While we strongly believe in the healing properties of hemp and hemp-derived CBD oil, it would be foolish to claim that every hemp product and every bottle of oil that’s out on the market is some kind of a cure-all. There are a lot of CBD manufacturers currently hawking faulty wares in an effort to make a quick buck. Your health (and the health of the CBD market in general) is the least of their concerns. Which brings us to the problem of CBD oil and pesticides – a problem that might break the CBD industry before it has reached its peak. That is unless we all band together to educate you, the end user, on what are the safe levels of pesticides in CBD oil – and why you should try to use the oil that was not treated with pesticides at all!
With the growth of the CBD market in the last couple of years, more and more people have access to this wonderful and useful drug. Unfortunately, the legislators in the US have not been able to keep up with this growth. That’s why, currently, the hemp and CBD markets are both poorly regulated, which causes confusion for both suppliers and end users.
To clarify things, we’ll try to explain what pesticides to avoid, and why permissible levels of specific pesticides in any crop are not a cause for alarm. Sure, ideally, there wouldn’t be any pesticides in anything that we consume (which is true about Calm Vape’s CBD oil) but why is pesticide use permitted for most crops and not industrial hemp? Let’s find out.
The Complicated Relationship Between Hemp & Pesticides
The presence of pesticides in some batches of CBD oils – and in prefilled cartomizers sold in dispensaries – is a cause for concern. As a user, you want very little (if any at all) pollutants in anything that you’re using to ease your symptoms.
However, there’s a small catch here – some pesticides are useful when used in smaller quantities. They were invented to protect all crops from disease, molds, insects, and a myriad of other problems that would result in smaller yields or reduced quality of the crop.
Although hemp cultivation has been regulated in the US via the 2018 Farm Bill, one important consideration has been left out of it.
Right now, there are no pesticides that have been tested and approved for hemp cultivation. There is no way for hemp or CBD oil to pass the pesticides test unless the plant has not been treated at all – absolutely ANY amount of pesticides means that the producer is in violation of the law!
It’s understandable that this creates problems for hemp growers around the country. Although industrial hemp is a sturdy plant, it too is susceptible to diseases and infestations. A grower has a choice when that happens – to treat their crop and break the law (and risk failing the pesticides test) or to not treat the crop and risk reduced yields and quality. Additionally, pesticides manufacturers don’t have a sufficient incentive to run tests on their products and to certify them for use on industrial hemp. This is both expensive and complicated. Thus, hemp growers are left with a choice – to protect their crop or not. Which, when you think about it, is not really a choice, is it?
“Pesticide regulations are narrow and confusing. A product approved for use on soybeans or corn can only be legally used for those products. It’s illegal to go off-label and use a pesticide on another crop,” said Janna Beckerman, a Purdue professor of botany and plant pathology. “It can take many years for manufacturers to prove the safety and efficacy of their pesticides, and many more to get all the federal approvals. In the meantime, the hands of the farmers are tied.”
It’s important to note that we’re not advocating for the use of pesticides for hemp production. Moreover, we are definitely not advocating for pesticides in the end products such as CBD oils – pesticides content in CBD oils should be very close to zero if the pesticides were used correctly. However, we would be remiss not to point out the double standard that is currently in place. While most farmers have the means (and the legal course of action) to protect their crop, hemp growers are not afforded the same courtesy.
The biggest problem with this are sensationalist headlines that read “Caution – CBD Oils Full Of Illegal Pesticides”. While technically true, writing something like this is a gross misrepresentation of the truth. It scares the public, making them distrust an entire industry, and can result in future over-regulation and prohibition. And, that is definitely something that none of us want!
Which Pesticides You Definitely Don’t Want In Your CBD Oil?
While farmers can choose (illegally) to protect their hemp crop with a wide variety of pesticides, two specific ones have been identified as a go-to for hemp and marijuana plants. These two are called Bifenazade and Myclobutanil, otherwise known as Eagle 20.
Bifenazate is used to protect the crops from mite infestations. However, it is also poisonous in large quantities and causes damage to organs if taken for a long period of time. Even exposure to smaller doses will eventually have negative health effects, such as eye irritation, organ damage, skin irritation, nausea, vomiting, and more
Myclobutanil, on the other hand, is used to treat fungal infections in plants. Similar to Bifenazate, it’s toxic in any quantity and causes skin and eye irritation, organ damage, and more. This pesticide has also been found to affect fertility and is especially dangerous during pregnancy.
When purchasing CBD oil and other hemp products, we recommend that you make sure that there are no traces of pesticides in there. However, make especially sure that these two – Bifenazate and Myclobutanil – don’t make an appearance.
Unfortunately, there is only one way that you can be certain of this, and that is to purchase your CBD products from manufacturers who are ready to provide you with third-party lab results. Never buy anything that you’re going to inhale if the manufacturer can not prove that it has been tested thoroughly and that it’s safe to use!
Calm Vape’s Third-Party Lab Results
At Calm Vape, we make sure that all our CBD oil is locally sourced, and made from US-grown hemp. That way, we can be sure that what we are putting in our CBD vape pens has been, at least partially, vetted before it came to us.
The reason why we use US-grown hemp byproducts in our vapes is that US growers are turning more and more to biopesticides due to the fact that synthetic pesticides are illegal for use on hemp. That said, there is no guarantee that US hemp will not be contaminated – there’s just less likelihood of that than with hemp that is grown in China, or somewhere else in the world apart from the European Union.
Regardless, we make sure to test every batch of our CBD oil to make sure that nothing harmful is contained within it. To streamline the process, we’ve partnered with SCLabs, one of the largest hemp and CBD oil-oriented labs in the United States. You can check our most recent results by following these links: 50mg CBD Report, 100mg CBD Report, 200mg CBD Report.
CBD Oil And Pesticides Do Not Mix At The Calm Vape!
As you can see, traces of pesticides in all our products are marked as ND, which means Not Detectable. That’s the goal we’ve set for ourselves, and we plan on delivering on it even if regular pesticides are cleared for use on hemp. We feel that CBD’s medicinal properties should not be tainted with absolutely anything because the health of our customers is our number one priority.
If you have any questions about CBD oil – and vaping it – you can also check out our blog pages to learn more about it. Feel free to reach out to our support team with any concerns you might have – we are here to help. In the meantime, stay safe while vaping and make sure that the pesticide content in your CBD oil is always as close to zero as possible!