Growing High-CBD Hemp in California

What You Need to Know About Growing CBD Seeds in California

If you are interested in growing industrial hemp/CBD seeds as a cash crop in California, there are many things you’ll need to investigate before taking the plunge.

It’s not just applying for and being granted the license. You need to know all the pertinent regulations – both state and federal – and the best practices for growing and harvesting the crop. It’s knowing how and where to sell the crop to make a profit, and which seeds to use to meet the USDA guidelines for low THC content of 0.3%

As far as getting a license to grow CBD seeds in CA, here’s the scoop:

  1. There is no specific state registration required to grow industrial hemp at this time, only through the county. The first step is to be approved by your specific county’s agricultural commissioner. If approved, the cost is $900 and you’ll need to provide the location of the farm and the specific approved strain of hemp seed you’ll be planting. However, chances are good you may not be approved, so please read on.
  2. At the time of this writing, approximately half of California’s counties maintain a moratorium on industrial hemp growing and even some counties without this moratorium are blocking hemp applications. One reason for this ban is to protect the state’s legal marijuana crops from potentially disastrous cross pollination. This might change when the new USDA regulations are put into place, and California develops its own hemp program with specific rules.

If you do live in a county that allows hemp cultivation, and you’re interested in proceeding, we have several recommendations. We recommend taking some time (even before applying for the license), to study up on the current USDA regulations for growing industrial hemp/CBD seeds in California. In this way, you can better ensure a successful and profitable crop on your first try, and you’ll have no unpleasant surprises in the form of regulations you were unaware of. We also strongly recommend signing up to receive e-mail updates from the CDFA regarding industrial hemp regulations.

The CDFA has a very informative and useful FAQ about growing CBD that gives excellent information and helps to cut through the confusion about growing this potentially lucrative crop; it’s a must read.

Our website also provides a plethora of information about growing CBD seeds, the best practices, differences between growing seeds and growing clones, and the importance of choosing the highest quality, genetically proven seeds. We hope you’ll take advantage of our site!

California Regulations for CBD Growing Clones & Seeds

If you are planning to grow a CBD crop in California, here is some much needed information. Whether you have questions about the process or want to get going with your applications, please read the information on these websites very closely. It’s important to stay abreast of changing rules and regulations.

California has not yet put their permanent hemp/CBD farming policy into place, and there are current bans against cultivating CBD in various counties. Unlike most US states, instead of receiving a license to grow industrial hemp from the state, you’ll need to apply to the specific county you live in.


Find the information you need about growing CBD seeds or clones on these websites:

  1. CDFA (California Department of Food and Agriculture): This website contains all the current information about licensing and growing CBD clones and seeds in California. You can reach the CDFA at if you have any questions that are not covered on their site.
  2. USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Remember, the growing of industrial hemp is governed by federal law. The rules and regulations for California must conform to the ones set forth by the USDA. There is a wealth of vitally important information to be found on this website. Please note: their regulations are currently under consideration at the time of this writing (3/6/20) and may be substantially revised. You can subscribe to a hemp update email list that will send you information about updates to the program, which is a great way to stay on top of the legalities of hemp farming.
  3. Directory of California Counties with links. Use this list to find your county’s website and get in touch with them to see if they allow hemp/CBD clones and seed cultivation, or whether it’s one of the counties currently banning this crop.

California has no restrictions on importing industrial hemp/CBD seeds or clones from other states. This is to your advantage! If you are looking to grow a successful, money-making CBD crop, please take a look at our outstanding selection of highest quality, genetically proven CBD seeds and clones. They have been organically cultivated with no pesticides on our own farms in Colorado. They will give you the high CBD/low THC required by the USDA and the state of California.

Please note: According to the CDFA website, “industrial hemp seeds/plants imported into the state must meet all plant pest quarantines and may be subject to an agricultural inspection for plant pests.”

Regions of California where CBD is Grown

California is a large state with a wide variety of climates, elevations, and types of soil. Hemp is a suitable crop to be successful state-wide. This hardy, pest resistant plant does extremely well in California’s moderate climate. It grows best in well-drained, highly organic soil, giving farmers an excellent chance for a successful and lucrative crop. The increasing demand for CBD products has many CA farmers are eager to grow it. However, the situation at the moment is quite complicated. Industrial hemp farming is licensed by the individual county, not the state of California. Almost fifty percent of CA counties have a moratorium or ban on the farming of CBD seeds or clones.

