Who We Are
Lilu’s Garden specializes in the production of CBD and other minor non psychoactive cannabinoid isolates and oils for use in a wide array of market segments including Nutraceuticals, Food and Beverage, Pet Care, Specialty Products and Cosmetics. With offices in 4 states, nationwide farming and the largest hemp derivatives production facility in the world, we can proudly make the claim that Lilu’s Garden is truly the largest and most advanced vertical hemp operation in the world.
What We Do
In order to meet consumer demands, Lilu’s Garden has created a vertical business that takes production from seed to derivative sale at a truly staggering scale. Able to process over 300,000 lbs. of hemp biomass a day, Lilu’s operates a multi-faceted operation that is led by some of brightest minds in our industry. Research & Development has been the driving force and it has allowed us to expand and scale into all facets of our industry, including genetics, nationally scaled agricultural operations, hyper-efficient proprietary aqueous based processing and wholesale B2B distribution.
Lilu’s Garden is expecting approximately 450,000 kilograms of CBD and other minor cannabinoid production from current hemp stock to be sold in 2019 and increasing its production 10 fold by managing the farming of an unprecedented 75,000 acres of hemp production for the 2019 harvest, which will produce approximately 150,000,000 million lbs. of hemp or 4,500,000 kilograms of Isolated CBD and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids to be sold in 2020.
Lilu’s Garden’s believes that hemp and its derivatives are going to change the world. Our mission, is to effectively scale their production in the cleanest and most efficient ways possible while making it available to the largest group of people for the purpose of health and healing.
Lilu’s Garden: A Journey to Scale
Lilu’s Garden: A Journey to Scale
Water. It’s so simple, yet it’s complexities as they relate to our industry, are so profound, that it defies credulity. Understanding the magnitude of what Lilu’s Garden has accomplished requires a real look at two of the most difficult facets of the hemp industry; Hemp Farming and Hemp Derivative Processing.
The hemp industry is brand new and we haven’t yet begun to see all its potential. From plastics to medicine and all their potential revenues flowing all the way back to the farmers that are in so desperate need. The only problem is or was is Hemp! Hemp is hard to grow and much harder to grow at scale. It requires a lot of handling, has unstable genetics, needs weeding, rogueing, watering, hand harvesting, drying, shucking and storing. Just take the drying of the material for instance, you need 2% of the total acreage planted under roof to dry and shuck this material. So, if you planted 1000 acres you need a facility with the unencumbered square footage equal to or greater than 20 acres. See the problem? Hemp has historically hindered the production of hemp, until now.
The lack of mechanical farming and especially harvesting has been a considerable issue for our industry and has limited the ability to scale until Lilu’s Garden developed the first of its kind water/aqueous extraction technology, then scaled it to be able to process the entirety of the 2018 US production of hemp biomass, by itself. Why is that important? Because you no longer need to dry the water out of material that is to be placed back in water. The ramifications of this singular issue are immense. While other companies are trying and failing to find reasonable facilities and manpower to harvest the old-fashioned way, Lilu’s and its farming partners across the country are able to simply harvest mechanically, bale the biomass wet directly on the field, schedule logistics and most importantly, the material is ready for processing.
There are a multitude of other benefits Lilu’s scale and process brings to the table. While other companies are demanding the only the highest potency of CBD and other cannabinoids in their biomass thereby greatly limiting their options of available hemp biomass stock, we are not. Other hemp processors have very limited processing power and are therefore forced to run only the highest potencies in an effort to maximize derivative output, Lilu’s can, simply put, process all of it. Allowing for non-feminized seed production and lower potency CBD varieties greatly increases our farming partners chances of success, it keeps costs down and allows for the most important factor, SCALE!
Our journey to scale begins with Lilu’s founders and career entrepreneurs Thomas Guel and Charles Ciancanelli. Their ability to problem solve and pivot quickly as challenges presented themselves has enabled Lilu’s to build a team of highly qualified scientist, engineers and compliance managers ready to take hemp extract production to unprecedented levels of scale, transparency and reliability. How Lilu’s accomplished this starts at the very beginning. In 2015, shortly after the formation of the company, Co-Owner Thomas Guel’s mom, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. The tumor had wrapped itself around the main artery in her brain, had an appendage applying pressure to her optic nerve and was causing pressure on her pituitary gland. Translation; acromegaly and all its symptoms, potential blindness and likely, followed by death. Not wanting to give up and seeking alternative medicines, Guel’s mother asked to try CBD. Within 30 days of taking a heavy daily dose, all the symptoms were gone. Within 60 days, the tumor had completely disappeared. Mr. Guel’s Mother had complete eradication of the tumor and all symptoms of the acromegaly were gone. They remain gone to this day.
Seeing the benefits of the CBD a first hand gave the owners a new point of view and a new mission. The new mission was to create a clean, efficient and scale-able way to get this product out to as many people as possible. This led to the hiring of chemists, chemical engineers, process engineers and a whole slew of scientists that began to take a new look at the way hemp and cannabis was processed.
Starting with CO2 and then rapidly moving to ethanol, Lilu’s quickly scaled to the top of the industry. Having tried every possible piece of equipment and methodology, Lilu’s realized that in order to achieve true industrial scale, it would have to look outside of the industry and begin to engineer and build its own equipment. By applying technologies from other processing industries like vanilla, biodiesel and others and utilizing their equipment such as super decanter centrifuges and nitrogen charged heat exchangers as well as engineering, building and patenting a wide array of evaporators, fractional distillation columns and other needed pieces of equipment, Lilu’s was able to get to a reasonable scale for the hemp industry of ten thousand lbs. per day. Then in a moment of genius, it came. WATER. All bets were off and after injecting close to 25 million dollars into an efficient ethanol line, Lilu’s decided to invest another 30 million dollars and go with water, at scale.
Lilu’s Garden now has offices in Nevada, Colorado, Illinois and owns and operates its flagship production facility 175,000 square foot in Owenton, KY. Lilu’s operates the Owenton facility utilizing its patent-pending Aqueous power with the ability to process over 300,000 lbs. of hemp biomass per day. That’s roughly 865 kilograms of isolated CBD per hour or the equivalent of the annual processing of all the hemp produced in the US in 2018. Lilu’s Garden is the proud parent of 9 patents-pending and which include design patents for equipment, utility patents for processes on several applications including Water Soluble CBD and other Cannabinoids and of course our piece de resistance, the Aqueous Extraction Process.