Traditionally, hemp seeds have always been planted very close together. The result is a very tall plant which maximizes the production of fiber and smothers any weed growth.
Hemp grown in this way can easily exceed 10 feet in height… At ground level, the soil is beautifully conditioned for the next crop. There simply isn’t any undergrowth because light can’t reach through the hemp canopy. The soil is broken up by deep, vigorous roots and the plant naturally absorbs nitrogen from the air and fixes it in the soil.
Oil-laden plants that are best for extracting CBD
While this is an ideal method of growing hemp for fiber, it isn’t good for producing the sort of resinous. Oil-laden plants that are best for extracting CBD. For this purpose, it is better if the plants can be allowed more space to develop a heavy crop of flowers which, remaining unfertilized and seed-free, will develop trichomes, tiny little stalks which are the plant’s natural factories for producing cannabinoids. Then, until maturity is reached, the more light and nutrients that can be absorbed, the more the trichomes will fill with oil.
So those growing for CBD will nurture each plant on an individual basis to get the most out of it. This is much closer to the techniques used for growing cannabis for its psychoactive and medicinal properties. In the EU, growing legally under license as industrial hemp, the seeds used must be an EU approved cannabis seed type. These aren’t the best varieties for CBD as they were originally selected for fiber production. The varieties that seem to work the best are the shorter plants that were originally selected for producing hempseed. Of course, the trick is to prevent them from being fertilized so that seeds don’t form.
Hemp grown in this way can produce powerful odors which are more usually associated with psychoactive cannabis. In fact, the smell is nothing to do with the cannabinoid content, it comes from terpenes, compounds produced within the plant which contribute to the ‘entourage effect’ which is how the greatest benefit of CBD as a food supplement can be achieved. If you are taking CBD oil as a supplement for health and wellbeing, it isn’t just the CBD that matters, it’s all the other cannabinoids present in the plant as well as terpenes and other compounds such as flavonoids.
Valued CBD products
More and more growers, interested in producing CBD are moving towards these more careful cultivation techniques. Hopefully, in the near future, new strains of low-THC cannabis that are better suited to producing CBD will be approved. You can be certain that the highest quality, best value CBD products come from CBD Switzerland… So stock up today – and why not treat yourself by sampling one of our new products? Terpene-infused CBD crystals or our new vape kit with CBD e-liquid are our new hottest sellers.
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