At Phytoca, we work in conjunction with our family business in Europe, based out of Switzerland, the Netherlands, Spain and Czech Republic, having pioneered research in cannabis genetics, seeds and strains for over 40 years.
Our company’s research is focused on the development of products containing uniquely rich cannabinoid, terpene, and flavonoid profiles extracted from whole plants.
While many companies have a patient-first focus, we have a plants-first focus. We believe if you take care of the plants, better patient outcomes will follow. Getting to this point is a matter of both nature and nurture.
Genetics is where everything starts.
Put simply, if a plant’s ancestors are lacking phytocannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids, it is unlikely that any future plant generations will produce the right chemovars (chemical composition) to create a finished product rich in cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids.
Process – Nature
Cultivation is crucial.
It requires a lot of skill to grow commercial quantities of cannabis in a sterile environment, ensuring the correct nutrients are supplied, all whilst fending off mould, fungus, insects and disease.
Process – a mix of Nature & Nurture
Manufacturing is the final piece of the puzzle.
Certain forms of extraction and post-production techniques impact different parts of the plant. In particular, this affects retaining the presence and function of more volatile compounds, such as terpenes and flavonoids.
Process – Nurture
(04) Scott Blakey: How a Geneticist and CBD Consultant shaped where we are today.
Spent considerable time travelling around Asia and began collecting cannabis seeds from various countries including Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and India.
Toured South American continent for 11 months, collecting seed and pods for private seed bank and research. Made visits to Peru, Columbia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Chile. Covered the desert regions, the Andes, and the jungle regions.
Co-founded the infamous Dutch seedbank Green House Seed Co and won the Award for Skunk Haze at the High Times Cannabis Cup.
Received awards for numerous strains at the High Times Cannabis Cup, including: Master Kush, White Widow, White Rhino, Great White Shark and El Nino.
Co-founded Mr. Nice Seedbank with Howard Marks. Awarded 1st place in the ‘Best Seed Company’ category for the High Times Cannabis Cup awards. Worked in Germany, England, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Switzerland selling seed and their products.
Founded Gene Bank Technology, which created large-scale essential flower oil (hemp oil) production, for Body Shop USA.
Co-founded CBD Crew as the world’s first CBD enriched seed company, around the same time which the first series of CBD finished goods were brought to market.
CBD Crew begins to make CBD strains while selling seeds to worldwide projects in 10 or more countries. Mr. Nice Seedbank begins to produce for wholesale and research markets.
Received licences to cultivate in Washington State, Colorado and Oregon, expanding operations to the USA.
Co-founded Sciva International & Dr. Nice; introducing retail to the growing medical markets, with seed production for 15 major seed companies in Europe and a medical office in Barcelona dealing with patients.
Began exporting bespoke medicines to Australia through Phytoca.