Why We Do Not Make CBD Gummies

CBD Gummies

As the public interest in CBD has exploded, more and more niche products have been popping up all over the CBD landscape. You can hardly turn your head without running into some new, exciting way to ingest or apply CBD, or see some brand-new product that suddenly somebody in a meeting somewhere decided would be improved by adding CBD to it ( CBD toothpicks anyone?).

At CBDPure, we built our business on pure CBD oils. Grow the finest organic hemp we can, extract it gently using only cold-pressed CO2 extraction, filter it to desired potency, add no ingredients, preservatives, or anything else not found in nature growing in the hemp plant, and then bottle and store it at our own facility. A simple approach really, and it served us, and our loyal clients, very well for years.

But, some people don’t like the taste of natural hemp (it can be a little bitter-tasting to those unused to it), and oil droppers can be a little messy, or sometimes you want CBD on a specific aching joint or muscle, but don’t want to get out the oral drops. There are always just a couple tiny improvements that seem easy to make, while always trying to give the customers what they want. We understand, so in the face of what seemed to be very reasonable requests by our clients, we expanded our range a bit.

CBD Softgels

Instead of having just 3 potency options (300,600, and 1000) of our world-renowned CBDPure oil, we added softgels, for convenience and high-potency daily dosing. Our softgels took what people loved about our full-spectrum oil, and put in a precisely-measured softgel capsule, easy to swallow and neutral in taste. The next year, we learned all we could about how to harness the power of CBD into an absorbable form that would work topically when rubbed directly onto targeted painful areas, and our Muscle and Joint Formula was born. Both of these CBDPure additions were a success (after many, many hours in the lab), and we are glad we did it. Both these products were developed after requests from customers, and became important members of the CBDPure family.

But we draw the line at gummies.

CBD Gummy

We aren’t going to make CBDPure gummies, not next year, not ever. You’ll never be able to buy a gummy with true CBDPure full-spectrum oil in it. It’s not because we didn’t consider it. We get requests nearly every single day, “Do you have gummies?“, “I’d really like to take your oil, but in a sweet , strawberry-mango-milkshake flavor“, “How come I can’t buy CBDPure gummies at my favorite health store?” Questions like these sent us to the drawing board to determine; Could we make a gummy product (yes, certainly) and would it be something we were proud enough to put the CBDPure name on (Nope, more about this later). Many meetings and discussions were held, chemists were talked to, gummies in all shapes, sizes, and flavors were sampled. In the end, we decided gummies was not a direction we wanted to go with CBDPure, and here’s why.

First, a quick cooking lesson that we had to learn, and every confectioner or candy-maker already knows. In order to make gummies, you need multiple ingredients; you can’t do it just with constituents of the hemp plant. You can’t just put hemp oil, cannabidiol, some terpenes, and some flavoring into a gummy “shape” and expect it to work. Every popular CBD gummy on the market contains at least a dozen ingredients, at least eleven of which, ARE NOT CBD. Now, for some brands, this isn’t a problem. They want to make a CBD product that tastes sweet, and is as approachable as something from the candy aisle, so throwing a bunch of corn syrup, Red #40, white sugar, a little bit of actual CBD, then some binders and fillers to make it all stick together and stay shelf-stable, is completely fine for them. For us, it’s not that simple however.

Our brand is CBDPure, and that name was not chosen by accident or by some corporate committee in an office conference room somewhere just because it did well with focus groups. Our name has Pure in it for a reason; our ingredients are just that. We use naturally-extracted hemp oil that has been minimally-processed to provide not only a large amount of cannabidiol, but also the other natural terpenes and cannabinoids that occur naturally in the hemp plant, and nothing artificial is added. Natural full-spectrum hemp oil doesn’t taste, look, or stick together like the typical gummy candy you see in every convenience store or candy shop, and there is a reason.

CBD Candy Gummies

Any so-called “CBD gummy” is much more candy and other artificial ingredients than it is actual CBD, or else it would dissolve into a smelly, sticky mess. To put CBD into a gummy at all, you have to, at best, mix it carefully with a bunch of other ingredients, with most of them made in a lab and not by a growing plant from the soil. The even cheaper method used by some companies is to take a standard candy gummy, and simply dip or roll it in cheap CBD isolate, a process called “sanding”. All those sour or sugary candies you had as a kid, with the sticky granules on the outside that made a mess of your hands and shirt? That is the same process by which adding CBD isolate (not even full-spectrum CBD) is done to these candy gummies. It’s an incredible inaccurate way to dose, since one candy could have more of the powdery sand on it then the next one. You can’t make full-spectrum oil into a powder that can be applied this way, so only less-effective isolate will work. In short, you can either have a true-to-nature CBD product just as it was grown in nature, or you can have a pseudo-CBD “gummy” that is sweet like children’s candy, but you can’t have both.

