So, you think you want to be a hemp farmer?
We can’t say that we blame you.
This is an extremely exciting time in history. The 2018 Farm Bill has opened up an area that has been virtually untouched for more than a century. Now that hemp cultivation is basically legal in all 50 states (click here to read more), there’s a growing interest in growing hemp.
It’s estimated that CBD will be a $22 billion industry by 2022. And seeing that CBD is sourced from hemp, getting into the business of hemp farming could prove to be very lucrative indeed.
Just how lucrative?
According to Alex Seleznov, board member of the National Hemp Association, hemp crops grown for CBD could bring in $25–$35 per pound. Each plant will yield roughly one pound of hemp that can be used to source CBD, and with 1,000–1,500 plants per acre, hemp farmers could be looking at around $30,000 per acre of hemp.
Growing hemp, it seems, could turn out to be very lucrative indeed.
Hemp has been grown for thousands of years (many contend it’s the world’s oldest cultivated crop), but modern cultivation methods aren’t quite what they used to be. There’s much more to growing hemp than sticking a seed in the ground and watching it grow. If you really want to grow hemp, here’s everything you need to know.
The Ultimate Guide to Growing Hemp
Where to begin?
Growing hemp is a huge undertaking. Knowing where to start and the right steps to take can make a world of difference when taking on your new venture.
The 2014 Farm Bill allowed for pilot programs to cultivate and study hemp — these were approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and various state departments of agriculture. This is something that brought the first “legal” hemp farms back to America and allowed for the expansion of hemp cultivation on a small scale.
The 2018 Farm Bill changed things and is far more expansive than this pilot program. It permits for broad hemp cultivation in all 50 states, which is something that has sparked the interest of several would-be hemp farmers.
New legislation, however, doesn’t exactly create a system where anyone can grow hemp wherever and whenever they please. Basically, you’re not going to be growing hemp as freely as you would basil and tomatoes, then selling your hemp-derived products at your local farmer’s market.
Getting Started Growing Hemp
There are certain restrictions regarding hemp cultivation. If you’re interested in taking on this new venture, it’s vital to know everything there is to know before you begin.
Hemp Cultivation Regulation
If you want to grow hemp, keep in mind that there are going to be strict state/federal regulations to do so. Section 10113 of the Farm Bill states that state departments of agriculture must confer with the state’s governor and chief law enforcement officer to come up with a plan which will then be submitted to the Secretary of USDA and can only begin once it’s approved.
States, however, have the option to opt out of formulating a regulatory program. If you live in a state that doesn’t create a regulatory program, you’ll have to apply for a license under a federally run program.
Capital and Overhead Cost
Starting a hemp farm isn’t exactly cheap. Keep in mind that capital (money spent on land, equipment, etc.) and overhead cost (money necessary to keep your hemp farm operating) will likely be on the higher end of the monetary scale for first-time farmers. Already have a big piece of land? Perfect! Bigger operations mean bigger profits in the end. Keep in mind, though, that smaller hemp farms can also be a valuable investment if you do things right.
Aside from everything you need to set up your hemp farm and keep it running, there are likely going to be special permits that will need to be obtained through your state’s department of agriculture. Some states (but not all) require a criminal background check for would-be hemp farmers.
Know the Laws
Knowing the laws surrounding legal hemp cultivation seems like a no-brainer, but if they’re not followed exactly the way they’re laid out by the U.S. government, your entire crop could potentially be destroyed.
Any hemp cultivated in the U.S. cannot exceed the 0.3% THC limit. This is the magic number that separates hemp from marijuana. If your hemp crop contains any more than this allowable percentage of THC come harvest, your entire crop (per U.S. law) must be destroyed.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), various state policymakers have taken action to address various policy issues and at least 41 states have enacted legislation to establish industrial hemp cultivation and product programs. They also offer an overview of individual state laws and public acts on industrial hemp research and cultivation.
Hemp Cultivation 101
When it comes to growing, hemp is one of the easier crops to cultivate. They don’t say cannabis grows like a weed for nothing.
That being said, there are still a few things to keep in mind when you’re ready to sow your seeds (or cut your clones).
If you’re interested in growing the best hemp you can, keep the following tips in mind for a successful harvest come fall.
7 Tips for Successfully Growing Hemp
1. Start Small
When learning to grow hemp, it’s best to start small. Sure, you might have a 100-acre plot of land — which is awesome. But that’s also A LOT of land, and there are immense amounts of preparation and work that will go into it.
Seleznov advises new hemp farmers to start small and experiment. Rather than start on such a massive scale, start small and go slow. Hemp production isn’t going anywhere. And if things keep going the way they are in the CBD industry, hemp will be in demand for quite a while.
