PR Newswire read press release here
October 24, 2014/PR Newswire/ CannaVest Corp has released a statement from CEO Michael Mona, Jr. addressing the allegations made by Project CBD in their recent report “Hemp Oil Hustlers“. Among the concerns raised by the report were: 1. Possible Solvent contamination based on questionable lab results, that were initially dismissed as flawed, but then cited in the report anyway. 2. Possible heavy metal contamination. 3. THC levels above legal thresholds calling into question the legality of the products.
A second look at the Project CBD story
While this report appeared to be quite damning to the uninitiated, those familiar with the issues involved could see the seemingly obvious flaws contained in the Project CBD story, as well as a potential conflict of interest based on the past relationship shared by the 2 entities in question. The solvent results were highly questionable, derived from limited samples without a proper chain of custody, and even though the preliminary test results were rejected as being flawed, the data was cited in the report anyway. Numbers and types of solvent contaminates cited in the Project CBD story were inconsistent with the types usually used for CBD extraction in the industry, and most manufacturers will utilize a single solvent, rather than many for various reasons, calling into question the source of these contaminates to begin with.
The data on THC levels was inconclusive as there is yet unfortunately no standardized testing in the industry for measuring such levels consistently from lab to lab. Some labs still use cheaper, heat based testing procedures which decarboxylate the Cannabinoids during testing and will convert THCA to THC during testing, thereby skewing the test results and inflating the THC levels. There is not a reference in the Project CBD piece as to what type of testing was used for gathering the THC level data. When looking at a legal threshold of .3% THC, testing that involves the use of heat will almost certainly skew the data beyond the legal threshold. The take away point is that there is not a recognized testing standard in place yet, and that the data will vary from lab to lab.
High CBD Hemp Oil laws
In regards to the overall issue of legality posed by Project CBD, laws are already in place that recognize industrial hemp based nutraceuticals as being separate from Marijuana, and fully legal for sale in the United States, even when derived from the whole industrial hemp plant, not just the stems and seeds, contrary to the information provided in the Project CBD story. The 2004 ruling on HIA v. DEA, as well as the Farm Bill of 2014 clearly define industrial hemp products as related to legal CBD under U.S. law.
Lawsuit and press release
Along with announcing a 100m defamation suit earlier this week against the parties involved with the Project CBD story, CannaVEST corp has now issued the following press release regarding the issue: Press release found at PR Newswire here.
*Update: Video statement from Stewart Environmental, the lab that ran the tests in question, that refutes the Project CBD story completely.