For us, the choice was clear. CBDPure is, and will always be, about purity and natural ingredients. For those looking for a real CBD product in its most natural form, we are glad to have you and hope you choose us for your health needs. For those looking for gummy candies in bright colors with exotic flavors like strawberry-banana and just the letters C-B-D on the outside of the bottle, maybe next to a cartoon bear? Good luck to you, the candy store is just down the road.

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CBD Laws in Delaware

Applicable Laws: 2018 Farm Bill, Delaware Senate Bill 266, Delaware Industrial Hemp Act

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Like many other states, Delaware established a hemp research pilot program in response to the federal government’s passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, classifying hemp and hemp-derived products as legal when they contained minimal THC levels. However, the Delaware law limits field size to 10 acres, and does not specifically allow for hemp to be grown as a “commercial crop”, so this uncertainty has resulted in very few farmers raising hemp within the state. The state does have a process for hemp processors to submit a request for a processing license, but it is unclear if any have been granted by the state, or where processors are expected to obtain their hemp crop. Currently. growers can only legally produce hemp in affiliation with Delaware State University or the Delaware Department of Agriculture. Nevertheless, Delaware does not criminalize possession or usage of hemp-related products like CBD, and CBD topical creams and ingestibles from out of state vendors are widely available within Delaware.

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CBD Laws in California

Applicable Laws:

2018 Farm Bill, Assembly Bill 228, Proposition 64, California Food and Agriculture Code 81000 (d), Sherman Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, Williamson Act

California has a complicated history with CBD products specifically, and cannabis and hemp in general. While California has now made recreational cannabis legal, they still have a few state-specific limitations on CBD products.

In 2016, Californians voted for and passed Proposition 64, which was supposed to legitimize the growing of industrial hemp as a commercial crop within the state. This law included a “right to farm” hemp, and sought to establishe agricultural safety standards, but no draft rules have been approved and passed as law in the years since. Laws remain murky about how hemp farmers are able to legally obtain hemp seeds from out of state, which are supposed to be certified by the state before planting. Many counties have established moratoriums preventing hemp farming, although Shasta County is one that specifically allows it within city limits.

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It is legal to sell, purchase, and possess any CBD product with less than 0.3% THC content. California law currently prohibits any retail restaurant or bar from adding CBD to any food or beverage, though there is no clarity whether individual users can do so in a retail establishment. California’s Sherman Food, Drug, & Cosmetic Law is cited for the state’s position that CBD is not allowed as a “food additive” but does not appear to be applied outside of restaurants and bars. Assembly Bill 228 attempted to remove this limitation, but was stuck in committee and never passed by the legislature. To date, no individuals have been prosecuted or cited for using CBD as a food supplement, but numerous bars and restaurants have been warned. Numerous retail stores carry a variety of ingestible and topical CBD products throughout the state, and out of state retailers from many states ship CBD products directly to California consumers, which represent one of the 3 largest CBD markets in the United States.

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CBD Laws in Arkansas

Applicable Laws: 2018 Farm Bill, Ark. Stat. Ann. § 2-15-401, Arkansas Industrial Hemp Act

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CBD in Arkansas

Arkansas is one of the most CBD-friendly states in the union. Not only are most hemp-derived products, including fiber, seed, and clothing, allowed under Arkansas’ 2017 Industrial Hemp Act ,but CBD is specifically named as a “publicly marketed hemp product”, which means it is excluded from needing any license to process, sell, or purchase. Farmers need an easily-attainable hemp license to grow hemp from the Arkansas State Plant Board (ASPB), but processors and retailers of CBD products are exempt from any licensing requirement. Governor Hutchinson signed a bill decriminalizing all hemp-derived forms of cannabidiol in March 2019, further paving the way for retailers to sell all manner of CBD products in the state. Arkansas does require all CBD products, including those purchased online, to be under 0.3% THC in accordance with federal law. For any CBD oil that exceeds this, Arkansas residents can still access higher-THC oil, but they need to be over the age of 21 and have a medical cannabis ID card.

