited to) the following topics:
Standard Operating Procedures
Cweed LLC strives to maintain the highest industry standard for scientific accountability and expertise. Our Standard Operating Procedures provide unparalleled detail and comprehensively review each aforementioned training topic in a clear and concise manner, thus ensuring all relevant information is readily accessible for current and future employees. SOPs are also offered independently of training sessions, and custom tailored SOPs are available for processes and equipment specific to individual clients.
Facility Design & Buildout
Early involvement of industry professionals often streamlines buildout and prevents costly mistakes due to oversight. Our experts offer an informed perspective for clients seeking to design and construct cultivation, extraction, production, or retail facilities. Cweed LLC regularly cooperates with architects and contractors to optimize workplace layouts for maximum efficiency, safety, and compliance with local regulations while ensuring electrical, ventilation, and plumbing specifications meet the requirements of all intended equipment.
Proper timing and discerning taste are essential when investing in equipment. The experts at Cweed LLC provide comprehensive equipment lists custom tailored to each client, and offer insightful guidance during purchasing to ensure only the best decisions are made. With careful attention to production scale, throughput capacity, and longterm goals, we develop purchasing strategies that grow along with the needs of our clients. Cweed LLC also retains exclusive discounted pricing from numerous industry-leading equipment vendors and manufacturers.
Troubleshooting & Analytics
Product potency and safety are paramount to success in the cannabis and hemp industries. Cweed LLC offers proven methods to ensure all infused products fall within specified guidelines, and can help troubleshoot persistent testing issues at cultivation, extraction, or production facilities. Training, method development, data interpretation, and referral services are also available for advanced analytical instruments such as: HPLCs, NMR, GC-MS, LC-MS and IR.
Advanced Research Topics
Thinking of starting a cannabis research initiative? The scientists and technicians at Cweed LLC have extensive experience in a wide range of disciplines applicable to virtually any type of scientific or medical research. Fields of expertise include Medicinal Chemistry, Microbiology, Genomics, Organic Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Chemical Genetics, Analytical Chemistry, and Botany. Parties interested in joint research ventures are encouraged to contact us.
Wayne J M Karim completed his studies for Bachelor’s of Science in Biology at the University of California Riverside, and his studies for Master’s of Science in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of San Francisco. Following employment as Director of Extraction for the world’s first medical cannabis company, Tikun Olam, Wayne founded Cweed LLC where he currently serves as Chief Science Officer. Cweed LLC provides professional consulting services to the global cannabis and hemp industries, backed by scientific expertise and decades of combined experience in cultivation, extraction, refinement, and product formulation. Cweed LLC is also exploring the potential of transgenetic photosynthetic microbes to engage in exogenous cannabis terpene biosynthesis through research efforts under the direction of their CSO.
Wayne J M Karim