THIS MONTH’S CBD EXPERT: Josh Hendrix serves as the Director of Hemp for CV Sciences Inc., where he works with numerous universities, farmers, businesses and organizations to facilitate the infrastructure necessary to establish a modern domestic supply chain for hemp in the United States.
THIS MONTH’S QUESTIONS: What are some of the initiatives improving traceability in the hemp supply chain?
The creation of the U.S. Hemp Authority certification was a major initiative by the hemp industry demonstrating transparency in the hemp supply chain. The seal gives retailers and consumers solace in knowing that the companies that have earned those seals sell products which have been properly vetted. The certification means that the product is legal, that it has been audited by a reputable third-party organization, that it is properly labeled and contains no harmful contaminants.
How can the hemp industry scale responsibly and sustainably?
Since prohibition was lifted in 2014, the hemp industry has focused on establishing itself as a responsible and viable industry. As more consumers experience the benefits of hemp CBD, there’s an inherent issue with scale to meet demand.
Before the 2018 Farm Bill passed, many interested organizations had a lot of capital on the sidelines. When the Farm Bill passed, it solidified the future of the hemp industry and opened the door for expansive opportunities. Now we are seeing companies across the nation start to scale their operations – from their equipment to the size of their factories.
CV Sciences highly values organic farming. We currently source our hemp from the Netherlands with decades of established farming standards that are aligned with organic and regenerative practices. We are establishing these same values as we transition our farming operations to the U.S. CV Sciences wants to ensure that farmers are protected and successful.