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The more I learn about hemp, the more impressed I am with God’s intricate design. Hemp is incredibly versatile and is used to make thousands of products worldwide, including shoes, clothes, soap, and sunscreen. Another use for hemp that some may not be aware of is its ability to clean contaminated soil. God has entrusted to us this one planet Earth, and in His wisdom He has also given us this plant that helps naturally get rid of toxins in our water and soil.
When hemp is planted, it pulls toxins out of the ground. It naturally remediates and heals the soil. In fact, after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, extremely dangerous radioactive waste rendered unusable more than 60,000 square miles of Eastern Europe. To put this in perspective, that’s about the size of Georgia or Illinois. Not only was this devastating for the people who lived in these areas at the time, but also for generations afterward these huge swaths of land continued to be deemed toxic, useless for farming or habitation.
Then a company called Phytotech began planting hemp in parts of the Ukraine in the 1990s to clean up the soil. In 1998, a spokeswoman for the company explained that hemp was being “used to clean up metals, pesticides, solvents, explosives, crude oil, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, and toxins leaching from landfills.” Because the hemp plants now contained all of these toxins that had previously been in the soil, it was not safe for food or medical purposes; but it could still be used as fuel.
As a consumer buying CBD oil, it is imperative to know the growing environment of the hemp used in your favorite CBD oil. If the oil is not certified organic, meaning it was grown in an organic environment, there is no way to definitively tell what is in your CBD oil without third-party testing. If you don’t confirm the purity of your oil and how and where it was sourced, you could be ingesting lead, mercury, metals, fungus, and other toxins found in the soil where the hemp was grown. Studies have shown that inferior oils, especially oils made from hemp grown outside the US where growers are free from our more stringent regulations, are full of these contaminants.
This unique property of hemp, as a bioaccumulator, makes the world of hemp-derived CBD oil shady at times. Buying a polluted oil could mean you’re wasting money on something that will not positively affect your health. Worse, you may be introducing contaminants and toxins to your body, and the long-term effects of that are not fully known.
As a consumer who has experienced positive health and emotional benefits from using CBD oil, I will pay more for a quality oil that has been grown in an organic environment if it ensures that the oil I’m buying for my family is safe and free from toxins already lurking in the ground. I hope you will too.
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