For your first-year farming, start with one acre, maybe two. Learn everything you can in that first year about growing hemp and plan on expanding the following season.
2. Understand Your Soil
When it comes to growing hemp, we can’t stress enough how important soil quality really is. Assuming you’ve already got a plot of land where you’re interested in growing, one of the very first things you’ll want to do is get your soil tested. Soil testing kits are typically available from most extension offices in the state you live in. Once you get your results back, it’s important not only to note the nutrient content of your soil, but also the texture of your soil as well.
It’s a common myth that hemp can be grown anywhere. It actually grows better in certain types of soil over others. The best soil for growing hemp is loose, well-aerated loam that has high fertility and an abundance of organic matter. The pH level of the soil should be 6.0-7.5.
While well-drained or tiled clay soil can be used to grow hemp, soil that is structured poorly or drains poorly typically results in crop failure, right around the time seedlings and young hemp plants are prone to damping-off (a plant disease that occurs from poor soil drainage).
You can also grow a good hemp crop with sandy soil; however, this isn’t the most desirable type of soil for hemp production. Why? Because sandy soil needs additional irrigation and fertilization in order to assure a successful harvest.
After you’ve determined you have the right type of soil to grow hemp, you’ll also need to ensure that it contains the nutrients necessary for your plants to thrive. Hemp requires high levels of nitrogen, medium to high levels of phosphorus, adequate levels of sulfur and calcium levels that aren’t in excess. Aside from being planted in well-aerated, loamy soil, hemp thrives when organic matter added to soil is more than 3.5%.
Keep in mind that hemp is a plant that is responsible for a process known as phytoremediation. This means that hemp will soak up whatever is in the soil it’s planted in. Hemp is so adept at phytoremediation that it has been planted in abundance at the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster site to pull radioactive waste from the soil. If you’re growing your hemp for CBD, the importance of growing organic hemp can’t be stressed enough.
3. Sowing Your Hemp Seeds/Using Cannabis Clones
Growing any kind of plant seems like it would be a fairly basic process, right?
Stick a seed in the ground and water it until a seedling pokes its head out. Super simple. When it comes to growing hemp, things get a little more complicated.
Keep in mind that you have a couple of options. These include using hemp seeds or hemp clones. What’s the difference? Let’s take a deeper look.
Before you begin, it’s vital you understand that when it comes to the hemp plant itself, there are several different genetics. If you’re growing hemp for the purpose of CBD, the last thing you want is a variety of hemp that is intended for stalk and fiber (such as in making various textiles).
Something else to keep in mind is that cannabis has been prohibited for years. This means that hemp seeds are a bit different than commercial seeds for standard vegetable crops (think tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.). While commercial seeds are typically genetically stable (meaning the seed will produce identical plants of the same phenotype), hemp is a bit different. Consistency might not always be the same, which is why it’s paramount you do your research before purchasing hemp seeds.
Don’t assume that you can just buy any old bag of hemp seeds from the store, stick them in the ground and watch them grow into a lucrative cannabis field. Because cannabis was prohibited for so long, it’s a bit behind when it comes to finding seeds that will produce consistent results.
In a recent interview, founding chair of the National Hemp Association, Michael Bowman, explained where farmers interested in hemp production get seed, noting that Canada and Europe were the best options. Bowman put it like this:
“The challenge is the .3 THC limit. There is a lot of seed available outside of the U.S., but we don’t know how acclimated it is to latitudes and longitudes here and how that correlates to THC limits at harvest. If farmers bring in seed and the crop busts the .3 limit at harvest, it becomes marijuana under the law and must be destroyed. That will keep a brake on some robust expansion until we get a good feel for how those genetics are going to express themselves in different environments. It will take another year.”
Don’t want to wait a year? There are already options to purchase hemp seeds — it’s just a matter of ensuring that you’re going to get a consistent crop, which is something vital in any farming industry.
If you don’t want to go the seed route, there’s always the option of clones.
While seeds are a bit easier to find, hemp clones can offer superior consistency when it comes to hemp cultivation.
What exactly are clones?
Simply put, clones are the cuttings from a “mother” plant. These clippings then grow their own root systems and become plants that are genetically identical to the original plant, which can grow year after year.
Clones are taken from the healthiest lower branches of the mother plant. Once they are cut from the plant, they are then rooted in water, cloning solution or rockwool. Roots typically sprout from the clone in 2–3 weeks.
Hemp clones, however, aren’t exactly common to come by, which can make sourcing clones for your hemp farm a bit difficult depending on the state where you live.
