As CBD oils, lotions, capsules, teas, gummies, and the drinks hit the market, consumers can find themselves swimming in a pool of unanswered questions.
The CBD market is unregulated. This is a scary thought because it suggests that responsibility rests on the consumer to find a good source of CBD oil. Because CBD is now being widely used as a household supplement, and is legal in all fifty states when it is derived from the hemp plant, it’s more important than ever to know its provenance and supply chain, which means how it makes its way from the farm to your daily dose of Raw Caps or your muscle soothing Infused Salve.
Where Does CBD Oil Come From?
Today, we answer the question, “where does CBD oil come from?” And explore the source of our CBD oil and the many decisions we made to bring you only the safest and most reliable CBD oil products for your entire family (four-legged pals included!).
There’s no denying it: high-grade CBD is made from organically grown hemp. We derive our CBD that is used in all of our products from the hemp plant, a member of the cannabis family.
Many questions float around about the common misconception about the differences between hemp and marijuana. Although industrial hemp, medical marijuana, and recreational marijuana are all members of the cannabis family, hemp is distinguished from other cannabis species by its extremely low THC content. While medical and recreational cannabis often contain THC levels upwards of 25%, hemp varieties contain less than 1%. Hemp is also cultivated in very different ways from medical and recreational marijuana, mostly at commercial scale for industrial purposes ranging from health food to building materials. When a plant contains 0.3 percent or less THC, the federal government considers it “industrial hemp,” and by Colorado’s and most states’ reckoning, can legally be formulated into oils, tinctures, topicals, and capsules, and widely sold to consumers.
Although all of our CBD is derived from the hemp plant, Franjo Grotenhermen of the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicine has been quoted saying, CBD is CBD. The human body does not care where the molecule comes from.”
We encourage all CBD consumers to check a brand’s website to find out where the hemp was grown, if it is organic, and if the product itself is third party tested.
Meet Our Farmers
As mentioned above, our hemp is grown organically here in the sunny state of Colorado. Hemp is a bioaccumulator, so it absorbs all the compounds from the soil it grows in, both healthy and hazardous. For instance, if the soil is polluted, those same pollutants will end up in the finished product. Thus, the quality of CBD oil directly depends on the quality of the hemp and the soil it grows in.
For this reason, you should always pay close attention to the source of CBD in any product. Your best option is to go for CBD derived from organic hemp grown in the USA. We source our hemp from a local farm called Shi Farms.
Shi Farms is a licensed Hemp Cultivation Operations under the Colorado Department of Agriculture, located in Pueblo, Colorado. This 300-acre farm, and it’s 40,000 square feet research greenhouses has two big concerns when growing their hemp plants. One is making sure that plants don’t absorb any of the potentially harmful chemicals that might be in the soil. The other is how much of the plant’s two key compounds they contain: THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which gets users high, and CBD (cannabidiol), which is gaining increasing attention for its potential health benefits.
It turns out, those are also two of the most important factors we, here at Cured, consider when making our CBD products. That is why we have trusted Shi Farms to supply us with organically grown hemp free of heavy metals, pesticides, and other potentially harmful chemicals as well as containing the regulated .3 percent or less THC for our products.
From their hemp flower and hemp terpenes, they use top quality hemp ingredients to make all of our products are one of a kind!
Why We Use Colorado Hemp
Most hemp used in CBD products sold in the U.S. comes from Colorado or Oregon (which have long histories with cannabis), or Kentucky (which passed a law to support hemp growers in 2013), or is imported from overseas. However, Colorado has the most robust hemp program. Hence why we choose to stay local.
The state’s agricultural program performs spot-tests of hemp plants while they are still in the field to check THC levels and will investigate the potential use of any illegal pesticides based on complaints. Most CBD products labeled on sites like Amazon sourced their CBD from China and other nations that often have byproduct and residual biological constituents that are harmful to consumers.
A Note To The Wise
It’s not that hard to buy safe, high-quality CBD oil. To do so, we suggest to stick to three conscious consumer questions:
- What is my reasoning for taking this product?
- Is this product made with organic hemp?
- Is this product third party tested?