In the FDA news release to the group, there are a number of concerns expressed by the FDA about CBD to include contamination by heavy metals and pesticides. Shiga-toxin producing E. Coli, Salmonella, and other bacteria plus fungi, as well as the compounds used to extract CBD oil from plant tissue, should be added to the list of contaminants.
These contaminants and others are common with Raw / Crude CBD Oil, oil that has been extracted from plant material. This oil is typically brown or green in color. Once CBD oil has been processed resulting in CBD distillate or isolate, those contaminants are eliminated.
Raw CBD oil typically has a ~60% cannabinoid content. CBD isolate is 100% CBD and CBD distillate is at least 94% cannabinoids. The isolate and distillate we use in our tinctures, lotions, salves, lip gloss, daily moisturizer, massage oil, etc. have documentation showing their purity and show they contain no contaminants.
An interesting point made in this FDA news release relates to liver disease. I recently reviewed the research on CBD and Liver damage for a client with stage 2 liver failure. That review will be added to Mesa Lavender Farms Blog in a short order. The majority of the research showed a marked improvement in liver function and reduced inflammation when doses were reasonable. A research paper published on April 30, 2019, reported CBD can damage the liver at exceptionally high levels. Mesa Lavender Farms CBD tinctures are recommended at a starting dose of 1 milligram of CBD per 10 pounds of body weight. The doses used in the research reported in June varied from 225 mg per 10 pounds of body weight to 11,000 mg per 10 pounds of body weight. Even aspirin is lethal at high doses.
The FDA news release indicates CBD products do not always contain the amount of CBD indicated on the product label. Mesa Lavender Farms conducts third party analysis to ensure our products meet or exceed the label statement. These Certificates of Analysis are provided along with the handout for each product.
Mesa Lavender Farms does not make claims for our CBD products. We do, however, let the customer try the product and make up their own minds. We also provide them research-based information on their ailment and CBD. The National Institute of Health is a wealth of information on CBD.
Combining CBD and lavender for us wasn’t “jumping on the bandwagon”. Personal experience, research, and continuing education ensure that we are formulating, manufacturing and providing high-quality products our customers rave about.