Growing Hemp for CBD Oils and More

Cultivars of hemp grown for CBD are typically very bushy, and when ready for harvest can reach heights of 6 to 12 feet. These varieties of hemp plants are specifically grown and harvested for CBD (cannabidiol), which has become popular throughout the world for it’s potential health applications. There are many consulting companies that work directly with farmers growing for CBD and Hemp Saves Farms recommends NR2G LLC.

  • Planting time: Clones or other starters may be transplanted outdoors by mid-June. Greenhouse-only systems may plant year-round.
  • Planting method: By hand or by transplanter when using clones or starts. Direct seed in rows or clones; all females ideal for highest concentration
  • Planting rate: 800-1,500 plants/acre, spaced 4-6 feet apart. Approximately 25lbs/acre.
  • Harvest time: Female plants grown to near maturity, mid-September to mid-October in fields; greenhouse harvests vary.
  • Harvest method: Plants are cut by hand and removed from the field. Hand harvest; mechanical equipment under investigation. Harvested material is the flowers.
  • Curing: Hang dry.
  • Post-harvest handling: Dried in drying sheds or warehouse to processor’s specifications. After drying, flowers and some leaf materials are removed from stalks, packaged and sent to processor for oil extraction.
  • Additional Information: Only the female plants are used; male plants are terminated once identified
  • Fertility: Under investigation
  • Processing: Supercritical CO2, ethanol, butane, olive oil, coconut oil
  • Processed Product: Cannabinoid extract (CBD)
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