The House That Hemp Built

Posted on Thursday, July 9th, 2015 by

Also known as Canobiote, Canosmose, and Isochanvre, Hempcrete is a mixture of the woody cores of hemp (called hurds or shives) and lime. Either cast as blocks and finished with lime stucco or sprayed between walls as a paste, the material does not bear structural weight, but does form well-insulated walls and […]

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Cannabis-Based Batteries Could Charge Your Phone in Seconds

Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by

During the American Chemical Society‘s national meeting in San Francisco, engineering professor David Mitlin  presented the findings. The study he led investigates the potential for industrial hemp (the non-psychoactive cannabis plant closely related to marijuana) to aid in the creation of extremely efficient batteries called supercapacitors, or “supercaps.” […]

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Hemp fibres ‘better than graphene’

Posted on Friday, August 29th, 2014 by

The waste fibres from hemp crops can be transformed into high-performance energy storage devices, scientists say. They “cooked” cannabis bark into carbon nanosheets and built supercapacitors “on a par with or better than graphene” – the industry gold standard. Electric cars and power tools could harness this hemp […]

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A tip for American farmers: Grow hemp, make money

Posted on Friday, June 27th, 2014 by

U.S. policy is finally acknowledging that hemp can help restore our agricultural economy, play a key role in dealing with climate change and, best of all, allow American family farmers to get in on a hemp market that, just north of us in Canada, is verging on $1 billion a year. Hemp takes half […]

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Zero Carbon Hemcrete Home Delivers Outstanding Perfomance

Posted on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 by

When a Hampshire couple decided to downsize from their 16thC listed thatched cottage – the family home for 25 years – building a new house that would impact on the environment as little as possible both in construction and running costs was their number one priority. They instructed AECB members, Inspiration Architects of Newbury, to […]

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The World’s Most Eco-Friendly Car: It’s Made Entirely From HEMP

Posted on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 by

The worlds most Eco-friendly car, the Kestrel, was designed in Canada by Calgary-based Motive Industries INC. The Kestrel is a three-door hatchback that runs on battery power and is made from “hemp composite as strong as the fiberglass in boats, yet incredibly lightweight,” Nathan Armstrong, the president of Motive Industries, explained to Popular Science. The […]

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Hempcrete, Made From Hemp, Used To Build Houses

Posted on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 by

Imagine you had a building material that was energy-efficient, non-toxic and resistant to mold, insects and fire. The material may even have a higher R-value, or thermal resistance, than concrete, a claim that is still being investigated. The only problem? The base of the Hempcrete creation is hemp. The Hempcrete mixture of hemp, lime and […]

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America’s first hemp crop in 60 years was planted this week in Colorado

Posted on Friday, May 17th, 2013 by

Hemp, the THC-free cousin of cannabis, has recently been made legal in Colorado, but the feds still don’t approve, even though the selling of hemp products is perfectly legal (about $500 million worth are imported from other countries every year). What’s a would-be hemp farmer to do when faced with this dilemma? Ryan Loflin, of […]

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