To grow organic hemp, farmers must make sure their crops meet the following standards:
Untreated Hemp Seeds
The plant seeds must be pure and untreated. There should be no chemicals on them. No genetically modified seeds are allowed to be used for an organic crop.
The next condition that must be met by hemp plants if they are to be certified as organic is the soil condition — they need to be 100% naturally fertilized. This means little to no chemical fertilizer can be used to grow organic plants. In addition, the soil must be maintained in that state from the moment the farmer plants the seed to harvest. If hemp farmers fail to take care of the above conditions, it will cause the plant and soil to suffer — not to mention such crops can no longer be certified as organic.
No Growth Hormones
Growth enhancers, stimulators, and hormones are all tools farmers use to enhance their crop to get the best yield possible — which means more profit for the farmer. This is in stark contrast to the basic requirements for growing certified organic hemp plants — which often have lower yields. Hemp can’t be stimulated by any growth hormones or steroids if the goal is to achieve organic certification. These kinds of enhancers can interrupt the natural secretion of the plant’s hormones and alter the phytochemistry of the plant. Consequently, taking products that contain hormone-treated hemp may also disrupt human hormone systems in ways we have yet to fully understand.
Radiation comes from radioactive elements found in the soil or water supplies. They’re a direct result of humans — run-off from manufacturing facilities using radioactive isomers can contaminate local soil and water supplies with radioactive byproducts. Of the different types of radiation, the most important related to organic crop production is beta radiation. Beta radiation can be absorbed into hemp plants and enter the body once consumed — causing unwanted reactions in the human body, especially over long periods of time. No amount of radiation is allowed in plants that are to be certified organic.
Overall Health of Hemp Plants
Hemp plants are often exposed to different bacterial, fungal, or parasitic nematode infections during their life. Farmers need to use protective solutions like sprays and soil treatments to prevent or cure the disease or entire hemp crops could be decimated. Organic certification requires minimal use of biocontrol agents.
Since hemp is an effective bio-accumulator, it naturally remediates soil and absorbs toxins around it. Growing organic certified hemp is costly and inefficient compared to conventional farming. As such, it is relatively rare when growing hemp, as this increased cost is passed down to the consumer, making product costs very expensive. The second reason is hemp has only recently been accepted as a candidate for organic status by the USDA. Most hemp is not certified organic, so consumers must rely on purification and testing to judge which CBD products to purchase.