Cannabis entrepreneurs thinking of cashing in on the surging CBD demand while getting around the federal marijuana ban are turning to industrial hemp (from other countries) as a CBD substitute since hemp oil cannabis products are legal. While it’s a fact that hemp has CBD traces, such quantities pale in comparison to that of cannabis with high CBD content.
However, instead of being a viable source of CBD for cannabis patients, recent studies show that people have been getting sick of CBD-filled hemp products due to contamination. Contamination risks run high in the cultivation of commercial hemp since hemp is widely known for attracting metallic components, pesticides, solvents, and other soil toxins. Such toxins become concentrated and then passed on via extraction into the final product.
The report also indicated the nature of manufacturing and distributing CBD hemp item for what it actually is: get-rich schemes that generate corruption and fraud.
HIA’s Position on Hemp Oil Cannabis
HIA, or the Hemp Industries Association, are concerned of the misbranding and misinformation of CBD items being marketed as “hemp oil.” They issued a statement saying how it’s essential for American processors and farmers to understand that a majority of CBD products misbranded as “hemp oil” is actually a co-product of Europe-based fiber processing and hemp stalk facilities, where fiber is being mass produced.
The HIA sees hemp oil as “hemp seed oil” (cooking oil and a key ingredient found in food and body care lotions). They also believed that CBD isn’t a hemp seed component or product, and labeling to such effect is misleading and highly motivated to taking full advantage of the legal gray area of CBD.
Hemp stalks and fiber has no CBD traces, so where does the CBD in hemp oil cannabis actually come from? According to HIA, it’s an indirect partner product of leaves and flowers combined with the stalks during the fiber-processing phase.
This indicates that hemp hasn’t been specifically grown or processed for CBD. But instead is an incidental byproduct. Hemp that has been processed for fiber isn’t meant to be consumed directly. Therefore, up until its purpose of extracting CBD, the negative results hasn’t been noticed if it was grown in contaminated soil.
Introduction of the 2014 Farm Bill
Surprisingly, the federal government brought in the 2014 Farm Bill with a provision which takes full advantage of the unclear “hemp” definition to also involve CBD cannabis strains with less than 0.3% of THC traces. In the end, studies can be done without federally labeling plants as “marijuana.”
The provision also lets industrial hemp be grown for reasons of producing, distributing, and selling CBD extracts in U.S. states where cultivating hemp is legal. HIA sets these apart from hemp, in general, which mentions of it not being appropriate for CBD production.
But what isn’t clear is whether U.S. states that allow the cultivation of hemp know the difference and provide consumers protection, in case manufacturers decide to extract CBD from hemp variants with questionable value and hazards it may possess.
Quality CBD oil is actually sourced from flowers and buds for CBD-filled hemp oil cannabis strains — not from plant by-products.