CBD, or cannabidiol, has become increasingly popular over the past decade for its naturally soothing effects to the mind and body. CBD is widely available now across the country and the world, but have you ever wondered what it would take to grow your own hemp plants to cultivate CBD? And is that even legal? While CBD is legal in most places, growing hemp in your home is another matter.
Is it legal to grow my own hemp plants?
While it is now legal to grow industrial hemp in all 50 states thanks in part to the Farm Bill of 2018, the bill did not address whether citizens could grow hemp plants in their private residences. If you live in a state where it is legal to grow cannabis plants in your own home, such as Colorado or California, you can legally grow hemp plants. However, it’s important to know that the hemp plants you grow count toward your total cannabis plant cultivation limit per person. For example, if the law allows a maximum of six cannabis plants per person, you can grow hemp and marijuana plants as long as there are no more than six total plants per person, and only half can be in bloom at the same time. And growing in your own home means inside your home, out of the view of the public. Growing hemp plants outdoors, even on your own property, requires a commercial license issued by the state’s department of agriculture.
How do I cultivate CBD from my hemp plants?
Cultivating your own CBD starts with growing hemp plants. Growing these plants is actually quite similar to growing marijuana plants. When the hemp plants mature, CBD can be extracted as an oil. But this often requires special (and sometimes expensive) equipment. It’s always a good idea to carefully research the extraction process and practice using the equipment before you start growing so that you are fully prepared when it’s time to extract your CBD.
What should I avoid?
Hemp plants are the happiest in temperate growing conditions. They need warmth during the day and time to cool off during the night. You should avoid growing hemp in any environment that has unpredictable weather conditions. If you can’t control environmental elements such as temperature, light, and humidity, it’s best to grow your hemp indoors with proper artificial lighting. It’s also important to prevent dry and compacted soil. Growing your hemp plants in nutrient-rich, loam soil at a range of 6.0 to 7.5 pH can create ideal soil conditions for your hemp plants.
If you live in a state where it isn’t legal to grow your own hemp plants, you can still purchase CBD tinctures, capsules, pre-rolls, topicals, and more online as long as it’s legal in your state. At Verda Hemp, we’ve been growing hemp and producing quality CBD products for more than a decade. If you want to learn more about our CBD and hemp products, contact us today!