Wednesday, January 17, 2018

How To Extract CBD From Hemp

By Ellese McKenney

Cannabis plants contain naturally occurring compounds called cannabinoids. CBD, which is short for cannabidiol is one of the many cannabinoids found in hemp and marijuana plants and is desirable among those looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, and other conditions without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria.
Where is hemp grown?
As previously mentioned, cannabidiol products sold in the United States can be sourced from hemp or marijuana plants grown either domestically or internationally. For legality purposes, many CBD products (containing less than .3% THC) are sourced from industrial hemp. Fourteen states within the United States can legally grow and process industrial hemp and hemp seeds. These states include California, Colorado, Kentucky, Oregon, and Tennessee.
Many CBD companies source their industrial hemp grown with organic practices, but hemp, in general, is not a USDA certified organic product. Moreover, it is recommended that you choose a CBD product made from NON-GMO, pesticide-free, industrial hemp that is tested consistently for contamination to ensure safe consumption. When selecting a CBD product, make sure the company uses a safe solvent and a verified extraction method.
Extracting CBD from hemp
CBD can be extracted from marijuana or industrial hemp plants. For legality purposes, many CBD products are extracted from the stalks and stems of industrial hemp plants which are cannabis plants with .3% THC or less so they qualify as “industrial hemp”Once cultivated, cannabis plants are lifted from the ground and brought to an extraction facility.
Ethanol and C02 extraction are two commonly used methods for extracting CBD and are two of the cleanest ways to extract CBD for human consumption. CO2 extraction, a popular extraction method typically used when extracting smaller quantities of hemp, involves filtering plants through a series of chambers that control temperature and pressure. When different temperatures and units of pressure are applied to cannabis plants, this sophisticated system is able to isolate cannabinoids at a 90% efficiency.
An alternative method is ethanol extraction which involves introducing the solvent ethanol to the hemp plant in order extract cannabinoids. Unlike CO2 extraction, you are able to produce a very high volume of full spectrum extract with this method. Ethanol also removes unwanted components such as chlorophyll from dried hemp when performed at very cold temperatures.
Once extracted, hemp undergoes an additional step known as chromatography, a mechanism used to remove unwanted plant phytochemicals from the extracted oil. Cannabinoids like CBD have a strong interaction with chromatography media, thus traveling slower than unwanted plant material like chlorophyll which has a weak interaction. Once divided, cannabidiol and other terpenes can be isolated and undesirable plant material can be disposed of. 
Many CBD oil products also undergo what is known as decarboxylation. This involves heating the cannabinoids into a form that allows the cannabinoids to immediately interact with the endocannabinoid system making the compound more usable throughout the body. When the extracted oil is decarboxylated it is converted from CBDA to CBD, thus removing the acid form so it’s readily bioavailable.
Once decarboxylated, the CBD hemp oil can be consumed directly, however it may not have a favorable taste. Instead, this oil can be mixed with a carrying oil such as hemp seed or coconut oil, turned into CBD capsules, or processed into a powder or slab isolate form for consumer use.

Monday, January 15, 2018

DEA Yields to Pressure, Removes Misinformation on Cannabis


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After months of public pressure, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) early last month removed factually inaccurate information about cannabis from its website. 
The change comes after ASA filed a legal request with the Department of Justice demanding that the DEA immediately remove it from their website and materials. 
ASA’s petition argued that the more than 25 false statements on the DEA’s website about cannabis constituted a violation of the Information Quality Act (aka Data Quality Act) which requires that administrative agencies not provide false information to the public and that they respond to requests for correction of information within 60 days. 
One publication, “Dangers and Consequences of Marijuana,” contained 23 of the 25 factual inaccuracies in violation of the IQA. That publication has now been removed.

What Is CBD (Cannabidiol) And What Does It Do?

By Adam Drury

What Is CBD (Cannabidiol) And What Does It Do?

