The information in this page is updated frequently due to the rapidly changing rules and regulations issued by various states and the federal government.  We do our best to keep current but visitors are encouraged to use other sources of information to keep fully abreast.

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Do you buy hemp?

Yes we buy from licensed hemp growers. Please contact us for pay prices and paperwork. It is a good idea to contact us several weeks before you harvest to allow time for contracting, delivery scheduling, and testing.


How do I get a license to grow hemp?

New Mexico offers two hemp grow licenses: Outdoor, and Continuous Production. Currently, an outdoor grow license is $800, and $900 for a continuous production (indoor) license. Also, a small fee is added depending on acreage (if outdoors) or square footage (if indoors).

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) is the issuing authority. Click here for contact info. Here are links for other nearby State’s hemp programs:
Arizona
Colorado
Texas (not currently legal but they are working on it.)
Utah


Do you process hemp without buying it?

Yes we can be hired to process your hemp and return the crude oil to you. We will only process hemp from licensed hemp growers. Please contact us for processing prices and the related paperwork. It is a good idea to contact us several weeks before you harvest to allow time for contracting, delivery scheduling, and testing.


Why are you qualified to do hemp extraction?

We’ve been building ethanol-based extraction systems since 2015 and rugged industrial separators for the Oil & Gas industry since 2001. We know what it takes to process industrial amounts of material to ensure a consistent high-quality product that meets or exceeds required criteria.


Can you accept hemp from other states besides New Mexico?

Our current understanding is that hemp may be transported across (some) state lines if the proper documentation accompanies the load: a copy of the grower’s Hemp License, an original of the Testing Certificate showing the hemp is 0.3% THC or less, a Statement of Origin from the grower stating total weight and certifying that all the material is hemp and was grown by the licensed grower, and a Bill of Lading that clearly states the amount of hemp (in pounds), the point of origination, and the point of delivery with complete contact info for both the shipper and receiver.


What is extraction?

The first extraction is on the right and the third is on the left. The tincture gets darker with each batch of hemp as more cannabinoids are absorbed. Notice the lack of green chlorophyll.

Extraction is the process of gently removing the cannabinoids from the hemp biomass. Extrcation will strip all the cannbinoids of which there are nine classic compounds. Only one, THC, is psycho-active. Since the hemp is specifically grown to be very low in THC (0.3% or less), the resulting crude oil is low in THC.  A final test done of the crude oil shows its cannabinoid profile and that profile report is included with the final crude oil.


What is Crude Oil?

Pre-crude reducing to crude oil. The amber coloration of the bubbles indicates very high CBDA and CBD content.

Crude oil is the final output we produce. It is comprised of ethanol and the extracted cannabinoids after the cold extraction and ethanol recovery steps are completed. Imagine you make a cup of coffee, then reduce the amount of water in the cup by 90%; what’s left is hyper-saturated coffee. The CBDA + CBD-rich crude we produce can be used “as is” in hundreds of CBD products or as feed-stock for post-processing operations such as distillation.


What is hemp biomass?

Hemp biomass in large paper leaf litter bag.
Never use plastic bags for biomass. Biomass can be “rough” as shown above (also called “combined”), hammer-milled, or flaked.

Biomass is dried hemp flower after harvest that has cleaned, dried, and compressed into bales or bags. Growers may deliver dried baled whole flowers, or strip out stems and branches. Pay prices are based on the quality of the biomass; the more flower and fewer stems, branches, and dead leaves, the higher the pay price. All biomass must be dried. For more information on drying hemp, click here. Be aware that almost all of the CBDA and CBD is located in the flower tops so the highest quality biomass contains mostly dried flower tops. However, some leaf and branches are ok. Click on picture at right.


What do you do with the biomass before extraction?

The first thing we do is test the biomass by sampling randomly.  We’re looking for the average CBD content (which determines the majority of the price), pesticides (there shouldn’t be any), and the amount of chaff in the mass (stem, branches and low-quality leaf).  Once we agree on a price per pound with the grower we weigh the entire load. Next we prepare the biomass for extraction by stripping, cleaning, and grinding it. Finally, we bag the prepared biomass and freeze it.  Freezing is done so that the hemp does not raise the temperature of the ethanol when it is immersed for extraction.


When should I contact you to schedule my grow for extraction?

As early as possible.  For instance, we’re working with a grower who contacted us right after planting his hemp clones even though the grow cycle for hemp in his region is roughly 75-80 days.


Do you do offer in-field testing?

Yes, we can come to your location and do spot testing to provide a fast cannabinoid profile of your grow. This provides a check to see if your plants are safely under the 0.3% THC limit.  Our test results are private and only reported to you, the grower.