The federal-level legalization of hemp plant cultivation with the US Farm Act of 2018 was a significant moment in history. With it, hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD)- infused health and wellness products became easily available for customers. Also, their potential therapeutic and medical uses made them popular among users, and this caused a surge in their demand. Apart from these changes, this increasing demand for hemp-derived CBD made U.S. farmers realize the potential of hemp plant cultivation. In this article, we will discuss in detail important points about growing the CBD hemp plant.
The Hemp Plant
Legally available cannabidiol (CBD) products in the US are made using the extracts of hemp plant strains with a maximum of 0.3% THC. Shared below are the details of different varieties of the hemp plant; read ahead to know more about them.
- CBD-Rich Variety: CBD hemp plant is bred for producing a high concentration of cannabinol and a low concentration of THC. Recently, scientists were successful in breeding a THC-free variety hemp plant. Keep in mind that only the flowers, buds, and leaves of the female plant are rich in cannabinoids.
- Grain Variety: This grain variety of hemp plant is bred for producing high yields of food-grade quality seeds, and they are considered a superfood.
- Fiber Variety: The fiber-rich variety of the hemp plant is bred for its bast fiber, which can be used for making durable textile and cords.
The Growing Conditions For Hemp Plant
The growing conditions affect the cannabidiol concentration of the CBD hemp plant, and they are discussed in detail below.
The Optimal Temperature: The ideal temperature for the germination of seeds of a CBD-rich hemp plant is 65°F – 70°F. At a lower temperature, this process will be delayed. Besides, the acceptable soil temperature for planting the seed at a depth of 0.75-1 inch is 50°F.
The Ideal pH Level: CBD hemp plant will grow best when the pH of the soil is between 6.0-7.0; at this Ph level, the plant absorbs nutrients better. If the pH is below 5.5 (acidic) or if it is above 7.5 (alkaline), there will be nutrient deficiencies.
The Humidity Level: CBD hemp plant grows best in an environment with semi-humid conditions. Also, ample watering or excess rain during the early stages can cause stunted growth.
The Uses Of Hemp Flower
The cannabidiol (CBD) rich hemp flowers and buds are used for making products like oils, isolate, and smoking flowers. Besides, the extraction process affects the quality of these products.
We hope that the details shared above clarified your doubts about the growing conditions of the CBD hemp plant.