Hemp farming family
From a farmer’s perspective, you may think I see hemp as just another cash crop. From beginning to end of the product cycle, of course, it is a cash crop. A great one too and for one reason; it’s performing best at market right now. But there’s more than one reason why it’s performing so well. Hemp’s a gift from God to the farmer and everyone else. The Brown Family farm was established in 1845 and four generations have worked this soil. All the way to my great-grandfather, this farm grew all different kinds of crops over the years. And we always farmed what was selling. So there is that reality. We plant what sells. Today, it’s hemp, soy and sorghum. So, yes, being a farmer means economics and hemp means money. But there’s more to it than that and hemp is more than just a cash crop because of cannabidiol, or CBD.
CBD and hemp
History shows cannabis has been used by people forever and CBD shares that story since it comes from the plant. So man has had CBD all along, they just didn’t know it. Man had CBD’s benefits for our entire history until it was outlawed almost 50 years ago. After becoming legal to grow and research again, though, CBD has become a household name. It’s sold in high-end department stores and gas stations too. That’s because hemp is very versatile and so is CBD. So it’s been added into just about every kind of product you can think of, right down to its pure self before processing. There’s hemp flower that’s cured and smoked or used for baking. Then there’s products made from extracted CBD like health tonics and energy tinctures. There’s CBD skin care balms and lotions. And don’t forget the edibles! CBD can be added to just about anything you eat or drink.
Becoming mainstream is a good thing because CBD is getting recognition, and rightfully so, for its therapeutic effects. So while I’m glad hemp is a cash crop, I love it because it’s a healing plant. I mean, I truly love it. Hemp is different from anything else I’ve grown. And it’s special for a lot of ways from how it grows to how it works with the body. CBD is good for pain, inflammation anxiety relief, seizure treatment and more. But still, not all hemp plants are equal. And a lot of the products on the market are made from inferior hemp. Ours, though, has been carefully cultivated with selective genetics. Our cherry citrus strain that we are growing right now was brought to its peak with attention and love. And that’s what you get from a family farm. Pride, devotion and attention to detail. But the CBD industry as a whole is unregulated. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only has ‘recommendations’ at this point. That’s why there’s so much poor crop on the market, because of disreputable players. But rules or no, CBD is like everything else- you have the best, then there’s the rest. So, that’s the negative side to the industry- no regulation. CBD is being handled by money men which can lead to unethical practices and a lack of standards. Every bottle out there says it’s the best. But to truly know the plant-based product is best, you have to see it in the soil as it grows.I know we’ve gotten all we can out of these plants because I treat them with respect. That’s how we earned our organic certification. It wasn’t easy either, but it was worth it.