Modified on: 18/09/2023
Have you ever heard of hemp biomass without knowing what it means? Find out what it is, how it is obtained and how it is used
You have probably heard the term biomass on several occasions. And in recent times, since legal hemp plants have found renewed success in a wide variety of sectors, hemp biomass is being talked about so much.
Would you like to know what it is and is used for?
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If so, then read on because, in this article, we will talk about hemp biomass, the meaning of this term and the usefulness of this unique product.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Hemp biomass: what it is and how to produce it
Hemp biomass refers to the organic material found in the hemp plant. Specifically, it is the product obtained by processing the apical part of the plant, except for the seeds, stems and main branches.
Hemp biomass is a plant material with great potential that can be used in various sectors: pharmaceuticals, textiles, cosmetics, energy, etc. But how is this exceptional material made?
But how is this exceptional resource produced?
Considering that most of the product is destined for use in the pharmaceutical, food, and cosmetics sectors. But, first, it should be emphasized that the CBD cannabis/hemp plants used to produce the biomass are grown according to organic protocols that prohibit pesticides and chemical additives.
Once the plants have reached the right level of maturity, they are harvested, dried and then shredded.
Usually, machines are used to obtain quality hemp biomass that grinds the plant material very finely, and only after the stems, branches and seeds have been carefully removed.
That’s it, and the biomass is ready to be used in many areas.
What is hemp biomass used for? Here are its many potentials
If hemp biomass has been on everyone’s lips recently, it is because this extraordinary organic material can be used to make a wide variety of products.
In particular, the processing of this plant substance, dried and carefully ground, is intended to facilitate the isolation of the world’s most widely used non-psychotropic cannabinoids: CBD and CBG.
By extracting these active ingredients, it is subsequently possible to obtain crystals of CBD and other cannabinoids. These are then used to make CBD oil, CBG Sativa oil, medicines, and many other secondary products (e.g., e-liquids).
Several techniques are used to extract cannabidiol and cannabigerol from hemp biomass, particularly solvents or supercritical CO₂.
Supercritical CO₂ is the best method, as it produces pure active ingredients free of harmful chemicals (such as alcohol).
Suppose you don’t know what supercritical CO₂ is. In that case, carbon dioxide is first passed through the plants due to its gaseous properties and then converted to a liquid state utilizing sophisticated machines (the CBD and CBG that you find in Justbob products are also obtained in this way).
But the usefulness of hemp biomass is not limited to this (although it is already beneficial).
When processed by other techniques, it is exploited to obtain:
- textile fibres (mainly used to make ropes, nautical cloth and work uniforms);
- ultra-resistant paper;
- environmentally friendly biofuels (biodiesel and ethanol);
- biomats (remarkably insulating and mould-resistant);
- bioplastics (resistant to high temperatures and ‘stronger’ than some metals).
Given the numerous areas of use, it is not surprising that the purchase and sale of hemp biomass have increased exponentially in recent times.
You can’t throw anything away from hemp, and in the future, who knows, many other properties will probably emerge!
In this article, we have clarified the correlation between hemp biomass and CBD and the potential of this organic material in so many other areas.
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