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CBD Legality in Arizona

Applicable Laws: 2018 federal Agriculture Improvement Act, Arizona Senate Bill 1098

Arizona has taken a very permissive approach to hemp-derived CBD within the state. A 2014 court case held that CBD could be considered medically necessary, and thus must be made available, even without a prescription. Subsequent cases involving minors and foster children have affirmed that cannabidiol, can be possessed purchased, and used by all Arizona citizens, including minors.

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Arizona was one of the first states to adopt a Hemp Research Pilot Program under the 2014 Farm Bill, allowing for both farmers and processors to grow and process hemp-derived products, so long as the total THC content was below the federal limit of 0.3%. Governor Ducey signed into law SB1098 in May of 2018 opening up the cultivation of industrial hemp by Arizona farmers, and and authorized the Arizona Department of Agriculture to issue cultivation licenses. There are currently no regulations or requirements for brick and mortar retailers governing the sale of federally-compliant CBD products within their retail establishments. Out of state CBD retailers are free to promote to and sell CBD products to Arizona customers online.

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CBD Legality in Alaska

Relevant Laws:

2018 Agriculture Improvement Act, Alaska Statute 03.05.010 Alaska Statute 03.05.076 – 03.05.079, Alaska Statute 17.38.900

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As one of the early states to legalize recreational marijuana, Alaska has long taken a permissive stance on all hemp and cannabis-related products. In 2018 with the passage of Senate Bill, Alaska was one of the first states to enact a hemp pilot program allowing the farming and processing of hemp-derived CBD, even prior to the federal passage of the 2018 Farm Bill.

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Retailers of CBD products are required to register as an industrial hemp retailer with the Alaskan Department of Natural Resources, and comply with certain labeling requirements for CBD products, but this currently only applies to in-state retail establishments. This rule for Alaskan retailers has actually been in effect since the 2014 Farm Bill, and was not changed by the passage of the 2018 Bill.

In addition to the federal limit that THC cannot exceed 0.3% THC by weight, Alaska imposes an additional limitation that no hemp product can contain more than 50 milligrams of total THC either. All CBDPure products comply with both the federal THC percentage limit and the Alaskan total THC per product limit.

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CBD Legality in Alabama

Relevant Laws: 2018 Agriculture Improvement Act, Alabama Code 2.8-380 – 2-8-383, Alabama Code 20-2-2

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While Alabama initially had some of the more stringent rules regulating CBD and Hemp Products in the early days, the state has taken numerous steps in recent years to make CBD more widely available to Alabamans. The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries created an industrial hemp program in early 2019, allowing local farmers within the state to grow hemp as a crop, and processors and universities to work with and study hemp products. In June of 2019 the Alabama Senate passed, and Governor Kay Invey signed into law, SB225 allowing all pharmacies in the state to sell CBD products containing no more than 0.3% THC.

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In addition, the State allows retail sales of hemp products from non-pharmacy stores, so long as they do not exceed 0.3% Tetrahydrocannabinol by weight. Technically, in-state brick and mortar retailers are supposed to have a hemp processor or handler license if they sell CBD from a retail store, but this isn’t strictly enforced. CBD customers within the state are able to order CBD products by mail from outside the state as well.

Nobody has been arrested for possession of CBD within the state, and it is legal for out-of-state retailers to ship into the State. It is generally considered low-risk to sell, purchase, or possess legally-complaint CBD products. CBDPure has shipped CBD products to Alabama customers since 2016 without issue.

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Harvest Time!

Harvest Time
It’s that time of year again, when our farmers start watching the weather closely, looking for the perfect conditions to start our harvesting the mature sun-grown hemp plants. Picking the exact time to start the harvesting process is part science and part art. Generally speaking, hemp plants grown in Washington and Colorado hit their peak CBD content near the 3rd week of September, but this date can vary wildly based on several factors.

The #1 factor that sets our harvest date is the weather. Harvest must be done during a block of time of 3 or 4 days with no rain in the forecast. Rain is problematic for a number of reasons. First, it’s hard for the farm crew to work in the mud and rain, equipment breaks down, people get cold, water weighs down the plant and slows down the entire process. More importantly, the presence of moisture is bad for harvested hemp, which needs to dry and cure properly. Excess water that soaks in when harvested wet slows down the drying time considerably, and introduces the risk of mold if not handled correctly. Our boutique family farms are much smaller than large-scale agricultural commodity farms, so much more work is done by hand, over the course of several days, so harvesting during a window of time with no rain (preferably right after at least a week of sunny weather, which perks up the hemp plants coming into the harvest) is key to producing the best results from the harvest.

