Good hemp farmers and processors understand the importance of consistent and stable hemp strains — but it takes precise science to breed cultivars with high levels of CBD, CBG, or specific terpenes while also meeting the federal government’s <0.3% THC requirements.
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0.3% — it’s an absurdly low percentage that can make or break your entire hemp operation.
But that’s the limit set by Federal and state laws for the delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels that can be in your hemp product.
What is hot hemp and why does it matter?
Anything above a 0.3% of THC level in hemp is considered “hot” — and illegal at the federal level. Cannabis with a THC concentration below 0.3% is classified as hemp, while plants above 0.3% THC are considered marijuana. This makes it wildly important to understand the sampling process and how to prevent hemp crops from overproducing THC.
In October 2019, the interim hemp sample collection guidelines were released. They outline precise requirements for collecting and analyzing THC levels. Among them: