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Best Practices for Greenhouse Hemp Growing

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Tips for Growing Hemp in a Greenhouse

If you have decided to cultivate a hemp plant (or its relative cannabis), then it is time for you to explore whether a greenhouse is another best place to cultivate it. Why? Because a greenhouse is generally discrete and cost-effective for growing these plants in quantity. The sunlight’s natural energy (with some supplementation by LED Grow Lights) is sufficient to let the plants grow healthier than artificial indoor light. Apart from saving up a penny, a greenhouse can also be environmentally friendly by saving on the electricity bills.  Of course, if you are growing hemp instead of cannabis, then you are probably interested in CBD oil, either producing it yourself or selling it to a producer.  Check out this post on making your own CBD oil.

If you are starting to grow hemp in your own greenhouse, here are seven tips you should keep in mind:

Before building your greenhouse, picture the design you want.

It should be simple yet practical. In choosing between wooden and metal frames, it is always a wise choice to go with metal ones. Metal frames have a lower risk of catching fire. It is also durable enough to go through windy and stormy seasons in your region. Although it is more expensive than wooden frames, it still lasts longer than wooden ones. Initial planning and designing might be very crucial hence require your patience.

The best location will be somewhere facing natural sunlight. This cut down the costs of using electric or artificial lighting. Nevertheless, make sure that your greenhouse location is strategic to access both sources of light for substitutions. Further, make sure that the greenhouse is spacious enough for storage, working tables, and water supply access.

Apply a translucent covering to your greenhouse. A translucent covering helps to distribute the amount of light evenly. You can choose from glass or plastic. Although glass is expensive, it still provides impressive performance. But if you are on a tight budget, you can also choose the plastic or fiberglass. It’s cheaper but also effectively distribute heat as expensive glass. Whatever you choose, you should add a new coat of resin every 10 to 15 years. You can also apply a paint that will make it invisible to the world from the outside. Remember, it is safer to think of your greenhouse security ahead of time.

Provide ventilation for your greenhouse.

With direct sunlight, your hemp plant is still able to grow during winter. This is primarily because greenhouses are great in retaining heat when the season turns cold. The humidity that is a result of the temperature change also decreases the need for watering the plant. However, too much evaporation from the heat can affect the plants negatively. So, if you are creating your own greenhouse, make sure that it has its own mechanical vent - it takes off heat from the greenhouse when it’s too much. 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit would suffice.  Here are our reviews of the best inline ventilation greenhouse fans you can use.

Adjust light levels to increase hemp yields in your greenhouse.

A source of light, whether natural or artificial, is essential in your hemp plants to grow healthy. With that said, when your hemp is in the stage of vegetation, it is great to provide your plants with 18 hours of lighting. You can easily have sunlight during the day, and provide a supplemental or artificial light at night to cover the 18 hours. Check out our 2019 list of Best LED Grow Lights if . you want the best supplemental light for your greenhouse.  LED Grow Lights for growing hemp not only optimize the yield but also provide you with year-round hemp production.

In the flowering stage, your hemp plants require darkness.

Unlike the vegetation stage, the flowering stage of hemp requires you to keep your greenhouse dark. Ensure 12 hours of uninterrupted darkness as it forces your hemp plants to flower based on your production schedule. To achieve this, you can use paint that prevents the light from penetrating through coverings or use blackout curtains also known as light deprivation technology. This technology is famously used in greenhouse production of kalanchoes, poinsettias, mums, and other plants that require darkness or photoperiod adjustments. Blackout curtains can easily be used by covering flat roofs truss to truss on greenhouse gutters. Don’t forget to cover door openings, side walls, and exhaust fans to completely prevent light from penetrating.

Help your hemp plants grow with CO2 enrichment.

Here is a great CO2 supplementation tool.  You can use a hot water heating system so that CO2 can be effectively pulled off the boiler, or you can just use liquid CO2 to dose your hemp crop. This one is best discussed with greenhouse experts like Industrial Hemp Farms. They will also help you with the steps on the proper ways of enriching your hemp plants with CO2 as well as its right amount.

Selling your low THC hemp.

Not only that, but if you are producing hemp with low THC content (not cannabis), Industrial Hemp Farms might purchase your product for their wholesale operation.

We hope that these useful tips will help you in your journey of growing hemp in a greenhouse. Remember that aside from the above seven tips, the most important one is being dedicated and responsible for taking good care of your hemp plants. With that, they will then grow healthier with increased production each year!

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CBD oil vs Kratom: What’s Best?

