I do not purport to be an expert on the subject of cannabis. Recently, I came to the world of cannabis on a quest to find a product that would help with some health issues that I personally have. Not just a cannabis enthusiast, but also a consumer is my background. Learning about hemp, cannabinoids – CBD/THC, terpenes, and a host of other terms and information related to cannabis for the last several months has been quite enlightening, and I am sharing my findings with you along the way. There is still so much to learn about the amazing hemp plant – just beginning to scratch the surface. I’ve uncovered some hemp farming facts that are vital to the quality of any hemp product, specifically CBD oil.
Hemp Growing Habits
Hemp is a very hardy plant and is capable of growing in a variety of ecosystems. The plant can withstand periods of drought, heat, and frost. It is best grown in well-drained, loam soil that is neutral to slightly alkaline. The roots of the hemp plant tend to go very deep in the ground, so it can supply itself with sufficient water where rainfall is adequate. Hemp is a highly sustainable, low-impact crop.
The various farming methods will greatly affect the structure and
health of the hemp plant and any byproduct of the hemp plant. I will be
comparing organic farming and conventional farming. Each have a set of
standards and procedures for planting and maintaining their crops. My
research has been concentrated on the cannabis crop; more specifically –
Hemp in the Greenhouse
The method of growing the hemp plant is vital to the health of the plant. When growing hemp for the purpose of extracting the hemp oil for medicinal purposes, special care should be taken, and specific growing procedures should be followed. This allows the consumer to experience the full medicinal qualities of the plant’s extracts.
Colorado is home to the first certified USDA organic hemp greenhouse. Colorado, is also the leading producer of hemp, at this time.
Greenhouse grown – helps ensure and control crop quality and consistency, such as:
- Unwanted Cross-Breeding
- Soil Changes
- Decrease in Plant-Quality
- Potency Fluctuations Between Extract Batches
Organic Farming – Is it Important?
Organic hemp refers to the plant being grown without the application of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. This is particularly important with hemp. Hemp is a natural bioaccumulator. This means that the hemp plant has the ability to draw toxins and metals from the soil. Let’s take a look at some ways organic farming differs from conventional farming methods –
- Better Quality
- Controlling Unwanted Predators
- Helps Maintain the Biological Diversity of the Earth (living things)
- Helps Protect the Water-Cycle
Better quality means healthier and more environmentally friendly. When we compare the two methods of farming, we can see that organic farming may be a better choice for growing crops – for the environment and for human safety.
Controlling unwanted predators means implementing a procedure or method for controlling predators. There are two methods compared here:
- Organic pesticides allow the soil to retain its natural fertility. The land can be farmed longer allowing for maximum use of earth’s resources. The use of organic pesticides does not kill predators, but actually repels them. This, will in turn, inhibit the growth of super strains. The ecosystem
remains intact, leaving a natural balance, and allowing nature to thrive for future generations.
- Synthetic pesticides kill everything. These pesticides
actually kill the microbes that are needed to fertilize the soil.
Microbes are important to the ecosystem as they act as decomposers.
However, the long-term use of synthetic pesticides will give rise to
super strains of microbes (microscopic organisms). Superbugs are insects
that are difficult to eradicate due to becoming immune to insecticides.
Germs are often very adaptable and grow immune with repeated
applications. Much like the misuse of antibiotics and the affect that
will eventually have on the human body. When these microbes are
destroyed by synthetic pesticides, then the farmers have to supplement
the soil with chemical fertilizers. Eventually, this process will cause the soil to lose all the nutrition needed to sustain crops. These synthetic pesticides also kill pollinators which are necessary for the assistance in the reproduction of plants. Some of the most common pollinators are bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Maintaining biological diversity is possible when farmers become concerned about the environment and then seek to be knowledgeable about the farming practices that protect the ecosystems within their care. Organic farmers are making great strides in nurturing the land and maintaining biological diversity.
Protecting the water-cycle involves limiting the use of synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Ultimately, the substances that are used to control pests and insects will make their way back to the ocean – the essence of life.
Overall, organic farming helps maintain the biodiversity of planet earth. My reasons for advocating organic farming include: environmental sustainability and the pursuit of better health for all.
Farm to You
Maybe, you are thinking of trying hemp oil or cbd oil for the first time. Perhaps, you are thinking of buying a product for a family member. Possibly, you have already used a one of the products form hemp. No matter where you are coming from, you are most assuredly seeking good, safe and effective results. CBD does have roots, so I hope this information helps you choose a quality oil for your needs. I wish you the best on your quest for better health.
If you have questions or comments, please leave them below. I am very interested in hearing about your experience with hemp.