4. Planting Your Hemp
When it comes to actually planting your hemp into the ground, there are some important aspects to keep in mind.
First of all, you’ll want to pick the best date to plant your crop. There are different growing zones throughout the U.S., so each state will be a bit different when it comes to the time of year you actually get started. As a general rule of thumb, plant your hemp when all danger of frost has passed. Ideally, soil temperature will be between 46–50 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, keep in mind that soil moisture is necessary for seed germination. Seeds should be planted at 0.75-1.25.
Spacing between each hemp plant is subject to what you’re growing your hemp for. When it comes to hemp, crop spacing is highly determined by your intended yield. Crop spacing will be different for fiber, seed and the manufacturing of CBD. Hemp crops that are intended for fiber can be planted closer together, while hemp planted for seed and CBD manufacturing will need to be planted farther apart.
According to Bowman, when growing hemp for CBD, farmers should anticipate 1,000–1,600 plants per acre. When growing hemp for fiber used in industrial purposes, this number skyrockets to up to 30,000 plants per acre or more.
5. Watering Your Plants
Just exactly how much water do hemp plants need to thrive? It’s assumed that hemp requires 20–30 inches of rainfall during its growth cycle. If precipitation is less than this, irrigation will be necessary.
Keep in mind that the absorption of water increases each day until flowering begins. After this, absorption of water significantly decreases, then increases again during the late flowering and seed formation period.
According to the USDA Farmer’s Bulletin No. 1935, “Drought conditions, if accompanied by high temperatures, appear to hasten maturity before the plants are fully grown…. Hemp requires a plentiful supply of moisture throughout its growing season, especially during the first 6 weeks. After it has become well rooted and the stalks are 20 to 30 inches high it will endure drier conditions, but a severe drought hastens its maturity and tends to dwarf its growth. It will endure heavy rains, or even a flood of short duration, on light, well-drained soils, but on heavy, impervious soils excessive rain, especially when the plants are young, will ruin the crop…. The hemp plants in puddled areas of a saturated field will be ruined within two days; it is imperative that the field be well-drained. On the other hand, if the slope of a field is too steep, precipitation will run off the field before it can be retained.”
Nutrients needed for a successful harvest will be largely determined by a soil test. According to the Agricultural Analytical Services Lab at Penn State University, when soil contains optimum levels of potassium (K) and phosphorous (P), the following nutrients are recommended for a potential 1,500-pound crop: 150lbs nitrogen (N), 30lbs phosphate (P205) and 20lbs potash (K20).
Hemp is also subject to a variety of different diseases and garden pests. Some of the most common diseases include grey mold (Botrytis cinereal), white mold (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum), root rot and blight. Common garden pests that like to prey on hemp include aphids, grasshoppers, flea beetles, grubs and cutworms.
While pesticide and insecticide use is obviously up to the discretion of the farmer, many growers prefer to stick with organic farming processes. There are plenty of natural solutions that will help keep pests off your hemp plants.
Companion planting is a cultivation technique that can help plants maintain increased resistance to various diseases and garden pests. Companion planting has a history of some 10,000 years; it was implemented by Native American tribes who planted corn, beans and squash together, as they found when planted together these particular plants thrived.
Companion planting with hemp is something that shouldn’t be underestimated. Common companion plants for hemp include basil (the pungent smell is a natural pest deterrent), chives, cilantro, and sage (all help deter aphids, flies, spider mites and beetles), peppermint (deters harmful insects and attracts beneficial ones), garlic (a natural fungicide), beans (help supplement nitrogen into the soil) and chrysanthemums (help protect against microscopic worms that can ruin root structure).
Harvest. The moment every farmer waits for after a long growing season. If you’ve ever grown anything (even one tomato in your backyard), you know how anticipated (and exciting) this time of year truly is.
When it comes to harvesting hemp, the time which it is done is determined by the type of hemp being cultivated. Hemp that is planted for CBD is typically harvested around early October, or when the plant is approximately 16 weeks old and the flowers have ripened and are full of seed.
Hemp grown for fiber, on the other hand, is generally ready to harvest between the time of early bloom and seed set. Industrial hemp also goes through another process in harvest known as retting, which helps break the bonds between the two different variations of fiber in the hemp plant.
There’s No Better Time to Start Growing Hemp
We just covered A LOT of information, and we understand that it can be extremely overwhelming to take everything in.
We also just covered the basics. There’s a lot that goes into growing hemp. But if you’re up for the challenge and willing to work hard, there’s nothing more rewarding than reaping the fruits of your labor.
