In most states, Hot Hemp is considered hemp that tests Delta 9 THC levels at higher than 0.3%. How serious of an issue is this? Very serious. Your first step if your hemp tests hot should be calling your lawyer. Regulatory offices can fine you for producing hemp above the regulatory limit. This is why we created a Where to Grow Hemp in 2020, to help our local farmers starting out and finding out all the rules for their specific state.
If your hemp does test hot, consider contacting your seed vendor, as they are responsible for the quality of the seeds. Hot Hemp is usually a result of genetics, though it can be influenced by soil and overgrowth, so it’s important to talk to your seed provider to figure out why the hemp went hot so you can prevent this from happening in the future.
Hemp that does not follow these regulations and tests above 0.3% Delta 9 THC is no longer safe and must be destroyed. While this can be upsetting to growers who have invested in growth, all hot seeds must be removed and the growing process must start over. You must also follow regulations for how you destroy your hot hemp, which is why it’s important to reach out to your lawyer, seed vendor, and regulatory offices to avoid further fines.