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why is cbd so expensive - hemp from cultivation to CBD

When it comes to the question, ‘why is CBD so expensive?’ there are many key factors to consider. Let’s face it; often you consider something expensive until you understand the full value of the product. When it comes to understanding the benefits of CBD, there are many levels of development and production that govern both the quality and the effectiveness of the end product. Here are some important things to consider when determining if the cost of quality CBD is justified.


Agriculture Costs

The first series of production costs starts with the land, farming and cultivation of the cannabis sativa plant. These costs include seeds, cultivation equipment, various state and local licenses and labor. In the case of organically grown hemp, there are even more considerations and regulations. Also, the regulations associated with growing and processing hemp requires reporting and lab testing costs that vary from state to state. 


Harvesting and Extraction

Harvesting quality, high CBD hemp requires expert knowledge, timing and expensive equipment. The biomass, or the quality of the hemp material ready for extraction, determines the value of the hemp. 

The flowers and leaves must be separated from the stalks and branches, which contain no CBD; this means there is no ‘waste’ mixed with the biomass. This is an important process in the harvest, to assure quality, and requires both manual labor and expensive combine equipment. Once this is completed the quality biomass is ready for extraction.

Co2 extraction, which is considered the purest process, is more expensive than solvent extraction and also requires expensive equipment. In the case of broad spectrum THC Free CBD, the extraction process maintains the phytocannabinoids, terpenes and other beneficial compounds and removes the THC, eliminating any chance psycho-activity. 

Although these processes are costly, they assure the consumer is guaranteed the highest quality CBD.


Manufacturing and Production

After the extraction process, the final extracted product can then be manufactured into various CBD products. From tinctures to topicals, this requires quality innovation, processes and often-additional natural ingredients that are labor intensive and costly. 

In addition, the products must be packaged and labeled before they are ready for the next step.


Marketing and Distribution

The final step, that brings the quality CBD product to you, is by far the most challenging and expensive part of the entire process. Often people do not have an awareness of the complex processes and substantial capital that is required to market and distribute CBD products. 

From bricks and mortar dispensaries and stores to online distribution, the costs in terms of money, labor and hours is very significant. This is true for any products, however, when it comes to CBD and cannabis sativa related products, the costs and the challenges are much more significant due to the additional regulations involved.


When It Comes To High Quality CBD, The Price Is Worth It!  

The most important factor in all of this is that when it comes to your body and health, only the highest quality will do! When you select a product, you want to be confident that you will receive the optimum benefits of CBD for relief and enhanced well-being.


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