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Are You Using Organic CBD Oil?

Are You Using Organic CBD Oil? - SOL✿CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) is continuing to prove itself a profound natural remedy. This year, 2018, has seen more and more U.S. states relaxing their laws on medicinal marijuana and CBD use. Canada recently made international headlines when it became the second country in the world to push final legislation that decriminalizes marijuana possession and use, and the country’s medical community seems to be preparing for a revolution of sorts. [1]

Yet as with all things, quality trumps nearly everything, and using a good-quality organic CBD oil could make all the difference between a mediocre effect and a truly remarkable one.

Quality research linking CBD to positive medical outcomes has led to an explosion of producers pumping out a supply of CBD products. Unfortunately, along with the explosion comes scams and products of inferior quality.

Read on to learn more about good organic farming practices as well as the one indicator of good-quality organic CBD oil to look out for.

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High-Quality Sources

Finding sources for high-quality cannabidiol products is about more than finding high-potency CBD oil. With the flooded CBD oil marketplace, consumers have to educate themselves on best practices of production, from planting to processing. What actually goes into a quality CBD oil?

What Does It Mean To Be Organic?

Organic farming practices are stringent. Farmers must adhere to a set of agreed-upon guidelines before getting the official certification, which allows them to advertise their produce legally as of “organic” origin. The guidelines cover all aspects of farming, from the substances they use on their crops to the seeds they purchase to the overall setup of their plot of land. It’s not easy going organic, but for good reason.

The agricultural industry is a behemoth of industrialized and chemical processes. Industrial farms, while extremely productive in terms of yield, are made possible only by the use of genetically modified plants, chemical pesticides, and unsustainable farming practices.

Most countries now have a defined set of standards for qualifying a farm as organic. In the United States, the Department of Agriculture is in charge of this regulation. The official rules cover everything from soil preparation to labeling on the final product.

When it comes to organic farming, farmers must follow stringent production practices.

For example, when it comes to hemp, farmers must follow these production practices:

Soil Protection

No chemical fertilizers are allowed in organic farming. Organic farmers commit to environmentally friendly soil-protection practices and a focus on developing high-nutrient dense soil through natural means. Some of these methods include the use of cover crops and animal fertilizers.

Seeds and Starters

Seeds and starters need to be from organic sources and non-GMO. Conventional fungicides and other chemical coatings are not allowed before planting.

Crop Rotation

Crop rotation is one of the core premises behind maintaining the integrity of the soil. Just as one crop may exhaust a particular nutrient in the soil, another will replenish it. Crop rotation also discourages pests and diseases.

Pest and Disease Control

One of the more obvious ways organic farming differs from conventional industrial practices is that it does not rely on toxic chemicals to prevent disease and insect infestations. Instead, organic farmers follow the PAMS methodology: prevention, avoidance, monitoring, and suppression.

Crop Integrity

Finally, organic farms have to be committed to protecting their specialized crops from infiltration by neighboring non-organic farming practices. One way they do that is by setting up a buffer no-spray zone around the plot of land they farm organically, especially when adjacent to a conventional farm.

By purchasing organic hemp oil, consumers know that from start to finish, their CBD oil was produced under the highest-quality standards available. They also know that farmers did more than just their due diligence to ensure that the final tincture was toxin-free, non-GMO, and did not harm the environment. [2]

A key indicator of whether your hemp CBD oil is of high quality is the organic labeling.

What Must Appear on The Label?

As mentioned earlier, the label is your first go-to for checking to be sure your organic CBD oil is the real deal.

Straight from the mouth of the federal regulator in the U.S., the USDA, the label must meet the following requirements if the product is organic: [3]

“Raw or processed agricultural products in the ‘organic’ category must meet these criteria:

  • All agricultural ingredients must be certified organic, except where specified on National List.

  • Non-organic ingredients allowed per National List may be used, up to a combined total of five percent of non-organic content (excluding salt and water).

  • Product labels must state the name of the certifying agent on the information panel.

  • May include USDA organic seal and/or organic claim.