Remember, we’re at the very beginning stages of an industry that is projected to explode in the coming years. Becoming a successful hemp farmer can be done. Humans have been growing this ancient crop since the time that crop cultivation began — growing hemp is nothing new. It’s simply new to us in this particular period of time.
Interested in growing hemp?
There’s truly no better time to get started than now.
CBD products are becoming increasingly common in the health and beauty care market. As you see these three letters popping up on labels with more regularity, don’t take the product’s purity for granted. Currently, CBD products are unregulated. Therefore, some CBD companies can pass off an inferior product with less-than-thrilling results. Let’s take a look at why you should always view lab reports before purchasing CBD.
Why Are CBD Products Unregulated?
It seems to go without saying that health and beauty products are regulated under the watchful eye of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While that may be the case for many supplements, such is not so for CBD.
The reason why CBD products are unregulated is due to the fact that hemp’s cousin is marijuana. Up until recent years, many did not draw a distinction between the two.
With medical cannabis sweeping the nation, the world is starting to change its tune on hemp. After all, it has become almost common knowledge that hemp doesn’t have the psychoactive side effects that marijuana does. However, that doesn’t mean CBD has a clean record just yet.
CBD must come from hemp that is approved under the 2018 Farm Bill. That means the hemp plant used to extract the CBD oil must pass specific federal and state regulations. Plus, the crops have to be cultivated by a licensed grower.
While this is a complicated time in the world of CBD, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Last year, the FDA approved its first CBD medication. GW Pharmaceutical’s Epidiolex may be prescribed to patients with severe cases of epilepsy. This monumental breakthrough gives the CBD industry hope that there will be regulation in the future. In the meantime, consumers must do their due diligence and research the CBD brands they are considering purchasing.
What Do You Look for in a CBD Company?
Before you make any commitment to a CBD company, make sure you look into their history. Get familiar with their brand, story and mission. See if they speak to you. Your intuition is a great barometer as to whether you should dig deeper into the rabbit hole or move on to another company.
Next, check out some reviews and testimonials. It’s the internet. If there’s something bad about a company, it’s probably already out there!
Lastly, read up on their process. You want to opt for a company that has complete transparency. Being upfront in an unregulated world goes a long way in establishing trust. Make sure that they use organic ingredients, test their batches for purity and allow third-party testing. If all these boxes are checked, then you can feel confident that you are buying a high-quality product. The best way to ease these concerns is to look up the lab report.
What Is a Lab Report?
When you are adding supplements into your daily regimen, it’s important to know what you are consuming. After all, everything you ingest has an impact on your system. Just like you should get in the habit of looking at your food labels, check out the side of your supplements as well.
What’s unique about the CBD industry is that reputable brands can present you with a lab report. To generate a lab report, the company uses high-performance liquid chromatography or gas chromatography to determine all the active and inactive ingredients found in your formula. Thanks to lab reports, you can see if the company pumped their product up with synthetic ingredients or other additives that may dilute the final product.
A lab report isn’t just a glorified ingredients list. It also contains essential information that may make or break your decision to buy a CBD product. Here are a few reasons why you should always check out a lab report before purchasing any hemp-based products.
THC Levels Are Listed
Waters can become a bit muddy in areas where recreational marijuana isn’t legal. That’s because some CBD oil contains THC.
Studies suggest that other phytocannabinoids help maximize the benefits of CBD. This theory is known as the entourage effect. While THC may aid CBD, it’s also the reason why hemp was classified a schedule 1 controlled substance. That’s because THC is the psychoactive component found in marijuana.
Under federal law, hemp plants can’t contain more than 0.3% THC. Therefore, hemp will likely not trigger psychoactive side effects. However, we take the worry out of the formula by removing THC from the final product.
At Joy Organics, our hemp oil still has many of the phytocannabinoids and terpenes necessary to spark the entourage effect. That means you can experience the effects of high-quality CBD oil in all 50 states without worrying about THC.
To give you this peace of mind, a lab report is pivotal. Lab reports divulge the total percentage of cannabinoids within the formula. This sort of transparency also allows you to make an informed decision as to whether our products are the right choice for your wellness needs.
Check Pesticide Residues
As we mentioned, organic CBD products are essential if you are looking to maximize your benefits. Inorganic practices such as pesticides are harmful to the crops, environment and your body.
Pesticides were created to annihilate pests that may destroy crops. These are the same crops that we as humans also want to consume. Suffice to say, can we blame the pests? So, if pesticides are made to hurt pests that like the crops we do, why wouldn’t it hurt our system as well?
