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Exploring the Lone Star State’s Green Frontier of Texas Hemp Farms, by Grace Gonzales

As the cultivation of hemp continues to grow, Texas is emerging as a frontier for innovation in the hemp industry.  With the legalization of hemp cultivation in Texas, there has been a rapid expansion of the industry which includes a surge of curiosity among consumers, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts alike.

For those who are eager to take part in the journey of hemp, from seed to the final product, there are a handful of hemp farms that offer a unique opportunity to explore the world of hemp from the lens of processing to the innovative methods used in this expanding industry. Participants may have the opportunity to touch, smell, and even taste different hemp varieties, gaining a deeper understanding of the plant’s diverse properties and applications.

According to Texas Monthly Magazine, there are 1,123 licensed hemp growers in the state, but many of them have seemingly been reticent to fully commit to the crop. Only two thousand of the five thousand acres designated for hemp growing were planted in 2020, according to the Texas Department of Agriculture.

At most hemp farms, visitors can stroll through fields of swaying hemp plants, learning about cultivation techniques and crop management practices for hemp. They can witness the harvesting process of curing the hemp biomass for further processing and participants can observe the extraction of CBD oil and other valuable compounds, as well as the production of hemp-derived products. They can also learn about the latest extraction methods, quality control measures, and regulatory compliance requirements. Participants learn about the agricultural and environmental benefits of hemp cultivation, including its ability to improve soil health, sequester carbon, and reduce the need for pesticides and fertilizers. They also gain insights into the potential uses of hemp in industries that range from textiles and construction to food and fuel.

Here is a short list of hemp farms in Texas that may offer specialized tours and or hemp products for the hemp enthusiast. There may be an extensive list of hemp farms published in a later issue or you can go to the Texas Hemp Growers Association webpage for more information.

  • Pur Isolabs, Bergheim, TX- offers hemp CBD products made from plants that are grown on-site, according to their website. They are open from Monday through Friday, from 11 to 5:30 pm, and on Saturdays, from 11 to 3 and 5 pm. Call them for more information got to:


  • Bayou City Hemp Co-Houston TX- Their focus on quality begins at the farm and continues throughout the process. The company invites you to connect with them so that you can experience their commitment the product for yourself. To schedule a tour or for general information, you can go to:

  • Alamo Hemp Tours, San Antonio, -Alamo Hemp Tours is currently improving its tour experience and will update its schedule soon. For more information go to: /alamo-hemp-tours


  • VJ Farms, Palestine, Texas- According to their website, the story of VJ Farms begins in 1965 when the owner’s grandparents purchased land with the G.I. allowing them to purchase 72 acres in Anderson County that would initially serve as the family getaway. For more information or to schedule a tour go to:



  • CBC Texas Farms, Laredo TX- For five generations, the company has been a steward of the land, and their venture into hemp farming compliments the established ranching and deer operations and they continue the family tradition. For more information go to:

  • Power Bio Farms, Euless, TX-Power Bio Farms was founded to bring local, premium, legal, and licensed high-quality CBD to more Texans, hand-crafted small batch products from seed to shelf with the utmost care, quality, and transparency. For more information, go to:

Whether you’re a seasoned hemp enthusiast or a curious newcomer, these tours may offer valuable insights and new experiences, or opportunities for to learn all about the hemp industry. As the hemp industry continues to thrive in Texas, Texas Hemp Tours can be a vital lifeline for education and advocacy including community building that helps to shape the future of hemp in the Lone Star State and beyond.

Texas Hemp Tours have risen to meet this growing demand, providing an insider’s glimpse into the fascinating world of hemp production and innovation. You now have a chance to visit hemp farms first hand to witness the awe of the processing facilities, research labs, and limited product manufacturing sites to learn about every step of the hemp supply chain which includes the planting, harvesting, extraction, and product formulation of hemp cultivation. Some of these tours inspire participants to support the growth of the hemp industry and advocate for policy changes that foster its proper development.

