How to Grow Hemp at Home – Made Easy!

Growing hemp is easy, it’s a hardy drought resistant plant that loves to bask in sunshine. One might say it “grows like a weed” – except it’s not! Hemp is perhaps the most versatile plant on the planet.

When you grow your own hemp you gain easy access to fresh raw materials that can be used to make just about anything. Hemp is packed with protein making it a great addition to vegan smoothies and dishes. Hemp can also be used for a myriad of applications such as fiber, CBD oil extraction, and it can be used to make animal feed.

Grow Hemp from Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are small, oblong spheres, with a light grey-green color. They often have darker colored spots on them that sometimes form stripes. Hemp seeds look a lot like cannabis seeds, so be sure to purchase hemp seeds from a reputable source.

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The Basics of Growing Hemp

Hemp grows best in warm, dry temperatures between 60–80 °F (16–27 °C). Spring is the best time to plant the seeds, and October is a popular time of year to harvest. The growth cycle only takes about 110 days so there is some flexibility among start times.

Grow your hemp in the ground or in a planter, bury the seeds 3⁄4–1 1⁄4 inches deep. Hemp sprouts are need to be watered more than mature plants, they need to be watered regularly during the first 6 weeks of growth. Check the surrounding soil daily to ensure it is moist 1-2 inches deep. The hemp plants will be able to go a few days without any watering after the initial 6 weeks of growth.

For vigorous growth you may fertilize your hemp with nitrogen rich organic fertilizer. We recommend rabbit manure as it is a cold, low-odor manure that is less likely to burn crops. Chemical pesticides or herbicides are not recommended as hemp is a hardy plant that is naturally resistant to pests and weeds. Monitor the hemp flowers for seed development, once you see mature seeds in the flowers, they are ready for harvest.

Dry your hemp plants for five weeks in a cool dry area. 15% moisture is ideal, a moisture meter can be used to check the plants. Once the whole plant is dry you can separate the flowers, leaves, seeds and stems.

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Our customers tell us their picky pets love our CBD Infused Freeze Dried Chicken and Salmon Treats so much that they are hesitant to switch to a regular CBD tincture. We demonstrate our loyalty to our customers by listening to their feedback to create products they will love.

Pharma Hemp Complex CBD is non-psychoactive and CO2 extracted from non-GMO US grown hemp. Pet parents love this calming all natural product to help improve their pet’s overall health and wellness. Even the pickiest pets can’t resist these new savory flavors.  

Inspired by the success of Pharma Hemp Complex Freeze Dried Chicken and Salmon Treats, these meat and fish oil tinctures will satisfy any carnivorous pet’s craving. For the pickiest kitties, Catnip infused CBD oil tinctures are absolutely irresistible. Picky eating isn’t a problem with our new Bacon, Beef, Chicken, Salmon oil, Cod Liver oil, and Catnip oil CBD tinctures.

Powerful Benefits

Scientifically supported benefits of cod liver oil and salmon oil suggest that these oils reduce inflammation, support eye health, and may even reduce the risk of heart disease. Cod liver oil is high in Vitamins A & D which support vision and bone health, and improve coat appearance. Salmon oil is rich in B vitamins, potassium, selenium, antioxidant astaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. 

Cats don’t just go crazy for catnip, it can be good for them too. Health benefits of catnip oil include help with digestion regulation, muscular and respiratory problems, detoxification, insomnia, stress and anxiety.

These flavor packed 1oz CBD oil tinctures are available in three concentrations: 120mg, 550mg, and 1100mg. Three concentration options allow customers to have flexibility when it comes to strength and pricing. The 120mg CBD tincture is under $20, making it affordable for pet parents on a budget. This concentration is a great place to start to help ease anxiety caused by fireworks, thunderstorms, and travel. For large pets or pets who need extra care, the 550mg and 1100mg tinctures are a great value, these products contain 18mg to 36mg respectively of CBD oil per 1mL. 

The Best CBD Oil Topicals

Ease your worries and relax with soothing CBD oil topicals by Pharma Hemp Complex. These revitalizing topicals are available in three aromatic scents. Choose from Peppermint Eucalyptus, Ginger Honey, and Vanilla Coconut. A little bit goes a long way with these topicals, so you can get your money’s worth.

