Now that hemp is legal under federal law, many people not only want to consume it for its potential health benefits, but want to grow it, too. Since marijuana is legal in many states and hemp is federally legal, the sale of seeds and clones for both marijuana and hemp is now a widespread practice.
There are just as many compelling reasons to grow high CBD hemp as there are for marijuana. Boutique hemp flower vendors, like Berkshire CBD, lead the charge in a growing connoisseur market for premium hemp flower. This emerging market is rapidly evolving and poised to become a large part of the cannabis movement.
SETTING UP YOUR CULTIVATION SITE
Since both hemp and marijuana are different forms of cannabis, the principles for growing each are virtually the same. Most people grow indoors these days so they can cultivate year-round and not face the limitations of a defined growing season.
Start by defining the area where you wish to grow. Define the square footage and purchase the appropriate number of grow lights of the appropriate wattage. High-intensity discharge (HID) lights are the most common lights used, in either high-pressure sodium (HPS) or metal halide (MH) models, with appropriate ballasts and reflective hoods for each. Another increasingly popular option for growing cannabis is the use of light-emitting diode (LED) lights. These lights have a loftier purchase price but consume less energy and have lower operating costs.
With the most important elements of the grow space in place, it’s time to assemble the necessary components for growing high-quality, CBD bud.
GROW ROOM COMPONENTS
There are several things you’ll need to purchase to grow CBD hemp flower. The first is appropriate pots that allow thorough drainage. Pots in the 3 to 10 gallon range will work well and are largely determined by the size of plants you wish to grow.
Since hemp plants grow in a very similar manner as marijuana, industrial-strength power strips and timers are mandatory to ensure the smooth, precisely timed growth of plants without any risk of electrical overload. The simulated daylight time for hemp is the same as for marijuana: 18 hours of light during the vegetative stage and 12 hours during the flowering stage.
Most cannabis cultivation rooms have reflective wall surfaces to maximize the effectiveness of the grow lights. To provide this, purchase a roll of mylar and line the walls with it.
Proper air-flow and ventilation is vital, so install any necessary vents and purchase an oscillating fan or two to ensure air enters and exits the room.
Connoisseur grade marijuana and artisan smoking hemp tastes best when grown organically. Artisan hemp flower vendors, like Berkshire CBD, say there is a huge difference in the quality of hemp that is grown for biomass extraction and hemp that is cultivated like marijuana for the flower. Purchase a good-quality soil as well as organic soil additives fortified with ingredients like kelp, bat guano, and earthworm castings. Proper organic cultivation with additives from a bottle is nearly impossible, but you can get close. If you have access to compost, by all means use it.
Growing marijuana and CBD rich hemp bud takes a few months until harvest. Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying the fruits of your labor!
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