“Analytical Development Chemist” may sound like something from a sci-fi movie, but in actuality, this position is one of the most important jobs at Extract Labs. Our analytical department refines processes for our laboratory to optimize our workflow, develop minor cannabinoid products, and analyze samples to produce certificates of analysis. They also perform chromatography, which is the process of separating cannabinoids from one another. At the head of the department, we have Logan Cline. Logan is Extract Labs’ second most senior employee, and they certainly broke the mold after they made her. You are just as likely to find her tweaking operating parameters for a complicated piece of equipment in her clean room as you are to find her eating a lunch reminiscent of the rack of ribs from The Flintstones, throwing horns, and hollering “Raise hell, praise Dale!”
Logan is from Van Lear Kentucky, a town deep in the mountains of Appalachia. She attended Allen Central High School for the first two years of her high school experience and attended Johnson Central High School for her junior and senior years, graduating in 2012. Logan holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Religion from the University of Pikeville in Pikeville, Kentucky. During her junior year of college, she took a class in Applied Sustainability which sparked her passion for industrial hemp. She began an internship the following summer cloning a high CBD strain of industrial hemp. The following year, she received a scholarship from the Appalachian College Association which allowed her to conduct research with industrial hemp and specifically CBD.
After doing extensive research with cannabis as an undergrad, she knew that working in the cannabis industry was where she was meant to be. This was at a time when hemp was really starting up in The Bluegrass State. Opportunities in the industry were rare at the time, but chances to become more involved with hemp just kept falling into place. Logan chose to listen to what the universe was trying to tell her. During the spring semester of her senior year, she saw an ad online for the NOCO Hemp expo in Loveland, CO. Something told her that she needed to attend.
Logan packed her bags and drove 4 hours to catch a flight to Colorado. While walking around the expo handing out resumes, she met Craig Henderson and had an extensive conversation about how she wanted to make her place in the industry. Little did she know, at that time Craig was still running Extract Labs from his garage.
“Once I got back to Kentucky, I remember telling everyone about Extract Labs and Craig” Logan recalls. “I just kept telling everyone ‘I’m going to work for that man one day!’ Somehow I just subconsciously knew this was where I was going to end up.”
Following graduation, Logan moved to Colorado. She found that Extract Labs was still in its very early stages and not hiring. Determined to achieve what she felt was fate, she called Craig a couple times a week for months until he finally hired her in July 2017.
“I love my job, and all the like-minded individuals I work with.” Logan says, with a smile on her face. “My whole life I’ve wanted to help people. When I started college, I had the intentions of becoming a physician. Once I began learning about hemp I was fascinated. The versatility of the plant still amazes me. We can build our homes, cloth our bodies, clean the earth, feed ourselves, and heal our ailments all with one plant that grows virtually anywhere in the world. Our most pressing issues can be resolved with the more hemp that’s being produced. How could I not be attracted to something so powerful?”
Q&A with Logan
Q: What is your favorite Extract Labs product?
A: 100% our Muscle Cream!
Q: Name a book you’ve read that had a major impact on you.
A: The Hermetica: The Lost Wisdom of the Pharaohs by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy
Q: What’s the best thing you’ve ever watched on Netflix?
A: Trailer Park Boys
Q: What advice would you give to someone looking to start working in the hemp industry?
A: Never give up. If you truly have a passion for hemp, you will end up where you’re meant to be.