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Legal CBD rich cannabis (hemp) flower is on the rise, with new companies popping up every day. In a rapidly growing and confusing market, finding the best quality smokeable flower is not easy, especially for consumers who are unfamiliar with the cannabis industry and its culture. Currently, almost all cultivators in the industry treat and grow CBD Hemp flower like it is any other traditional row crop (corn, vegetables etc.) growing massive amounts of acres in large outdoor plots, where plants are fully exposed to the elements, and quality control is extremely difficult to manage. While this method certainly can produce a quality product, it is far from the best way to produce the best quality, cleanest and safest flower, or what is commonly referred to as Top Shelf, AAA grade, exotics. In order to produce the highest quality smokeable flower, plants should be grown indoors, in small, climate controlled environments, fully protected from the elements and in a clean lab-like setting.
When deciding on the type of CBD rich cannabis (hemp) to purchase and consume, quality and cleanliness are the #1 priorities. Today, there is a common consensus in the cannabis industry that indoor-grown flower is of higher quality than outdoor-grown. Indoor plants are always smaller, and more-cared-for plants, grown under the perfect environmental conditions. This enables them to achieve their highest genetic potential and focus all of their energy on cannabinoid, terpene, and bud production. Indoor flower buds contain less stems, seeds, and other leafy proliferations synonymous with larger outdoor plants, due to the simple fact that outdoor plants are much larger, and contain more leaf and stem mass.
Benefits of Indoor Grown CBD Rich Cannabis (hemp)
Indoor growing is superior and preferred by all the best cannabis cultivators in the industry today. Jungle Boys, Fig Farms, Alien Labs, Cookies, 710Labs etc. all the top players, who produce the highest quality craft cannabis, grow indoors. Indoor cultivation allows you to be creative with every aspect of your growing environment. For example, you can customize the spectrums of light you allow your plants to absorb by using different types/mixed lighting systems (LED, HPS, CMH etc.) which in turn can greatly increase overall cannabinoid and terpene levels. We now know from research that the cannabis plant responds differently to different wave lengths of light (UVA, UVB etc) which in turn can increase or decrease the production of certain plant compounds like CBD, THCV, CBG etc. This allows cultivators to experiment and dial in the conditions to produce the optimal outcomes they desire from any specific strain.
-Indoor cultivation allows you to control the two-most important environmental conditions, temperature and humidity, to the exact degree. Cannabis grows to its full potential in specific heat, humidity, and co2 ranges, and with the capacity to regulate these conditions at will, you can keep the growth rate of your plants at optimum output during the entire cultivation cycle. This control plays a huge part in the amount of CBD and terpenes the plants will produce, and helps prevent problems like mold and fungus from occurring.
-Indoor plants are never exposed to harmful bugs, adverse weather conditions, or pesticides/chemicals that are common in the outdoors, and so, harmful environmental toxins never come into contact with indoor plants, unless done so intentionally. Cannabis testing labs only test for a handful of substances, so certain toxins, like those found in Round Up (glyphosphate) can be all-over a plant and you would never know. These particles and others easily travel in the wind and can rapidly spread in the outdoors from neighboring farms. The best way to ensure you are getting the highest quality, cleanest CBD Hemp flowers, is to purchase those grown in a sealed indoor environment.
-Another major benefit to growing indoors is fresh harvests all year-long. All outdoor hemp farms will have one massive harvest around septemeber/october and then slowly store and sell that product over the course of the year until next harvest. Even if properly stored, cannabis tends to degrade rapidly over time, and after a few months in storage can become very low quality (especially if not stored properly) turning brown and loosing a significant amount of terpenes, cannabinoids, and moisture.
Protection of plants from adverse weather conditions, airborne toxins, and pests. Optimum temperature, humidity, co2, smaller plants, controlling the light spectrum at will, etc. these are some of the main reasons why indoor and greenhouse-grown cannabis continue to be superior and in more demand then that grown outdoors. In California, the cannabis capital of the world, indoor flower has always, and will continue, to dominate the high-end market for the foreseeable future, demanding a higher price, but producing a far superior end product for the consumer. High-quality indoor flowers not only give you an irresistible aroma, appeal, texture and effects, they contain the optimal amount of cannabinoids and terpenes. In a market flooded with low quality, inferior product, our flower sets the standard for exotic, top shelf quality, CBD rich cannabis (hemp) flower.
Problems with outdoor cultivation
Cultivation is only the first stage necessary to produce a true craft cannabis product, the second step requires drying and curing the plant in optimal conditions, this process is often overlooked, and sometimes takes more skill then growing. Properly drying and curing the plant allows the cannabinoids and terpenes to fully ripen and express themselves in the highest manor, this in turn provides the smoothest, most flavorful, and powerful experience for the end consumer. When the drying and curing process is not done right, flowers will become extremely harsh to smoke, usually burning and irritating the throat, and severely lack in flavor, appearance, and effects. Our experience in the industry caused us to foresee a huge problem that these large scale hemp farms will face to dry and cure their flower properly. In the regulated THC market of California, many companies struggle to properly dry and cure their cannabis when growing just 1 acre of canopy, so for hemp farmers growing even 5 or 10+ acres (most are growing hundreds of acres) its easy to see the challenge they will face to properly cure their material.
Another problem many large-scale farmers face is controlling male plants in their fields. When left unattended, male cannabis and hemp plants will eventually release pollen into the air. If allowed to grow for long enough, one male plant has the potential to pollinate hundreds of acres of females plants, for miles in all directions. When the female plants becomes pollinated they will begin to produce seeds instead of focusing all their energy on terpene and cannabinoid production. This in turn greatly reduces the quality of the end product/plant material and will cause the smokeable bud to have a far lower content of beneficial compounds, plus the buds will be riddled with seed and be harsh to smoke. Although this has the potential to happen indoors, it is much more common outdoors due to the larger grow size, and difficulty/labor required to monitor and control male plants while growing hundreds of acres, and tens of thousands of plants. Even high grade feminized seed will produce a small amount of males when growing that many plants.