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Choosing between CBD and Kratom

Cannabidiol (CBD) and Kratom (mitragyna speciosa) have hit the headlines recently as means of tackling pain. Let’s look at the different products and check out the pros and cons of both.  The short answer to the question of which is better depends like always on your personal preferences and your own intended uses.  Let’s find out more.

What’s CBD?

Cannabidiol is a compound that comes from hemp and cannabis. One of the best known compounds to come from cannabis plants, it has been shown to be effective at tackling neuropathic pain yet is non-addictive and far less likely to give you a buzz than THC or Kratom.

CBD acts on the endocannabinoid system in your nerves by maintaining higher levels of the body’s own cannabinoids, which in turn reduce pain and inflammation in your body.

It can be consumed by eating it, though cannabinoids are oil-soluble and do better if inhaled as an oil – you get more of it in your bloodstream if inhaled through a vaporizer.

What is Kratom?

Kratom is an herb found in Southeast Asia that is (at least for now) legal in most states across the United States. Unlike CBD, kratom works on the body’s opioid system, which rather than tackling the cause of the pain basically tells the body that you aren’t in pain.

In other words, kratom works like opiods and has some of the same dangers as opioids, maybe including stopping breathing.  Kratom use is banned in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Tennessee, Vermont, Wisconsin and Louisiana, and the DEA has recorded 36 deaths allegedly from kratom use.

With that warning, we are going to note that the deaths attributed to kratom were in people using it with alcohol or other substances. Also, opioid is a very broad term – not every opioid has the same effects. Naloxone, for example, is an opioid but is used to reverse opioid overdoses.

You will also be surprised that many more people have supposedly died or been poisoned with CBD oil (52 in Utah, for instance).

Note, however, that these poisonings were apparently due to fake CBD oil. So the lesson is: buy your product of choice from a reputable supplier that tests its products for purity. This is especially true with kratom, because the kratom that is commonly available online is a mix of substances in various proportions, some of which are psychoactive and most of which are not well-studied pharmacologically.

You would think that given its opioid properties and the current opioid hysteria in the USA, the DEA would have put kratom on its list of Schedule I controlled substances.  Marijuana is a Schedule I drug, as we all know well.  But kratom, unlike marijuana, is not prohibited by the feds, although there was an attempt to do so in 2016.  The DEA had to back off because of a massive public protest and complaints by 51 Congresspersons.  That is probably not the end of the story however given the propensity of the DEA to want to control anything even remotely related to getting high.

How is Kratom Used?

Consumed as a refined liquid, kratom is best compared to a fruit smoothie – though do be aware it isn’t the best tasting drink in the world! Other people make tea with kratom.  You can find recipes for both types of use here.  Along with a faint feeling of nausea at first you will find your head buzzing a bit.  Unlike CBD you can build tolerance to Kratom and there can be withdrawal effects – Kratom can be addictive and one of the chemicals in kratom is said to be 13 times more potent than morphine.

There are three versions of Kratom – red, white and green veined. Essentially along with the pain relief, white Kratom gives you a buzz of energy like a strong coffee, while red veined Kratom can chill you out. Green Kratom sits in the middle of the two.

Nociceptive vs Neuropathic Pain

There are two types of pain that people can feel – nociceptive and neuropathic pain.

Nociceptive pain is the pain you feel when you have been injured in some way. Whether the pain from a needle puncturing your skin or the dreadful pain of giving birth, these experiences are both nociceptive pain.

Neuropathic pain is the pain felt as the body degrades due to diseases like Multiple Sclerosis and cancer. This pain is the nerves sending messages to the brain telling it that something is happening deep inside.

CBD is known to really help with neuropathic pain as it sends the body off to tackle the symptoms of the pain, while Kratom is great for nociceptive pain as it tells the body that the pain isn’t there. This isn’t the end of the story, as there are real advantages and disadvantages of taking both.

CBD Is Also an Anti-inflammatory

The first thing to note is that CBD is an anti-inflammatory. This means that the compound acts on the source of the pain as well as tackling the pain itself. One use of CBD oil is in skin creams, either for cosmetic purposes or for mild pain relief (or both.) People also use CBD oil in various forms for their dogs and cats.  Looking just at that measure, one might assume that CBD is a lot more versatile than Kratom.Even in states where medical marijuana is legal, people often choose CBD oil over high THC preparations because it doesn’t mess with your perceptions thanks to it not giving you a buzz.

CBD is often available as part of a ‘full spectrum’ cannabis oil where a number of other terpenes and cannabinoids are included in the preparation.   Not all cannabinoids have had as much research as CBD but they are known to work in concert with CBD on the nervous system, which in return produces a better effect on the sensation of pain. You can access ‘CBD isolates’ too, which are just a pure CBD preparation and does just has the effect CBD is known to give on the endocannabinoid system. We have an article here on how to make your own CBD Oil.

