Many people are initially confused about using hemp-derived CBD because they associate hemp with marijuana. That’s likely because the words “cannabis,” “marijuana,” and “hemp” have been used interchangeably for decades. Many people were still associating the word “hemp” with the intoxicating effects of the other cannabis plant, marijuana. Now people are learning that hemp and marijuana are not the same.
Although hemp and marijuana are both legitimate sources of CBD, top CBD suppliers are sourcing their cannabinoid-rich oils from industrial hemp. Some companies rely on imports. Industrial hemp crops used for CBDistillery™ products are grown on American soil. U.S.-grown industrial hemp is the best source of high-quality CBD.
What is Industrial Hemp?
Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) is a tall, hearty plant that grows well in a variety of climates. Hemp plants can reach astounding heights of up to 16 feet and have been used throughout recorded history as a source of food (hemp seeds) and various textiles.
Today hemp seeds are a popular source of protein. The sturdy fibers are being used in numerous products including rope, construction materials, hypoallergenic fabrics, biodegradable plastics, and CBD products.1
Why Industrial Hemp is Perfect for CBD Products
Marijuana and hemp both contain CBD. Since the legality of marijuana varies by state and often requires a prescription, the CBD products sold in gas stations, vape shops, specialty stores, and online are made with oil extracted from industrial hemp. Just a few of the many benefits of sourcing CBD from industrial hemp include:
CBD is just one of more than 113 cannabinoids found in Cannabis sativa L. plants. The concentration of CBD is much higher in industrial hemp than marijuana. That means CBD manufacturers get the most CBD for their investment by extracting cannabinoids from industrial hemp. Getting more CBD from each plant makes industrial hemp the better alternative for product manufacturers.
Lack of THC
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the cannabinoid found in cannabis plants that causes intoxication. Marijuana contains significant amounts of THC. Industrial hemp contains very little. To be legally classified as industrial hemp, the plant must contain 0.3 percent THC or less. Because of this, hemp extract does not cause intoxication.
Hemp farming is agriculturally sustainable, meaning crops can be grown without placing significant strain on the environment.3 Plus, hemp crops require significantly less water than other plants harvested for fabrics and textiles.4
While companies like CBDistillery™ extract cannabinoid-rich oil from the stems and stalks of industrial hemp to use in our CBD products, other manufacturers are using industrial hemp fiber for fabrics, paper, biodegradable plastics, construction materials, and to make edible products from the protein-rich seeds.5 Every part of the hemp plant can be utilized, leaving nothing to waste.
Why CBDistillery™ Uses U.S.-Grown Industrial Hemp
Until the pilot programs initiated with the 2014 Farm Bill paved the way for industrial hemp to be grown on American soil, industries that needed hemp were forced to rely on imports. Although the 2018 Farm Bill removed federal restrictions on hemp farming, some CBD companies still rely on imported hemp. CBDistillery™ hemp oils are extracted from plants grown in the United States. Here’s why:
Supports U.S. Farmers
CBDistillery™ is a vertically integrated, U.S.-based company. As a leader in the hemp industry and a member of the U.S. Hemp Roundtable, we do our best to support other American farmers growing industrial hemp.
Maintains Quality Standards
U.S. hemp farmers are required to meet or exceed specific guidelines. Since imported hemp may not be held to the same standards, domestic hemp ensures our customers are getting the best possible CBD products.
As a successful business, we understand the importance of building strong relationships based on mutual respect and trust. Being in close proximity with farmers and suppliers helps us build stronger relationships because we know our farmers, we talk directly with product suppliers and can verify processes used through every stage of product production.
The U.S. Hemp Authority™ Certification Program was designed to ensure consistent practices throughout our industry, define best practices to ensure product quality, and get everyone on the same page. The program is modeled after existing federal regulations upheld by the dietary supplement industry. The U.S. Hemp Authority™ Certification seal can only be displayed by companies that have met strict regulatory standards. The U.S. Hemp Authority™ Certification seal means CBDistillery™:
Plants Non-GMO Seeds
U.S. Hemp Authority™ Certification guarantees hemp crops are grown from seeds that have not been genetically altered.
Transparency is essential to achieving certification. That means farmers and manufacturers must maintain accurate records of all seed sourcing information, planting and harvesting dates, a documented history of all production procedures, and accurate sales information. The hemp must also be confirmed to fit within the legal limits for THC content.
Certified Hemp-Derived Products From CBDistillery™
Since there are two distinctly different cannabis plants, there are two potential sources of CBD; hemp and marijuana. CBDistillery™ products are derived from non-GMO industrial hemp grown using natural farming methods. Using naturally cultivated US hemp ensures the safety and quality of every product we offer. The US Hemp Authority™ seal confirms our commitment to the highest regulatory standards within our industry.
For US Hemp Authority™ Certified products, visit CBDistillery™ for a quality assortment of CBD tinctures, capsules, topical, CBD vapes, and CBD pet products. You can verify the purity, and potency, and quality of every product we offer by viewing the third-party test results on our site or scanning the QR code on your CBDistillery™ product label.
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- Cannabis Tech. K Etter. (2019 January 28) Ethical CBD: Understanding Phytoremediation.
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- LiveKindly. K Smith. (2019 July 25) Why Hemp is the Future of Sustainable Farming.
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Written by Ellese McKenney at www.thecbdistillery.com