Growing High CBD Hemp in Alaska

What You Need to Know About Growing CBD Seeds in Alaska

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When you start growing hemp in any state, you should have a thorough understanding of the local regulations. This includes hemp farming in Alaska as much as anywhere. The varying regions, climate, and farming seasons pose unique challenges for cultivating this cash crop. However, with the right resources and research, hemp can thrive here. Farmers interested in growing hemp will also need to keep up to date with both local and federal regulations. Unlike other agricultural industries, hemp is highly regulated and will require full compliance for success. In order to start a successful hemp farm, here are the resources you need to learn more about cultivation needs, regulations, and more.   

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Where to Get Licensed to Grow CBD In Alaska

The state signed into law legal hemp farming in 2018 and is responsible for all grower and processor licensing. The first step you’ll need to take is getting licensed with the Department of Natural Resources Division of Agriculture through the Alaska Industrial Hemp Pilot Program. Licensing is required in order to cultivate hemp commercially. Applications are currently accepted electronically, preferably by email. Hemp growing licenses remain valid for one year and must be renewed annually.

Leading CBD Seed Genetics for Alaska

CBD Seed Co. has spent over five years in research and development in order to breed high-producing CBD seeds. Our genetics feature options that are ideal for the various climates that differ between the subarctic oceanic climates of the exterior and central to interior regions. We value compliance and always have our seeds independent, third-party lab tested for cannabinoid content, no pesticide exposure, and quality. Learn more about our current available hemp varieties:

High CBD Hemp Seeds

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BaOX Feminized Seed

Field tested from California to Michigan and down to Florida, Our BaOX feminized seed Is a no bralner for the large scale farmer looking to use mechanization from start to finish.

Cherry HD Feminized Seed

Cherry extracts very well but unfortunately also grows very slow. We set out to change this! We experimented with many different breeding combinations to increase vigor, size and strength without sacrificing terpene or cannabinoid content, the result of these trials is what we call Cherry HD. Cherry HD is a early finishing, bigger plant capable of competing with the weeds and creating a quick canopy. She has a sweet smell with a hint of funk.

• Strong field ready structure
• Heavy resin and terpenes
• Ideal for biomass or flower
• 2-3%CBC
• Early finisher, finishes mid to late September depending on geography

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High CBD Hemp Clones

Baox High CBD Hemp Clones

This vigorously growing satlva dominant plant will fill In up to S’ spacing and will quickly create canopy to crowd out weeds with tighter spacing (we recommend 30″ x 24″). A true veteran of the hemp world BaOX has strong stalks and stems suited for even the windiest environments with close Inter-nodal spacing making her an excellent candidate for biomass.

• Quick to create canopy
• Excellent vigor and plant strength
• 26:1 CBD to THC ratio
• Excellent uniformity
• Ideal for biomass
• High in terpenes B-Myrcene and B-Caryophyllene

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Cherry HD Hemp Clones

Cherry is a short squat plant that grows in a very dense tight bush with thick resinous flowers that stretch to the bottom of the plant. Very resinous with nice tight buds making it ideal for either extraction of flower. Cherry grows a little slower than most so performs best when planted a little denser. While she is smaller she makes up for it with Cannabinoid content.

• High terpene content
• Dense flowers
• 29:1 CBD to THC ratio
• Can reach 15% CBD or more.
• Finished flower has an almost red or purple hue
• High in terpene b-caryophyllene, farsenene, humulene, limonene, linalool and myrcene

Spectrum Hemp Clones

Clone only Spectrum is a little slower to flower but once she does she packs on the flower weight quickly, not ideal for climates with a shorter growing window but will reward farmers with large resinous buds suitable for extraction or flower. Strong stems and stalks she is field ready for any weather.

• High terpene content
• Grows large dense resin-coated flowers
• Ideal for biomass or flower 27:1 CBD to THC ratio

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cbd seed alaska

Spectrum Hemp Clones

Clone only Spectrum is a little slower to flower but once she does she packs on the flower weight quickly, not ideal for climates with a shorter growing window but will reward farmers with large resinous buds suitable for extraction or flower. Strong stems and stalks she is field ready for any weather.