All Natural Ingredients

Each Pharma Hemp Complex topical is made with only the finest quality all natural ingredients. Made with all natural hemp derived CBD oil, arnica oil, beeswax and coconut oil. Each scent is produced with the finest essential oils to elevate your senses to a soothing paradise. This formula is never greasy or sticky unlike synthetic pain creams.

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Decades of Hemp: A Hemp Timeline

The hemp plant has been around since the dawn of time, earliest traces date all the way back to 8,000 BCE.1 So why is it only relatively recently making headlines? Understanding the history of hemp will help you form your own opinions about the plant.

For reference please note that hemp (non-psychoactive) and marijuana (psychoactive) are different plants, but both are in the cannabis family. Although they are different, in some points in history, they have been lumped together.


Hemp usage dates back long before the common era. Artifacts show it was used as rope and clothing. Ancient jars full of hemp seeds and leaves have also been found. It was legally required to be grown in several early American colonies, and King Henry VIII fined English farmers if they refused to grow it.

Cannabis was mentioned in the book Provings of Cannabis Indica in 18592 by Dr. O’Shaughnessy.

Early 1900s

In 1906 the Pure Food and Drug act was passed by US congress. This act required accurate labeling of various pharmaceuticals, including those made with hemp or cannabis.

During this time the Mexican Revolution caused an influx of immigration from Mexico. This is when people started calling cannabis ‘marijuana’, because Mexican immigrants used it for recreation, and that’s the word they used.

In 1916 the USDA published a study showing that hemp can produce 4 times more paper per acre than trees.3


During the 1920’s, alcohol was prohibited, making it very difficult and expensive to obtain. For many looking to relax after a long work day, marijuana was an easier, more affordable alternative.

In 1925, the International Opium Convention banned the export “Indian Hemp Hashish” during their meetings regarding opium.4 Hashish is a highly concentrated marijuana product containing high levels of THC. This convention did not ban industrial, or European hemp fibers, which do not contain enough THC to be psychoactive or to be considered marijuana.


In 1930 the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) was created to control recreational drug use. The FBN was lead by Harry J. Anslinger, who made many unfounded claims about the effects of cannabis.

The Marijuana Tax Act placed a huge tax on all cannabis sales in 1937. Dr. William C. Woodward of Michigan testified against it stating, “…The burden of this bill is placed heavily on the doctors and pharmacists of this country”5

The Marijuana Tax Act passed, despite opposition from doctors. The act made it illegal to purchase any kind of cannabis (hemp or marijuana) without being registered with the IRS and paying a high tax on it.

There are many claims that this tax act was supported by newspaper conglomerate William Hearst, and that he saw hemp as a threat to paper. Hearst had very large investments in paper and lumber during this time, and his newspaper was unfortunately known for sensationalism.


In 1942 the promotional wartime film Hemp for Victory was released by the US Department of Agriculture to encourage farmers to grow as much hemp as possible to support war efforts. This promotion temporarily paused the Marijuana Tax Act.

The LaGuardia Committee released the first publication on the effects of marijuana in 1944, as prepared by the New York Academy of Medicine. The report concluded, “The publicity concerning the catastrophic effects of marijuana smoking in New York City is unfounded.”6

The report concluded with 13 points basically stating that the claims of crime and violence surrounding the plant were not true. Anslinger didn’t agree with their findings, and stated that anyone studying the plant would need personal permission from himself.


With wartime efforts to produce as much hemp as possible now over, the market for hemp began to decline due to strict regulations. During this time efforts to squash out any kind of cannabis, be it hemp or marijuana, was back in effect.

In 1957 the last crop of hemp was harvested in the United States by the Matt Rens Hemp Company.7


Throughout the 60s marijuana use became highly prevalent in the counterculture movement. Unfortunately, the rise of marijuana usage did not help educate the public about the difference between hemp and marijuana.

