As industrial hemp spreads to more and more consumers, the question of what’s in these products is growing in importance. That’s why a Canadian company called Cobidol has recently launched its app, Spectra. The app is built to track different CBD products from the farm that they are grown to the bottle you are buying. The hope is to allow the CBD industry a way to make their supply chains more transparent, to keep customers safe, and to help promote the products in the industry that are doing everything right.
The question of what is in your CBD products other than the intended cannabinoids is an important question. The industry is currently not regulated, which is leading to gross misrepresentations of what is being put in products. A 2017 study found that 70% of the 90 CBD products studied had discrepancies between what the label and the actual contents when tested.
Some of this problem comes from honest companies who don’t know enough about the CBD extracts that they are buying, while others are purposefully deceiving consumers to turn larger profits.
One of the biggest issues for hemp will be what the plant sucks up as it grows. Hemp is what’s called a bio-accumulator, meaning that it brings up whatever is in the soil into the plants. That is why it is being looked at to help clean up nuclear-irradiated soil around places like Chernobyl. Heavy metals and pesticides are also absorbed by the plant, and then become ingredients in the CBD extract that is sold to consumers.
That is why Spectra was released. The Cobidol Group wants to be able to track CBD products from their origin to the consumer. The app is a search engine for CBD product manufacturers. The tests that farmers send off to labs to make sure they don’t have anything bad in their crops are kept track of, and every step of the supply chain is held accountable. The whole thing is built on blockchain to decentralize the recording of data and make it nearly impossible to tamper with.