Published on: 25/10/2023
CLARIFICATIONS ON THE HEMP SUPPLY CHAIN: LET’S FIND OUT WHAT ITS ROLE IS AND HOW IT IS REGULATED
In the production of CBD cannabis, one of the most important aspects is the certification of the hemp supply chain.
Precisely for this reason, the institutions have strongly fought for the creation of the National Consortium which has the objective of protecting this sector, which we remember is considered legal in our country, focusing on the traceability of products and on the acquisition, by the manufacturing companies, of all the necessary certifications.
This initiative is also of fundamental importance for greater consumer protection.
In fact, light hemp producing companies must comply with precise and defined regulations which will soon be regulated at a legislative level through specific decrees. The hemp supply chain, therefore, is becoming better organized thanks also to the collaboration of operators from every sector, as happens in any other production sector.
The hemp supply chain is very large. On an industrial level, in fact, it can be exploited for various areas such as textiles, cosmetics, agri-food, construction and much more.
The birth of the Consortium, therefore, in addition to having a defense function for the producers, divided into many small companies, also allows the consumer to receive a controlled, certified and, above all, quality product whether it is seeds or oil , food or more.
How to distinguish light cannabis coming from a certified hemp supply chain
When purchasing light hemp, or other products such as CBD hashish, oil, it is important that you know how to distinguish a high quality product from a poor one, to avoid running into legal risks deriving from a non-certified product.
Production companies and growers are trying to maintain a high quality standard, also through a high CBD content. Many companies, then, are increasingly moving towards a type of organic production that does not use dangerous pesticides and other chemical components, so as to guarantee all consumers guaranteed quality cannabis.
Where does this attention for those who control the supply chain come from?
Following recent sample tests on some products worldwide, it has been established that some manufacturing companies do not comply with what is stated on the labels.
In fact, the ingredients analyzed often do not correspond to what is declared on the packages. One of the most obvious elements is the incorrect concentration of the active ingredients reported on the label.
This data should make you understand, even more, how essential it is for the hemp industry to comply with current certifications and regulations. The user must be able to choose a quality product that is truly suited to their needs.
Another fundamental aspect that you must take into account is information regarding the traceability of the basic ingredients that companies use. This further check serves to avoid coming across potentially contaminated light grass.
But how do you recognize quality CBD hemp?
Starting from the inflorescences to the derivatives, the hemp supply chain is based on a type of cultivation that has very distinct characteristics. If you collect this product, therefore, you must learn to recognize its distinctive features so as to ensure the purchase of high quality light cannabis.
A characteristic to take into consideration are the crystals on the surface of the calyxes and leaves. By checking them you will be able to notice the presence of trichomes, which allow the formation of Cannabidiol, and terpenes which determine its flavor and smell.
This last aspect is fundamental, in fact if you smell an unpleasant odor, similar to hay, you will be dealing with hemp coming from a low quality and uncontrolled supply chain.
On the contrary, a fruity and sweet smell indicates light cannabis from crops treated appropriately and with a controlled supply chain.
Touch also helps to perceive quality. When you touch a high-level cannabis light you should feel softness and compactness, characteristics that indicate a good degree of humidity and the presence of trichomes.
The importance of certifications within a controlled supply chain
Farmers who have a license to grow hemp must purchase seeds from a precise and detailed list provided by the European Union.
These seeds, in fact, have a quantity of THC not exceeding 0,2%.
Furthermore, the license provided to farmers allows them to plant light cannabis, harvest it and dry it in the form of agricultural biomass.
Unlike Europe, in other states, such as the USA, this model is more flexible. In fact, there is no defined list of seeds and there are fewer restrictions regarding the content of the various components (THC has a limit of 0.3%, 1% in Switzerland).
Control of the supply chain requires that the plant, after being transformed into biomass, must undergo careful tests to detect the possible presence of harmful substances such as metals, insecticides and pesticides. Additionally, cannabinoid levels are also detected at this stage. If the cultivation passes the various checks, the farmer is free to sell the biomass which can be used for various processes and uses.
If you collect this product, therefore, it is important that you know the importance of these tests that certify the hemp supply chain.
In fact, thanks to microbiological tests, you can be sure that you are purchasing a product free of toxins, bacteria, mould, metals and other dangerous products. Furthermore, the levels of the active ingredients contained within light cannabis are also certified and guaranteed.
But what are the certifications that those who grow hemp must possess?
First of all, it is essential to obtain the “GAP (Good Agricultural Practice)” and “GHP (Good Handling Practices)” certifications. These allow you to be sure that the product has been made, packaged and stored safely and that the rules and practices relating to food safety have been respected.
If the cultivation of hemp, however, is aimed at pharmaceutical use, the “GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice)” certification must be obtained which refers to the agreement on quality standards. Having this documentation means reducing the risks associated with the production of low-quality medicines. However, if the hemp is intended for sale as light cannabis, there is no need to have this certification since the sector does not require it.
The “CRM (Certified Reference Materials)” certification serves to guarantee a high level of traceability. By adapting this test to the different state laws regarding cannabis, laboratories will be able to give greater guarantees regarding the safety of the products.
A great advantage of the hemp supply chain: it is organic and eco-sustainable
Hemp production offers several environmental benefits compared to other agricultural crops.
One of these is its being totally eco-sustainable. In fact, no pesticides or pesticides are used. A certified supply chain begins with the analysis, control and cleaning of the soil. It is a naturally organic supply chain that does not cause damage or consequences on the environment, as well as on human health.
For the cultivation of hemp little water is needed and often even rain is enough. Furthermore, hemp is able to absorb even fine dust and can clean contaminated soil.
The importance of supply chain certification also in derivatives
The certified supply chain and legislation on light cannabis are of fundamental importance also when it comes to legal hashish and CBD oil.
The guarantee of a certified product is of fundamental importance to guarantee consumers a product that respects certain characteristics and does not contain harmful active ingredients. In fact, control of the supply chain is essential to prevent this type of market from being managed by figures with illicit purposes.
This suggests how important the legislation on light cannabis is which can help to minimize the illegal sale of marijuana. In support of this thesis there is data that indicates how, in recent years, the number of seedlings grown illicitly has drastically reduced.
By regulating its sale and production in the best way, it will be possible to increasingly combat illegal marijuana trafficking and give a clear cut to the black market.
This fight is important above all for the protection of young people, who are often unaware of the consequences of taking uncontrolled products that do not come from a certified supply chain.
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