Shake Brands awarded processing license for medical marijuana

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From left, Brittany Phillips, Antigone "Tig" Davoulas and Julie Brents are the co-founders of Shake Brands Corp., an industrial hemp branding and manufacturing company based in Johnson.

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission (MMC) on March 2 granted approval to Shake Extractions LLC to manufacture organic beauty and wellness products sold into Arkansas dispensaries.

Shake Extractions is an affiliate of holding company Shake Brands Corp., an industrial hemp branding and manufacturing company based in Johnson. Julie Brents, Brittany Phillips, Antigone Davoulas and Syrona Scott are the partners.

With its sights on 2022, Shake Extracts will offer chemical-free processing of pesticide-free floral materials to make products such as concentrates and rosins, infused extracts for oral and topical use, skincare and personal care products with an emphasis on small-batch, sustainable and eco-friendly packaging.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with other licensed cultivators, dispensaries and processors to help elevate Arkansas cannabis,” Brents said. “In addition to manufacturing, we also offer the full branding experience to our clients. Branding is going to play a critical role for establishing a lasting presence here in Arkansas as more southern brands are introduced into this emerging market.”

With nearly 100 years of combined professional experience, Shake’s goal through 2021, according to a news release, is to position and empower a new wave of Arkansas pioneers by helping to research, develop and bring strong, local brands to market.

Shake Brands is the only company in Arkansas that’s U.S. Department of Agriculture certified for processing hemp self-care products. The company developed, designed and brought to market CBD & Me, an organic product line of full-spectrum hemp oil-infused products. It’s a collection of 14 topicals, drops and pet formulas all made in Northwest Arkansas and sold directly to consumers through the website and at more than a dozen specialty retailers throughout Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.