  • Must identify organic ingredients (e.g., organic dill) or via asterisk or another mark.”

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What Is Organic CBD Hemp Oil Good for And Is It Safe to Use?

Until just over a decade ago, this little-known cannabinoid was largely ignored, thanks in part to its slightly infamous cousin THC. THC is well understood as the healthful but psychoactive component in cannabis, but CBD has come forward as the even safer, yet gentler cannabinoid with equally impressive health properties. Hemp-derived CBD oil is known to contain very little THC and is many farmers’ choice for a good source.

Without the psychoactivity, CBD is much more applicable for everyday use, even in children, and research is emerging that shows its remarkable side-effect profile. In a review of studies testing for its safety against epilepsy and psychotic disorders, for instance, CBD proved to have fewer side effects than medicine prescribed for these conditions. More well-designed, robust study is called for in this regard, but the preliminary results are promising. [4]

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Although CBD awaits final approval by the Food and Drug Administration, many other countries around the world have approved cannabis products for their therapeutic benefits, including organic CBD oil. Doctors are advised to prescribe medicinal marijuana and CBD for the following conditions (the list is not exhaustive):

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Epilepsy

  • Movement disorders (including Parkinson’s disease and Tourette’s syndrome)

  • Gastrointestinal disorders

  • Inflammatory bowel disease (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Poor appetite, anorexia nervosa

  • Diarrhea

  • Pain (including acute, chronic, cancer-related, inflammatory, and neuropathic pain)

  • Inflammatory disorders (including fibromyalgia)

  • Headaches

  • Mental health issues, including mood and psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, anxiety, cognitive decline, dementia-related disorders

  • Insomnia

  • Addiction control and management [1]

Never attempt to replace conventional medication with CBD oil without consulting your doctor.

Never attempt to replace conventional medication with CBD oil or medicinal marijuana without consulting with your prescribing doctor first.

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Sourcing High-Quality CBD Oil

It’s all well and good to understand organic farming practices, but how do consumers apply this knowledge to their next CBD oil purchase? As mentioned, many factors go into high-quality CBD products, way beyond a high CBD content.

For consumers, one of the easiest ways to wade through the many different CBD oil companies found online is to find the company’s organic certification. Another is to determine the company's transparency. Do you know the faces of the people producing your CBD oil? Do they have a solid background and good knowledge base in health and wellness? If a company is out there looking only to make money, its lack of passion may be reflected in the quality of its products and the information it gives in the marketing material.

One of the easiest ways to wade through the many CBD oil companies found online is to find the company’s organic certification.

SOL*CBD's main focus has always been on the quality of its CBD products, from the organic seed to the Miron glassware in which the oil is packaged. SOL*CBD maintains the integrity of its products through the following ways:

  1. Obtaining organic non-GMO hemp from farmers right here in the United States.

  2. Using CO2 extraction methods that are low-heat and maintain the integrity of the beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes.

  3. Focusing on whole-plant medicine instead of isolates so that the final product benefits from the entourage effect (explored in depth here).

  4. Transparency in production from start to finish. Not only is there a face to the company, but we also post all lab test results on each of its products to prove the cannabinoid content and lack of toxic contaminants.

  5. Using Miron glassware, which preserves the cannabinoid integrity long term.

“Certified organic” is a label that consumers can trust. It’s an excellent method for those seeking reputable CBD companies online. Considering that farmers around the country have to maintain extremely high standards of practice and undergo routine inspections to keep their organic rating, only the highest-quality products will have the label.

Because there is essentially no federal oversight of the current CBD oil marketplace yet, it's up to producers such as SOL*CBD to maintain high-quality production practices. It’s also up to consumers to research the organic CBD oil products diligently before purchasing, looking not only for the certified organic label but for full disclosure of laboratory test results and transparency in the company values.

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Sources:

1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6001746/

2) https://www.ams.usda.gov/publications/content/organic-production-handling-standards

3) https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/Labeling%20Organic%20Products.pdf

4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5569602/

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