The hotbed of hemp cultivation in China is the southwestern province of Yunnan, which was the first province to make it legal to farm low-THC cannabis on an industrial scale. One of the first companies to receive a permit for growing hemp, Singapore-based CannAcubed, operates a growing and processing operation in Yunnan. According to the company's CEO Glenn Davies, the estimated output of this operation is near 20 tons of CBD oil, and at $4,000 per kilogram of CBD oil, the company's annual yield should earn approximately $80,000,000.
In May of 2019 the New York Times reported that the Yunnan government had only issued permits specific to processing CBD. One of those licenses went to Yunnan Hansu Biotech., also known as Hempsoul, a company with more than 36,000 acres of land to cultivate hemp. Hempsoul is a subsidiary of Hanma Investment (HMI) Group, a vertically integrated Chinese CBD supplier. In February, the province granted a license to three subsidiaries of Conba Group, a pharmaceutical company based in Zhejiang Province. Last January (2019), Zhejiang Conba Pharmaceutical Co Ltd (CONBA) announced that they had managed to obtain several permits to grow hemp. The Chinese government started by allocating 200 hectares to the project. However, the ‘experimental phase’ did not last long. Indeed, 1,600 hectares have now been allocated to CONBA.
As mentioned above, the province of Heilongjiang has also invested in the hemp industry, attempting to garner investment and provide economic benefits to local farmers. International energy-production and solar panel company Sky Solar Holdings has established a subsidiary, Sky Green Sunwu, to take advantage of the friendly regulatory environment. In July 2017, Sky Green was permitted to begin planting a hemp crop variety approved by and registered with local authorities. The company claims a planting area of 40,000 mou (roughly 6,600 acres) of hemp seed, and is also in the process of securing licenses for the production and processing of hemp, which it intends to incorporate into a vertically integrated business model.
A company based in the city of Qingdao (Shandong Province), Huaren Pharmaceutical, said recently it was applying for permission to grow hemp in greenhouses, which already line the landscape around Kunming.
Yooya has become an E-commerce platform for high-end CBD beauty products. It is Asia's first CBD only E-commerce site and will eventually serve regions outside of China.
Tan Xin, president of Beijing-based Hemp Investment Group, one of the largest Chinese companies advocating the commercial pharmaceutical use of the plant, said the company had partnered with the People's Liberation Army to take the Chinese technology and product to the world. A drug to treat traumatic stress disorder jointly developed by the company and the Chinese military was nearing completion of clinical trials.