During the past 25 years, the hemp movement cleared many hurdles before farmers were finally allowed to grow America’s original crop. With passage of the 2018 US Farm Bill, hemp and CBD are no longer designated as Schedule 1 drugs.
In a market reminiscent of Wild West days, many hemp brands are now making an abundance of unverified claims. Curious shoppers aren’t sure which brands to trust. Justifiably, they want to have faith in the purity of a substance they might ingest on a daily basis.
The following are five important questions to ask before you choose the product that’s right for you. Then you can confidently purchase and experience the must-have new supplement of 2019!
1. WHAT WILL HEMP DO FOR ME?
Scientists are now exploring how hemp’s unique cannabinoid properties tap into human and pet endocannabinoid receptor systems to support physical processes and overall wellness. Yet you may notice that the product claims of hemp CBD companies are vague.
Because hemp has been illegal in the United States for over 80 years, scientific research on its potential benefits has long been hamstrung. The FDA is stringently clear that hemp CBD sellers can’t make claims about their products, which leaves consumers needing to seek information on their own. You’ll find many articles online to assess for yourself, so we recommend that you do your own research and also talk to others who have used hemp CBD products.
2. WHAT’S THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN?
Many leading CBD brands source their hemp from Europe or other countries and don’t declare the country of origin. Americans fought hard to change the uninformed DEA laws banning hemp from being grown in the USA. Just simply ask where is the hemp grown? Now that hemp is legal to grow, let’s boost America’s economy by supporting the farmers and workers who cultivate and process domestic hemp!
3. IS THE PRODUCT MADE FROM CERTIFIED ORGANIC HEMP?
How we grow crops has a major impact on our environment and on climate change. More than 70% of all hemp planted in the USA is grown using chemical fertilizers that, via runoff, taint our streams, rivers and oceans. Organic farming helps build healthy soils while sequestering carbon from the atmosphere, which lessens the impact of climate change. Many hemp brands claim to be organic but have no documentation, so just look for the USDA organic symbol. When you choose certified organic hemp, you’re voting for a better future.
4. HOW IS THE PRODUCT MADE?
A variety of methods can be used to extract CBD from the hemp flower to produce a hemp oil product. It’s important to look for a brand that’s transparent about its extraction methods. Are any hexane or GMO solvents used? What type of carrier oil is blended with the hemp extract? Is the oil organic, and does it enhance the absorption of the hemp CBD as does organic MCT oil? Are there additives such as natural flavors or GMO ingredients? Does the seller provide third-party product testing?
5. DOES THE COMPANY’S MISSION ALIGN WITH MY VALUES?
Choose a brand that’s committed to environmental ethics, worker health and safety and giving back to the community. By voting with your dollars, you can leverage your spending to create the world you want to live in.