In 1969 Leary v. United States overturned the Marijuana Tax Act under the logic that the act required self incrimination. This ruling brought forth the Controlled Substances act, which rolled out in the 70’s.8


The Controlled Substances Act places all cannabis, including hemp, in the same drug category. Before this act passed, hemp and marijuana were considered different from one another, unfortunately, this act legally removed that distinction.


A study from 1988 discovered cannabinoid receptors in the brain of a rat.9 This study used THC, CBD, and CBG to demonstrate their findings. Results were conclusive, “The criteria for a high affinity, stereoselective, pharmacologically distinct cannabinoid receptor in brain tissue have been fulfilled.”


In 1992 anandamide, which is part of the endocannabinoid system, was discovered in humans.10 Anandamide is a lipid that carries messages to CB1 & CB2 receptors. This discovery created a snowball effect in which many other components of the endocannabinoid system were discovered.11


Hemp food and skin care products became protected by the Ninth Circuit Court in the 2004 lawsuit Hemp Industries Association v. Drug Enforcement Administration.12 Manufacturers of these products had been carrying out business as usual until 2001, when the DEA announced they were banning these products. In the end, the courts sided with the Hemp Industries Association, and business continued as usual.

In 2007, the first farmers in 50 years were granted a licence to grow hemp in North Dakota.13 Hemp growth in North Dakota has continued to flourish since then.

2010 – Today

Research on cannabidiol continues to roll out. In 2010, 80 studies were published to the US National Library of Medicine. Over 300 studies were published in the year 2018 alone. Search results on for “cannabidiol” now total over 2,200.

President Barack Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014 which removed federal restrictions on growing industrial hemp so it can be researched.14 It also allows states to create their own research programs for studying the benefits of hemp cultivation.

In 2015 the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 was introduced to the Senate, but hasn’t moved past introduction.15 A similar act, The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 also has been introduced to the Senate, and has yet to move forward.16

In 2016 the USDA granted select hemp farms in Colorado the first USDA Organic certification for hemp, only to redact it. The USDA also released Instruction: Organic Certification of Industrial Hemp Production, this Instruction outlines the USDA’s policy on certifying hemp as organic.17

Hemp’s future is looking bright. The 2018 Farm Bill has been passed through the house and senate, and has been signed by the President.18

The 2018 Farm Bill made hemp and hemp extracts, better known as CBD oil, federally legal on December 20th, 2018.

The Future of Hemp

We believe hemp CBD oil is on it’s way to becoming a household product that can be found alongside similar plant extracts such as turmeric and moringa. Hemp grows very easily, so we hope home gardeners will find it to be a wonderful addition to their flora. The FDA currently only approves of Epidolex, we hope in the future they will approve of all natural hemp CBD oil for medical applications as well.



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What to Look for when Buying CBD Oil Products

The CBD oil market has expanded greatly relatively recently, selection abounds and many buyers would like guidance on where to start. We have put together some pointers to help you get started. If you have any other questions feel free to ask. Our chat and phone lines are open M-F 8am-5pm pacific time, please call 877-598-9984. You can always contact us or DM us on social media.

Third Party Lab Testing

The most important thing to look for is lab test results. These are test results that show the CBD oil content of a given product. We do have lab results available upon request. If you would like to see our lab results please contact us and we will be happy to provide those to you.

Ingredient List

It’s important to read the product’s entire label and know what other ingredients are in the product. If the ingredient section of the label does not list cannabidiol, please don’t assume that there is any CBD in the product. All of our ingredients are listed on each of our packages and on the product pages.

The ingredients in our CBD oil tinctures can be found on the label and on their product pages

Full Spectrum CBD

Another thing to take into consideration when buying CBD oil is whether or not the CBD oil is Full Spectrum. What is full spectrum? That means it contains all the cannabinoids, and not just CBD. This does include a trace amount of THC, under 0.3%. When all the cannabinoids are together they work better, this is commonly referred to as the ‘entourage effect’.1

We have noticed that some products claim to be both full spectrum and THC free, this is not proper usage of the terminology. In order for a product to be considered Full Spectrum, it must contain trace amounts of THC.

