How To Grow Hemp and Why It Isn’t Easy

How To Grow Hemp and Why It Isn’t Easy

Here’s how to grow hemp that’ll be less susceptible to disease, weather, pests, or falling afoul of government regulations. Between environmental conditions, genetics, and strict government regulations on THC content, the large scale growing of hemp is often financially risky. But, as science unravels the genetic makeup of the plant, here’s what it tells us about how to grow hemp. Growing hemp is a tricky business. As well as being susceptible to pests, disease, and adverse weather like any other plant, hemp growers must also comply with legal restrictions where hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC. The variables involved in growing hemp are both genetic and environmental. While genetics play a major role in limiting THC production, so too do environmental factors that include soil composition, light, temperature, humidity, along with exposure to pests and disease. When combined, these issues present any hemp grower with more problems than meet the eye. How Genetics Influence Hemp Production The binary legacy of the Indica and Sativa designation limits any modern form of the cannabis plant. Years of interbreeding what were once landrace varieties outside of their natural environments leads to an inability to accurately quantify the effects a given chemovar will illicit. In what is of particular interest to hemp cultivators, a study published in Nature (1973) attempted to quantify the potential effects more accurately with the formation of three distinct groups. They came up with three chemotypes.1)SMALL, E., BECKSTEAD, H. Cannabinoid Phenotypes in Cannabis sativa. Nature 245, 147–148 (1973). https://doi.org/10.1038/245147a0…

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