Are you interested in becoming a part of our team? We are excited to hear from you! Please read below what we are looking for in our hemp farmers.
Colorado is an ideal place to grow hemp. Colorado hemp farmers know how to take advantage of the pure air, clean environment, irrigation water, and climate conditions to produce high-quality American hemp.
Such a fine product, which ranks among the best in the country, deserves the best treatment. This is where we come in. We offer western Colorado hemp producers our excellent hemp processing facilities. We are interested in local hemp, grown in Colorado hemp farms, and turn this amazing produce into a top-quality finished product.
Our Farmers, Our Partners
To us, Colorado hemp farms are not just suppliers of produce or raw material. They are our most trusted partners, with whom we collaborate closely to ensure the manufacturing of the best possible product and the success of our team effort.
We could go to the open market and buy industrial hemp in bulk, as other CBD oil producers do. We choose not to because we strongly believe that knowing where our hemp came from is of the utmost importance to the quality of our distillate CBD oil. We choose to work with Colorado hemp farmers not only because we wish to strengthen the local economy or because we enjoy our relationship with local people. We also do it because of the knowledge that we are working together toward a common goal and because we believe in the excellent quality of hemp farming in Colorado. The only way we can produce the best possible CBD oil is if we are sure about the raw material we process and incorporate into it.
When growing hemp for CBD oil, every detail in hemp farming matters, from harvesting hemp to hemp fertilizer requirements, to botanical choices like the hemp seed and hemp strains used. When we buy from local farmers, we know that the hemp we are buying has been harvested and handled with care and attention. Its purity means we can safely process it through our extraction system and derive a high-quality CBD distillate.
During our thorough testing process, we do a full-panel test for heavy metals and pesticides in our final product. That way, we know right away if there were any unwanted substances in the initial hemp produce that entered our facilities. That is why we ask our farmers to test their soil for certain pesticides and heavy metals that can show up in the hemp product. So, we need hemp farmers who are just as proud of their produce as we are of our product.
Our Hemp Processing Facility
As a hemp processing facility, we can handle hemp in either green form or dried format. General Processing has its own drying facilities in order to ensure that we get the best out of the hemp flower. Generally, we prefer to purchase budded material. We grind this in preparation for extraction. Only then do we start the process which will produce our distillate CBD.
As for transportation of the hemp produce, the process gets smoother if the hemp is delivered straight to our facilities. However, if that’s not possible, we have the means to collect the hemp produce from our farmers.
Our goal is to get more hemp farmers to trust us with their product and get in touch with us so that we can fit them into our program. We can then negotiate a toll-processing agreement. Next, we can discuss with each farmer hemp delivery and transportation details, according to their individual needs and preferences.
Our extraction technique uses food-grade ethyl alcohol (also called alcohol extraction or cryogenic alcohol extraction method). We use ethanol to extract the CBD and then distill the alcohol to get the CBD oil. Although we use food-grade ethanol, there is no alcohol residue in our final product.
What We’re Looking for in our Hemp Farmers
Hemp plants do not normally suffer from illness and are relatively resilient. As a result, hemp farming can—and should—be a pesticide-free process.
However, growing hemp specifically for CBD oil comes with its own challenges. The biggest challenge for hemp farmers is pollination. CBD comes from female plants, which produce the bud where CBD is found. Hemp farmers who are interested in producing CBD oil only, plant female plants. However, there are also male plants around and these can pollinate female plants.
This can be a problem, as the female plant shuts down its CBD making process once pollinated. This renders the hemp useless for CBD oil production. Therefore, the biggest and hardest challenge for hemp farming is the pollen flying around.
The reason pollination might occur is because of a crucial difference between hemp farmers and industrial hemp farmers. Hemp farmers are interested in the bud with its CBD content. Industrial hemp farmers are interested in the stalk and fibers of the plant rather than the bud. Industrial hemp farmers have no particular reason to plant only female plants and sometimes that is where our cross-pollination occurs.
We strive to buy a hemp flower that has as broad a spectrum of cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes. We are particularly keen on using hemp plants with genetics which focus not only on CBD, but also on CBG and CBN, as all these substances come through in the distillate. The more components are in the hemp flower, the better it smells. More importantly, the wider the spectrum of substances in the hemp flower, the more beneficial the distillate CBD oil will be to more people because everybody’s endocannabinoid system is different.
So, we need farmers who are willing to work hard to prevent pollination of their female plants and who are as passionate about growing the best possible product as we are. If you feel you are one of them, we’d love to hear from you!