Welcome to the Obelisk Farm Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.
Here we try to answer your questions about hemp, our farm, and visiting the farm.
What is hemp?
Hemp, industrial hemp, also known as Cannabis Sativa L. is a plant. From the hemp plant, all parts can be processed: the seeds, leaves, flowers, stalks, and roots can be used to make many products, for example, food, animal feed, cosmetics, paper, building materials, textiles, and bioplastics.
Is hemp the same as marijuana?
No, but we understand the confusion. Industrial hemp and Marijuana are both varieties of the cannabis plant. They are not only genetically distinct, but they also have different cultivation methods. While marijuana contains high %s of the psychoactive substance called Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), industrial hemp contains virtually none, usually below 0.3%. The cultivation of industrial hemp in Latvia is regulated by Zemkopības Ministrija (Ministry of Agriculture of Latvia).
Does consuming hemp will make me "high"?
No. Hemp contains minimal amounts of THC (the compound that produces psychoactive effects in humans) and therefore does not exhibit sedative or narcotic properties.
What does hemp taste like?
People have described it as having a nutty (hemp seeds, hemp hearts, hemp protein), grassy (hemp juice, hemp tea), earthy (hemp seed oil, hemp seeds), and bitter (hemp tea) taste.
Does hemp require pesticide or herbicide use?
No. Hemp can be grown without the use of agricultural chemicals since almost all hemp varieties are naturally resistant to insect pests and predators.
What is hemp's environmental impact?
Research estimate that for every ton of hemp grown, 1.63 tons of carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere. Hemp's most amazing ability is its capacity to pull huge quantities of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Besides being one of the fastest-growing plants in the world (growing in only 4 months) it can be used to make an extraordinary number of products. Many believe that replacing common products with hemp products will move us to a more sustainable world.
General farm FAQ
Where are you located?
Obelisk Farm is located 2 hours and 45 minutes from Riga and 35 minutes from Rēzekne. The farm address is "Gulbji", Obeliškas, Dekšāres pagasts, Rēzeknes novads, LV-4614. Click here for directions to the farm.
What are your operating hours?
Obelisk Farm is only open during spring and summer.
We work from 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM every day. During other seasons, the farm is closed.
What can I do at the farm?
We offer tours, workshops, and special events during the summer season. Advanced booking is required for tours and workshops.
Can I walk around the farm without taking a tour?
No, sorry. We ask you to only visit the farm after you book in advance a tour or a workshop.
Yes and no.There are access ramps to the hemp school, hemp museum, and hemp shop. But there are a couple of areas with a mixture of stone paths and grass that are not wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Do you allow dogs at the farm?
Yes. But there are a couple of rules. All dogs must be on a leash. If your dog is not friendly with other animals and/or humans, please consider not bringing your dog or leaving your dog in the car. Any aggressive or destructive dogs will be asked to leave.
Do you have a bathroom I can use?
Yes, an outdoor toilet is available for all visitors.
What is the parking situation?
There is parking available at the farm for cars, buses, and campervans.
What type of payments do you take?
We accept cash, credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express), and Paypal.