Hemp is a lucrative, versatile crop. It can be grown for fiber, seed, or CBD. The only difference between “industrial” hemp and regular hemp is that the former is cultivated for a specific reason.
Depending on what the farmer hopes to harvest, growing hemp can range from being a relatively simple process to a tricky and demanding ordeal. A crop designed to yield CBD is the most labor-intensive option. This is, in part, because these varieties “are also grown only as female plants since male plants can pollinate an entire crop, triggering seed production in females and a reduction in CBD yields. When hemp reaches sexual maturity, vigilance is required to check fields for male plants to prevent the loss of an entire crop.”
Although hemp plants naturally contain more CBD than cannabis plants bred for recreational consumption, the super-potent strains on the market now are the result of human engineering. Legally, hemp in the U.S, cannot contain more than 0.3% THC. When the plant is nurtured for fiber or oil from its seeds, no attention is paid to its CBD content either. The hemp seed oil sold in grocery stores contains no CBD and no THC.
The University of Oregon notes: “The various economic products of C. sativa are the basis for grouping hemp into four categories: (1) fiber hemp, (2) oilseed hemp (3) hemp products for medicinal markets, and (4) hemp products for recreational markets. Fiber and oilseed/grain hemp are collectively known as industrial hemp.”
When the farmer does focus on the CBD content, it can be more lucrative. The current CBD market is on fire. Hemp was legalized nationally at the end of 2018, revolutionizing the industry. CBD’s potential as a pharmaceutical as well as dietary aide makes it difficult to regulate. However, these problems are being worked out.
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