Is growing hemp for CBD just like growing marijuana for THC?

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First things first: hemp is NOT marijuana. The legal definition of marijuana is a cannabis plant containing more than 0.3% THC by weight. Hemp can be plentiful in another cannabinoid, CBD, which doesn’t get people high. Hemp can also be harvested for food and fiber and other things too.(more on this in upcoming blogs) All the female clones sold by Greenhouse Growing System have been laboratory tested for THC and the results are in: they remain hemp if instructions are followed. (For more information on ordering clones click here.)

Anyways…

There are a lot of people with experience growing marijuana for the black market. Before 2014 there was no legal adult-use marijuana in the United States, so much of the "devil’s lettuce" was grown in basements and in closets - as it still is in many parts of America.

But now things have changed and marijuana is half-legal in America depending on where you are.

Maybe you’re a Coloradan and you were one of these courageous entrepreneurs making ends meet in the midst of the drug war. You’re lucky enough to live in a state where it’s legal but there’s a lot of bureaucratic red-tape if you want to legally grow licensed marijuana. It’s an extended laundry list of state-mandated tracking systems, RFID tags, and ever-changing rules. What a headache! Who has the time or the money?

That’s one of the reasons why so many are moving to the other side of this industry: The Hemp Side. Hemp has so much more potential for disruption across the economy than THC alone. There are differences between hemp and marijuana and there is a key difference between growing marijuana for the black market and growing hemp in Colorado in 2018: scale.

Growing weed on the sly is small potatoes. You’d be hard-pressed to cram a dozen in a closet grow. Even a “large” black market indoor grow of a few hundred plants is small in terms of acres. Being at a smaller scale cultivates a deeper and more intimate relationship with the lady plants. (And they should all be female if you’re growing for cannabinoids.) Self-dubbed master marijuana growers can be heard at industry conferences talking about how much they love this or that strain.

It’s different growing on an industrial scale. Farmers growing acres of hemp don’t have the man-hours to tend to the needs of individual plants. Nor should they. They have the time and the know-how to take steps to change the environment of the entire field as best they can...like watering. They remember what steps they took, observe the results and use their common sense to improve their technique year after year. Not all farmers aren’t scientists, but they sure as heck make observations to inform their horse sense and improve their farming.

Grow Hemp! Happy Farming and Compassion is Growing!

By the GGS Lab Rat-Carter Baird