• High terpene content
• Grows large dense resin-coated flowers
• Ideal for biomass or flower 27:1 CBD to THC ratio

CBG Clones

CBG is a fast growing indica dominant CBG variety suited perfectly for the Smokable flower Market. Fast growing and even faster to flower she makes for quick turnaround time between runs. Heavy resin with large dense flowers make this a win win for grower and customer alike.

• Kush like terpene profile
• Can reach up to 25% CBG
• Best for indoor growing
• Needs 20+ hours daylight in Veg

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Alaska Regulations for Growing CBD Clones & Seeds

Once you’ve decided that you want to join the hemp farming industry, it’s important to educate yourself on all local and federal regulations. While the 2018 Farm Bill did legalize hemp on a federal level, it also created a problematic patchwork of regulations that vary from state to state. That means that local farmers will need to stay up to date with corresponding state laws as well as federal regulations. Both federal and local state regulations define industrial hemp as legal as long as it contains 0.3% THC or less.

The Department of Natural Resources Division of Agriculture launched its regulatory program in 2018 but experienced funding cuts shortly after. With slow implementations of local laws, hemp production didn’t take place until the 2019 and 2020 farming seasons. Here are all the links you need to get a current Alaska industrial hemp/CBD licensing and keep up to date with both state and federal regulations:

Department of Natural Resources Division of Agriculture: This is your primary resource for the state’s hemp regulatory program. All of your licensing requirements and forms can be found on their Industrial Hemp Pilot Program page. The website also contains a list of useful resources and upcoming events. Farmers can find more information by contacting the department at 907-745-4469 or email

Here are some useful links that can also be found on the website:

  • Alaska 2021 Hemp Grower Application: Applications are encouraged to be submitted electronically. This application is for first-time applicants only. For license renewals, farmers will need to submit a registration renewal application when their license expires. In addition to your application, farmers are expected to submit a non-refundable new registration fee, annual grower registration fee, and maps of all fields, greenhouses, indoor growing areas, and storage locations.
  • Alaska Hemp Grower Renewal Application: For farmers with existing licenses, you’ll need to apply for renewal after one year. This registration renewal form can also be used for processors and retailers. Renewal forms will also require a non-refundable registration renewal fee, annual grower fee, and maps of any changes or additional locations you’ve added to your farm. These can also be submitted electronically.
  • Accepted Hemp Varieties in Alaska: In order to help farmers stay compliant, these are the accepted hemp varieties and where they originate from. Make sure to review this list before purchasing any CBD seed. Since Alaska does not provide a list of certified seed companies, you’ll need to do your research and find a reliable provider with high-quality genetics. We recommend working with companies with a longer-standing history and always researching strains based on your farm’s needs.
  • Preharvest Testing and Report: Preharvest testing is required by both federal and state law to ensure your THC threshold remains at 0.3% or below. Here are the instructions for pre-harvest testing and reporting. It’s best practice to test your crops every week and increase the frequency the closer you get to harvest. Being proactive with testing measures can help minimize the risk of your crops going hot.
  • Post-Harvest Report: Post-harvest reports are required no later than 60 days after farmers receive their THC sampling results. This report must include all of your harvest information including location, harvested stain or variety, harvest start date, harvest end date, THC results, whether your crops were harvested or destroyed, as well as where your harvest is currently being stored.

