Hemp Processing and Products

This course is comprised of 8 modules, each 30 minutes in duration and delivered as an online course. Hemp Processing and Products will teach students how to differentiate between cannabis and hemp as well as the history of hemp in North America. This class will also cover the Industrial Hemp Regulations and licenses in Canada. Students will also gain an understanding of how farming can impact the end product quality and how to effectively process hemp seeds, fibers and flowers. This course additionally offers tips about launching a hemp business from CRAiLAR FTI, HempCo, BioComposites Group, Cosmetics by Katakami, and Just Bio Fiber.

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Additional information

Through interviews with industry experts and engaging product case studies, the Hemp Processing and Products course provides information on how to process fibre, seeds, and cannabidiols for future hemp entrepreneurs, product development managers, or anyone interested in understanding the range of products that can be produced with hemp. This course will explore all the different options for products that come from industrial hemp such as textiles, plastics, cosmetics, food, and building products.

What to expect

This course is divided into seven modules and entrepreneur and business case studies. Each module is self-paced and 30 minutes in duration.

Module 1: Introduction

  • Analyze the market opportunities of industrial hemp from seed to final product
  • Understand and describe the difference between marijuana and industrial hemp
  • Demonstrate awareness of different varieties of hemp grown for specific market applications

Module 2: History

  • Understand the history of legalization and the development and commercialization of hemp, including when and why industrial hemp were made illegal and later legalized in North America
  • Analyze hemp in other, global, jurisdictions
  • Describe how hemp has historically and currently affected other industries and what its potential impact could be

Module 3: Regulations

  • Understand how industrial hemp is regulated and by which federal ministry in Canada
  • Describe the changes to the Industrial Hemp Regulations under the new Canadian Cannabis Act
  • Interpret the Cannabis Act and licensing
  • Identify how to fill out the most currently available Health Canada Application for an
  • Industrial Hemp License
  • Identify the types of businesses that are within the industrial hemp industry

Module 4: Supply Chain & Processing (Farming)

  • Identify the different industrial hemp cultivars and their purpose (seed, fibre, dual purpose)
  • Explain best management practices for site selection, variety selection, field preparation, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer use, organic, rotation with other crops, crop diseases, insects, other things that might impact the growth
  • Describe the different types of machinery you would use for seeding and harvesting industrial hemp for different purposes (fibre, seed, dual purpose, chaff)
  • Discuss the effect of the environment on the end products

Module 5: Supply Chain & Processing (Fibre Processing)

  • Identify the different components of the stalk - fibre, hurd, and dust
  • Analyze the fibre yield (tonnes/hectare of different varieties) and compare it to other best fibre crops
  • Describe fibre processing from farm to end products
  • Identify example final products that can be made from the stalk

Module 6: Supply Chain & Processing (Seed)

  • Identify the different components of the seed – protein, oil, heart, hulls, meal
  • Explain seed yield and compare it to other oilseed products
  • Describe seed processing from farm to end products
  • Identify example final products and markets that can be made from the seed

Module 7: Supply Chain & Processing (Flowering Head and Cannabinoid)

  • Describe what cannabinoids are and differentiate between THC and CBD
  • Explain what terpenes are
  • Describe the different cannabinoid extraction processes
  • Differentiate between different processes based on product yield and quality
  • Identify example final products and markets

Entrepreneur & Business Case Studies

  • Just Bio Fibre Structional Solutions Corp, Terry Radford
  • Fetch Kayaks, Mitchell Raynar
  • Cosmetics by Katakami, Kristin Katakami
  • HempCo Food and Fibre Inc., Diane Jang
  • Bio Composites Group, Dan Madlung

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