Life is spurred on by chemical reactions. When molecules collide, the genetic makeup is altered and a new compound is created. As studies suggest with cannabinoids, those chemical reactions are a good thing! Unfortunately, tossing inorganic ingredients into the mix of things throws off the balance within a formula. Pesticides can alter and diminish the overall potency of your product. Not only that, but some pesticides can even be harmful to your health. That’s why you want to check out the lab results to make sure that no pesticide residues are in your batch.
At Joy Organics, we test for:
While you want to take a company for their word when they say they’re organic, lab results hold them to it. You can see firsthand that no inorganic practices were used during the formulation of our products.
Keeps Record of Solvents
In order to get the hemp plant to secrete its precious oils, you need to apply pressure to its trichomes. When these tiny hairs are placed under stress, they burst open to release the phytocannabinoid-rich goodness. Typically, this is done by using pressurized carbon dioxide or food-grade ethanol.
After the trichomes are broken open, its oils are released into the atmosphere. These oils contain CBD and other phytocannabinoids. One of the last steps of the extraction process is separating the hemp particles from what was used to extract them.
Some CBD companies don’t use the best practices to extract their CBD oil. Instead of implementing natural solvents like food-grade ethanol, they opt for inorganic solvents like hexane. These solvents accelerate the process and are cheaper to use.
While cost-effective for companies, solvents such as hexane can be harmful to humans. As the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CBD) states, hexane is present in gasoline and rubber cement. It’s also used as a cleaning agent. Do you really want that in your CBD oil?
That is why our Lab Reports test for:
We use gas chromatology separation and flame ionization detection to pinpoint any solvents present in our formulas in compliance with The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) general chapter <467>. By following these procedures, you are guaranteed the highest-quality CBD products without compromising your long-term health.
Heavy Metals Exposed
The extraction process is a complex one. Whether you use pressurized carbon dioxide or a solvent like food-grade ethanol, chemical reactions happen every step of the way. Just as we encounter genetic mutations, so may hemp particles. In turn, heavy metals in the atmosphere or new compounds may end up in your formula.
While this is an organic process, these heavy metals may create a reaction that dilutes the overall purity of your product. That is why our lab reports divulge any presence of:
We comply with the Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) for elemental impurities under USP 223. No product with these metals will ever make it out of the door.
Look for Third-Party Lab Testing
Now that you understand the importance of lab reports, it’s even more important to see who is checking these reports for validity. Anyone can type up some numbers and forge a report. Honest companies will have an unbiased party come in and check these results.
At Joy Organics, we test every batch in-house. Once the batch passes our inspection, we print out a Certificate of Analysis. A third-party laboratory will uphold us to the high standards we are proud to have, overlooking our certificates for every product. Upon completion, the third-party lab will present us with their own report.
This practice works much like the checks and balances with the government. Since the FDA isn’t keeping the CBD industry honest, it’s upon us to figure it out. The only way to do this is to remain transparent through in-house and third-party laboratory testing. You can look up any lab report by checking the lot number on the bottom of your bottle and clicking our Lab Results page.
Awareness of the benefits of CBD oil products in the U.S. is growing, but there is still a lot more work to do. That’s according to data released today from our first “State of CBD” survey.
In March 2019, Joy surveyed more than 300 people across the U.S. about their knowledge and attitude toward CBD oil and CBD-related products. Some results were promising — but a shocking one in eight thought CBD oil either goes into cars or helps you get a better tan!
More importantly, when asked key questions regarding some of the common misconceptions about CBD oil, a surprising number of people answered that they simply didn’t know what the truth was. Here are some examples.
Can CBD oil cause a bad result in an employer drug screening?
Not even a third of respondents knew the correct answer: If it’s a high-quality test, THC-free CBD oil cannot cause a bad result in a drug screen.
Do CBD oil products make you high?
The good news here is that most people know the correct answer is that CBD oil products don’t get you high, but there was still a fairly significant number who either said you can get high from CBD oil or they weren’t sure.
Not sure (26.17%)
Is CBD oil addictive?
It’s clear that more education is needed here as nearly half said it was addictive or they weren’t sure.
Not sure (39.56%)
Do you need a prescription to buy CBD oil products?
Again, almost half either got the answer wrong or weren’t sure.
Is CBD from hemp legal in the U.S.?
This confusion is understandable. But while the CBD industry seems to lay in a gray area, as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC and does not claim to treat any ailments, it is legal in all 50 states.
We also asked Americans whether they had ever used CBD oil, plan to use it or would never use it. It’s promising that a full 83.8% said they either have used CBD oil or might use it in the future, while 16.2% said they would never use it.
A breakdown of the reasons given for never using CBD oil shows a lack of solid information about it.
If you don’t plan on using a CBD oil product, please explain why.
