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TAB – What is Hemp?

Hemp is a “wild” or “ferile” genetics of sativa L Cannabis plant. Most all cannabis genetics are dioecious in nature meaning female and male plants grow together and reproduce by pollination. Humans have leveraged hemp for as long as we have been civilized…

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Through human history, we formed a permanent symbiosis, as we cultivated more and more of these plants in concurrence with our development, as we learned to utilize them for numerous and ever-multiplying applications.

We have advanced the utility of the entire hemp plant from stalk used for bast fibers or shives for production of things like rope and clothing, or for leaves and flowers to be extracted or blended for herbal remedy effects, and even for seeds for grinding into hemp flour for baking.

The 2014 Farm Bill signed in by Barack Obama allowed Colorado residents to start applying for a hemp license from the Department of Agriculture. The 2018 Farm bill signed in by Donald Trump ended the misguided political stalemate that began when the 1970 Controlled Substances Act mischaracterized and disingenuously defined “Cannabis” as Federally illegal with no exclusion of or allusion to industrial hemp as a non-controlled, non-psychoactive crop. As is commonplace in Washington D.C., undoing an oversight over social prejudice means reshaping precedence. It has taken time and patience for the ‘view through the trees’ to become clear to the majority of lawmakers. Alas, the days of scapegoating hemp appear to be numbered, and the industry is gaining acceptance and enthusiasm on a mass-scale once more.

As of 2021, hemp has become less of a derivative political weapon, especially among Western governments. The modern United States is experiencing a cannabis renaissance of sorts, and hemp, in particular, has again infiltrated our consumer culture. The understanding of our bodily need for dietary supplementation of Cannabinoids is becoming clear. Our hemp extract is being used to make consumable CBD products. Emerging products like CBG oil and full-spectrum CBD skincare line are resulting from breakthroughs in our understanding of the formulation and cannabinoid concentration.

Characteristic differences also exist between marijuana and hemp. Cultivation and method of harvesting are significant examples. In a grow operation, male hemp plants are typically tolerated while marijuana males are not. Female marijuana plants produce no seeds and yield higher concentrations of THC. Hemp plants predominantly cultivated outdoors, in the elements, unlike the scaling a marijuana plant grows, which is typically better attempted in greenhouses or controlled indoor facilities.

Hemp is cannabis and it shares marijuana’s characteristic vulnerabilities to most of the same common microbes, insects, diseases, and animals. Marijuana requires a more controlled environment with more space to mature and grow than hemp does. On average, marijuana can be planted in a density of 1 plant every 4 square feet, while hemp can be cultivated as densely as 40-60 plants in the same amount of space. Farmers and cultivators employ techniques like crop rotation to account for the differences in space needed to yield a maximum harvest.

Hemp’s propensity to yield significant harvests in outdoor conditions means it is considered less “high-maintenance” than indoor marijuana. It better resists mold and other microbial species and has fewer tendencies to hermaphrodite overstrain from environmental changes, also.

Hemp goes through a variety of steps to become a finished product. They’re many different types of extraction methods to produce the cannabinoids we’re looking for or to remove i.e THC.

Steve’s Goods had a successful hemp harvest in 2020, and we used Ethanol to extract our hemp. A process that is called remediation to collect all the ethanol, and only leaves a raw hemp extract. Is further refined in a winterization process and then can be used in the winterized hemp extract for products like our Relief Balm. Furthermore, we move the winterized hemp extract to distillation to make our full spectrum hemp distillate for products like our CBD Hemp Oils. Continuing down the extraction train, you will find yourself at a THC remediation lab where we remove the THC from the Full Spectrum Hemp Distillate, leaving us with a well-crafted broad-spectrum hemp distillate that is CBD, and CBG. This makes our CBG Oil. Recommend trying our new Maui Pineapple CBG Oil.

Hemp Seeds – 

The most common use of hemp seeds is in planting for the cultivation of a hemp crop. Many people eat unprocessed seeds as a supplemental food additive.

When seeds are processed, that typically means that they have been ground into powder for a purpose. People most commonly consume hemp seed powder as a form of alternative flour in baking and cooking.

Hemp Stalks –

Hemp stalks have always been in demand and for a variety of common uses. We may be part of a future in which hemp fibers from stalks become the most versatile component of the plant itself. the fibers and hemp stocks have traditionally been utilized to make rope. 

In a variety of different cultures and civilizations, humans have even utilized hemp stalks in construction materials. Ships used to be waterproofed by hammering hemp fibers in between boards for a tight and waterproofed seal.

Today humans are still constructing and building with materials from wild hemp branches. Hempcrete, a concrete alternative, is rapidly expanding and growing and demand as a renewable building material.

Hemp Flower (buds) –

t’s no secret cannabis plants have the reputation they do politically today because of the fact that their buds are (mostly) smokable. 

This application and use are probably single-handedly responsible for the mischaracterization and misclassification of all cannabis plants as nuisance drugs despite the numerous other ways for which the plants are used in demand.

Hemp flower can be smoked, just like marijuana. The difference is that smoking hemp flower in order to experience a psychoactive “high” is much more difficult to accomplish than doing so with marijuana as the THC content in hemp is minor compared to CBD, its major cannabinoid. 

Most hemp smokers would tell you of a different reason for consuming it than a goal of getting high because of how much one would have to smoke to garner even a marginally similar psychoactive experience.

Steve’s Goods doesn’t offer smokable hemp flower because it is not a finished product. Most smokeable flower is dirty, and unless they are grown in a controlled indoor environment, it will have bugs, mold, and in our eyes not safe for consumption. This is why we extract all of our hemp to ensure our products are safe and shelf stable according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

At Steve’s Goods, we work with the best seed breeders in Colorado to ensure our crop maximizes high potency of CBD, and CBG. We hold a hemp license for our farm by partnering with a local vegetable farmer who has been working in the hemp space since the 2014 farm bill. He is an expert in hemp farming, genetics, and has a lot of experience working with hemp testing labs.

In the future, we will continue reinvesting into our farming operations until we can have our own barn, well (water is expensive), and buy important farming equipment.

A company making hempcrete won’t care about cannabinoids because he/she is after maximum fiber content from stalks. A company wanting flowers for smoking will likely care more about cannabinoid content and less about stalks and fibers, etc