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Agricultural hemp vs. marijuana: cultivation techniques 

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When it comes to cannabis, there is a lot of information and misinformation circling the internet. With growing support for marijuana legalization (61% in 2018 vs. 57% in 2017), America is running into the desperate need for readily available information on the plant responsible for so much controversy.

One of the biggest misconceptions is that all cannabis gets you high. This couldn't be further from the truth. Agricultural hemp is produced for textiles, CBD oil extracts, paper and a number of other uses. The plant most commonly used in the hemp industry is Cannabis Sativa, growing between 10 and 15 feet tall before harvesting. Industrial hemp plants also have little to no THC, meaning that they have no psychoactive properties.

Industrial Hemp Cultivation

One of the biggest differences between industrial-scale hemp production and marijuana growing operations is the environment in which you grow it. Industrial hemp is clutivated outdoors due to the massive size the crops can reach. The point of this type of hemp production is to get the greatest quantity for the lowest cost. Since the fibers and CBD contents will largely remain the same if using one hemp strain unilaterally, the deviation between each plant will be negligible.

Marijuana Growth

The process for cultivating marijuana to be used in legal states for recreational or medical purposes is much more involved. Growers need a deep understanding of different strains, light cycles and hydration. There are going to be a lot of variables to juggle when trying to grow quality marijuana, and because of this, most marijuana plants are grown indoors. This offers infinitely more control over the growing process.

One of the most important steps of marijuana cultivation is getting the hydroponic system working perfectly.

Balancing the flow rate, pH levels, and piping consistency is no easy task, something pipefitters are even familiar with. Companies that use outdated pipe-fitting techniques lose thousands of dollars every year. If marijuana growers used improperly fitted pipes, that could lead to dry spots in their growing room, ruining sizable batches of their product.

Light consistency is also an issue. Since the operation is indoors, lighting must be rigorously consistent to mimic the sun's natural path for the best growth conditions.

These facts a just a cursory dive into the interesting world of hemp cultivation. The truth is, Cannabis containing THC is very different from industrial hemp. Not only is industrial hemp non-psychoactive, but it is grown in a completely different environment, in completely different quantities, for completely different reasons.

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