The popularity of CBD backed by the results of numerous scientific studies emphasizing its health benefits revolutionized the hemp farming sector. When the knowledge of the cannabinoid rich profile of the crop was exploited scientifically, cannabidiol products of different spectrum options (full spectrum, broad spectrum and CBD isolate) were developed.
The rise of CBD to fame gave a major boost to hemp cultivation. The area of land used for hemp cultivation increased significantly over the past years.
Here is a list of top hemp producing nations in the world
The earliest records of hemp cultivation in China dates back to AD 300. During the earlier years the plant was primarily cultivated for its fiber and seeds. The seeds of hemp are excellent food supplement rich in essential nutrients.
The take of Chinese government was different from that of the US after the plant’s therapeutic potential was discovered. Unlike the US government, the Chinese government never imposed a ban on hemp cultivation regardless of its area of application.
According to the report of Health Canada, a federal agency in charge of offering hemp licenses in Canada, there was an 80% increase in hemp production and this increase was within a short period between 2016 and 2017. The area under hemp cultivation increased from 75000 acres to 140,000 acres.
Majority of the cultivation happens in three providences, namey Saskatchewan (56,000 acres), Alberta (45,000 acres) and Manobita (30,000 acres). The cultivation mostly focuses on using hemp seeds for making hemp oils and hemp protein powders.
Although the country reports that they are witnessing an upward trend in hemp production, it seems like hemp production is declining in Canada. The reason could be that the production that was way more than the demand. The prices thereby decreased exponentially.
The government is currently working on measures to balance production and demand. There are chances for Canada to drop a few ranks in the coming years.
CBD legality in the country is still a complicated subject because CBD is available only through medical cannabis dispensaries with a medical prescription handy.
United States of America
The US Farm Bill was a major step that legalized the crop countrywide. The bill identified all CBD products derived from hemp and has less than 0.3% THC as agricultural products, which means that its production, sale and possession are completely legal.
Because the country held back from legalizing hemp CBD for long, it is lagging behind many countries in genetics and breeding research related to CBD hemp. The roadblocks that licensed hemp farmers in the US have to face when it comes to banking and insurance are issues that have to be addressed to improve the ranking in hemp cultivation.
France is the largest producer of hemp among European Union nations. When compared to the total production of all other European Union nations, hemp production in France in the last few decades was quite high. However, the stat has begun to change in 2014 and the rest of Europe has started increasing production.
According to some reports, people in France have been using hemp since the Neolithic times. It was traditionally used for animal bedding, textile making, and in nautical applications. As of 2017, hemp production in France was over 43,000 acres of hemp. The number continues to rise.
From a stage where it had almost died out due to the introduction of cotton, the French hemp industry revived in the 1960s. The crop was never banned in France for any reason and the factor is critical in the future growth of the hemp industry.
Cannabis rules and regulations in Chile are quite strange. The law does not permit the consumption of cannabis products in public and forbids growing the plant on an industrial level. However, there are no laws that forbid private cultivation and consumption. This could be the reason for Chile being the country with the highest per capita consumption in Latin America.
Records of hemp cultivation in the Quillota Valley date back to 1545. The crop was traditionally used for a number of reasons including army support, shipping and hemp seed oil production.
Hemp has a significant place in Korean culture. From the beginning of North and South Korea’s written history, hemp fiber was used by traditional weavers to turn it into a fabric called “sambe”. The use of hemp is quite popular in North Korea and its industrial cultivation is legal in the country. However, smoking the leaves of any cannabis plant is prohibited. It is a scary truth that smoking weed ( and potentially hemp) is punishable by death in North Korea.
Almost 47,000 square meters of land is dedicated to hemp textiles in the capital city alone. The soil and climate conditions throughout the country are ideal for growing hemp.
Not all countries will have ideal lands with ideal growing conditions for hemp. Moreover, all countries will not have the same laws regarding hemp cultivation, which explains the sharp differences in hemp production even in countries in the same continent.