Hemp/CBD Guidelines Retrieved from: http://organicspamagazine.com
*The explosive growth of the hemp market has opened the door to a large number of scam-artists making cheap product, with questionable potency and purity. Here are some of the guidelines to help identify high-quality hemp/CBD extracts.
How was the Hemp Grown? U.S. grown organic hemp is always a good bet, as U.S. farmers are required to get certified by state departments of agriculture. Due to hemp’s characteristics as a “hyperaccumulator,” it easily absorbs anything present in the ground where cultivated and farmed—including heavy metals and other toxins. If a hemp plant grew in the nutrient rich soil and was nurtured through the entire growing process, the resulting plant will be of the highest quality.
What extraction process was used? Some companies may use cheap methods with toxic solvents that are dangerous to our health such as propane, hexane, pentane and butane. Look for methods that either use organic, pharmaceutical grade ethanol, or supercritical CO2 extraction which LNK uses. Find the extraction information on the company’s website, or talk to a customer service representative at LNK 860-413-9509.
Verify the amount of THC in the product. The optimal level of THC in hemp/CBD extracts shouldn’t exceed <0.3 percent, so check labels and/or ask for lab results for the product before purchasing. Although low, the original amount of THC present in hemp may still cause a certain level of psycho-activity when processed incorrectly (and could render a positive drug test).
Look for a “Whole-Plant” or “Full-Spectrum” Label. Extracting from the whole plant, rather than using only one part (like CBD isolate), ensures that the product contains not just CBD, but also the full range of bioactive constituents of the hemp plant. These include terpenes, flavonoids and other cannabinoids that are generally believed to work synergistically with CBD-called the “entourage” effect—making the wellness benefit higher than CBD alone. Check labels and/or websites to determine if the manufacturer uses the whole plant.
Ask for third-party lab results. Reputable hemp/CBD companies provide third-party lab results to their customers. These independent labs ensure the product is everything it claims to be, with a high level of CBD, low THC, and lacking in harmful impurities. Companies should always have recent lab results available. Some provide them on their website, while others include them in the packaging or both.