Center for Food Safety's "Hemp CBD Scorecard" evaluates many of the top hemp CBD producers on their production and processing methods, testing protocols, and transparency to consumers.
CFS evaluated 40 companies that sell hemp CBD products to compare product policies and practices in the following three categories: (1) Hemp Farming and Organic Certification; (2) Processing; and (3) Testing/Auditing.
Among other factors, CFS evaluated: how many products are certified organic or made with organic ingredients; which products use ethanol/alcohol versus CO2 during processing; which companies test for the presence of pesticides, heavy metals such as lead, and microbiological contaminants; and which companies are clearly and openly conveying information about their production practices to consumers.
Notably, nearly half of the companies evaluated received a failing, or near failing, grade (a "D" or "F.") Only 4 companies received an "A" grade. Some additional results of interest include: only 6 companies produce primarily USDA certified organic products, and only 2 certify that they are glyphosate free, a pesticide classified as a probable carcinogen. On a more positive note, 72% percent of companies report that they support regenerative farming practices and 65% of the companies post their lab results online, an important step toward providing transparency to consumers.
The report offers recommendations for consumers and producers of hemp CBD products.