National Resources for Hemp Regulations

  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA): This federal agency provides leadership and funding for programs that advance agriculture-related sciences. They are a researched-based organization that invests in and supports initiatives to ensure the long-term viability of agriculture, now including industrial hemp and CBD. NIFA applies an integrated approach to ensure that groundbreaking discoveries in agriculture-related sciences and technologies reach the people who can put them into practice.
  • USDA: The United States Department of Agriculture is in charge of creating regulations for the industrial hemp industry and the growing of CBD seeds and clones. Their site is comprehensive and a must-read for hemp growers and processors. While there is a state program here, farmers looking for licensing in other states without a hemp program can often obtain licensing directly from the USDA. This federal resource is crucial to keep up with in addition to state regulations.
  • FDAThe FDA is currently creating a legal framework for hemp-derived CBD products. For farmers cultivating hemp in order to produce CBD, this can be a great resource. Once the FDA has established its regulatory framework for CBD products, this could potentially impact farmers as well as manufacturers. Farmers that are also processors and manufacturers of CBD products can also find its current instructions on how to stay compliant in terms of labeling, marketing, and more.
  • Vote Hemp: This nonprofit is dedicated to educating legislators and policymakers, advocating for progressive hemp laws, and defending standing policies that inhibit commerce. In addition to advocacy, farmers can utilize this resource for its regulatory information. The website provides comprehensive regulation education by state including ways that you can help with advancing policies. From legal cases to regular political updates, farmers can keep up to date with the ever-changing legal framework.
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Alaska’s Hemp Biomass Transportation Regulations

Alaska allows for hemp to be transported within the state but requires all individuals to have an approved transportation permit. A license is not required if industrial hemp is being transported on a property listed on a registrant’s registration before submitting a pre-harvest report, transporting seed or clones to a registered grower, or transporting industrial hemp products that are valid under 11 AAC 40.400 – 11 AAC 40.420. These permits are valid for three years. In order to apply, complete this Hemp Transportation Permit Form and submit it to the Industrial Hemp Pilot Program.

Regions of Alaska Where CBD Is Grown

Hemp is a hardy plant and high CBD seeds will grow in many climates. Alaska has obvious constraints on farming in general because of its climate and shorter farming seasons. However, there are areas of the state that grow grains, potatoes, vegetables, and greenhouse plants well. There are only about 500 farms which cover 0.2% of the land in the state. Most of these farms are in the Matanuska Valley northeast of Anchorage. These farms grow field crops like barley, hay, oats, and potatoes. So, if you are thinking about outdoor hemp farming this is the area to consider. But the real revenue will likely be from greenhouse hemp because many of Alaska’s most successful plant crops are grown in greenhouses and nurseries. Greenhouses provide a more ideal, controlled environment for hemp to thrive and are successful in any region.   

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Alaska Agricultural Regions for Cultivating CBD Hemp

Alaska offers various agricultural regions where hemp can thrive:

  • Interior
  • Kenai Peninsula
  • South Central
  • South East
  • South West

Each agricultural region is quite unique in terms of typography, humidity, farming seasons, and climate. While some regions can offer an adequate growing season, shorter seasons can be remedied by finding varieties that are early finishers. Places with higher humidity can also combat this with the right irrigation strategy and crop placement. Before you start planting CBD seed, make sure to research respective strains based on your agricultural region.

Alaska Hemp & CBD Seed News 

It’s always a great idea to stay up to date with your local hemp industry and CBD news. While regular research is always recommended, another convenient tip for staying up to date is with Google Alerts. Farmers can create these convenient alerts emailed directly to them at a personalized interval. When setting up your alerts, try terms like “hemp farming Alaska” or “CBD regulations Alaska” for the local industry updates you need. Here are some of the news highlights from 2020 regarding the hemp industry here:

