Why Craft Hemp Is a Premium Choice for Consumers of CBD
Industrial hemp has a reputation of being the ‘less flashy’ type of cannabis, the one harvested for manufacturing. Hemp can be used in so many ways: as a building material, fiber for rope or nets, material for carpets and clothes, as a biofuel, and more. It is highly practical and resourceful but is not generally known for its therapeutic properties.
Presently, though, people are starting to see hemp in a different way. As it is now federally legal to consume hemp products in all 50 U.S. states, growers have more reason to cultivate this beyond being a construction material or biofuel.
Craft hemp: A new way of consuming CBD
Hemp’s image makeover has given rise to a cottage industry within the larger CBD movement—craft hemp production. It refers to small-scale methods of harvesting cannabidiol. Craft hemp is nurtured in small-scale plots, through cross-breeding various Sativa strains.
Attention to technique, high-quality products, and micro-production are prioritized in hemp craft. Craft hemp farms focus on the buds of the plants, and they grow these plants on less than two acres of land. Crafters also handpick their hemp strains for the most flavorful and potent flowers.
How crafters grow their product
The production of craft hemp starts with finding the right strains. A breeder needs to find perfect phenotypes of the plants to be bred while ensuring that the cross-breeding process combines all the desirable traits of each strain. However, this is not enough.
Your phenotypes might be the best possible variants of the strains, but if they are incapable of producing a good amount of crop, they cannot be used for production. As such, breeders have to strike a balance between high yield and quality. This selection process is one of the longest in the cannabis industry, and most craft hemp growers are already experienced in developing and growing cannabis, to begin with.
Detailed drying process
After selection, craft growers must also cure each crop using a slow drying process. This step makes the hemp more potent. Curing involves two stages, ventilation and drying. When you ventilate a plant, you let it hang for eight to 14 days until they are visibly dehydrated. After this, the buds must be cut from the branches and moved to sealed containers.
Crafters are especially careful during this final drying stage. If the hemp buds grow moisture at this point, they will become unfit for distribution. This is because moist buds, when kept in jars, are prone to developing bacteria or mold. The telltale sign is an ammonia-like aroma emanating from the storage space.
A better choice for consumers
Their attention to detail pays off. Industrial hemp is known to have less CBD, just trace amounts in most plants, but this is not the case for craft hemp. When grown specifically for CBD, hemp can have ten to 15 percent CBD by dry weight. Craft hemp is used in full-spectrum products, which include edibles, vapes, topical salves, and more, and because hemp is not psychoactive, you can use as much of the product as needed without experiencing hallucinogenic effects.
What’s more, craft hemp minimizes energy and water use. Since craft hemp growers use a smaller plot, they do not need as many resources to grow quality plants. Craft growers also harvest by hand and in small batches. They do not use inorganic treatments, such as pesticides.
Craft hemp has started to come into its own with the rise of the CBD industry. If you are particular about how your cannabinoids are produced, consider sourcing your products from a craft hemp farm. They are highly dedicated to the quality of their CBD yield, and you definitely would not be disappointed.
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