The Future of Hemp

The Future of Hemp

While there was a three-fold increase in hemp acreage from 2017 to 2018, the hottest hemp commodities remain CBD products. From tinctures to bath bombs and everything in between, CBD infused products are popping up in gas stations and health food stores around the country. It seems like everybody has their own brand in this booming industry. Some are raved about while others have been called out for inconsistent content or blatant mislabeling.

Whole hemp plant advocates, like myself, wonder when the next hemp breakthrough is going to hit the market. Many products can be and are starting to be made from hemp. These products aren’t getting the hype like CBD just yet. Let’s take a look at some of these other big industry game changers.

From start to finish, hemp is replenishing the world with the things we need most. Offering safe and reliable options from the petro-based productions we currently have, hemp has many avenues of sustainability. All parts of the hemp plant can be used along the way, making less waste and more provisions for all.

Hempcrete

Hemp… what?

Hempcrete is a bio-composite made of the inner woody core of the hemp plant then mixed with a lime-based binder. The result is a lightweight cementitious insulating material weighing about a seventh or an eighth of the weight of concrete. It is not used as a structural element, instead as an insulant between structural frame members. Hempcrete has been proven to be a better insulator than current comparative options on the market.

 

Hemp Fiber

Fiber for what?

Raw Hemp Fiber is one of the most valuable parts of the hemp plant. It is commonly called bast fiber, which refers to the fibers that grow on the outside of the plant’s stalk. Hemp stalks contain two main types of fibre: bast or long fibres found in the bark (skin) and hurd (shive) or short fibres located in the core of the stem. Until recently, major breeding efforts of the fibre usage type varieties were focused on increasing bast fibre content of the stem, mainly for textile industries.

 

Hemp Plastic

Yes, you can make hemp plastic!

Hemp plastic is a bioplastic made using industrial hemp. There are many different types of hemp plastic; from standard plastics reinforced with hemp fibers, to a 100% hemp plastic made entirely from the hemp plant. Hemp plastic is recyclable and can be manufactured to be 100% biodegradable.Hemp biopolymer products are renewable, sustainable and, in some cases, compostable. Our unique process separates and matches different features of the hemp plant to create hemp-based polymers that can be used in virtually every facet of the plastics industry.

 

Hemp Bio-Fuel

What is hemp Bio-Fuel?

Hemp biodiesel is an ester-based oxygenated fuel derived from the oil of pressed hemp seeds. This fuel can be used in the same manner as other diesel fuels and requires no changes to the engine. Hemp biodiesel is safe to transport and handle, and is virtually non-toxic. Hemp can also be turned into ethanol, which comes from the fermented stalk of the plant, and works in the same way as other ethanol fuels such as corn and soybean. However, when compared, hemp fully matures much faster than these other vegetables and requires far less equipment and fertilizer to grow efficiently. While corn and soybean farming are depleting the earth and destroying water sources due to run-off, hemp farming actually cleans and renews the soil, and hemp crops can thrive in low-nutrient growing conditions.

 

If you are looking to produce any of these products 0420 Inc Hemp Consultants can help you source the bio-mass needed for production. Contact us today for your consultation.


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