Cheyenne, WY—Verdant Nature LLC, in collaboration with HempFusion Inc., has announced that Verdant Oasis brand Panoramic Entourage Phytocannabinoid-Rich Whole Plant Hemp Extract (VOHO Hemp Oil) is self-affirmed GRAS based on tests performed in accordance with the U.S. FDA Redbook Guidelines.

Self-affirmed GRAS status was achieved through an independent review of extensive safety tests conducted on the hemp oil by a panel of toxicologists.

“FDA expects the hemp industry to prove safety of phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil and Verdant Nature has answered the call as part of our commitment to establish a quality and safety benchmark for genuine hemp oil,” said Carl Germano, CNS, CDN, VP of Verdant Nature, in the press release. “Extensive toxicology studies were conducted in accordance with FDA Redbook guidelines, including Ames Mutagenicity, Micronucleus Genotoxicity, 14 Day Acute, 90 Day Sub-Chronic, and Maximum Tolerated Dose. The review and evaluation of these studies and the NOAEL (No Observed Adverse Effect) were published in the peer-reviewed scientific journalPLOS One.”

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GRAS status is required for food and beverage ingredients as an assurance of safety. “VOHO Hemp Oil GRAS status provides a runway for our clients to expand from dietary supplements to novel functional foods, incorporating benefits of phytocannabinoids’ support of the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS),” added Germano. “This independent review further assures Verdant Nature’s customers that our number one goal is to provide safe and legal phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil as a quality benchmark in the vast sea of questionable products. In fact, many products touted as hemp extracts are actually marijuana products according to genetic tests recently published in the New Phytologist confirming that many high CBD cannabis products claimed as hemp extracts are actually derived from marijuana. The authors conclude that high CBD plants are genetically marijuana and cannot be expected to meet the legal definition of industrial hemp. This suggests that CBD products derived from these materials may be incorrectly labeled and potentially misbranded.”

Verdant Nature’s VOHO hemp oil is derived from European seed bank registered genuine industrial hemp, with proven genetic stability and decades of safe human consumption.