Topic: Hemp

Hemp Farmers Market kicks off grander plans for fast-changing industry

For Sean Holt, an Ashland gathering of Southern Oregon hemp growers was more than a farmers market, it was a sign of a new era. Standing at a table Saturday at the first Hemp Growers Market, Holt handed out sample gram-size smokeable nuggets of his Hempress II strain. The sight of police officers walking the beat in Ashland’s Historic Railroad District yielded something Holt called historic – nothing. “This is historic, the cops saw us, saw open buds and just walked away,” Holt said. “A bunch of strangers shared a moment.” Holt’s farm, Baron von Hemp of Ashland, was among

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Horn Creek Hemp Company is a family affair

    Remember the good old days of the family farm, where kin of all generations showed up each day to plow, plant, weed, water and harvest crops and share in the fruits (biological and financial) of their labors — and the sense of security and community that brought? We’ve lost most of that to urbanized living and corporate ag — but, say the Murdochs of Jacksonville, hemp is helping their family bring it back. It’s a crop with the potential to do a lot of good in the world, so demand is high, and the long labors on their

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Cannabis and hemp bring mixture of impacts to Oregon

How’s it going with legal recreational cannabis in Oregon after four years? Addressing a conference on Occupational Safety & Health in Ashland, a man from the governor’s office said it has been a complicated, controversial journey. Among the state’s findings, said Jeffrey Rhoades, senior marijuana policy advisor to Gov. Kate Brown, is that pot use by youth 12 and older rose 9% between 2008 and 2016, the year after legalization. Some of that increase could be because youth feel more free to tell the truth now that it’s legal, so it’s hard to know for sure, added Rhoades. Weed isn’t

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America wants our hemp

  Jackson County takes the crown as the hemp-growing capital of Oregon, but many local residents wonder where all those fields of flower will be sold. “The vast majority of Oregon’s production is going out of state,” said Pete Gendron, president of Oregon SunGrowers’ Guild. “We just don’t have sufficient production capacity to handle the load.” In fact, other states are clamoring for Southern Oregon’s hemp because of the high quality of the flower and rich flavor profile. Gendron estimates that 70% of the crop will leave the state, partly because Oregon doesn’t have as many processing facilities as Colorado.

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The alphabet soup of hemp

Sky-high hemp prices are expected to fall back to Earth this fall, but that doesn’t mean the green rush is headed for a crash landing. “We’re looking at around $18,000 an acre — last year we were four times that amount,” predicted “Pioneer” Pete Gendron, president of Oregon SunGrown Growers’ Guild. Despite the steep drop, he said it’s still not so low that most farmers won’t make a profit, and he said seed producers are ready to pivot to the next big thing derived from this cousin of cannabis. Other industry leaders don’t think prices will fall as low as

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Cream of the crops

Hemp has exploded into an agricultural colossus in Jackson County in just the past year, with more acres planted in this cousin of cannabis than pears and grapes combined. “There hasn’t been such a changed use in agriculture in Jackson County in recent memory,” said Gordon Jones, assistant professor for Oregon State University Extension Service. “You’d probably have to go back to the start of the pear industry to see this kind of change.” With hemp fields popping up seemingly everywhere, Jackson County has the most hemp grows of the 36 counties in Oregon at 8,578.9 acres. Josephine County is

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CBD is beautiful

Cannabis body care products have made the leap from dispensaries to beauty salons, massage studios, high-end salons — even Costco, Food 4 Less and other neighborhood grocery stores — and the market shows no signs of slowing down. Hemp oil has long been used in skin creams, massage oils, lip balms, shampoos and other body care products, but with the explosive growth of hemp, CBD is increasingly finding a place in the beauty realm. White Lotus Day Spa in the Medford Center offers CBD facials that cost $90 for 60 minutes. Siskiyou Sungrown in Grants Pass is introducing bath bombs

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Who says CBD isn’t psychoactive?

You’ve done your research, you’ve talked to budtenders at local dispensaries and you’ve read multiple stories online, because you’re careful about what you consume. Everybody seems to agree that CBD is nonpsychoactive because it doesn’t get you high. But is CBD really nonpsychoactive? The quick answer is no. How we talk about cannabis — and knowledge about the impact its various cannabinoids have on our individual and collective bodies — is key to helping more people understand the power in this plant. Southern Oregon Good Herb rounded up some of the best experts on CBD in Southern Oregon and beyond

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Market Street Wellness is a cannabis hub

The building that houses Market Street Wellness in Medford covers approximately 9,000 square feet, and Stacy Page has owned it for more than two years. In that time, he’s transformed the building, which was “sitting on the market for seven years,” into a mixed-use space for a multitude of cannabis ventures. Page wears many hats. The most obvious is owning and managing Market Street Wellness, which is really two stores in one — a recreational dispensary with a wide range of cannabis products, and Market Street CBD, a retail shop that focuses on medicinal, hemp-based products. Page, who lives in

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America’s CBD boom: Brazen claims, fake products, regulatory scrutiny

Got arthritis? Dry skin? Menstrual cramps? Trouble sleeping or feeling stressed? The CBD industry claims it has the cure for you. Such assertions are becoming increasingly common — and brazen — as the cannabis compound commonly known as CBD proliferates in drinks, baked goods, tinctures, body lotions and even bath salts. To some, the hype echoes 19th-century snake oil advertisements that promised to cure “all aches and pains!” While CBD is generally believed to be safe, scant research has been conducted on its medical and health benefits, because cannabis has long been prohibited at the federal level. The only clinically

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Summer 2020 TOC:

  • Cannabis Entrepreneurs: The women behind ‘Ladies of Paradise’
  • Terroir: Inside the science of tasty bud
  • Cannabis Cooking: Canna-balls styled after Alice’s ‘Brownies’
  • Retail: Home delivery gets a boost
  • Profile: River City Retail has a winning formula
  • Retail: Pandemic fuels pot-buying explosion
  • Religion: Cannabis for churchgoers
  • Growing: Hardy Seeds in Ashland shares why hemp loves company
  • COVID-19: Hemp farming – ‘It’s a lot safer than working at McDonalds’
  • Retail: Drive-thru bud at La Mota

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Murphy Hemp and Wellness in Grants Pass is serving up an alternative form of medicine. Here they break down some variants in CBD – isolates, broad-spectrum, and full-spectrum (also know as whole plant extract).