Review: Boston Hempire advertises ‘Oganic Hemp’ flowers for sale.

If a hemp farmer practices organic farming methods is his hemp organic? How do consumers know if a hemp product is truly organic? Does it even matter? Shoot, this product is backed by a full profile COA including a list 59 pesticides. Read it carefully though or you will be tricked.

Boston Hempire is a distributor out of Massachusetts.

The product in this review is for dried hemp buds – the flowers.

1 Gram is only $9.99

The first word in the product description is Organic. I received the Certificates of Analysis one business day after the online request. COA’s are not available on the website. The COA has a list of tested pesticides. This article will discuss only four as a primer both learning how to read a COA, and on natural and not-so-kind-natural ‘organic’ pesticides and fungicides.

The first page of pesticides lists Abemectin at the top.The U.S. National Library of Medicine posits that it is a natural product: The avermectins are a family of macrocyclic lactones, produced by the soil organism Streptomyces avermitilis, which were discovered in the mid-1970’s as a direct result of a screening effort for natural products with anthelmintic properties. {Used to kill Fire Ants.} Major applications for which abamectin is currently registered include uses on ornamental plants, citrus, cotton, pears and vegetable crops at rates in the range of 5 to 27 grams abamectin per hectare as a foliar spray. Abamectin has shown low toxicity to non-target beneficial arthropods which has accelerated its acceptance into Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs. Extensive studies have been conducted to support the safety of agricultural uses of abamectin to man and the environment.

Chlorfenapyr is a type of insecticide also with an organic reference but carries health concerns. For instance, the NLM on human concern reads, “Cancer Classification: Suggestive Evidence of Carcinogenicity, but Not Sufficient to Assess Human Carcinogenic Potential.” The concern for non-human, was in rats, also a mammal:

Non-Human Toxicity Excerpts: 
LABORATORY ANIMALS: Acute Exposure/ The acute toxicity of four metabolites to rats was determined. Of those tested only AC 303,268 resulted in higher toxicity than the parent compound (e.g., combined sex LD50s of 28.7 and 626 mg/kg for metabolite and parent, respectively). [NOTE: the Chlorfenapyr was modified for these tests on rats. It was combined with another metabolite/chemical.] Of the 40 rats exposed to AC 303,268 at concentrations higher than 31.25 mg/kg, 39 died within 8 hours of dosing. Mortality occurred at a slower rate in tests with the other 3 metabolites but still most was observed within 3 days. Survivors of exposure to the metabolites exhibited no lasting clinical effects or notable findings during gross necropsy. No weight changes were reported for survivors. Clinical signs reported for exposure to the metabolites included decreased activity, prostration, ptosis, increased salivation and diuresis. Abnormalities found at necropsy included discolored livers and spleens, discolored and distended stomachs, and gas filled GI tracts. Striated muscle tissue was reported in animals killed.

Chlorfenapyr is a member of a new class of chemicals- the pyrroles. The compound is a pro-insecticide, i.e. the biological activity depends on its activation to another chemical. Oxidative removal of the N-ethoxymethyl group of chlorfenapyr by mixed function oxidases forms the compound CL 303268. CL 303268 uncouples oxidative phosphorylation at the mitochondria, resulting in disruption of production of ATP, cellular death, and ultimately organism mortality.

This review’s COA includes a list of 59 pesticides. There is no way to determine if any quantity of any chemical(s) combined to activate and transform chlorfenapyr in its parent compound. This is ONE unknown.

Pyrethrins are insectides made from chrysanthemum flowers and may cause allergic reactions.

Propiconazole is listed as having an allowable 0.1 parts per million for oats/grain. In this COA, the quanity was 200, with an allowable 400 parts per billion. Propiconazole is listed as a Class C possible human carcinogen. The following is curious reading because my interpretation is that this fungicide is an old widely-used chemical that has cautionary toxicity but because the company is cooperating and paid fees, the product is still approved for use.