For more information as to why certain California counties have a moratorium on the growing of hemp/CBD seed crops, please take a look at this article in Hemp Industry Daily. This article also contains a useful map of all the counties in the state and where they stand on CBD growing. We believe this map will help you make some sense of the confusion!

Current list (as of 3/6/20) of California counties allowing CBD farming.

Some of these counties already have hemp and CBD farming and some do not have any hemp farms just yet.

  1. Kern County
  2. San Bernadino County
  3. Ventura County
  4. Los Angeles County
  5. Riverside County
  6. San Diego County
  7. Imperial County
  8. Kings County
  9. San Benito County
  10. Fresno County
  11. Santa Cruz County
  12. Stanislaus County
  13. El Dorado County
  14. Lake County
  15. Alameda County
  16. San Francisco County
  17. Sutter County
  18. Butte County
  19. Plumas County
  20. Humboldt County
  21. Contra Costa County
  22. Del Norte County (No current production)
  23. Sierra County (No current production)
  24. Colusa County (No current production)
  25. Marin County (no current production)
  26. Solano County (no current production)
  27. Mono County (No current production)
  28. Santa Barbara County (No current production)

PLEASE NOTE: This information can and will change over time, as different counties lift their current moratoriums on hemp crops, or perhaps add new ones. Because of the current confusion and ongoing changes in California, the best thing you can possibly do is reach out to your county directly.

CBD & Hemp Organizations in California

Along with the USDA and the California Department of Food and Agriculture, there are many industrial hemp/CBD organizations in the state. They are ready and eager to assist hemp farmers and processors with the information they need to be successful.

Why not check some of them out and see if they might be a good fit for your needs?

  • California Hemp Council: The Voice of the California Hemp Industry. According to their website, “The California Hemp Council (CHC) represents the statewide interests of the hemp industry in The Golden State, including the protection and expansion of in-state cultivation, manufacturing, and use of hemp. The main goal of the CHC is to influence legislative and regulatory issues impacting the hemp industry and its related products and to ensure that the industry has a strong, unified voice in Sacramento.”
  • California Hemp Association: Advocating for the NEW Multi-Billion Dollar Industry. According to their mission statement, “The mission of the California Hemp Association (formerly known as the California Hemp Alliance) is to promote commerce and research of industrial hemp and its applications. As a member-driven entity, CHA operates with industry stakeholders to bolster innovation and expansion of hemp as a recognized and valued commodity for California industry and the greater public. CHA administers resources, education, public affairs, and networking opportunities to companies and individuals seeking guidance and counsel in participating in California’s hemp industry.
  • California Hemp Foundation: An Education and Research Foundation. Click to see their current hemp-related research, educational, and development projects across the state of California.
  • Hemp Industries Association: Serving the Hemp Industries Since 1994. Probably the oldest hemp association, they are not specifically for California but are worldwide. According to their website, “HIA is a non-profit trade association representing more than fifteen-hundred (1,500) supporting, farming and business members. The Association is dedicated to education, industry development, and the accelerated expansion of hemp world market supply and demand but is focused on the rebirth of the hemp industries in the United States.”

California Hemp & CBD Seed News

Here is a roundup of some of the latest news relating to growing hemp and CBD seeds and clones in the great state of California!

March 6, 2020: Hemp farmers seek clarity on federal, state regulation

This article discusses the situation for hemp farming in Yolo County, where a moratorium on growing CBD seeds and clones currently exists. Although the moratorium is temporary, it’s likely that the county will not act to change it until 2021. Find out why Yolo County is holding off in this informative and useful article!

February 12, 2020: California bans drug felons in hemp production to comply with federal rules

This article details the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s emergency ruling, which was issued along with a state notice making the rule effective immediately. It was necessary to prove California’s compliance with federal law, specifically the 2018 Farm Bill that made hemp farming legal. With this new regulation, the USDA can give California permission to self-regulate its fledgling CBD seed/industrial hemp industry.

