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As a producer of non-GMO certified CBD, our scientists and farmers have a wealth of knowledge to share on organic CBD production. The challenge is that not everyone in the world is meeting the same quality standards, and the consumer needs to know more about these critical quality considerations. CBD is a natural supplement for which demand keeps growing due to a wide range of health benefits. Its extensive list of health benefits is due to its ability to mimic the functions of the neurotransmitters produced by the body. Since CBD is extracted from plants that are cultivated, quality is not guaranteed. It is important for consumers to make sure the products they use are of the highest quality. The highest quality CBD is extracted from organic hemp. Why is that important? It reduces your exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals. If you are making an effort to limit your exposure to harmful agricultural chemicals, then you are definitely interested in natural health and wellness products. In that case you should be very much interested in the range of high-quality CBD products from terravidaonline.com available here on our website.
Everything About Organic Hemp
CBD is extracted from hemp, a genuinely amazing plant. You may be aware already that hemp is naturally resistant to pests and other pitfalls, in which case it is generally grown without using pesticides and herbicides. One major benefit with growing hemp is that it actually cleans the soil in a process called phytoremediation in which it absorbs heavy metals and other toxic substances. This is why it was the plant of choice to help clean and remediate the soil in Eastern Europe after the Chernobyl disaster. But, this can also be a problem, because if hemp is grown in toxic soil and CBD is extracted from it, the toxins will show up in the extract and they will be absorbed into the body.
As a CBD consumer, you should watch out for any CBD that comes from an unknown or unidentified source. In fact, when the CBD industry was still new, most of the hemp that flooded the market came from China. When it was tested, it was found to be full of heavy metals and other toxins. It was then discovered that the Chinese people were using hemp to clean up the soil that was once assumed to be barren.
For this reason, it is very important that hemp grown for medicinal purposes be grown in good soil, i.e. soil that is free from toxins. That is why most, if not all, hemp used for the production of CBD nowadays is either grown in Europe or in the United States in soil that is known to be safe.
All reputable CBD manufacturers will openly state the fact that their product is obtained from organic hemp or hemp that is grown using organic practices. In fact, when they negotiate with farmers, they insist on organic farming methods. This is a very important statement to look out for when you are looking for CBD products.
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Organic farming as it relates to hemp involves:
- Making sure that the soil where hemp is grown is free of toxins.
- Planting non-GMO seeds, i.e. seeds that have not been genetically modified.
- Planting seeds that have not been modified through exposure to chemicals.
- Growing the hemp without using chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.
- Processing hemp without using radiation that kill microbes.
Please note that hemp crops are not yet certified as organic even though many growers are keen to have their crops certified as organic. It is hoped that very soon the accredited agents will be certifying hemp. So far, CBD does not yet fall under the US FDA so the FDA does not certify it as organic either.
Ways of Verifying Purity and Potency of CBD
It is important to note that organic hemp is great for consumers, but the growing demand is a huge challenge for farmers. Farmers are expected to meet that demand by growing large tracts of land without using genetically modified seeds, growth regulators, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and fungicides. Unfortunately, the challenge is too steep for some farmers and manufacturers and they tend to cut corners. Some farmers are ditching the organic route in order to grow large crops. That means, on the market you will come across CBD products made from hemp that have been mass produced through the usual intensive farming methods. The products are laced with harmful chemicals and radiation. That is why you, as a consumer of CBD products, must be careful what products you buy.
Even though CBD is not yet being certified as organic, A Certified Organic Labeling program is coming to cannabis in 2020. Consumers want to know for sure that the CBD that they are about to purchase is extracted from non-GMO organically grown hemp. Consumers also want to know that the CBD manufacturer observes the best possible practices. One way that you can do this is to rely on retailers who are eager to reveal their batch-testing results, or COA’s (Certificate of Analysis) and extraction methods. You should also check and make sure that CBD products contain natural carrier oils.
Who Benefits from Organically Grown Hemp?
Consumers of CBD products and all hemp products benefit a lot because there are no harmful chemicals in any of the products. All the products that we sell on this site are derived from organically grown hemp crops. Terravidaonline.com is committed to excellence and that begins with the pledge to use organically grown hemp and 100% natural ingredients.
The environment also benefits from organic farming since no harmful chemicals are added to the soil. Studies have found that chemical pesticides and fertilizers can have a devastating effect on the environment, harming both air and water quality, as well as killing wildlife. Organic farming also improves soil quality by adding animal manure, compost and green manures. Hemp is naturally resistant to pests therefore no pesticides are used and therefore no harmful chemicals end up in the soil and the water system. After the hemp has been harvested, the soil is much improved for the next crop, making hemp a great crop to be used in crop rotation. For farmers, hemp is definitely a sustainable crop.
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