Whether you’re using CBD for chronic pain or to cope with anxiety, here’s something else to help you feel good about Curaleaf Hemp products: our environmentally-friendly business practices. At Curaleaf Hemp, we made sustainability a core part of our business when we decided to source our CBD exclusively from hemp plants.
We did this primarily due to the fact that unlike marijuana plants, hemp plants contain just 0.3% THC (which we eliminate during the broad spectrum extraction process) but using hemp also enables us to use the entire plant. In addition to being one of the most versatile fibers in the world, hemp is also a lot easier to grow than other crops.
Here are some of the environmental benefits of hemp along with some behind the scenes information on how we minimize waste and maximize efficiency throughout our organization.
1. Hemp is better for the environment because it requires no pesticides or herbicides
A big reason why hemp has been prized as a “wonder plant” is how quickly it grows with minimal care or effort. Hemp grows in dense clusters so it naturally prevents invasive weeds from taking root and competing for nutrients. Hemp is also naturally pest resistant which is why our plants require no pesticides or herbicides. That’s true for both our field-grown hemp as well as the hemp we grow in greenhouses.
2. We harvest the seeds from hemp plants for future crops
Depending on the growing conditions, we harvest hemp plants anywhere from 6-12 weeks after planting. For our purposes, the flower is the most important part of the hemp plant for two reasons:
- The hemp oil that is the basis of CBD is contained in the flower
- The flower also contains the seeds we use for future crops
The fact that we can extract seeds as part of the manufacturing process means we don’t have to purchase seeds from other companies and have them shipped to our growing centers which minimizes our carbon footprint. That’s in stark contrast to many fruit and vegetable growers that have to purchase new seeds for their crops every year. Those seeds are then shipped to a propagator that plants them and raises them into seedlings which they then ship by truck to the fruit/vegetable growers’ greenhouses. At Curaleaf Hemp, our growing operation is self-sufficient.
3. We sell the stalks from hemp plants to other companies
Once we’ve harvested the flowers and seeds, our manufacturing partners reserve the stalks for our other customers. We’re proud to partner with several small to mid-size businesses that use the stalks of our hemp plants to make everything from paper products to building materials.
4. Biomass from our hemp plants is used to make feed for animals
We don’t waste any part of our plants, not even the remaining biomass of the flowers after we’ve extracted the seeds and hemp oil from them. Our manufacturing partners turn this material into pellets for chicken feed and briquettes for horses/cattle which we sell directly to local farmers.
5. Hemp greenhouses use less electricity than other commercial growers
Unlike heat loving fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, hemp plants require less time under grow electric grow lights. Our growing center in Kentucky has the added benefit of being on an even less expensive hydroelectric grid – one of the cleanest ways to produce electricity.At Curaleaf Hemp, we love hearing from our customers about how our CBD products have changed their lives and we’re proud to create those products as sustainably and responsibly as possible. If you have questions about any of our products, how we make them and why they’re the best, please visit our contact us page to learn how to get in touch!