Big progress has been made recently with the overwhelming passage of the Farm Bill (aka the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018) which confirms the legalization of hemp, and includes provisions for its cultivation, transport, and sale. In contrast to just about everything in Washington these days, it passed with ease, getting overwhelming support from both Republicans and Democrats.
Although there were small state-level pilot programs created for hemp cultivation in 2014, the 2018 Farm Bill allows for much larger cultivation. It also means that hemp and hemp products will be allowed to move across state borders.
So what does this mean to those involved in the cannabis harvesting sector, like us?
The availability of CBD products is going to go through the roof. If you thought it was hyped up already, you haven’t seen anything yet! These products will drop in price, and you’ll see entirely new product categories being created. CBD toothpaste? CBD skin patches? CBD-infused hairspray? It’s probably all going to happen. Most of these products will use CBD as an ingredient. That means that there isn’t any need for trimming, source crops will simply be melted down for extraction.
However, the other side is the rise of high CBD strains. Lifetime Humbolt County local Joey Burger says they are now everywhere. “It’s being grown like high-grade cannabis, looks like high-grade cannabis, smells like high-grade cannabis, even tastes like high-grade cannabis, and it’s being processed the same way.” Referring to the processing, Burger means that the source plant material that ultimately is used for high-CBD pre-rolls is being trimmed just like any other type of cannabis. And, with the passage of the Farm Bill, these pre-rolls will now be 50-state legal if they have less than .3% THC. According to Burger, these products have been taking off quickly over the past year, and places like Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Oregon are seeing quick adoption of hemp farming.
That means that those of us in the trimming sector now have an entirely new, soon-to-be extremely large customer base: hemp farmers. It’s a new challenge, but we’re ready!