What is Organic CBD?
Organic brands use products and a process in the growth and preparation of goods that will not harm the earth or living beings. That’s a simple definition of “organic:”
When it comes to organic CBD, these products are higher quality remedies than their non-organic counterparts. Providing organic CBD requires companies to avoid chemicals, pesticides, and heavy metals and separate their organic hemp plants from non-organic ones during harvesting.
What are the benefits of organic CBD?
When consumers buy an organic CBD product, they’re getting a premium remedy that’s better for their bodies. Many CBD items on the market are fake remedies that have little to no CBD in them. However, when consumers buy organic CBD products from reputable brands, they get a high-quality supplement they can trust.
Here are several benefits of organic CBD for the body:
- Relieves pain
- Decreases anxiety
- Alleviates depression
- Protects the brain
- Reduces acne
- Enhances heart health
Other benefits of organic CBD include:
- It’s free of synthetic chemicals and toxins
- Manufacturing organic CBD leaves a cleaner environmental footprint
- Organic products are more nutrient-dense
- Organic farming practices support pollinators
The different types of organic CBD
There are various types of organic CBD products on the market, and each one is a popular option for consumers. All of them have their own benefits and purposes and can help increase people’s quality of life.
For a list of the most popular remedies, check out the following:
- Organic CBD oil: Soothing and therapeutic, these products only include one cannabinoid, and that’s CBD. Isolates are 99% pure CBD.
- Organic CBD topicals: These products are creams, lotions, balms, and skincare. Consumers must apply these remedies to their skin.
- Organic CBD edibles: Great if consumers want a tasty treat, organic CBD edibles are remedies that people eat. A popular option is CBD chocolate.
- Organic CBD capsules: Taking an organic CBD capsule is a quick and easy way to use CBD. These products look like regular capsules and pills.
Can CBD companies be certified organic?
A company or farm doesn’t have to be certified organic to grow organically. But with a certification, a brand will receive a USDA Certified Organic stamp, which carries a lot of weight with consumers.
Companies in the hemp industry, however, are not allowed to get a certification even if they only use organically grown hemp. Our company, Kat’s Naturals, is an example. Our farm is certified organic because of its growing practices. But once our hemp turns into CBD products, our remedies are no longer certified even though we make them with 100% organic ingredients.
CBD is still considered a gray area to most U.S. organizations. And because of the ambiguity that surrounds CBD, certifying agencies refuse to give our remedies the organic stamp it deserves.
How can CBD brands offer organic CBD products?
Luckily, in the United States, CBD brands can put “made with organic ingredients” on their product labels as long as 70% or more of the good’s ingredients are organic. The remaining 30% of ingredients do not need to be organic, but still, brands cannot use excluded methods like genetic engineering to formulate their remedies.
Even with this workaround, however, brands still have to prove that 70% or more of their product’s ingredients are organic. If CBD companies want to claim that their product ingredients are natural, they have to request certifications from the brands and farms that help them formulate their products.
Here at Kat’s Naturals, for example, we require our farmers and essential oil vendors to show us proof that their products are indeed organic. Vendors and farmers work very hard to obtain this proof. For a company to become certified organic, the process is rigorous and expensive.
How do companies become certified organic?
The National Organic Program (NOP—a program of the USDA) has specific standards that brands and farmers must adhere to for their products to be labeled organic.
One rule requires products to be grown, produced, and inspected before a farmer or brand receives a certification. Other essential standards are:
- Farmers and brands cannot use conventional pesticides in the growing process
- Farmers and brands cannot use fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge
- Farmers and brands cannot use bioengineering or ionizing radiation
- Meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products cannot come from animals that have been given antibiotics or growth hormones
- Farmers and brands must use renewable resources
- Farmers and brands must conserve soil and water to keep the environment safe for future generations
Another major rule centers around the farm the ingredients are grown on. To get a piece of land certified, the property has to be pesticide and herbicide-free for three years.
Additionally, if a farmer has an organic field five or ten acres away from their inorganic goods, then that organic field cannot have any over-spray. Planting trees between fields has proven to be a good solution for this issue because trees help with cross-contamination, but contamination to water supply or run-off may still be present so testing the soil prior to getting certified insures it is contaminate-free. But if any over-spray is detected in the organic field, the NOP will not consider the products organic.
Claiming organic is worth the effort
Becoming certified organic is no easy feat. There are a lot of hoops that farmers and companies have to jump through. But if a CBD brand wants to claim that their products are made with organic ingredients, then the effort has to be put in.
Today’s consumers want organic goods. And as more people start to understand what organic truly means, they’re going to look for evidence that proves a CBD product is what it claims to be.
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