Our future will be determined by what we do now

The modern era of cannabis cultivation has led to the invention of far more uses of the industrious hemp plant. Recent cannabis related innovations include the production of hempcrete - a cannabis-derived form of concrete, hemp-based super-capacitors, hemp biofuel, hemp plastics and much more.


Hemp for today, tomorrow, and beyond


Over the last few decades, the building industry has remained relatively unchanged. Most companies opt to construct new buildings from old materials, like wood and concrete, and both come with serious environmental and/or health impacts. Furthermore, with rising energy rates and increasingly strict regulations mandating the reduction of energy consumption in modern buildings, companies are being forced to use more insulation, thus driving up construction costs.

Despite hemp’s legal ramifications, it is increasingly being sought after as a super sustainable construction material. Mixed with a concoction of lime and water, hemp can be transformed into an incredibly strong material ideal for construction - called hempcrete. The material is considered to be carbon negative, meaning its construction consumes more carbon than it produces. Its carbon footprint is incredibly low, and even negative, as carbon is literally locked away inside the material.

Hempcrete is also more energy efficient, is fire resistant, requires minimal maintenance, and can be expected to last hundreds of years. Used in construction, hempcrete could significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the construction industry - one of the largest contributors of carbon dioxide. If completely legalized, hempcrete could also be more cost-effective than traditional building materials.

Hemp-based supercapacitors

A capacitor is a device used to store electric charge on one or more pairs of conductors separated by an insulator. Batteries have phenomenal energy densities, but they operate more efficiently when power is drawn slowly and in a controlled manner. Capacitors are often used to assist batteries for power-intensive operations, like starting or accelerating a car. Effectively, batteries are used to store tons of energy, where capacitors are used to deliver energy with short bursts of high power. Capacitors reduce the strain of high power demands on batteries, improving its useful lifespan. Capacitors are also phenomenal in recapturing most of the energy from regenerative braking since they can quickly absorb all the energy produced in a short amount of time - a major issue batteries suffer from. The power a capacitor can hold directly depends on the material from which it is comprised. Materials with extremely high conductivities typically fair better as electrodes on capacitors. Higher conductivity means more electrons can share a given area, inherently improving its charge density. Naturally, graphene is undergoing extensive research regarding capacitors. It can hold an impressive amount of electrons and can discharge practically instantly, giving power as quickly as it is needed. But graphene batteries are absurdly expensive, and hemp-based capacitors are proving to be a viable alternative. “A supercapacitor is a common tool for storing electrical energy. Graphene, a one-atom-thick version of common graphite and carbon nanomaterial is a supercapacitor with conductivity achieving a far greater energy density, however, it's expensive to produce at $2000/gram. The cost to manufacture hemp's supercapacitor version is $5,000/ton. Hemp allows the possibility for these technological advancements using hemp-based to be realized. High-performance hemp-based supercapacitors will transform the way mankind relates to energy.”The hemp-based carbon nanosheets also allegedly outperform standard supercapacitors by nearly 200%. Hemp is a likely candidate to assist the production of capacitors for electric vehicles and other industrial applications.

Hemp bio-fuel

When the global prohibition of cannabis is over, the cultivation of industrial hemp will undoubtedly spark a massive influx of hemp seeds. Hemp seeds can also be transformed into a carbon-neutral biofuel. Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel that runs in any conventional, unmodified diesel engine.” and “It can be stored anywhere that petroleum diesel fuel is stored. Biodiesel is safe to handle and transport because it is as biodegradable as sugar, 10 times less toxic than table salt, and has a high flashpoint of about 300 F compared to petroleum diesel fuel, which has a flash point of 125 F.

Hemp plastic

Collectively, modern society needs to transition to become eco-friendlier. In 2017, 300 million tons of plastic was commissioned by manufacturers worldwide. Researchers found 38 million pieces of plastic waste on one uninhabited island in the South Pacific. That’s just one island. There is no doubt this is having a serious impact on the health of our planet and changes need to be made to protect future generations. Recent technology has opened the door to a new breed of eco-friendly hemp plastic polymer. No longer reliant on petroleum, these bioplastics are renewable, sustainable and often made using agricultural waste. If it’s currently made with petroleum-based plastic, it can likely be replaced with hemp plastic. This game-changing alternative has all the benefits without the drawbacks to our Earth. In the future, a renewable, sustainable, in some cases compostable, alternative to raw petroleum-based polymers to preserve our future world will be reduced to a design decision.

Hemp soil remediation and regenerative agriculture

Our dependence on fossil fuels and dirty industrial processes have left a lot of land too toxic to sustain life. That’s where the rapidly growing field of bioremediation can be vital. Bioremediation essentially means using living things to heal the soil, allowing us to clean and reclaim some of these polluted lands.

Hemp is proving to be one of the best phyto-remediative plants we have been able to find. Hemp phytoremediation can be used to remove radioactive elements from soil and water at former weapons producing facilities. It can also be used to clean up metals, pesticides, solvents, explosives, crude oil, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, and toxins leaching from landfills. Hemp is the most promising plant for bioremediation in the future.