DECEMBER 2, 2020: Now that industrial hemp is legal, Alaska’s industry must follow the law
This opinion piece from the director of the state Division of Agriculture highlights the political developments of industrial hemp both locally and nationally. While regulations now allow legal hemp farming, it’s important that the local industry follows these important regulations. These standardized tests are meant to ensure both compliance and consumer safety.
APRIL 3, 2020: Alaska’s hemp industry set to go live through online-only registrations
After the successful launch of the state’s hemp regulatory program, all applications were announced to be accepted through online submission only. The state hemp program broadcasted its new rules through its social media platforms to help with the current COVID-19 situation. The pilot program will operate under the 2014 Farm Bill pilot program until later this year.
MARCH 26, 2020: States split on following USDA hemp rules in 2020
While the USDA continues to try to streamline the regulatory requirements on a federal level, numerous states have adopted their own regulatory program. However, Alaska has decided to operate under its current program rules throughout the 2020 season.
MARCH 25, 2020: Alaska regulators use social media to introduce new rules in the age of coronavirus
In an effort to promote social distancing, the state hemp program has decided to use social media to broadcast its new regulatory rules. By utilizing live webinars through Facebook, the Division of Agriculture was able to provide an overview of the industrial hemp program. New regulations now break up applicants into three categories: growers, processors, and retailers. The distinction hopefully will allow vertical integration in the local industry.

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CBD & Hemp Resources for Alaska Farmers

For farmers just getting started in the industry, it’s important to find organizations and other local farmers to network with. The more support you’re able to find, the better success you’ll experience and the more potential connections you’ll be able to find.

Alaska-Based Hemp Organizations

  • Anchorage Cannabis Business Association: The ACBA is dedicated to cannabis advocacy and provides a great network for individuals in the industry. This organization works with the P&Z commission in order to develop progressive regulations for cannabis businesses to operate in. They promote advocacy and education while providing a great way to connect people in the industry in the Anchorage area. In order to join the ACBA, there are reasonable annual membership fees due.
  • Alaska Growers Association: This Facebook group is for local cannabis growers. Both hemp and marijuana cultivators are welcome to join this public group. Gain access to industry updates, advice from fellow local farmers, and more. While recent interactions are limited, this still provides a wonderful networking opportunity since members are public.
  • Alaska Marijuana Industry Association: Join a local network of cannabis businesses for building a stronger industry for everyone involved. This is a more marijuana-dominant association but still provides support for hemp industry professionals. The Alaska MIA works on tracking regulations and bills while advocating on local, state, and federal levels for cannabis businesses. They also offer an important communication framework for you to find support and better networking.

National Hemp Resources

  • Hempstead Project Heart: Hempstead is an educational, environmental, and economic advocate for industrial hemp. This organization strives to raise awareness of industrial hemp for tribes and local communities. By focusing on raising awareness on the benefits of hemp, Hempstead hopes to help redevelop successful hemp economies and connecting tribal, urban, and rural communities. Farmers can find more general information regarding hemp if they’re interested in learning more about the industry and finished product opportunities.
  • National Hemp Association: Membership is available for entrepreneurs, farmers, professors, researchers, manufacturers, investors, organizations, and businesses involved in the hemp industry. This is an excellent resource for beginner farmers and experienced farmers alike looking to joining an extensive network. Since this association serves farmers, processors, businesses, manufacturers, and researchers, you can connect with different individuals from various sectors of the industry. While local organizations are always important, having a national network can help you expand your business and find potential biomass buyers. From member directories to state-specific resources, this is a wonderful starting point.
  • Hemp Industries Association: Hemp Industries Association has worked as a hemp advocacy group for almost 30 years. The organization has fought to legalize and establish hemp as a federal commodity through legal action, advocacy, and education. They offer a great trade association for hemp farmers with reasonable membership pricing. Membership benefits include incredible networking benefits with other individuals in the industry as well as lawmakers. With significant educational resources and highly transparent access to other members, hemp farmers can create connections and find invaluable information.
  • US Hemp Roundtable: This coalition of leading hemp companies and organizations is committed to safe hemp and CBD products. The US Hemp Roundtable works with political officials for passing legislation that supports both hemp farmers and consumers. This organization also provides education and advocacy to help create a viable path for safe, legal hemp-derived products. Gain access to complimentary state action, industry updates, and federal resources when you sign up for their newsletter.
  • US Hemp Authority: Achieve better credibility, compliance, and more by getting certified through the US Hemp Authority. If you’re only interested in growing hemp then selling your biomass to a buyer or processor, this certification is not for you. This resource is for Alaska farmers that plan on producing CBD in-house or would like to sell hemp-derived products. For farms interested in branding themselves and selling directly to consumers, having a US Hemp Authority certification can provide better trust for your customers. Since the CBD industry is currently unregulated, this certification provides assurances that your growing and manufacturing standards are high.
  • US Hemp Growers Association: Gain access to hemp research and incredible resources that help farmers stay up to date on regulatory developments, certified CBD seed, and more. This farmer-specific national organization is great for connecting with other licensed growers and certified crop advisors. They offer a free six-month trial membership and have various membership levels to choose from. With comprehensive educational resources, this can be a great jumping-off point for novice hemp farmers. US Hemp Growers Association also provides extensive industry and regulatory resources in addition to events you can attend.
  • American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp: The trade association is a great place for both marijuana and hemp industry professionals. Their mission is to professionalize industry representation. Unlike the other hemp-specific associations, this one provides support for both cannabis industries. This can provide a wonderful networking opportunity for fellow individuals in the hemp industry as well as the marijuana industry. By focusing on advocacy and education, ATACH hopes to make cannabis mainstream and provide professional industry representation.

