The Benefits of Growing Hemp for CBD—And Why You Might Even Consider Growing It Yourself
The recent boom in the popularity of Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, has drawn a great deal of consumer interest and attention. As a result, growing hemp for CBD has also become a highly lucrative enterprise for farmers, processors, and retailers in a modern health phenomenon. The good folks over at Remedy Farms believe in the growth of this industry and have provided a short guide to the benefits of this growing field.
What Is CBD?
CBD is a natural chemical, common in hemp plants, extracted from the flowers of the female cannabis plant. Through an involved process, manufacturers extract the chemical from the flowers for a wide range of topical and ingested products.
Will It Get Me High?
In a word, no. The chemical in cannabis that gets people high, THC, and CBD are different chemicals that produce different effects. State and federal regulations for hemp farming mandate that farmed plants contain only .3% of THC or lower when being used for CBD or other commercial purposes. The tiny concentration of THC and non-psychoactive nature of CBD will prevent the user from getting high.
Regulations consider cannabis exceeding the .3% THC threshold marijuana, even though marijuana is harvested from a different part of the plant than CBD oil. Though like marijuana, different strains of CBD cannabis have different characteristics and concentrations of CBD. Growers and consumers should take this into account when purchasing plants, seeds, or other hemp products.
The Health Benefits of CBD
CBD has many perceived homeopathic health benefits ranging from the treatment of anxiety and depression to improved liver function, acne treatments, and opioid-free pain management. Many users report positive results from their treatments. Recent scientific studies also suggest that CBD may benefit those who struggle with schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, and even cancer.
Growing Hemp for CBD
The legalization and increased demand for CBD created a lucrative industry with worlds of potential, particularly for smaller farms through hemp’s explosive popularity and high-profit return. Despite the labor-intensive nature of cannabis growth, harvest, curing, and manufacturing inside the constantly changing scope of federal and state regulations, the market for CBD continues surging.
The Hemp Industry Beyond CBD
As an agricultural product, hemp offers several uses beyond the production of CBD. For generations, people have used hemp for textile materials such as rope and clothing. Hemp plants also provide a more sustainable source of eco-friendly paper and wood-substitute building products. Besides their industrial benefits, hemp plants contain a wide variety of nutrients and protein, which makes them a desirable food item and grain substitute.
While these markets for hemp are not nearly as popular or lucrative as the current CBD market, they provide a low-risk alternative for the farmer seeking to reap the rewards of the hemp industry without the extra difficulties of growing hemp for CBD. The sale of hemp fiber, seeds, and plants is a wonderful business opportunity on the edge of a fluctuating market.
The Growing of Hemp
Hemp farming can be a challenge. Commercial farming equipment for cannabis cultivation is almost unheard of, and the THC levels in the farmed plants require constant monitoring to ensure legal compliance. Yet, the cash-crop status, sustainable nature, and wide-ranging uses of hemp still make it a very attractive option for a farm expanding its crop.
At Remedy Farms, we provide a real-life hemp success story and offer bulk sales of our seeds, and even live hemp plants for those interested in growing their own. For pricing and order information, please contact us through our website. If you want to start your own cannabis success story and have an agricultural license, check out our clone-grown, high CBD concentration plants.