Bluebird Botanicals is now proudly using hemp grown in Kentucky
In the early Spring of 2016, Bluebird partnered with farmers in Kentucky to organically grow a few dozen acres of cannabinoid-rich hemp for us. The harvesting and extracting is nearly complete, and we’ve begun to use the extracts in our products!
We are an approved “Buyer” through the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s hemp pilot research program, which is wholly compliant with Section 7606 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014, better known as the 2014 Farm Bill that was signed into law by former President Obama in February of 2014.
In the USA, the legal definition of hemp is: “INDUSTRIAL HEMP — The term ‘‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.” This means it’s now legal to grow hemp in the USA and that processors can legally use the trichome rich flowers to create and market hemp products if done pursuant to the 2014 Farm Bill.
Here are some photos of our beautiful Kentucky hemp plants from this year’s growing season!
For the time being, we are using both European and American grown hemp. For domestic sales, we plan to fully transition away from European grown this year.
July 6th, 2017 Update: we’re thrilled to announce that we’re currently transitioning to sourcing 100% of our hemp from our home state, Colorado. We will conclude this transition before August of 2017. Click here to read about this transformation.