CBD and Pesticides
The CBD oil market is a “youngster” and with any new market and product, there will be many companies looking to cash in quickly. However, many of these “hard sell” companies are supplying poor quality product from unreliable manufacturers.
Unfortunately, there is a large and poorly regulated overseas market, where it is possible that the Hemp is being grown with pesticides and heavy metals. Hemp absorbs chemicals from the ground, including mercury and lead, so the growing conditions can make a huge difference. Also, there can be zero consistency from one batch to the next and you have no idea how and where it is processed.
So, what is your best bet? Buy from farmers covered under the US Farm Bill and look for Organic and non-GMO in their labels. US Hemp farmers legally can’t even use pesticides, since a grower can only use a pesticide that has Hemp as a crop on their label. Hemp is not yet recognized as a legitimate crop by the EPA, therefore, no pesticides can list hemp as a crop on their label.
What to look for in picking your medicine? First, look for Organic and non-GMO, then make sure the extraction process is not destroying the plant. For instance, Irie CBD oils use organic Hemp from Oregon that is naturally derived using supercritical CO2 extraction, without the use of any harsh chemicals, completely hexane and butane free. This assures a full-spectrum cannabinoid-rich product that produces a cleaner taste.
Next, make sure the products mention that they are third party, lab tested for potency, pesticides, residual solvents, and mycotoxins. If a company is reluctant to share this information, it is a big red flag!