The Detox Council has certified that the CBD tinctures, capsules and topicals made by RE Botanicals in Boulder, Colorado, are glyphosate residue-free. To receive this distinction, products are tested by independent laboratories to ensure they do not contain any residue of this common herbicide and likely carcinogen, which reportedly can increase the risk of cancer by 41 percent, according to an analysis published in Mutation Research/Reviews in Mutation Research (Zhang, Rana, Shaffer, Taioli, & Sheppard, Feb. 10, 2019).
RE Botanicals says the Detox Council certification is important for hemp. Hemp is a powerful bioaccumulator, which means it absorbs pesticides and other toxins faster than they can be eliminated. This is one of the reasons hemp is used to purify water and soil; it can help remove carbon, metals and other pollutants as discussed in a study from Clean-Soil, Air Water (Ahmad, et al., 2015). However, when hemp is highly concentrated, as in after it is extracted, it can contain high levels of toxins, especially if it was farmed on soils using chemical fertilizers, pesticides like glyphosate-based herbicides. The Detox Project tests shelf-ready products for trace amounts of glyphosate and has a lower threshold for trace amounts than the USDA does in determining its organic certifications, making it the marquee certification to ensure consumer-products are free from glyphosate.
“We are pleased to add yet another level of 3rd-party verification that validates the quality and purity of our products,” says RE Botanicals founder and “chief hemp officer” John W. Roulac, who also founded Nutiva, a brand of extra virgin organic coconut oil, hemp protein, hemp seed oil and chia seed.
“The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill legalizing hemp has led to an influx of brands in the space. Sadly, much of the hemp grown for CBD is done in glyphosate-soaked soils using degenerative agriculture practices that do not honor our earth,” he said. “We encourage all hemp companies to implement organic and regenerative growing practices. That’s why it’s critical that organizations like The Detox Project raise consumer awareness on the use of toxic chemicals in hemp agriculture and their risk to humans and the Earth.”
“For a number of years, I’ve known John as a passionate advocate for the environment and for sustainable, ecologically sound farming practices in the hemp world and beyond. RE Botanicals’ adoption of the Detox Project seal of approval for Glyphosate Residue Free is critically important for the hemp industry and the movement to raise awareness of this toxic chemical that’s causing harm to people and to our environment,” said Detox Project Founder and Activist Henry Rowlands.
RE Botanicals products are made with full-spectrum, organic hemp extract “that taps into the human endocannabinoid system; the system that helps maintain the body’s overall wellness and supports many physical processes,” the company says.