There is a lot of hemp out there that is not grown for CBD extraction.
I know, right!? Hard to believe with all of the news and media so focused on the medicinal properties of the cannabis plant.
In fact, prior to only a few years ago, most hemp was grown for fiber and food overseas. It took an Act of Congress, namely the 2014 Farm Bill.
That bill allowed the American University system to set up pilot programs with farmers to investigate commercial applications for this amazing plant.
As the article below brings forward, hempcrete is a blossoming industry.
On a personal note, a hempcrete house has been a dream of mine for several years now.
A certain portion of the plant is processed into hemp hurd. That is then mixed with water and lime, and this creates a concrete made of hemp.
Once set, this concrete is not only great as an insulator, it is resistant to mold, fire, and fungus. I have seen tests of the hempcrete that use an extreme fire source blasting onto a portion of a block for minutes at a time, and there is no ignition.
Have you thought of building with hempcrete? Do you think it is crazy?!
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STROUDSBURG, Pa. — With all the hype around CBD in the past two years, it’s easy to forget that the hemp plant has more to offer than sticky fingers, stinky farm fields, and barns full of unsold biomass. Even as far back as 1938, just as the United States government was ramping up its prohibition against the cannabis plant, Popular Mechanics published a story called “New Billion Dollar Crop” that said: “Hemp is the standard fiber of the world. It has great tensile strength and durability. It is used to produce more than 5,000 textile products, ranging from rope to fine laces, and the woody ‘hurds’ remaining after the fiber has been removed contain more than seventy-seven per cent cellulose, and can be used to produce more than 25,000 products, ranging from dynamite to Cellophane.” One of those 25,000 uses of hemp is something called hempcrete. It’s a mixture [...]