Cannabis plants are chemical powerhouses that produce more than 400 different compounds. Not all of those compounds are unique to weed, of course, and appear in many other species of plants. That’s why weed can smell like pine trees or taste like fresh lemons. But of those 400 compounds, more than 60 of them are totally specific to the plant genus Cannabis. Scientists call these special compounds “cannabinoids.” However, not all cannabinoids are created equal. One of them, cannabidiol, or CBD, holds the key to the wide variety of medicinal and therapeutic effects marijuana offers.
But what exactly is cannabidiol (CBD) and more importantly, what does it do? Those questions and more are at the heart of this comprehensive guide to one of the most fascinating and important compounds of the cannabis plant.
The more we learn about CBD, the more it seems poised to revolutionize medicine as we know it. Read on to find out why cannabidiol is so important and why you should care about it, especially if you use cannabis.

CBD 101: The Fundamentals Of Cannabidiol

Perhaps the only thing more complex than the biochemistry of cannabis is its pharmacology. The ways weed interacts with the human body are exceedingly intricate. And the truth is we don’t know as much as we should about those interactions—at least not yet.
Nevertheless, we do know some of the basics. So here’s your fundamental fact sheet about CBD.

Cannabidiol Isn’t Psychoactive

One of the most crucially important qualities of CBD is its lack of psycho-activity. In layperson’s terms, this means that cannabidiol won’t get you high. Unlike THC, the cannabinoid with the legendary power of producing euphoric sensations, CBD is inert.
So when taken on its own, users experience none of the sensations of being stoned. And this is the single most important property of the cannabinoid from the medical—and legal—perspective.

Cannabidiol Is Legal Almost Everywhere

Because CBD doesn’t get you high, products that contain only this cannabinoid can skirt the legal ban on marijuana.
Technically speaking, its THC—the cannabinoid that gets you high—which is illicit. When you take a drug test, the aim is to detect THC in your body, not “cannabis.” If you possessed weed without any THC in it, technically you wouldn’t be in violation of the law. Because “weed” without THC has a different name: hemp. And the rules governing hemp are quite different from the restrictions placed on cannabis.
In fact, every state that has yet to legalize marijuana for medical use has some kind of law allowing people to obtain and use CBD-only (or low-THC) products for medical or therapeutic purposes. And in most cases, that means obtaining CBD from hemp, rather than cannabis flowers.
In places with legal medical marijuana programs, CBD products are widely available and easy to find.

Cannabidiol Can Come From Hemp Or Marijuana Plants

What Is CBD (Cannabidiol) And What Does It Do?
There are two main sources of CBD: hemp plants and marijuana. Where a given product comes from depends on the legal status of marijuana in a particular state.
If medical marijuana is illegal in a given state, THC levels determine whether a CBD product is illicit or not. In most places, the limit is extremely low. We’re talking under 1 percent THC, with some states opting for a cap as low as 0.3 percent. In this case, the only source that would work is hemp, and CBD products will, therefore, be hemp-derived.
In other places, limits can be higher. Delaware, for example, allows CBD oil to contain up to 5 percent THC. But that’s still not enough to get anyone very high.
Sourcing and legality questions aside, the general consensus has it that CBD derived from marijuana is both more potent and more effective.
Many attribute this phenomenon to the “entourage effect,” or the theory that one cannabinoid can do its job better when it works together with its companion cannabinoids. Extracting CBD from cannabis flowers helps keep these other cannabinoids intact, which is why people prefer it over hemp-derived products.
In other words, the source matters. And the buds of the cannabis plant have a richer and wider complement of cannabinoids compared to hemp leaves. So while we’re on the topic, here’s a quick rundown of the best CBD-only and CBD-dominant strains of cannabis out there.

Breeders Are Crafting Specialized CBD-Dominant Weed Strains

What Is CBD (Cannabidiol) And What Does It Do?
The demand for medical-grade cannabidiol has spurred breeders and growers to pursue new strain genetics that promote cannabidiol production. These strains don’t attempt to eliminate THC. Instead, they increase the ratio of CBD to THC, allowing the effects of cannabidiol to shine through.
  • Katelyn Faith: named after the 8-year-old for whom it was created, Katelyn Faith boasts a 34-to-1 cannabidiol to THC ratio, making it one of the most CBD-rich strains in the world.
  • HarlequinA legendary medical strain which weighs in at a 5:2 ratio.
  • ACDC: This widely available strain consistently tops 19 percent cannabidiol.
  • Remedy: As the name suggests, a potent healing strain with an impressive 15:1 cannabidiol ratio.
  • Cannatonic: At a perfect 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC, this strain achieves an optimal ensemble effect for medical patients also seeking the benefits of THC.
  • Charlotte’s Web: Interestingly, this “strain” isn’t marijuana at all. Rather, it’s a proprietary hemp plant that produces buds with just the cannabidiol cannabinoid.
If you’re searching for a high-quality medical cannabis strain that places the emphasis on cannabidiol, these six strains are an excellent place to start.

