About Synergistic Technologies Associates

Dr. John MacKay is an internationally recognized scientific expert in analytical testing, extraction and purification techniques within the botanical space. His career has included many roles in innovative product development. Dr. MacKay is currently a contributing journalist of Extraction Magazine, a cannabis extraction publication, and Terpenes and Testing Magazine, a publication serving the cannabis industry with cannabis news and science on horticulture, extraction and testing labs. Dr. MacKay earned his B.A. in Chemistry from St. Lawrence University and his Ph.D. from the University of Vermont in Inorganic Chemistry focused on the synthesis of cancer fighting compounds.

Dr. John MacKay in the News

Ask the Experts: Extraction, Part II: Whiich Technique or Method Do You Think is the Most Successful for Cannabis Extraction?Cannabis Science and Technology, May 2019.

Extraction Magic – Success Webinar, CBD Training Academy, May 2019


Kahner Global Cannabrunch: Plate Full of Investment Opportunities, L.A. Cannabis News, May 6, 2019


Look to the Combination of Extraction Processes for Your Ingredients, Cannabis Business Executive, March 5, 2019


Ask the Experts: Extraction, Part I: What is the Biggest Challenge in Cannabis Extraction?, Cannabis Science and Technology, March 4, 2019

Cannabis Extraction Whisperer John MacKay, Future Cannabis Project, November 7, 2018 (video)



Chemist Urges Caution for Emerging Cannabis Products, The Citizen, August 9, 2018


Cannabis potency: “The cart is before the horse and the horse hasn’t even been born yet”, The Charlotte News, August 8, 2018

Extraction Manufacturing: Transitioning from Traditional Subjective to Modern QC/QA/PAT Chromatographic Analysis, International Labmate Limited, April 26, 2018

Increased Productivity of Newest Extraction Choices for Cannabis and Hemp Brings More Questions than Answers, Cannabis Business Executive, March 19, 2018

Defining the BEST Etraction. Transition in Testing Technology, Extraction Magazine, November 28, 2017



Busting the Myth: Examining CO2 versus Butane Extraction, December 18, 2015


Defining BEST Extraction, Cannabis Industry Journal, October 28, 2015

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