Frequently asked questions

Common Questions and Answers asked of Hemp Processors

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Manufacturing Capabilities, Certifications and Regulation Oversight

After extracting the most valued cannabinoids from industrial hemp, further processing is accomplished using 12” wiped-film, dual-stage distillation systems to remove undesirable elements, including THC, to produce highly concentrated CBD and CBG oils. For some products, further refinement  utilizes industrial-scale crystallization and liquid chromatography equipment to produce CBG and CBD isolates and other specialized distillates.

  • We are regulated by the FDA and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.
  • We received and have maintained our comprehensive end-to-end ISO 9001:2015 certification. Additionally, as a hemp processor in Utah, we must adhere to cGMP requirements for dietary supplements and human food. (read more)

Quality Assurance, Testing and Lab Qualifications

  • We wrote and implemented our Quality Management System (QMS) to guide us in daily operations from the beginning. Our QMS is ISO 9001:2015 certified and cGMP-adherent for both dietary supplements and human food. (read more)
  • We visually inspect and document each stage throughout refinement to provide end-to-end traceability.
  • With the help of our in-house analytical laboratory, we can make data-driven decisions in product development to ensure consistency in manufacturing operations and process optimization.
  • Beginning at the farm, testing is mandated to ensure our biomass input will meet the USDA’s legal definition of industrial hemp (containing less than 0.3% THC).  
  • As final confirmation, once the hemp is refined into cannabinoid raw materials ready for sale, our ISO 17025-accredited third-party lab verifies that every lot meets the threshold as outlined by the 2018 Farm Bill and Utah state requirements (R68-37, R68-25) prior to shipping material to any customer.
  • Yes, the third-party lab has been inspected and has demonstrated operational competency and the ability to generate valid testing results to earn the ISO 17025 accreditation. This level of accreditation is vital for Red Mesa to extend confidence in the quality of our products to our customers. (read more)

Red Mesa Science & Refining is registered as a food facility with the FDA and subject to random inspections. (read more)

Final Confirmation of Authenticity CoAs and Order Fulfillment

  • We require our ISO 17025-accredited third-party lab to test to the specifications listed on R68-37 for pesticides, residual solvents, heavy metals, foreign material, mycotoxins and microbiological contaminants. Third-party lab CoAs are available upon request. (read more)
  • Turnaround time averages 2 – 4 business days. This length of time depends on how quickly the Sales Agreement is signed by the customer and how long it takes for payment to be received
  • Please use the contact form to indicate interest, email us or call us and we will be happy to assist you.
A small sample of CBD Isolate from each batch is collected for testing to ensure quality of product and process integrity

General Questions

  • According to the 2018 Farm Bill, Cannabis Sativa L. plants with less the 0.3% THC are considered industrial hemp and can be cultivated legally across most states.
  • Hemp-derived CBD is derived from hemp plants, which is any varietal of the Cannabis Sativa L. plants with less than 0.3% THC, and are federally legal.
  • Cannabis-derived CBD derived from marijuana plants, which is any varietal of the Cannabis Sativa L. plants with more than 0.3% THC, and are federally illegal .
  • Synthetic CBD is produced via chemical reaction processes, which may use natural or synthetically derived precursors, that result in the ultimate production of CBD.  When purified properly, it is typically chemically the same as extracted CBD.  The main difference is typically the cost associated with the production process, as well as the fact that it is produced in a lab rather than derived solely from a naturally occurring source, ie plants. 
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  • Isolate is a refined and purified form of CBD, CBG , CBN and other minors which separates the CBD, CBG and CBN  from other cannabinoids, including THC, resulting in a fine white crystalline powder that the highest purity. Being tasteless and odorless, allows for complete control over the end product’s taste and smell. 
  • Distillate is honey golden in color and results from purified CBD and CBG crude being processed further to retain only the desired cannabinoids while removing waxes, lipids and chlorophyll. CBN Distillate is produced through our proprietary refineement method that allows for more control rather than relying on the decomposition of THC. The resulting Distillate has a faint pleasant aroma and flavor and is highly versatile for infusion into end-product formulations such as vapes, edibles or topicals. Distillate can be classified as Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, Crystal Resistant or formulated to exhibit a dominant minor cannabinoid.
    • Full Spectrum Distillate is the full plant extract containing the entire spectrum of the original naturally occurring cannabinoids and terpenes within the plant, all with a generous concentration of CBD.
    • Broad Spectrum Distillate (BSD) contains predominately CBD and other cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids with the THC removed within the regulated threshold, making it ideal for those interested in the entourage effect but without THC.  Red Mesa  manufactures both T-Free Broad Spectrum Select Distillate and T-Free Broad Spectrum Distillate with only 0.01% THC, well under the 2018 Farm bill federal limits of 0.3% THC content. Another such Broad spectrum distillate product is CBN Distillate which is comprised maily of CBN with additional minors.
    • Crystal Resistant Distillate (CRD) is manufactured to resist crystallization. Red Mesa’s Crystal Resistant Distillate is a highly sought CBD raw ingredient due to its anti-crystallization nature and exceptional minor cannabinoid concentration of a minimum of 20% minors guaranteed.
Bulk CBG when distilled is a clear golden viscous oil and is distilled at industrial scale and dispensed into a large vessel to be sold as is or to be processed further in to CBG Isolate, CBG Distillate - Broad Spectrum or CBG Crystal Resistant Distillate - High Minors at Red Mesa Science and Refining
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