Delta 8 has become one of the most popular new products on the market today. In fact, in 2018, annual sales of Delta 8 products reached nearly 600 million units and are estimated to grow at a rate of exceeding 107% annually. Prior to 2017, CBD products were only available in main stores, natural food stores and select hospitals. Since then, the market has exploded and CBD products are now available in natural food stores, national food stores, hair salons, nail salons, convenience stores and gas stations. But are these CBD products made with safe Delta 8?
First, let’s look at what it means to be safe Delta 8. According to some reports, up to 40% of CBD products on the market have tested positive for heavy metals such as lead and arsenic, concentrated chemical pesticides, bacteria, molds, toxic molds, THC and numerous other hazardous impurities. Most people would agree that products containing these impurities are considered unsafe.
Many of these unsafe Delta 8 products are grown and manufactured in China, Mexico, and numerous third world countries where there is little or no oversight over the products they sell.
One of the most common and dangerous impurities commonly found in contaminated CBD products is chemical pesticides. These chemicals are used to kill insects and other organisms that can be harmful to plants. According to the Toxics Action Center, “Pesticides are associated with a wide range of human health risks, from short-term effects such as headaches and nausea to more serious health problems such as cancer, reproductive damage and endocrine disorders.” It can be very dangerous to consume any type of contaminated CBD product that has been contaminated with pesticides.
The safest and best products available on the market are those that grow hemp in the United States and produce the oil in food grade facilities. Of course, you should test it in a trusted third-party facility. If you are looking for a safe Delta 8 product with a consistent high quality and level of CBD, look for a supplier in the United States that only uses American hemp. Also, look for suppliers who have thoroughly tested their products for purity, quality and cleanliness. And as an additional measure of safety and quality, many of these manufacturers are regulated by state agencies.
An example of this type of state oversight is that CBD manufacturers located in Colorado must register with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). You then have to meet several requirements, such as demonstrating that the industrial hemp produced in that facility does not exceed one-tenth of THC, the mood-boosting psychoactive compound in marijuana.
Bath bombs, CBD drops, jellies, gel caps, relief creams, ointments, and many more Safe to consume and use.