cbd dripping springs

Cbd dripping springs

2020 is going to be a year of firsts, including Texas’ first certified hemp crops. According to Illisa Nolan, executive director of the recently formed Texas Hemp Coalition, 5,500 acres have been set aside for hemp production in Texas just this year as a result of House Bill 1325 that allowed for the legal production of hemp in the state.

For those wondering what exactly hemp is, it is a low potency, non-psychoactive form of cannabis (marijuana) that has many industrial uses. The oils have medicinal and homeopathic uses, the stalks can be used to make textiles and building products, the seeds can be used for livestock feed and the list goes on.

Owens became inspired to pursue his place in the CBD/hemp market when he shared his product with a friend in the panhandle that made saddles. The saddle maker had Parkinsons and the CBD oil substantially relieved the symptoms of his disease. CBD oil, in addition to a pain reliever, can be used in lotions and sleeping/calming aids.
While Owens would like to eventually grow for more industrial uses, he says right now, at the onset, he’s only concentrating on CBD oils and hemp flower because the infrastructure is not in place for all the other uses yet in Texas.

Another achievement for Owens and his business partner is developing significant methodologies and technologies for extracting oils from hemp—a patented process they call terpex. “We’re the only people in the world at this point to have the ability to extract an oil and terpenes from hemp as well as remediate the THC as well without ever touching ethanol. It’s a big deal in our industry” he said. “It maintains the integrity of what the plant has to offer.”

He said that people are using hemp extracts and infusions to do things like increase their sleep quality, reduce anxiety, and reduce inflammation. Last week, Forbes released an article titled “New Research Suggests Terpenes And CBD Work 2x’s Better For COVID-19 Inflammation Than Corticosteroid.”

Dripping Springs is a suitable place for growing a variety of vegetables and fruits like grapes and olives. Hemp (Cannabis Sativa L.) is another crop that can be added to the list. Aaron Owens, Owner of Tejas Hemp recently planted two acres. You can see the rows of plants on the right side of RR12, when headed south towards Wimberley.

Owens has been working in the hemp industry since 2015 and has a business partner in Evergreen, Colorado—EVG extracts. When wanting to establish a Texas brand, they put Tejas Hemp on paper in 2017. “That made me the first hemp brand in the state of Texas on paper post prohibition,” Owens said.

“Texas has fully inoculated a program to allow us to not only distribute these products in Texas, but more importantly to cultivate them and manufacture them,” Owens said.

There are two common misconceptions about hemp. “It gets you high, which it doesn’t or that it’s marijuana, which it’s not,” Owens said. The community has been nothing but positive according to Owens. “Everybody’s receptive. Everybody’s cool,” he said.

“I’m extremely excited to be here. I love Dripping Springs. I’ve been here eight years. Same house, same spot,” Owens said. He didn’t, however, always have the ability to grow a hemp crop. It was just legalized in Texas last year.

Helping people is the reason Owens pursued the hemp business. “I have a saddlemaker who’s in his mid 70s in west Texas and he was coming down with Parkinson’s. It was really starting to get the best of him. His son asked me if we could try this [hemp extract]. We gave him 25 milligrams twice a day and after five days, he thought he had beat Parkinsons,” Owens said.

As for how the hemp industry will continue to develop in Texas, Owens foresees another part of the industry coming into play. “The future of Texas, which Tejas Hemp is heavily involved in, is going to be in the commercial, industrial side where we’re going for fiber and grain. That will very much be done out in the panhandle, the Rio Grande Valley. That’s where we go from one to two acres to thousands of acres. So, Dripping Springs is not going to be a place where we grow a bunch of hemp to make clothes,” Owens said.