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INDUSTRIAL HEMP 

The Canadian definition of Industrial hemp includes Cannabis plants and plant parts, of any variety, that contains 0.3% delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or less in the leaves and flowering heads. Industrial hemp also includes the derivatives of industrial hemp plants and plant parts, excluding the flowering parts or leaves. There are multiple market opportunities available to the Canadian hemp industry. The Canadian hemp industry is set to expand from one revenue source to four revenue sources. This is expected to lead to an expansion of value and seeded acres.

 

Food:

Canada is a leader in the hemp food sector, with dehulled seeds (hearts), hemp seed oil and protein concentrates leading the way.

Fiber:

  • Decortication (processing) capacity is expanding.

  • Continued decortication capacity expansion will lead to a viable market for harvested hemp straw, which is still mostly disposed of after harvest.

  • CRHC’s Bruderheim Processing Facility is now the largest processing (decortication) facility in Canada.

  • As primary processing capacity is built in Canada, value-add processing will develop and help the industry grow.

Feed:

The Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (CHTA) is working with the Government of Canada to register hemp grain and its derivatives (whole grain, screenings, hulls, hearts, cake, oil and protein) as livestock feed in the coming year.

Fractions:

  • Harvest of chaff (flowers, leaves and stems) by hemp farmers first occurred in 2018.

  • Sale is restricted to Licensed Processors (LPs) operating within the Cannabis Act. Only LPs can extract the cannabinoids

       (primarily CBD), from the hemp chaff.

  • Expansion of this trade will create a new and viable market for chaff, which today is typically disposed of in the field.

 

Canadian Hemp Industry

Commercial hemp has been successfully cultivated in Canada since it was first approved for research purposes in 1998 with the introduction of the Industrial Hemp Regulations.

Significant commercial production began in 2003. Licensed acreage began to expand in 2010, reaching 78,000 acres in 2018, with a high of 138,000 acres in 2017. Licensed acres saw a slight decrease in 2019 (37,000 acres) and in 2020 (55,000 acres).

The annual variation of acreage in Canada, although trending up, has been attributed to the reliance on Food as the sole revenue stream.

The Canadian industrial hemp industry is set to expand from one main revenue source (food) to four, with fiber leading the way. This will lead to an expansion of value and seeded acres. The pillars of a successful and profitable Canadian hemp industry are food, fiber, feed and fractions.

The addition of new revenue streams will stimulate an increase in seeded acreage and total hemp production from a base of CAD $138 million in 2018 to over $1 billion in 2023.

The Canadian hemp industry will make immense economic contributions to the Canadian economy as it grows.

Hemp is an important and growing part of the Canadian agriculture industry. In the past 20 years, there have been no documented instances of public safety risk or criminal activity associated with hemp cultivation, storage and distribution.

References For More Information on Industrial Hemp:

Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance

Health Canada Industrial Hemp

US Hemp Building Association

European Industrial Hemp Association

Alberta Hemp Alliance