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The Hemp CBD Scorecard: Which Companies Made the Grade?

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By White Buffalo Hemp Company | October 1, 2019

CBD is a hot commodity. It’s especially hot because of its many benefits. You can find CBD it seems on every other corner. However, is that a good thing? If there isn’t proper track and traceability in place, how do we ensure people are getting their hands on the right products? We have the solution. More on that…later!

CBD is taking off because of its positive effects on humans and pets. The effects of cannabis on the human body have been relatively unknown for quite some time. Until the discovery of endocannabinoids in 1990. It gets interesting.

Endocannabinoids are natural, cannabis-like molecules produced by the human body to aid in the regulation of homeostasis. That’s pretty cool, right? What’s cooler is that it’s found at almost every pain pathway from nerves and immune cells to the spinal cord and brain. For Real. Endocannabinoid receptors allow endocannabinoids to bind and signal to the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) to address any bodily functions that are out of balance. Hence, all the craze. This is a super ingredient and like a superfood it’s having a hyper giant moment.

Now, lets get to the report. The Center for Food Safety (CFS) did a little testing and rated many of the most popular consumer brands. We were particularly interested because we track pedigree across the supply chain to ensure any raw goods that are bought from us or any white labeling we do would already be FDA compliant. (That means we’re FDA compliant before there is such a thing). We leverage Kilo and Company to help us ensure we’re tracking from seed to bottle and their workflow makes it super easy from farmers on down the chain.

Getting back to the findings. CFS evaluated: how many products are certified organic or made with organic ingredients; which products use ethanol/alcohol versus CO2 during processing; which companies test for the presence of pesticides, heavy metals such as lead, and microbiological contaminants; and which companies are clearly and openly conveying information about their production practices to consumers.

Notably, nearly half of the companies evaluated received a failing, or near failing, grade (a “D” or “F.”) Only 4 companies received an “A” grade. Some additional results of interest include: only 6 companies produce primarily USDA certified organic products, and only 2 certify that they are glyphosate free, a pesticide classified as a probable carcinogen. On a more positive note, 72% percent of companies report that they support regenerative farming practices and 65% of the companies post their lab results online, an important step toward providing transparency to consumers.


Transparency to consumers is very important to us. We exist to help the farmers and enable a path for consumers to enjoy great product.

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