Sustainability in the CBD Industry 

Hemp As A Sustainable Plant

The hemp plant, which is from the cannabis family, has been utilized for many purposes before CBD oil became a mainstream product. According to this article,
hemp is a very eco-friendly crop, using much less water to grow than cotton for example, at 50% less. This makes the crop more hardy and easier to grow.
Since hemp plants are, “naturally resistant to insect predators,” the result is that using less or even avoiding all pesticides can be possible to still produce a good crop. Many hemp farming operations do practice organic farming, which restricts the use of pesticides.

The plants can even improve the very soil they are grown in by removing toxins, instead of depleting all of its nutrients. Hemp plants are also known to have a very long root system, which helps to keep the soil in place and maintain the nutrients, preventing erosion. In fact, a 2001 study reports that growing the hemp plant in contaminated soil actually proved beneficial for the overall health of the soil. Deposits of lead, cadmium, and nickel were all removed from the contaminated ground. Another study in 2011 began to test the effect of planting hemp plants in soil that had been polluted by a steel production facility. To read more about several studies, see the article here.

After being harvested, hemp can be used in food products for the hemp oil or hemp seeds, CBD oil, paper, and for fibers converted into clothing. Since every part of the hemp plant can be used, from the bud to the stem, it is often considered a zero-waste plant. This article shares that, ”hemp is a plant that boasts abundant industrial, nutritive and medicinal properties. You can eat its seeds, treat pain and inflammation with its oils and make clothing, rope and paper from its fibers.”

Regenerative  Farming

Regenerative farming is an environmentally conscious technique for agriculture and crop production. The Rodale Institute states that this type of farming, ‘improves the resources it uses, rather than destroying or depleting them.' The Climate Reality Project also discusses how it can actually pull carbon from the atmosphere and isolate it in the ground, to keep carbon from entering that atmosphere. The claim is that this can ultimately repair current environmental damage.

CBD Extraction

There are several methods used to remove the CBD oil from the stalk of the hemp plant, including CO2 extraction, using solvents like alcohol, ethanol, butane, or propane, and several others. CO2 extraction is actually one of the most environmentally friendly means to do so. This method is much safer than using chemical pollutants and it doesn’t leave any traces of these toxins in the CBD oil itself.

There are many other factors including raw material sourcing, manufacturing, packaging, and shipping, that contribute to the overall sustainability of CBD products. To learn more about product transparency, see our article here.

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