Maine boasts a lengthy, wealthy tradition of lobster dining. Heck, even the drug shops in some Maine towns have lobster tanks exactly where casual clients can choose out a reside crustacean ahead of taking it residence to cook it.

It was just a matter of time till Maine provided hemp in a related style.

Sheepscot Basic Farms, an organic farm situated close to Whitefield, is at the moment harvesting its initially hemp crop of 7,000 plants. Beginning September 25th, clients can check out the farm to hand-pick which hemp plants they’d like to obtain, although the plants are nevertheless alive and in soil. Pricing is nevertheless getting hammered out, but the farm’s owners, Ben and Taryn Marcus, believe they’ll charge about $50 per pound of hemp flowers, which will come with some leaves and stems, as well.

“We believe most will make into their personal tincture or salve, plus there is a increasing trend of just freezing and employing fresh in meals or tea to get CBD-A,” mentioned Taryn Marcus to Contemporary Farmer.

Gallery — Images of Cannabis Plants All through the Harvest Cycle: 

Hemp, which is a assortment of cannabis, includes significantly less than .three % THC. But folks do not acquire hemp for THC they acquire hemp for CBD, a non-intoxicating compound discovered in cannabis that has medicinal properties. In current years, the CBD marketplace has exploded in recognition, with organizations infusing all the things from lotions to underarm deodorants to cheeseburgers with the hemp-derived compound. 

“These plants had been tested by the state to make confident [there’s] significantly less than .three % THC,” Taryn told a nearby ABC affiliate, “so folks will be in a position to use it for medicine and not have psychoactive components and not get higher.”

Cannabis dispensaries ordinarily let clients inspect cured buds ahead of obtain, and some even sell reside clones, but Sheepscot’s “U-Pick” plan marks one particular of the cannabis industry’s initially “choose your personal mature plant” offerings. Alongside the upcoming select-your-personal-plant plan, the farm will also present classes instructing other people on how to safely make their personal hemp oils and tinctures at residence. 

Late final year, the federal government decriminalized hemp nationwide with the Farm Bill, leaving person states to establish their personal hemp laws. Maine legalized hemp below its marijuana legalization bill, which voters authorized in 2016. 

The Pine Tree State’s earlier governor, Paul LePage, vehemently opposed any sort of weed legalization in Maine — even for health-related marijuana — but the new governor, Janet Mills, has been friendly to the fledgling sector. In March, Gov. Mills signed legislation that protects Maine’s hemp and hemp-extracts as meals solutions and additives. 

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