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Commercial Use of Cannabis
Cannabis or Hemp is not an agricultural commodity in Australia. Since the Australian government classifies the plant as cannabis, it is governed by the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981. Hemp leaf and flower extracts are narcotics. So a prescription is required to buy CBD products.
Australian hemp farmers can legally grow high CBD seeds and clones with low THC levels. However, the legal THC limit varies by state and territory.
THC levels are capped at 1% in NSW, SA, and QLD. Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia have stricter laws limiting THC concentrations to 0.35 percent.
High CBD seeds are planted by farmers across the entire nation of Australia and can be grown in every state. However, the majority of hemp production transpires in Tasmania, accounting for approximately 66% of the nationwide total. This is because the climate in Tasmania is much more conducive to hemp production, and is generally cool and mild with slight humidity.
As a crop, hemp grows best in a mild, warm climate. In Australia, it is usually grown in the summer and harvested in late summer or early fall. However, the particulars may vary depending on the location of your hemp farm.
Despite being more water-efficient than cotton, large-scale hemp farming would still strain our limited water resources, requiring 3 to 6 megalitres per hectare.
It’s also nitrogen-hungry in its early weeks.
But it has impressive environmental credentials.
It grows quickly, negating the need for herbicides, and is pest-resistant.
It’s also an excellent carbon sink and it can be used to make hempcrete, a strong, pest-resistant building material that also absorbs CO2 as it cures as an added benefit.
It also inherits less risk compared to forestry because if a crop burns, it can be replaced the following season.