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Hemp products are gaining popularity all over the world, especially in developed countries like the United States and Canada. With an increase in demand, and recent federal legalization in the United States, innovative technology is shaping the industry for good.
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 that would allow American farmers to produce and cultivate industrial hemp. The bill would remove hemp from the controlled substances list as long as it contained no more than 0.3 percent THC.
American hemp farmers in 2019 can also look forward to new protections that conventional farmers have always enjoyed — like crop insurance, legal interstate travel and basic banking services. The 50-year federal ban on hemp has meant it was problematic to secure crop insurance for hemp, leaving farmers vulnerable to inclement weather that could devastate plants and ruin a growing season, or potentially an entire farm.
Let’s take a look at some of the 10 most innovative technologies that are changing the hemp industry.
Technology has significantly shaped how we cultivate and manufacture hemp products. Now we use AI (artificial intelligence) to grow hemp and for harvest we now we new machinery. Farmers are now well aware of this innovative technology that helps in boosting production and further lower in costs.
Companies like Hemp Inc., Canadian Greenfield and PureHemp Technology are heavily investing in developing innovative technologies helps in manufacturing hemp or extracting hemp for CBD. With this technology, you can easily manufacture a wide variety of hemp products. With this, you can easily convert raw hemp into pulp, flowers or seed oil that helps in manufacturing hemp-based products.
Hemp and CBD Oil
CBD oil is the short form of the term cannabidiol oil. Cannabidiol is a natural component of industrial cannabis or hemp. CBD oil is cannabis oil that has a significant content of cannabidiol. It is made from the flowers, leaves and stalks of hemp and not from its seeds like hemp oil.
Tobacco farmers are quitting tobacco and turning to hemp. Companies like Pyxus International (PYX) are investing in subsidiary companies such as Critically, who specializes in CBD hemp production and technologies for extracting CBD from hemp. Their 55,000 square foot facility is the largest of its kind in North Carolina and will be used for the extraction and purification of locally grown industrial hemp, which will then be turned into cannabidiol liquids and oils under the company’s Korent brand. mCig, a Cannabis, hemp, and CBD company, is similarly doing the same with CBD oinments, in addition to other ventures in marijuana.
Use hemp as a raw material for biofuels like cellulosic ethanol. Yes, you heard it right; hemp can be used as fuel as well. Cellulosic ethanol is known for producing zero carbon footprints. In addition, Hemp can also be used in generating electricity and powering cars.
A Company like Extreme Biodiesel is pioneering in growing biofuels from hemp. They also operate a mobile hemp biodiesel unit, XTRM Cannabis Ventures.
We can easily make lightweight plastics using hemp. As an environmentally friendly material, we can use hemp made plastics as a traditional plastic as well. Hemp made plastics is very durable as well.
Zeoform material is used to make a type of plastic that is 100% recyclable.
Instead of cutting old trees, we should use hemp to make a paper out of it. Why? Because we can easily grow hemp and they are easily replanted.
Do you know one acre of hemp can produce paper as same as four to 10 acres of trees?
Supercapacitors and Batteries
David Mitlin an engineering professor from Clarkson University created carbon nanosheets from hemp fibers. Mitlin’s carbon nanosheets can store energy better than graphene. You can use these carbon nanosheets as electrodes for supercapacitors and to powerhouses, cars, and more.
Innovative technology in the hemp industry hasn’t left building materials manufactured alone. They are using hemp to create hempcrete, a far better version of concrete than traditional concrete made using hemp and line.
Hempcrete is lightweight building material that is crack, fire and termite proof. This material can also help in reducing your energy cost.
Tiny Hemp Houses, an American company is helping people building all-natural houses from hempcrete.
Like building material, using of hemp in making furniture’s is one other field where innovative technology is shaping a lot in recent years.
Zeoform, a revolutionary material can use to make plastics and further, use to make furniture like tables and chairs. This is an excellent replacement for wood.
Clothes are necessary, and it takes various complicated steps and materials to make any fabric. But with the help of Hemp, we can make bacteria fighting fabric.
Scientists recently developed a hemp fiber to stop bacterial infection, as hemp made fabric are staph resistant and pneumonia-free.
Companies like EnviroTextiles are known for creating quality hemp-rayon fabric that is resistant to UV and infrared wavelengths.
Scientists have developed materials (weigh 30% less) from hemp that is less expensive to replace plastic and metal in cars. So it is a perfect solution to making cars.
Hemp-based materials are biodegradable that helps in increasing fuel efficiency. Companies like BMW and Volkswagen are already using hemp materials to manufacture cars.
Founder of Renew Sports Cars Bruce Michael Dietzen built his own hemp car.
Your household goods are now filled with Hemp made products. There are hemp water filters, glasses, pens, toys, shoes, hats, jewelry and list goes on.
Innovative technologies keen on disrupting the hemp industry, we can see a further breakthrough in the hemp industry.
Companies are innovating and investing a lot to develop new age technologies to push hemp industry forward. We can clearly see many innovative hemp technologies in the future!
There is no stopping as the usage of hemp, and the development of new methods for creating new hemp products with higher quality will further help in creating more jobs and setting up new hemp industry all over the world
Have you witnessed any innovative technology in the hemp industry that we forget to mention?
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