About Us

Better strains. Better science. Better experience. Welcome to Van Aarde.

At Van Aarde, we are passionate about the power of botanicals to have a positive impact on your health and well being. Our all-natural products are carefully crafted in small batches and contain the highest quality CBD from hemp grown organically on family farms in the Connecticut River Valley of Western Massachusetts.

Made with phytocannabinoid-rich hemp extract, Van Aarde Hemp Extract Oils and Topical CBD Products offer a full range of non-psychoactive cannabinoids and beneficial terpenes. We rigorously test our products throughout the manufacturing process to ensure purity and confirm cannabinoid content. We make the test results for each batch of product easily accessible so you can feel confident in your choice to use Van Aarde CBD products.

From the earth to you,

Van Aarde's obsession with quality ensures you receive only the best products. And our unparalleled commitment to testing and transparency sets the bar among our peers. Thank you for joining us in our vision of improving lives with natural healing for years to come.

Quality Control from Breed-to-Shelf

The key to putting the “natural” in Van Aarde Natural Science? It starts from the ground up.

Our company was awarded one of the first licenses to grow hemp and produce CBD products in the state of Massachusetts. We partner with local family farms by providing them with proprietary hemp seeds that we've had certified by the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture. This farming partnership program is led by our Director of Cultivation and Plant Sciences Josh Turner, MSc. Josh holds a Bachelors Degree in Plant Science and a Masters Degree in Biology. He and his wife Shanda lead the grow team responsible for breeding 100% of the seeds that we provide to our farming partners. All our hemp strains contain high levels of CBD and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.

At Van Aarde, we use cold-wash ethanol extraction to naturally pull all the active compounds from the hemp plant. We then distill the extract in our onsite lab to create a pure full spectrum hemp extract oil. This allows for optimal retention of terpenes and other sensitive plant compounds beneficial to our formulations. We use this full spectrum hemp extract in all our products. By using hemp extract that includes a range of cannabinoids you enjoy a synergistic effect achieved by all the active compounds of the plant working together.

Van Aarde products are formulated by our co-founder Sarah McLaughlin, who is a Certified Sports Dietitian and Nutritionist. We produce all our Hemp Extract Oils and Topical products in small batches at our manufacturing facility located in Northampton, MA. In addition to rigorous internal testing during the cultivation and processing of our hemp, we send every batch of product we create to a third party independent lab for a final test. This verifies you’re receiving accurate CBD potency and helps alleviate any concerns about levels of THC, pesticides, heavy metals, and mycotoxins.

The Healing Power of Plants

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a compound that is found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, the psychoactive compound also found in the cannabis plant, CBD is non-intoxicating. Van Aarde Natural Science products use hemp derived CBD. The definition of hemp is a cannabis plant that contains 0.3% THC or less. The hemp we grow contains naturally occurring CBD and numerous other beneficial non-psychoactive phytocannabinoids.


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