Everyone’s heard the age-old saying quality over quantity. As the massive buzz surrounding CBD products continues to grow, the need for quality hemp flower becomes even more important.
Also known as Cannabidiol, CBD continues to flood the hemp market with oils, salves, cigarettes, lotions, gummies and many other consumer products. While large corporate farms can grow massive quantities of hemp, how does it affect the quality of their product? Regardless of production scale, there are a few things it takes to deliver the best final product of hemp for the consumer. Each plant requires adequate spacing for light penetration needed to promote healthy and unrestricted growth.
The ability to reduce the competition for this key ingredient is a no brainer for the smaller farm. Larger farms depend more on maximizing the number of plants per acre instead. This marks the beginning of many careless decisions made without the consumer or quality in mind. Months have passed and it’s time to survey. This is where the two farms from above will look noticeably different. The smaller farm has flourished delivering large, dense, high quality buds. The cluttered hemp plants from the larger farm have suffered an uphill battle since day one. The lack of light and space to grow has made the buds susceptible to illnesses. This can result in a sick stringy looking product across the entire crop that can be potentially harmful to consumers.
Fast-forward, the seasons end is near and it’s time to harvest. This is arguably the most exciting and important time. At this stage how you handle your crop will determine the appeal of your end product. The larger farm has produced a low-quality product while attempting to lower costs and increase profit margins for investors. They choose to use machines knowing the massive trade off in quality. The equipment provides a careless touch and severely damages trichomes and other valuable assets of the bud.
On the contrary, the smaller farm has produced a top quality product and they want to ensure the best final results. Although, manually harvesting takes significantly longer, their efforts are rewarded in the end. Not only does the hemp look perfectly manicured, it has been cured with care delivering an amazing smell and flavor. The differences between the two farms are determined by their motives.
At the end of the day there’s a decision to be made. Are you going to support the extra efforts to provide quality hemp by the smaller farm? Or are you going to support the carelessness of quantity by the larger farm?