What to Look for When Shopping Hemp Products
Hemp is booming and the demand for it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. There was a time not long ago when few people had even heard of CBD, and even fewer could tell you what the abbreviation actually stood for (cannabidiol). Recently that has all changed with the demand for Hemp products reaching a fever pitch.
The benefits of using a product like Hemp oil have been widely reported. Clinical studies to support many of the benefits associated with Hemp products are indeed lacking, but the science and medical fields are working overtime to fit the science to what many people believe they already know. With so many people interested in what Hemp oil can do for them, consumers want easier access to products like Hemp edibles. The demand for access makes sense, especially if consumers believe the product can help them, that product shouldn’t be harder to get, it should be easier.
A majority of Americans familiar with cannabidiol (CBD) say it should be available as an over-the-counter drug and that the compound has multiple health benefits, according to a Gallup survey released on Friday. The Hemp craze emerged from the marijuana reform movement and escalated following the passage of the 2018 farm bill, which federally legalized hemp and its derivatives including CBD.
Yes, we would all love to go run out and get whatever we want, when we want it. But, greater access and availability has its potential drawbacks. Hemp currently has few regulations on manufacturing, purity, or content. The FDA, as of this article, has not provided any guidance on how Hemp is to be handled in the retail consumer sphere, and each state has their own limited guidelines. An example is that Hemp comes in different strength levels, yet there is no standardized recommended dose for Hemp use.
There’s also the issue of what’s in that Hemp tincture bottle you just picked up at the local vape shop? Not all states require Hemp manufacturers to accurately label their products. With sketchy regulation, consumers should be skeptical when it comes to ingredients. Where your Hemp comes from should also be of concern, since heavy metals, or other contaminants have been found in some hemp grown in China or Eastern Europe.
So what does this all mean? Should you still try those Hemp gummies that look so yummy? Is it worth the risk? As with anything you have to be your own biggest critic and try and gather as much data as possible. Look for Hemp companies that use hemp grown under the strict regulations of the US Department of Agriculture. The USDA may not have much control over the hemp after it’s harvested, but if you start with a quality source product, you’re headed in the right direction. Also, look for companies that use third party labs to test their products and easily provide reports that show the results of the testing.
There’s no guarantee that big chain pharmacies, box stores, or your local vape shop will require their Hemp companies to follow any of the above suggested guidelines. It’s often the case that the more readily available something is for consumer consumption, the more watered down it becomes in mass production. Sugar and Kush Hemp only uses hemp grown under USDA regulations, and all of our products are third party tested with available lab reports on our website for all of our products. Before you go rushing to the nearest store to buy your pure Hemp oil, think about the quality of what you will be putting in your body and choose wisely.
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