There is also CBD isolate, which is just CBD without any other cannabinoids. The best way to compare the two is to compare vitamin C to an actual orange. Either product works well, people do develop preferences based on many factors. We prefer full spectrum, so our products contain full spectrum CBD oil, except for our CBD isolate.

Understanding Different Types of CBD Products

One of the biggest differences among products is bioavailability, or how much of the CBD your body will absorb. For example CBD suppositories have a higher bioavailability than CBD edibles. There’s also a difference in how quickly you will get results from a given product. Time frames can range between just a few minutes with CBD topicals, up to 30 minutes when ingesting an edible or capsule.

Hemp Oil Vs. Hemp CBD Oil

Hemp CBD oil is made with the entire hemp plant including hemp flower, which contains a high amount of CBD. It has been refined using specialized methods to reduce the amounts of excess plant matter. The method we use is called CO2 Extraction. CO2 extraction applies specific temperature and pressure changes to the raw materials to create a highly refined oil containing concentrated amounts of CBD. As for texture, CBD oil is very thick and viscous, almost like a paste.

“Hemp oil” usually refers to hemp seed oil. There are very trace amounts of CBD in hemp seed oil but that’s not what it has been specially processed for, so it’s not a replacement for CBD oil in any situation. While hemp oil isn’t CBD oil, it is still a very healthy oil and it is an excellent carrier oil for CBD oil. We use it in our tinctures because it is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which help your body process CBD efficiently.

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Easy DIY CBD Oil Honey Sugar Scrub

CBD oil sugar scrubs are a great way to exfoliate tired skin and reveal a fresh glowing complexion. Making your own is a soothing self-care activity, especially when you add some CBD to the mix. CBD oil can help make your skin baby soft.

There are a lot of sugar scrub recipes out there, but we combed through the best to formulate a simple recipe that you can use from head to toe.


If you plan on making a large batch be sure to have a nice glass jar with a lid on hand. You will also need a nice sturdy stirring utensil, we like to usea stainless steel fork or small whisk. Store in an airtight container at room temperature, a sugar scrub like this will be good for about 2-3 months. Feel free to double or triple the recipe for larger batches.

Your Choice of CBD Oil

For this recipe we recommend using either of the following CBD oil products:

1 Tablespoon CBD Oil Honey or 17% Pure Decarboxylated CBD Oil ¼ of a Gram.

Use your choice of CBD Oil Honey or Decarboxylated CBD Oil.

The great thing about our CBD oil honey is that it’s nice and fully blended for you, making it very easy to work with. Sugar scrubs are very dense, so having your honey and CBD already blended is very convenient.

The decarboxylated oil is a versatile option, be sure to soften the sealed oil syringe in warm water before blending it in. This oil has a beautiful natural dark blue color and a thick paste-like consistency. Start by blending it with your choice of oil before adding the sugar and honey.

Carrier Oil: 1-2 Tablespoons

The carrier oil will help make your sugar scrub malleable and easy to spread on your skin. Choose from jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, or avocado oil. Jojoba oil is great for oily skin as it doesn’t clog pores, sweet almond oil and avocado oil is excellent for hydrating dry skin.

Start with one tablespoon, mixing in the sugar and honey as you go. Add up to a second tablespoon, if you prefer your scrub to be less dense, add more oil until you have reached the desired consistency.

Sugar: 2 Tablespoons

Sugar makes a great natural exfoliant, containing alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) which helps promote healthy skin cell turnover. Depending on your goals choose from regular white sugar, brown sugar, or raw sugar.

White sugar is great for sensitive facial skin, brown sugar is a good all-purpose exfoliant, and raw sugar is great for hands and feet. You can also experiment with Maple Sugar, it tastes just like maple syrup and has a consistency similar to brown sugar.

Honey: 2 Tablespoons

Raw honey contains enzymes and antioxidants to clear pores of impurities, allowing it to naturally moisturize and kill bacteria. It has been said that honey can also lighten dark spots and reduce the appearance of scars.

If you are opting to work with CBD oil honey, you can use one table spoon of the CBD honey and one of plain honey. In the video below, we got a bit enthusiastic and used two tablespoons of CBD oil honey, this is optional.

For recipes using the decarboxylated oil, choose a pure grade A honey.

