Apr 01, 2019 01:09AM
● By Gisele Rinaldi Siebold
Hempfield Botanicals, located in Lancaster, was founded in 2017 by Heather and Nathan Kreider, and built upon their strong and trusted reputation for providing professional skin care products through their Makes Scents Natural Spa Line. Passionate about providing quality cannabiodiol (CBD) products, the line of Hempfield Botanicals is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-free, Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free, third-party tested and 100 percent vegan.
Hempfield Botanicals was third-party audited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs), and they continue to uphold the standards set by the FDA. The company is certified through the Pennsylvania Department of Health “Controlled Substances, Drugs, Device and Cosmetics Act 64” to be a manufacturer and distributor, registered to conduct and maintain a facility in accordance with the provisions set forth by Act 64.
They also chose to become Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC). “Leaping Bunny uses ‘The Corporate Standard of Compassion for Animals’ to vet every vendor,” Heather says. “Leaping Bunny is located in Pennsylvania, so becoming certified was also a way for us to support a fellow local business that internationally promotes the comprehensive standard for not testing on animals.”
Heather’s “3 T’s of CBD” include testing, traceability and transparency. “All ingredients, including our raw CBD, arrive with Certificates of Analysis (COAs), along with lab results to ensure purity and quality,” she affirms. “We also complete in-house testing during the manufacturing process and then our finished products are tested by an FDA-approved, third-party lab. We source our sustainably grown, hemp-based CBD from Kentucky and Colorado growers who use organic practices.
“Although CBD is legal in the U.S., lack of industry regulation remains a challenge. We encourage consumers to become informed before buying CBD products to ensure that the manufacturer adheres to the highest standards of quality and purity,” Heather suggests.
“Education is key and remains significant to our mission so consumers know they can trust us. We are transparent about manufacturing practices; visitors can see our products being made and can request third-party lab results at any time,” she explains. “What we say is in our products is really what is in our products.”
“CBD and THC are the cannabinoids found most abundantly in cannabis plants, but people get confused about the difference,” says Heather. “Unlike THC, which causes psychoactive effects (a “high”), CBD does not; the way these two cannabinoids interact with cannabinoid receptors varies.”
Being an informed consumer means thinking about more than just price when comparing CBD products. Things to consider include concentration of the formulation; route of use (sublingual verses capsules/gummies, transdermal, etc.); testing; traceability; transparency; added ingredients and reason for use.
What sets Hempfield Botanicals apart from other companies is that many of their CBD products are formulated by two compounding pharmacists–one of whom is also a chemical engineer–who have experience in the cannabis, healthcare and chemical industries. They formulated six different oral oils using specific terpene profiles, which is unique to the industry. The oils recently launched in March include: Comfort, for daytime anxiety relief; Tunnel Vision, for focus; Hemped Up, for energy; Relief, for general pain; Head Ease, for migraines; and 40 Winks, for insomnia.
The team at Hempfield Botanicals has created strategic partnerships to work hand-in-hand with industry leaders and Pennsylvania farmers, who are working with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to regulate hemp products, with a goal to source Pennsylvania-grown hemp.
“The best part of our work is seeing first-hand the benefits people are receiving from using CBD oil products to improve their quality of life,” enthuses Heather. “Local physicians and orthopedic surgeons are recommending our products for pain relief, especially following hip and knee surgeries. Athletes have also given us positive feedback. To make a long story short, CBD could benefit almost everyone who wants to lead an active life and keep pain, stress and inflammation under control,” she says.