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December 15, 2021 By admin Off

With the high-rise in questionable CBD reaching the shelves of local boutiques and grocery stores, the CBD brand, Pachamama, knew it wasn’t enough to just claim that their products are pure. They decided to prove it. Their mission is to bring the restoring balance and nurturing power of mother nature to all and just like us, we both believe in providing clean CBD products. So, what does clean and pure mean to Pachamama? It means single-origin hemp, solventless extraction and trackable, third-party lab testing.

Rigorous Testing Reveals Contaminants.

With new health-benefits being discovered daily, it’s no surprise that the CBD movement has been booming. Unfortunately, that movement breeds unsafe and subpar hemp products. Why? Many companies cut corners.

The top 10 brands tested averaged 34 parts per billion of lead. That’s nearly 6 times the FDA’s “safe limit” of 5 parts per billion in drinking water.

The 4 Key Discoveries.

Pachamama heard about all of the work the Clean Label Project is doing for consumer safety and asked them to put their products through the same rigorous testing. They are now one of four CBD brands who have been awarded the Clean Label Project’s Purity Award and “Clean Label” Certification.

The Pachamama Difference — Purity Awarded.

4. CBD Levels Are Terribly Inconsistent.

The top 10 brands tested averaged 1,091 parts per billion of phthalates. Otherwise known as plasticizers, phthalates are a group of chemicals used in products to make them bend and flex. At 1,091 ppb found in CBD products, that is 3 times the average amount found in consumer products. To offer some perspective, phthalates have been linked to being endocrine disruptors, even in small amounts. It should also be noted that the use of phthalates has been banned in the entire European Union since 2005 for this reason. Nine other countries, including Japan, Mexico and Argentina, have also outlawed the chemicals.

Beyond their purity award, Pachamama uses the same strain and family of plants per batch to create their full spectrum hemp products. Their hemp is extracted in a USDA certified organic lab using a solventless extraction method – leaving no chance for chemical exposure to our products at any point. To take it one step further, all of their products are third-party, triple-tested, and a certificate of analysis (COA) is always available. You can find Pachamama at your local Mother’s.

The 2018 Farm Bill asserts THC levels cannot exceed 0.3%. Yet, 100% of the products making THC-free claims contained some amounts of THC. This type of misleading labeling can and has resulted in failed drug tests, lost jobs, and lawsuits.

3. THC Levels Are On The Rise.

Crafting a pure hemp product requires careful attention and lots of care. The lack of proper care to the hemp plant throughout all its stages results in inconsistent products that vary in potency and levels of impurities. These inconsistencies leave you with the job of assessing if a product’s label actually matches what’s in the bottle — a difficult task when 70% of CBD products on the market today are inaccurately labeled.

2. Phthalates Are Present.

Of the 242 products tested, more than 75% were off level by at least 10% of the CBD value they listed on the label. One product contained an extra 700% of CBD and 10 products contained no CBD at all.

One nationally-recognized nonprofit recently identified the need for true transparency within CBD product labeling. This organization is The Clean Label Project™ (CLP), which specializes in rigorous lab testing of packaged goods. CLP conducted purity testing on 242 CBD products. They tested those products for impurities and contaminants including lead, plastic and potency levels. The results are astounding.

1. Lead Counts Are High.

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Jeni and Oscar Castro, owners of Coffee Dose, are among many entrepreneurs who’d been treating CBD derived from marijuana’s mellow cousin, hemp, as a dietary supplement. They listed CBD oil as an ingredient in “The Mary Jane” latte and as an optional add-on to other drinks, along with collagen and house-made nut milk. And business was booming, with a diverse range of customers regularly stopping by for CBD boosts.

Coffee Dose owner Oscar Castro listens to his wife Jeni as she talks about the state cracking down on places selling food and drinks with CBD in them, the compound in cannabis that doesn’t make you high Friday, July 20, 2018 in Costa Mesa. Coffee Dose, a coffee shop in Costa Mesa was selling CBD water and adding drops of it to drinks and got it’s products pulled by the Orange County Health Department. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

Jeni Castro had been mixing nutraceuticals into her lattes at home. And Oscar Castro said roll-on creams infused with CBD eased his frequent backaches. So when they decided to open their edgy coffee shop in late March, Jeni Castro said, “CBD just made sense.”

Some companies have clearly taken to using “hemp” rather than “CBD” on their labels in hopes of avoiding such crackdowns. But Acevedo said they still risk getting in trouble if they’re selling products that aren’t strictly derived from hemp seeds.

Coffee Dose owner Jeni Castro holds a couple coffee drinks called “The Mary Matcha”, front, and “The Mary Jane,” which no longer have CBD oil in them, on Friday, July 20, 2018 in Costa Mesa. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

Exploding market.

“You can’t just call your product one thing when it’s something else,” he said.

Oscar Castro admits that, when they launched, they were a “bit naive” about the complicated legal status of CBD, but they believed they were doing things by the book. They bought CBD from a reputable Colorado company that tests its products for safety. And the oil is derived from industrial hemp, just like the products they’d tasted or had seen on the shelves at area health food stores.

