24 Jul Do You Know Where Your CBD Oil Comes From?
Most consumers want to know from where their products are sourced, how they are made, and whether they are safe – and HempMeds® customers are no different. Today, we answer the question, “Where does CBD oil come from?” and explore the source of our CBD oil and the many decisions we made to bring you only the safest and most reliable CBD oil products for your entire family.
CBD Oil Sourced from Hemp
HempMeds® derives our CBD oil from the hemp plant, a member of the cannabis family along with marijuana. Our non-GMO hemp seeds were specially chosen from among 3000 possible hemp cultivars because they thrive in our farms’ microclimates and produce the ideal ratio of cannabinoids for our award-winning products.
One of the biggest misconceptions about CBD hemp oil products is that CBD from hemp oil is less potent than cannabis oil or CBD oil made from medical marijuana. While it is true that the percentage of CBD in hemp plants by dry weight may be lower than the percentage of CBD in some specially bred marijuana plants, once the oil is extracted from the plant, this difference becomes negligible. This is even more true when CBD oil is purified or when the CBD is isolated.
Some cannabinoid users also get caught up on the idea that CBD hemp oil is made from “industrial hemp”, a point we have addressed before. CBD oil from hemp is often less expensive and more readily available than CBD from marijuana due to lower wholesale prices, higher market availability, and fewer restrictions on cultivation, shipping, and use. You can learn more about the differences between hemp and marijuana HERE.
Most importantly, on a molecular level, CBD from hemp is the same as CBD from marijuana. Franjo Grotenhermen of the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines has been quoted saying, “CBD is CBD. The human body does not care where the molecule comes from.”
Why We Use European Grown Hemp
As a company, HempMeds® is often asked why we import our hemp – instead of sourcing it from here in the U.S. This is a complicated question: one we have put a lot of thought into. There are a number of important factors guiding our choice to grow our hemp in Europe, including hemp’s legal status and the experience of European cultivators.
Hemp has had a complicated legal status in the U.S. since the country started its drug war. Too often this incredibly useful plant gets negatively associated with psychoactive marijuana, causing a patchwork of laws and regulations about the cultivation, processing, and sale of hemp.
However, U.S. farmers still are not permitted to grow hemp strictly for commercial use. The 2014 Farm Bill allows farmers to cultivate hemp as part of state-run pilot programs, but only for research purposes. Although a number of states have adopted these pilot programs, the hemp produced is restricted in commercial use.
We’ve busted the most popular myths about CBD Hemp Oil HERE.
Unlike domestic hemp growers, who only have a few years of experience growing hemp seeds bred to thrive in the climates and soils of other countries, cultivators in Europe have been growing hemp for generations and countries in the EU are renowned producers of hemp for the world. Countries like the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, and France rank among some of the largest hemp producers in the world.
Our Hemp is Grown and Processed with Integrity
To protect the health of your family and to ensure we produce only high quality CBD oil products, we have developed several important standards for the hemp oil used in all our products.
Our hemp is grown free of herbicides, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers to protect our customers from any residual contamination, making our hemp oil products as safe as they can be from the earliest stages of our process.
There are a number of potential solvents that can be used to extract CBD oil from the cannabis plant. Some companies choose to use dangerous solvents like butane in their extraction process. However, this opens the end user to residual contamination from any solvent that is left unpurged from the oil. To extract our CBD oil from our hemp crops, we use supercritical CO2 in a process that the FDA considers GRAS or “generally regarded as safe”. Because we use a non-toxic solvent, the risk of contaminating our CBD oil is removed.
Our commitment to product quality and purity has driven HempMeds® to develop the strictest testing process in our industry, our Triple Lab Tested™ standard. We use ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited testing labs to examine our hemp oil and assure both its safety and consistency. These labs test our hemp oil for the concentration of cannabinoids, including CBD, CBDa, CBG, THC, and over a half dozen others. By testing our hemp oil three times during our process, we ensure that our products are completely safe for use by you and your entire family.
Once our hemp oil is received into the U.S. and certified to be safe, it is sent to our manufacturers in San Diego to be formulated into our complete line of CBD hemp oil tinctures, liquids, salves, capsules, and beauty products.
California has some of the most rigorous safety standards in the world. Our commitment to these lofty standards allows us to create top quality finished products for your family every time. Our San Diego manufacturers are registered with the State of California Department of Public Health, Food and Drug and must adhere to the strict regulations the department puts forth. In addition, they require Certificates of Analysis for all raw materials used in our products to ensure they too have been tested for safety. They also exceed current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) listed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, including hygienic work spaces, controlled environmental conditions, and comprehensive training.
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