Not all Hemp Is created equal
Like many things in life, not all hemp and hemp products are created equal.
Humans have been growing textile hemp for a very long time (Source) and industrial hemp is growing in interest again these last few decades because it has hundreds of uses.
Compared to hemp grown for CBD rich flowers, industrial hemp grown for textiles is not near as potent in CBD. Hemp grown for seed has even less. How each strain is grown, is very different too. (Source)
More importantly, you don't want to consume hemp products grown in contaminated soil, water or air. More on this below.
Hemp is a plant that is currently being celebrated for its ability to remove and clean up contaminates, a process called phytoremediation. As it turns out, all strains of Cannabis work very well at cleaning polluted soil, water, and even air. (Source)
Hemp is any Cannabis strain that contains no more than 0.3% THC by dry weight. It is that simple, regarding how our laws classify hemp.
While many consider hemp a fiber plant, it can have more CBD than it's medical sister Marijuana, when the right strain is selected and grown properly. (Source)
There is no chemical difference between marijuana CBD & hemp CBD. CBD (Cannabidiol) is the same chemical compound, regardless of which strain of plant produces it. CBD can now be made in the lab too.
Hemp can produce very high amounts of CBD, especially when the plant strain is chosen carefully and tended to meticulously to prevent the plant going to seed. This is done by removing all male plants from the area and allowing only female flowers to grow.
These female plants will increase (produce more of) their cannabinoids and terpenes in an effort to attract males for pollination. Even George Washington was familiar with this concept of growing hemp, though the reason why he did this is pure speculation. (Source)
Hemp is like a sponge, as it literally pulls toxins out of the environment, moving it up into its stalks, stems, flowers, and leaves. This is great news for the soil and our environment. (Source)
Hemp also has a negative carbon footprint, as it pulls carbon from the air and redeposits it inside the plant as it grows. This can make growing hemp positive for our planet. It's fast growth cycle of 4 to 6 months makes it more efficient at pulling carbon than trees, too.
Hemp is a great way to combat global warming by removing extra carbon dioxide from the air, using the carbon to build the plant and releasing clean oxygen for us to breathe.
Unfortunately, commercial grow houses often pump in extra CO2 to increase the plant yields, as CO2 often becomes the limiting factor in production. (Source)
Grow houses also require grid energy for artificial lighting as well as extra water demands.
These factors makes indoor commercial hemp growing limited on positive benefits for the planet, and continue to indicate why outdoor hemp farming is much better for the environment.
Hemp is a viable way forward for a cleaner future; it is planet positive, environmentally friendly, has a quick growth cycle, requires 80% less water compared to other fiber crops, and is text book sustainable.
Hemp grown outdoors, in the right locations, really could help save our planet!
Hemp grown for the purpose of phytoremediation is not good for consumption, however. It can contain toxins such as various pesticides, chemicals, arsenic, and even radioactive compounds like cesium. (Source) (Source)
It has also been suggested to plant hemp around the area of the Fukushima meltdown as well. (Source)
Just like carbon, it takes these pollutants and redeposits them inside the plant as it grows. (Source)
Hemp is also good at absorbing heavy metals. such as cadmium, which is known to pollute much of the land around the world due to burning of fossil fuels, human sludge and pesticides from the 50’s and 60’s.
Hemp is efficient at removing cadmium, nickel, lead, arsenic, and even dioxin from the air, as discovered from hemp grown near a steel plant (Source) as well as remove various pesticides that have been sprayed over much of the conventional US crop lands for decades. (Source)
These heavy metals, pesticides and toxins will hyper-accumulate (faster and more than usual) into the plant and becoming part of the plant. (Source)
This makes hemp products of an unknown origin questionable for consumption or other uses that would expose people or our pets to these harmful toxins.
Like making any essential oil, whenever we concentrate extracts from a plant, any pollutants in the plant will become concentrated too. (Source)
While growing hemp for phytoremediation is positive for our planet, it is not good for our bodies or our pets, especially when ingesting these pollutants frequently in concentrated forms.
Hemp is now grown in 30 countries and is widely available for companies looking to cut costs and import hemp from cheaper sources. This adds to why there is a wide range of pricing across hemp products. Without 3rd party lab testing, there is no telling what is in imported hemp products.
In addition to what could be drawn into the hemp plant, all Cannabis plants including hemp, can accumulate mold, bacteria, E.coli, Salmonella and mycotoxins from improper handling and drying. This is a common issue with imported hemp that are not dried and handled properly.
Potency of CBD is also a current issue. While some products may have what the label claims, many do not according to this CBS report (Source): Out of 20 products purchased and tested by CBS, 2 had more than the amount listed, 1 had less than 50%, 8 had less than 25% of the CBD listed on the label and 4 of them no CBD.
All of these reasons are why 3rd party lab testing is so important when choosing any hemp product for consumption, as well as knowing where the hemp was grown.
Testing is important, not only for potency of cannabinoids like CBD, but also for purity and safety, to confirm if anything else is lurking in these products.
To be sure of exactly what is in (and not in) our extracts, we third party batch test our oils for potency of CBD, other cannabinoids & terpenes, as well as safety test for unwanted contaminants such as pesticides, mold, E. coli, solvents, bacteria, mycotoxins, Salmonella, arsenic and heavy metals; all are known contaminates found in hemp products.
None of these contaminates are desirable when concentrating hemp into extracts or consumables.
At CBeeDifference, we go to great lengths to ensure our carefully selected hemp (Cannabis Sativa) strains have a full spectrum potent in Cannabidiol CBD, grown right here in the US, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, surrounded by fresh mountain-side terpene rich air, all following traditional organic methods and carefully tended conditions, to ensure our extracts will be potent, pure and safe for consumption.