With lack of regulation and transparency within the hemp-derived ingredient market, it's important to know the right questions to ask. Many products look similar, but not all products are created equally. Make sure your source is able to answer these three questions in order protect yourself and your customers.
1. What is the source of industrial hemp?
In order to be compliant with the 2018 Farm Bill, all CBD or hemp extracts must be derived from industrial hemp sourced from a farm registered to grow industrial hemp and licensed with its state's respective Department of Agriculture. All manufacturers of hemp-derived extracts should know the source of their hemp and have this documentation available.
2. When and what is the product tested for?
Any hemp-derived ingredient should be tested multiple times during production. Before purchase, ask for the product's batch COAs including potency, residual solvents, and microbial levels. Also, make sure the testing lab is ISO accredited. Proper testing protects you and your consumers.
3. Are minor cannabinoids detectable in your product?
When purchasing a full spectrum ingredient, more than just CBD should be detectable. In order to reach compliant THC levels, many companies dilute the entire product because they cannot remove the THC. This means all cannabinoid and component potencies are diluted as well. It's like buying watered down orange juice versus fresh-squeezed.
Treehouse Hemp is the only company with a patented method to remove THC as part of our production process. This means all cannabinoids maintain their integrity and potency. These important cannabinoids are responsible for the entourage effect. Many ISO accredited labs can detect CBG. We believe this cannabinoid should be detectable in any product considered "full spectrum" and is the signal of high quality.
Remember to always request a sample prior to purchase in order to complete your own 3rd party testing with a lab you trust.