As the federal pesticide law FIFRA directs, EPA is conducting a comprehensive review of older pesticides to consider their health and environmental effects and make decisions about their future use. Under this pesticide reregistration program, EPA examines health and safety data for pesticide active ingredients initially registered before November 1, 1984, and determines whether they are eligible for reregistration. In addition, all pesticides must meet the new safety standard of the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996. Pesticides for which EPA had not issued Registration Standards prior to the effective date of FIFRA, as amended in 1988, were divided into three lists based upon their potential for human exposure and other factors, with List B containing pesticides of greater concern and List D pesticides of less concern. Propiconazole is found on List C. Case No: 3125; Pesticide type: fungicide; Case Status: OPP is reviewing data from the pesticide’s producers regarding its human health and/or environmental effects, or OPP is determining the pesticide’s eligibility for reregistration and developing the Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) document.; Active ingredient (AI): propiconazole ; Data Call-in (DCI) Date(s): 09/30/93, 10/13/95; AI Status: The producers of the pesticide has made commitments to conduct the studies and pay the fees required for reregistration, and are meeting those commitments in a timely manner. OPP is reviewing data from the pesticide’s producers regarding its human health and/or environmental effects, or OPP is determining the pesticide’s eligibility for reregistration and developing the RED document.

There is NO approved/assigned pesticide, fungicide or weed killer for industrialized hemp at the time of this publication.

A great COA would have only one ‘naturally-occuring organic’ pesticide with notable ‘passing’ levels and the other levels would be ‘none detected.’

But 7 pesticides levels that were tested, all reading ‘Below Limit Range,’ upon investigation – led to health concerns considering that the product was identified as ‘organic.’ These 7 tested pesticides/fungicides included Chlorfenapyr, which is not organic, but a synthetic. It is the second insectide explored in this article. It has health concerns.

Cyfluthrin, which is a synthetic.

Cypermethrin as heavy metal  +Cypermethrin as joint toxicity, is a synthetic.

Fipronil,Fludioxonil is a benzene product. Benzenes are known causes of leukemia. Fipronil is sold under various brand names. As ‘Regent’ it is sold as a termite, ant, and cochroach killer. As ‘Chipco Choice’ it is sold as a lawncare product. Fipronil is also the main ingredient in Frontline and TopSpot for flea and tick prevention for pets. It is not organic.

Number six is the synthetic, MGK-264 which is used in conjunction with pesticides to prolong exposure. 

Keep in mind that all these 7 levels were below limits, but are these additives something consumers accept even a trace of on their ‘superfood’?

Presenting number seven, the deal-breaker: Methyl Parathion. Here is more information including brand names for toxic Methyl Parathion. It is a highly toxic synthetic.

To be ‘Certified Organic’ means that crops are tested in the field and beyond to verify that only natural and allowable products are used. When a product is labled as organic without the certification, there is reason for concern. The product in this review is declared as ‘organic’ by the distributor. However, the hemp farmer who grew this product, Dixie Gulch Ranch in Oregon, shares on the website that ‘organic farming methods are followed.’

For truly organic hemp products request certification, look for the USDA Organic symbol, and read the verifiable full profile COA.

The THCA level for this product is 5.3 mg/g. The CBDA for this product is 137.0 mg/g, CBC is 1.1 mg/g, and a whopping 6.2 CBGA. CBGA is known to assist in the natural process of  apoptosis which inhibits and kills cancer cells. These are appropriate levels and worth more than $9.99 per gram.

Knowing that there are ‘unknown’ outcomes of even passing levels of pesticides, the consumer must judge on whether to pass on this great bargain or to keep searching for a ‘certified organic hemp flower.’

This graph represents the potential benefits, backed by scientific research, of eating raw cannabis, specifically, the cannibis presented as Organic Otto in the first photograph. Read my previous blogs for research data and links.

Most hemp products have a one year shelf life.

Eating raw cannabis is not only a health fad, it is a wise fad. But do it wisely and read the COA’s with all the lights on.

Read my blog posts, Eating Raw Cannabis Benefits Includes Killing Cancer Cells – no wonder it is called a brain food.

It is not wise to use a product without full transparency. Insist on a verifiable full profile COA with any hemp product. Identify the testing lab with a header on the lab work. Do not accept a lab report without identifying language and contact information. Identify that COA with a correlating batch number.

Have a great day!


Your CBD Girl

References

Abemectin https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2198753   Abemectin

Chlorfenapyr https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/a?dbs+hsdb:@term+@DOCNO+7464

Pyrethrins  Pyrethrins https://druginfo.nlm.nih.gov/drugportal/rn/8003-34-7

Propiconazole  https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/propiconazole#section=NIOSH-Toxicity-Data

USDA Certified Organic https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/BehindTheUSDAOrganicSeal.png

USDA Oganic Labels https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/OrganicLabelsExplained.png

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