Hemp foods containing various components of the hemp plant in their original or processed form are enjoying increasing popularity worldwide.
All over the planet more countries, governments and authorities are deregulating CBD products made from natural hemp and recognising the fact that hemp products and oils have been used by mankind for hundreds of years and thus are not 'Novel Food' (meaning new to humans since 1997).
Despite a very positive trend and major deregulation in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and other countries some countries still ban CBD products with less than 0.2% THC.
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From a product perspective, there are two major ways to solve this.
One is to use CBD crystals instead of full spectrum CBD oil in the products. We don't like this method for several reasons.
First of all, it's not a natural process.
Second of all, crystal-based products are still illegal in many countries in Europe and would always be considered a Novel Food by the European Food Safety Association (EFSA), which would cause further problems for everyone.
Third, CBD products with only CBD crystals do not contain a natural and full spectrum of cannabinoids. It is proven many times in research studies that it is the combination and the presence of - if not all - then a wide range of cannabinoids and not just the CBD or the THC that creates the many positive effects of the plant and this is what is called the 'entourage effect'. So a product containing only CBD, but not the rest of the cannabinoids would have much less positive effects on humans and pets compared to a full spectrum product.
Our mission is to develop quality and premium products that make it easier for our customers to live a healthier lifestyle.
Fourth, if producers started to use CBD crystals in their products, many would be tempted to use CBD crystals from China and other areas, where there is absolutely no quality control and where pesticides are known to be used in hemp production.
Our R&D team has solved the challenge by developing an extraction and refinement method for taking the THC out of the full spectrum CBD oils.
Yes, you heard that right. We keep everything extracted from the hemp plant, but take away only the THC cannabinoid to level of less than 10 ppm (10 milligrams per kilogram), which makes it non-detectable in laboratories by definitions and standards of all the countries we are aware of and thus 100% legal everywhere.
It is a very costly process and has required substantial investments on our side, but it is worth all the resources invested, because we would likely be the only CBD producer with this technology and with a product offering of full spectrum CBD products with less than 0.0% THC.
We still have to work on our communication and packaging design. The objective is to ensure that every local customs officer can understand why our products are fully legal in countries, where CBD products with less than 0.2% THC are not allowed for import.
We expect to launch the THC-free products before the summer is over and will keep you informed about the developments.
This article was written by an independent and third-party author specialising in CBD, hemp and cannabis research. Any opinion, advice or recommendation expressed in the article does not reflect the opinion of Formula Swiss AG or any of our employees. We do not make any claims about any of our products and refer to our disclaimer for more information.
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