Updated: Nov 7
According to Forbes, the CBD industry is thriving and not going anywhere anytime soon. In 2019 alone the CBD market grew by 706%! You can now find hemp-based products at independent retailers and gas stations alike. Like most things, there are pros and cons to the increased availability of our favorite plant. Let's talk about it.
The fact that Hempire even exists is a testament to how accepting the general public now is of something once so heavily stigmatized. We love the amount of access people have to what we firmly believe is a healing product. But as a company that values the trust of our community above all else we feel the need to let you know...not all CBD products are created equal!
Let's compare what you can find at Hempire to something a bit more generic (i.e. what you can find at convenience stores or non CBD-specific retailers)
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When CBD was first being produced in bulk, the majority of what the U.S. got was sourced internationally without much regulation at all. The truth is that while the industry is booming, there remains very little regulation to this day. This means that it's up to the discretion of the consumer to pick what is best for them. Here's how you can make sure you are getting the safest product possible for you and your loved ones.
Shop CBD-specific retailers
CBD-specific retailers like Hempire generally have passion and knowledge for the products they carry. Frankly, there is a big difference between purchasing unregulated products from people who care, and purchasing unregulated products from those who don't. We encourage consumers to only trust retailers who have high standards of quality. Make sure that the place you purchase your CBD from maintains values like health, community, trust, and care.
Third party lab testing
Third party lab testing ensures unbiased standards of quality. Essentially the process promises impartial results when determining the contents of each product. Some things the companies we carry test for are the varying levels of heavy metals, pesticides, toxins, and the cannabinoids. Of course there should be nothing harmful in each product, and the labels should be truthful.
As a rule of thumb Hempire encourages consumers to ask questions about the products they are purchasing. If the retailer cannot engage in conversation or provide you with proper answers, we suggest you continue your search! It's good to do research and to get a feel for what's out there. It's important for consumers to ensure they are purchasing nothing but the best for themselves and their loved ones.
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