<tc>Heavy metals in CBD products – be careful!</tc>

CBD is a rapidly growing health ‘trend’ worldwide, probably one of the most beneficial natural products on the market for those experiencing multiple issues related to a weaker endocannabinoid system and related conditions. In Lithuania, this compound and its recognition are still gaining momentum, but in the United States, where CBD has been used since 2018, this industry is predicted to be worth as much as 22 billion US dollars by 2023! The legalisation of CBD has resulted in dozens of new companies in Lithuania that have started offering their CBD product lines to the market, however, some of them may not be as ‘clean’ and pure as they claim.

Not all CBD products are the same – some of them may contain harmful substances that affect your health and prevent the effectiveness of CBD. CBD has a reputation for being a natural and holistic (‘it’s all the same’) product, therefore people tend to assume that it is all 100% natural, pure, unadulterated, and that hemp is grown the same way. That’s why it is important to read labels, know what to look for, make sure the CBD product you want to try has been tested by a third-party lab and this information is available on the seller’s website.

What are the potential contaminants in CBD?

Pesticides or synthetic cannabinoids

One of the most dangerous substances that can be found in CBD products is pesticides – these chemicals are used to kill any insects or organisms that harm the growth of hemp. If present on the hemp plant, pesticide residues can be concentrated in the final CBD oil product. Pesticides or synthetic cannabinoids may also be deliberately added to CBD oil to increase yield, weight or potency. Pesticides can cause acute and chronic health effects after prolonged contact with the skin or in the body.

Solvent residues

Solvents are used during the production process to extract and isolate active ingredients such as cannabinoids and terpenes from the hemp plant. Some solvents such as CO2 and ethanol are safe, while others such as petroleum, hexane or benzene are toxic. If proper methods are not followed after extraction, residual solvents may remain in the CBD extract and later be absorbed by the body. Repeated exposure to these toxic solvents can have adverse effects on the nervous system, causing fatigue, anxiety, dizziness, nausea, headaches and muscle weakness.

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Heavy metals

Hemp plants can absorb all the chemicals they come into contact with through soil, water or even the air, meaning that unsanitary practices at various stages of production, storage and distribution can introduce unintended contaminants such as heavy metals. Heavy metals are naturally occurring elements, and while some, such as zinc and iron, are essential nutrients, others, such as mercury, arsenic and lead, are harmful and can be toxic when absorbed in certain amounts.

Microbiological pollutants

Microbiological contamination is the non-intended or accidental introduction of microbes such as bacteria, molds, yeasts or fungi into a substance. Depending on how the hemp is harvested, processed and preserved, these micro-organisms can enter the final product and cause a potential health threat, such as a disease or infection.

In addition to unwanted contaminants, it is also important to make sure that the CBD products you are looking at contain less than 0.2% active THC, the main psychoactive compound in hemp that causes the feeling of high. A product containing more than 0.2% THC cannot be used or sold.

To enjoy the full health benefits of CBD, look for products where the hemp used has been grown in rich, fertile soil, the oil has been produced in a food-grade facility and, most importantly, tested by a trusted third-party lab. Hempo products are made from hemp grown in northern Italy, where the climate is perfect for their growth: lots of sunlight and an average annual humidity level of 70%, so the plants release a lot of beneficial cannabinoids and there’s no need to use any chemicals, pesticides or artificial fertilisers.

Our mission is to provide quality products so that our community could enjoy a better life. All our products are grown organically and tested by a third-party laboratory. We offer a wide selection of CBD products, including CBD oil and CBD capsules. Soon we will add a topical gel to our range. With our products, you can safely and effectively solve many skin, nail and hair problems.

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Kokie yra galimi CBD teršalai?

Tai gali būti sunkieji metalai, atsirandantys dėl nehigieniškos praktikos įvairiuose CBD aliejaus gamybos, sandėliavimo ar platinimo etapuose, taip pat pesticidai, jeigu jie yra naudojami auginant pluoštines kanapes, iš kurių vėliau yra išgaunamas CBD aliejus, įvairūs tirpiklių likučiai, naudojami CBD aliejaus ekstrakcijos metu, ar kiti mikrobiologiniai teršalai.

Kaip sunkieji metalai atsiranda CBD produktuose?

Sunkieji metalai gali patekti į CBD produktus per kanapių augalus, kurie absorbuoja chemines medžiagas iš dirvožemio, vandens ir oro. Tai reiškia, jog kanapėms, iš kurių vėliau yra gaminamas CBD aliejus, augant užterštoje aplinkoje, jos gali absorbuoti sunkiuosius metalus, kurie vėliau patenka ir į galutinį CBD produktą.

Kaip nustatyti, jog CBD produktuose nėra sunkiųjų metalų?

Užtikrinti, jog CBD produktuose nėra sunkiųjų metalų, galima atliekant laboratorinius tyrimus. Būtent dėl šios priežasties visuomet rekomenduojama rinktis tik tuos CBD produktus, kurie buvo patikrinti nepriklausomose trečiųjų šalių laboratorijose. Gamintojai savo interneto svetainėse privalo pateikti išsamius testavimo ataskaitų rezultatus.

Ar visi CBD produktai yra testuojami dėl sunkiųjų metalų?

Deja, tačiau ne visi CBD produktai yra testuojami dėl sunkiųjų metalų. Vartotojams rekomenduojama atidžiai išnagrinėti viešai prieinamą produktų testavimo informaciją ir rinktis tik laboratorijose patikrintus CBD produktus.

Kokią įtaką žmogaus sveikatai gali turėti sunkieji metalai CBD produktuose?

Sunkieji metalai gali turėti neigiamą poveikį žmogaus sveikatai, įskaitant nervų sistemos pažeidimus, toksiškumą organams ir galimus kancerogeninius poveikius. Trumpai tariant, sunkieji metalai ir kiti teršalai yra toksiški bei gali sukelti ūmų ir lėtinį poveikį sveikatai.