Growing High-CBD Hemp in Maryland

What You Need to Know About Growing CBD Seeds in Maryland

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Regardless of which state you want to grow hemp in–you will face the challenges of your farming conditions and regulations in flux. Meaning before you become a hemp farmer in Maryland, you should get a thorough understanding of the local regulations. To properly and profitably grow hemp remember to take into account future legalities too. For example, what type of hemp seeds you can purchase and which pesticides are allowed all vary from state to state. Happily, for farmers in Maryland and across the US there are plenty of resources to find information–especially our experts here at CBD Seed Co. Online resources, hemp associations are fantastic resources too.

CBD Seed Co. is the trusted CBD seed provider serving Maryland.

Where to Get Licensed to Grow CBD In Maryland

The Maryland Department of Agriculture is responsible for regulating the Maryland Hemp Program. All applications and licensing are regulated through this department. Since regulations are constantly changing, it’s best to check this website frequently regarding licensing information. In order to stay compliant, you’ll need to secure licensing before you can begin commercial hemp farming.

Leading CBD Seed Genetics for Maryland

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 continental, temperate climate with hot and humid 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

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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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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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Maryland Regulations for Growing CBD Clones & Seeds

When you decide to start hemp farming here in Maryland, and after you have begun, you should be aware of and follow hemp laws and regulations. For 2021, Maryland is running an Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program. Staying in line with the Federal guidelines, hemp grown must have a concentration of THC less than 0.3%. Industrial hemp in Maryland may be grown for research under The Maryland Department of Agriculture jurisdiction. Hemp sites can be registered by institutions of higher education or by an individual partnering with one. However, The Maryland Department of Agriculture will not be regulating the processing, sale, or distribution of industrial hemp. 

Maryland Department of Agriculture: This will be your primary resource for hemp farming regulations. Since regulations can change at any time, it’s important to check this website regularly for updates. The Maryland Department of Agriculture is responsible for regulating the Maryland Hemp Program. If you have any questions, you can reach the program manager at (410) 841-5960.

Here are some useful links to get you started:

  • 2021 Maryland Hemp Farming Application: The application is submitted via the online portal and requires contact information, a background check, and registration fee for the first part of the application process. The second part will require information regarding your CBD hemp growing sites.
  • 2021 Hemp Site Registration: This form is required for the second part of the applicant process. Once you’ve submitted the first part of your application, fill out this form and submit it to the MDA.
  • Maryland Hemp Program FAQHere’s a handy resource provided by the hemp program. Find important information about CBD hemp farming regulations and more.
  • How to Get Started With the 2021 Maryland Hemp ProgramThis is an important read for farmers interested in commercial cultivation. Learn more about how to get started with the application process and everything that’s required.
  • Maryland 2021 Hemp Program Differences: The 2021 USDA-approved state plan has different regulations and requirements compared to the original pilot program. This document provides all the differences.
  • Maryland 2021 Hemp Program RegulationsIn order to have a comprehensive understanding of the regulations required for hemp farming, it’s a good idea to read through this official document.
  • FBI Background Check: You’ll need to request your FBI background check as a part of your application. Here are the instructions on how to do so.

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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cbd seed maryland

Maryland’s Hemp Biomass Transportation Regulations

There are currently no state regulations in regards to transporting hemp biomass in Maryland. However, we always recommend carrying your hemp grower or processor license during transportation. It’s also a good idea to keep a copy of your batch COA showcasing the legal THC content. This can help minimize any misunderstandings if you happen to encounter law enforcement during your trip.

Regions of Maryland Where CBD Is Grown

CBD hemp plants grow in nearly every state in the US. However, like any crop, there are areas of the US that are better for growing hemp. Maryland has good farmlands, if not a lot of it. In terms of revenue generated from crops Maryland’ produces field crops very well. This means Maryland has strong potential for growing high CBD hemp. Some of the top-performing counties for key Maryland crops are Corn: Carroll Caroline County, Kent County, Soybeans: Fredrick County, Baltimore County and Wheat: Talbot County, Howard County. However, all areas of Maryland are suitable growing environments for hemp so farmers in any county will likely be successful.

