Farming, Cultivating, and Extracting Hemp and CBD
Many are joining the newly legalized idea of farming, harvesting, and selling hemp and CBD. There are more who want to join in, as this produces a multitude of profits they may otherwise not have access to, but they don’t know where to start.
Here’s a short guide on how to begin farming, cultivating, and extracting hemp and CBD for business use.
When beginning to farm hemp, it’s important to remember that all laws must be followed. Both the state you are farming in and the government have rules and regulations that need to be followed in order for your farm to be legal. Once you’ve passed all the legal checkpoints, you can follow the steps to farming your first crop of hemp.
One important factor is the tools. While most common farm equipment may be used with hemp, it’s important to remember that some settings or aspects of the tool may require a slight change in order to adapt. It’s important to remember that this is an annual crop that can sometimes, more often than not, act as a perennial.
When planting your hemp, remember that a flat field is one of its requirements. Another importance is the location. Most hemp plants grow best when located in areas most closely resembling a vineyard. They require short summers, hot days and cool nights, and a healthy supply of water and nutrients to survive.
Another important quality of hemp farming is the seeds. It’s important to buy good, quality hemp seeds. Knowing your supplier is step one. It usually doesn’t end well for most hemp farmers if they are willing to purchase seeds from any supplier, no matter who it is. This is one thing you must avoid if you want to succeed. The seeds could be incapable of growing or they could be a poor quality that harms anyone purchasing. Always be aware of who you choose to buy supplies from.
In order to properly cultivate hemp and CBD, it’s important to have the proper materials. Many new growers and farmers are unsure of where to begin and don’t have the proper information available to them in order to perform their duties as a farmer or grower. The first need is ventilation. It’s very important to choose the proper ventilation system for hemp and CBD growing, especially if you’re growing indoors. A good source of ventilation with carbon exhaust filters is best because it will help control odors and produce the best plants.
Another important tool for cultivating is pH and TDS measuring equipment. These tools are important because these are the most important aspects of the plants. Keeping these two levels at the best numbers will ensure your plants are where they should be and that they grow to an optimum point. For best results, choose tools that don’t require calibration as they could potentially need to be recalibrated later on.
Plant lighting is another important cultivation tool. Without proper lighting, the plants would never grow properly. The plants need the appropriate amount and wattage (if indoors) of light, but your body should have protection from these harmful rays. The plant’s requirement of UV light indoors could be harmful to your body if precautions aren’t taken.
Humidity and temperature control are also very important to cultivation. Having a temperature that’s too hot or too cold can cause just as many issues as leaving the plant out in the winter. Unfortunately, having the wrong temperature can end up killing your plants before they even have the chance to grow.
Trimming equipment, a magnifying glass, and pesticide are next on the list of tools. Trimming equipment is important because it aids in your quest to ensure optimum growth of the plants. You can’t trim off dead leaves without proper equipment. A magnifying glass allows you to look closer at the plant to ensure there are no microscopic insects or any problems with the plant you can’t see with the naked eye. It’s also important to keep pesticide handy because the insects will be overjoyed to eat your plants if you don’t.
Security cameras and a vault are the final tools to have on your list. Security cameras are important because you are growing a highly coveted plant. Anyone with an addiction or strong need would be more than willing to enter your sacred grow space and steal any plants they could manage. As for the vault, this is to store the harvested product. Once it’s been harvested, hemp and CBD cannot stay in the growing area with the plants, having a vault ensures its safety until it can be distributed properly.
Let’s take a moment to focus solely on CBD. This particular aspect requires an extraction process. There are many ways this can be performed, but some are much safer than others. One way to safely extract CBD is through CO2 extraction. This version of extraction uses high-pressured carbon dioxide in a low temperature to contain the purity of the CBD oil within the plant. This process is one of the more expensive ways of extraction and it requires very specific equipment. If done properly, it is one of the better ways to ensure you’re getting the safest, most potent version of CBD available.
Another version of extraction is done with ethanol. By use of high-grade grain alcohol, to extract and create CBD oil. This version of extraction destroys the plant waxes and is said to have health benefits.
The final way to safely extract CBD is by using olive oil. While this method would extract the CBD, it would also turn the CBD into CBD-infused olive oil. This oil is perishable and requires cool, dark conditions for storage in order to maintain the integrity of the oil.
There are many ways to farm, cultivate, and extract hemp and CBD. The importance of each version is how you handle it. As the farmer or grower, it’s important to understand that each of these methods requires at least one (sometimes many) expensive tools that are specialized for this project. The best way to know if farming, cultivating, or extracting is the right thing for you is to do the research. Always check your facts before starting a new project. Especially when it involves hemp and CBD.