With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp was federally legalized as an industrial agricultural product. However, alongside this legalization came many questions about pesticides and herbicides involved in cultivating hemp. It can be incredibly difficult to find out exactly where the products you buy are sourced from, especially when they’ve been distilled into other products like CBD tinctures or capsules.
There are a few ways you can determine exactly how your hemp was grown and whether pesticides or herbicides were used. Always be sure to thoroughly search the website you’re buying from to learn as much as you can about the product before buying, as legitimate retailers will be as transparent as possible.
1. Check Third-Party Lab Test Results
If a company has trust in their products, they will likely have a third-party lab test both their hemp and their products after they’ve been produced. Having a third-party lab test their products allows for an unbiased source to evaluate the contents as opposed to their own employees. While a company might be more inclined to lie about their test results or withhold certain information from the results, a third-party will supply results that are unbiased and complete. If a company provides third-party lab test results, you’ll know if there are any traces of pesticides.
2. Check Whether The Retailer Grows Their Own Hemp
If a company cultivates its own hemp, they likely have all possible data on their seeds, their strains, and the methods of cultivation. When a company grows its own hemp, it will most likely display this information as soon as you get to the website. If a company sources their hemp from somewhere else in the US or even overseas, they may not be involved in the cultivation from seed to sale and might not have as much data as the farmers who grow it.
3. Check Extraction Methods
Although extraction does not directly affect the presence of herbicides and pesticides, it’s still very important to determine if your CBD products are pure and potent. An ethanol extraction method tends to be cheaper and can occasionally leave an alcoholic residue in a CBD tincture or capsule. A CO2 method of extraction is much more expensive and results in a purer formulation, free of any solvents or other residues. The better the extraction method, the purer the formula will be.
As with any CBD product, be sure to do your research before buying and only buy from reputable retailers who have plenty of reviews and testimonials. Hopefully, this list of criteria narrowed down your search for your next CBD product and helped you to avoid any products which might contain additives you don’t want.