What Does Cannabidiol Actually Do?

We’ve covered the details of what cannabidiol is, its basic properties, and where it comes from. Now, it’s time to turn our attention to what this powerful little compound can do.
For good reason, cannabidiol dominates the conversation about the medical applications of cannabis. But that doesn’t mean CBD isn’t valuable to recreational users. In fact, CBD has some special qualities that can make it an important part of any recreational experience.
First, we’ll dive into the medical side of things. Then we’ll take a look at the importance of cannabidiol for recreational users.

How Does Cannabidiol Interact With The Body?

What Is CBD (Cannabidiol) And What Does It Do?
All of the 60-plus cannabinoids unique to the plant genus Cannabis interact with our bodies thanks to a network of neurons called the endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system runs throughout your body. And it’s loaded with receptors that bind to the cannabinoids you introduce to your bloodstream when you consume weed.
And it’s the chemical interactions of those bonds that create a wide and largely unknown series of responses in your body.
Without distorting the science too much, you could say that human beings are “hard-wired” for weed. The endocannabinoid system runs deep and touches all of the major systems of the body. And that’s why weed can do so many things for us, from altering and regulating moods to stimulating appetites and reducing pain.
And even though cannabidiol has no toxicity for humans—meaning, it doesn’t make you intoxicated (i.e. high)—it is highly reactive with the endocannabinoid system.
To put things as simply as possible, CBD makes things happen. When it binds to the endocannabinoid system’s receptors, it stimulates all kinds of changes in the body
Most of those changes are incredibly beneficial, and researchers keep uncovering real and potential medical uses for them.
We won’t bog you down with the technical minutiae of each of those changes. Instead, here’s a quick overview of the major studies and most promising findings about the medical importance of CBD.

Here’s What CBD Can Really Do—And The Research Backing It Up

What Is CBD (Cannabidiol) And What Does It Do?
There’s no better way to gain an appreciation of just what cannabidiol can do than taking a look at the exciting research behind it. This overview lists the major medical benefits of CBD, then explains the key studies backing them up.

CBD Can Stop Epileptic Seizures

One of the most important CBD studies ever published was a path-breaking study into the efficacy of using CBD as a treatment for epilepsy.
In 2012, researchers with the British Epilepsy Association published a paper called “Cannabidiol exerts anticonvulsant effects in animal models of temporal lobe and partial seizures.” Their conclusion? “The evidence strongly supports CBD as a therapeutic candidate for a diverse range of human epilepsies.”

CBD Can Treat Serious Neurological Diseases Like Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s

Researchers are still trying to figure out the exact mechanisms behind neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. We know it has to do with a protein pathway, and that’s exactly the pathway this 2006 study investigates.
Taking a look down to the molecular level, researchers discovered that CBD can actually protect nerve cells from degenerative diseases. Scientists call this CBD’s “neuroprotective effect,” and it’s one of the most promising aspects of the cannabinoid.

CBD Can Relieve Pain

What Is CBD (Cannabidiol) And What Does It Do?
Medical cannabis is quickly becoming the go-to alternative to dangerous and addictive prescription painkillers, like the opioids that are causing an epidemic of overdose deaths in the United States.
A lot of weed’s pain-killing power stems from its psychoactive cannabinoid, THC. But cannabidiol is also a potent pain reliever. 2015 saw the most important study to uncover the pain-relieving effects of CBD. In that study, researchers compared cannabidiol to morphine.
To their surprise, CBD worked well in combination with morphine and counteracted the latter’s risky side effects. This means cannabidiol can help treat acute pain conditions, along with more long-term benefits.

CBD Can Fight Cancer

It sounds too good to be true. But indeed, pre-clinical trials have shown that cannabidiol has a powerful anti-tumor effect.
The most important study to reveal these powerful tumor-inhibiting effects came out in 2015. In fact, this study looked at a range of non-psychoactive cannabinoids, including, of course, cannabidiol.
In a landmark for medical cannabis research, this study concluded that “CBD slows the progression of many types of cancer, including breast, lung, prostate and colon cancer.”
How that works is pretty incredible. Cannabidiol actually makes it harder for cancer cells to grow. In some cases, this causes an increase in cancer cell death. No wonder stories abound about “miracle” CBD cures that shrink tumors.

