Where is CBD-Rich Hemp Grown? | by Austin Meadows
As the popularity of CBD products surges worldwide, so does demand for CBD-rich hemp. Hemp is grown all over the world, but a patchwork of legal regulations, soil quality and varying demand means that most producers of hemp grown for CBD are concentrated in certain geographical areas. But where is most CBD-rich hemp grown?
Hemp is an incredibly versatile crop, which can be used in everything from textiles to clothing to dietary supplements. However, not all hemp strains are the same. Some varieties are grown specifically for their fibers, and are bred for maximum yields. Others are grown specifically for CBD products, and are engineered for maximum cannabinoid content.
Where is Hemp Grown in the US?
In the United States, a patchwork of legal regulations has concentrated the production of industrial hemp into just a handful of states. Colorado and Kentucky are among the largest producers, while California, Vermont, Oregon and Tennessee also produce a significant quantity.
Today, regulations surrounding the production of hemp are relaxing. Thus, new hemp farming operations are sprouting up in many other states. A recent report noted that there are now industrial hemp growing operations in at least 37 US states. However, the production is still highly concentrated in a handful of dominant areas.
What About CBD-Rich Hemp?
Again, it’s important to remember that hemp is not just grown for its CBD content. In fact, many producers purposely grow hemp strains with a low cannabinoid content, seeking instead to maximize fiber yield (for textiles), seed yield (for skincare and food products), or even flavor (for food products such as hemp hearts).
The producers of CBD-rich hemp are largely concentrated in states that have had progressive hemp laws on the books for many years. This includes Colorado (where NuLife’s hemp is grown!), Kentucky, and a few others.
The entire hemp growing industry in the United States is relatively new. It was all made possible back in 2014, as part of the 2014 Farm Bill. Because it’s such a young industry, we expect to see a lot of change in the coming years. Could your own home state be the next heartland of hemp?
What About Internationally?
Internationally, laws relating to hemp production vary hugely. In some countries, hemp was never made illegal on the same scale as marijuana, so large-scale hemp growers have been operating for decades. In other countries, commercial hemp production is just starting to be allowed.
Many countries now produce CBD-rich hemp. Some of the largest producers include:
- New Zealand
Interestingly, some countries allow hemp production, but still do not allow the production or consumption of CBD products. These countries export most or all of their hemp yields.
Because of the varying regulations and quality standards from country to country, we always recommend buying products that use US-grown hemp. Our own CBD products here at NuLife are made from naturally grown Colorado hemp – check them out today.