As the CBD industry boosts America’s hemp farms, growers struggle to meet demand. So, many CBD manufacturers turn to imports as a reliable or low-cost source for CBD. But how might that affect the users?
If you want to help your customers take charge of their health, consider CBD’s key benefits. It’s a powerful, all-natural remedy. And it’s a substitute for prescription drugs that produce dangerous side effects. But for your customers to achieve the best results, they can’t use contaminated CBD products.
US hemp imports include products from China where they suffer from polluted soil. Romania also sends hemp to the US. High heavy metal concentrations occur in their ground. And India has toxic water that has affected their crops through irrigation.
You can see why it’s important to find a source for CBD products that you can trust. But what happened to US hemp production? Will it recover? And what’s done to ensure safe, effective CBD products?
Hemp’s History in America
Hemp was established as a staple crop in America back in the 1700s. Even George Washington and Thomas Jefferson promoted the cultivation of hemp. Colonists grew it mostly for industrial uses, including paper, lamp fuels, and rope.
In the 1930s, hemp was on its way to becoming a billion-dollar crop. But the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 killed its growth. Even though cannabis wasn’t outright illegal, distributors and growers needed a stamp. And there was no process in place to get one. Was cannabis really so dangerous? Some say that racism was the real reason behind cannabis prohibition.
Then in 1970, Nixon added cannabis to Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Why? Who knows! Probably because many cannabis users protested his policies, especially concerning the Vietnam War.
The 2014 Farm Bill gave US farmers the right to cultivate hemp in states where production is legal. By 2018, growers were farming 75,000 acres of hemp, reviving the industry again.
The industry got another shot in the arm from the 2018 Farm Bill. That legislation removed hemp from the government’s controlled drug category. This triggered a surge in demand for CBD. Experts project hemp to grow to 100,000, perhaps even 200,000 acres in 2019.
Challenges for Hemp Farmers
Farms must source hemp seed that results in a product within a 0.3% THC limit. Even seed from different latitudes and longitudes can affect levels at harvest time. And if THC exceeds 0.3%, it’s considered marijuana under current law, and farms must destroy the crop. And good quality seeds are not cheap.
Hemp farming is also labor intensive. Specific equipment for farming hemp hasn’t been built like it has for traditional crops. So farms often rely on manual labor for planting, tending, and harvesting. So be suspect of cheap CBD products.
Hemp is a soil remediator, which means it can pull harmful toxins from the soil if they are present. Heavy metals, pesticides, and other contaminants could find their way into a product. Reputable farms work with hemp manufacturers to have crops lab-tested for these impurities.
Why You Need a Trusted CBD Manufacturer
A study by Virginia Commonwealth University found unlabeled contaminants in some CBD products. The study discovered dextromethorphan and 5F-ADB, known as K2, in some CBD products. K2 can cause panic attacks, increased heart rate and blood pressure, and even death.
This makes some growers and manufacturers welcome regulation. Lack of control allows less reputable industry players to make false claims. Some ignore quality control in the name of profits. It’s a risk to consumers because they don’t know what’s in the product without proper labeling.
More CBD content doesn’t mean a better product. If a manufacturer can’t keep CBD levels consistent, what other standards do they ignore? What else might be in the product that you don’t know about? Many consumers take cannabidiol for chronic conditions. Knowing the proper dosage that works for them is important.
The FDA Takes Notice of CBD
Many in the cannabis industry have mixed feelings about FDA regulation. But it’s inevitable. The FDA wrote to the DEA and stated that CBD doesn’t have a potential for abuse. It could be removed from the Controlled Substances Act.
But the agency still wants to straighten out some misinformation out there. Many startups have taken advantage of the legal uncertainty surrounding CBD. They insist that all CBD products are legal in all 50 states. They’ve also made promises of relief for all types of ailments.
Often, these claims are loosely based on some evidence or anecdotal support. But sometimes they aren’t. The FDA already sent letters to CBD companies that were making false claims.
Trust Your Source for CBD Oil
It’s important to know what’s going into your CBD oil products if you want to help your customers beat what ails them. The highest quality, most consistent crops come from respected cultivators. And the best products come from manufacturers with keen quality control and testing. Don’t let questionable suppliers dictate your success or undermine your reputation.
You’ve found a source for CBD oil that complies with the FDA’s Good Manufacturing Practices. Spring Creek Labs has been manufacturing CBD products for over a decade. We only use USA-grown, certified hemp crops. Order your signature CBD product with only a 500-bottle minimum!