Hemp Biomass Selling Tips for Alaska Farmers

  • Hire a hemp broker: There are licensed hemp brokers that can help you negotiate the best price for your hemp biomass. You’ll want to look for an experienced individual with many connections in the industry and a great track record.
  • Presell your biomass: This is an ideal option since the window for selling your harvested biomass is short. Having a buyer lined up can help alleviate stress post-harvest while giving you the competitive advantage of growing specific strains that potential buyers are looking for.
  • Sell directly to buyers: If you have the connections, it may be a good idea to cut out the middle man. Selling directly to buyers can help you maximize your profits but it will require more work.
  • Profit-sharing agreements: For farmers interested in joining the hemp industry but don’t have the upfront finances, profit-sharing agreements may be a good option for you. Profit-sharing works by finding a buyer willing to pay for all upfront costs and recoups these expenses after harvest.
  • Hemp future contracts: This type of agreement is signed before you start your season with a set price arranged for your biomass. While the price provided in future contracts is usually less than the price available with the open market, this is a good option for better stability and minimizing fluctuation risks.
  • Networking: Joining a hemp association or attending a hemp trade show can offer networking opportunities for connecting with potential buyers. The more places you can find to network, the more opportunities you’ll find.
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Alaska Hemp Farming & CBD Seed FAQ

The Department of Natural Resources Division of Agriculture regulates hemp farming. All farmers, processors, and retailers must be licensed through this department.

Testing is only required during pre-harvest by the USDA and Alaska Hemp Program. However, we recommend testing your hemp once a week while increasing the frequency the closer you get to harvest.

Alaska currently does not provide a list of accredited labs for this testing. However, you can find a list of USDA-approved DEA laboratories for hemp THC analysis testing here.

While a variety of irrigation systems do well with hemp, the most popular options are flood irrigation, pivot irrigation, and drip irrigation. Drip irrigation is highly recommended in order to minimize mold concerns, improve water efficiency, and provide automation options.

For CBD production, farmers need specialty genetics that has been bred for this purpose. Always work with CBD seed companies with a longstanding history in the industry, provide COAs for compliance, and have the high-quality strains you need for better resilience against the harsh climate.

Alaska CBD Hemp Farming Resources

Learn more about local industry updates, farming tips, and more for your hemp farm:

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Work With Alaska’s Trusted CBD Seed Company

The regulations on CBD seeds, growing hemp, and extracting CBD are always changing in Alaska and across the US. They will likely be in flux for a few years if not a full decade. There will also be changes in hemp growing and CBD extraction techniques. We keep up with important changes such as these here at CBD Seed Co. We know how critical it is for our family of hemp farmers to be and stay informed. Therefore, we are always happy to chat and answer any questions you may have about growing and processing hemp. To find out more or to inquire about our premium high-CBD seeds for your Alaska farm, contact us today!  

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