Great Question! While USDA and FDA are still working on legislation for CBD, currently there is no such thing as USDA Certified Organic CBD.
What does USDA Organic mean?
Back in 1990, Congress passed a law that created legal definitions around the word “organic.” This law was called Organic Foods Production Act or OFPA. This law created an advisory board called the National Organic Standard Board which was incharge of recommending substances that could be used in organic farming to the US Department of Agriculture. AKA – the USDA. The National Organic Standards board then created regulations for all organic products.
The Farm Bill of 2018 was passed on December 12, 2018. What is the Farm Bill of 2018? You can either read the 807 Page report or read this short summary on what this means for Hemp, CBD, and the industry!
Hemp is now been removed from the Controlled Substance Act (CSA). This means the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) can no longer interfere with interstate commerce of Hemp and hemp products such as cannabidiol (CBD) hemp extracts, and other hemp derivatives.
So what does this mean for the industry?
For starters, hemp farmers can now get proper crop insurance. They can also access programs from the USDA for certifications and competitive grants.
Now, Hemp farmers can get their farm USDA Certified Organic…BUT products of hemp still cannot be USDA organic. All of our CBD products come from our USDA Organic outdoor farm while using an ethanol extraction method which extracts the benefits of the ENTIRE plant. This makes our CBD as high quality as you can get it. Other companies use a CO2 process which removes each cannabinoid & terpenes separately, one at a time from the hemp and then mixes them back together to create a full specturm product. This process is very new and loses some cannabinoids during the process. Ethanol extraction is the cleanest method of extraction and it has been around for hundreds of years.
At Proverde Health, our goal is to bring you the cleanest product we can. That is why we also use a Certified Organic MCT Oil. Once the USDA starts making progress on legislation for hemp products, Our CBD will be able to be one of the first USDA Certified Organic products in the market.