CBD Can Reduce Inflammation

Cannabis is widely-valued as a treatment for inflammation. Credit goes to both THC and CBD in that regard, but cannabidiol has some special anti-inflammatory properties of its own.
Specifically, cannabidiol binds with the endocannabinoid system to produce a response that reduces nerve inflammation. This is another of its “neuroprotective” qualities and a major reason why CBD is such an effective treatment for neurological diseases.

CBD Can Treat Mood Disorders

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects nearly 8 percent of all American’s during their lifetime. Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from it. Finding an affordable, safe, and reliable treatment for PTSD would profoundly impact the lives of millions of Americans every year.
To that end, a pathbreaking 2013 study found that cannabidiol improved people’s abilities to forget their traumatic memories. These findings are incredibly important and could be relevant for figuring out how cannabidiol can treat other anxiety and stress disorders.

What Can CBD Do For Recreational Users?

What Is CBD (Cannabidiol) And What Does It Do?
The topic of treating stress and anxiety sets us up perfectly to pivot to the importance of cannabidiol for recreational marijuana users.
One of the most awesome things about CBD for the recreational crowd is its ability to act as a kind of counterweight to THC. The passive, sustaining Yin to the active, creative Yang of THC if you will.

CBD Can Produce A Smoother, More Balanced High

What Is CBD (Cannabidiol) And What Does It Do?
When recreational users report a negative experience with weed, the issue almost always has to do with feelings of paranoia and anxiety. No doubt, any serious recreational user has been there. Today’s weed can be incredibly potent in terms of THC. And that’s not even mentioning concentrates.
High doses of THC can and do trigger negative mood alterations. And some people are just more sensitive to THC than others. For both people who accidentally got “too high,” and those hyper-sensitive to THC, cannabidiol can help pump the breaks by inhibiting some of the toxicity of THC.
This is a really unique and little-understood mechanism covered under the entourage effect. But if you take a close look at dispensary products, you’ll see plenty of strains, edibles, and concentrates that include a healthy dose of CBD in addition to high quantities of THC.
The reason for this is that cannabidiol works like an antidote to THC. It counters some of the stronger, stress-inducing effects of THC, leading to a smoother, more balanced high.
Hence, 1:1 strains or other products with a balanced blend of THC and CBD are super-popular among recreational cannabis consumers.

The Most Popular CBD Products Available Today

What Is CBD (Cannabidiol) And What Does It Do?
Today, the most popular way to purchase products and consume cannabidiol is as an oil. Remember, though, that CBD oil can come from hemp or from marijuana plants, and quality can vary dramatically.
Health and Beauty Products
Additionally, topical ointments, which allow CBD to be absorbed through the skin, are also tremendously popular. Moisturizers infused with CBD extracts are dominating the health and skin care markets for therapeutic cannabis. As are other CBD-infused products like shampoos, facial cleansers and even deodorant!
Vaping CBD extracts in the form of wax concentrate is another popular mode of consuming cannabidiol.
And finally, there’s the old standbys: edibles and tinctures for making CBD-infused foods and beverages.

The Future Of Cannabidiol: The Future Of Healing?

That’s the rundown of what cannabidiol is, what it can do for you and the most popular ways to get your hands on it. As you can see, the future holds in store some exciting things for CBD, thanks to its seemingly bottomless promise as an effective and safe medicine.
Capable of fighting back against the most serious diseases, while also gentle enough to be a part of a daily health regimen, cannabidiol is truly one of the most remarkable compounds in the natural world.
And for this reason, cannabidiol is driving innovation in the cannabis industry. Who would have guessed that the part of the plant that doesn’t get you high become such a major player in today’s cannabis revolution?

Greece set to allow medical cannabis use


ATHENS, Greece (AFP) — Greece's parliament is expected to approve the medical use of cannabis in the coming weeks, a deputy minister said Sunday, adding that the change would attract investment to the country.

