Historically, China has been one of the largest producers of hemp in the world. Except for a short period when cannabis production was prohibited, Chinese farmers have been growing hemp for quite some time. Yet, the legal status of hemp farming in the country is rather complicated and confusing.
For example, it’s legal to grow hemp seed and clones in China, but only in certain areas. However, importing CBD products made from hemp from other countries is considered to be an illegal activity. Furthermore, little guidance has been given to farmers regarding legality and cultivation techniques.
These complicated matters have led to a lot of questions among the general population and prospective hemp farmers. Below, we’ve attempted to answer some of these questions and shed some light on the state of China’s hemp industry.
Information on growing hemp seed in China is fairly limited at this time. However, we understand that farmers in China are interested in learning about growing hemp seed and are eager to get their hands on any information they can. Therefore, we will do our best to fill in the gaps with what knowledge we have. Below, we’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions about CBD and growing hemp seed in China.
A: CBD can be purchased legally in China. However, it cannot be imported into the country. Additionally, in 2015, the Chinese government legalized CBD in cosmetics.
A: Yes and no. It’s legal to grow hemp seed in certain areas of China. Such activities are limited to the areas of Yunan, Jilin, and Heilongjiang. Farmers may also be required to follow certain laws mandated by their region. In any other area than these three provinces, hemp production is prohibited.
A: In China, hemp and marijuana are treated differently. Industrial hemp used for fiber and seed is not classified as an “original plant of narcotic drugs.” Therefore, it is not subject to the laws specified in the Regulation on the Control of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Drugs. Cannabis plants other than industrial hemp, however, are regulated under these laws.
A: The Chinese government oversees cannabis production very carefully. For example, transferring hemp seed between provinces is strictly prohibited. Farmers in China who are interested in purchasing hemp seed from CBD Seed Co. should work directly with an account manager to ensure compliance with federal and local laws.
A: If you have an interest in hemp farming, now is a great time to get started. The global hemp market is expected to reach USD 26.6 billion by 2025. Since CBD in cosmetics was legalized in 2015, the demand for hemp in China has increased dramatically. Experts predict that domestic supply will not be able to meet this demand until 2023. This means that the market is not yet over-saturated, making it a great time for new hemp farmers to enter the scene.
CBD Seed Co. is a global leader in producing high quality hemp seeds and clones for distribution worldwide. Call our office today to learn more about opportunities for growing hemp seed in China.