This year’s Texas Hemp Harvest Festival aims to celebrate not just the growth of marijuana, but also hemp. Cannabis and hemp are cousins who share many similarities with each other, including both having a vast array of medical benefits for humans.
The “Austin’s first-ever Texas Hemp Harvest Festival” is a celebration of the growth of marijuana’s cousin, hemp. The festival will feature speakers and music from local artists, food trucks, product vendors, and more.
Austin’s festival season has a pretty cool new addition: a one-day event with music and a focus on marijuana’s cousin.
The first-ever Texas Hemp Harvest Festival will take place at Carson Creek Ranch, a 58-acre event site in eastern Travis County, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on October 23. Country singer Gary P. Nunn and country music band The Derailers are among the musical artists set to play. Ky-Mani Marley, son of the famous Bob Marley, is a Jamaican reggae and hip-hop artist.
The “family-friendly event” is being organized by Sweet Sensi, an Austin-based supplier of “artisanal” CBD products. Food trucks, adult and children’s drinks, vendor displays, and activities will be available during the event.
A “Battle of the Buds” competition will also be held during the event. In four categories of hemp goods produced in Texas, anonymous judges will vote for their favorites: flower/pre-rolls, edibles, topicals, and tinctures/capsules.
The event is being put on by farmers, processors, manufacturers, and merchants to commemorate the hemp harvest in Texas, according to organizers. According to the Austin Chronicle, the state had its first legal hemp crop in more than 80 years in 2020.
According to the HempGrower website, Texas has 891 licensed hemp farmers and 40 registered hemp processors. Hemp is grown on approximately 5,800 acres in the state, with about 15.6 million square feet of indoor grow area.
Texas permits hemp cultivation, but only if the THC content of the plants is less than 0.30 percent. THC is the primary ingredient in marijuana that makes people high. THC content in hemp-derived CBD products is typically less than 0.30 percent. Hemp and marijuana are both plants that belong to the cannabis family.
According to Harvard Health Publishing, CBD is the second-most active component in cannabis, and it does not get people high. According to The New York Times, CBD consumers claim that it helps them cope with symptoms of anxiety, sadness, sleeplessness, and chronic pain.
“Texas’ hemp sector is still in its infancy as an alternative crop,” says Calvin Trostle, a statewide hemp expert with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. “A lot of teaching is going on, but we’re still trying to figure out which kinds are adaptable so we can assist farmers avoid problems.”