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Maryland’s Agricultural Regions for Cultivating CBD Hemp

Maryland offers distinctive agricultural regions that are great for growing hemp:

  • Western
  • North Central
  • Southern
  • North Eastern Shore
  • South Eastern Shore

When you’re ready to purchase CBD seed, it’s important to discuss your agricultural region with your provider. Make sure you are investing in strains that are well-suited to your area.

Maryland Hemp & CBD Seed News

Once you begin hemp farming in Maryland, keeping up with legislation, news, and events are very important. Knowing about things like new seed genetics, regulations and emerging harvesting technology will add to your success. There are many ways to get this info, including, hemp industry newsletters, talking to your account manager here at CBD Seed Co, and doing independent research. Google Alerts is another free tool you can use to get daily or weekly alerts delivered straight to your email. Try search terms like “hemp farming Maryland” and “CBD market Maryland”. Here are some of the most important news updates from over the past year:

NOVEMBER 27, 2020: Maryland Farmers Still Learning About Hemp Production

Novice hemp farmers are still learning about proper hemp farming techniques and requirements. As regulations change from the pilot program to the USDA-approved state program, it’s important to stay up to date with these changes.

OCTOBER 5, 2020: Maryland’s hemp industry faces growing pains as more farmers try to cash in on the demand

Maryland’s local hemp market is growing despite local concerns from individuals that don’t fully understand the differences between hemp and marijuana. Learn more about the new industry and how farmers are tackling these challenges.

OCTOBER 2, 2020: Maryland Tightens Hemp Test Rules

The state’s pilot program and newly-approved hemp program have differences that hemp farmers will need to be aware of. One of the major changes is in hemp testing rules set forth by the new program.

AUGUST 7, 2020: USDA Approves Hemp Plan And One More Indian Tribe

The USDA approved Maryland’s state hemp program along with many other states and tribes. Learn more about other rulings that have been made by the USDA.

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CBD & Hemp Resources for Maryland 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.

Maryland-Based Hemp Organizations

  • Maryland Hemp Coalition: This membership-based organization works to promote and protect help cultivation in Maryland. They offer seminars, networking events, and other great opportunities for local farmers.
  • Maryland Hemp Farmers: This Facebook group offers numerous news updates and local resources for hemp farmers. Learn more about local regulation updates as well as community activism.
  • Maryland Cannabis Industry Association: With a focus on the medical cannabis industry, the Maryland Cannabis Industry Association advocates for the academic and medical research on all cannabinoid medicine for Maryland’s doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers.
  • The Southeast Hemp Association (SEHA): The regional trade association has expanded its member inclusion for Maryland farmers. This organization offers collaborative opportunities throughout the southeast region’s hemp industry.

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 Maryland 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 Maryland 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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Maryland Hemp Farming & CBD Seed FAQ

There is currently no limit or minimum when it comes to the number of acres licensed hemp growers are allowed to grow.

All lawfully-produced hemp and hemp products can be sold as a part of the Maryland Hemp Farming Program and the Maryland Hemp Research Pilot Program. All products must meet both local and federal regulations.

The Maryland Department of Agriculture is responsible for regulating hemp cultivation and the registration these sites. They are not responsible for the processing, selling, or distribution of hemp.

The Maryland Department of Agriculture is not involved in any seed orders. Hemp farmers can source their CBD seed from other states and are responsible for ensuring THC compliance and all legal liability.

There are many differences between the pilot program and the newly USDA-approved state program. The biggest difference is that you don’t need to work with a research partner in order to cultivate hemp. Additionally, there are other changes so it’s best to check the MDA’s website for these updates.

Maryland CBD Hemp Farming Resources

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

November 11, 2020
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Work With Maryland’s Trusted CBD Seed Company

Since the hemp industry is just emerging in the US, hemp industry regulations are always in flux. Getting the proper information and some guidance in your hemp venture is the key to your success. A way to be more profitable in your hemp farming endeavor is by working closely with an account manager here at CBD See Co. We are a great place to start. Our team keeps 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 Maryland farm, contact us today! 

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