November 3, 2019: Millions of cannabis plants in California with ‘black market’ value of $1B seized and destroyed

This article tells the fascinating account of how hemp farms in California, specifically in Kern County, were raided and found to contain cannabis. This means that the THC content of the plants was much higher than the 0.3% allowed for industrial hemp. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office, along with the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife and even the FBI searched 459 acres of hemp fields and found the contraband. Whether the farmer or farmers intended to grow marijuana illegally or they simply grew hemp with an illegal amount of THC is not specified in the article. However, it’s definitely a cautionary tale, folks!

Sept 18, 2019: CBD oil price likely factor in $100 million payoff predicted for Ventura County hemp crop

This article details how Ventura County is expecting hemp and CBD seed farming to be an enormous boon for that county’s economy. It is expected that the majority of the large hemp crop will be sold to be processed into CBD oil and other CBD products. The county agricultural commissioner sees no need for a ban on growing industrial hemp as there is in many other CA counties and is excited that his county could rank second or third in hemp production for the state.

Contact Us to Learn More About Seeds for California CBD Farming

Are you wondering where to get the best, highest quality CBD seeds and clones for your industrial hemp farming endeavors? If you are specifically interested in growing a hemp crop to be sold for CBD oil and other CBD products, you might just have landed in the right place! Luckily, the great state of California does not restrict bringing in seeds or clones from another state. We are located in Colorado and all of our seeds/clones are grown here, but we believe we could be a great fit for your California hemp growing needs. Please read on… or contact us right now!

Why use CBD Seed Co for your industrial hemp seeds and clones?

When it comes to high CBD producing industrial hemp, the genetics are everything. Ours are proven. We are a vertical operation and we do our own growing, processing, and selling of hemp/CBD products. This gives us a unique experience within the CBD market. Our products have proven genetics! We are proud to offer our competitively priced seeds and clones to the California market.

Here’s some important data about our CBD seeds:

  1. We confidently project that when cultivating our genetically proven, feminized, high CBD seeds, you can receive as much as 80% of your gross revenue as net profit! Our proven seeds will give you maximum yield for your efforts.
  2. All of our hemp seeds have been cultivated with organic farming practices; this is a must if you want to grow an organic crop.
  3. We guarantee that plants grown from our organic seeds have had no pesticides and show an extremely low level of heavy metals.
  4. Our seeds have been potency tested. We can assure you that CBD Seed Co organic hemp seeds will grow plants with a guaranteed high level of CBD, and just as important, the necessary low level of THC which will make for a successful harvest—one that can be sold legally (and profitably) in all fifty states of the country.
  5. Our seeds are feminized, taking all the mystery out of the seed’s gender and ensuring that no male plants show up in your crop.

Seeds VS Clones: Which should you choose?

  1. If you are trying to decide whether to grow seeds or clones, the main differentiator is the speed at which you can bring a crop to market. Fact is, both require the exact same growing conditions, but planting clones will bring about a much faster harvest than planting seeds.
  2. That can be a major plus, however, there are a couple of disadvantages to clones. They will obviously contain any genetic weaknesses that the mother plant contains. They can also have any diseases or pests from the mother plant as well. Fortunately, this will never be an issue with CBD Seed Co’s clones, from our healthy, high yield, genetically proven plants.
  3. Plants grown from seeds develop a strong tap root which is capable of getting better water access, by growing much deeper into the soil. Clones will not grow a tap root, but a much more shallow system of roots branching off laterally from the stem.

Important data about our high CBD clones:

  1. Our clones come from specially selected mother plants that produce a minimum ratio of 28:1 CBD to THC.
  2. All of our mother plants were grown using organic farming practices.
  3. CBD Seed Co has spent the past decade focusing on the research and development aspect of industrial/ high CBD hemp growing. This has allowed us to successfully and consistently propagate high CBD genetics for our Colorado hemp farms… and we are excited to pass these amazing products along to you.
  4. Our prices are unbeatable and we can meet orders of any size! (Please give us a two week time-frame to fill orders of more than 1,000 clones.)

You’ll find more information on our Services and Pricing pages. We definitely invite you to contact us with any questions; we’re here to help and are eager to share our success to create yours!