Harvest Time
The second factor affecting harvest date is plant genetics. At Nutra Pure, we use two primary strains of high-CBD, ultra-low-THC, and these strains have particular characteristics when properly germinated and raised. Since we do not use any genetically-modified crops, a lot of trial and error took place to achieve the proper germination of our crops, which are hand-planted slightly later in the season than most cannabis plants. These plants are sensitive to too much sun early in their growth cycle, and get more sensitive to rain and nutrient levels as they get closer to harvest time. We watch the plants carefully to see how they are progressing, and set our harvest window based on how we see the plants growing. The plant height can vary greatly in the course of just a few weeks, and from season to season, so we primarily pay attention to the leaf size and color to determine when the plant is getting close to its optimum harvest time. When we think the plant is at or near the height of its CBD production, we take pre-harvest samples and send them to the approved state labs for cannabinoid testing. In addition to testing for the optimal CBD content, care must also be taken to ensure the plants are harvested prior to reaching their theoretical highest THC content, in order to guarantee that our crops comply with all federal and state laws requiring <0.3% THC when the actual harvest takes place, approximately 3 weeks after the pre-harvest tests are completed.

Once harvested, the hemp plants must be carefully dried. Depending on the weather, we may hang them to dry in covered areas for a few days, to let the fresh air flow cure the plants more slowly, preserving more of the native terpenes of the plant. If the weather is not cooperating, or the harvest is too large, we use large air dryers as well to speed the process along. With both methods, care is taken to handle the drying plants as minimally as possible, and make sure the entire plants is dried uniformly to prevent any mold from occurring.

The drying process typically takes about 8 days when done manually. Once the plants moisture content is reduced down to about 8%, the vegetative material is put in large sacks, and transported to our C02 extraction facility, to be changed into the newest batch of CBD oil and softgels that our customers have come to expect after 4 seasons of making the best CBD we can!

Why The FDA Is Wrong About CBD

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Just a few months ago, the CBD and hemp industry was given added legitimacy when President Trump signed off on the Hemp Farming Act, as part of the 2018 Farm Bill. With the signing of this bill, low-THC cannabis products have been removed completely from direct review or regulation under the Controlled Substances Act. While previous legislation had already carved out exceptions for low-THC products that were under 0.3% THC-content, this new law served to clarify that hemp was legal to grow and transport across state lines. In addition, the law is also providing hemp farmers with rights and federal agricultural grants previously denied to them. They now also have access to the national banking system as well as the right to marketing, agronomy research and crop insurances, all important advantages to grow and expand the hemp industry into a legitimate agricultural commodity.

In short, the hemp industry has been formally legalized on a federal level, but problems and roadblocks still exist. Additionally, much remains murky about how products are tested, how to prove THC content below 0.3% level, what claims can be made by hemp foods and nutritional supplements, and what oversight is still held by which federal agencies. For the hemp industry to truly flourish, these products must be allowed to succeed in the market, not be restricted by inaccurate and outdated federal bureaucracy and red-tape.

ENTER THE FDA

Even though the bipartisan support for hemp resulting in the signing of the Farm Bill was a big win in the eyes of the hemp industry, the Federal Drug Agency (FDA) rained on the parade when they came out with an official FDA statement regarding cannabis shortly after. The gist of it is that:

  1. Under section 351 of the Public Health Service Act, they stated that they still hold the authority to regulate and control cannabis derived products and compounds because, as defined under this section, they consider cannabis to be a medicine. As such, cannabis and cannabis derived compounds will be subject to the same requirements as do any other FDA-regulated products (i.e. medicines), regardless of if it is being marketed or sold as a food or dietary supplement.
  2. The FDA “…continue(s) to be concerned at the number of drug claims being made…” about cannabis and cannabis derived products, and that any products making therapeutic claims need to be approved by them before they may be sold. Any cannabis and cannabis derived products that make any therapeutic claims are considered by the FDA as being a new drug, requiring registration and approval. This means that they have to go through the FDA drug approval process and clinical trials.
  3. Most critically for the hemp industry, the FDA finds it “…unlawful under the FD&C Act to introduce food containing added CBD or THC into interstate commerce, or to market CBD or THC products as, or in, dietary supplements, regardless of whether the substances are hemp-derived.” The FDA also considers CBD products that claim to be supplements as being in violation of the FD&C Act because they were marketed as dietary supplements or involved the addition of CBD.

