Over four years ago, we began providing people with hemp CBD oil that we had blended by Earth Science Corporation. The blends that we had made were organic with no additives, pure, strong, and expensive. Batches were inconsistent and many lab tests were inaccurate. After a year we decided to blend our own formulas. We purchased paste from California, Colorado and Europe and added a proprietary blend of terpenes and other cannabinoids. We had the paste and finished product tested by a lab in South Florida and one in Colorado. Another two years of inconsistent results led us to begin building a lab that would provide consistent and accurate test results.
We began to grow by leaps and bounds, while agencies were still in the “gray area.” The “gray area” in the industry has led us to navigate through constant label changes, website and marketing updates. Our company started to get noticed primarily through word of mouth and networking. Soon after this notoriety, we began getting attacked by competitors and individuals who made claims that ranged from us putting motor oil in our products to us being secret pawns for big pharma companies to destroy the “little guys.” The primary motivation for the claims was our rapid growth and the fact that we did not “cut” our product or add flavorings. Our product is rich, pure, thick and tastes like the plant it comes from.
Two years ago, we came to a crossroads and had to make a decision to move forward and grow or concentrate on other products. Moving forward would require a large financial investment for new offices, qualified staff and more importantly, a test lab of our own. At that time our business had tripled in 3 years. Medical doctors, clinics and hospitals became interested in our products and the positive results. What tipped the tide and made us move further into the CBD market were the hundreds of clients that had benefited from our product and had been loyal for so many years. It has been frustrating not to publish their testimonials for others to read because of the legality and “gray area” that still exists in the market today.
So, we decided to move forward with a state-of-the-art laboratory capable of testing hemp, marijuana and nutritional supplements. We created a board of qualified medical doctors, clinic owners, and rehab specialists worldwide to develop protocols for patients in need. Six months ago, this medical board started clinical testing with our products in the United States, Columbia, South America, Panama and Central America. Future trials will be starting in Switzerland, Bermuda, Germany and Poland soon. Most recently we have been approached by growers throughout Florida to join them in research including cultivating the very best hemp crops.
So where are we now? CBD is no longer classified as a “Schedule 1” but the FDA has not classified it as a dietary supplement. Virtually thousands of locations in Florida are selling CBD, including gas stations, grocery stores and big box stores. Many people lack knowledge about the product they are selling. Companies are continuing to make false claims and have no laboratory testing on their products. This lack of education in the market gives legitimate companies like ours a bad name. Sunshine Global Health has been asked to participate in helping write new rules and regulations for licensing in the state of Florida. Key members of our company met with the director of Cannabis, Holly Bell, in the field office of Nikki Fried, commissioner for the Department of Agriculture in August 2019. During this meeting the new Florida rules for growing, marketing and testing CBD, Hemp, and Marijuana Extracts were discussed.
The Folks at Sunshine Global Health