Before you get started growing hemp…
The Legal cultivation of hemp isn’t as straight forward as you might hope. There are many state and local laws that hinder and prohibit the growing of hemp in any capacity. First, make sure that your state and locale have “hemp friendly” laws and clear methods to apply for licenses. The crop reaped from hemp isn’t one you can take to the local farmers market to peddle. Growing hemp is just the beginning – profiting from your hemp crop depends on the type of hemp you cultivated. Industrial hemp can yield many valuable products that require extensive and time consuming processing. Medicinal hemp grown for its CBD requires a different approach to grow but also has a higher sale price and more direct-to-market for its final product.
Farming Hemp for Industrial Processing
Where – Industrial hemp needs lots of acreage to be profitable. Usually grown in a outdoor field setting, some larger operations are using greenhouses.
How – Outdoor hemp farm fields use conditioned soil and irrigation methods| Indoor/Greenhouse hemp farms use soils as well as hydroponics to
Harvest/Process – Most industrial use hemp is harvested using machines or machinery with little to no care taken in the preservation of flower or oils.
Cultivating Hemp for CBD Medicine
Where –Growing hemp for medicinal purposes (CBD) is a more similar process to growing industrial hemp, with the major caveat being desired harvest use.
How –As mentioned before much of the growing processes are similar when cultivating for CBD. A large area with ample water supply is the desirable location. However, growing in a greenhouse for medicinal CBD use can be profitable.
Harvest/Process –This is one part of hemp farming that differs based on the harvest. Hemp grown for CBD needs to be manually harvesting in order to maintain the integrity of the flower and preserve the most oils.