Kratom Has Been Used Extensively for Generations

Assuming kratom is too dangerous to use would be wrong when looking at the worldwide use of kratom.  In indonesia and other southeast Asian nations, kratom has been used for generations by millions of people and in particular in agricultural workers.  Presumably the psychoactive substances in kratom make the back-breaking work of farming a little more tolerable.

Kratom is Used for Opioid Withdrawal

While it works on the opioid system, kratom has less of an effect on your body than prescription pain medicines like morphine, oxycodone and fentanyl. This means that people can use kratom to wean themselves off prescription opioid addiction – precisely the reason that there was a huge outcry when the DEA went to ban kratom from sale, and the reason that the DEA (at least temporarily) backed down when the response from the public hit them.

Like the opioids that kratom can help the drug user break free from, it can cause addiction. The biggest problem with all opioids is that the body builds tolerance and you get sick when you withdraw from them. This is a big reason people prefer medical marijuana to opiate pain medications – you can’t really get hooked on it.

Unlike morphine, heroin, fentanyl and oxycodone, the withdrawal effects are much milder from Kratom. Put bluntly, sudden withdrawal from a hard opioid like morphine can actually kill you. Though a handful of deaths have been associated with Kratom use, in nearly all cases Kratom was used with things like alcohol (that also can depress the respiratory system) and other opioids.

CBD is also used to withdraw from opioids

Marijuana has been shown to help people come off Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). A 2018 scientific paper in the Cannabis and Cannabnoid Research journal showed, “The compelling nature of these data and the relative safety profile of cannabis warrant further exploration of cannabis as an adjunct or alternative treatment for OUD.” With the growing opioid epidemic in the US, cannabis could well be the more comfortable and less risky option for opiate withdrawal than kratom in many cases.

That aside, CBD oil, whether full spectrum or as an isolate, has significant differences over kratom in tackling pain. It is less addictive than the Indonesian herb, doesn’t give you a buzz, and often tackles the symptoms of the pain as well as dulling the pain itself. There are pros and cons to both kratom and CBD oil, but in terms of pain management it is probably worth trying CBD oil first.

If nothing else given the DEA’s habit of banning things it doesn’t understand, CBD oil is set to be legal for far longer than kratom!

This post is sponsored by Kratom Crazy, a seller of kratom products online including bulk products.

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The Week In Weed – The 10+ Hottest Cannabis Links (Every Wednesday)

The Week In Weed - 10+ Hottest Cannabis Links

Mostly, on this site we write about cannabis growing equipment and how to grow better buds…

However, we’re constantly reading, watching and listening to the latest in cannabis related news, politics, science, culture and entertainment.

So we figured why not share some of the best content we come across?

Every week, on this page, we’ll share our selection of the most interesting cannabis content we’ve found online this week.

If you find this post useful, just bookmark it and come back next Wednesday. The weekly links will be at this same URL every week. Or subscribe to our newsletter—the subscription box is in the sidebar.

Now, here’s our quick roundup of what’s been happening in the great wide world of weed this week:

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24th – 30th January 2019 Cannabis Links Roundup

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  • HBO’s High Maintenance is back for Season 3. Check out the trailer below:

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  • How cannabis companies can give back to their communities. Brave New Weed podcast interviews Christina De La Rosa of The People’s Dispensary:

 

3rd – 9th January 2019 Cannabis Links Roundup

  • A new study supports CBD as a potential treatment for anxiety-related disorders.
  • Another study has found that workers processing and harvesting marijuana suffered no ill effects.
  • In Canada, luxury weed tourism is on the rise.
  • Why the media’s new favorite cannabis naysayer Alex Berenson is wrong.
  • One of the best documentaries on the utter failure of the War On Drugs, ‘The House I Live In’:

  • Are robots coming for our cannabis jobs too? CannaInsider looks at the future of robotics in the cannabis industry:

 

20th December 2018 – 2nd January 2019 Cannabis Links Roundup

After a quick Christmas break, we’re back again with the first links post of the new year…

 

  • And finally, saying goodbye to 2018, here’s the year in review episode of MJBiz Daily’s ‘This Week In…’ podcast:

 

13th – 19th December Cannabis Links Roundup

 

 

5th – 12th December Cannabis Links Roundup

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Check back next week for more new links!

N.B. At the moment, we plan to keep adding each week’s links to this page until a month’s worth have built up. Then we’ll remove the oldest week’s links every time we add the new batch.

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