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Why Transparency Matters: Be Safe, Not Sorry

If a stranger walked up and handed you a cookie, would you eat it?

Most people would refuse the offer, even though it might cause a socially awkward moment they’d rather avoid. That cookie is probably perfectly delicious and safe to eat, but why would you take a chance that it isn’t?

The same concept applies to the use of hemp extract. It’s important to know where it came from and how it was grown, harvested, and formulated. Since its use helps regulate the very processes that keep you living, its quality should never be compromised.

After all, people use hemp extract to make their lives better, not to expose them to harm!

Consider this: Farmers who use pesticides and even certain fertilizers (which can contain heavy metals known to be toxic, even at low levels of exposure) risk those chemicals ending up in their hemp plants. Even worse, synthetic cannabinoids, which are addictive and have unpredictable effects on the brain, can be present in some hemp products too. Those types of cannabinoids can cause harmful side effects ranging from reduced blood flow to the heart, seizures, kidney damage, and violent behavior, to name just a few.

We’re not trying to scare you here. We believe consumers should be able to make great choices because they can see for themselves what a company has been up to—by seeing how transparent they are.

Maybe you’ve already used hemp extract and appreciate its benefits for your body and mind, or maybe you’re on the fence about whether to give it a try. How do you know that the product is safe to use?

Never fear—companies that sell hemp extract can voluntarily have their products scientifically tested to prove their purity. It’s imperative for your safety that any hemp extract you use has been rigorously tested by a third-party laboratory. Reputable companies should have nothing to hide when it comes to their test results and protocols—and should have their Certificate of Analysis easily accessible (click here to see ours).

When vetting a company and choosing a product, make sure that transparency is a high priority and the company does more than the minimum testing required. Even if the product label’s fine print claims it’s been tested, take the time to actually check out the test results and find out where they were performed.

Unfortunately, some companies skimp on proper testing protocols (called drylabbing—providing analysis of a sample by using computational models, without doing any chemical testing) because it’s cheaper and faster than wet-labbing (testing using instruments to provide data about the actual “wet” chemical components of the product).

Using techni-speak, a lab’s ISO 17025 accreditation means that their quality-management system and technical competence has been evaluated thoroughly by a third-party. Also, those audits are conducted on a regular basis in order to maintain a lab’s accreditation—so you can be confident a product has been recently tested. And—you guessed it—WildPlant uses an ISO 17025 accredited lab to test our products.

At WildPlant, we believe in knowing as much as possible about substances that you put into your body. Our plants are grown in mineral-rich, volcanic soil in the heart of the Willamette Valley in Oregon. The utmost care is used at every stage of the plant’s life cycle so that they flourish—packed with complex profiles rich in cannabinoids, terpenes, antioxidants, fatty acids, and other nutrients our bodies crave.

Your safety and wellbeing is our biggest concern. That’s why we go beyond the minimum required testing to prove our products contain no pesticides, heavy metals, solvents, or synthetic cannabinoids—testing for synthetic cannabinoids is a step many companies opt out of, due to the high cost. In our minds, though, it’s well worth the investment to ensure that WildPlant products are the safest and most efficacious product on the market.