This month, the Department of Public Health announced it’s illegal to add CBD made from hemp to any food products meant for people or animals. That interpretation throws into question the future of dozens of readily available CBD products, from infused beverages such as VYBES to dog treats such as Canna-Pet.

Meanwhile, CBD products made from hemp are still for sale online and through other area restaurants and stores — including Mother’s Market & Kitchen, a couple blocks from Coffee Dose.

Cannabidiol can be extracted from hemp or marijuana, which are both strains of the cannabis plant. The only legal difference is that hemp must have 0.3 percent or less THC, the compound in cannabis that makes people high.

Vape oils infused with CBD are sold at local AM/PM and 7-Eleven gas stations. Spas are offering massages and facials that incorporate CBD topicals. Hotel group Standard International in April announced it was adding CBD-infused gourmet gumdrops to its minibars. Topikal has shops in Tarzana and Venice Beach dedicated entirely to selling CBD products. And singer Willie Nelson just announced plans for a coffee that will contain 5 milligrams of CBD per cup.

General Hemp’s Titus said that even though the industry is disappointed at the state’s current position on hemp-derived CBD, he’s trying to stay positive.

“I think that’s the worst part,” Jeni Castro said. “We feel like we’re being singled out.”

It’s up to the California Department of Public Health to take action against wholesale food manufacturers, processors and distributors using CBD in their products. State health officials said via email that they haven’t identified any such products to date.

Last year, sales of CBD from hemp hit $190 million, according to market research firm New Frontier Data. By 2022, the market is projected to hit $646 million.

Legality in question.

The Castros got their first taste of CBD stirred into a drink a couple years ago, from a Newport Beach restaurant that served cocktails infused with hemp stalk derived CBD oil.

Even cannabis industry attorneys can’t agree on whether CBD derived from hemp is legal, with multiple different federal and state acts, bills, official statements and court cases at play.

To date, Good said they’ve identified at least nine food facilities in Orange County that were selling food products containing CBD. Most of the facilities were restaurants, she said, such as coffee shops or juice bars. And inspectors have seen CBD as an “add-on” ingredient to drinks, in candy and baked goods, or being used in processed bottled drinks.

Coffee Dose owner Jeni Castro displays some of her drinks as she talks about the state cracking down on places selling food and drinks with CBD in them, the compound in cannabis that doesn’t make you high Friday, July 20, 2018 in Costa Mesa. Coffee Dose, a coffee shop in Costa Mesa was selling CBD water and adding drops of it to drinks and got it’s products pulled by the Orange County Health Department. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

Cannabidiol derived from marijuana is only legal in states that have legalized cannabis. And the rules for marijuana-derived CBD oil and infused edibles are pretty clear in California: They can only be manufactured and sold by businesses that get special state licenses, with hefty additional taxes and strict requirements for safety testing, packaging and more.

But two months ago, Orange County health officials impounded all CBD products at Coffee Dose. They told the Castros it’s illegal to sell foods or drinks that contain CBD, and said the Castros could face a civil fine if they didn’t follow the rules.

But since the shop took the CBD products off their menu, Oscar Castro said business has dropped by about 30 percent.

Mixed enforcement.

The menus also have several ingredients carefully hidden by lines of Wite-Out. But look closely enough and you can make out two words: “CBD oil.”

The pink menus at Coffee Dose, a Costa Mesa coffee shop, list lattes infused with trendy ingredients such as tumeric powder and grass-fed butter.

Coffee Dose owner Oscar Castro, right, talks about authorities cracking down on places selling food and drinks with CBD in them, s compound in cannabis that doesn’t make you high, on Friday, July 20, 2018 in Costa Mesa. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

Because they’d been getting so many questions on the topic, the Department of Public Health’s Food and Drug Branch issued a “frequently asked questions” on July 6 that spelled out the state’s current take on the situation.

For two months, Coffee Dose customers could get CBD oil mixed into an espresso drink, with the shape of a marijuana leaf made from green matcha powder floating in the foam. They could also pay $2.50 to add 10 milligrams of CBD to any drink on the menu, served in cups that read “Anti Bitch Serum.” Or they could snag a bottled tea drink infused with 15 milligrams of CBD, made by Los Angeles-based VYBES.

The Orange County Health Care Agency’s Environmental Health Division looks for CBD products during routine inspections and in response to complaints, according to spokeswoman Jessica Good.

Coffee Dose owner Jeni Castro displays the menu for drinks that have the CBD oil additive whited out as she talks about the state cracking down on places selling food and drinks with CBD in them, the compound in cannabis that doesn’t make you high Friday, July 20, 2018 in Costa Mesa. Coffee Dose, a coffee shop in Costa Mesa was selling CBD water and adding drops of it to drinks and got it’s products pulled by the Orange County Health Department. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

The Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters over the past few years to more than a dozen companies that it said were making unproven health claims or inaccurately advertising the amount of CBD in their products sold across the country. But most of those companies are still alive and well, with no reports of government officials impounding or seizing CBD products that aren’t marketed as foods.