What is CBD?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol, a compound found in the Hemp Plant, or Industrial Hemp as it is more commonly called. CBD is one of the many compounds found in Hemp, and unlike THC, it's cousin, CBD is not psychoactive and will not get you high!
Where Does CBD come from?
CBD is just one of the many wonderful compounds harvested from the Hemp plant. Hemp plants are known for their high CBD content, and can grow abundantly without the use of nasty herbicides or pesticides. Hemp contains over 400 naturally occuring compounds including, cannabinoids (one of which is CBD), plant terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, minerals, essential plant omegas and amino acids.
How is Hemp Grown?
The Hemp Plant is grown in countries across the world. There are lots of seed varieties available to grow, and a farmer, having applied for and acquired a growing licence, chooses a specific seed (strain) variety of class Hemp to grow. Hemp is a fast growing (typically 120 days) seasonal plant that requires substantial sunlight, yet surprisingly little water to grow.
Outdoor growth of Hemp is also the most environmentally-friendly option, as it requires no external energy source.
How is Hemp good for the environment?
Hemp is a natural purifier. The plant captures carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and makes the air cleaner. Hemp also plays an important role in crop rotation. Despite it being an annual crop, the hemp roots reach deep down into the soil. Holding the soil together, reducing erosion, and loosening the soil, allowing for more delicate plants to grow in the future.
In addition outdoor growth of Hemp also:
Uses less energy than the glasshouse/growhouse option. Hemp captures carbon from the air and puts it back into the ground using its root system. Hemp is also a favourite plant for the wonderful butterflies and other insects, especially as a natural and pesticide free feeding and pollinating option!
So, growing Hemp outdoors has many benefits and is great for the environment we live in!