With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill to legalize hemp, more consumers than ever are curious about the potential benefits of hemp oil. But for anyone new to the market, the array of available hemp oil products can be dizzying, making it difficult to discern which will be the most effective and safe to use.
So before purchasing hemp oil from an unknown seller, there are three questions a trustworthy hemp oil purveyor should be able to answer:
1. Where was the hemp sourced?
The hemp plant is a phytoremediator, meaning that it takes the toxins and contaminants from the soil, air, and water around it and stores them in its stalk. So, the literal ground from which hemp grows plays a key role in the quality of the hemp oil.
Hemp crops from Functional Remedies are grown in Colorado, according to tenets of sustainable farming that ensures the cultivation environment is free of toxins and contaminants.
2. Has the hemp product been tested by a third party?
The FDA has not yet created a regulatory framework for hemp oil, and until they do, the onus is on the company to be truthful about product quality. An ethical hemp company will make its third-party testing results available on their website or will provide them upon request.
Seeing third-party lab results will ensure that what the product label states match what is actually in the product: Namely, that it’s free of toxins, and less than 0.3 percent THC (this last point is especially important if drug screenings are a condition for employment).
3. What extraction method was used to procure the hemp oil?
To make hemp oil, the hemp must go through a process of extraction. Often times, chemicals like butane or ethanol are passed over plant material, then a vacuum pump or vacuum oven is used to separate the hemp oil from the plant. The chemical method is problematic because it often leaves unwelcome chemical residues, in addition to being highly flammable.
The ideal is a hemp oil product that has undergone a hand-pressed, lipid-infusion process using few, only healthy, ingredients like coconut oil and hemp. This creates a highly efficacious product that delivers the cleanest possible and most beneficial compounds, including chlorophyll, polyphenols, and phytonutrients, and is a product of superior quality and purity.
When looking for a high-quality hemp oil product, choosing one that has undergone lipid infusion should be a key consideration. Hemp oil from Functional Remedies is grown, harvested, extracted, and processed by trained industry professionals in Colorado, where local laws require all products to be rigorously tested for quality and purity.