Originally Posted by PDX Dopesmoker
One of the people selling hemp paper at the Cultivation Classic told me that so much of the region's hemp production is going to CBD production now they're worried that there might be a hemp fiber shortage soon. Those are all nice labs results. EA4 is the prettiest one, a field of that turning color in September would be an impressive sight. Which one is the tastiest? Is anyone going to give you a hard time over the THC numbers or is it safe to assume the outdoor lab results will be in the limit? Outdoor field test are done around 4 weeks before harvest, I'm pretty sure I remember reading that somewhere (probably this thread) so I guess that also makes a big difference. Have you found out anything of interest in how harvest time affects THC:CBD?
I don't know about the veracity of diminishing hemp fiber availability, not something I've heard of. I will say that quite a few "hempsters" in Oregon tend to belittle and bemoan the rise of CBD hemp production. I get it. The point of "hemp" to these folks--from an intellectual and ideological perspective--is to produce non-psychoactive cannabis to demonstrate the plant's usefulness outside of consciousness alteration. This is great, awesome, and true, but not economically feasible at the moment, particularly in areas that are traditional sensi production hot spots. It takes years to build up expensive infrastructure for fiber handling and, honestly, there's no way that Oregon can ever compete with lower cost producers around the world. The current market is such that breeding advancements (i.e. high resin content, high ratios, novel cannabinoids, predictable harvest timing, etc.) and expensive technology (automated farming equipment, incredibly large scale extraction, etc.) are defining winners and losers at the moment. This is indicative of an emerging, high-tech market. In my former life as a professor of political economy, we'd call this a "core" production process (as opposed to "peripheral"--derived from "World Systems Theory
"). High-wealth nations / states tend to capture market share and exploit early-entrance arbitrage in markets like these, until the profit margins decline and it transitions into a peripheral process (where the cost of labor and land determine winners and losers).
As I've said to these folks many, many times in the refrain of Sublime: "Hemp rope good, hemp rope fine, but first take care of head."
The terpene profiles are very, very similar across all 5 early varieties we released this year--the pollinator we used on the 5 different moms link them together. My preferred variety is our "Early Special Sauce", it carries a stronger, sweeter, more consistent astringent berry flavor that we all really dig.
RE: CBD to THC ratios and harvest timing. You are correct that all of the plants that were tested would have passed ODA field testing 4 weeks before harvest. The ratio between CBD to THC is fixed throughout the life cycle of the plant (from seedling to harvest). Previous claims that CBD peaks in production before THC is false, they both rise in concert.