I’ve been getting tons & tons of questions about how to find the best CBD Oil. And, there are several different factors you have to take into consideration. So today we’re going to talk about one of those factors – pesticides.
I want to start by giving you behind the scenes sneak peek. You may or may not already know, but I’m in the process of developing my own line of CBD Oil. And, I decided to do this because a lot of people kept on coming to me asking which brand of CBD Oil to buy. And, I just didn’t feel comfortable recommending a brand because I don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. It’s not a well regulated industry. And, there are certainly companies taking advantage of this fact to drive their bottom-line. For all you know, these companies could very well be selling CBD Oil chock full of toxic levels of pesticides.
So, in creating my line of CBD Oil, I decided that you know what the CBD Oil doesn’t get bottled up until I’ve thoroughly reviewed the lab test results & I give my seal of approval. So, I want to walk you through an example of a batch that I didn’t approve because the lab tests showed unacceptable levels of a specific pesticide.
Now this particular batch of CBD Oil was made from USDA Certified Organic Hemp. And, here, let me show you the certificate. I’ve blacked out some information to respect privacy.
In case you’re wondering how it’s possible for Hemp to certified USDA Organic, let me tell you. In 2016, the United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Marketing Service-National Organic Program published a statement saying that,
“For hemp produced in the United States, only industrial hemp, produced in accordance with the 2014 Farm Bill, as articulated in the Statement of Principles on Industrial Hemp issued on August 12, 2016 by USDA, may be certified as organic, if produced in accordance with USDA organic regulations.”
Despite this, I still decided to test the CBD Oil for pesticides. And, lo and behold, I saw unacceptable levels of a pesticide. In fact, let’s review the lab test results together. Again, I’ve blacked out some information to respect privacy.
It’s very apparent that Myclobutanil was detected at unacceptable levels.
To get some more information, I actually got on the phone with a Colorado Dept of Agriculture Enforcement Officer who explained to me that “the Colorado Pesticide Applicator Act prohibits use of a pesticide in a manner inconsistent with the product labeling.” And, who determines what goes on the label for a pesticide? The Environmental Protection Agency, otherwise known as the EPA. But, because the EPA doesn’t recognize the Cannabis family of plants, the use of pesticides on Hemp is understood to be illegal.
Also, Myclobutanil isn’t on the list of pesticides allowed for use on Cannabis by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
Now, there are some states that do provide growers with guidance on acceptable and unacceptable tolerances for pesticides used on Cannabis.
For example, Oregon has set a tolerance limit of .2 ppm for Myclobutanil when used on Cannabis. In California, the tolerance limit has been set to .02 ppm for Myclobutanil when used on Cannabis.
So, now you know why I rejected this batch of CBD Oil.
Now, how do you find the best CBD Oil? The first step is check for pesticides.
- Ask for laboratory test results.
- Make sure the CBD Oil has been tested by a third-party independent lab, preferably one that’s certified by the state, not a private lab.
- Look to make sure that the CBD Oil has been tested for pesticides.
The Cannabis Safety Institute recommends testing for 123 target pesticides. And, they came up with this list based on extensive research, including the likelihood of them being used, the likelihood of causing toxicity, and the likelihood of their availability. From a practical standpoint, present day it may not be possible to for labs to test for all 123 of these pesticides.
But, it’s important to make sure that your CBD Oil has been tested for 2 pesticides in particular: Bifenazate and of course Myclobutanil. These are 2 of the most commonly detected pesticides on Cannabis per the Cannabis Safety Institute.
And, if the company is in anyway skirting around being transparent with lab test results, then I’d say it’s a no-go. You have plenty of other options when it comes to CBD Oil.
- United States Department of Agriculture – Organic Certification of Industrial Hemp Production
- Colorado Department of Agriculture – Pesticide Use in Cannabis Production Information
- OREGON HEALTH AUTHORITY’S PROCESS TO DETERMINE WHICH TYPES OF CONTAMINANTS TO TEST FOR IN CANNABIS PRODUCTS, AND LEVELS FOR ACTION
- CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS TITLE 16 DIVISION 42. BUREAU OF MARIJUANA CONTROL CHAPTER 5. TESTING LABORATORIES
- Cannabis Safety Institute – Pesticide Use on Cannabis