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CBD, climate crisis, sustainability: ABC takes a look at 2019 and beyond

By Stefan Gafner and Mark Blumenthal, American Botanical Council

The news about CBD and hemp extracts dominated 2019, says the American Botanical Council. But issues surrounding the ongoing climate crisis, questions of sustainability, and the ongoing questions of adulteration were important topics as well.

Gaia Herbs gets certified B Corporation

Gaia Herbs gets certified B Corporation

By Adi Menayang

Herbal supplement specialist Gaia Herbs joins growing number of supplement companies certified as a B Corporation, describing it as a sign of the company’s contribution “to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.”

Horehound, an herb native to Europe and North Africa but which is widely naturalized elsewhere, was the top seller. Public domain, Wikimedia Commons.

Herbal product sales rise 7.5% according to ABC

By Hank Schultz

Herbal supplement sales increased by 7.5% according to a new report by the American Botanical Council’s 2015 report. Consumers in the US spent $6.9 billion on herbal products during the year, according to the publication.

McGuffin: DSHEA was about preserving right to direct one's own self care

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McGuffin: DSHEA was about preserving right to direct one's own self care

By Hank Schultz

Michael McGuffin, president of the American Herbal Products Association, has a unique perspective on the 20th anniversary of DSHEA having started in the herbal products industry in 1974, twenty years before the law was passed.  The law, as he sees it,...

Balancing functionality of botanical ingredients against cost and availability concerns isn't easy, experts say.

Knowledge base of herbal products sector is waning, pioneer fears

By Hank Schultz

As the herbal products industry develops the question arises of whether some of the knowledge that drove the initial spate of creativity in the pre- and post-DSHEA period is being lost as founders retire. At least one industry pioneer fears that is the...

Dr. Ikhlas Khan

Applying ‘Quality by Design’ ideas to herbal products

By Hank Schultz

The development of new of herbal products could be significantly improved by applying a “Quality by Design” (QbD) approach to the characterization of source materials, the authors of a recently published paper assert.


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