The biggest reason given for not using CBD oil products is that the respondents just didn’t feel like they knew enough information about the product and its benefits. A fairly large number, 14%, incorrectly believe that CBD products are illegal and made exclusively from marijuana. 1/4 said they just weren’t interested or didn’t feel like they needed it and 5.5% said it costs too much.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the most popular reasons given for refusing to use CBD oil.
- I don’t have enough information on CBD oil. (36.2%)
- I don’t need to use it/not interested. (24.4%)
- It’s illegal/marijuana. (14.1%)
- It’s unsafe. (8.6%)
- It costs too much. (5.5%)
We hear these concerns often. While the compound CBD is found in marijuana, CBD oil is usually sourced from hemp, which has less than 0.3% THC and is legal to both grow and consume in the U.S. While there may be misinformation that states otherwise, we have not heard any credible reports of serious negative side effects from CBD.
Fortunately, for those who are new to CBD or just need more information, Joy Organics has created an authoritative and comprehensive Guide to CBD Oil with information on the history, science and facts about the product and its benefits.
Percent saying “I would never use CBD oil products.”
Interestingly, the two age groups most suspicious of CBD oil were people over 60 AND people between 18-29. These two groups had the highest percentage of people who said they would never use it. The group most likely to use CBD oil products was in the 30-44 age range. Below is a listing of the percentage of people in each age group who said they would never use CBD oil products.
- 18-29 (18.27%)
- 30-44 (9.09%
- 45-60 (16.07%)
- 60+ (18.33%)
It’s impossible to know exactly why the oldest and youngest cohorts were the least likely to try CBD oil products. For the older folks, it could be lingering suspicions about the erroneous connection between CBD and marijuana. For the younger group, it’s possible that their reason for not wanting to try CBD is that they haven’t developed a specific need to supplement with CBD yet.
Some other interesting takeaways from the survey:
Men were more likely to be suspicious of CBD oil products than women.
- 19.5% of men said they would never use CBD oil.
- 13.97% of women said they would never use CBD oil.
The geographic breakdown was very different, with people in the Mountain Zone and Mid-Atlantic zone being the most likely to use CBD and people in the southern U.S. the least likely to use it. Below is a breakdown of people who say they would never use CBD oil products by one of the nine geographic regions of the U.S.
- East South Central (37.50%) AL, KY, MS, TN
- West North Central (32.82%) IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD
- West South Central (36.67%) ARK, LA, OK, TX
- East North Central (14.04%) IL, IN, MI, OH, WI
- South Atlantic (13.89%) DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, DC, WV
- New England (13.33%) CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT
- Mid Atlantic (10.26%) NY, NJ, PA
- Pacific (12%) AK, CA, HI, OR, WA
- Mountain (5.56%) AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY
Android users are much more suspicious of CBD oil products than iOS users.
- 22.12% of Android users say they would never use CBD oil products.
- 10.69% of iOS users say they would never use CBD oil products.
Lastly, we asked Americans if they thought there should be more regulation of the CBD industry. While we don’t want pharmaceutical companies swooping in and knocking out the little guys through over-regulation, we do think it would be beneficial for consumers if the federal government began to institute basic regulatory measures. Making sure labels are honest would be the first step: Is the CBD content accurate? Is it truly THC free? Are there heavy metals or pesticides in these products?
Right now, most consumers simply don’t know what they’re putting in their bodies unless the company from which they purchase has opted for transparency and self-regulation. At Joy Organics, we use ISO certified third-party labs to test all of our ingredients and products. That way we know what we’re giving our customers and our customers know exactly what they’re getting. Until the government begins to regulate CBD products, we believe the only way to truly be reputable is by doing so.
Should the government regulate growing, manufacturing and ingredients found in CBD consumer products?
Not sure (30.84%)
As we’re making our way through this industry, it’s both helpful and fascinating to get an understanding of CBD from a different point of view. We may love CBD, but that doesn’t mean everyone knows what it is and the benefits it can bring! We’ll continue to work hard to bring first-rate CBD education to the table so that, even if it’s slowly, more people can begin to understand this cannabinoid and how it may impact their life.
This is for those of you who are budget-conscious; you want to get into the CBD business, but you don’t have a lot of money and you want to know how you can get started with the least amount of money invested. The least expensive way to get started is to identify an existing brand that you respect that you would want to partner with, such as Joy Organics.
Something to keep in mind is that about 80% of the brands in this industry are not companies that you would want to partner with, but there are some “golden egg” companies that you can find through research. Get a good feel for their website, read their reviews and even look into their social media pages and what their following is like.
