Since the legalization of hemp-based products due to the Farm Bill’s passing in 2018, the use of CBD has skyrocketed. More and more consumers clamor to store shelves and online retailers to get more of these exceptional products every day. However, to be federally legal, CBD must be hemp-based (not marijuana-based) and contain no more than .3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) by weight. Because of this restriction, the demand for hemp crops has skyrocketed as well.
Attributes of the Hemp Plant
There is archeological evidence that suggests hemp has been grown for the past 10,000 years to serve several different purposes. This hardy plant has been used for food, creating textiles, building materials, and even producing fuel. It is a highly sustainable “wonder plant” for several different reasons.
- Every part of the plant can be used.
- Hemp doesn’t require pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides.
- Hemp is wildlife-friendly.
- Hemp proliferates.
- Hemp uses less water than most crops.
- Hemp absorbs a large amount of CO2.
- Hemp thrives in a variety of climates.
- Hemp prevents soil erosion.
- Hemp requires less land because you can grow the plants right next to each other.
- Hemp naturally removes pesticides and other toxins from the soil.
The last item on our list is the reason that ingestible hemp must be grown in a controlled environment. Hemp absorbs and removes toxins from the soil in which it grows. Therefore, if hemp extract is meant to be ingested at some point, it must be developed on earth free of pesticides or other harmful chemicals to the human body. Therefore, the US Department of Agriculture protects American consumers by imposing strict regulations on how hemp is grown in the United States.
Another restriction we have mentioned before is that the hemp used to make CBD products cannot contain more than .3% THC. Unfortunately for hemp farmers, the THC amount cannot be accurately measured in a hemp plant until it is harvested and dried in preparation for processing. In other words, farmers cannot know the exact level of THC in the hemp they are growing until it is already harvested. So after carefully planting and tending to large hemp crops, farmers may be forced to destroy any portion of a harvest that results in THC content higher than the federal government allows.
While these oversights and restrictions are suitable for the US consumer, they put an additional burden on the hemp farmer. In fact, American farmers have struggled to keep up with the demand for hemp. And because American production has not kept up with demand, many CBD manufacturers look for other hemp sources. Consequently, it is estimated that US manufacturers currently import 70% of the hemp used to make CBD from China.
There is an enormous number of products purchased from China and used by Americans every day. However, China and other countries that grow and export hemp do not have the same strict farming standards as those in America. As a result, imported hemp may contain unwanted toxins and other harmful agents.
Hemp is known as a “cover crop” in many overseas countries. This means that hemp’s sustainable qualities actually enrich the ground after a crop is grown. Research shows that wheat planted in the same field after a hemp crop is harvested 10% to 20% more yield. One of the other attributes of hemp is that it naturally draws out pesticides, heavy metals, and other soil toxins. Farmers in countries like China grow fields of hemp specifically to pull toxins out of the soil. This hemp is then harvested and sent to America for CBD processing – resulting in inferior CBD products that contain harmful ingredients lining our store shelves.
CBD Not Controlled by FDA
Many CBD users are surprised to learn that CBD is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is because CBD is not marketed for medicinal use and is not purported to affect the body’s function or structure. Therefore, CBD products do not undergo any federal testing to ensure that no harmful ingredients are present. In fact, Ellipse Analytics tested 240 CBD products for 300 contaminants. They found that 70% of the products tested were “highly contaminated” with herbicides, heavy metals, and toxic mold.
And while CBD must be tested for THC to comply with federal law, there is no mandatory testing for the amount of CBD in the product. Therefore, some of the CBD products tested had dangerous amounts of toxins; the products contained no CBD whatsoever.
You Can Count on the Quality of CBD from The Hemp Doctor
In the “buyer beware,” unregulated landscape of today’s CBD market, it is truly up to the consumer to thoroughly research any products they use. This is especially true for CBD and other ingestible items. Purchasing your CBD from a trusted source like The Hemp Doctor, America’s Premier Hemp & CBD Dispensary can give you peace of mind that you are ingesting the purest and highest quality CBD available on the market.
First, our CBD products are only derived from hemp grown right here in the United States. We never use imported crops from China or any foreign country. This is how we make sure our hemp is organically grown without pesticides and is harvested at its CBD production peak.
Also, even though the federal government does not mandate it, we use a third-party laboratory to test each of our products. We post those results on our website to confirm our product label is in the product itself. It also ensures that there is no trace of pesticides, heavy metals, or other harmful chemicals.
You can shop The Hemp Doctor’s extensive online inventory with the confidence that you are getting the best organically-grown and locally sourced CBD products on the market! Contact us or shop our online store today!