Growing High-CBD Hemp in Louisiana

What You Need to Know About Growing CBD Seeds in Louisiana

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No matter which state you live in growing hemp can be challenging because of all the new and interim regulations.  In order to be a hemp farmer, you need a thorough understanding of the local regulations for Louisiana. To properly and profitably growing hemp you must consider current and future legalities alike.  Information like where you can buy CBD seeds and which pesticides are allowed all vary from state to state. Happily, there are many sources to find out this info, including our in-house experts here at CBD Seed Co.

CBD Seed Co. is honored to be the trusted CBD seed company serving Louisiana.

Where to Get Licensed to Grow CBD In Louisiana

The Louisiana State Hemp Program is run by the Louisana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. This is where farmers will need to get licensed in order to grow hemp commercially. Since regulations are constantly changing among both state and federal law, it’s recommended to check this website frequently. Licensing and application information can be found on this website.

Leading CBD Seed Genetics for Louisiana

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 humid, subtropical climate and hot summers. 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


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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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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Louisiana Regulations for Growing CBD Clones & Seeds

When deciding whether or not to farm hemp here in Louisiana, and once you begin farming, the rules in the state where you live are critical to be aware of and abide by. Currently, Louisiana does have a state industrial hemp plan approved by the USDA.

Louisana Department of Agriculture (LDAF): The LDAF Industrial Hemp Program is responsible for accepting license applications to produce, transport, and process industrial hemp here. Compliance with Louisiana’s hemp-growing regulations means that THC can not be above 0.3%.  If it is, the plants must be destroyed. Also, Hemp fields will have to be marked by a state-issued sign so that hemp crops are marked as industrial hemp with low THC levels. Also, you may need to get the right licensure and approval for other things like purchasing hemp seed, receiving hemp seed, and planting hemp seed. If you have any questions, you can reach the Louisana Industrial Hemp Program directly by emailing or calling 225-925-4863. 

Here are some important documents to get you started:

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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Louisiana’s Hemp Biomass Transportation Regulations

Louisiana requires that hemp biomass must include the following during transportation: a dated invoice, bill of landing or manifest in their possession, the seller’s and purchaser’s name and address, as well as the origin, destination, and quantity transported. It’s recommended to carry your license while transporting any hemp material. The LDAF also recommends carrying your official THC COA, licensee or permit information if you’re from or traveling out of state, and any other supporting documentation that you may have. Learn more about hemp biomass transportation here.

If an unlicensed individual is transporting your hemp biomass, they will need to apply for a Contract Carrier License.

Regions of Louisiana Where CBD Is Grown

CBD hemp plants grow just about anywhere. But there are areas in the US and parts of some states that are better for growing hemp. In Louisiana, we have almost 30,000 farms stretching from Monroe all the way down to the Big Easy (and everywhere in between). Any of these farms will likely be a candidate to grow hemp from St. Landry Parish up to Webster Parish. If you haven’t farmed before, a good place to start and to get information on your Louisiana planting zone look here.

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Louisiana Agricultural Regions for Cultivating CBD Hemp

Louisiana offers various agricultural regions in which hemp can thrive.

  • Arkansas River Alluvium
  • Eastern Gulf Coast Flatwoods
  • Gulf Coast Marsh
  • Gulf Coast Prairies
  • Red River Alluvium
  • Southern Coastal Plain
  • Southern Mississippi River Alluvium
  • Southern Mississippi River Terraces
  • Southern Mississippi Valley Loess
  • Western Coastal Plain
  • Western Gulf Coast Flatwoods

Since every agricultural region has a different climate and topography, it’s important to discuss this with your CBD seed provider. Make sure to find compatible strains based on your location.

Louisiana Hemp & CBD Seed News 

When you start hemp farming here in Louisiana, it is important to keep up with legislation, news and events.  Any information about hemp or CBD seeds and regulations is going to be part of your success. There are a number of ways to get this info including talking to your CBD Seed Co account manager regularly and doing independent research and news. Here are some important reads from the past year:

January 24, 2021: Louisiana hemp growers affected by USDA’s final rule regulating production in the US

The USDA final rule will impact hemp growers locally. Farmers can expect changes to licensing requirements, deadlines for harvesting, sampling procedures, compliance provisions, and more.

December 9, 2020: Louisiana Opens 2021 Hemp Application Period

Farmers can now apply for the 2021 hemp growing year. This is the second year that farmers can participate in the industrial hemp program.

June 22, 2020: Louisiana rolls out rules banning CBD in food, most smokable hemp products

The state has decided to ban all CBD in food and beverages along with all smokable hemp products until CBD is federally approved as a food additive. The regulations include different fines for those that violate these new laws.

February 21, 2020: Louisiana begins licensing farmers, CBD firms to build state’s nascent hemp industry

Louisiana was one of the first three states to have its hemp plan approved by the USDA. Learn more about the state’s regulatory requirements and how this impacts the local CBD industry.

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CBD & Hemp Resources for Louisiana Farmers

Learn more about all the different local and federal resources available for hemp farmers on cultivation, CBD regulations, and more. It’s always a good idea for beginner hemp farmers to find a few organizations to join to help network and find the support they need for potential buyers.

Louisiana-Based Hemp Organizations

  • Louisiana Cannabis AssociationWhile more geared towards marijuana, this nonprofit group shares regular updates regarding the cannabis industry, regulations, and more. Read more about industry news updates.
  • Louisiana Hemp Alliance (LAHA): This membership-based nonprofit association is dedicated to the advancement of the local hemp economy as well as education and advocacy. Their Facebook page offers local industry news updates and potential networking opportunities.

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 Louisiana 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 Louisiana 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. Companies like HempLA offer networking opportunities for growers, carriers, processors, and buyers in Louisiana.
  • 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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Louisiana Hemp Farming & CBD Seed FAQ

Yes, as long as you are licensed and follow all of the state and federal regulations.

No, only licensed individuals are authorized to transport hemp biomass within the state. Hemp growers and processors can transport their biomass at any time. Individuals without these existing licenses are required to have a Contract Carrier license.

Farmers are required to pass both a state background check as well as an FBI background check. The fingerprint check is completed by the LSP and needs to be submitted as a part of the application. The federal background check can be requested online and also needs to be completed for the applicant, business designated responsible party, and all key participants.

Yes, individuals that have Permanent Resident Cards or Green Cards are eligible for all industrial hemp licenses as long as they meet the existing criteria.

If you’d like to grow hemp for industrial purposes, you’ll need generic hemp seed. For those interested in producing CBD, you’ll need high-quality CBD seed. Make sure to always work with well-established companies that have a proven track record and provide COAs.

Louisiana CBD Hemp Farming Resources

Learn more about local market updates, cultivation advice, and more for your hemp farm:

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Work With Louisiana’s Trusted CBD Seed Company

Since the hemp industry is so new–the regulations on CBD seeds and growing hemp in Louisiana and across the US are always shifting.  At CBD Seed Co we keep up with these changes and are always happy to answer any questions.  To find out more or to inquire about our premium high CBD seeds for your Louisiana farm, contact us today! 

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