One of the advantages of partnering with Joy Organics is that you can buy our branded products. They’re presented in nice, professional packaging and labels so you can present a reliable, reputable product that you already know is going to sell.
While there are other CBD brands to consider, you can reach out to Joy Organics at email@example.com if you decide to take it one step further and find out more about partnering with our brand.
To provide a little insight ahead of time, when Joy Organics sets you up as one of our wholesale partners, you’re given a unique coupon code and then you place an order. Whenever you enter in the coupon code, you get at least 50% off your order of $500 or more. For larger orders, you can get 60% or even 65% off the overall order.
You want to identify an existing brand that you trust to partner with when you’re first starting out in the CBD world. However, if you have enough money to start your own private label brand, it’s recommended to start with the most popular products first for success.
The most popular products are typically 250mg tinctures and 500mg tinctures (and more recently 10 or 25mg softgels) by the Joy Organics standards. Depending on the type of CBD product you get, the serving size will have more or less CBD. There are some bottles that have 1,000mg to 5,000mg depending on the extra strength you choose; it comes down to preference and, sometimes more importantly, price.
Tinctures available through Joy Organics are the best combination of both quality and value. The 250mg tinctures, for example, are typically the best budget-friendly option for someone to see how their body reacts to cannabidiol extract. Likewise, it’s a budget-conscious decision to start with for selling as it’s a strength many are comfortable starting out with.
Whenever those who start out with the 250mg tincture come back, though, they generally come back for the 500mg bottle instead. If their budget calls for it, most of them will buy the 500mg instead of the 250mg, typically to see if they can get an even better or more intense effect than they received with the 250mg bottle.
If you do decide to partner with Joy Organics, we recommend the most popular flavors and strengths to start with, the 250mg Tranquil Mint and the 500mg Tranquil Mint tinctures. If you’re able to go for a third product to sell, we also recommend our softgels. If you can afford four, the 10mg and the 25mg softgels are the best options.
We also have a one-ounce container of CBD salve. It’s something to put on hands for a variety of reason and is extremely popular. If you can afford another one, dog chews are also a viable option. CBD is just as helpful for man’s best friend as it is for us.
Pick a popular product that you can trust is going to sell. If you want to start out on the more affordable side, partner with an existing CBD business and sell one or multiple of their products. In order to get started inexpensively, pick the most popular products, and as you start to get sales and your profits increase, you can branch out and sell a variety of others.
In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution that recognized happiness as a “fundamental human goal.” This resolution has led to a movement of people from 160 countries recognizing that real progress is about increasing human happiness and not just increasing the economy.
At Joy Organics, we couldn’t agree more, which is why we’re overjoyed to celebrate the International Day of Happiness.
Often, happiness is something you create. Looking to bring a little more happiness into your own life?
Check out the following habits of the happiest people on earth.
10 Habits of Highly Happy People
1. They Practice Gratitude
Positive psychology research suggests that gratitude is strongly linked to greater happiness. Not only does practicing gratitude lead to more positive emotions (it’s pretty difficult to be negative when you’re thankful), but can also lead to better physical health and overall feelings of wellbeing.
Researchers from the University of Miami have been studying the scientific nature of gratitude for years in what’s known as the “Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness.” Some of the major discoveries they’ve found in looking at various studies on gratitude and happiness include:
- People who keep gratitude journals on a weekly basis exercised more, had fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole and were more optimistic about the coming week than those who journaled about negative or neutral life events.
- Individuals who keep gratitude lists are more likely to make progress towards important personal goals.
- Gratitude intervention with young adults resulted in higher reported states of positive alertness, enthusiasm, energy, determination and attentiveness.
Being grateful simply makes you a happier person overall. And at Joy Organics, we believe there is always something to be grateful for.
2. They Get Adequate Exercise
Did you know that getting a little exercise can go a long way when it comes to increasing happiness? A 2018 review highlighted that getting just 10 minutes of exercise a day or working out as little as once a week can make us happier people overall. Part of it has to do with the fact that exercise (even in small amounts) releases GABA, a neurotransmitter that decreases anxiety and improves mood.
Not big on fitness? Start small. Take a brisk 10-minute walk around the block, try some gentle yoga, take a class at your local gym once a week, dance, volunteer to walk dogs at your local shelter. Once you start, not only will you find your happiness starts to increase but that your body will even begin to crave physical activity.
3. They Do Good to Others
One of the biggest habits of happy people is that they give openly to others. Extending kindness to others not only generates happiness for someone else but also works like magic to increase your own levels of happiness.
One study found that spending money on others has a more positive impact than spending it on yourself. While money can’t buy happiness, buying things for others can increase your own happiness.
