Can CBD Be Certified Organic?

As we have covered in previous posts, cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound extracted from the hemp plant. Farmers are gravitating towards organic hemp production, thanks to its financial rewards. Processors are using organic extraction methods to complete the product, which is in higher demand than before.

One appreciates the care that farmers and processors have taken in producing various CBD by-products. But, as the public, how do we know the difference between, organic and non-organic products? This is difficult to determine, and we rely on the seal of approval. That is where, organic certification aides us, in better understanding the composition of a product.

Limited legislation for organic hemp production

Previously, most government agencies did not have organic standards for cannabidiol products. Only EU member states, had the relevant legislation in place, giving them the advantage over competitors across the world. A certified organic product is more attractive to consumers than a non-organic product. 

This setup, disadvantages local farmers and manufacturers, in countries where no CBD products receive the stamp of approval. Therefore, retailers will opt to import certified organic products to meet demand.

Can CBD be certified organic?

In answer to our question, can CBD be certified organic? The simple answer is yes. The requirements and standards, on the other hand, will vary from one authority to another. 

For a CBD based product to be certified organic, it needs to be grown and processed organically, but also tested, to prove its authenticity. Claiming something is organic is easy, but until it’s tested, there is no substance to these claims. 

Organic Farming

Hemp is an excellent bioaccumulator, which is both positive and negative. A plant that is a bioaccumulator, absorbs any toxins and metals from the soil, and stores it faster than it can excrete them. The plant is so efficient at absorbing toxins, that the Soviet Union employed it to clean up the contaminated soil around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. If the plant absorbs toxic chemicals, then the CBD will not be eligible for organic certification.

For organic hemp to start its lifecycle off on the right foot, they must grow from certified organic hemp seeds, approved by the ministry of agriculture. Farmers must also adhere to a variety of environmental standards. Hemp is an incredible plant for regenerative agriculture and organic production. It reaches maturity in a short space of time and requires no pesticides and minimal amounts of water. 

Industrial hemp products are often grown and processed without the consumer, or environment in mind. Synthetic chemicals may be used in the growing process, and toxic solvents applied in extracting the CBD compound. These products may contain traces of undesired chemicals, which could be detrimental if ingested over a long period.

If hemp is to be certified organic, then it may only contain a maximum of 0.2% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), at its most mature point. 

Extracting organic CBD

For CBD to be certified organic, it also needs to be processed using organic methods. One of the most common methods is using cane alcohol, which needs to have been produced organically as well. Many organic oil producers extract CBD oil, only from the flower buds. This encapsulates the biological essence of the plants most important elements.

Testing for organic authenticity

Choosing a non-organic CBD product means that you don’t know what you are getting. For CBD to be organic, it needs to come from an organically grown hemp plant and processed organically. Finally, it must be tested. If all the conditions are met, then the CBD will be certified as an organic product. 

When synthetic molecules, are used to process organically grown CBD, it will render the product non-organic, making it, less desirable to consumers than CBD with the certified organic label. CBD can be certified organic, but it needs to follow a strict process to meet the requirements, and live up to the label.

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