There is a popular leftist adage that goes. ‘There is no ethical consumption under late-stage capitalism.’ This is what is a known as an appeal to futility and isn’t useful for anyone other than leftwing LARPers who don’t want to feel bad about eating Nestle products.
However, it does raise an interesting thought; how can we be sure that the products we consume are ethical?
CBD oil is made from the cannabis plant, which is illegal to cultivate in large swathes of the USA. This, of course, opens up the door for black market trade, exploitation, and counterfeit. If you want to ensure that your CBD oil is totally above board you need to know the ethical challenges facing the cannabis industry.
One of the side-effects of the federal prohibition on cannabis in the USA is that Mexican cartels have stepped in to supply the huge demand. Mexican drug cartels use the profits from black market cannabis to pay for arms, assassins, and corrupt police across Mexico. The cartels are incredibly violent and responsible for a massive amount of murders and abductions both north and south of the border.
What Can You Do?
The best way to avoid funding a murderous drug empire is to avoid buying the products of a murderous drug empire. You should only buy CBD products that you can verify are coming from a legitimate source. Registered cannabis companies can be held accountable for the cannabis they source. If you aren’t sure, google the name of the product before you buy it.
Unless you have an appropriate climate, it is essential that you directly heat cannabis when you’re growing it. This means that as the industry grows, its carbon footprint does too. Climate change is a pressing issue, and many people are making a concerted effort to love more sustainability.
What Can You Do?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a whole lot you can do. The nature of national supply chains means that it is incredibly hard to buy low-carbon cannabis. One solution is to grow your own cannabis! Some states in the US, such as Colorado and California, will let you grow a certain number of cannabis plants privately. If you really want to cut down on the carbon emissions of a national supply chain, growing and extracting your own CBD oil may be the way to go.