August 17, 2020 4 min read

At EndoCoast, we’re all about finding your flow with quality THC-free CBD products from legal, all-natural industrial hemp and a transparent manufacturing process. After a shock DEA statement on CBD, hemp, and the "Farm bill" on the 20th of August, we want to assure you that we’re doing everything we can to ensure your safety and the continuity of our quality CBD products.

What the Fuss is All About

The 2018 Farm Bill paved the way for a flourishing hemp industry by decriminalizing all strains of Cannabis sativa L. containing less than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis, as well as its extracts and derivatives.

As a result, the production and sale of THC-free CBD products from hemp started to thrive—helping countless Americans find greater balance and calm in their lives with the benefits of the plant’s most abundant cannabinoid: CBD.

All was going well with the U.S. hemp product industry growing by 57% in 2018, until the 20th of August, 2020, when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued an interim final rule (IFR) regarding products of the hemp extraction process that exceed the 0.3% THC amount.

The problem with the DEA’s statement is that it would criminalize any hemp extract containing 0.3% or more THC—including Work In Progress Hemp Extracts (WIPHE hereafter) that are not intended for sale or consumption. Seeing that even THC-free CBD products proceeding from legal hemp would naturally exceed this amount during manufacture, this IFR has the potential to destroy the entire hemp/CBD industry.

When Might THC-free CBD Products Go Over the Limit?

To understand the WIPHE issue, it’s important to clarify a few things about the hemp plant:

  1. The Definition of Hemp

    Firstly, to qualify as hemp, a cannabis sativa plant must contain less than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis—otherwise, it is classified as “marijuana” and is officially a controlled substance according to the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). When classified as hemp, the plant and all of its extracts and derivatives are legal according to the 2018 Farm Bill—including any trace amounts of THC contained in the plant.

  2. An Unequal Distribution of Cannabinoids

    Secondly, the cannabinoids of hemp (as well as marijuana) are located primarily in the flowers and buds of the plant, with near-zero levels in the stems, leaves, and seeds. This means that as soon as the flowers and buds are separated from the rest of the plant material to produce THC-free CBD products, the THC levels in the flower-and-bud pile could already seem disproportionately high compared to the dry weight material of the whole plant that was harvested.

  3. WIPHE Are Not the End of the Story

    Thirdly, oil obtained in the hemp extraction process will necessarily have higher amounts of THC than the dry material because the plant’s fiber and chlorophyll have been removed. This work-in-progress-hemp-extract is purified further to ensure only trace amounts of THC before selling the oil to consumers, but could surpass the 0.3% THC limit while still in its transitional state.

  4. The 2018 Farm Bill Allowed for WIPHE

    In legalizing THC-free CBD products, the provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill allowed for derivatives and extracts of legal hemp. This was understood to include WIPHE—even if the extract passed the legal 0.3% THC limit in the process. If the plant was legal, extracts taken from this plant were also considered to be legal. The DEA’s interim final rule seeks to change all this.

How We Ensure our THC-Free CBD Products Are Safe

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While uncertainty is high regarding the future of hemp products since the DEA statement on CBD, hemp, and the "Farm bill," we want to assure you that we take every possible measure to ensure the continuity of our legal THC-free CBD products. Our aim at EndoCoast is to help you find calm—not to get you high or make you fail a drug test.

How EndoCoast’s Oils Are Made

To prepare the highest-quality THC-free CBD products for our customers, we begin with all-natural hemp that is free from pesticides and herbicides, and extract the oil using a supercritical CO2 hemp extraction process that doesn’t use any solvents or leave any toxic residues. The resulting oil is rich in cannabidiol (CBD) as well as other cannabinoids, terpenes, lipids, vitamins, and nutrients that help you absorb the CBD better.

We then have the THC content of the final product tested independently to ensure levels far below the 0.3% federal limit and a worry-free CBD experience for our customers. You can view the Certificates of Analysis for each product by clicking on the link for the product you wish to view. These COAs provide information about cannabinoid levels, contents of the sample, as well as the presence of pesticides, molds, bacteria, heavy metals, and/or foreign contaminants.

Full Peace of Mind for Your Best Coast

By viewing the COAs for our THC-free CBD products, you will see that THC and similar molecules have not been detected—this also means that you shouldn’t fail a drug test for THC while taking our products. 

#findyourcoast with THC-free CBD Products

No matter what happens as a result of the DEA’s statement on CBD, hemp, and the "Farm bill", we will continue to produce high-quality CBD products for our customers and keep you informed about any other pertinent developments.

If you love our oils, capsules, gummies, and topicals, be sure to submit your comments about the DEA’s ruling here and reference “RIN 1117- AB53/ Docket No. DEA-500” on all correspondence and attachments.

Well-made, honestly-labeled CBD with a clean hemp extraction process has enhanced the lives of many people around the world and has an increasing body of research in support of its benefits. Find out what CBD is all about by shopping our high-quality THC-free CBD products, and stay calm and relaxed with free U.S. shipping!