Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • WHERE DO I SOURCE SEEDS?

First you need to decide what you are growing for; seed, fibre, or seed and fibre. At present we are not allowed to grow for flower or leaf in the UK. Once you have determined the crop then check out the EU Common Catalogue of Plant Varieties; EU Plant Variety Database, which gives you the list of legal hemp seeds available under 0.2% thc.


  • HOW TO APPLY FOR LICENCE TO GROW HEMP?

Download and read the Home Office’s Factsheet & Application Guidance notes on industrial hemp, and find further information on drugs licensing here.


  • IDEA OF START UP COSTS?

The 3 year “Low-THC Industrial Hemp” Growers License fee costs approximately £600 (inc enhanced DBS check) but then there are other inputs including; land, seed, fertilizer N PK, security, agri-services (land prep, sowing, maintenance, harvesting), storage etc. 

These are all subjective costs which vary significantly!


  • SOIL REQUIREMENTS?

Hemp is a versatile crop which has the ability of adapting to its climatic environment, growing from Siberia to South Africa! Ideally, well drained, loamy soil is most beneficial. But the deep tap roots are also useful for improving the quality of land. 

The BHA is facilitating domestic data collation in order to highlight the positive impact on soil health to present tangible evidence across a variety of soil types. 

If you are growing hemp, please do contribute to this database as the information is useful to develop agronomic knowledge in the UK and Ireland. 


  • WHAT SIZE AREAS ARE IDEAL FOR GROWING HEMP? CAN IT BE GROWN INDOORS?

There are a huge number of variables depending on what you are growing for. 

Outdoor crops in the UK are for fibre and seed and depending on the end product you will know how much to grow to get a profit from your crop. 


  • WHERE IS THE MARKET FOR THE PRODUCE?

There are domestic decortication processors on farms in the Central & North of England. These facilities have the potential capacity for processing much more, but market demand needs to increase. We also need to create new markets for hemp materials and get people buying domestic hemp products.  


  • WHERE ARE THE DECORTICATION FACILITIES IN THE UK?

New global markets are being established in countries where the barriers to growth have been removed and there is incentive and will to grow the industry. There is real potential for great R&D and innovation in this area and we need to see more government incentives to tap into the resources that the UK potentially holds.

The Alliance is dedicated to helping this fledging industry thrive by partnering with other associations to see where we can be of mutual benefit.. 


  • HEMP OIL PROCESSORS AND LICENCE TO GROW HEMP FOR CBD IN UK?

In the UK it is illegal to harvest, process, extract, or transport the leaf or the flower of the hemp plant. When you receive your license you have to agree to destroy the flower in the field.

  • START UP ADVICE FOR CBD COMPANIES

Do your research! Be responsible and please do not make any medical claims! The irresponsible medical marketing tactics used throughout the CBD industry is creating a lot of challenges for the industry. Whilst there is a plethora of peer-reviewed studies and results of clinical trials are finally coming to light, education is an important way to empower the customer into learning more about their requirements (without the need for outlandish “Snake-oil” claims).  

  • PAYMENT PROVIDERS:

With Low-THC Cannabis (Hemp) still regulated as a controlled drug, generally, the regular financial system is not prepared to risk facilitating trade in “illicit goods”. 

However, there are payment gateway providers who are more willing to bear the risk of facilitating transactions based on the reliance of the customer in upholding their legal responsibilities. There are a range of business services available for law abiding hemp and CBD businesses from a growing number of providers. 

  • LEGALITIES: HEMP FLOWERS & THC LEVELS

Cultivation of hemp in the UK and EU is restricted to 0.2%THC, and the current guidance of THC tolerance in food products is 1mg per product.

  • HOW MUCH CBD OIL CAN BE PRODUCED PER ACRE?

This is a subjective question with a broad number of factors, i.e; plant density, variety, environmental conditions, appropriate handling & storage, extraction methods, efficiency etc!

  • AVAILABLE QUALITY TESTING FACILITIES?

More facilities are developing matrixes for HPLC and GLC testing in the UK. Third party full-spectrum analysis is essential to ensuring product quality and consistency. Transparency and full-disclosure is an important aspect of developing trust with customers and regulators.


Sourcing Hemp in the UK

  • DO WE HAVE A DIRECTORY OF GROWERS IN THE UK?

We are building a network of experienced growers in the UK and Ireland. The community is growing and new growers should contact the BHA to become members of a movement designed to promote the long term prosperity of hemp in the UK and beyond.  

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