If you’re an avid user of CBD, you know that purchasing tinctures or topical products can become expensive. Using hemp every day can become costly, and you’ve probably thought about how difficult or expensive it would be to just grow hemp yourself. We’ve compiled a quick guide about how to grow hemp on your own. If you’ve ever been curious about becoming a backyard hemp farmer, keep reading to find out how you might be able to.
Step 1: Obtaining Seeds
Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, it is now entirely legal to buy hemp seeds online and grow them in your home. While a simple Google search for ‘hemp seeds’ will yield thousands of health and wellness results, a bit of a deeper search will give you the results you’re looking for. You will want to look for hemp seeds which all have a germination rate of 90% or higher. You should also make sure the seeds have been genetically profiled to produce only the most desirable traits and that they are lab-tested for high CBD and low THC content.
Step 2: Creating Ideal Conditions
Once you’ve gotten your seeds, you need to make sure you have the proper environment to grow them. Hemp is a plant that thrives in warm weather and grows best in soil that’s well-drained, It typically does not do well in high mountain areas or extreme desert conditions. You need to be sure you plant your hemp seeds after the last frost has officially passed, as you move into the warmer seasons. Another thing to note is that when your hemp plants have grown bigger, they’re mostly resistant to drought but new seedlings require constant watering for the first six weeks.
Step 3: Knowing When to Harvest
Great job! You’ve gotten your hemp seeds growing and matured. You’ve been watering them, and they’re looking great. Now what? Well, if you’ve started growing your hemp at the ideal time (after the last frost) they should be ready to harvest around early to late October. This is right around 4 months or 16 weeks of growth, making sure the plants are ripe and full. After you’ve harvested all of your ripe hemp, make sure you properly dry and cure it.
Now that all your hemp has been optimally grown and harvested, you’re free to do whatever you want with it. You aren’t confined by legal consequences, so you’re ready to use your hemp for whatever your heart desires. Consider making your own hemp pre-rolls, topical lotions, or even attempting to extract CBD to make a tincture (if you’re brave enough). The world is your oyster!
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