The 2018 Farm Bill was signed on December 20 and it explicitly removes any product made from legal hemp from DEA oversight. Previous to it's signing Hemp was on the DEA's Schedule I Substances list. Let's just say it wasn't a great look for such a do-gooder plant. Now that the bad raps been lifted it falls to the FDA for regulation.
What Does This Mean for CBD?
Since the 2014 Farm Bill CBD oil, CBD, or cannabidiol, has since seen a huge shift in popularity despite its previous entanglement with being considered Schedule I dangerous. It has been recognized for several benefits from easing stress, improving skin conditions and even being used in the first FDA approved cannabidiol drug to help with seizures.
Though we all love an underdog that has it's day the obstacles continue for CBD. Namely, for the most part the CBD market is currently completely unregulated, making it challenging for consumers to separate quality CBD products from snake oil. It's also important to note that even though Industrial Hemp is now overseen by the USDA, CBD in all it's forms, specifically ingestibles, still falls under the FDA. But to date the FDA has focused on targeting CBD businesses that make illegal health claims about their products.
How to Determine the Good from the Not so Good?
Until the FDA develops regulations around hemp CBD it is up to the makers to self regulate by making sure products are safe, well tested and properly labeled.
Some things to look for:
Manufacturing Matters: Before purchasing any CBD product, research the vendor’s production methods. The information should be available on their website. We suggest CBD processed through supercritical CO2 extraction.
We use this method to deliver a clean, unaltered and safe process for retrieving valuable and nutrient rich CBD.
The Source Matters: Hemp is a hyperaccumulator, meaning that it easily absorbs anything that is present in the ground where it is cultivated and farmed. Look into where the CBD brand sources their hemp from. Try to find US grown hemp, as US farmers are required to get certified by state departments of agriculture.
We use high quality, industrial grade, organically grown hemp from our nutrient rich farm in Colorado.
Know the Quality and Grade of the CBD: The optimal level of THC present in CBD should not exceed more than 0.3 percent, so make sure that you check the labels or ask for lab results before purchasing them.
Our CBD is 99.7% pure and independently third-party tested by accredited, non-bias labs to insure quality, purity, potency and authenticity.
"We want to change the way people look at hemp-derived CBD by educating you on the beauty benefits of CBD. We strive to provide high quality, high content CBD Infused Beauty by bringing you closer to nature and further away from potentially harmful chemicals."