There is a new crop growing at Pahl’s and as the 6th generation farmer I am excited to talk about it! After the 2018 Farm Bill (sec 7125) passed we saw an opportunity at a brand new market and we have decided to dive in head first. Pahl’s Market has officially added something else for every season as we now grow Hemp or Cannabis Sativa. Now, before you stop reading and think that we grow Marijuana, please take the time to educate yourself and let me explain not only what Hemp is but also the benefits it brings.
Pahl’s Market is a licensed hemp grower and we have taken all of the necessary steps to make sure that this new transition is in fact legal. The company name for our hemp license is Hemp Solutions of Minnesota. Our goal as farmers has always been to feed as many people as we can. We take great pride in the fact that we are lucky enough to provide healthy vegetables for families and now have added the hemp plant to our repertoire. Long hours, no days off, and quality is what we know and we promise that we are taking those same attributes and applying them to growing Hemp.
So, what can Hemp can be used for?
- Concrete/ Hemp Crete
- Protein powder
There are many more uses of hemp than listed above and we urge you all to do your own research too, because what this plant is possibly capable of (given set markets) has a potential of becoming the best thing since sliced bread (we all know I wasn’t around before sliced bread was a thing). The one property that is at the forefront, not only at a marketing standpoint but also as an added health benefit, is Cannabidiol (CBD, ka·nuh·buh·dai·uhl). The body actually contains cannabidiol receptors in areas of the body that can effect mood, pain, appetite, etc. You might be seeing stores that are selling CBD products, or you might be seeing stores that are strictly for CBD – all of these products came from Hemp. So, you might ask yourself, does this product contain delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (aka THC)? The answer is yes and no. Confusing right?! Let me explain a little further.
The amount of THC that is in the plant/flower is required to be 0.3% or less in total THC. So, to answer the question does Hemp (the plant itself) contain THC the answer is yes, but it does not contain enough to have any psychoactive reactions. The main source/highest concentration of CBD is found in the flower of the plant, CBD can be also found throughout the entire plant but not enough to make it worth your while. How do we get the CBD from the plant to those receptors in the body? You could dry down the flower, grind it up and smoke it much like a cigarette. This would contain the small parts of THC mentioned above. Another process is extraction, where you are taking that dried down flower and extracting the oil from it. There are several different extraction methods and Pahl’s uses a process known as a CO2 extraction. In a nut shell, we use different levels of pressure and temperature to get our desired product (oil) from the flower. The amount of pressure in the vessel can vary from 1200-1800 psi. This amount of pressure allows the oil to be extracted from the flower and is now in a form that can be broken down further. The raw oil that comes out of the extraction process will still contain those small levels of THC in them, along with CBD, some fats, lipids, and other plant matter. The products that we have are THC free because they have been through other processes called winterization and distillation, resulting in a final end product of just CBD. This is a brief description on how this process all works, there are other methods that can get you to the same end result but we wanted to shortly explain how we get there.
We currently sell CBD products at Pahl’s Market and we will be soon providing our own products with our own label, grown by us! We are happy to walk you through the process and explain how these products work, and the benefits that they may have on you. As of right now we offer two types that are THC free. The first is a tincture application. This is used orally with a 1 ML eye droplet and the other is a topical which gets applied directly to the area where you want it used.
These are some of the benefits that both may provide but are not allowed to be said that CBD actually cures:
- Muscle/joint pain
- Auto Immune
These products are offered in different sizes, we have a 500 mg and a 1,000 mg CBD tincture (the higher the number the more “potent” the product) and we have three choices of topicals, a 50 mg, 500 mg, and 1000 mg bottle.
There is a lot more to learn about Hemp and CBD and the other products that we will be offering that we can’t fit into this article but if you do have any questions feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We take great pride in what we do here at Pahl’s Market and we wouldn’t sell a product that we don’t believe in, we hope that we have developed a name that you can trust.
Thank you for listening – Jack Pahl