Some Questions to Ask Before Picking a Hemp Product Supplier.
With the growth in popularity of hemp oil, new brands and merchants are coming out every day with promises to offer you the best, high-quality supplement. However, there are few regulations, if any, to help monitor and regulate these claims. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy for consumers to determine which hemp brands and product claims’ are trustworthy.
We conducted some research to help you identify high-quality hemp from its low quality counterparts when selecting Hemp oil for sale online.
Ask Your Hemp Supplier the Right Questions:
- Can they provide Certificates of Analysis (COAs). These documents are issued by a 3rd party quality assurance laboratory. These documents confirm that each individual formulated product meets its product specification. They should contain the actual results obtained from testing performed as part of quality control of an individual batch of a product. Reputable manufacturers should be able to provide testing for potency, heavy metals and pesticides.
- Which process do they use for extraction? Some companies, mostly those who sell products at a very low price, may use toxic solvents that are dangerous to our health such as propane, hexane, pentane and butane. Two of these are commonly used in gas stoves and ranges, such as propane and butane, and all of them are hydrocarbon gases found in petroleum. Before purchasing any hemp oil, research the vendor’s production methods. The information can be found on their website, or through talking to a customer service representative. We highly suggest going after Hemp processed through ethanol and/or supercritical CO2 extraction.
- Where is the hemp sourced? This is especially important in Hemp oil because of the hemp plant’s characteristic as a “hyperaccumulator.” This means that the hemp plant easily absorbs anything that is present in the ground that it was cultivated and farmed. If a hemp plant grew on rich soil, the resulting plant will be of high quality that can produce Hemp oil in the same high-quality as well.
Being a hyperaccumulator also has drawbacks: If a hemp plant that is used in production of Hemp oil was cultivated in a land that is rich in heavy metals such as mercury and lead, the resulting oils will also reflect the amount of heavy metals absorbed by the plant, making it unsafe for humans to consume, especially children or others who are extremely vulnerable to toxins.
Sadly, some manufacturers would choose to purchase low-quality hemp to process as Hemp oil, and such hemp may be polluted with heavy metals. These manufacturers only have profit in mind, and don’t care about the possible consequence of their products. This is one reason why Hemp oil risks getting a negative reputation.
- Is the company overseen by any government agency? For example, Nukana Hemp products are produced in a FDA certified facility and is certified by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.