By now, we are sure many of you have stumbled across the three letters currently booming: CBD! But what exactly is it and where does it come from? One of the biggest misconceptions is that CBD derives from marijuana but it actually comes from mari…HEMP!
Hemp is kind of the cousin plant of marijuana which although similar, since they are both cannabis sativa plants, is also quite different. A lot of the misconception surges from the fact that the plants look similar and have a similar smell as well. But, hemp has a different chemical makeup and usages then its counterpart. Whereas marijuana has higher concentrations of THC, hemp has a high concentration of CBD.
The seeds for the growth of Carolina Gold actually originate from the deep roots found in North Carolina to tobacco. For centuries, tobacco has been the backbone of North Carolina’s economy, its main cash crop. Generations of farming have centered on tobacco for their livelihood. However there has been a significant decrease in the number of farmers growing tobacco in the past decade. In 2004, there were nearly 8,000 tobacco farms in the state. Ten years later, that number is down to 1,600. Once known as “The World’s Greatest Tobacco Market,” the sharp decline in the demand for tobacco has left generations of farmers desperate for a new source of agricultural income.
In 2014, NC authorized its Industrial Hemp Pilot Program and in December of 2018 the Farm Bill was passed, legalizing hemp and creating a potential new viable crop for North Carolina. Today, there are as many hemp growers as tobacco growers in NC.
Although it has been legal for two years, there are many who do not know what hemp is to this day and just everything that can be done from this one plant. It can be used to make fiber out of the stems, oils, and smokable products from the leaves and flowers.
Here at Carolina Gold one of the main things we want to do is bring awareness of what hemp is and get rid of the stigma surrounding it. In all we do, we strive to be a resource to farmers in the cultivation, packaging, and distribution of their industrial hemp. It is important to know that all industrial hemp must have a THC concentration of 0.3% or lower meaning that you cannot get “high” from consuming any CBD product.
Before proceeding to contract with a farmer, we make sure that the farmer has the proper and up-to-date licenses required under the NC Hemp Pilot Program. Once the hemp plant is grown, our farmers will harvest, cure the plant, and send in samples to test for THC and CBD levels. We then take our own samples and submit 3rd party lab tests on all hemp received to cross-check lab results and make sure it abides by current NC regulations. This is all done to ensure quality and make sure all Carolina Gold products are safe for consumption.
What is not really known nowadays, is that hemp actually has deep roots in North America and other countries. In the 1700s farmers were actually legally required to grow hemp as a staple crop. Now, with the increase of hemp fields, across the country, history is repeating itself and Carolina Gold is here to push this forward!