Dispensary

Why we take quality assurance seriously

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Herbs aren’t Herbs like Oils aren’t Oils

Despite common framing, technics herbs can vary wildly in quality and potency depending on growing conditions and manufacturing processes. In comparison here are the three main ways to attain herbs:

 

Wildcrafted Herbs

On the whole, wildcraft herbs come from the wild where they grow naturally.

  • They are not always the best.
  • Who knows where they are grown, maybe in a city near a polluted river.
  • May be contaminated with pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals.
  • Not picked for optimal levels of potency.
  • Harvested methods may contaminate the herb with weeds and insects.
  • Stored methods, are they free of moisture, fungi, and is it partially fermented.

Trade Herbs

Is where conventional farming techniques are employed.

  • Don’t know what you are getting.
  • The source of the herbs can come from anywhere.
  • Some people are unscrupulous there could use cheaper varieties.
  • Contamination from, moisture, fungi, partially fermented, pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals.

Organically Growing Herbs

Grown with no use of synthetic or toxic substances.

  • Organic does not mean the best harvesting practices.
  • Was it tested to have the active activity constituents before harvesting?
  • Organic farmers can still use natural pesticides and herbicides.
  • Organic herbs are expensive.
  • Price is no guarantee of quality. That kind of thinking is miss-founded.

Your herb of choice depends on

So, depending on your circumstances, condition, age and medication. The selection process can be complicated making it difficult to identify what herbs you use. Furthermore, there are other considerations like:

  • What strength of herbs to take

    • Over the counter 
    • Practitioner only (higher strength)
  • Side effects:

    • Allergic reactions.
    • Nausea vomiting.
    • Liver and kidney sensitives. 
  • When to take the herbs? 
    • On an empty stomach. 
    • Or with food.  

Besides that, if this all seems too overwhelming, you may choose to see me for a personalised professional assessment. 

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Stringent Safeguards Against

 

  1. Herbal substitution: Where a cheaper variety herb substitutes the real one.
  2. Adulteration: Due to, a cheaper herb is mixed in with a high-quality one.
  3. Poor quality: As a result of different growing methods. Also storing herbs can be far from ideal. And then, it may change the therapeutic effect.

Why is quality assurance important?  

We go to great lengths to find the herbs and companies to deal with. Also, each company has to have a high level of quality assurance and use independent quality control laboratories to analysed and confirm each ingredient in their supplement formulation:

Purity and Identity. 

  1. Appearance and Colour
  2. Smell Texture
  3. The content of specified actives
  4. Thin Layer Chromatography fingerprinting (identifies exact herb)
  5. Microbial levels
  6. Amount of other material
  7. Pesticides and herbicides
  8. Heavy metals
  9. Aflatoxins
  10. Radiation levels