Doing good to others is possible even if you don’t have a dime to spare. Smile at others, compliment your cashier, write a thank-you note, volunteer at a local shelter or senior center, or bake cookies for your neighbor. There are plenty of ways to do good to others, which is basically the same as doing good to yourself.
4. They Surround Themselves With Positive People
It is really, really difficult to be happy when surrounded by negative people. Happiness increases when shared, but so does negativity. When you surround yourself with others who are genuinely enthusiastic and positive, it has a ripple effect, causing you to feel more inspired, creative and confident.
Remember, you have a choice of who you surround yourself with and who you give your energy to. If you’re hanging out with Negative Nancy or Debbie Downer all day, it’s going to be pretty much impossible to feel positive emotions. Embrace the positive peeps and put as much distance between yourself and the haters as possible. You’ll find your happiness begins to increase exponentially.
5. They Put in the Effort to Be Happy
Happy people don’t just wake up happy every morning. They’re human and experience the same emotions as everyone else. They simply put in the effort to be happy each and every day. Happy people understand that in order to remain happy, they must observe their emotional state and actively pursue a state of happiness.
We all know how easy it is to get sucked into the mundane details of life. Rather than focus on the monotony of every day, happy people put the effort into seeing past the routine structure and assess exactly what they need to do to not to get stuck in a negative mindset.
6. They Focus on Meaningful Interactions
Here is one habit of highly happy people that makes a huge difference. Focusing on meaningful interactions can be life-changing. Small talk is unavoidable, but it shouldn’t be the focus of your regular one-on-one conversations.
Happy people engage in meaningful conversations and engage with other people on a deeper level. They avoid gossip or speaking negatively about others, focusing instead on creating a deeper emotional connection and uplifting those they surround themselves with.
Make sure that when you do spend time with others that the interactions you have are meaningful. Engage in conversation that is uplifting, makes you think and puts the world in a different perspective than simple small talk.
7. They Focus on the Positive
Life is full of ups and downs for everyone. Happy people are not immune to bad things happening to them. They simply choose to focus on the positive. Rather than complain about the way things are or the way they think things should be, they choose to be thankful for what they have and what the situation they’re currently in is trying to teach them.
While it’s not possible to always remain positive (and there is something to be said about embracing negative emotions), focusing on the positive when the going gets rough will ultimately lead to increased levels of overall happiness.
This is also true for the opposite. Focusing on the negative will only lead to increased negativity. If you continue to expect the worst or focus on the worst, you’re just going to keep getting more of the same. Happy people focus on the positive, even when there doesn’t seem to be anything positive to focus on.
8. They Live in the Present Moment as Much as Possible
According to the Buddha, “the secret of health for both body and mind is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
This is something happy people understand. Life isn’t a dress rehearsal. It’s happening now and all the tiny moments that make up your life will one day be gone. Doing your best to live in each moment as it passes can have a significant impact on the happiness you experience overall.
Want to be more happy? Do your best to enjoy each moment as it passes. Over time, these little moments are the times that add up to your entire life. One day these will be the memories you look back upon. Enjoy each moment and we can guarantee that you’ll enjoy life that much more.
9. They Meditate
Did you know that a regular meditation practice could literally rewire the structure of your brain? Starting each day with just 5-10 minutes of meditation can literally be life-changing. Research shows, for example, that a regular meditation practice actually shrinks the amygdala, the fight or flight area of the brain associated with anxiety, fear and stress. This leads to decreased stress and anxiety, which in turn leads to increased happiness.
Other brain regions meditation has a positive effect on include the left hippocampus (responsible for learning, memory and cognition), the temporal parietal junction (responsible for empathy, compassion and perspective), the posterior cingulate (associated with mind wandering and self-relevance) and an area of the brainstem known as the Pons (where many regulatory neurotransmitters are produced).
Looking to increase your level of happiness? Try starting out your day with 5-10 minutes of meditation instead of scrolling through social media. We’ve personally found a daily meditation practice has been an exponential aspect of increasing our own happiness.
10. They Embrace a Growth Mindset
A growth mindset is the belief that you’re in control of your own ability and that you can learn and improve. While a fixed mindset embraces the idea that you are who you are and you cannot change, a growth mindset embraces the idea that you are in control of your destiny. A growth mindset adopts the concept that you can always improve.
According to Carol Dweck, world-renowned Stanford psychologist who has dedicated decades of research to better understanding achievement and success, “In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work — brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.”
At Joy Organics, we believe happiness is best when shared with others. We hope these common habits of highly happy people resonate with you and are something you can implement into your own life if you haven’t already. In celebration of National Happiness Day, we wish you all the joy in the world.