Basically, to boil it all down to this: the statement by the FDA makes it clear that they see CBD as a drug, or if not exactly a drug, something that they still have authority over. While the FDA has always had authority over drug-related health claims, this statement appeared to indicate that the FDA believes their authority extends even further, allowing them to pre-emptively ban CBD products or even arbitrarily reclassify them as medications.

Nice for them, but many would argue that the FDA is somewhat overreaching and that, in the greater scheme of things, they are not only wrong about CBD, but also wrong about what they are really capable of and permitted to do about CBD. While removing the DEA from having oversight under drug laws certainly freed the hemp industry from one source of regulatory risk, the FDA still remains a dangerous threat to the hemp industry if they are allowed the power to restrict the booming hemp and CBD market. The FDA’s public proclamations that they have the authority to arbitrate whether cannabidiol can be marketed as a dietary supplement or added to food for health benefits, are cause for concern. This is particularly concerning when the FDA has already been ruled against by the Supreme Court numerous times for overstepping their authority when it comes to these products, and their protection under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994.

THE “LOOPHOLE”

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Prior to 1994, a patchwork of different laws and rules governed how vitamins and supplements could be sold, and how they were treated differently than prescription medications In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s the fear was real when the Nutrition Advertising Coordination Act of 1991 was suggested. In this bill the FDA would have gained a considerable amount of power in regulating nutritional supplements – including making it illegal to advertise nutritional or therapeutic claims as well as increasing the FDA’s enforcement powers and penalties. Included in these powers would have been making common vitamin and mineral supplement go through the same approval process and federal registration as pharmaceutical drugs, with the associated cost increases being passed on to the consumer.

In response, health-food industry banded together to lobby government and Congress to vote down the laws and to “preserve the consumer’s freedom to choose dietary supplements.”

The result was the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), a landmark piece of legislation which defined what dietary supplements are, their labelling requirements, and most importantly, that supplement manufacturers do not need to receive FDA approval before producing and selling dietary supplements that were marketed in the United States before 1994. If you have ever bought vitamins or supplements at your local grocery or health food store, and didn’t have to show a prescription or speak publicly to a doctor before you were allowed to purchase them, then you have DSHEA to thank for that freedom.

Simply put, DSHEA not only protects the rights of consumers to make their own decisions about dietary supplements like Vitamin C, melatonin or a daily multivitamin, but to a large extent, it also protects the ability of responsible CBD brands to bring their products to market. Despite the FDA’s public statements to the contrary, there is no question that hemp-based products were promoted as supplements and food products long before 1994 (media references are made to hemp farming by our founding fathers in their writings leading up to the Declaration of Independence!). There are numerous examples of hemp being used in supplements and food products prior to 1994, and for that reason alone, the FDA’s position is suspect when it comes to any outright prohibition of CBD products as dietary supplements.

SEMANTICS

On the one hand the FDA is categorizing cannabis as well as cannabis derived products such as CBD oils, lotions and gummies as drugs. That in their eyes makes CBD products subject to all the research, testing and clinical trialing that all drugs are subjected to. On the other hand, CBD manufacturers, companies and brands are labelling, distributing and marketing CBD products as a dietary supplement, and freely marketing products that contain less than 0.3% THC nationwide.

And in doing so, they are well within their rights.

According to the DSHEA, a dietary supplement may only describe the role of a nutrient or ingredient if “it affects the normal structure of function of the human body; it characterizes the means by which it acts to maintain such structure or function; the manufacturer has proof that the claim is truthful; and that the statement includes a disclaimer”. You have likely seen this disclaimer on every bottle of vitamins or supplements you have ever used, and it lays out the language that, unlike a drug or medication, the product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Any dietary supplement that does not use that disclaimer, or make claims how their product can “cure cancer” or any other impermissible claim not backed by science, is and should be regulated by the FDA. These are called structure/function claims, and dietary supplements lose the protections of DSHEA when they make impermissible health claims. There is no dispute that the FDA should and does have the authority to regulate medicinal claims. In this role, the FDA can fulfill its duty to protect consumers from bad actors, while still not extending its authority over legitimate products beyond what Congress intended.

