Just like it makes a difference where grapes our sourced for fine wines, the soil and climate matters for a hemp extract. If you want to ensure that you are consuming a clean organic hemp extract, make sure you ask where your hemp is grown. With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill and cannabis industry growth projected to top $20 billion by 2024, many state legislatures are passing laws to benefit from this profitable trend. What were once fields of tobacco crops in states like Kentucky are now moving to a more profitable field of hemp plants.
As farmers and consumers are finding out, this plant is not just another crop and not all hemp sources are equal. The quality of consumable products created from hemp grown in Europe, China, or Australia, initially bred for paper, fabric or rope, can vary widely. Additionally, legal limits of less than 0.3% THC by dry weight can be a challenge to farmers unfamiliar with growing cannabis. While the law requires crops to be destroyed if they exceed this limit, manufacturers can use multiple processing cycles with solvents to get products to acceptable levels. However, according to the FDA, even this standard is often broken; 49% of products sampled by the FDA in 2020 contained THC levels above the legal limit.
Through extensive investigation, Formula30A has made the determination that Colorado has been the most vetted state in the United States - by both federal, state and local agencies - to figure out how to safely, effectively, and sustainably produce this crop. What is interesting about the farmers in Colorado is that they have been growing sustainably organic food crops for decades due to the demands of the local population. The net effect of decades of "cleaner" farming practices relative to the majority of the rest of the country culminate in overall higher quality soil with fewer contaminants and a cultural environment committed to the continued preservation of organic and sustainable farming practices.
In other words, you can’t simply flip a switch and go from fields that used herbicides and pesticides to a clean organic field. That is why we only use state-approved artisan organic* farmers in Colorado to harvest our full spectrum hemp extracts for the production of Formula30A products. Our farmers all operate under the following practices:
*Due to the current legal conflicting positions of U.S. federal, state, and local authorities in the matter of the Cannabis sativa L. plant, official USDA Organic certification is restricted. Formula30A hemp plants are cultivated in accordance with USDA Organic regulations and procedures.