Welcome to Our Knowledge Center
As a large CBD distributor that stands behind our industrial hemp farming community, we have a commitment to sharing knowledge. Our goal is to:
- Help all sorts of people better understand industrial hemp and CBD
- Help farmers increase the value of their industrial hemp crops that produce CBD
- Help product manufacturers better understand and profit from industrial hemp and CBD in the United States
Whether you're a farmer or a producer, if you want to learn more about CBD or the hemp industry, then you've come to the right place. Watch our videos below for a primer on industrial hemp and CBD. Throughout these videos you'll learn more about selling hemp and CBD successfully and you'll gain an opportunity to make a new partner who will have your back along the way.
Also, make sure to check out the "Video Highlights" beneath each video for a quick overview of some important things we'll cover in that video.
1. Introduction to our industrial hemp and CBD guides
Our CEO, Ryan Shore, welcomes you to our video knowledge center.
- We're launching an informational series of videos to discuss all things industrial hemp.
- Our videos will be of interest to farmers, product manufacturers, and consumers.
- You will learn more about what we do, what goes into growing and processing industrial hemp for CBD, and how you can earn the most for your crop.
Industrial Hemp and CBD 101
Learn the basics about industrial hemp and CBD, which is legally produced under the 2018 United States Farm Bill. Not only did the farm bill remove hemp from the list of Schedule I controlled substances, but it also made hemp an ordinary agricultural commodity. This was signed into law by the president on December 20, 2018.
1. Industrial hemp vs. marijuana: what's the difference?
Our CEO, Ryan Shore, explains the differences between industrial hemp and marijuana.
- US Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp farming and the production of industrial hemp products
- Industrial hemp can look and smell like marijuana, but will never intoxicate you
- Industrial hemp can grow flowers that produce cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, CBN
- Industrial hemp is also farmed to produce rope, ship sails, clothing, and currency
- Meanwhile, marijuana is harvested for the effects of the THC it produces, which causes its intoxicating effects
- Marijuana strains can contain very high THC content, while industrial hemp contains less than 0.3% THC
2. Industrial hemp uses and types of industrial hemp plants
Our CEO, Ryan Shore, explains the three main uses for industrial hemp and the types of plants that are required for each.
- There are 3 main uses for industrial hemp: producing fiber, seeds, or cannabinoids (CBD, CBG, CBN)
- Grow industrial hemp for fiber with tall plant strains that grow long, thick stalks, harvested for hemp fibers to make ropes and fabrics
- Grow industrial hemp for seeds with lots of closely packed plants to produce pollinated flowers packed with seeds, used to create hemp oil, hemp hearts, and hemp protein powder
- Grow industrial hemp for cannabinoids with unpollinated female plants that produce large dense flowers and few to no seeds, harvested for oils high in cannabinoids (CBD, CBG, CBN, etc.)
- Hemp grown for cannabinoids can look and smell like a marijuana plant, but does not have the intoxicating effects and can be legally grown in the United States where permitted by law
3. What are the differences between CBD Isolate, Broad Spectrum CBD, and Full Spectrum CBD?
Our CEO, Ryan Shore, discusses the differences between different forms of CBD and their implications.
- CBD Isolate is an isolated, purified CBD extract with little to no THC
- Broad spectrum CBD has very small amounts of THC that could build up enough over time to cause someone to fail a drug test
- Full spectrum CBD contains all types of cannabinoids in varying degrees, like CBD, CBG, and CBN, , and may have THC
- Full spectrum CBD products may potentially offer an "entourage effect"
Planning for and Selling Your Industrial Hemp Crop
Learn how to maximize your potential for profit with targeted tips on selling your crop. Learn about the different types of seeds you can acquire and their pros and cons, then learn what processors and buyers are looking for and how you can gain access to that market. After all, you work hard for your money and deserve the maximum value out of your crop.
1. Should I choose feminized seeds, non-feminized seeds, or clones for farming CBD?
Our CEO, Ryan Shore, explaining the difference between feminized and non-feminized seeds vs. clones for CBD farming.
- Female plants produce large flowers rich with cannabinoids, so you want as many as possible in your field
- Male plants produce very small amounts of cannabinoids take up space, nutrients, and resources, but offer far less value for CBD
- Male plants release pollen that cause female plants to produce seeds instead of CBD, lowering the value of your crop
- Non-feminized seeds are the least expensive but require much more labor, so you may want to cull male plants to prevent pollination and provide female plants with more room
- Feminized seeds are an in-between step, but it's hard to find reputable seed dealers, can be higher risk
- Cloning female plants produces only other female plants, but can be expensive and labor intensive
2. The hidden value of properly testing your crop for CBD potency
Our CEO, Ryan Shore, explains the importance of testing your plants multiple times throughout the growing and selling cycle.
- Knowing potency is very important when pricing your products
- You want as much CBD as possible while remaining below the allowed amount of THC
- A jeweler's microscope is not effective enough to know the CBD or THC content of plants
- It is important to have plants tested regularly throughout the life of your crop and when you sell it
- Test results are not 100% accurate, even with the best results at high quality labs, so multiple tests are always needed
- Unusual results, like high THC or variances up to 20%, commonly occur because of calibration errors and samples of THC from marijuana plants tested at the same lab
- Very young plants do not need to be tested, but once plants develop further and start flowering you'll want to test a few grams at a time
- You can ensure the highest CBD results by testing only the flowers, since stalks and leaves have little CBD in them
- Low amounts of CBD are not valuable enough to process and extract
3. Why is CBD potency so important when selling your crop?
Our CEO, Ryan Shore, explaining the value of CBD potency when selling your industrial hemp.
- Processors want as much CBD as possible in each bag, that's where the money is
- Processors grind up a core sample from the bag to test, so you want it to be as high quality as reasonable
- Try to keep sticks and leaves and other things in the bag to a minimum, since they’ll have very little CBD content and reduce potency when the bag is tested
- Low potency can cost more to extract than it's worth to sell
- Balance your cost of harvesting with the value of the potency when you sell
4. Why your industrial hemp needs to be dried properly to sell
Our CEO, Ryan Shore, explains the necessity of properly drying your hemp before you bag it for sale.
- Hemp should always be dry when bagged, since wet material will only last a few days
- Some drying processes that are too hot can damage the CBD content, so try to keep drying temps below 155 degrees
- Certain drying processes can blow trichomes (crystallized oil) off the plant, which literally blows away your money
- Dry hemp will make for easier, more valuable sales
5. Why you need to test THC potency and it must be below 0.3%
Our CEO, Ryan Shore, explaining how THC potency could stop a sale and affects how your product is categorized.
- THC potency determines whether the product is legally hemp or marijuana
- To be hemp, it must be under 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis
- Hemp cannot be purchased if it is over 0.3% THC
- Sometimes results are inaccurately high, retesting your hemp may help account for these errors
6. What you need to know about market access when selling industrial hemp
Our CEO, Ryan Shore, explains the importance of developing selling relationships as early as possible.
- Reach out to all known producers as early as possible (especially us!) to let them know what you're growing and what you have right now
- Look for customers who might buy your crop directly for cash
- Alternatively, look for whole processing and other arrangements to capitalize on the value of products being made with the CBD
- Authentic hemp buyers will want to come inspect your crop and take their own samples of it
- Again, establish your relationships as early as possible!