In the end it seems that the issue is partly one of semantics – is CBD a drug or a dietary supplement in the eyes of the FDA, and what actions if any will they take? If a CBD product is going to rely on the protections and freedom associated with classification as a dietary supplement, then the product cannot also make health claims reserved for drugs. Likewise, if a CBD supplement complies with all labeling requirements and the state laws in which it is sold, the FDA should maintain a “hands-off’ approach and not overreach their constitutional authority in the face of product compliance with the existing laws.

FINAL THOUGHTS

No one disputes the FDA’s passion for wanting to protect the American public’s health and safety. In many instances the hemp and CBD industry shares the same concerns of the FDA. All legitimate CBD sellers agree that there are some bad actors out there that need to be stopped, and that drug claims or promises of “cures” for serious disease have no place in the CBD supplement industry. Nor have the cannabis and hemp industries ever disputed the need for regulation in order to ensure the health and safety of the public where dangerous or mislabeled products enter the commercial market. However, the concerning issue comes in with the FDA trying to overreach, not only in their control over the industry and its products, but also in its right and ability to enforce that control. For now, the FDA seems to have adopted a wait and see approach when it comes to actual enforcement, and to their credit, have reached out to Congress for clarification on hemp and its future. While the recent sudden resignation of the FDA Commissioner will likely delay resolution of the outstanding questions, the hope remains that the FDA will retract some of their zealous positions in favor of achieving an end result that protects people’s ability to acquire the hemp products they want for their health.

The FDA is wrong about CBD, and the sooner they realize this, the better for consumers. Isn’t it maybe time they moved away from what seems more like an attempt at keeping their stranglehold over their pharmaceutical fiefdom, than a real concern for the health and safety of the American people?

Why is CBD Testing Important?

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Some may wonder why CBD oil testing is important, or if it is even necessary. Because the government does not require any CBD supplements to be tested, some people assume (incorrectly) that there is little benefit to seeing any tests done on a CBD product, and they rely solely on the label or the promotional sales copy of the company. Unfortunately, not all CBD oils are created equal, so it’s important to have true testing performed, on every batch or lot number, by an independent third party for a number of reasons.

Hemp is a Bio-accumulator

As any farmer growing industrial hemp can attest, the hemp plant is a powerful bio-accumulator. What this means is that any chemical, fertilizer, or toxin in the soil in which it is planted, the plant will rapidly absorb it. The hemp plant roots will pull it from the ground and accumulate it in plant’s cells. This makes hemp wonderful for phytoremediation, where pollution or chemicals can actually be cleaned up from the earth by planting hemp that draws it up from the ground, cleansing the soil in the process. The hemp plant literally “soaks up” contaminants from the earth. Unfortunately, this tends to concentrate such unwanted substances in the cannabinoids of the hemp, much like sushi from fish in polluted waters can have very high levels of mercury. For this reason, it’s important to use hemp that is grown on pure farmland, to avoid getting higher concentrations of these chemicals in the CBD that is extracted. Our full-scale testing procedures check for the presence of such contaminants, both at harvest and during bottling of our CBD oils.

Labels Don’t Tell the Whole CBD Story

CBDPure Lab TestA recent well-publicized study indicated that 69% of CBD products were in fact mislabeled, and did not contain the amount of cannabidiol as their labels claimed. While the study only included a small number of random sellers of CBD, the news wasn’t positive. The majority of these were, of course, lower CBD content then reported on the label. While getting more CBD would usually be considered a good thing (there is no known toxicity level for CBD, even when administered in large doses orally), getting less than you paid for or was promised is unfair to the CBD buyer. That’s why we use third-party labs that certify that every batch meets or exceeds the minimum CBD content, as opposed to misleading statements about the total content of just hemp oil, but not actual CBD oil. Some bad actors will express the total amount of oil in their product as the actual amount of CBD, when in reality CBD makes up only a tiny fraction of the total oil by volume. At CBD Pure, our label clearly states the total CBD content in addition to the total hemp oil amount, so there is never any confusion about how much true CBD is in each and every bottle we sell.

By now it should be clear, third-party testing is critical to knowing what’s in your CBD product. At CBD Pure, we use the best independent testing labs in the business. Each testing lab takes multiple batch samples, and codes them to their public test results. That way you can be sure which bottles corresponds with which test results. Our labs use gas chromatography, the most accurate analysis of oil content available through modern science. We are the only CBD seller that posts public lab results showing that all of our full-spectrum oil products use full-spectrum hemp oil meet or exceed the printed CBD content in every bottle we sell, and we back that with a 90-day money back guarantee.