When you hear the term ‘organic’, what words and phrases spring to mind?
All true (and I’m sure the list could go on indefinitely), but let’s look at what the experts say…
According to the official Soil Association website, “Organic means working with nature”1. This, as you would expect, includes (but is not limited to) far less use of pesticides, increased animal welfare, zero use of artificial human-made herbicides and fertilisers, and the promotion of sustainable land usage.
All of the above sounds ideal, right? Of course, it is. The question is, do organic foods and produce have any real-world benefits compared to non-organic food?
A study conducted by Newcastle University in 2014 found that crops that are organically grown are as much as 60% more (essential) antioxidant dense than those that aren’t organically grown2.
In addition (although not strictly related crops), a study published by the British Journal of Nutrition shows that both organic milk and meat contain nearly 50% more omega-3 than non-organic products3.
Where do hemp and CBD oil fit into the world of organic produce?
Have you heard of the word ‘Phytoremediation’?.
Don’t be embarrassed if you haven’t; I hadn’t heard of it until a month back when I began researching the role of Hemp in Phytoremediation and how it impacts upon hemp production, hemp products and ultimately the CBD oil that millions of us are purchasing both online and offline each and every day.
Prior to conducting this investigation, I was happy to buy any type of CBD oil – providing it was high quality and had the effects it should have (and that I wanted it to). However, since absorbing a lot of studies and information related to hemp and phytoremediation over the last several months, I can say hand on heart that I will never buy a CBD product that isn’t organic ever again.
You’ll learn more in this article.
So, go grab yourself a coffee, tea or another form of refreshing beverage, and we shall begin.
Hemp: A miraculous plant in more ways than one
There are no two ways about it; hemp is a truly wondrous plant. For century after century, humankind has been harvesting the hemp plant to make food, fibres, medicine, construction materials and much, much more. Most people are aware of what hemp has been used for, i.e. the aforementioned purposes, however, what is unbeknownst to many are the properties of the hemp plant that make it even more miraculous than you’d think.
Today’s environment is almost brimming with pollutants and toxins thanks to fuel-powered vehicles, industrial manufacturing, chemical-focussed farming, ever-expanding landfill and toxic waste sites, and everything else that emits harmful gases and liquids into the atmosphere or the ground. Cleaning up such waste is exceptionally difficult; therefore, it has been left to the environment to clean up our mess for us – and a pretty good job it does at doing so (even though it shouldn’t be burdened with such a task in the first place).
So where does hemp come into this? Phytoremediation.
Phytoremediation can be described as: “The direct use of living green plants for in situ, or in place, removal, degradation, or containment of containments in soils, sludges, sediments, surface water and groundwater”4. And hemp, being a potential ‘hyperaccumulator’5, is efficient and effective at mopping up a wide variety of waste in the soil it is situated in. So effective, in fact, that it has been researched and used across the globe for that specific purpose.
Hemp as a Phytoremediator: Studies & research
Published in Plant and Soil in 2003, this study6 (conducted in Italy) showed that hemp is able to absorb high levels of nickel, chromium and cadmium from soil, and that even substantial concentration of these heavy metal had a negligible effect of the growth and structure of the hemp plants in question. The researcher concluded that hemp has the capacity to avoid cell damage through activation of various molecular mechanisms.
Two years later in Germany, Biologia Plantarum published a study7 that again showed hemp’s potential as a phytoremediator. The researched showed that hemp roots were not negatively affected by cadmium concentrations of 800mg/kg; however, the leaves and stems of the plant were affected by a lot lesser concentration of 100mg/kg (take note of this for later; it’s important).
A Chinese study carried out in 20108 examined whether hemp (and several other crops) were able to uptake zinc and whether they were able to tolerate high concentrations (at which point it becomes toxic). Hemp showed a strong tolerance for high zinc concentrations, although there was some slight inhibition of growth.
A real-world example?
On a sheep farm in Italy, the farmers utilised the extraordinary characteristics of the hemp plant to absorb dangerous levels of a compound called Dioxin from the soil9. The land had become so toxic that a mass cull of their entire herd, unfortunately, had to take place.
What do these studies show?
Firstly, that Hemp acts like a sponge when harmful and toxic compounds are in the soil. And secondly, that although in many cases the plant can continue to grow normally, in other instances, the morphology of the plant is negatively affected, which will, of course, be detrimental to the crop and therefore the hemp industry as a whole.
This, therefore, leads to the question ‘Can hemp that is saturated with toxins be used for anything?’.
Well, even when concentrations of toxins and heavy metals are present in hemp, the plant can still be used for its fibres (for textiles and in construction for example), and as biofuel also.
However, we’re not primarily interested in that. We want to know is whether non-organic CBD products are made from contaminated hemp and if there are any health risks in using CBD oils that don’t use hemp from organic suppliers.
My response is a simple one: don’t take the risk.
In simple terms, hemp is a magnet for all the nasty and harmful things lurking in the soil. Compounds and toxins that you want to stay far, far away from.
Isn’t organic CBD oil more expensive?
There does seem to be a common misconception that all organic products – CBD oil included – cost more than their non-organic counterparts. However, although in some instances organic products will be more expensive, this isn’t always the case.
ForTheAgeless.com offers a wide array of premium-quality, organic CBD products at very competitive prices, so if you’re in the market for organic CBD oil, then For The Ageless should be your first port of call.
Thanks for reading!