By showcasing sustainable farming practices, responsible business ethics, and local entrepreneurship hemp tours can provide a platform for collaboration among industry stakeholders, fostering connections between farmers, processors, manufacturers, retailers, policymakers, and consumers. By bringing communities together, these tours catalyze innovation, stimulate economic growth, and build a stronger, more resilient hemp community in Texas.

Bayou City Hemp Co. Beverages in 2024

The Texas beverage scene is buzzing more than ever in 2024, thanks to an exhilarating wave of THC and CBD-infused drinks that promise not just refreshment but a novel sensory experience. Leading this vibrant surge are innovative Texas-based brands like HOWDY, 8th Wonder, and Beach Break. Each brand showcases a distinctive approach to cannabis beverages, offering flavors, dosages, and experiences that are as unique as they are enjoyable.


HOWDY: The Cosmic Cowboy of Cannabis Beverages

HOWDY has carved a niche for itself with its playful and pioneering range of cannabis-infused seltzers. Each beverage in their lineup is a testament to their commitment to quality and innovation:


Ranch Water & Paloma: Starting with a subtle 2.5mg of hemp-derived THC per 12oz can, these seltzers are perfect for those seeking a mild yet memorable buzz. The Ranch Water offers a refreshing twist on a Texan classic, while the Paloma is a citrusy delight, both packaged in convenient 4-pack boxes.


Sweet Tea & Lemonade: Soon to join the roster are these quintessentially Southern flavors, each with a slightly higher dosage of 5mg THC. Designed for those who prefer a slightly stronger effect, these drinks promise to deliver both comfort and a kick, all while encapsulating the essence of a laid-back, sunny afternoon in Texas.


HOWDY’s ethos is all about creating moments of joy and connection, offering a “cosmic” twist to the social drinking experience. Their beverages are crafted to be fast-acting and short-lived, ensuring you can easily find your sweet spot.

8th Wonder: Embrace the Wonder of THC Beverages

8th Wonder pays homage to Houston’s innovative spirit with its dive into the hemp beverage market. Each drink is a celebration of the city’s history and a step forward in beverage innovation:


Lil Bit: With Cherry Limeade and the upcoming Peach Mango flavors, these 2mg THC, 8oz cans are perfect for those seeking a mild touch of THC without having to drink 12oz of liquid. They offer a gentle introduction to THC beverages, marrying bright, fruit-forward flavors with a light, enjoyable high.


Wonder Water – Sparkling Lime: Wonder Water launched in 2021 as Texas’ first THC seltzer, and one of the first hemp-derived THC beverages in the country. Elevating the experience with 8mg of THC, this 12oz can is a bolder choice. The crisp, sparkling lime flavor is both refreshing, invigorating, and a great health-conscious option as it has zero calories. Wonder Water is ideal for those looking to dive deeper into the world of cannabis-infused refreshments.


8th Wonder’s journey from a brewery and distillery to a trailblazer of THC Seltzers is inspired by a partnership with Bayou City Hemp Company, blending the worlds of traditional brewing and beverage making with the innovative edge of cannabis extraction and science.


Beach Break: Escape with Every Sip

Beach Break brings an ethos of relaxation and quality to the fore with its sparkling THC beverages. Each flavor is a crafted escape, inviting you to unwind wherever you are:


Swell Berry & Watermelon: These flavors stand out with their 5mg THC content in each 12oz can, offering a medium-strength option for consumers. Swell Berry combines the nuanced tastes of berries and citrus, while Watermelon offers a juicy, refreshing dive into relaxation. Both are designed to transport you to your personal coast, be it a beach, a porch, or a city balcony.

Beach Break is meticulous about its craft, overseeing the entire process from seed cultivation to the final product. This dedication ensures that each can is not just a drink but a premium escape into tranquility.


As the THC beverage market continues to expand in 2024, Texas brands are at the forefront, offering an array of drinks that cater to a wide range of tastes and preferences. Whether you’re intrigued by the cosmic allure of HOWDY, inspired by the pioneering spirit of 8th Wonder, or in search of tranquility with Beach Break, there’s a cannabis-infused beverage out there for you. These brands are not just quenching thirst; they’re revolutionizing the way we experience cannabis, one flavorful sip at a time.