"In a few weeks' time, an amendment will be brought to parliament to define the legislative framework for the cultivation and manufacturing of pharmaceutical products based on medical cannabis, which will open the way for Greek and foreign investments," deputy agricultural development minister Yannis Tsironis told AFP.

Tsironis said the legalisation of medical cannabis could attract investments of 1.5 to 2 billion euros ( $1.8 t0 2.4 billion), with Greek, Israeli and Canadian companies already expressing interest.

The deputy minister, along with other government officials, attended Greece's first medical cannabis trade fair this weekend.

Over 100 local and foreign businesses took part in the event, which was held near Athens.
The government last year authorised the import of several pharmaceutical products based on medical marijuana, as well as hemp cultivation for industrial purposes.

Hemp can be used to make construction materials, paper, textiles and food.

How hemp could change Bundaberg forever

By Crystal Jones

FUTURE GROWTH: Hemp breeder David Gillespie with a few plants.
FUTURE GROWTH: Hemp breeder David Gillespie with a few plants.

YOU can almost entirely build a house out of it, drink it as milk or beer and even eat it as an ice cream.
Hemp may just be one of the most diverse crops around and it could be set to change the face of agriculture in the Bundaberg region.
Plant breeder for the Bundaberg-based Agri Fibre Industries David Gillespie says the region is at the forefront of breeding the versatile plant and on the verge of an industry boom.
There's a world-wide market for hemp foods and the rotational crop grows in every season bar summer, taking just three months from planting to harvest.

FUTURE GROWTH: Hemp breeder David Gillespie with a few plants.
FUTURE GROWTH: Hemp breeder David Gillespie with a few plants.Mike Knott BUN100118HEMP2
"Agri Fibre Industries are gearing up this autumn to go enough product to produce unique foods such as hemp milk, muesli bars, hemp ice cream, raw kernels and hemp oil for consumption later this year," Mr Gillespie said.
Changes to federal legislation late last year mean it's now legal to consume food varieties of hemp, bringing Australia into line with countries such as China - the world's second biggest economy - where hemp has long been grown and produced for food, fibre and pharmaceuticals.
Canada's hemp industry, which started for food and grew into production for products such as fibreglass alternatives, textiles and insulation, raked in $34 million from exports to the US in the first four months of 2015 alone.

FUTURE GROWTH: Hemp breeder David Gillespie with a few plants.
FUTURE GROWTH: Hemp breeder David Gillespie with a few plants.Mike Knott BUN100118HEMP3
With 17 years of hemp research under his belt, Mr Gillespie is sure Australia can lead the charge from Bundaberg.
The horticulturist has developed seven registered varieties including the country's lowest THC variety - Bundy Gem.
With stringent testing and laws around THC content in food plants, minimising its presence is a key factor in hemp farming.

FUTURE GROWTH: Hemp breeder David Gillespie with a few plants.
FUTURE GROWTH: Hemp breeder David Gillespie with a few plants.Mike Knott BUN100118HEMP5
Normally, breeders would need to send off for tests from the Department of Primary Industries in order to selectively breed low THC plants, at a cost of $238 a time.
But Mr Gillespie developed his own test to weed out the plants with high THC levels quickly.
It's cost him just $90 to test countless plants.
"I've got a colorimetric test, it's basically a special dye with some solvents that I drop on the seed," he said.
"I can do hundreds in a day, that's why I'm basically ahead of most others in Australia.
"I screen the male plants and throw away any with high THC.

"Bundy Gem is the lowest, that's 10 times lower than the cut-off mark that the Drugs Misuse Act 1986 states."
Mr Gillespie hopes to see hemp become a regular crop in the region.
"You can just eat the raw kernels with your cereal, you can make hemp milk which is a bit like almond milk so we hope to make a good market in Asia," he said.
"The other health benefit is they're high in unsaturated, fatty acid."
Hemp oil contains a high percentage of protein and a full range of amino acids.
"You could just about live on it," Mr Gillespie says.

