When you’re first learning about CBD, you’re going to find out that there are various forms of hemp grown all over the world. If you haven’t already figured it out, you’ll soon learn that not all CBD products are created equal either. US grown hemp CBD products can be almost an entirely different product from some of the CBD products made from hemp grown in different countries. Let’s talk about why this is.
Why is US Grown Hemp Important For CBD Products?
If you’ve read any of our blogs before, you know that we talk about how rapidly growing an industry the CBD industry is. The CBD industry is projected to surpass $20 billion by 2024, and that certainly makes it an industry that a lot of people want to get in to.
Ever since the 2018 Farm Bill passed into law, hemp production has hit the ground running here in the US. You’ll still see plenty of businesses, such as your local corner store, that try and cut corners and get their products from overseas.
Why this is important to stay away from is because the hemp grown overseas has typically been grown industrially for mostly textiles. While this is a great use of that type of hemp, it has such a small amount of the actual good things that properly grown hemp for CBD needs. This really comes down the way the hemp is cultivated, and there’s no guarantee of how overseas hemp is grown.
Why The Way Hemp Is Grown Matters
Hemp is a very unique plant. It’s able to grow under intense conditions, it can be grown just about anywhere, and is it one of the best plants for cleaning up environmental toxins, which can be a good thing but can also be a bad thing for the hemp.
When we say that it can be a bad thing for the hemp, we mean that hemp’s roots do such an amazing job of absorbing toxins present in the soil it’s grown in. If growers use any toxins such as herbicides or pesticides, they are absorbed into the hemp plant at a much higher rate than most other plants.
Luckily, hemp doesn’t need herbicides or pesticides when grown properly. Properly, being the keyword here. You have to make sure that the hemp sourced to make the CBD products you’re looking into using are grown in optimal environments. It’s hard to know what the soil conditions are when you’re looking at hemp that is sourced from overseas.
At the end of the day, people are using CBD products for potential wellness benefits. The last thing you want in your CBD is any potentially harmful toxins such as unneeded chemicals that could negatively impact their health.
Hemp Grown In The US
Hemp grown here in the US is generally much different than hemp grown overseas because the hemp grown in the US is held to higher standards. There are certain guidelines and laws established such as the US Domestic Hemp Product Program by the USDA.
Part of this program includes sampling and testing procedures that provide additional information for hemp testing in the United States. We personally love to see the additional standards that are being put into place for hemp growing because it holds farms to higher standards and allows for fewer corners being cut.
There are still a lot of ways that CBD companies will find ways to cut corners and make less than ideal products for their consumers, such as creating synthetic CBD. You can see what we have to say about synthetic CBD here.
Third-Party Lab Test Results
You’ll find that companies with the highest quality CBD products typically not only source US grown hemp to create their products, but you’ll also find that they’re very transparent about how their hemp was grown.
They’ll show this transparency by providing independent lab results that prove their products are free of specific contaminants.
Showing these third-party lab results are not required by law in order to sell CBD. The companies that are upfront with this information are confident in their product and you should be able to trust them more easily.
These labs typically test for the amount of or lack of the following:
- Residual Solvents
- Heavy Metals
Our results specifically test for:
- Testing for 10 different pesticides.
- Testing for 7 residual solvents.
- Testing for 4 heavy metals (cadmium, lead, arsenic, and mercury).
We believe that testing products for contaminants is non-negotiable. A company can tell you anything they want, but the test results are really what back up whether or not what they’re saying is true.
For example, we claim that all of our products are THC free, and our third-party lab results can back this claim!
Make sure to check that the company you are buying form has these tests available and that you know what you’re getting before purchasing!