CBD is increasing in popularity these days, and with its medicinal properties seeming to have a positive bearing on the health of users, it is only normal that interest and demand for the product grows. However along with this growth spurt come a number of people – mercenaries actually – whose goals amidst the intense competition between CBD retailers are to take undue advantage of people’s growing interest and hoodwink them by making false claims, one of which includes selling organic CBD oils certified by the USDA.
True, claims by producers or retailers that their CBD oils/products are organic or are made from hemp grown using organic practices may be very valid. However, for those claiming to be certified by the USDA, we feel such claims may be too far-fetched and we will take the opportunity to look into this in the course of this article.
It is important to understand as a buyer that until a product is given official certification for having met certain standards, it cannot be labelled as organic. For the most part, these standards are set by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) though the process of certification is carried out by recognized third-party agents.
For crops to qualify as being organically certified, growers are mandated to meet very strict standards at every step of the process, from soil management to plant processing. The stringent rules bar them from using substances like (a lot of) synthetic fertilizers and pesticides to grow and cultivate their crops. In any case, it is the USDA that determines what to use or what not to use in organic farming. Decisions are based generally on
• General toxicity
• How the crop/plant affects human health
• Its effect on the ecosystem
• Availability of alternatives
• Compatibility with sustainable agriculture
Hemp is typically not certified organic and whiles provisions made under the 2014 US Farm bill pave the way for the certification of certain hemp crops as organic, there are other certification alternative methods for cannabis grown for commercial purposes. Indeed, hemp can be cultivated through organic means without necessarily receiving organic status.
When growing hemp especially for commercial purposes, it is important that organic methods are complied with as hemp is famed for its prowess in drawing toxins and metals from the soil.
This invariably means that unless you producer of your CBD oil extracts CBD from organically grown hemp, the product you are going to use could be filled with contaminants from the soil. This is why many reputable CBD producers always do well to use hemp of the highest quality produced using organic methods.
Typically, the methods of growing hemp organically mean that:
• Organic seeds have not been exposed to, or modified by chemicals
• The planting soil is free of toxins
• Hemp grown is devoid of harmful growth hormones, pesticides, fungicides or herbicides
• Crops are grown free of antibiotics
• The growing and processing of hemp us done without using radiation.
Does CBD qualify as a USDA certified organic product?
This may be a strange one indeed because surely if the CBD product you are using is gotten from hemp grown using organic practices or certified as organic, then your CBD oil should be automatically USDA organic certified, right?
Well, that’s sadly not the case. This is because CBD doesn’t fall under the jurisdiction of the FDA, and because the FDA does not regulate the cultivation and commercialization of CBD, CBD products cannot be certified as organic.
This however does not mean that you cannot verify the purity and potency of your CBD product. You first of all need to ensure that you are buying from retailers relying on the safest CBD extraction methods and those are open to disclosing the results of third-party product testing. Batch testing by a third-party is key in revealing whether or not the CBD product is as pure and as potent as it claims to be.