FUTURE GROWTH: Hemp plants.
FUTURE GROWTH: Hemp plants.Mike Knott BUN100118HEMP7
Pests are effectively controlled by biological means, using insects to keep other insects at bay.
Mr Gillespie said someday he hopes to see the industry branch even further into creating building materials - a project with a set-up price tag of about $25 million.
"I have produced a couple of fibre varieties," he said.
The plants stems, according to Mr Gillespie, produce the strongest known natural fibre and can even make heat-resistant tiles.
"You can do almost the whole house apart from the frame from it," he said.
"It's quite sound-proof as well."
It can also make biodegradable plastics and a kind of concrete termed "hempcrete" when mixed with hydrated lime.
"That's why Romans still have buildings today, because they used hempcrete for their mortar," Mr Gillespie said.
"Its uses are almost endless.
"We could end up growing hundreds of thousands of acres of the stuff and having green houses."

Local Focus: Third generation dairy farmers turn to hemp

By Alexander Robertson

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Tom Welch, third-generation dairy farmer and now a hemp farmer

Forget about white gold and our massive dairy industry, green gold could be the new king of the crop.
As the hemp industry opens up in New Zealand, a Rangitikei family is giving hemp a shot as they try get off the herd and diversify their dairy farm in hemp and pumpkin for the first year.
The Welch family have farmed the same land for more than 90 years over three generations.
However, for this family there's many sides to the dairy industry with ethical challenges.
"It's just the mass industrialisation of it, it doesn't always sit right," Tom Welch said.
This quandary has lead Welch down a different path and away from dairying, into the budding world of farming hemp, where he and his family have planted 4ha.
"Dairying was challenging in the wrong ways, the bureaucracy - and I know that sounds funny when you're looking at the bureaucracy that we're standing in. But look at this - we're doing it," Welch said.
"A year ago, I wouldn't have known a thing about hemp. I would have never even thought of growing it.
"We were looking around at the things we could grow and we said let's have a go at hemp," Welch said.
For much of the 20th century, hemp has been associated with the illegal strand of cannabis, which contains the psychoactive drug THC.
But more recently, regulations have eased - although hemp plantations must still not be visible from the road.
"Anyone can grow hemp so long as the Ministry of Health is happy that you qualify for a licence, and you're not going to be an issue drug-wise," Welch said.
"The reality is there's nothing wrong with the leaf, there's no reason why anyone couldn't own it or have it. What is it going to do? It's not a drug."
Welch said some of the remaining restrictions on hemp production needed to be revisited.
"We're not even allowed to use the leaf as advertising on our products," he said.
"The laws need changing and, while we've got this current government, they might need to step up to the plate and broaden everyone's thinking," Welch said.
Hemp was one of humanity's earliest crops and considered a 'superfood' with more omega 3 than tuna, more protein and iron than steak and more fibre than oats.
It could also be used to produce a range of products such as textiles, building material, food and personal hygiene products.
"I think we are only scratching the surface with what we can do with hemp and, in fact, what we are forced to do with hemp in the future - for example fuel, building materials, all of it," Welch said.
Tom's father Steuart Welch has run dairy cows on the farm all of his life, however he was also open to this new type of farming.
"That has become one of the focuses on our farm: to explore different ways of using the land. So we're not just in this dairy farming business which can go anywhere at the moment - we supply industrial milk to the world and while it's profitable, it's a bit soulless," Steuart Welch said.
The hemp crop takes around 130 days to ripen from the seeds to harvest and grows more than 2m tall.
"Once we chop the tops off, we'll catch the seed which is a bit smaller than a pepper corn," Tom Welch said.
"We will then run the hearts through our oil press and press out a beautiful hemp oil."
The family have built pressing and cellar rooms and, once the seed press arrives from China, hoped to pump out 600 litres of hemp oil and 1 tonne of hemp flour from the by-product.
The oil could be used in various foods from smoothies to salad dressings to a dietary supplement.
Currently, hemp oil retailed for around $80 per litre at health food shops, and it would be a growing business for the family along with pumpkin seeds and the traditional dairy.
"The pumpkin seed is a good fit to the rest of the farm and can be grown close to the road, anywhere that can be seen. And it's a really great food out there.
"I'm hoping to get a tonne of seed out of the hectare," Tom Welch said. "This is new to us so I could be way off, but you've got to have a go at these things.
"You can't be a spectator in life, you've got to give things a go - I think my dad might have said that."
Steuart Welch said the consumer would ultimately be be the judge for the hemp industry boom.
"Our belief is that the future is in the public and people wanting to know where their food comes from and we're very happy to be part of that story," Steuart Welch said.