The first of October was the beginning of the harvest. Our successful grow season produced large, healthy flower buds packed with cannabinoids (CBD & CBG). Once harvested, the top flower goes into our curing room. Curing hemp flower is an important slow drying process that preserves the flavor packed terpenes, and allows for a smoother smoking experience. The remaining flower is harvested, quick dried in our drying barns, and stored in a climate-controlled cooler to be processed as biomass.
While growing, hemp has natural antibiotic properties that help to prevent mold and mildew from growing within the flower. Once the flower is harvested, the antibiotic properties decrease. Mold and mildew can leave mycotoxins within the flower, and make the flower dangerous to the end user. This makes drying the tightly packed flower one of the most important steps in hemp harvesting, and why it is extremely important that you purchase your CBD products from a reputable source like Indigo Ridge Hemp.
I’ll have more next month, as we continue to track this year’s hemp crop through the curing process, and visit with our oil extraction partners to see how we get the CBD and CBG out of the hemp flower.