Setting The Standard: Cannabinoid Testing and high quality CBD oil
At PlusCBD™ Oil, we are aware that agricultural hemp and marijuana are frequently tested in labs. However, the reasons for testing each of these two cannabis sativa cultivars, and the information sought from those tests, is often very different.
Because PlusCBD™ Oil is a nutritional supplement, it is governed by the Dietary Supplement Heath and Education Act (DSHEA). While DSHEA–the American law regulating dietary supplements enacted in 1994–does not require lab testing, many responsible producers of nutritional supplements test their products for consistency, impurities and concentration. CV Sciences, the producer of PlusCBD™ Oil, tests its products in its own laboratory, and in a third party lab. PlusCBD™ Oil is made entirely from agricultural hemp.
Depending on state regulations and laws, medical and recreational marijuana producers and retailers are generally not required to test their product before sale. As of late 2015, “…seven of the 23 states that have legalized medical marijuana have mandated laboratory testing, and of those, most are still working to improve their programs.” (http://weedrush.news21.com/states-struggle-to-develop-comprehensive-weed-safety-regulations/)
Some retailers choose to provide analysis of certain cannabinoid content–such as THC and CBD–as a service to their customers, but there is a great deal of discussion about instituting uniform testing regulations to ensure product safety. Much of this discussion stems from an awareness that some plants are being treated with pesticides that may prove dangerous to consumers.
Recently in Colorado, Governor Hickenlooper issued an executive order declaring any marijuana cultivated using unapproved pesticides to be immediately destroyed. Indeed, in February 2016, the Denver Post reported on two grows that were suspended over concerns of dangerous fungicides . These are serious concerns because public safety must be a priority for the any market to thrive. Indeed the new markets for both hemp-derived and marijuana-based products are no exception.
In order for hemp to be called hemp, it is required by law to remain below the threshold of 0.3% THC. As the hemp industry continues to evolve in the United States, state regulators are randomly testing crops to make sure they meet this standard. Unfortunately, testing for pesticides is not yet required.
CV Sciences is committed to taking a leadership role in testing and transparency for all of its products, including PlusCBD™ Oil. Testing is done, both in-house and by independent third party analysis, on PlusCBD™ Oil products, the market leading brand of CBD Oil in the United States, to ensure both the safest and most effective CBD products on the market. This includes testing the oil for cannabinoid content, pesticides, contaminants, heavy metals, and solvents.
As states decide on how best to handle the question of testing for marijuana, CV Sciences is setting a positive example for the growing hemp marketplace. With its commitment to full traceability, From Seed to Shelf™, CV Sciences is demonstrating a responsible approach and contributing to the growing awareness of consumers about quality hemp products.
It is important to note that Plus CBD Oil is currently sourced from EU-certified hemp seeds, grown by a co-op of European farmers under strict EU guidelines. To learn more about PlusCBD™ Oil or CV Science’s From Seed to Shelf™ commitment, go to http://pluscbdoil.com.