What You Should Know About Sourcing Hemp Products
By: James Brooks
What should you know about sourcing hemp products? It’s no secret that hemp is a great plant. Yet, one of its best qualities to the Earth is also its most harmful to humans.
A process within the cannabis plant known as bioremediation removes chemicals that accumulate in our air, water, and soil. But these materials which build up in cannabis plants don’t just evaporate. Instead, they live on within the hemp products we use daily.
Without an understanding of the production of your hemp products, you may put yourself and your family at risk. Even a tiny amount of heavy metal exposure can have a significant impact on your body.
Fortunately, there’s a solution for sourcing hemp products that are safe and healthy. Here’s what you should know about bioremediation’s effect on hemp products.
Hemp Bioremediation: How Industrial Hemp Heals the Earth
The whole process begins with bioaccumulation. Bioaccumulation is where radiation, toxins, and other unhealthy materials build up within our environments. Consider all the pollutants humans caused by accidentally spilling oil, driving gas vehicles, or collecting trash in landfills. These substances collect in our soils and bioaccumulate.
Now, let’s say that a farmer sees a polluted field and thinks, “I’d like to build my farm there. Let’s buy it!” As the farmer grows his cannabis plants, the hemp bioremediation removes toxins from the soil, thereby healing the Earth.
In this case, bioaccumulation is terrific because of hemp’s ability to collect and store both positive and negative substances. But, it can be a significant problem if the farmer provides the toxin-bioaccumulating plants to a producer that makes cannabis products for human or animal consumption.
Bioaccumulation of Toxins within Hemp Plants
So, what’s dangerous about someone growing hemp in polluted areas and using it to produce products for human consumption? There’s a risk that the farmer might create hemp products that pass the toxins to consumers. And it’s this toxicity that would be potentially fatal for ingested products, like CBD oil.
But, the fact that hemp plants bioremediate isn’t bad for everyone. There are some uses of cannabis plants that are storing bioaccumulative toxins. One example would be to use these plants to create biofuel. After all, as a biofuel producer, the heavy metals in the plants, and you power vehicles without fossil fuels. It’s a win-win!
So, knowing that there’s a risk for your hemp products to contain heavy metals and toxic substances, what should you do? Because of bioaccumulation, it’s essential always to learn the source of where the plant comes from. Likewise, you should know the growing conditions of your plants. Whenever possible, search for organic, pesticide-free options.
In conclusion, hemp has the ability through bioremediation to remove contaminants from the soil and water. However, hemp can retain harmful compounds. This process also poses a risk for those who use hemp-related products. Because hemp plants can grow and clear areas which contain heavy metals, radiation, and other toxins, you must be an intelligent consumer. Protect yourself and your loved ones by learning the growth conditions and production process of the hemp products you select.