Transparency and Hemp Extraction: Why You Need to Know the Source of the CBD in Your Materials


Before partnering with any hemp extractor, it’s important to take a step back and examine its processes and ingredients critically.

After all, you’ll want to partner with a brand that is transparent about where its ingredients come from, whether those ingredients are produced sustainably, etc. The best way to determine this? Look at traceability, which allows you to assess quality control by tracing a product back to its source.

The CBD market is evolving rapidly, and doing your due diligence will give you peace of mind about your business partners. That said, we at Neptune Wellness Solutions want to take the uncertainty out of finding a partner to fulfill your hemp-derived CBD needs. This dedication to transparency is why we’re so committed to creating traceable, high-quality phytocannabinoid extracts.

Neptune’s Superior Production Process

From hemp sourcing to extraction, Neptune takes great care to ensure our finished products are perfect. At our cutting-edge facility in North Carolina, we’re able to produce high-quality, full- and broad-spectrum hemp extracts. We only use the highest-quality hemp, and we’re committed to preserving the natural profile of the oil by preserving all phytocannabinoids. More importantly, our oil is verified by transparent and experienced third-party labs, which means it has full traceability from the start and the analytical results to back up it’s quality.

Of all the steps involved in creating hemp-derived CBD products, the extraction process is particularly crucial for quality. This is when we pull the desired components (e.g., cannabinoids, terpenes, etc.) from the cannabis plant.

There are a variety of extraction methods, but we’ve found ethanol processing methods tend to create high-quality cannabis extracts in a very efficient and sustainable manner. Of all the innovative cannabis extraction methods available, ethanol extraction requires fewer post-processing steps like refinement or purification.

Above all, the quality and traceability of a product is a culmination of two things. First, it can simply mean there are no harmful levels of contaminants and that the product adheres to set specifications. At Neptune, this translates to our workplace culture in the production process. For example, we ensure that every employee who handles products wears the proper personal protective equipment. We also closely monitor the temperature and humidity of our storage and processing rooms, among many other factors.

Second, quality can mean the product is effective and safe. This is dependent on the materials used — how the plant was grown, harvested, stored, etc. We extensively vet our growers to ensure they are passionate and experienced. Then, we take their plants through our proven methods to create extracts with the desired effects.

How to Determine a Product’s Quality

Not all companies are as transparent and careful as Neptune when it comes to quality and traceability.

However, any hemp-derived CBD extract worth using will come with a Certificate of Analysis, or COA, to indicate it has been tested by a third-party lab (one that doesn’t have any stake in the product). The COA may be accessible by scanning a product’s QR code, visiting the retailer’s website, or contacting the company directly.

Once you have access to a COA, look at the product’s labeling accuracy. Check that what’s on the product’s label matches what’s actually in it. You’ll also want to look at the cannabinoid profile, which will show you what compounds are in the extract. It can be helpful to check other criteria on the COA, including the heavy metal and pesticide levels, to ensure you’re getting the safest product possible. If anything on the COA seems questionable, don’t partner with that brand.

Before you choose any business partners, remember to do your due diligence by checking the traceability of their products. We’d also encourage you to consider Neptune Wellness Solutions, which is transparent about all of its processes, for your hemp-derived CBD needs.