Dr. Joshua Hartsel, Ph.D.
Dr. Joshua Hartsel is the CEO and Co-founder of Speakeasy710, a premium cannabis brand that sets news standards for aroma, flavor, purity and potency in both THC and CBD products. Inspired by 1920’s prohibition, Speakeasy710 is a salute to overcoming the stigma and harms caused by cannabis control in a classy and authentic way.
As a scientist first and foremost Dr. Hartsel is a leading authority on cannabis chemistry and has directed some of the world’s top laboratories working on cannabis extraction and analysis. In 2011 he founded one of the first cannabis testing laboratories in California, Delta-9 Technologies, and developed rapid methods to test for cannabinoids, terpenes, and biological contaminants using modern chromatography and mass spectrometry techniques. As the Director of R&D at Cannavest Corp, his large-scale extraction expertise earned six High-Times Cannabis Cup awards for concentrates, pioneering the crystallization of CBD. Over his career he has co-authored several peer-reviewed journals, a book on cannabinoids and terpenes (Nutraceuticals – Efficacy, Safety, and Toxicity), and served as an inventor on key patent applications. One on the isolation of cannabinoids (Improved Process for Generating Hemp Oil with a High Cannabidiol (CBD) Content; US Patent Application #62/020,053) and the other was developing species-selective insecticides for malaria control with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation (US Patent# 8,618,162). Dr. Hartsel has extensive experience building and managing large-scale production facilities and analytical chemistry laboratories focused on cannabinoid-based pharmaceuticals and nutritional supplements.
With his sights now set on the inevitable legalization of cannabis in the United States, Dr. Hartsel along with many industry partners, are supplying a much needed product with main stream appeal. Speakeasy710 intends to refine and ramp up production in California and expand into other legal markets. Every detail of the Speakeasy710 brand, bridges between the style and sophistication of prohibition, with a new modern format and product line.