CBD is officially, undeniably everywhere. From CBD oil and tinctures to CBD-infused coffee and CBD soap, we have access to an impressive hemp-related marketplace. The potential therapeutic properties of CBD and the renewed interest in hemp as an agricultural product are admirable. But, as it is with any buzzworthy product, the CBD market has quickly blossomed with a plethora of new manufacturers. With that being said, the marketing tactics surrounding CBD have to be assessed with a discerning eye!
Can CBD be certified organic?
In a way, yes. You can purchase CBD products that are created from extracting USDA Certified Organic Hemp. But saying that you have “organic CBD” is not completely accurate. Search for yourself, you likely won’t find any actual products that are USDA Certified Organic. A brand name might have the Certified Organic Designation and thus the logo is on a product label, but it’s likely that the product itself isn’t USDA Certified Organic – just the raw materials and inputs used to make the product.
For years, consumers have been conditioned to look for “organic” products, and for good reason. Organic products are considered to be more natural and less laden with chemicals or agents not so kind to the body. However, the big question is, can CBD be certified as organic? At Mount Horeb Hemp, we’re all about supporting farm-to-consumer products and organic farming practices, but we’re also all about consumer education. Here’s a look at a few things to know about “organic CBD.”
First, what does it mean to be USDA certified organic?
USDA Certified Organic farms and products have gone through a stringent certification process performed by third-party organizations working under the guidelines of the United States Department of Agriculture. For one, this seal of approval means the product was made or grown without the use of prohibited chemicals, such as fertilizers or growth hormones. Second, products cannot be exposed to things like:
- Excessive biocontrol agents
- Other inorganic substances.
Numerous factors go into a USDA Certified Organic credential, and the certification process can vary depending on the product being assessed.
So, is it possible to have organic CBD?
You will see the Certified Organic logo on products, but it will likely be next to the brand name. This is because the brand has an organic certification, not the product itself. We know, it’s tricky. To better understand this gray area that we are currently in, remember that hemp and CBD only became legal nationwide with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. The change removed the long-standing classification of hemp as an illegal plant, but a lot of complexities remain when it comes to getting a CBD product certified as organic.
So, you will find that CBD products state that the CBD was sourced from organically grown hemp or even USDA Certified Organic hemp, which is accurate. For example, here at Mount Horeb Hemp, we are a Certified Organic hemp farm. From growth and harvest to transport and processing, our farm is held to especially high standards to retain the Certified Organic designation as an operation. Unfortunately, the bureaucracy involved in getting the hemp derivative CBD certified is challenging. Therefore, the ingredients we use to make products like our Full Spectrum CBD Oil are indeed organic, but the end product is not certified as such.
How do you find the highest-quality CBD products?
Eventually, as the government-affiliated agencies work through the nuances of a new booming hemp market, the USDA Organic Certification process will be simplified. For now, though, it is best for those seeking high-quality CBD products to know what sets certain products apart. A few things to look for when shopping for CBD oil or CBD products in general are:
- Find out where the CBD in the product is sourced from and whether the farm that grows the hemp follows organic practices
- Look for products that have published third-party lab test results; any contaminants that are found in the product will be in these test results
- Look at other ingredients in the CBD product you are researching—are the ingredients responsibly sourced, are they organic?
In addition, make sure the CBD oil you buy has a nice pale-yellow or amber color. It should not be a clear liquid or on overtly dark liquid. Products shouldn’t have foul or chemical odors, and you should examine the product for a clear date of expiration before use.
CBD Extracted from Organically Grown Hemp Is the Way to Go!
At the end of the day, you just have to do as much research as possible. When all else fails, contact the company you are interested in purchasing from. Mount Horeb Hemp’s location in Southern Wisconsin is a smaller farm, but we are perfectly slated for organic growing practices. The area is known for rich farmland and excellent soil quality, but our careful farming practices have garnered us the Certified Organic seal as a hemp operation. If you are looking for high-quality organic CBD oil or other products, take a look at our full-spectrum CBD collection.