GRAND JUNCTION , Colo. –
The second annual “Hemp And Hops” event happened this weekend. The event aims to showcase the economic benefits and opportunities the plants provides farmers nationally and locally.
Hemp is a budding industry in Western Colorado. With the popularity of CBD oil exploding, farmers like the ones at Desert Flower Farms, are capitalizing on the sunshine of the Western Slope. CBD is used as an anti-inflammatory, it’s touted as pain relief that is not addictive and a much safer alternative to opioids.
Organizers of Hemp And Hops also say the plant has the potential to help Western Colorado bear the boom or bust economy.
All said, the plant still comes with stigma attached. Part of the reason Hemp And Hops was created, was to help dispel common misnomers about hemp. One of the most popular questions; Does it get you high? Joey Coleman, a hemp farmer, says no. And it’s a plant he is proud to grow along with his family.
“To see this growing, and knowing it’s helping people with injuries or stress relief. It’s a really cool thing to be a part of and it’s really cool that it’s growing in the valley where I grew up.”