With all the hemp and CBD products being sold across the country, it’s surprising to some that these products aren’t regulated by the FDA. Even though CBD and hemp were made legal in the 2018 Farm Bill, there are several reasons the FDA is not regulating them yet.
Why Hemp Products Have Yet to be Regulated by the FDA
The main reason for the lack of regulation is that CBD is simply still new. CBD is considered by the FDA to be a New Dietary Ingredient (NDI). The review process for NDIs is very slow. During the process, there are many lab tests and research studies all submitting data to the FDA for review. Even when the FDA is close to imposing regulation standards on hemp and CBD, it could be delayed further due to rounds of feedback and revision requests for results.
In the meantime, millions of Americans are using these substances daily and reporting success. Many of these people still assume the government is regulating hemp and CBD, or they place their trust in companies that make these products. With thousands of CBD and hemp producers already in the market and more joining every day, there is a high potential that not all of these products are the best quality.
It’s a concerning issue, especially when you consider the fact that people are taking these substances to ease symptoms from serious illnesses. Not to mention the fact that many parents report they give hemp products to their children. In addition, health food supermarkets have entire sections of CBD products for pets.
Integrity Standards Created by Hemp Producer
Fortunately, some companies like Aspen Green have extremely high self-imposed quality standards. They are one of just a few companies that are a USDA-Certified Organic Hemp brand. Also, Aspen Green’s hemp is grown in Colorado, which is widely recognized as a state that produces high-quality hemp.
Aspen Green is committed to producing the safest, purest, and highest-quality hemp products available. One of the ways they ensure this is by running eight different third-party lab tests on their product line. It is also a point of assurance for those taking Aspen Green products that they are toxin-free.
Aspen Green is a family-owned company that holds three key principles in high regard in all aspects of their business: quality, integrity, and transparency. They realize how important hemp products are for those seeking supplemental relief from pain or for therapeutic value and want to provide the best for their customers. Aspen Green also respects the need for integrity standards and wants to promote a positive perception of the hemp industry.
The United Patients Group Sets Quality Standards
Aspen Green is not the only organization paying attention to the need for standards in the hemp industry. The United Patients Group gives products their Seal of Approval if they meet certain criteria. The United Patients Group looks for companies that test their products in labs, are high-quality, and are patient-friendly as well as affordable. Additionally, the companies they approve must show exceptional customer service.
John Malanca, the founder and owner of United Patients Group, recently explained it this way: “It can be a challenge for patients to know who to trust in this industry. Our goal is to guide patients away from unreliable sources and products, toward those that are looking out for their best interests.”
Hemp Education and Cutting Through the Hype
With some companies claiming their hemp products can cure every ailment under the sun, it can be confusing for consumers. This is why the United Patients Group provides a wealth of independent information about hemp products. At unitedpatientsgroup.com, you can find informative articles, blog posts, videos, and podcasts. Their educational approach provides valuable resources to those already using or considering the use of hemp products.
The Approach of a Hemp Industry Leader
Aspen Green does hold a Seal of Approval from United Patients Group. It’s helpful to know organizations like these are working together because they care about the value hemp products offer.
Some companies took a “jump on the bandwagon” approach after the 2018 Farm Bill was passed. These companies rushed to market with the least expensive hemp they could find, even if it met importing hemp from other countries. However, the bill was designed to help growers like Aspen Green cultivate a market for products grown in the United States.
Areas like the Colorado Rocky Mountains, where Aspen Green is located, provide the perfect topography for producing the highest-quality, phytonutrient-rich hemp and cannabis. They process the hemp with strict purity standards during extraction. And Aspen Green’s full-spectrum extraction ensures that beneficial vitamins, minerals, alkaloids, terpenes, and flavonoids are captured in every bottle and jar.
When you select an Aspen Green hemp product, you know their partners are fully involved in the creation and delivery of every product. In this case, one source is not only nurturing the seed to harvest but is also involved in the final extractions, formulations, and packaging.
As mentioned, there is the added comfort level that Aspen Green uses third-party lab testing for their products. In fact, they include the QR Code for these lab results on each box for you to scan with a smartphone.