Discovering hemp wood, an extraordinary material with a thousand potentialities
Did you know that hemp can also be used to make wood?
Yes, I did! The more time goes by, the more surprises the cultivation of legal hemp plants in the industry holds for us.
Not only bioplastics, biofuels, textiles and paper, but hemp can also be used to make furniture, flooring and much more.
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The properties of this innovative material are innumerable, and in the following paragraphs, we will explain what they are, what the uses of hemp wood are and how it originated.
Origins of hemp wood
Experiments have been carried out worldwide on the various uses of hemp fibre.
However, when it comes to hemp wood, we can only talk about Greg Wilson, a man who was inspired to create this material after working in China for a company specialising in bamboo flooring.
During his time in China, Wilson, and a team of experts succeeded in making bamboo a much stronger material, expanding its use to many new areas. Later, however, he decided to return to the United States (Kentucky) to take advantage of his knowledge of hemp fibres, which he did for about 10 years.
After this long period of study and various refinements, Wilson, with his company Fibonacci, decided to rent a large structure to start the production of hemp wood, later patented under the name of HempWood.
HempWood, made from pressed hemp fibre pulp joined with soy-based glue, may look similar to chipboard. But, in reality, it is much stronger and has many positive characteristics.
Let’s find out which ones.
The advantages of hemp wood
Hemp wood is a material full of favourable properties and advantages, making it suitable for use in many circumstances. Let’s find out what some of its main benefits are.
Wood made from cannabis plants is an economical alternative to traditional wood, and the reason for this is its greater availability.
Hemp fibre is much cheaper than wood because the plants from which it is made mature in just six months, instead of trees that take dozens and dozens of years.
Resistance and durability
Hemp wood has proven to be very similar to oak wood, but with 20% more resistance to both time and wear. If this product were to be substituted for oak, one of the most sought-after woods globally, countless oak trees could be saved.
You have probably already heard that cannabis plants have proven to be a handy resource for soil remediation and air pollution prevention. Well, that’s not all. If its fibres were routinely used for wood production, they would also be an excellent remedy for combating deforestation.
No trees need to be damaged to produce hemp wood. All that is required is the plant’s fibre, which may have been previously used to extract cannabinoids such as CBD and CBN or the production of oil.
Cannabis fibre is insulating, solid and durable, so it could be used to make countless products. For example, you can create beautiful hemp furniture, musical instruments, state-of-the-art ceilings and floors, and much more.
As we have seen, industrial cannabis plants are once again used to make ecological and innovative materials that are good for both people and the environment.
It is also the case with the revolutionary hemp wood that can be used in carpentry and construction thanks to technological advances.
If things go well, this material will soon be spreading like wildfire in the homes of people worldwide in the form of furniture, tools, parquet floors and false ceilings.
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