That something is Head & Heal’s farming and processing practices, and its focus on transparency. Gandelman said hemp is extremely challenging to grow, similar to any intensive vegetable farming. Seeds are hard to find, expensive and started by hand in greenhouses. And the hemp is harvested, hung and dried by hand—a very slow, labor intensive process. Also, Head & Heal processes their CBD extract using the entire plant, preserving the full spectrum of other chemical and flavor compounds present in hemp. Larry Smart, professor of horticulture and team lead for Cornell’s Hemp Research Team, agreed that hemp is “very demanding,” requiring optimal soil, drainage and nutrition. Harvesting is also physically intense. Stems at their base can be three inches around, many plants grow seven to eight feet tall, and can have a fresh weight of 40 to 50 pounds each.
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Head & Heal was founded in 2017 out of necessity. That year, Allan Gandelman’s Lyme disease symptoms became so debilitating that he considered closing Main Street Farms, his organic farm, CSA and vegetable processor. He didn’t want to take large doses of antibiotics or prescription painkillers, so when a friend brought Gandelman some hemp-derived CBD from Colorado, he gave it a try. CBD is shorthand for cannabidiol, a naturally occurring chemical compound in the cannabis plant; it’s extracted from hemp, a non-intoxicating variety of cannabis containing no more than 0.3% THC, the ingredient that gives hemp’s cousin marijuana its kick.
“We worked super hard to make this oil, focusing on growing and extraction to get a very high-quality end product,” Gandelman said. That hard work is paying off: Head & Heal just received USDA Organic certification for their 40 acres of hemp and all of their CBD products, one of only a handful of U.S. organic CBD farmers and processors. The company employs 25 people (and counting), is moving into a new 10,000-square-foot office space and building a second processing facility this year—all in downtown Cortland. “We’re really excited to be part of Cortland’s renewal,” said Miller-Hornick. “Another measure of our success is how many families we can support by creating a great work environment for local people.”
After a month, Gandelman started to get relief from his insomnia, arthritic pain and fuzzy memory. That’s when he decided to make his own CBD to continue treating his Lyme. It was perfect timing. A year earlier, Main Street Farms had partnered with Cornell University as part of New York state’s industrial hemp pilot studies. In 2017, when the state opened up hemp farming, Gandelman immediately applied to grow hemp and process CBD oil.
“It shows us that we have something really special and people are seeking us out,” she said.
“If you usually seek out local, organic vegetable farmers, it’s no different with your CBD,” said Smart. “Do your research and find neighbors here you can buy from and that you trust. Support your local farms.”
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