The Planting Phase: Choosing the Right Hemp Seeds & Clones

How To Choose The Right Hemp Seeds & Clones

How To Choose Hemp Seeds & ClonesIf you plan to source hemp seeds, clones, or transplants from others, it’s crucial to find suppliers that won’t pull back when they get a better offer. Other issues of concern include the purity, resin content, freedom from contamination, feminization, and costs.

 

Furthermore, whatever your source is, it’s vital to get cGMP (current good manufacturing practices) certifications that conform to the prevalent FDA and state guidelines. Another important certification is the CoA (Certification of Analysis), which confirms that the levels of THC (should be no more than 0.3% for industrial hemp) and CBD, the plant species, and the absence or presence of other substances like pesticides or heavy metals.

Vetting Source Materials for Quality

Be sure potential vendors provide the following documents:


Current Best Manufacturing Practice: This generally validates that the business is operating using the procedures and processes that conform to the FDA and state guidelines. Considering the proliferation of CBD companies, this certification is now a baseline requirement for establishing your shortlist of potential partners.

A Certificate and Certification of Analysis: This is a report that approves the levels of THC and CBD and the plant species, as well as providing a detailed analysis of the other components contained in the product, including pesticides, heavy metals, and terpenes per batch (think purity, percentages, etc.). Perhaps more importantly, the COA verifies that your hemp extract doesn’t exceed the legal threshold of 0.3% THC.

Both documents should ideally be readily available to you as a prospective buyer for a reputable supplier or wholesaler. In case there’s any doubt, always obtain a third-party test to validate the potency and purity of the product.


Plant Breeders Intellectual Property Right Respecting High CBD Hemp Genetics
High CBD Hemp Genetics is starting to be understood better now that it is easier to study cannabis legally. Key considerations include making sure the hemp supplier has the right to use those genetics. There are strains that prohibit the use of clones or the seed for production and have plant breeder rights. If those things are not in order, a farmer might be using stolen genetics and therefore the product might be theirs to sell. 

It is very important to ensure that the plant's CBD:THC ratio, as well as other characteristics that relate to processing factors including processing and harvesting requirements, are properly planned for, and within a cultivar should be consistent.

For medical purposes, especially with full-spectrum CBD products, which is a known genetic source, a good processing method and cultivar is required in order to meet the requirements of GMP consistency.

 

 

Growing from Seed 

Sourcing Genetics
Many farmers find themselves quite unsure of where to turn when sourcing for genetics.


Until the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill interstate commerce of cannabis seed for the purposes of farming was illegal. Even afterwards it’s taking time for state laws in this regard to be figured out and synchronized, along with regulatory checks and balances concerning cannabinoid testing. The goal is completely free and open interstate commerce so licensed farmers can source licensed seed domestically as well as internationally. Currently it’s a challenge new hemp CBD biomass farmers are facing.


The industry is awash with vendors, and not all of them are equally scrupulous.  The danger in doing business with the wrong company or people as you could end up with:

 A cultivars seed that’s not well suited for the area or climate

 Inclusion of male seeds which ruin the crop

 Low quality feminized seed that ends up underperforming for the price in terms of the resulting biomass and low CBD content

 Feminized seed that produces too much THC content 

With this in mind, if it all comes together well and you obtain the right seed, put it in good soil pockets with excellent nutrients and ensure proper care, you will be looking as at fields of tall, green-gold fields of 5’ to 7’ (some reaching up to 10’+) with high-CBD flowers blooming very thick at the top of the stalks.

Using Clones & Transplants:

This is one of the most efficient and secure way of maintaining a good level of control over genetics. Starters from a trusted provider or partner company is one of the common ways this is achieved, with the starters being either greenhouse propagated or from tested mother plants. You can also use your own starters and clones from the high performing mother plants that were grown previously from seed.

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