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Phytoremediation: How Hemp Heals the Land & Why Organic Matters.

Hemp has many gifts to offer, from the CBD-rich oils that we take daily, to its unparalleled application for sustainable fiber and construction materials. Perhaps less well known is that it has a remarkable ability to clean the soil and water where it grows. This means that hemp is a regenerative crop, excelling at a process known as phytoremediation, and helping to restore healthy ecosystems.

It is also a bioaccumulator, which means that it cleans the soil by absorbing toxins faster than can be released — including fertilizers, pesticides, heavy metals, glyphosates, GMOs, toxic solvents — and stores them throughout its tissue. While many shrubs are regenerative crops, hemp is exceptional because its long roots reach deep into the ground, removing widespread contamination more effectively than shallow-rooted shrubs.

Plants grown for the purpose of land remediation should never be harvested for food, clothing, or medicinal products due to the presence of these toxic compounds. However there are other options for its use, for example in biofuels.

When hemp is turned into full spectrum CBD products, ALL present toxins get concentrated into the raw material that becomes oil, capsules, gummies, etc. 

“Organic” hemp has been grown or produced without the use of genetically modified organisms, pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge or ionizing radiation. The term “USDA certified organic” means that a government-approved certifier has inspected the growing and processing conditions to ensure they meet official standards. The regulations also require annual compliance inspections, have a strict list of approved materials, require documentation of organic practices, and provide guidelines for protecting the soil ecology and water quality. For consumers concerned about this level of traceability in their food, certified organic provides that important assurance.

Hemp can be Certified Organic if it can be proven to have grown in soil that had no prohibited substances applied for three years prior to harvest. Many producers claim “organically grown” or “produced using organic methods”, but just 6 months earlier that field could have grown another crop with harsh pesticides or synthetic chemicals applied. The hemp will suck up those toxins to help clean the soil and they will end up in your oil.

We are clean cannabinoid crafters, and the Upstate Elevator USDA-Certified Organic Products line ensures that you are purchasing CBD products free of synthetic chemicals and that it was cultivated, harvested and processed without exposure to any toxic agents or additives. Guaranteed.

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