Whether you’re looking into growing hemp or just curious as to how the process of it, how hemp flower is grown is multi-faceted and a tricky slope to climb. When you finally uncover the best way to grow hemp though, you’re on the road to gold – both in product and revenue.
Let’s take a closer look into how hemp flower is grown, and cover everything in-between.
What is Hemp Flower?
Hemp flower is a member of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant. Like marijuana, each contains a biological structure that differs them from the contents associated typically with weed called cannabinoids. Hemp flower contains a 0.3% or lower of THC, whereas marijuana will have any range of THC higher than that, typically between 5-30%.
Another difference between marijuana and hemp is the plant appearance itself. Marijuana plants grow thick, dense buds and are considered to be “bushes” whereas hemp plants grow tall and thin. With over 100 cannabinoids in hemp plants, the two most common and considered ones are cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabigerol (CBG).
Fun fact: female hemp plants produce the highest quantities of the compounds, which are found in the flower rather than the leaves or stalk.
Now, let’s delve into how hemp is grown.
Growing Hemp 101
There are multiple forms that hemp is grown for, all differing in the way it has to be grown to produce the form you choose. Growing hemp for CBD is most popular, while you can also farm for its fiber and seeds. For the purpose of this article, we’ll be focusing on growing hemp for CBD.
CBD hemp flower has to be carefully cultivated, nurtured, and harvested in order to grow the highest quality. Each plant has to be tended to on an individual basis, but the foundation of growing hemp begins with the seeds. There are clone seeds or natural seeds, and buying from a certified business is the only way to ensure that they will produce a bountiful harvest of quality hemp. (Clone seeds are cuttings from the main plant, then grow their own root system, develop into their own plant, and can grow many times over.)
Next is the soil. Like most crops, hemp thrives better in some soils rather than others. The pH balance of the soil should be between 6-7.5, be well-aerated, filled with organic matter, supplemented, and be extra fertile. All of these factors help hemp grow into an abundant harvest with high cannabinoids and dense flowers stick with resin.
Sunlight, whether artificial or natural, should be over 12 hours a day, and the plants watered regularly to keep a heavy moisture content that cannot go below 80% before the flowering stage. Germination is crucial to keep watered, like any seed process. Once the flowers sprout, watering is reduced to not drown the plant.
How long does it take to grow hemp? Typically around 16 weeks, but can be between 3-5 months when it’s grown indoors. Harvesting hemp occurs when the plant has ripened and the flowers are fully grown. The exact process of growing hemp is time-consuming, minute, and has to be painstakingly perfected to an expert degree in order to produce the highest quality hemp flower.
While it may seem like you can grow hemp as easily as any garden plant, it’s not so simple. Premium quality hemp flower is grown by specialists who have researched the best seeds, soil, nutrients, and equipment needed for plants that meet the requirements of cannabinoid content and density.
Delta 8 Hemp Flower
While CBD flower is the main marketer for hemp, there is also legal THC hemp flower that falls under the Farm Bill for legalized hemp. This is Delta 8 THC, and while it does have a higher percentage value over .3%, it’s a separate compound from the illegal Delta 9 THC, which is the one that is considered pot/weed/marijuana. Delta 9 THC is the known high marijuana, with psychoactive effects. Delta 8 THC offers a similar high, though without the mind-altering effects.
It’s ideal for CBD users who also need relief from depression, anxiety, pain, and stress. Imagine the benefits of CBD and the high of THC, but without any negative results like,
- Anxiety Attacks
- Mental Hindrance
Delta 8 offers mental clarity, an uplifted mood, deep relaxation, and so much more. Check out our shop for a variety of Delta 8 products, as well as CBD flower – all grown by top standards for hemp!