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Beach Break –  (coming soon)

Bayou City Hemp

As the state transforms into a whole new level of industry pride with the Go Texan campaign now embracing a ‘Grow Texan’ one, partnerships within the developing hemp industry are cropping up. Bayou City Hemp is one such company leading the way in Texas, becoming one of the original vertically integrated extraction companies for the crop and bringing the highest quality, most reliable cannabinoid products to consumers in the Lone Star State.

Rooted in the energy sector, Bayou City Hemp pairs its knowledge of working in a volatile industry with mirroring the strict regulation standards of oil & gas in the production of Texas’ newest commodity. Backed by a strong board diverse in their experience within that industry, coupled with a deep history in farming, co-founders and CEOs Ben Meggs & Jeromy Sherman recognized the need early on for a full scope analysis of the industry’s supply chain and used their background in the related sector to pinpoint the areas requiring attention to strengthen the cycle from farmer to consumer.

As strong proponents for the medicinal side of hemp and its derivatives, Meggs & Sherman followed the 2014 Texas hemp pilot programs very closely and entered the retail side of it with their acquisition of the Dallas-based CBD retail brand Leaf Life Wellness – a high-end, thoughtfully-formulated skin care and health & wellness line, found both online at and at local and national retailers. The brand is evolving to feature Texas processed oil with Bayou City extracts and stands as a product of their vertically integrated system which will help accelerate the growth and awareness of all Bayou City Hemp can provide as the market rapidly expands in the state.

With their goal of seeing the placement of Texan grown & processed hemp on Texas shelves, Bayou City has formed strong relationships working with hemp farmers in other states learning the growth process and translating it to the local front preparing them for the inaugural harvest this year. As industrial hemp has not been grown on Texas soil since the 1940s, the 2020 crop serves as more of an initial research & development harvest and is not projected to be a large-scale operation for the first season. However, going forward they will be gearing up to receive harvest from farms ranging in size anywhere from 5-40 acres. While advantageous to work with farms of scale, Bayou City Hemp will work to do everything in their power to help any size Texas farmer growing a quality product in the supply chain.

Return of the purest product possible is Bayou City’s intent, striving to be the gold standard in the industry for high-quality reliable hemp product. They have implemented a full scope of services to do so, catering to the farmer from the start of the process. Their software platform allows the farmer to track the progress of the crop and once harvested & dried, the biomass is transported to their facility. Through in-house testing capabilities as well as third party testing agencies, Bayou City Hemp ensures there are no pesticides and that the hemp is within legal parameters for acceptance in the state’s production standards. With the all-natural CO2 extraction process, the farmer’s oil is turned into crude oil, distillate oil, or an isolate powder then returned to the farmer or further refined into a customized product.

As the cannabis industry is still in its infancy, little regulation lies in the production & extraction process. Conditioned in the strict regulatory environment of the oil & gas background, Bayou City Hemp strives to provide a framework and regulations that will help shape the industry and provide a consistent quality product. They are currently in the works to have the facility CGMP, organic, and kosher certified and prides itself in opting for a supercritical CO2 extraction process over the currently-favored ethanol based one. CO2 extraction produces a superior product and is projected to become the preferred industry method. This process eliminates the cross-contamination seen in ethanol-based methods and ensures the purity & consistency in the product. The waste material – raffinate – then is a clean product and has potential as animal feed or soil remediation material over the toxic alternative that ethanol produces.

Just ahead of the inaugural harvest of hemp in Texas, Bayou City Hemp is already making headway in the industry with their solid infrastructure and transparency of that process to educate farmers and other industry leaders along the way to advance the positive growth in hemp. These collaborative efforts within the trade, from other more established states to that of the intrastate supply chain, helps bridge the gap of uncertainty in this field and nurture it together as Texans.