Industrial hemp is legally defined as cannabis sativa l. with less than 0.3% THC. The federal farm bill opened the door to industrial hemp in the U.S. by turning control over to the individual states.
Hemp has literally dozens of potential uses including food, fuel and fiber. The emphasis today has focused on hemp cultivars that produce significant amounts of CBD. There are hemp strains that not only have less than 0.3% THC but CBD with terpenes. These cultivars can be used to make whole plant medicine just like medical marijuana. And before you ask: CBD is CBD whether it comes from hemp or marijuana.
Consumers: look for products made with hemp grown without pesticides and free of heavy metals andr other toxins. Demand the lab results before making a purchase.
The Hemp Renaissance we’re witnessing now follows 70+ years since hemp was grown in America. After acquiring suitable seeds or clones, the next challenge facing hemp farmers is how to harvest their brop. There are no off the shelf farm tools available, yet. Here are some thoughts on harvesting industrial hemp. First time hemp farmers usually have questions about planting industrial hemp. We’ve written a piece comparing growing hemp to growing popcorn. For those not familiar with growing hemp for CBD, it helps to think of the various plants of the hemp plant like cream, milk and skim milk. Read and see if you don’t agree.