We added some cinnamon to these ones for added benefits. Gold CBD oil can also be used, the combinations are endless! Have fun trying new recipes with your friends and family!

Essential Oil: Optional 1-2 Drops Total

Use essential oils sparingly as they can irritate skin on their own. Depending on your skin type or condition, there is a variety of essential oils you may add to your scrub. Lavender essential oil is great for relaxation and soothing sensitive skin. Lemongrass essential oil is perfect for balancing out a greasy complexion. There are dozens of amazing essential oils to choose from, be careful not to use more than 2 drops total to avoid skin irritation.

Using your CBD Oil Sugar Scrub

Start by opening your pores with a nice warm towel or warm water. This will help prime your skin to absorb all the natural goodness. Gently massage the CBD oil sugar scrub on your skin with the pads of your fingers in small circular motions.

Feel free to use on face, neck, and body. After about 60-90 seconds of gentle massage, rinse well with warm water and pat dry. For added benefits leave on for up to ten minutes.

This is such a fun activity to do with family and friends. Make a big batch, a handcrafted CBD oil sugar scrub is the perfect gift. 

Did you try this recipe out? Let us know what you thought Tweet us @PharmaHempCplx.

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How to Talk to Your Family About CBD Oil


If you love CBD oil as much as we do, chances are you wind up chatting about it with just about everyone you know. Odds are you’ve thought to yourself, “What does my family think about CBD oil?!”

Many people have loved ones who can benefit from CBD oil, but they just don’t know about it. Perhaps you are taking CBD, are considering taking it, or just want to let them know. In this article, we’ll give you some tips on how to start the conversation, and keep it flowing smoothly.

Starting The Conversation

CBD oil has been a trending topic in the last couple of years. This makes it easy to bring up in conversation. If you feel your family is rather neutral on the topic of hemp, you could easily start with something like, “Hey have you heard about CBD oil? It’s all over the internet right now,” or “My friend told me about CBD oil the other day, have you heard of it?” You might find out they already know a thing or two about CBD oil.

If you feel like your family may know what cannabis is, but they aren’t very fond of it, you might want to start off a little differently. Start by talking about topical applications of CBD oil. Many people who are weary of cannabis are much more comfortable with the concept of using CBD oil topically

If they ask about ingesting CBD oil, wait until they seem comfortable to talk about what CBD is made from. Then, lead with the most important fact: CBD doesn’t get you high, and it comes from hemp, a plant with practically no THC.

Destigmatizing Hemp CBD Oil

Whether your family is generally accepting of cannabis or not, it’s really important to destigmatize hemp and CBD oil. Even if your family has been proud supporters of cannabis for generations, they might not have any idea what CBD is. Regardless of their current biases, be sure to steer them towards the facts.

CBD Oil Doesn’t Get You High

A great number set to reference is that CBD oil contains less than 0.3% THC, while marijuana has about 15-20% THC on average.1 This is an easy statistic to understand for family members who love numbers and those who don’t.

Another way to explain this is through history. Years and years ago, cannabis plants naturally had low levels of THC. It wasn’t until people started breeding the plants to have higher THC levels that it became what it’s known for today.

Where to Buy CBD

CBD oil can be purchased at a variety of places, here online, grocery and pet stores, spas, cafes and more! Many people think the only place to purchase CBD oil is at a cannabis dispensary or smoke shop, but that’s simply not the case. Take a look at our store locator to see the variety of vendors we work with.

Take Baby Steps

You don’t have to fully on board them in just one, two, or even three discussions. Give them time to let the information sink in. Let them do some of their own research, and don’t get discouraged if they seem doubtful.

If you can, take them to a place like a farmer’s market, where you are likely to find a CBD oil vendor and they can ask additional questions. Learning more from a new person who is also likely well-versed in the knowledge and benefits can help them see that CBD oil is on the cusp of becoming mainstream.

Encourage your loved one to research and ask questions on CBD. This way next time you talk about it with them, they will have something to share. Stay positive, there is a lot of hope for the future.

What kind of experience have you had when talking to your family about CBD oil? Tweet us @PharmaHempCplx.



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