Finding CBD oil that claims to be organic is easy enough, but finding one that contain the official USDA organic seal of approval are far and few between and harder to come by.
An Unregulated Market
There are a lot of CBD companies that claim to sell organic CBD oil tinctures and other CBD and THC products, but the reality is a little murkier. As popular as it is, the CBD oil market is still new and has been largely unregulated by the food and drug administration for years. This has led to countless companies making false claims on many of the hemp oil products without unsuspecting consumers bothering to check.
We’re going to dive deeper into organic CBD oil, including why it’s so hard to find, what really constitutes “organic,” and why choosing organic hemp oil without pesticides is so important.
Is Organic CBD better? Why is it so Hard to Find?
With very little regulation in the CBD industry as opposed the the food industry, companies can claim their products are organic and all-natural, when in reality they might be anything but.
While it might seem like there’s no shortage of organic CBD available, the truth is that many of the products that are labeled as organic CBD aren’t. As a consumer you should always look for companies that gives you transparency into the 3rd party testing results.
To better understand this and to find the best organic CBD oil, it’s important to understand what constitutes a product being organic, as well as the history of organic CBD and the hemp certifying process in the U.S.
What is Organic CBD, in Legal Terms?
You’re probably already well acquainted with organic products as they are everywhere and carry the familiar USDA Certified Organic label.
What exactly does it take to become certified organic, though?
To carry the USDA Organic Seal, there are several standards companies must adhere to. At the most basic level, produce and other crops must be grown without the use of chemicals, pesticides, or synthetic or chemical fertilizers. To ensure farmers are meeting industry regulations, third-party testing is used to assess growing practices and processors. The application process is slow, expensive, and contains several steps interested parties must adhere to which minimizes the pool significantly.
Requirements For Certified Organic CBD and Hemp
According to New Frontier Data, there are five “not so simple” steps to receive organic CBD oil or hemp plant certification, including:
1. The Development of an Organic Farming Plan.
This includes documentation pertaining to land use history, pesticides control activities, and soil management activities.
2. The Implementation of an Organic System Plan that is Reviewed by a Certifying Agency.
After an organic system plan has been developed, it must be reviewed along with farming practices by a certifying agency.
3. Facilities Must Pass Inspection by a Certifying Agency.
Some of the areas of inspection include fields used for cultivation, water quality and systems, and soil health of the farming methods.
4. Inspection Review.
After inspection is completed, they are given to a certifying agency for review. Not only will previously mentioned areas be inspected, but things such as pesticides contamination risk assessments may require soil, tissue, or product samples of the hemp plants and hemp extract.
5. Approval- FINALLY!
If the operation complies with USDA organic standards, it will be approved for organic certification, with renewal done annually.
The point is, the process itself is expensive and time-consuming and obtaining a certified USDA organic label isn’t as easy as one might think.
Why Is Organically Grown Hemp Better and So Important?
While the organic hemp certification is a long and daunting process, using hemp extracts such as CBD that was grown organically is especially important. Hemp is responsible for a process known as phytoremediation.
Put simply, this means that hemp is excellent at cleaning the soil it’s planted in, or a natural way to help clean up the environment. Cool fact- Hemp plants are so skillful at the process of phytoremediation that it was abundantly planted (along with sunflowers) at the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site to help clean up the catastrophic levels of nuclear contamination in the soil.
In a 2003 study, it was discovered that hemp has the ability to soak up soil contaminants like nickel, cadmium, and chromium. While hemp might be great to clean up contaminated soil, it’s important to understand that the contaminants it absorbs don’t just magically disappear. They also contaminate the plant, which would then go on and be passed into the consumer’s body mitigating all the health benefits.
Put simply, a hemp plant contaminated with toxins from the soil it’s grown in results in contaminated hemp products. CBD included. This is why choosing organically grown hemp is better for us as consumers.
For anyone seeking the benefits of CBD oil products, it’s important that the plants that produce those products are grown in the cleanest environment possible so that we are not taking one step forward and two back.
How do I make sure my CBD products don’t contain any of these contaminants?
Simple! Transparency. Third-party lab test results. And of course looking for that organic seal we all know.
It is VERY important to make sure the CBD oils you purchase have been lab-tested to ensure they’re free of genetic engineering, cross contamination, pesticides, heavy metals, and any other contaminants.
Transparent companies will offer third-party lab test results for every batch right on their website, and make it easy for consumers to find looking quality products. If the company you’re looking at doesn’t offer these results, it should be a hard pass. Even better, we offer a QR code on every product that will take you directly to those lab results.
Besides Organic Hemp, What About the other ingredients?
While we’re on the subject, it’s important to consider the other ingredients that your CBD products might contain.
Carrier oils play an integral role in CBD oils and other products, as they help support the absorption of CBD in the body. If you’re consuming CBD for enhanced wellness, then you’ll want any additional ingredients to do the same.
You get out what you put in, if you want the benefits of organic CBD oil, you’ve got to choose those with the best ingredients. This is why we’ve chosen to use organic olive oil in all of our full spectrum Organic CBD oil tinctures, and flavor our oil tinctures with organic essential oils.
Last Word on Organic CBD
While finding certified organic CBD oil products might be difficult, this doesn’t mean they’re not out there. There are many CBD oil companies that meet organic farming growing standards yet haven’t gone through the USDA process due to the time and expense it takes.
But remember, there are also plenty of non organic CBD oil brands that claim to have organic products that are anything but. It’s up to you to do your research on the type of hemp oil your consuming!
The best way to ensure you’re purchasing a high quality full spectrum CBD oil product that’s been grown organically is to look for transparent companies that thoroughly explain their process and offer the lab results that prove their oil doesn’t contain any toxic herbicides, heavy metals, pesticides, or other potentially dangerous additives.
At May Flowers, it’s important to us what we put in our bodies because it manifests as what results we get out. Ingredients and quality always matters, no matter what the product.
Written by co-founder Jenn Tomina.