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Alabama Universities & Farmers to Begin Growing Industrial Hemp

Hemp Oil

After the Farm Bill in December 2018, universities are now looking forward for an extensive study on cannabis and its effects. The law removed hemp derived cannabinoid from the list of Controlled Substance Act, making it legal to process, distribute and possess the compound.

Patients have found an alternative way of effective treatment via CBD or cannabinoid which is known to have anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce pain, swelling, inflammation and decrease the severity of ailments such as cancer. It is a non-psychoactive drug which also helps reduce stress, depression, anxiety, seizures and improve sleeping patterns significantly.

From farmers to consumers and all the retailers in between, every one seems to delve in the joy of the newly legalized substance. With this, universities have began conducting research on CBD, its chemicals and how it could be effectively incorporated in the medical industry for treating patients.

Troy University is one of the several universities that has applied to harvest the plant this growing season through the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries. The plant will be grown by the staff from Dothan’s campus with a major focus on understanding production. Members of the main campus in the university will study the CBD extraction process.

Zhiyong Wang at the Troy University said that they want to come up with cost effective ideas of producing and processing hemp, despite of the existing ideas so that it could be used as mass product and cater to a larger audience.

Apart from Troy, ASU, Alabama A&M, Tuskegee and the University of Alabama were also approved for production and research on hemp.

CBD has not only come as an alternative cure for patients but also as a boom to the economical industry of the country. Farmers are now working on growing safe and natural industrial hemp derived cannabinoid to process further for the consumer market.

The planting season for hemp will begin in a few weeks from now. Jeremy Doswell’s seeds have already arrived, the ground has been turned, and he is monitoring the weather continuously to ensure a good harvest. His team members will get out soon and begin working on the crop by planting it by hand on the 8 acres of land he has. Doswell is one of the 152 farmers under the state’s pilot growing program.

Doswell plans to harvest the crop for CBD oil. Though this year is for testing, Doswell says that growing hemp is quite easy, based on the research he has done. Also, the weather of Alabama is pretty convenient for growing hemp. Doswell said that since moisture is present in the atmosphere, it would be a good thing for the freshly grown plants to have a bit of it, given the rains are moderate and scheduled.

On the other hand, prices of industrial hemp are fluctuating –but harvesting the crop for CBD oil is expected to be higher than the eminent state cash crops peanuts and cotton. CBD oil is now in major demand in the consumer market, from beauty and lifestyle products to CBD infused food and drinks, cannabinoid is being used in every product.

People want to know more about CBD and its health benefits. Celebs too have taken over the CBD bandwagon and going gaga over the new product. Lotions, oils, creams, tinctures, face masks are some of the most trending beauty products infused with CBD currently in the U.S.

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Ivan writes about Cannabis at The Cannabis Radar. He has a degree in Nutrition Sciences from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Centre. He likes to spend his spare time reading to his daughter or spending time with his wife.

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