You might shop around for Kava and find it apparently supplied from many places, the prices of which and the speed at which it can be delivered may vary greatly. At the same time, quality and reliability also vary greatly. For these reasons, buying kava online from a reputable supplier is incredibly important. There are a number of reasons for this.
1. Purity and Nobility
Reputable suppliers will sell noble kava to customers, and within the packaging you will find only noble kava. Less reputable brands will use cutting agents, or mix the noble kava with cut-price tudei kava which may in some respects be the same plant, it is not the noble kava root and is nowhere near the same order of quality. Tudei kava is sometimes used by producers to reduce the amount of noble kava in the mix and thus cut costs. It’s like watering down good wine.
Reputable suppliers will only put into the product exactly what’s written on the label – 100 percent noble kava root. It should only take a single moment to look at the ingredients label to prove whether or not the noble kava root is the real deal, but you can also smell the kava once it’s prepared. If there’s any unpleasantness in the smell, then something is wrong.
Suppliers of a less reputable nature might not care where the kava is sourced from and how it is grown. There could be poor working conditions on the farms, or the farmers who grew and harvested the kava were poorly compensated in order to bring the final price point down. Kava is a premium item, but proper sustainable farming practices ensures that corners are not cut and that everyone involved in the process is paid and treated in a way that can keep the industry going on good terms.
The way kava is sustainably produced is a crucial part of what makes a supplier reputable. It demonstrates a level of ethics that supersedes pure profit, and yet the model is profitable for all concerned. It’s business done right, and for sensitive products like kava, a traditional natural product of the Pacific Islands, it’s important that it’s treated with respect and things are done right.
Reputable suppliers of kava don’t just employ sustainable practices in their farming, harvesting and processing of kava root, but also safe practices. Kava from a reputable supplier can stand up to the quality standards of any organisation, including the FDA and the HACCP. Those same reputable suppliers are willing to put that product up against anyone else’s and any international standard necessary to prove its purity, its authenticity and its quality. When you find packages of so-called pure kava root without even the most basic certifications, it doesn’t matter how cheap or easy to get it is, it simply can’t be trusted.
Hygiene is another big question mark around less reputable suppliers. If you buy from poor suppliers, you have no way of knowing exactly how the kava has been prepared and packaged. You can usually tell this by preparing the kava and seeing if there is any dark sediment present. If there is sediment, it’s a classic sign of unhygienic preparation. A reputable supplier is much more open about how they mature the roots, prepare the product and package it, and will let their certifications speak to their hygiene, not to mention the cleanliness of the kava once prepared and the better smell and taste.
This Canadian Entrepreneur Tells Us The Highs and Lows of Running A Successful Hemp Company
East of Toronto lies a Canadian hemp company called The Hemp Spot which offers over fifty plus products.
CEO and founder, Jacob Moore started the company in 2018. Moore’s interest in hemp began when he was looking for a healthier protein product that would help with recovery and pain remedy. Moore has an autoimmune disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis, which can cause some of the small bones in someone’s spine (vertebrae) to fuse. This can cause less flexibility and can result in someone having a hunched posture.
His discovery of hemp protein helped with the pain however, he realized there were not a lot of Canadian hemp products readily available. Knowing there might be others who were also suffering from joint pains or who were looking for safer, healthier options to help with recovery, Moore created The Hemp Spot.
“We are your local one-stop-shop for all things Canadian hemp. We have a variety of Canadian hemp products supplied by various Canadian hemp farmers and small Canadian hemp businesses,” said Moore.
Even though Moore found a natural product that would help many Canadians, he faced
numerous obstacles to get his business started. Banks gave Moore a hard time because of the misconceptions and stigmas surrounding hemp. Banks deemed hemp as marijuana. Although growing industrial hemp has been legal since 1998.
“When hemp was grouped in with marijuana it was declared an illegal substance. Slowly people began to ignore the benefits for the environment and for themselves. Till this day many people believe hemp is marijuana and has a high amount of THC,” said Moore.
To clarify, hemp comes from the same species of plant as cannabis however, it has lower levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) compared to cannabis. The first license to grow industrial hemp for commercial purposes in Canada was issued in May 1998. Unlike its sister plant (cannabis) hemp takes around 90-120 days to grow, compared to four to eight months growth time for cannabis.
Moore continues to have problems advertising his company online because social media platforms such as Facebook bundle hemp with marijuana under their advertising regulations. As of 2019, Facebook has made some adjustments to their advertisement laws, which allows hemp companies in the U.S. to promote their businesses, as long as they’re promoting non-ingestible hemp.
“It may say hemp companies can advertise on Facebook/social media but hemp companies (in Canada) like myself are not allowed to promote, even when we try to promote our Hemp Face cloths. I’ve been flagged for selling illegal substances. I wish we were allowed to advertise however, we’re not able to,” said Moore.
Similar to advertising companies, Moore had to prove to banks that hemp was not a marijuana product. Nonetheless, Moore’s resilient spirit has allowed him to mount a thriving business and also to educate the public.
His company has helped many Canadian hemp farmers. Hemp expels four times more carbon dioxide than trees, and helps reduce greenhouse gases in the air. “We want everyone to experience hemp for all that it is; to utilize it as a food supplement, to clothe ourselves, to help transportation grow, and to help shelter families,” said Moore.
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