For millennia, Hemp has been used to clear soil and prepare it for new crops. Modern studies confirm that Hemp is indeed a powerful bioaccumulating plant that sucks harmful substances from the ground.
Alongside flax, Hemp is often used to clean up soils from cadmium, lead, nickel, and other harmful heavy metals, as well as pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides.
The question that immediately springs to mind, however, is whether the byproducts of Hemp, namely CBD, Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil, and even Hemp seed oil are contaminated with these harmful compounds.
While research has reached certain conclusions regarding Hemp’s phytoremediation abilities, more studies are needed to find out how many of these harmful substances end up on the leaves, stems, and stalks of Hemp and how many heavy metals are still present in final CBD products.
Until more research is conducted, it is generally advised that consumers choose sustainably grown or organic Hemp to avoid ingesting damaging substances.
Hemp As a Bioaccumulator
After the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, researchers planted industrial Hemp around Chernobyl to evaluate whether it would clean up the soil of heavy metals as well as radioactive elements.
Their findings were highly promising and Hemp is now considered a potential natural aid in cleaning contaminated soils.
Although Hemp is an annual plant, it grows deep and extensive roots that absorb cadmium, nickel, lead, pesticides, and herbicides from soils. This is significant because many places are contaminated by factories, sewage, and other pollutants and cannot be planted until the soil has been cleaned up thoroughly.
What Happens to the Harmful Substances in Hemp?
The more we learn about Hemp’s phytoremediation properties, the more we understand how the process works. It would appear that when Hemp sucks up the harmful substances through its roots, heavy metals travel to its stems, leaves, and ultimately seeds.
This is concerning because CBD and other Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil products are produced by extracting large amounts of plant matter to produce concentrated Hemp Oil and CBD.
When you are extracting cannabinoids and other natural compounds from Hemp, you are also condensing any harmful substances it has accumulated. This means your CBD product will be full of heavy metals and pesticides along with CBD. You certainly do not want to consume these damaging substances.
What Does Science Tell Us?
A recent study examined how well Hemp grew on contaminated soil. What emerged was that this Hemp produced an increased amount of cannabinoids like CBC, CBN, CBG, CBDV, CBDA, THCV, and more. This implies that industrial Hemp is highly tolerant of harmful substances like heavy metals.
We are still examining, however, whether these heavy metals remain in the leaves and flowers of Hemp and if they later contaminate the final product.
Synchronicity Chooses Sustainably-Grown Hemp
Until we know more about how industrial Hemp can clean damaged and marginal soils, Synchronicity has decided not to take any chances.
We closely oversee the farming of our Hemp in a sustainable and healthy way. Once our plants have matured, we handpick them and process them according to our patented LipidTrans™ gentle infusion method.
Synchronicity Constantly Tests Our CBD Products
To be certain about the quality and purity of our products, we repeatedly conduct third-party lab tests throughout the infusion and production process.
We test our products at the beginning, middle, and final stages of production. Our customers can check the Certificate of Analysis (CoA) online for each product by simply typing in the product lot number.
The tests we run verify the CBD content, the THC content—which must always be under 0.3%—as well as the presence of any heavy metals, solvents, pesticides, and other chemical compounds.
Why Do We Care about Testing?
Industrial Hemp is not considered an edible crop. That means that all the controls, checks, and regulations that are valid for edibles crops like wheat and corn, are not applied to Hemp.
However, industrial Hemp is consumed, making it an awkward crop that can be both a fiber and an edible compound at the same time.
At the same time, the regulations that pertain to farmers of edible crops do not apply to Hemp growers. For example, there are no legal limits to the use or abuse of chemicals when growing industrial Hemp.
This makes testing even more crucial, as it determines the heavy metals and other chemical substances that might be present in the final product.
Why Are Heavy Metals Harmful to the Body?
Consumption of heavy metals and pesticides leads to their accumulation in the liver, kidneys, and other human organs. Heavy metals can even build up in the brain, leading to brain malfunction, memory issues, and other impaired brain activities.
The most common symptoms of heavy metal exposure are diarrhea, nausea, pain, general tiredness, and mental confusion.
There is growing research into the effects of heavy metals on the human body and how they can affect bodily functions and the absorption of beneficial nutrients, crucial to our health.